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Art & Design

College of Arts & Sciences


The 60 credit hour MFA program at East Tennessee State University is based on intensive studio practice at an advanced level in the following areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Extended Media, Fibers, Graphic Design, Jewelry & Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Studio spaces are available for all graduate students in the program. The campus is situated in the foothills of the southern Appalachian mountains, providing a rich backdrop for a period of intensive development.

Each year selected artists, scholars, and leading figures in the contemporary art world visit ETSU. Past visitors have included Jerry Saltz, Julie Heffernan, Michael Ray Charles, Alec Soth, Mel Chin, Sue Coe, Patrick Dougherty, William Christenberry, Amy Stein, Anne Harris, and James Elkins.

The Slocumb Galleries on campus and the Tipton Gallery in downtown Johnson City have active year-round scheduling.

Financial Aid: Tuition Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis; please see the Graduate Studies website for complete information about tuition, fees, and financial aid for graduate students.

Deadline: The deadline for receipt of all application materials (Slideroom materials and Graduate Studies) is February 1. Portfolios, artist statements, and supplemental materials must be submitted through Slideroom. Application materials will not be returned.

Graduate Scholarships



Committee Appointment

Final Exam Report

Program of Study

Thesis Criteria

Weekly Record of Hours TS & GA

How to apply:

    1. Submit electronic application required by The School of Graduate Studies at: Follow directions for submission of transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.

    2. Submit Slideroom application materials.

   The prospective candidate for the MFA degree should have a bachelor's degree with a
   major in art or equivalent evidence of proficiency.

General Program Information


Graduate Coordinator:

Mindy Herrin-Lewis




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