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"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head and the heart go together." John Ruskin (1819-1900) author, artist.

OpenHouseRegisterButtonEffective Spring 2017 - No new students will be accepted into this program while it is undergoing a revision. Students interested in pursuing an MFA may consider the Independent Film and Digital Imaging, M.F.A. Program.

Current students will complete the program of study identified here.

"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head and the heart go together." John Ruskin (1819-1900) author, artist.

Employment of artists and related workers is expected to grow 12 percent through 2018. Source: "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition"

Developing Individuality
Art is a phenomenon that shapes perception, embodies emotion, communicates attitudes and expands the boundaries of human experience. Artistic expression is the exploration of intellectual curiosity, the growth of technical proficiency and the establishment of an innovative community. Art is a foundation upon which human expression rests. 

Outstanding Preparation
The GSU Master of Arts in art stresses intellectual curiosity, self-discipline and technical proficiency. With course work in painting, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, sculpture or ceramics, you can become a mature artist in command of the medium and capable of expressing an individual view. Classes in art history treat art objects as historical documents related in subject, style, technique and material to other works of art. The classes also help us interpret the context and purpose of art objects. Courses range from contemporary international and regional artistic expressions to those of ancient America, Africa and Asia. The master's program includes a graduate exhibition or presentation of an art history thesis. 

Professional Success
As a graduate you are prepared to become a practicing artist or to find a career in the art world as a critic, curator or professional educator.

Program Fact Sheet

  • Uriah-Berryhill

    Uriah Berryhill, Specialist, TV & Media Production

    The MFA program encourages you to take your big ideas and turn them into a real production by providing you with the creative channels, skills, and knowledge you need to do it. My professors gave me the push to take strategic risks and follow my passion—that created confidence that I now implement in my current job where I use the skills I gained as an M.F.A. student in studio production, filming, and editing.

  • Dan-Nearing

    Dan Nearing, Full Professor of IFDI

    The IFDI program is all about authorship and encouraging the creative growth of individual writer-directors and photographers. GSU student and alumni films have screened at hundreds of international film festivals and won multiple awards. Our faculty has received recognition from major entities such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Times, and Roger Ebert. To top it all off, an MFA at GSU is more affordable than one at other Chicago-area schools.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Student Clubs and Organizations

Student Clubs and Organizations at Governors State University enrich your educational experience, allowing you to gain and hone skills applicable to the classroom and life beyond.

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