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Creating art is an undertaking made up of more than brush strokes, sketched lines, and other learned techniques.

Perhaps the most difficult step lies in finding the inspiration to create in a way that is true to who you are. Where did the greatest artists find inspiration for their truly distinctive masterpieces? How do you access this same source of creativity?

Self-discovery through art

MUM teaches the creative process in a new way. As a student, you’ll get in touch with your deepest self, the source of all creative inspiration, through daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

This research-based technique lowers stress, heightens clear thinking, and enhances creativity, allowing you to learn and create without stress in a way that is uniquely your own.

Dive deeply into your work

Our BFA program provides a more rigorous schedule of courses than our BA, making it perfect for students who want to hone their skills for graduate school or a high-level art career.

You’ll study only one full-time course per month, diving deeply into creating art enriched by critiques, readings, and class discussions.

As a BFA student, you’ll have a spacious, semi-private studio where you’ll focus for four months (or more) on developing your art practice while creating a unique body of work in painting, sculpture, or ceramics.

Learn from expert artists

Our low student-faculty ratio means you’ll get the individual attention you need to find your artistic voice. Our expert faculty will provide constructive feedback, connect you with successful guest artists for guidance and internships, and help you prepare graduate school applications.

You’ll graduate grounded in your own artistic style and ready to take the next step in your creative journey, be it further education or an art career.

Financial aid is available for this program. Learn more ➤

Featured classes


Artist as Philosopher: Critically Reading Visual Experience


In this course you’ll critically analyze, interpret, and contextualize art in terms of the history of art, art theory, and culture while studying some of the most significant writings by modern art critics, theorists, and artists.


Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary Studio


You’ll capitalize on your artistic strengths through studio time and work closely with our expert faculty, who will provide support you through presentation, installation, and documentation of your thesis work.


Modern to Contemporary Art, 1945-1989


Explore the artists, ideas, and styles that have most influenced contemporary art—including Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Earth Art, and Feminism—and learn about the unique qualities and perspectives that each expresses.


Drawing 2


Learn how to use the power of drawing to convey a story. Taught in an open studio, this course allows the teacher to address both the general needs of the group and the specific needs of each individual student.

Blog Articles

Art Students Accepted to Top Graduate Schools

Art Students Accepted to Top Graduate Schools

Four of our undergraduate art majors were recently accepted into multiple MFA programs with full and partial scholarships. “These programs are incredibly competitive,” said Gyan Shrosbree, assistant professor of... more

BFA Alumna Alexandra Gabriel Discusses Textiles, Dreamscapes, and Grad School

BFA Alumna Alexandra Gabriel Discusses Textiles, Dreamscapes, and Grad School

MUM BFA graduate Alexandra “Alex” Gabriel has come full circle in a journey she shares with me at Revelations, one of her favorite meeting... more

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