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Creating art takes the artist beyond the boundaries of materials, image, form and meaning

Perhaps the most difficult step lies in finding the inspiration to create in a way that is true to who you are. How do you access this same source of creativity?

Self-discovery through art

As a student at MUM 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 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 continue their education in an MFA program or entry into the art world.

The BFA schedule will allow you to dive deeply into your work, enriched by critiques, readings, and group discussions.

As a BFA student, in the Spring semester of the senior year, students have a spacious, semi-private studio for four consecutive months (or more) focused on developing their art practice while creating a body of work.

Learn from expert artists

Our low student-faculty ratio means you’ll get the individual attention you need to find your own voice. The program includes working with prominent faculty/artists, collaboration with peers and interaction with a diverse group of guest artists.

You’ll graduate grounded with a solid studio practice and ready to enter the world, be it moving onto graduate school or a career in art.

Financial aid is available for this program. Learn more ➤

Three possible tracks

Traditional Track

You’ll apply for the traditional BFA program during your junior or senior year after completing a Minor in Art. To learn more about BFA requirements, click here ➤

BFA Upgrade Track

On the BFA Upgrade track, you’ll turn your BA into a BFA through as little as one year of MUM classes and dedicated studio time. Requirements differ depending on whether you earned your degree from MUM or another institution. To learn more, click here ➤

Graduate School Preparation Track

You’ll earn a BFA in Art plus pursue the additional studio time that you need to perfect your portfolio and apply to graduate school. To learn more about this track, click here ➤

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.

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