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“It is the artist’s mission to penetrate as far as may be toward that secret ground where primal law feeds growth.” ― Paul Klee

In our MA, you'll enjoy an intensive, two-semester exploration into studio practice while cultivating a deep connection to yourself. In this creative environment, supported by faculty and peer interaction, you’ll strengthen your perception and sensibility as an artist.

Graduate success

Recent graduates of MUM art programs have attended and/or received scholarships, paid teaching assistantships, or salaried fellowships at the University of Iowa, Penn State, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and other prestigious graduate schools.

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Build your portfolio

Whether you’re planning to apply for an MFA or just want to enhance your own studio practice, our program will give you the time and support you need to create a substantial body of quality work and strengthen your creative voice.

Your studio practice will be supported by a rich peer environment, engaging critiques and seminars, and ongoing interaction with experienced, caring faculty and guest artists.


Grow personally and professionally

The program develops practical skills vital to the MFA graduate application process, including writing an artist’s statement, photographing work, the interview process, and more.

You’ll also enjoy a healthy routine, single-living dorm rooms, organic vegetarian meals, and the support of the creative, vibrant community of Fairfield, Iowa.

Financial aid is available for this program. Learn more ➤

Featured guest artists

These prominent artists are visiting in 2017-18 to give lectures and personally critique the work of advanced students.

Blog Articles

Alumna Genevra Bell Turns Her Adorable Animal Art into a Business

Alumna Genevra Bell Turns Her Adorable Animal Art into a Business

Genevra Bell, daughter of Maharishi University of Management faculty members Ken and Juliette Daley, graduated from MUM in 2009, earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with an emphasis... more

Kurtis Kujawski's Art to be Shown at NCECA Conference

Kurtis Kujawski's Art to be Shown at NCECA Conference

MUM Department of Art student Kurtis Kujawski has been invited to exhibit during the 2016 National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts NCECA conference. Kurtis is one of 6 undergraduate... more

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