It's hard to develop the subtle touches that move your artistic style from the average into the extraordinary.
In our MA in Studio Art, you'll enjoy an in-depth, two-semester exploration into studio practice and your innermost self. You'll develop your own unique creative perspective and learn what makes your portfolio—and your style—stand out from the rest.
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 develop your own creative voice.
Your artistic growth will be supported by critiques and ongoing interaction with caring faculty and peers in small classes with individualized attention.
You’ll learn the practical skills vital to your success as a professional artist. Our faculty will teach you how to write solid artist’s statements, submit applications, interview effectively, and more.
Meditate and create
You’ll learn and practice the Transcendental Meditation technique, an evidence-based technique that has been proven to reduce stress, enhance clarity of mind, and kick-start creativity.
Our students often report that regular meditation practice helps them to be more creative and express their artistic ideas with ease. You’ll notice a difference in your own creative process, too.
Learn more with less stress
Students at MUM take one full-time course per month as part of our block system. Instead of juggling multiple subjects at once, you’ll have time to dive deeply into new concepts and techniques. When you take a studio class, you’ll be in the studio creating art all day, every day.
You’ll also enjoy a healthy routine, single-living dorm rooms, organic vegetarian meals, and the support of the creative, vibrant arts community of Fairfield, Iowa.
By the time you graduate, you’ll be completely prepared with an artist’s statement, portfolio, and impressive practical knowledge of the art world, fully prepared for the next step in your journey.
Financial aid is available for this program. Learn more ➤