Graduate Admissions

The Ohio State University Department of Art offers the MFA in Visual Arts with an emphasis in our seven studio areas. U.S. News and World Report ranks our MFA program #4 nationally among public institution and #18 among all schools. The ceramics and sculpture programs are ranked in the top 10 overall.

The regular graduate faculty is augmented each year by Artists in Residence, Visiting Artists, and Post MFA Fellows who engage in creative practice on campus. We strive to provide a nurturing and mentoring environment for graduate students, and we expect much from them as producing studio artists, effective teachers, and colleagues. Our students are professionally engaged and often exhibit their work and attend professional conferences and symposia in their disciplines. The department provides competitive financial support and encouragement to expand this activity.

Between 50 to 60 graduate students are enrolled in the three-year MFA program. While always attracting students from premier programs across the country, the graduate program is also increasingly becoming an international program. In recent years, we have had students from Canada, China, England, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, Scotland, and Taiwan. Much of our success in recruiting quality MFA candidates is a direct result of the professional engagement of the faculty.

Our graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves as independent artists and teachers. Highlights of recent accomplishment include inclusion in the Drawing Center's Selections Exhibition, NYC, video screenings at Brooklyn Museum; installation and videos at Kitab Mahal, Mumbai; the placement of graduate students in the Skowhegan Studio Program, Anderson Ranch, Redlands Studio Residency, and PS1 International Studios Program;  and international residencies in Scotland, England, and Japan, to name just a few. Recent placements include teaching posts at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Michigan, University of Georgia, Zayed University, Dubai, Academy of Fine Arts in Mumbai, India, Watkins College of Art & Design, University of Michigan, Massachusetts College of Art, Maine College of Art, Union College, Penn State University, University of Alabama, and the University of Florida. This is a reflection of the professional reputation of our faculty, the success of our alumni, and the trust our colleagues at these peer instructions have developed in our graduate program.