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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

Watch video interviews with MA in Studio Art students. 3 minutes.In our unique MA in Art, you'll enjoy an intensive, two-semester exploration into studio practice while cultivating a deep connection to yourself through the Transcendental Meditation® technique. In this creative environment, supported by expert faculty, peers, and prominent guest artists, you’ll create a sustainable studio practice — the best foundation for entering an MFA program or a career in art.

Watch video interviews with MA in Studio Art students. 3 minutes.

Graduate success

Group photo of BFA in Art studentsRecent graduates of MIU 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.


Build your portfolio

student creating artWhether 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

student presenting in art classOur low student-faculty ratio means you’ll get the individual attention you need. Our faculty will coach you on how to apply to an MFA program, including creating a portfolio, writing an artist’s statement, photographing work, and the interview process.

Our faculty care about your well-being as an artist and as a person. They will help you build a sustainable studio practice that supports a healthy, happy life and maximizes your artistic output. This will give you a strong foundation for an MFA or a career in art.

Meditate and create

student meditatingAs a student at MIU, you’ll practice the Transcendental Meditation technique daily. This evidence-based technique reduces stress, enhances clear thinking, and gets you in touch with the deepest, most authentic part of yourself.

Our students often report that regular meditation helps them be more creative and express their ideas with ease. You’ll notice a difference in your own creative process, too.

Courses may include:

Art comes out of a condition that is related to various factors such as social structure, climate and geography. In this seminar, students work with sources that bring to bear questions about the relationship between the physical, social and psychological environment, including the nature and level of consciousness, that art springs from. Discussions are based on readings, videos, podcasts, field trip and talks by guest artists. Lab Fee max $250 (in the term when we visit a major metropolitan area) (2 credits)
This seminar engages discussions that relate outer to inner components of studio practice. Students work to develop and answer questions that help to relate what they say to what they do. Understanding the relationship of consciousness to the artist’s own experience becomes an important tool for advancing studio work. Discussions are based on readings, videos, podcasts, field trips and talks by guest artists. Lab Fee max $250 (in the term when we visit a major metropolitan area) (2 credits)
This seminar addresses the richness of the relationship between the artist as creator and the viewer of creation. This seminar addresses questions related to who the creator is and when is the artwork created? Students address experience and understanding of the development of human consciousness in relation to the process of creation. Discussions are based on readings, videos, podcasts, field trip and talks by guest artists. Lab Fee max $250 (in the term when we visit a major metropolitan area) (2 credits)
This seminar engages discussions that relate inner to outer components of studio practice. Students work to develop and answer questions that help to relate what they say to what they do. Understanding the relationship of the different ways a work of art comes into the world consciousness to the students’ own experience becomes an important tool for advancing studio work. Discussions are based on readings, videos, podcasts, field trips and talks by guest artists. Lab Fee max $250 (in the term when we visit a major metropolitan area) (2 credits)
This ongoing studio sequence is the primary component of the MA in Studio Art program. The course supports the students’ development of process, structure and concepts as they emerge in the day-to-day evolution of their work.

To graduate, students must also satisfy the general requirements for a master’s degree.

What our alumni say

Genevra BellGenevra Bell is an alum of our MA in Studio Art and is currently a graduate student at the University of California at Davis with a full scholarship.

“It wasn’t until I was halfway through my MFA that I realized how much I had gained through the MA in Studio Art. It created an environment that gave me the tools, support, and challenges necessary to develop a sustainable studio practice that has been my lifeline during grad school.”


Taj MatumbiTaj Matumbi is an alum of our BFA in Art and is currently a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a full scholarship.

“I declared an art major at MIU in painting and ceramics my third year of college. During my time in the program I was impressed with the wonderful faculty and the strength of the block system for art majors. From the studio spaces to the unmatched support and care each faculty puts into students’ success. MIU’s art department is like a second family and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the time I spent at this wonderful program.”

Cost & Aid, 2022-23

US On-Campus MA in Studio Art

This program is typically two semesters (one academic year).

One Academic Year Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees$16,530
Federal student loans-$16,530
Your payment$0

Federal student loans are also available for approximately $14,000 for housing, meals, books, and personal expenses.

Additional Financial Aid Information

Your FAFSA automatically qualifies you for the majority of federal student loans for this program. The remaining portion is composed of Federal Graduate PLUS loans that require “no adverse credit” or an endorser. Repayment begins after your enrollment ends.

There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. MIU is a Yellow Ribbon school. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

Loan Repayment Options

Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

International On-Campus MA in Studio Art

This program is typically two semesters (one academic year).


Annual Cost
Tuition and fees$16,530
Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
Health Insurance (estimate)$3,506
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
Estimated net price$30,936

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.

Entrance requirements

  • BFA or BA undergraduate degree with 3.0 or higher GPA from an accredited college or university
  • Portfolio of 15-20 images:
    • each optimized for the Web with a screen resolution of 72 pixels per inch
    • the portfolio should demonstrate a focused body of work
    • include a list of slides that designates: title (optional), materials, size (dimensions), date
  • Before being accepted, students will be interviewed by the faculty program directors

English language verification

International applicants must submit official English proficiency test scores within the past 2 years of at least 110 on Duolingo, 6.5 on IELTS Academic, 90 on TOEFL iBT or 58 on PTE.


All MIU students practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique. If you have not learned it yet:

  • Once accepted as a US student, the cost of TM instruction is covered through a grant offered by MIU
  • Students can either learn TM upon arrival or prior to enrolling
  • Contact your admissions counselor for details
  • Find information on the TM technique or search for a TM teacher at TM.org

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