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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 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.

Graduate success

Recent 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.

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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

Our 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

As 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.

What our alumni say

Alex Gabriel is a BFA in Art alumnus and currently a graduate student in Art at the University of Iowa. Alex received a tuition scholarship and a paid Teaching Assistantship.

“In the MA in Art when we talk about ideas of aesthetic theory like “moments of being.” I can understand them in terms of my own experience of transcending in Transcendental Meditation. I learned at the strategy of approaching things holistically at MIU, which has helped me connect ideas from class to my studio work. The several months I worked in self-directed studio guided by MIU faculty has helped me feel at home in my studio, be self-motivated, and know how to move through projects with greater ease.”

Kurtis Kujawski graduated from our BFA in Art program after pursuing the Graduate School Preparation track. He has been accepted to the MFA program in ceramics at the Chicago Art Institute with a partial scholarship.

“Students need time to establish the foundation needed to go forward in the art world,” he said, “The extra time thus assisted my acceptance into graduate school.”

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