Scholarships, paid teaching assistantships and academic fellowships are available on a competitive basis. Tuition costs are very competitive. Graduate students have the opportunity to assist and teach their own undergraduate course.
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Stony Brook University Department of Art strives towards a creative and rigorous environment, that is contemporary, multidisciplinary, diverse and international; offering artists the opportunity to dedicate time, research and experiment, make art, think, debate, write, collaborate and grow. Ideally located on the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook offers a unique opportunity to study in a spacious and focused setting amidst vibrant green nature, while New York City is only a commute away by train or car.
Our MFAs are provided with 24/7 access to large individual ground floor studios, and supported by a broad spectrum of facilities. These include sculpture labs with welding, foundry, woodworking and CNC routing capabilities, ceramics, photography darkrooms, digital labs that integrate still and moving image editing and output, lighting studios, audio and physical computing labs, printmaking studios featuring intaglio, lithography and relief printing,
large drawing and painting studios with skylights, as well as exhibition spaces including the student run Lawrence Alloway Gallery. Our main university gallery, The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, located at the Staller Center for the Arts, is a rich resource offering a program of major exhibitions throughout the year, along with staging the MFA thesis exhibition.
The MFA in studio art is a three-year terminal degree program in creative practice and critical inquiry in contemporary art. Our graduate students, as well as our faculty, come from all over the US and different parts of the world, with artistic practices ranging from painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, new media, sound art, sculpture, ceramics, installation, public art, social practice, and performance.
Practical work, critiques, seminars, studio visits and exhibitions, facilitate the establishing of an art practice with an understanding of contemporary discourses.
Art making is enriched by critical theory, art history, philosophy, cultural studies, women’s studies, music, and theater, among other university programs.
Faculty and peers from the MA / PhD Art History and Criticism program interact closely and many of the MFAs choose to complete one of our feature certificate programs in Art & Philosophy during their course of study, a partnership between departments. MFAs may also explore opportunities to interact with world-class faculty in the sciences, arts and humanities. Visiting artists, critics, curators, historians, scholars and speakers, to the department of art, our gallery, The Pollock Krasner House, The Humanities Institute, and Stony Brook Manhattan, are all complementary components of the study experience.
[Image Credit: Allison Walters, MFA 2016]