The Master of Fine Arts at the State University at Stony Brook is a flexible 60 credit three year terminal degree program combining studio practice and critical inquiry. Ideally located halfway between the art centers of New York City and the Hamptons, Stony Brook offers a unique opportunity to study in a quiet and spacious setting while maintaining close contact with the pulse of the art world. Our M.F.A. program limits its residencies to no more than 20 students. Students are provided with individual studio space at the graduate studios at Nassau Hall, a facility that also features large common spaces, shops and computers. Foundry, metals, and wood shops; a ceramics studio; darkrooms and a shooting studio; printmaking studios; and five digital labs and video facilities are located in the Staller Center. A variety of exhibition venues are available on campus. Students are expected to participate in a regular cycle of solo and group shows in the Alloway Gallery, and to contribute work in their final year for the annual M.F.A. exhibition in the Zuccaire Art Gallery.
The Department of Art also offers graduate degrees in art history and criticism with an emphasis on 20th century and contemporary art. M.F.A. candidates are encouraged to enrich their practice and studies by taking courses in art history and criticism, or in some other area of the liberal arts. They may choose to pursue one of a number of graduate certificate programs including Art and Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and Women’s Studies. A written thesis is required for completion of the M.F.A. degree. Students also gain valuable teaching experience first as observers and then as teachers of their own undergraduate level courses for a minimum of two semesters.
Director of Graduate Studies in Studio Art: Nobuho Nagasawa, email
Graduate Secretary: Lisa Perez, email