MFA in Studio Art

Meet Cynthia Nourse Thompson

Meet Cynthia Nourse Thompson

Thompson is the incoming director of the MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking and Studio Art programs
Alphaville

Alphaville

Photocopies, cardboard, Mylar, silk, lights, fans by Kristine Strawser MFA '12 (Studio Art)
Untitled

Untitled

Painting by Matt Zigler MFA '10 (Studio Art)
Neighbors

Neighbors

1/2" copper pipe and fittings, two assemblages by H. John Thompson MFA '09 (Studio Art)
Untitled

Untitled

Mixed media on board by Beth Scher MFA '13 (Studio Art)
Scrutiny

Scrutiny

Mixed media work by Denise Philipbar MFA '12 (Studio Art)
Dust

Dust

Oil on matte board by Monika Felber MFA '14 (Studio Art)

Are you interested in a graduate-level studio education, but don’t want to put your professional life on hold? Are you a motivated self-starter looking to create your own academic program? Are you interested in research and using writing to help talk about yourself as an artist? Whether you’re an artist working and living in the Philadelphia area or you’re looking for a distance-learning Master of Fine Arts degree, the University of the Arts is perfect for you.

You’ll complete your MFA in a year-round program both on and off campus. Students participate in an immersive eight-week campus-based summer semester, which takes advantage of all the mentoring, instruction and critical development we have to offer. You’ll have access to the University’s wide range of resources, from industrial design, printmaking and photography facilities, 3-D printing technologies and more. The fall and spring semesters are dedicated to independent study designed by you and supported by our faculty, either through personal meetings or distance learning.

While each student is matched with mentors and artists in their discipline, the MFA program reflects the multidisciplinary nature of visual arts in a contemporary world and supports each student’s unique artistic voice. We have ceramicists doing video work and sculptors creating live performances and action paintings. One recent painting student’s thesis exhibition was a full-scale wooden barn constructed in one of the University’s galleries, with a 1960s pick-up truck suspended from the rafters. Each summer, students create a collaborative, themed exhibition like the recent “Art, Play and the Environment” project in which a group of MFA students were given a set of large-scale building blocks and asked to build something new together. The exchange of ideas, playfulness of the material and endless possibility of combinations bring students back to a place where thinking and contemplating are set aside and anything can happen.

For more information, contact Erin Boyle, interim director, at 215-717-6106.

Mohammed Kazem MFA '12 (Studio Art)

After UArts

Learn more about alumni like Mohammed Kazem MFA '12 (Studio Art) who have found success after graduating from UArts.

Daniel Westfield MFA '14 (Studio Art)

In the News

Grad student Daniel Westfield MFA '14 (Studio Art) turns illness into performance art piece titled 'Immobile,' covering himself in plastic wrap for 12 hours.

Luke Topping MFA '15 (Studio Art)

Featured Student Work

Work by Luke Topping MFA '15 (Studio Art) is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.