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The School of Art and Design is a dynamic program with a growing reputation and a mission to contribute to the greater good of art, education, and culture. 

The graduate program is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report with the Ceramics Program at #18. West Virginia University is the only institution in the state that offers professionally-accredited (NASAD) graduate programs including a Master of Fine Art, Master of Art in Studio Art, Master of Art in Art History and Master of Art in Art Education. Teacher Certification is also offered. 

Our unique Global Positioning Studies (GPS) courses encourage site-specific travel to engage the world as fertile ground for art making and critical research. 

Application Process

The application deadline for admission is January 15, 2017.

Submit to Graduate School:

The WVU Graduate School online application can be found at:

Supplemental Application to School of Art and Design

All applicants should follow the link below to our online supplemental application:

Supplemental Documentation

MFA Studio Art

MA Art Education

MA Art History

Assistantships and Financial Aid

Applicants may also apply to one of several fully funded Teachings Assistantships. Many students who do not have assistantships still receive financial support from the School in the form of tuition waivers. Applicants may also apply for financial aid through the university financial aid office.

International Applicants

International Applicants are required to submit qualifying TOEFL scores, and may be required to submit additional supporting documents.

*Applicants may be required to take additional course work after careful review of undergraduate transcripts.


For inquiries about the graduate art program or to schedule a visit contact:

Joe Lupo, Associate Professor/Director of Graduate Studies

School of Art and Design

West Virginia University

College of Creative Arts

PO Box 6111

Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6111

Phone: (304) 293-2703