Documentation of performance by Sculpture MFA, Vanessa Yvonne, at the Aqua Art Miami Fair, 2017 (photo taken by Photo MFA, Mohammadjavad Jahangir)

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, is a NASAD-accredited school of the newly-formed College of the Arts at Georgia State University. The program offers an interdisciplinary environment offering an MA in Art History, MA Ed and MAT in Art Educationand an MFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles.

All MFAs receive full tuition waivers, 24-hour access studio space, and graduate assistantships. Students are also eligible for Welch Fellowships, which funds students for their duration of study. Third year MFAs are exposed to international art fairs, given the opportunity to travel and exhibit, including Aqua Art Miami during Basel week.

The school offers a year-round calendar of lectures, through the Artist-in-Residence and Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series, providing students with access to a diverse mix of renowned artists and scholars, encouraging artistic discourse, leading studio critiques, and conducting workshops. The Welch Galleries also support the curriculum with year-round exhibitions and by providing a venue for solo thesis exhibitions.

Georgia State University is located in downtown Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant, urban setting. The campus is near prestigious institutions including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Contemporary, MOCA GA, and a rich network of commercial galleries, alternative spaces, and grassroots organizations. Alumni, faculty, and students are heavily involved in the growing art scene, having founded a number of artist-run spaces, nonprofits, and creative publications.

MA & MFA deadline: February 1
MAT & MA Ed deadline: April 1

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