Meet us in St. Louis (virtually!): Attend our December 13 Virtual Open House at 9am (CST). 

Applications for the MFA in Visual Art (MFA-VA) are open through January 15, 2022. Apply here.

Applications for the MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture (MFA-IVC) are open through February 7, 2022. Apply here.

Read on to learn more about the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Campus & Facilities

MFA studios are located in Weil Hall, a brand-new, LEED Platinum graduate hub. Students have access to myriad specialized facilities, including the digital fabrication lab, our expansive printmaking suite and book studio, the textile studio, our new media studio, the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, and the School’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Scholarships, Financial Aid, & Assistantships

Washington University offers competitive financial support, including numerous full-tuition awards. The Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship, our newest program, provides an additional 10 scholarships annually plus travel stipends to Sam Fox School graduate students.

MFA-VA Faculty 

Lisa Bulawsky (chair), Jamie Adams, Michael Byron, Amy Hauft, Meghan Kirkwood, Richard Krueger, Arny Nadler, Patricia Olynyk, Tim Portlock, Jack Risley, Denise Ward-Brown, Cheryl Wassenaar, and Monika Weiss.

MFA-IVC Faculty

John Hendrix (chair), D.B. Dowd, Gerald Early, Edward Kinsella III, Heidi Kolk, Shreyas R Krishnan, Skye Lacerte, Joy Novak, and Dan Zettwoch.

Fall 2021 Visiting Artists & Critics

Hugo Crosthwaite, David Antonio Cruz, Jess T. Dugan, Cole Lu, Meleko Mokgosi, Vidhya Nagarajan, Richie Pope, Deborah Roberts, Sheldon Scott, Taryn Simon + Ingrid Schaffner, Stephanie Syjuco, and Adrian Octavius Walker.

Visit to register for the Virtual Open House on December 13.

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