The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, part of the College of the Arts at Georgia State, features an internationally-active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The school offers an MA in Art History, MA Ed. and MAT in Art Education, and an MFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles. These full-time degree programs encourage excellence through experimentation, cross-disciplinary pursuits, critical analyses, and diverse research.

Tuition Waivers & Funding
All MFA students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of assistantships; numerous MA/MA Ed. research assistantships are granted equal benefits. Students are eligible for competitive fellowships — including the premium Welch Fellowship, which funds students for three years of study — in addition to the student’s regular stipend and full tuition waiver. Students may also apply twice a year for extra internal grant funding for research, travel, and materials.

Urban Location
The downtown location encourages connections with local art networks, such as the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Contemporary, MOCA GA, and a solid group of commercial galleries, alternative spaces, and grassroots artist organizations. Alumni, faculty, and students are very involved in the expanding and ever-evolving scene of the international hub, having founded artist-run organizations, nonprofits, and creative publications.

The Welch School Galleries support the curriculum by curating regional, national, and international art exhibitions throughout the year while providing a venue for thesis exhibitions.

The Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series offers a year-round calendar of lectures that provides students with access to a diverse mix of renowned artists and scholars, which encourages artistic discourse and leads to studio critiques and workshops.

Studios & Resources
MFAs are given personal studio spaces and 24-hour access to shared studio equipment, allowing for creative and cross-disciplinary exploration and research in their area of study.

Third-Year Opportunities
Third-year students are given a signature professional experience and funding. Examples of prior offerings include exposure to international art fairs, opportunities to travel, supplemental funding, writing workshops with art publications, or opportunities to research and exhibit. These unique opportunities yield career-building experiences, such as networking with curators and collectors, exposure to the greater international contemporary art scene, and professional application.

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Contact Graduate Coordinator, Wesley Harvey, at or (404) 413-5256.