The MFA in Studio Art at The University of Alabama is a selective three-year program where students can specialize in diverse disciplines as they prepare for a career as a visual artist. Concentrations in ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture offer opportunities for specialization. However, the curriculum supports exploration across media, and the department’s internationally recognized graduate faculty includes artists working in digital media, drawing, graphic design, installation, video, and social practice. Enrollments are modest by design, allowing students to have designated studio space and to work closely with faculty mentors.

The university campus is a vibrant hub for contemporary art with regularly occurring exhibitions, workshops, and panel discussions. The Paul R. Jones Museum and Sarah Moody Gallery of Art are active collecting institutions and teaching centers where significant historic and contemporary works are incorporated into the graduate educational experience. A robust visiting artist and scholar program brings internationally recognized researchers, curators, artists, and practitioners to campus for speaking engagements and graduate studio visits.

A generous funding pool provides financial support to many incoming students, with several receiving renewable full tuition waivers and stipends of $15,300–$20,000. Additional research funding is available to enrolled students to support travel, external exhibition opportunities, and conference participation.

The University of Alabama is committed to fostering an innovative and critically minded graduate program. During their studies, students establish the basis for a lifelong art practice and engage with the resources and mentorship needed to meaningfully contribute to our contemporary cultural landscape.

Graduate Faculty
Jonathan Cumberland, William Dooley, Allison Grant, Jamey Grimes, Jason Guynes, Holland Hopson, Sarah Marshall, Wade MacDonald, Celestia Morgan, Pete Schulte, Bryce Speed, Craig Wedderspoon, Melissa Yes

Recent Visiting Artists and Exhibiting Artists
Roscoe Hall, Cedric Smith, Patricia Watts, Rebecca Rutstein, Renée Stout, James Little, Thornton Willis, Charlie Lucas, William Paul Thomas, Tony Bingham, Kelly Taylor Mitchell, Joyce Scott

For more information about the graduate program, contact Allison Grant, Director of Graduate Studies in Studio Art, at or apply online at