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Art, M.A.


Advance your education and expand your career opportunities with our program.


Master of Arts






30 Credit Hours

Curriculum Map

What you'll learn in the Art M.A.

Work with a variety of media. Learn new artistic techniques, disciplines and technologies. Explore art history and art theory. Learn the skills and pedagogy that make an effective arts educator.

What you can do with an Art M.A.

Be qualified for a wide variety of careers in the arts. Depending on your degree, these include arts educator, museum curator and professional artist.

What makes morehead state's program different

Our program options allow you to tailor your degree to your specific interests and career goals.

Admission to the Art M.A. program

  1. General admission to Morehead State graduate study.
  2. Completion of an undergraduate major in art or an equivalent experience with the requirement of supplemental courses.
  3. Undergraduate GPA in art coursework of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Submission and approval of an art portfolio that supports your plans and objectives for the graduate program.


  1. Cover letter
  2. Professional quality resume
  3. Statement of Intent (1-2 pgs.), which thoughtfully and thoroughly addresses the following:
  4. Your current body of work, including information about your subject matter, media, technique/process, theme/concept, and influences.
  5. Your goals for graduate study and how it will benefit your current work or direction.
  6. Your preparedness for graduate-level study.
  7. Your reasons for choosing MSU's Art and Design graduate program and your expectations for graduate study.
  8. Your long-term career goals.
  9. Digital portfolio which adheres to the following guidelines:
  10. Include 20 samples of your work (high quality, professional representations), at least ten of which relate to your current direction, description of your work, and proposed area of study.
  11. Choose appropriate samples that support your proposed track:
  • Studio Art - a cohesive body of work supporting a clear direction in subject, media, technique, and theme.
  • Graphic Design - diverse samples of print and/or web design, which demonstrates understanding of design theory and practice.
  • Art Education - either a diverse body of work, which demonstrates broad skills as an artist and teacher, or a cohesive body of work.


Use of one of the following formats to present your work:

  1. A website (include link), or
  2. A jump drive with a PowerPoint (.ppt) or PDF, Mac-compatible file.

For each digital image, include the following information:

  1. Title
  2. Medium(s)
  3. Dimensions
  4. Year

Do not include foundation or beginning-level pieces. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The art education option offers you a customized program designed to further develop your studio, intellectual and professional background enabling you to grow as an artist, teacher and leader. Courses address the historical and contemporary issues in art theory, studio art, and art education, bridging the connection between the individual artistic process and the creative development of your students through enhanced teaching practices.

The graphic design option allows you to develop a coherent, investigative and experimental body of work focusing on methodology and the application of that method to your studio work. You will also learn to reflect on and assess the merits of your work in relation to visual arts, history, culture and other disciplines.

The studio art concentration offers professional training for independent, self-directed visual artists. This concentration offers you progressive coursework in your chosen media and critical studio theory. Students in the program participate in a graduate studio exhibition and present a thesis statement that relates to their artwork and development as an artist.

All programs in Art & Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Contact Us

Department of Communication, Media, Art & Design

211A Claypool-Young Art Building
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2766
FAX: 606-783-2457