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The Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applicants for Master of Fine Arts degree program. Full assistantships including stipend are awarded upon matriculation for the duration of our three-year program.

The UNLV MFA is a 3-year, research-based studio art program that uses a tutorial and seminar system as the primary basis for instruction. Graduate students come in direct contact with a diverse art/art history faculty whose work engages a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, painting/drawing, printmaking, multi-media, and cross-disciplinary studies.

Las Vegas and Region:

A diverse and dynamic metropolitan region home to 1.5 million people with campus studios are located minutes from the Las Vegas strip, McCarran International Airport, and Downtown Las Vegas. The stunning surrounding desert environment includes Red Rock National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire. Death Valley National Park and Michael Heizer’s Double Negative are both located 2 hours outside of Las Vegas, respectively.

Visiting Artist Fall Lecture Series:

Annual fall lecture series inviting seminal figures in contemporary art: Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler, Vito Acconci, Richard Prince, Larry Bell, Richard Flieschner, George Trakas, Mary Miss, Siah Armajani, Trevor Paglen, James Casebere, James Elkins, Dike Blair, David Pagel, Josiah McHelheny, Matt Coolidge, Carrie Moyer, Anya Gallacio, Hrag Vartanian, Hugh M. Davies, Coy Howard.

Artist in Residence Program:

Two 8 week residencies are scheduled each spring scheduled with invited artists / art historians teaching under-graduate and graduate seminars: David Pagel, Jim Shaw, Josiah McHelheny, Erin Cosgrove, Doug Harvey, Stephen Frailey, Dike Blair, A.D. Coleman, Mathieu Gregoire, John Rappleye, Fay Ku, Cindy Bernard.


+++ Graduate students who carry Graduate Assistantship have the majority of their tuition waived and receive an annual $15,000 stipend. UNLV will pay $197.59 of $264.00 per credit up to 10 graduate level credits per semester.

Additionally, graduate students may apply for grants for research/materials or conference/travel through the UNLV Graduate and Professional Student Assocation. Applications can be submitted each Fall and Spring semester for funding up to $1,250. For more information on funding available through GPSA, please visit the UNLV GPSA website.



Art Department Requirement

Minimum Undergraduate Degree Requirement: BA or BFA in Art with 60 credits in art/art history or equivalent.

Application deadline with Graduate Assistantship is March 1, 2017.

Please follow up the procedure for the format application process. Application will be rejected if the application process does not meet the format.

This portion of the application is reviewed by the Graduate Faculty of the Art Department. All applications must be uploaded/emailed on or before March 1st and sent to graduate coordinator. Applications are to be created using A confirmation email will be sent after receiving your link. For more information on the process, consult this guide: (UNLV_howtoapply.pdf)*
Please follow the Kapsul guideline step by step. Any errors made in sending the application process will result in rejection.

The following is the list of Requirements:

1. 15 images of recent work uploaded to your Kapsul application: made within the last 3 years. Include title, medium, dimensions, and date. Image size should not exceed 1280 X 1280 pixels at 72dpi.

2. Statement of intent uploaded to your Kapsul application as a PDF: to include: content and structure of medium you are working with, research activities, future goals and art historical references.

3. Three Recommendation letters sent directly to Graduate Coordinator: from individuals practicing, teaching artists, or individuals who are employed in the field of the arts or related decepline, attesting to the applicants ability and interest in his or her researched activities. Recommendation letters should be sent to Graduate Coordinator via

4. Unofficial Transcript uploaded to your Kapsul application as a PDF: (Official transcript to Graduate College)

Portfolios should be submitted via It is recommended that video representation of your work does not exceed 2 minutes.

: Any UNLV Art Department graduate BA/BFA interested in applying to our MFA program would need to delay submiting applicaiton with minimum of two (2) years after graduation.

You may enroll in 6-9 unclassified graduate credits:
Art 710 with the consent of the individual graduate faculty - the course(s) will transfer to core when admitted to the studio art program.

For additional information refer to MFA in studio art website.




=> Online Application

Sealed Official Transcript sent to the Graduate College.

All INTERNATIONAL applicants must meet these eligibility requirements to be considered for admission:

1. Proof of English Proficiency

2. One official transcript from all postsecondary institutions attended

3. Submit Financial Certification form and Bank Letter to Office of International Students and Scholars.

More information regarding the Graduate College Application process can be accessed with the link below:

=> US Students

=> International Students

Graduate College-Admissions:
(702) 895-3320 (main)
(702) 895-4180 (fax)


Mail materials required by the Graduate College to:

Graduate College - Admissions
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway Box 451017
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1017


Application Review Process

The process of application review may take several weeks. The Department of Art Admission Committee reviews all submitted portfolios and makes its recommendations for admissions and awards to the Graduate College. These recommendations are in turn contingent upon the final review and approval of the Graduate College.

A letter of admission status and awards package will be sent directly to the applicant by the Graduate College. Admissions inquiries must be sent to the Graduate College. The Art Department faculty may include a phone interview as part of the admission procedure. Please retain copies of all correspondence and documents sent to you by the Art Department or the Graduate College. It is also recommended that you complete your FAFSA application online if you intend on securing financial assistance from the U.S. Government.



Graduate Assistantships is based on portfolio submitted.

State-funded positions
Graduate assistants awarded state-funded positions are under contract and receive a minimum stipend of $15,000 at the master’s level for nine-month contracts. Tuition reduction assistance and rewarding skill-building experiences are just a few of the added benefits.

Student health insurance
Graduate assistants may opt to enroll in the student health insurance program. Depending on the funding sources, GAs may receive $1,000 toward the annual health insurance premium.

Out-of-state tuition waiver for non-Nevada residents
Out-of-state graduate students who become graduate assistants are not required to pay out-of-state tuition while under GA contract. It should be noted, however, that out-of-state tuition is waived only during the time you hold your assistantship. Hence, if you are no longer a GA, you will be considered an out-of-state student (and pay out-of-state tuition), unless you have applied for and received Nevada residency, as defined in the residency regulations established by the Board of Regents.

Graduate assistants are appointed by the university to conduct work in exchange for a stipend package. In this capacity, they are expected to report in the same timeframe as faculty (i.e., during academic semesters and not during break or vacation times). Graduate assistants must report to work one week prior to first day of instruction, both fall and spring semester.

It is expected that the graduate assistant will spend a maximum of 20 hours per week fulfilling research or teaching requirements.