Shape a Career for Yourself in Studio Art and Graphic Design with an MFA Degree from Liberty
Turn your works of art into a rewarding career in studio arts, graphic, and digital design! Whether your dream is to become a graphic designer, illustrator, art critic, university professor, or even a user interface designer, Liberty has a graduate program for you. Our master’s degrees in visual and performing arts are designed for students who want to become leaders in the digital art industry.
We want to see your passion on paper. Show us the skill and dedication you possess for studio and graphic design with the submission of a professional portfolio. By ensuring our applicants have the entry-level design skills needed for success in the program, we help cultivate greater confidence within our students and their ability to succeed.
Take your understanding of art to a whole new level. Liberty’s visual and performing arts master’s degrees will help you see acute detail within visual imagery, enabling you to conduct advance analysis of this artwork and its underlying meaning. You will also develop your mastery of visualization, ideation, and creation of visual imagery using both tradition and digital tools.
Available Degree Program
Master of Fine Arts
Our Master of Fine Arts degrees provide a creative atmosphere where you can develop professionally through various seminars, internships, exhibits, and real-world learning experiences in addition to your courses. Our degrees offer a community where evaluation, critique, and open exchange stimulate artistic excellence and innovation. Grow your unique artistic medium through our rigorous MFA coursework!
Why Choose Liberty’s Visual and Performing Arts Master of Fine Arts Degree?
By earning a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in graphic design or studio art, you are setting yourself apart in the competitive digital design industry. An MFA is one of the highest academic achievements an artist can obtain. Get the recognition your work deserves while opening the door to more lucrative positions in design with Liberty’s visual and performing arts master’s degrees.
We offer students the newest technology to use for their creative expression. Our program allows for creative freedom, research, and experimentation to play out and professional talent to blossom. Learn how to manipulate designs using character creation, 3D modeling, and virtual reality. Our students are creating projects that they can show future employers to prove their skill level.
With these skills in hand, our students have won awards across the local, regional, and national levels in design. Carla Miles, an alumnus from our School of Visual and Performing Arts, has gone on to submit work for Magnolia Hearth and Hand’s Target collection. Our students are gaining the tools they need to become a major part of today’s design community.
Now it’s your turn. Let us help cultivate your current artistic talent so you can take your skill to the next level. Let our professional faculty come alongside you to bring your career aspirations to fruition.
As you pursue your degree, you will gain hands-on experience by using the resources in our School of Business building! You will have the opportunity to study in operational information technology labs and network and data centers. Additionally, try your hand at trading stocks in our simulated stock trading room, or in the 2,000-square-foot Entrepreneurship Center for Innovation.
You also have the opportunity to get involved with our student organizations and honor societies. From our Accounting Society to our Technology & Engineering Club, you will gain invaluable insight from peers and professionals alike! Some of the other opportunities you will find in our School of Business include:
- Over 25 areas of study.
- 3+1 accelerated business degrees, so you can walk away with your bachelor’s and master’s degree in just 4 years!
- Center for Entrepreneurship
- Center for Cyber Security
School of Visual and Performing Arts MFA Degree Information
- Residential format
- 60 total credit hours
- Transfer up to 50% of your credits
- Check out our School of Visual and Performing Arts academic catalog
Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents* and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
- Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account
- A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing (2.5 to 2.99 may grant admission on caution)
- Artist Statement (typed) – must include your artistic background, area(s) of specialty, and the intended direction of your work that provides context for your art and design. Must be submitted through SlideRoom in conjuncture with the portfolio
*Details on the pieces that must be included in your personal portfolio can be found on the individual MFA degree pages.