USF Announces Master of Fine Arts Degree

November 28, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts will be offering a new Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (MFA) beginning in the fall 2018 semester.

The new Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art program focuses on independent creative practice that is rooted in traditional studio arts but welcomes a wide range of approaches to classic and contemporary art making. It is ideal for students who are motivated, want an innovative approach to graduate study, desire independent studio practice, need a flexible structure and are seeking the challenge and community of an immersive, rigorous program.

Each semester begins with an eight-day, on-campus residency focused on developing a student’s academic plan and expanding his or her creative perspective through a combination of critiques, seminars, lectures, conversations, panels, presentations, workshops and adviser meetings. The residency is designed to help the student become a stronger visual artist and jump-start the creative process, and is followed by a semester of critical theory and a self-designed, guided studio practice. Students create from their own home studios independently, while being supported and mentored by the award-winning artists and scholars who comprise the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts faculty.

“This new degree sets the university apart from its regional competitors and peer institutions,” said School of Creative Arts Interim Dean Colleen Huddleson. “This program trains and cultivates artists in preparation for academia. It allows for continued exploration, investigation and study in the fine arts as well as permitting study at a distance, introducing USF to a wider market.”

The University of Saint Francis is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). For more information about USF programs and to apply, go to

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.