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MFA Art and Social Practice

MFA Art and Social Practice

The MFA program will launch in Fall 2021, Application deadline December 15, 2020

The Master of Fine Arts in in Art and Social Practice is a three-year, 60 credit hour program that provides a strong theoretical framework and support for the development of creative work that engages audiences in community-based projects.

The interdisciplinary program supports a mix of Studio Art, Photography, Design, and Animation students who embrace collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. Students in the program develop and create projects that invite community participation, connect with community organizations, and create new situations.

Graduate students in the MFA program are provided with individual studio space in the Natural Science and Art Research Center located in downtown Huntsville in the renovated former Huntsville High School building, and have access to the facilities in the Art Complex on campus. Graduate Assistantships provide opportunities for MFA students to work in the University Gallery or undergraduate studios. Second and third-year MFA students may be awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

Third year students create a major project and exhibition, and collaborate with one another on a publication documenting their work. Each student will write a thesis describing the conceptual foundation of their artistic practice and its relation and significance to society and the community.

Admission to a SHSU graduate program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or 2.8 on the last sixty hours of undergraduate coursework. Admission to the MFA in Art and Social Practice requires a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate Art coursework and a bachelor’s degree in Art. The application for admission will require a digital portfolio of the applicant’s artwork, a statement of intent, three letters of reference, transcripts, and a cv.

To Apply

The Department of Art will accept approximately six students per year to the program.

Application documents:

  • A Statement of Intent that describes the applicant's artisitic background and experience, their interest in art as a social practice, and what they hope to achieve through the MFA program.
  • A Portfolio of Work. Applicant should provide a link or links to a website, dropbox, google doc, Vimeo, or other site(s) where work can be viewed.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Names and contact info of 3 references who will supply letters of recommendation.
  • Transcripts

Apply for admission to SHSU and the MFA in Art & Social Practice 

For more information contact Michael Henderson - mhenderson@shsu.edu


Department of Art Box 2089, Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 77341-2089 Phone: 936.294.4311