School of Art and Design
Graduate : Alfred/Düsseldorf Master of Fine Arts in Painting

Visiting Assistant Professor Jutta Haeckel
Assistant Professor Heidi Hahn
Assistant Professor Whitney Hubbs
Assistant Professor Lydia McCarthy
Associate Professor Stephanie McMahon
Professor Kevin Wixted, Division Head

The objective of the Alfred/Düsseldorf Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) is to give individuals international experience and a global perspective while preparing them for careers as artists specializing in Painting.

This two-year program is anticipated to be highly competitive; seven Painting students are admitted annually. Students spend two semesters at Alfred University's home campus, and two semesters at our studio facility in Düsseldorf Germany. One Teaching Assistantship is awarded each year.

In addition to studio courses, all graduate students take credits in a series of seminars, art history, studio electives and technical courses relevant to their area of study.

In the second year, students write a thesis and present a MFA thesis exhibition in the School of Art and Design's Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Robert C. Turner Gallery, or an approved alternate site.

Alfred/Düsseldorf MFA in Painting
The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography offers an international MFA Program in Painting. The program operates jointly in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University and at our studio facility in Düsseldorf, Germany. Students work with American and European artists and scholars, gaining an international perspective while interacting with art communities on two continents. Through concentrated studio time, significant research opportunities, and mentoring from art world professionals, this program offers a graduate experience that prepares students for leadership roles in the next generation of professional artists and arts practitioners.

Applicants must be committed to extended international study and the practice of painting. Graduate students spend half of each academic year in Düsseldorf Germany engaging in intensive studio work, research, and professional practices. The program encourages a diversity of approaches within the unique language of painting, and fosters critical dialogue addressing contemporary global perspectives. All courses are taught in English. A valid passport is required.

Degree Requirements
Degree requirements include two years of residence; two semesters in Alfred and two semesters in Düsseldorf Germany. A minimum of sixty graduate credit hours is required. Reviews of work are scheduled at midterm and at the end of each semester.

Overview of Required Courses
Alfred/Düsseldorf MFA in Painting

ARTH 660

ART 540

ART 683

ART 542

ART 544

ART 674

ARTH 500

ART 501

ART 601

First Year Grad Seminar

Graduate Painting

Graduate Painting Thesis

Critique and Discussion

Professional Practices

Written Thesis Prep

Art History

Studio Elective (optional)

Studio Advising (optional)

Minimum Total Credit Hours Required For the Program











Office of Graduate Admissions
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Alfred, NY 14802
Phone: 800.541.9229 or Email
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For specific questions, contact:
Billie Burns
Graduate Program Coordinator

Applicants for admission should hold the baccalaureate degree with the equivalent of sixty credit hours in
studio courses. A portfolio of completed works could be considered the equivalent of some studio courses.

In addition to the transcripts and letters of recommendation required of all students, applicants to the MFA
program must present a portfolio showing competency in the appropriate areas. All applicants must
conform to the current area specifications as listed.

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University offers graduate study in four divisional areas: Ceramic
, Electronic Integrated Arts and Sculpture/Dimensional Studies (concentration in either glass art or
sculpture) and Painting. Applicants should make clear to which MFA program they are applying.

All applications are made through the Graduate Admissions Office and all supporting documents and the
portfolio must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by March 1st of the application year.
Only completed applications will be forwarded to the Faculty Review Committee. It is important to clearly
indicate which program you want to enter, as documentation and portfolios are only reviewed by the
faculty in the specific program indicated on the application form. No applications for January enrollment are

Accepted Applicants must make a $200 deposit and return a signed contract as directed in the notification
of acceptance or their acceptance becomes void.

Financial Support
The Alfred/Düsseldorf international painting MFA does not offer a full tuition waiver similar to other Alfred
MFA programs. The tuition is based on SUNY guidelines and is less than half the cost of other highly
ranked programs. A stipend of $4000 is awarded to one Graduate Teaching Assistant each year, and may
be renewed the following academic year. Graduate Teaching Assistants help faculty members in the
performance of their academic duties.