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College of Fine Arts Graduate Programs

The College of Fine Arts at Florida State University offers graduate degree programs in Art, Art Education, Art History, Dance, Interior Architecture and Design, and Theatre. The College also houses the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Facility for Arts Research, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) and the Themed Experience Institute. Start an application so we can send you more information. It is free and it will let us help you find the program that will work for you.


The Department of Art is one of the largest and most comprehensive departments in the College of Fine Arts. The Master of Fine Arts is an interdisciplinary program with a strong focus on research and practice with primary concern as contemporary art and the practice, history, and theories that inform it. The Department of Art offers outstanding, dedicated faculty and a rigorous curriculum with a three-year residency program. We are proud of the accomplishments of our esteemed faculty, who provide guidance in the skills necessary for not only artistic creation, but also in expressing contemporary issues through their visual arts.

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Forbes Spotlights Florida State University Artist on 30 Under 30 for 2017

Florida State University's Department of Art BFA ’09 Rachel Rossin has been named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 for Arts and Style ...

Art Alumna, Samantha Burns, Major Success after FSU

Department of Art alumna Samantha Burns had a very successful 2016 year. Among the few, she presented a solo exhibition at the Southern ...

Alumni Feature: Jeremy Waltman, MFA '08

Jeremy Waltman (MFA ’08) has experienced significant success since his time at The FSU Department of Art. His work can be previewed on ...

students looking happily at the art they created

The Department of Art Education is the oldest of its kind in the Southeast and offers online and face-to-face graduate degrees in the Art Education, Art Therapy, Arts Administration, and Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions. With an over 90% placement rate, our alumni work nationally and internationally as K-12 educators, public and private clinicians, administrators in cultural organizations, and as museum educators. Guided by a mission of social justice, our department is committed to Art for Life: teaching, practicing and advocating for the arts as an instrument for societal change.

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MEX Student at Kentucky Art Education Association Conference

Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions (MEX) doctoral student Anthony Woodruff attended and presented at the 2016 Kentucky A ...

Doctoral Student's "Frankenstein's Light" and MEX Short Film

Jay Boda, a first-year doctoral student in the Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions (MEX)​ program, attended the Directors ...

Department of Art Education MEX Students Experience The Ringling

This semester, Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions (MEX) students taking the ARE 5930 Visitor Studies class applied resea ...


The Department of Art History offers students access to dynamic research opportunities, competitive national fellowships, and preeminent faculty working in state-of-the-art facilities. We provide in-depth scholarship in focussed areas, including Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Modern, and Visual Cultures of the Americas. Our Museum & Cultural Heritage program gives those seeking hands-on, professional experience the unique opportunity to take year-long internships at the world-class Ringling Museum of Art. All our graduate programs have an outstanding record of degrees awarded and alumni placed in higher-education and museum positions. Additionally, FSU has a scholarship program that allows graduate students from the Latin American and Caribbean regions to obtain in-state tuition rates.

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Alumnus Brad Hostetler Receives Met Fellowship

A few weeks before defending his dissertation in Art History at FSU this spring, Brad Hostetler was awarded a prestigious fellowship at ...

Doctoral Candidate Conducts Dissertation Research in Puerto Rico

With the support of the Mason Dissertation Research Award, doctoral candidate Emily Thames travelled to Puerto Rico this July to conduc ...


The School of Dance is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, offering work leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Arts in Dance (Studio and Related Studies), and the Master of Arts in Dance (American Dance Studies). Performance and choreography are the strong emphases of both the BFA and MFA programs with considerable theoretical coursework also required.

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Zollar Contributes to "24-Decade History of Popular Music"

Florida State University's School of Dance faculty member and Urban Bush Women Artistic Director, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar recently had t ...

Suzanne Farrell Works with School of Dance Students

Sixteen Florida State University School of Dance students have had an extraordinary dance experience this fall. The students were able ...


The Department of Interior Architecture & Design encompasses a CIDA accredited undergraduate curriculum and master’s studies for the Advanced Professional and Master of Fine Arts interior design student. Students focus on design theory, history, technical skills, as well as studio classes addressing residential and commercial spaces such as health care, retail, office environment, hospitality and designs for special populations such as children, elderly and others in need of supportive housing.  The curriculum prepares students to work as interior designers in design firms–as well as in a number of other design related settings.

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IA+D Graduate Students Complete Design for Housing and Clinic in Ghana

Interior Architecture + Design graduate students Hae Jeong Hwang and Casey Nettles have completed a report that proposes housing soluti ...

IA+D Students Win Retail Design Competition

For the second year in a row, students in the Department of Interior Architecture + Design dominated the Retail Design Institute’s (RDI ...


The School of Theatre's graduate programs offer both a comprehensive learning degree coupled with direct hands-on, practical experiences that make them unique from many other programs. Graduate students have the opportunity to interact with the highly trained and experienced professional faculty and staff, as well as the opportunity to be leaders amongst their student peers. Many of the creative teams for the School of Theatre productions consist of graduate student designers, dramaturges, management, and directors.

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Theatre Alum Recognized as 2016 Grad Made Good

School of Theatre alum Montego Glover (BFA Music Theatre, 1996) returned to FSU this past Homecoming weekend for the annual Awards Brea ...

Theatre Alum, Andre Holland, Stars in American Horror Story

FSU School of Theatre Alum, Andre Holland, currently stars in the 6th season of the hit FX series "American Horror Story". The season p ...