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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, and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). 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.

Featured News

Art Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig Featured in Joan Mitchell Foundation Exhibition & Publication

Lilian Garcia-Roig, a Department of Art Professor is featured by the Joan Mitchell Foundation as part of its 25th Anniversary celebrati ...

Department of Art Faculty Presents "Art as Social Commentary" at Gadsden Arts Center & Museum

In the fall of 2018, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will host two solo exhibitions featuring artists Mark Messersmith and Carrie ...

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.


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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Art History Presents "Interwoven: An Exploration of Native American Basketry"

This fall, nineteen undergraduates in the Art History Museum Object class with Associate Professor Kristin Dowell are developing the ex ...

Welcome! New Year, New Faces, New Initiatives

Letter from the Chair: Each year, I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces on campus and in the hallways. I am especially thrill ...


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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MANCC Choreographic Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili Named Recipient of 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

MANCC Choreographic Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili is a recipient of a "2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship" whose program “awards unrestric ...

School of Dance Named One of the "Top 10 College Dance Programs to Know" by Backstage

An article posted earlier this month by Backstage lists Florida State University's School of Dance as one of the top 10 dance programs ...


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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Department of Interior Architecture + Design Receives New Digital Fabrication Equipment

The Department of Interior Architecture and Design acknowledges the support of the FSU Office of Research for assisting in the purchase ...

Dean's Student Showcase Recap

CFA recently hosted its first annual "Dean’s Showcase of Student Achievement" at the Augustus B Turnbull Conference Center. Twelve outs ...

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 ...


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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King Kong Opens on Broadway Featuring Christiani Pitts

The highly anticipated stage musical adaptation of "King Kong" will officially open on Broadway, December 8th! The production stars Chr ...

Colleen Muscha to Receive Distinguished Career Award

Colleen Muscha, Professor and Director of the MFA Costume Design Program, is being presented with a Distinguished Career Award for Outs ...