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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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Art Alumna, Brittany Watkins, ArtFields 2017 Juried Prize Winner

Florida State University's Department of Art would like to congratulate MFA ’16 graduate, Brittany Watkins, who was recently awarded th ...

"Honest Visions: Artists and Autism" Exhibition Featured on FSU News

For the third time in the last four years, the “Artists and Autism” exhibition series will bring the remarkable work of differently abl ...

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 ...

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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Department of Art Education Welcomes Dr. Barbara Parker Bell

The FSU Department of Art Education would like to warmly welcome the new director of the FSU Masters Art Therapy Program, Dr. Barbara P ...

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 ...

Art Education Presents: AAM and the FSU Friends & Alumni Reception

On Friday, May 27, 2016, members of the FSU Department of Art Education traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the 2016 American Allianc ...


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 in Action: A Year at The Ringling

Five MA students in our Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies program spent the 2016-17 academic year studying and working at the worl ...

Art History Professor Paul Niell Develops Caribbean Architecture Digital Humanities Project

Department of Art History Professor Paul Niell has spent much of 2016 traveling throughout the Caribbean to develop and promote a new d ...


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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School of Dance Presents Days of Dance

As the year’s performance season comes to a close, the School of Dance prepares to showcase the talent of its faculty and students in i ...

School of Dance Partners with CAI and Power of We for "Dance with Power of We: Embody Inquiry"

The School of Dance partnered with student groups Community Arts Initiative (CAI) and Power Of WE to create an audience-driven interact ...

School of Dance Professor to Lecture in FSU Society for Musicology Event

The FSU Society for Musicology is presenting School of Dance Professor and musician, Douglas Corbin, as he will be giving a lecture cal ...


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 ...

FSU Department of Interior Architecture + Design Shines in DesignIntelligence Rankings

The Department of Interior Architecture + Design was ranked in the top tier of interior design programs across North America once again ...

Interior Architecture + Design Alumni Reception and Advisory Board in Atlanta

Recently, IA+D held their alumni reception & advisory board meeting in Atlanta, GA at the Steelcase Work Life Center on September 22 an ...


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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School of Theatre Alumni featured in Oscar Winning “Moonlight”

The College of Fine Arts is very proud to congratulate School of Theatre alumni André Holland (BFA Acting, 2001) for his involvement in ...