Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MFA in Art
- MA in Art History with optional specialization:
- Ethnic Studies
- Great Plains Studies
- Nineteenth Century Studies
- Women's & Gender Studies
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.M.F.A. Areas of Study
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Contacts for Art and Art History
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Art and Art History
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.
- Entrance exam(s): MA Art History only: GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Statement of goals and objectives
- MA Art History only: Writing sample, Curriculum Vitae
- MFA Studio Art only: Portfolio with list of slides (See departmental instructions for details.)
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Art and Art History
- February 1 for Fall.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The Department of Art offers an M.F.A. in studio art and M.A. in art history. M.F.A. candidates may focus their study in one or a combination of the following studio areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Each graduate student is provided a shared workspace as well as access to general work areas, a computer lab, and a well-equipped wood shop.
A resource that enriches the artistic climate of the department is the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, which houses one of the finest university collections of 20th Century American art. In addition, the Lentz Center for Asian Culture, the Great Plains Art Collection, and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery offer many visiting exhibitions and lectures.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:
- Art-Graphic Design & Illustration (GRPH)
- Art-Painting (PANT)
- Art-Photography (PHOT)
- Art-Printmaking (PRNT)
- Art Theory and Practice (ARTP)
- Art-Sculpture (SCLP)
- Art History and Criticism (AHIS)
- Art-Watercolor (WATC)
- Art-Ceramics (CERM)
- Art-Drawing (DRAW)
Faculty and research
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Italian Renaissance Art; Italian Baroque Art; Early Modern Literature on the Arts
Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture; The Visual Relationship of Symbols, Imagery and Techniques Relating to Social Issues of Emotion; Ethnicity and Gender
Visual Culture; Art Interventions; Neo-Western Art
Ancient Art and Archaeology
Textiles and Material Culture; Mapping and the Construction of a Sense of Place;
17th to 20th-Century American Art; 17th-Century Anglo-American Portraits; 19th Century Landscape; Genre Painting; Sculpture; African-American Art
Art History; Greco-Roman Art and Architecture; Digital Humanities
Medieval and Northern Renaissance Art
Graphic Design; Branding; Interactive; Strategy
Mixed Media; The Animal in Art and Aesthetics; Art and Well Being