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The UNM Department of Art provides an environment where creativity, experimentation, and intellectual discourse flourish.

By cultivating a community of studio artists, art historians, and art educators, we recognize the advantages that are gained through the integration of disciplines and through broader connection with research units across the university. Our nationally and internationally-renowned faculty mentor a talented and diverse student body. Together we create an inclusive culture where creativity and critical thinking thrive.

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Application Deadline: January 15
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The MFA in Art Studio is a 3-year interdisciplinary program with strong area specializations in Art & Ecology, Ceramics, Experimental Art + Technology, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Students work with world-class faculty who are highly active and engaged in both teaching and research. All MFA students are granted individual studio spaces across two buildings with grad-only metal, wood, and ceramics facilities.

Funding is available through graduate assistantships/teaching opportunities which include a semester stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the UNM MFA in Art Studio program is part of a diverse and vibrant contemporary art scene at the regional, national, and international level.

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The UNM Art History program emphasizes the study of art and visual and material culture as a means of understanding the intellectual and cultural history of humanity.

The MA and PhD programs in Art History offer specializations from medieval to contemporary art and in Art of the Americas with concentrations in various geographic regions, historical periods, and cultural contexts throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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Art Education

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The UNM Art Education graduate program offers two options: an M.A. in Art Education with New Mexico Visual Art PreK-12 licensure and M.A. in Art Education without licensure. Both options promote a deeper-level understanding of art education, including theoretical foundations, contemporary art pedagogies, reflective practices, community connections, and contemporary issues related to the field.

Students’ interests and lived experiences as artists, researchers, and teachers shape the direction of their graduate program through pathways often overlooked in more traditional learning designs.

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The Confluence MFA Low-Residency Concentration in Interdisciplinary Art is a curriculum dedicated to regenerative culture, building capacity through art to be adaptable, healthy, and resilient.

The concentration’s field-based residencies provide hands-on learning experiences that support a range of interdisciplinary art practices including those based in art and ecology, film and video, sculpture, printmaking, painting, traditional crafts, social practice and experimental artforms.

The 26-month curriculum allows students to continue to live in their own communities and countries while studying at the University of New Mexico, Department of Art.

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