Alfred-Düsseldorf Painting

A painting Master's program with international draw

The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography offers an international MFA Program in Painting. The program operates jointly in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University and at our studio facility in Düsseldorf, Germany. Students work with American and European artists and scholars, gaining an international perspective while interacting with art communities on two continents.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Painting (MFA)

Required Courses

A minimum of sixty graduate credit hours is required. Reviews of work are scheduled at midterm and at the end of each semester.

  • ARTH 660 First Year Grad Seminar
  • ART 540 Graduate Painting
  • ART 683 Graduate Painting Thesis
  • ART 542 Critique and Discussion
  • ART 544 Professional Practices
  • ART 674 Written Thesis Prep
  • ARTH 500 Art History
  • ART 501 Studio Elective (optional)
  • ART 601 Studio Advising (optional)

In addition to studio courses, all graduate students take credits in a series of seminars, art history, studio electives, and technical courses relevant to their area of study.

In the second year, students write a thesis and present a MFA thesis exhibition in the School of Art and Design's Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Robert C. Turner Gallery, or an approved alternate site.

Applicants must be committed to extended international study and the practice of painting. Graduate students spend half of each academic year in Düsseldorf Germany engaging in intensive studio work, research, and professional practices. The program encourages a diversity of approaches within the unique language of painting, and fosters critical dialogue addressing contemporary global perspectives. All courses are taught in English. A valid passport is required.

Applicants for admission should hold the baccalaureate degree with the equivalent of sixty credit hours in studio courses. A portfolio of completed works could be considered the equivalent of some studio courses.

In addition to the transcripts and letters of recommendation required of all students, applicants to the MFA program must present a portfolio showing competency in their art practice. When submitting the portfolio to Slideroom be sure to indicate the program for which you are applying and provide appropriate portfolio.

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University offers graduate study in multiple divisional areas: Ceramic Art, Electronic Integrated Arts, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies (concentration in either glass art or sculpture) and Painting. Applicants should make clear to which MFA program they are applying.

All applications are made through the Graduate Admissions Office and must include supporting documents and portfolio. Application deadline is February 15, 2024. Only completed applications will be forwarded to the Faculty Review Committee.

Accepted applicants must make a $200 deposit and return a signed contract as directed in the notification of acceptance or their acceptance becomes void.

The Alfred/Düsseldorf international painting MFA does not offer a full tuition waiver similar to other Alfred MFA programs. The tuition is based on SUNY guidelines and is less than half the cost of other highly ranked programs. All accepted applicants are awarded assistantships for each of the 4 semesters. The graduate assistantship can be in the form of a teaching assistantship, teaching internship, or social media and facilities coordinator. In all cases, the student receives a stipend of $7000 for each academic year. All assistantships have a commitment of approximately 10 hours/week to meet the requirements of the stipend.

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