School of Art and Design



The School of Art & Design offers two graduate degrees.

  • The Master Of Fine Arts (MFA) with concentrations in ceramics, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting & drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and textile design

The MAEd in Art Education is the professional degree in art education. Applicants for the MAEd must possess a teaching license. Graduate certification requires demonstrated competence and recommendations from the certifying institution. This is a one-year or equivalent degree (33-36 s.h.). Students interested in applying for admission to this degree program must submit a portfolio of their own artwork showing competence in a studio area or areas as well as sufficient undergraduate preparation in art history. All applicants must have at least the initial teaching license to apply for this degree as well as a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examinations. This degree can be pursued completely online. This degree does not lead to licensure.

The MFA degree is the terminal professional degree in studio art and completion of the degree is required to teach studio art at the university level. This is a three-year or equivalent degree (60 s.h.). Assessments of progress are provided on a regular and periodic basis. Students must possess an undergraduate degree in art from an accredited institution. The Art and Design Graduate Committee will consider an applicant that does not possess an undergraduate degree in art, if that applicant is nominated by an East Carolina University area coordinator, has an exceptional portfolio of work and has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. The MFA degree does not require standardized test scores to apply. This degree cannot be completed online.