Dale Huffman, in the Carlow ceramics studio, talks about the new MA in Art

Hone your Craft With a Studio Arts Degree Designed for Artists

The foundation of any artist's body of work is their skill and technique. In Carlow University's Master of Arts (MA) in Art program, that is the focus, and that's what makes this program so distinct.

Not to be confused with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree, this MA program offers artists the opportunity to develop their skill and technique in the studio, with MA concentrations offered in ceramics and painting. Students work in close collaboration with Carlow's award-winning and highly respected faculty. The goal? To make you a better artist through meaningful studio time and careful attention from mentors. You'll grow personally and professionally while deepening your skills in a structured academic setting.

The MA in Art is a natural fit for three distinct kinds of students:

  • K-12 art teachers seeking a master's as part of their required certification process
  • Artists with a bachelor's degree who aren't ready for an MFA but want to develop their skills
  • Established or aspiring studio artists seeking a more structured way to hone their craft

Want to learn more about this graduate arts program? Request more information. Or apply now online for the upcoming semester.

Being a professional artist models professional behavior for students. It shows them that I am a practicing professional as well as a professor, and helps keep me current as an artist, which is a big benefit to them.” - Dale Huffman


What You'll Learn

It's not an MFA, though the skills developed in this MA in Art program provide an advantage to students looking to pursue one later. In this studio arts degree program (30-credit minimum), you'll work with a faculty advisor to develop an appropriate course of study that will meet your needs as a developing artist.

Concentrations Offered
  • MA in  Painting and Drawing
  • MA in Ceramics/Pottery
Curriculum Requirements
  • Advanced Studio Projects (18 credits)
  • Thesis and Exhibition (6 credits)
  • History of Art (3 credits)
  • Elective Study (3 credits)

Students enjoy a flexible program where they work independently but can enjoy frequent interaction with the faculty advisor.

Have questions about what it's like to earn your MA in Art at Carlow University? Contact our admissions department (admissions@carlow.edu) or reach out to program chair Dale Huffman (dhuffman@carlow.edu). For other program details, review the Course Catalog.

Distinguished MA in Art Faculty

Students in Carlow's MA in Art program work under the guidance of award-winning, professional artists. Below is a selection of just a few of the faculty you will work with when you enroll in the program.

Dale Huffman, MFA, Chair, Art Department

BS in Physics (1972), Carnegie Mellon University | MFA (1976), the Art Institute of Chicago | Two decades experience as a full-time studio artist | National and International Exhibitions | Workshops held in Denmark, Spain, Sweden, and the USA | Work and writings featured in books and leading periodicals from England, Germany, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

Sarah Jacobs, MFA, Gallery Director, Art Department

Art History, Gettysburg College | MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Arts (2010) | Professor of Art, University of Maryland and Gettysburg College (2014-2016) | Recipient of multiple art grants | Work featured in public and private collections in the United States and the United Kingdom.

How to Apply

Graduate Admissions

Admission to this program is granted to a select number of applicants. To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant must hold an approved undergraduate art degree and submit a portfolio for evaluation. For more information, contact Graduate Admissions (admissions@carlow.edu).

Accelerated Option for Current Carlow Undergraduates

Save time and money on your path to an MA in Art at Carlow. Through this accelerated program option for current Carlow undergraduate students, you can engage in higher-level work and interact with graduate students while completing your undergraduate degree, ultimately earning your MA faster.

Program Eligibility

Juniors and seniors admitted to this program may take up to nine credits of AR730, Advanced Projects, while they are still undergraduate students. In order to begin accelerated MA courses, you must:

  • Major in Art, Painting, or Ceramics
  • Have junior or senior status
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 while at Carlow
  • Meet Carlow residency requirements (minimum 18 AR credits at Carlow and appropriate overall credits at Carlow)
  • Gain your undergraduate advisor's approval
  • Submit your application materials by contacting the MA director
  • Gain approval from the MA director
  • Achieve a minimum grade of B in the MPC courses to continue in the program 
Credit Requirements
  • To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.0 average
  • To receive graduate credit, all graduate courses must be passed with a B- or above
  • Graduate credits will count toward the 120-credit undergraduate degree requirement and will be concurrently posted on the graduate transcript
  • Graduate courses will count for graduate credit only if the student earns a B or higher
  • Graduate courses will count for undergraduate credit only if the student earns a C- or higher

Note: Final and full admission to the MA in Art depends upon a portfolio and transcript review upon completion of the undergraduate degree from Carlow. Admission to the accelerated program is not retro-active. It must be approved and in place before registration for coursework to be eligible. 

Ready to take the next step? Apply now at Carlow.