Integrated Visual Arts


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    The 60 credit Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Visual Arts at Iowa State University is a distinctive and unique interdisciplinary program offering study across the following areas: ceramics, computer applications, drawing, textiles, illustration, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, photography, furniture design and areas outside of Art & Design. The Integrated Visual Arts program offers an innovative curriculum aligned with emerging art and design markets.
Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Develop a fully realized creative direction that provides a platform for continued professional research and visual expression.
  • Produce a body of work that demonstrates a high level of creative investigation and accomplishment.
  • Acquire a professional level of technical proficiency in one or more media areas.
  • Effectively communicate ideas verbally and in writing.
  • Know the ?current and historical context?s within which their creative pursuits exist.
  • Develop a well-formed personal creative philosophy
  • Understand current ethical and social issues relevant to the visual arts.
  • Use relevant theory in pursuing creative university level scholarship.
  • Understand the structure and organization required for university-level art instruction.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.9 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Melissa Stenstrom
Phone: 515-294-3366
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Graduate Coordinator Assistant
    College of Design Business Center
    146 College of Design
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-3094

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements: International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Please submit your application and supporting materials by January 15 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. Submission by these dates ensures consideration for a graduate assistantship. Applications received after these dates may be considered for program admission, but applicants may have fewer assistantship options.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.