Montana State University

School of Art

School of Art

213 Haynes Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman , MT 59717-3680


Richard Helzer


    • J. Conger; graphic design
    • R.B. Helzer; metalsmithing
    • S. Newman; graphic design
    • H.A. Schlotzhauer; painting/printmaking

Associate Professors

    • H.E. Hamburgh; art history
    • T. Larkin, art history

Assistant Professors

    •R. Beamish, painting/drawing
    • N. Beltjens, sculpture
    • J. DeWeese, ceramics
    • R. Gee, art history
    • G. Janzen, printmaking
    • S. Mast, foundations/painting
    • M. Newhouse, graphic design

Degree Offered

M. of Fine Art

The School of Art, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. The MFA degree requires 60 credits of coursework including a minimum of 15 credits of thesis. This degree is designed for the professional artist or craftsperson including those who plan to teach art at the college level, with specialization in the following areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and metalsmithing. The School of Art does not offer a MFA degree in either graphic design or photography. The School of Art no longer requires the GRE for entrance. We are also proud to announce that in 2003 we completed a major renovation project for a graduate art studio building which includes 12-14 private studios and gallery.


Students applying to the School of Art should submit a portfolio of 20 slides or digital images in jpg format on a cd(preferred), application, official transcripts, artist statement, current resume and three letters of recommendation, along with a statement if you wish to apply for a teaching assistantship. Completed applications for the following academic year must be received by February 15.

Qualified students may be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies on a regular or provisional basis. Provisional acceptance is usually based on undergraduate deficiencies.

Program Requirements

Major Studio area 15 credits
Other Studio area(s) 15 credits
Art History (to include Arth 451) 9 credits
Thesis 15 credits
Seminar in Art 6 credits
Total 60

Each student's progress is reviewed by the School of Art faculty at the end of fall and spring semesters with special emphasis being given to students in their first semester of residence and students beginning their thesis work. Passing of these reviews is required for a student to be considered a degree candidate. Students registered in thesis then work with their committees.

Financial Assistance

Limited numbers of graduate teaching assistantships are usually available within the School of Art and are awarded on a competitive basis to formally admitted graduate students. See the Graduate Assistantships sections for detailed information on appointment criteria. Assistantships are requested from the students home department.

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