Graduate Curriculum

Sculpture Program Overview - MFA

The MFA Sculpture program supports independent exploration, experimentation, critical awareness, and engagement in the issues, forms, and contexts of contemporary practice in the profession. The program endeavors to challenge and expand on the rationale and modes of working that each graduate student pursues.

Topically focused classes balance studio experience with critical discourse. The courses, Critical Dialogues and Graduate Seminar, round out the curriculum and offer students the opportunity to participate in critical discourse with the entire MFA program.

In a flexible program encompassing the breadth of today's sculptural practice, each student has the opportunity to articulate an individual vision and make a significant contribution to the discipline. Students are encouraged to pursue independent study opportunities and fieldwork that extend beyond the boundaries of the University. Similarly, students have ample opportunities to take course work in the liberal arts and other studio areas to inform their practice. The MFA program is a 60 credit hour, 2-year degree program culminating in a thesis exhibition in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.



As a proud member of the State University of New York system, SUNY New Paltz is dedicated to providing a high quality, accessible education. Tuition is affordable, among the lowest rates in the country, and there are ample opportunities for financial assistance. Teaching Assistantships with tuition waivers, Graduate Student Assistantships, Graduate Research Grants, MFA Scholarships for out-of-state and international students are available. The MFA program attracts a highly diverse population of graduate applicants. MFA students have hailed recently from Ukraine, South Korea, Taiwan, Serbia, and Iran, as well as from across the United States.


Please see our Achievementspage to see our MFA students' successes.

To apply, please visit:

MFA Plan of Study (PDF)


Please feel free to contact the Sculpture faculty if you have further questions about the MFA Sculpture program.

Steven Bradford

Associate Professor of Art

SUNY New Paltz Sculpture Program


Emily Puthoff

Associate Professor of Art

SUNY New Paltz Sculpture Program