The University of Maryland based in College Park, MD offers a three-year fully funded MFA in Studio Art. The MFA program at Maryland emphasizes the need for a strong conceptual and theoretical understanding of contemporary art practices. Students admitted into the program are provided a spacious private studio and access to state-of-the-art facilities in sculpture, digital media, and printmaking. The majority of MFA students are funded through teaching assistantships which include tuition remission and a stipend and are awarded on a competitive basis. In addition, the department offers numerous fellowships and awards to incoming and continuing MFA candidates.