All Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Access to the MFA facility, controlled by card swipe access, is limited to graduate students, School of Art faculty and staff, approved visitors, and custodial services, ensuring that only those who need access are permitted. The space is equipped with many operable windows and an advanced HVAC system that filters air throughout the entire facility. Other precautions, such as mask wearing, are based on the latest CDC recommendations. Due to the safety features of the space, and the importance of 24/7 studio access for MFA students, the program has continued in person learning throughout the pandemic.
In addition to the resources of the graduate studio complex, each MFA candidate has access to all the state-of-the-art facilities at the School of Art, including drawing and painting studios, a print media lab, sculpture, wood, and metal shops, a digital fabrication lab, a multimedia studio, and more.
The College of Fine Arts maintains an off-campus space, called Platform, where graduate students have organized group exhibitions, collaborated with Pittsburgh-based artists, and organized community events. Platform includes finished gallery space, as well as a state-of-the-art 4K theater. For the MFA Thesis, third-year students take over all three floors of the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art.