The MFA program in the School of Art+Design is a two-year, interdisciplinary graduate program in the visual arts. This small and highly selective program fosters the artistic, intellectual, and professional growth of each student through exposure to a variety of viewpoints represented by faculty, visiting artists, and critics, and through independent studio work and academic studies. Emphasis is placed on the development of originality, clarity, and studio discipline that will carry into the student’s professional career. The focus on independent studio work encourages discovery of individual forms of expression. This is accomplished through one-on-one meetings with faculty sponsors chosen each term, group critiques, and cross-disciplinary critiques with the MFA faculty.
Each graduate student is expected to produce a body of work during their two years, culminating in an MFA exhibition accompanied by a written thesis. For those interested in developing teaching skills and pedagogical approaches to art making, opportunities are available to assist in the teaching of undergraduate courses and, when appropriate, to develop and offer courses.
The extensive facilities of the school, including photography, video, and digital labs, a furniture-grade woodshop, metal shop, printmaking studios, all housed within the school’s 160,000 square foot building, are available to MFA students. In addition, each MFA student is assigned a semiprivate studio space. Thirty-five miles south of the campus, the vast art resources in New York City also play a crucial role in every student’s curricular and extracurricular studies.
MFA in Visual Arts/MA in Art History
Graduate students have an opportunity to earn both an MA in art history through the School of Humanities and an MFA in visual arts through the School of Art+Design. For information on this three-year option, please refer to MFA/MA Academic Requirements.