The School of Art's Master of Fine Arts program admits six students each year into an intimate, interdisciplinary and contextually oriented three-year program. The program is designed to support each student in their individual studio practice with immersion in a strong and inclusive community of critique in a vibrantly experimental and rigorously intellectual environment.
Students pursue their artwork and research agendas with close faculty guidance from two faculty advisors each term, as well as access to the full School of Art faculty. Studio visits with a diverse and relevant series of visiting artists and critics provide further critical input.
The three-year structure encourages risk-taking and allows students to explore new tools and processes while delving deeply into the content of their work. The program provides expansive opportunities for collaboration across the university’s spectrum of research areas.
Studio: Independent, focused and exploratory creative work supported by regular meetings with faculty advisors and reviews at the end of each semester.
Integrative Seminar: Critique and discussion of work with peers, faculty and visitors. Integration of the discourse from academic seminars, studio practice, and visiting artists/critics. Field trips, research and readings supplement and inform discussion.
Academic Seminars: Readings in theory, criticism, and culture; processed through discussion and critical writing.
Contextual Practice: This project-based and collaborative course provides students with an opportunity to produce experimental works that creatively expand the role of art in the public sphere while meaningfully engaging with contexts and communities.
University Electives and optional School of Art Electives: The rich offerings of the entire university are available to inform research, provide access to new tools and knowledge, and as opportunities for interdisciplinary work.
Writing Seminar and Written Thesis: Critical writing culminates in a substantial written thesis that historically, socially and theoretically contextualizes each student's work.
Thesis Exhibition: In addition to group and solo exhibition opportunities throughout the program, studio work culminates in the public exhibition of studio work in the Miller Gallery. In the third year, thesis work is guided by a committee that includes a third advisor from within the university, and a fourth advisor from outside the university.
Graduate Assistantships: In addition to coursework, all students in the program hold a graduate assistantship each semester. These assistantships help to defray the cost of tuition and provide extensive experience in teaching, research and course development. The time commitment for assistantships is eight hours per week.
For complete details on all aspects of the program and curriculum, please see the School of Art Handbook.