The MFA in Visual Arts Low-Residency program provides an ideal opportunity for artists, teachers, and other professionals in related fields who are seeking advancement in visual arts.
The 60-credit Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Arts program is designed to be completed in two years and comprises five 10-day residencies separated by four, approximately six-month semesters of off-site independent creative work and study.
Student Work from the Class of 2014
The interdisciplinary focus of the MFA in Visual Arts program encourages students to explore the integration of a variety of visual arts media. Students advance their study of art history, culture and critical thinking through the rigorous academic components of the program.
Our program, led by Judith Barry, is distinguished by its prominent faculty, distinguished visiting artists, and brand new facilities being built in Cambridge, MA.
Joan Jonas, representing the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale;
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (ranked #1, ArtReview 2012 Power 100)
Accredited by both NEASC and NASAD, the MFA in Visual Arts program allows students, with the guidance of our internationally known faculty and mentors, to design their own curriculum each semester.
The ten-day residencies are very structured and high intensity conversations about the production of visual art. The combination of critiques, seminars, lectures, panels, conversations and advisor meetings during the residency are designed with the aim of aiding the student in his or her development into a stronger visual artist.
Lectures and seminars are presented by MFA Faculty and visiting artists. The residencies provides an opportunity for each student to develop, expand, and question their artistic vision in a process that culminates in a work plan for the semester that takes place off-site between residencies.
In 2015, the location of the MFA in Visual Arts residency will be moved from its present Boston location to the new Lunder Arts Center in Cambridge.
March 15, 2014: Application deadline for Fall 2014September 15, 2014: Application deadline for Spring 2015Get more information about application deadlines
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John Chang, a 2009 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Arts graduate, offers a look behind the scenes at his dedication and passion for his artwork. Read More>>
Jose Romero Jr., MFA in Visual Arts '06 - "I want to persuade the viewers to look beyond the aesthetic and challenge their universal issues, question their paradigms, all while encouraging internal dialogue."