A program for artists, teachers, and other professionals in related fields who are seeking advancement in visual arts.
This 60-credit program is delivered in a low-residency format and is designed to be completed in two years. You'll participate in five, 10-day residencies, typically scheduled for January and June, in our new Lunder Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Each residency is separated by a 6-month semester of independent creative work and study in your own community.
The interdisciplinary focus of the program encourages you to explore the integration of a variety of visual arts media. You'll advance your study of art history and culture, and critical thinking, through the rigorous academic components of the program.
The residencies are structured, with 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 to help you become a stronger visual artist.
Our prominent MFA faculty and visiting artists present lectures and seminars. The residencies provide an opportunity for you to develop, expand, and question your artistic vision in a process that culminates in a work plan for the semester following each residency.
Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the MFA in Visual Arts program allows you, with the guidance of our internationally known faculty and mentors, to design your own curriculum each semester.
Joan Jonas, representing the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale;
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
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The MFA in Visual Arts program offers more than $300,000 in merit scholarships yearly. The awards range in amount and are applied toward the cost of the 60-credit program. Scholarships are determined at the time of admission; no separate application is required.
Download the 2016-2017 program overview for the MFA in Visual Arts.
Prospective students may submit a preliminary portfolio for review from one of our MFA Visual Arts Faculty.