The MFA in Visual Arts program curriculum is self-designed, which allows students the freedom to align their area of study directly with their interests.
Each student develops an individualized plan for studio and academic work in consultation with his or her Faculty Advisor during each residency. This self-defined curriculum lets each student relate his or her academic work directly to his or her interests. Most importantly, students accomplish this goal within the context of his or her life.
Over a two-year, four-semester period, students attend 5 intensive 10-day residencies, earning 15 credits per semester. During these intensive residencies, studio work, as outlined in each semester's study plan contract, is evaluated for credit through critiques with faculty, visiting artists and peers.
Academic studies are addressed through seminars, lectures, and planning sessions with academic advisers.
Sunanda K Sanyal
Professor of Art History and Critical Studies
Professor of Fine Arts
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The interdisciplinary focus of the MFA in Visual Arts program encourages students to explore the integration of a variety of visual arts media.