The School of Art+Design offers a two-year in-residency program in Studio Practice or a three-year flexible-residency program in Social Practice leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Art Practice. These 90-credit programs prepare the student to be a practicing artist within a regional, national, and international arts community.
Contemporary Art Practices M.F.A.
Working with designated faculty during the first year, students are encouraged to explore new media, models and ideas as they develop a proposal for creative activity that culminates with a graduate project in their final year of the program.
Students are admitted conditionally and must pass a midpoint candidacy review to gain regular admission to the university and continue work towards their degree. (Students in-residency receive a candidacy review at the end of their first year; flexible-residency students are reviewed at the end of their second year.)
Students complete 90 credits, distributed in the following way:
- 40 credits Contemporary Art Practice/Directed Studies
- 12 credits Visiting Artist Program/Group Critique
- 12 credits Contemporary Art History/Theory
- 8 credits Electives (outside School of Art+Design)
- 12 credits Graduate Seminars
- 6 credits Exhibition Project/Statement
Upon successful completion of the candidacy review students work with a faculty adviser in their specified concentration to produce their graduate project. The project is presented in a public exhibition or other appropriate form in the spring quarter of the second or third year.