Future Graduate Students

The Stamps MFA

The two-year MFA curriculum at the Stamps School is ideal for artists and designers whose creative practice actively engages fields of inquiry beyond the cultures of art and design. It integrates creative work with academic research, international study with regional community engagement, and theoretical grounding with skills development. All MFA students are required to reach beyond the cultures of art and design to develop robust engagements with one or more fields of knowledge and inquiry at the University of Michigan. WIthin this framework, the program offers two tracks — scholarly or studio-focused – to meet the individual needs and interests of students.

Your practice will have a global perspective

Stamps recognizes that creative practice is global in its scope and impact. With funding support from the School, each MFA student conducts a self-directed international study project. Past graduates international research has ranged from studying the residual effects of colonialism in South Africa; to conducting sound recordings in Egypt’s museums, tombs and temples; to travel to Prague to attend a two-month residency at the MeetFactory International Center of Contemporary Art. Click here to read a sampling of past students’ travels.

The power of mentorship and preparing for a career

Throughout the two-year programs, Stamps’ full-time faculty of internationally recognized artists, designers and scholars work closely with students to shape an intellectually-rigorous program of study individually suited to each candidate’s areas of interests and talents.

Because close working relationships with faculty are a key component of graduate study at Stamps, applicants are asked to identify three Stamps faculty members who they feel would potentially be suitable mentors and advisors during their course of study.

In addition to their creative studies, each graduate student participates in a strategic planning process for post graduation, developing an individualized career trajectory with financial support available for transitional professional opportunities.

Stamps faculty’s research interests include:

  • performative technologies
  • transdisciplinary design
  • art and commerce; audio narrative
  • mixed race identity politics
  • art and early childhood development
  • african american history, culture and representation
  • hybridized narratives and memory
  • displacement, migration and alienation
  • women’s criminalization and censorship
  • the intersection of traditional performing arts and contemporary media
  • the body as screen
  • reproductive technology
  • the integration of art and society through interventions and performances
  • sustainable communities
  • rapid prototyping technologies

Click here for a full list of faculty.