Graduate Programs

MFA Curriculum

Jon Verney (MFA 2016): Thermophile

Installation by Carolyn Gennari (MFA 2017)

Artwork by Math Monahan (MFA 2015)

Carolyn Clayton (MFA 2016): Chain of Contagion

Artwork by Cosmo Whyte (MFA 2015)

MFA Degree Requirements

MFA students complete 15 credits of coursework per semester for a total of 60 credits at the completion of the two-year program. In addition, all students are required to have a three to five week International Project during the summer between their first and second year.

The curriculum is designed to accommodate a range of art practices, from studio-based inquiry to more scholarly, research-focused work.

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Directed Studio Courses 30 credits
Directed Studios are the core of the MFA program. Each semester, students engage in at least six credit hours of intense exploration, research, production, and critique of their individual creative work, in close collaboration with their Stamps faculty advisors.
Elective Courses 9 credits
Students choose Elective courses to meet their individual MFA curriculum goals: they can pursue additional studio courses to emphasize "making" and studio practice, or select academic courses to achieve a hybrid "maker/scholar" focus (learn more about these tracks below).
Seminars 12 credits
Every semester, students participate in graduate Seminars, including seminars in “Research Methods” and “Professional Practice” and other topics related to contemporary art practice.
History/Theory/Criticism Courses 6 credits
MFA students take six credits of History/Theory/Criticism, choosing courses to support their field of inquiry. These classes may be offered by Stamps School, History of Art, or other units across the university.
International Project 3 credits
MFA students are required to participate in a Stamps School-approved international experience. The School supports a three- to five-week international experience for all MFA students during the summer between their first and second year. The experience will culminate with a project that will be shared with the Stamps community. Read more
Total Credits Required 60 credits

 

MFA Sample Plan of Study

Year 1: Fall   Year 1: Winter
Directed Studio 9 credits   Directed Studio 6 credits
History / Theory / Criticism 3 credits   Elective (Academic or Studio) 3 credits
Research Methods 3 credits   Elective (Academic or Studio) 3 credits
      Topical Seminar 3 credits
Total Credits: 15 credits   Total Credits: 15 credits
 
Summer: International Project
 
Year 2: Fall   Year 2: Winter
Directed Studio 6 credits   Directed Studio 9 credits
History / Theory / Criticism 3 credits   Elective (Academic or Studio) 3 credits
Professional Practice 3 credits   Topical Seminar 3 credits
International Project 3 credits      
Total Credits: 15 credits   Total Credits: 15 credits

Note: History/Theory/Criticism courses and elective courses can be taken in either the fall or winter semester.