Interested in a Master of Fine Arts Degree? The MFA in Visual Art at Watkins College of Art supports the vision that art is a crucial force in society because it creates places of creative freedom and critical insight within our culture. Innovative and interdisciplinary approaches are modeled in this mentor-based program to allow a student to design personal and relevant fields of inquiry. By focusing on methods of research analysis and dissection, the MFA curriculum expands the role of artist as maker, theorist, researcher, and creative entrepreneur.
The low-residency Watkins MFA in Visual Art program is ideal for students looking for the support and rigor of a traditional MFA, but with a flexible structure. Built around a core of creative and individual investigations, the program is grounded in studio explorations, research, concept development, critical thinking, and discourse in contemporary art practices. The program is also designed for working professionals, with a wide range of approaches to art making and a focus on individualized independent research and studio work.Watkins has extensive studio facilities so students can experience, experiment, and produce artwork that crosses traditional boundaries in art, enabling more personal and contemporary work. MFA students are encouraged to expand their existing art practice and find ways to integrate diverse skills and processes. Rather than declaring specific media, students receive a general MFA in Visual Art with the understanding that the use of media is concept-driven. Core faculty, together with visiting faculty, encourage risk-taking as they aid students in discovering new ways to think about materials, media, and processes.
The academic year for this MFA consists of a six-week summer residency where students are encouraged to live on-campus in Watkins student housing (or in off-campus housing of their choosing). In the fall and spring semesters, students work off site, under the guidance of artist-teachers through regular studio visits and critiques. Throughout the program, students are given personalized and intensive attention through the faculty advisor/student and mentor/student relationships. During intensive, six-week summer sessions, students are provided studio space and access to facilities within the college.
Individual studio research is complemented by seminar courses, regular visits with faculty, group critiques, and visiting artists.
To learn more, join us at our Open House, which will offer information on the curriculum and admissions process. Prospective students will have the opportunity to connect with current faculty, staff, and other prospective students, and to explore our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Alumni and student work will be on display and campus tours will be offered. Refreshments served.