Goals & Mission

MFA in Studio Art

Goals & Mission

Program Goals and Mission

The MFA program is dedicated to assisting student artists in developing their work via an approach that is intensely introspective while collectively open to the challenges and issues of the larger world. The program asks students to consider, both critically and irreverently, their own practices and assumptions, as well as those of the contemporary art world, and to pursue their visions to the point of excess as needed. Designed to be small, the program provides ample opportunity for individual attention and critique. The program is non-restrictive to encourage students to work with whatever media or formal means are best suited to their ideas.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Analyze and examine the process of artistic production through guidance and critique with faculty, visiting artists, curators and critics.
  • Develop critical thinking as it applies to the conceptual and aesthetic foundation of individual studio practice. 
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing the link between theory and individual artistic practice with specific attention to historical and cultural contexts.
  • Synthesize critique and intellectual reflection into individual artistic production culminating in a thesis exhibition of contemporary and critical relevance.