Interdisciplinary Visual Arts MFA
What You'll Study
The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts is a two-year residency program with 60 semester credit hours, as required under the guidelinesfrom the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD),the accrediting agency for art institutions of higher learning.
The MFA inInterdisciplinary Visual Arts is unique in that it will require students to examine and integrate the methods, theory, skills and insights from two or more traditional or non-traditional visual arts with non-art coursework. The program is highly flexible to allow students unfettered access to the excellent faculty and resources within the Department of Art and provides the opportunity to connect with diverse faculty outside of the visual arts from the Universityat large. It fosters interdisciplinary activity, balanced integration of media, processes, and exploratory models of thinking and making. Engagement with disciplines and learning resources outside of Art & Design and within the local, national and international community is expected and supported.
The program is designed to cultivate the practice of interdisciplinarity: to promote different perspectives, methods, media and processes to creative problem solving. Drawing from the diverse expertise of an outstanding faculty, students in the MFA program are grounded in interdisciplinary theory and practice. They explore interdisciplinary exchanges that revolve around material study, concepts and critical dialog in a studio-based environment. Students explore and combine a variety of media that cross studio practices working individually and collaboratively with and across a range of traditional, analogue, and digital mediums and experimental formats infused with ideas and collaboration from disciplines outside of the visual arts. The primary goal of this program is to educate Interdisciplinary visual artists who have the potential to contribute to and move forward the dialogue of contemporary art in the 21st century.