Apply to the MFA program

MECA&D’s community is as diverse and unique as each individual artist within it and each new student adds immeasurably to the vibrancy of our community. Applications are evaluated individually, with consideration given to the strength of the portfolio and academic achievement.

Supported by renowned local, national, and international faculty, visiting artists and carefully selected graduate advisors, the MFA in Studio Art curriculum emphasizes the intersection of production, individual research, and critical analysis

Students choose either a Low or Full Residency option. 

Among the first programs in the country, MECA&D’s low residency MFA combines intense periods of on-campus instruction with the freedom and independence of working from any home location, anywhere in the world. 

MECA&D’s Full Residency MFA is a trimester program, starting in the summer, that provides 24/7 access to 200,000 square feet of private studios and staffed fabrication facilities where students work alongside peers and with local faculty.

Each year, the program offers a teaching ratio of about 8:1 to ensure MFA candidates receive 1-on-1 attention from our faculty, advisors, and visiting artists. 

Starting with an eight-week summer intensive, MFA candidates experience a truly individualized education and become a skilled, inventive, self-disciplined, engaged maker. Our structure promotes the development of a professional and sustainable lifelong practice.

We welcome students to apply by the priority application deadlines stated for each program. Each applicant is considered for merit-based scholarships upon acceptance into the college.

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Katie Coleman, MFA '20. Photo: Lauren Berg