University of the Arts, The

Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture


320 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture

Format: Campus

Program Description:

These studio-based Master of Fine Arts degree programs are intended to broaden and advance the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a contemporary studio. The programs have been designed to meet needs of artists holding BFA or BA degrees who are interested in pursuing an MFA in either ceramics, painting, or sculpture within a time frame that accommodates their employment or academic-year schedule. Departing from the traditional semester format, students enter this three-year program in summer and complete the major portion of their work during three annual eight-week summer residencies of intensive, individually focused studio experience. In addition to exploration in the major, students pursue interdisciplinary investigations in studio topics common to each discipline and address contemporary critical issues and methodology in University graduate seminars. During the fall and spring semesters, students complete independent studios, writing and research projects, and independent thesis preparations. Regional students maintain contact with studio faculty and present studio work at specific intervals throughout the off-campus semester and at final critiques held at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Non-regional students meet with assigned studio mentors in their geographic region for concurrent periodic and final critiques of in-progress and completed work. Off-campus writing and research projects are completed via mail or e-mail communication with seminar faculty. A final thesis review and exhibition is held following completion of the third summer. Students will be challenged by the broadly diverse aesthetic and critical opinions of distinguished studio faculty and noted visiting artists and critics. Summer MFA candidates are expected to follow the curriculum as structured in order to complete the program within three years and present a final thesis exhibition following the completion of the third summer.

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Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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