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Maryland Institute College of Art offers an MFA in Studio Art (MFAST) which is an interdisciplinary program designed for experienced artists who want to pursue graduate study without disrupting their ongoing careers. The strength of the program is the integration of art practice with critical theory.
MFAST students complete their graduate studies over three years plus one summer. Each year, students come to MICA for an intensive six-week summer residency combined with independent work during the academic year and a return to campus for a short winter session. Intensity and length of the program help to create a strong community of peers and a network of visiting artists, critics, and alumni that truly influence the students thinking and practice.
Students may choose areas of concentration that include contemporary art practices. The first year encourages exploration and experimentation. Gradually, over the course of the next year, a specific course of inquiry begins to take form and the culminating year is spent developing the final body of work for the thesis exhibition. Seminars in Critical Studies complement studio investigations and involve lectures, reading, research, and presentations.
Students in this program will maintain an active independent studio practice throughout the year, complete the bulk of the reading and writing for the Critical Studies Seminars independently during the academic year, and present a thesis exhibition of artwork along with an oral presentation that contextualizes each person's research. Students will take courses in Critical Studies, Professional Development, Technology for Artists, Studio Art, and a thesis course.
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