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Master of Fine Arts

Build methods for sustaining a dynamic studio practice that connects to your life and place.


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The low-residency MFA in Visual Arts at Watkins College of Art recognizes that artists and makers have malleable studio practices that are not dependent on specific mediums, methods or places. Over a two-year and one month period, our low-residency model of learning provides a flexible curriculum designed to immerse the artist in a rigorous relationship integrating research, writing, and making.

Watkins College of Art at Belmont Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts grounds you in rigorous research and hands-on exploration. Our flexible curriculum gives you the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on and develop formal, conceptual, and contextual aspects of your artistic practice
  • Pursue intensive studio work and independent research projects
  • Deepen your grasp of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of your work
  • Hone your ability to articulate your vision in spoken and written formats
  • Work with artist teachers in your designated area of the country or abroad 

Graduate Assistantship

The Watkins College of Art is proud to offer one Graduate Assistantship to an incoming, MFA student that covers full tuition. This position requires the applicant to live locally, have flexible hours, and the ability to work approximately 15-20 hours a week. The position will be crafted around the student's skill set and may include studio technician work, gallery assistance, classroom support, and more. To be considered for this full-ride, you must apply to the program and notify Kristi Hargrove ( of your interest. More information and further steps will be communicated in the candidate's interview.

Visit our scholarships page to see all graduate scholarship opportunities. 


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