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Master of Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts


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The low-residency MFA in Visual Arts at Belmont recognizes that artists and makers have malleable studio practices that are not dependent on specific mediums, methods or places. This is why our low-residency model of learning provides a flexible curriculum designed to immerse the artist in a rigorous relationship of research, making, writing, and producing. 

Areas of focus

  • Ideas that inform the work
  • Intention vs. execution
  • Formal aesthetic qualities
  • The relationship of the work to a larger community of artists and/or historical or traditional roles of art making
  • The work’s relationship to proposed goals and to current social and cultural contexts in which the work resides. 

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 



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