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MFA Residencies


The 23-day Summer Residency combines lectures, classroom readings & discussions, studio mentoring, critiques, workshops, and panels featuring active professionals in the art world. The students work with faculty to develop their research bibliography and studio proposals for the Fall Away semesters. 

Winterim (Marth Luther King weekend)

The 4-day Winterim residency allows students to present their work and research from the Fall Away semester for faculty review. During this active residency, students build their independent research bibliographies and studio proposals for the Spring Away semester. 

Away Semesters

The Fall and Spring semesters are designated as the “Away” semesters in the low-residency model. The studio and research proposals that each student develops during the on-campus residencies is activated during the Away semester. During the Away semester, the student registers for two courses: (1) Graduate Studio Project and (2) Graduate Research Project. Students are paired with a faculty for their Graduate Research Project and with an Artist-Teacher for their Graduate Studio Project. The students work from their respective homes across the country during these Away times.