Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts

Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts at Wilson College is a terminal degree program designed for working professionals who are experienced artists in choreography (and other movement-based performance art) or visual arts. This program is is constructed with structural, curricular, and financial appeal for this demographic. The goal is to help these individuals further their education while simultaneously allowing them to deepen their artistic practice.

Program

The M.F.A. program is a two-year, 60 semester-hour terminal degree designed in a low-residency format requiring two four-week residency periods during two consecutive summers, and one on-campus defense of thesis work.

The summer intensives consist of individual studio time with faculty mentoring and critique, as well as seminars addressing major concerns in the discipline. The seminars are conducted with participants from both concentrations in order to foster more in-depth exploration. Each student is responsible for substantial preparation as determined with the instructor before the residency in order to make most effective use of the residency period. During the non-residence periods, students work in their home studios in regular contact with local faculty mentors (nominated by the student and approved by the Wilson faculty and academic dean) and the Wilson program faculty. Each semester at home includes a distance/hybrid seminar among members of the program learning community.

The program ends with a thesis exhibition/performance, portfolio review and oral defense.

Admissions and Academic Procedures

Admissions and academic procedures for the program will follow standard Wilson College graduate admissions policies as described for the Master of Arts in Humanities at www.wilson.edu/MFA-adm with the substitution of a portfolio review for the writing sample. If it is more practical, interviews may be done over the Internet.

The M.F.A. program is designed as an intense, 24-month program, with students proceeding as a cohort. However, individual circumstances may prevent students from completing the program in this fashion. The program must be completed within five years of matriculation; however, a student may take a one-semester (summer residency intensive or academic year semester) leave of absence by submitting a letter to the director. A full academic year leave of absence requires approval from the director. A leave of absence beyond one full year, or two missed summer residency intensives, will be considered a withdrawal and will require the student to reapply to the program. Credit for completed coursework will be honored as long as the five-year completion deadline is met. Partial attendance of the summer residency intensive is strongly discouraged but may be permitted by the director.

Incompletes for the summer residency intensives will be arranged with the director and registrar. Withdrawal and incompletes for individual classes will be granted as allowed under standard Wilson academic procedures.

Course Sequence

The M.F.A. program is designed for students to matriculate at summer-residency intensive. In rare circumstances it may be more practical for students to begin their course sequence during the fall or spring semesters of the academic year. In that case the student and the director will make appropriate arrangements.

Concentrations in Choreography and Visual Art, Master of Fine Arts

First Summer Residency Intensive

DNC 501Summer Residency Studio I

6

OR

FA 501Summer Residency Studio I

6

 

DNC 502Smr Rsdncy Studio Seminar I

3

OR

FA 502Smr Rsdncy Studio Seminar I

3

 

DNC 503Smr Res Contemporary Arts Practice I

2

OR

FA 503Smr Res Contemporary Arts Practice I

2

 

DNC 504Smr Res Interdisciplinary Seminar I

2

OR

FA 504Smr Res Interdisciplinary Seminar I

2

 

DNC 505Smr Res Media Art Seminar I

2

OR

FA 505Smr Res Media Art Seminar I

2

First fall academic semester (student at home-studio)

DNC 511Independent Studio Work I

6

OR

FA 511Independent Studio Work I

6

 

FA 510Art History Theory & Methods

3

First spring academic semester (student at home-studio)

DNC 521Independent Studio Work II

6

OR

FA 521Independent Studio Work II

6

 

DNC 523Contemporary Arts Seminar

3

OR

FA 523Contemporary Arts Seminar

3

OR

PHI 535Aesthetics

3

OR

WS 520Feminist Theory: Visual

3

Second Summer Residency Intensive

DNC 531Summer Residency Studio II

6

OR

FA 531Summer Residency Studio II

6

 

DNC 532Smr Residency Studio Seminar 2

3

OR

FA 532Smr Residency Studio Seminar 2

3

 

DNC 533Smr Res Contemporary Arts Practice II

2

OR

FA 533Smr Res Contemporary Arts Practice II

2

 

DNC 534Smr Res Interdisciplry Sem II

2

OR

FA 534Smr Res Interdisciplry Sem II

2

 

DNC 535Smr Res Media Art Sem II

2

OR

FA 535Smr Res Media Art Sem II

2

Second Fall academic semester (student at home studio)

DNC 598Thesis/Exhibition I

6

OR

FA 598Thesis/Exhibition I

6

Second Spring academic semester (student at home studio)

DNC 599Thesis Performance/Exhibition II

6

OR

FA 599Thesis Performance/Exhibition II

6