December 6, 2012

MFA in Studio Art

Moore College of Art & Design
MFA candidate Oz Hatke working in the studio at Burren, Ireland; July 2012.

At Moore College of Art & Design, the MFA in Studio Art emphasizes international perspectives, rigorous, immersed study in fine art studio practice and challenges the artist to confront established practical and philosophical methods of working.

A required four-week international graduate residency in Burren, Ireland, during the second summer term, in addition to concept-based seminars and frequent interaction with nationally and internationally recognized visiting artists throughout the program, helps the artist strengthen and re-define their work in new and innovative ways and positions their work within a global arts environment.

This seven-semester program is designed to support individuals who are available for intensive full-time study for six weeks during three concentrated summer terms. Evening seminars and advisor-guided independent studio tutorials maintain the program’s emphasis on studio work and continuity with peers and faculty during the fall and spring terms. It is essential for students to have ample work space available to them outside of the six-week summer intensive.

The program utilizes a variety of media as a means to explore and execute work based on content and intent. A required professional practices seminar instills essential business skills and, for those interested in teaching, an elective graduate teaching assistantship and teaching seminar prepare artists for work in postsecondary education.

Critical dialogue with faculty, visiting artists/critics and other graduate candidates are key components within group and individual critiques, seminars, lecture courses and in independent graduate tutorials.

The program culminates in the completion of a mature body of work accompanied by a written thesis, which is presented at the end of the final summer term to the faculty during the thesis exhibition in The Galleries at Moore.
Learn more at the December 13 Open House
or drop-in tours on December 6 and January 3
All events are 4:30–6:30pm. RSVP at [email protected] or 215 965 4016.

OR schedule a campus visit with the Studio Art Graduate Program Manager at your convenience by contacting the Graduate Admissions Coordinator at 215 965 4016 or email [email protected].  

Situated on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the center of Philadelphia’s Museum District, Moore is at the heart of all that Philadelphia has to offer. One of the nation’s oldest, culturally rich cities, National Geographic Traveler named Philadelphia “America’s Next Great City” and the city ranks first nationwide in arts and culture job creation. With world-renowned and respected museums just steps away and easy access to visual and performing-arts festivals hosting cutting-edge events from the region and world, Moore’s location provides a fertile environment for focus, change and growth.




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