December 12, 2008

MFA in Visual Art at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis
MFA in Visual Art

Washington University’s Graduate School of Art seeks diverse, highly motivated students for the 2009-2010 academic year. This two-year, critically engaged studio program provides numerous opportunities for collaboration and both disciplinary-specific and interdisciplinary study. The program accommodates a maximum of 50 students to promote a vigorous exchange of ideas while maintaining a close-knit, supportive community. Upon successful completion, participants will earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art.

The Program
Today’s vastly expanded context for art making requires artists to understand strategies of production, various modes of critical analysis, distribution, and reception of creative work. The program prepares students to address progressive social change and assume their roles as global citizens through avenues such as study abroad programs, public engagement opportunities, and research and travel grants.

Graduate seminars provide students opportunities to study theory through studio practice. The curriculum also offers a robust thesis component in which students are mentored and supported in their writing and in the development of their ideas. Studio-based work is supported by dedicated staff and faculty who are active artists and designers.

The Public Lecture Series brings nationally and internationally recognized artists, architects, historians, and critics to campus, promoting new ideas in practice, theory, and technology in art, architecture, and design. Invited speakers routinely come to graduate students’ studios for one-on-one reviews of their work.

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts is a unique collaboration in architecture, art, and design education that is dedicated to excellence in learning, creative activity, research, and exhibition. The Sam Fox School builds on the strengths of its three units —Art, Architecture, and Museum—and draws on the combined energies of those units, as well as the resources of Washington University. As a result, students have access to expanded opportunities for critical dialogue and collaboration, and are singularly positioned to shape 21st-century culture through contributions to creative activity and research in design and the visual arts.

The School maintains a full range of studio facilities to support work across media, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, fashion design, photography & digital imaging, and time-based media. Students have 24-hour access to their studios, as well as to most shop areas. Other resources include the Design Research Studio, Whitaker Media Lab, the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book, Island Press, Des Lee Gallery, and the Kenneth & Nancy Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library.

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum provides students with additional opportunities for meaningful encounters with art and visual culture through curricular integration; Teaching in the Galleries Program; and internships in curatorial, publications, and education departments.

The deadline for applications is January 5, 2009. For information on how to apply, including a list of supporting materials, visit:

Patricia Olynyk
Director, Graduate School of Art
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
[email protected]

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