November 17, 2022

Master of Fine Arts

Columbia College Chicago

Caitlyn Doran, Panties in a Bunch, 2022. Acrylic and oil pastel on wood pane. Courtesy of the artist.

The MFA in Fine Arts at Columbia College Chicago prepares students to become professional working artists by combining studio practice, critique, history, and theory with business and entrepreneurial skills. One-third of our curriculum is focused on professional practices, including courses in project management, marketing, intellectual property, and legal issues critical for working artists. Our goal is to provide a robust and well-rounded professional framework to prepare students to thrive in their careers.

Chicago is an excellent home to launch a career in the arts. Affordable, socially aware, and culturally engaged, Chicago is a global creative hub with a welcoming artist community. We have designed our MFA to access this network through the mentorship of our faculty who are embedded in shaping this vibrant community. As a working artist, your success will depend on your network, and at Columbia, we will help you plan and initiate your own professional strategy for launching a career in the arts. Every student in our program is provided a studio space in downtown Chicago – just steps away from numerous world-class museums, galleries, and cultural institutions.

The deadline for funding consideration is January 13, 2023, after which applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We have partially funded graduate fellowships, graduate assistantships, and opportunities for teaching as instructor of record.

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