Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
Applications for Summer admittance to this program will be reviewed beginning January 17, 2014. Applications will continue to be accepted until the class is filled.
Modeled after the successful MFA in Visual Studies Program, this 60-credit low-residency, mentor-based art program takes place during three or four consecutive summers. This multifaceted and flexible structure emphasizes PNCA’s educational philosophy of fostering independent rigorous inquiry and encouraging cross-disciplinary dialog. The program is ideal for motivated students who can work independently, who desire a flexible structure and who enjoy the challenge and community of an immersive program.
Students gather each summer for eight-week sessions, which include graduate seminars, critique sessions, visiting artist lectures, and intensive periods of studio practice. Students participate in onsite graduate seminars and unique subject focused institutes run by PNCA faculty, and by visiting artists and scholars. A lecture series introduces MFA students to a diverse range of artistic, scholarly, philosophical and cultural voices. Each student receives his or her own studio space where they develop new work as well as have one-on-one studio visits with visiting artists. The studios are clustered around a dynamic hub informed by stimulating dialog with peers and meaningful interactions with visiting artists. Summers also offer opportunities for off-site residencies.
The Fall and Spring semesters are periods of deeper contemplation and productivity during which the MFA students work off-site in their personal studios to incorporate the ideas and insights gained from the Summer into their studio practice, research, and writing. The MFA Chair assists in the selection of a local mentor for these semesters, an expert in the student’s area of focus who will provide guidance and support while maintaining the rigorous standards of the program. This mentorship is an integral component of the program bringing diversity, richness and depth of experience to the MFA candidates.
During four days in January, students meet on campus for Winter reviews during which they receive feedback on work produced during the Fall and engage in intensive seminars and short workshops.
The candidate’s experience culminates in the production of an object for exhibition, the presentation of an oral defense of the work and the completion of a written thesis paper.
A brief glimpse into the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies at PNCA. Click the images for more information.
International Studio Fellowship to the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
The International Studio Fellowship is a unique and highly competitive merit award offered to one international student per year through the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program. The fellowship award will be announced to awardee at time of acceptance.
The International Studio Fellowship offers concentrated graduate coursework with extended independent studio research supported by a faculty mentor. The Fellowship requires Portland residency for the duration of the program.
The Fellowship provides an on-campus studio for year-round use, PNCA faculty mentors, and opportunities for a teaching assistant position during two semesters.
The International Studio Fellowship offers the international student a variety of opportunities to engage with the PNCA BFA and MFA communities through open studio events, exhibitions, artist talks, BFA class visits, and participation in PNCA year-round academic activities.
The duration of the International Studio Fellowship is five semesters to complete 60 graduate credits.
Apply here: http://pnca.edu/admissions/reqs/c/int_apply
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