Combine an MFA with an MA in Critical Studies

Our dual-degree option allows you to pursue an MFA in Visual Studies, MFA in Collaborative Design, or MFA in Print Media while pursuing an MA in Critical Studies and complete both degrees in three years.

Advantages of the Dual Degree program

Combine an MFA in Visual Studies, Print Media, or Collaborative Design with an MA in Critical Studies.

The dual-degree's focus on critical writing can help you powerfully articulate and contextualize your work in a larger theoretical framework. The dual-degree program also offers you additional time and support for the written thesis, a crucial part of your thinking through your project and practice. Further, the MA in Critical Studies program emphasizes on publishable research with opportunity to publish in the program’s online and print journals.

If you are pursuing a graduate degree because you are interested in teaching in higher education, the dual-degree program offers the advantages of a terminal MFA degree combined with the academic rigor of the MA in Critical Studies program. And for any imagined career path, the professional practice coursework and required internship in the Critical Studies curriculum give students real world skills to be competitive in a variety of fields.

Finally, the program is practical. Students can leverage elective credits that apply to both programs.


For any questions about the dual degree program, contact Shawna Lipton, Chair, MA in Critical Studies. Email

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