Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies

Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies

To receive information or updates on the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, fill out the inquiry form and contact Tracey Cockrell, Program Chair, tcockrell [at] pnca [dot] edu.

Modeled after the successful MFA in Visual Studies Program, this 60-credit low-residency, mentor-based art program takes place during three consecutive Summer Intensives and two brief Winter Intensives. The Low-Residency MFA program is ideal for motivated students who can work independently, who desire a flexible structure and who are seeking the challenge and community of an immersive, rigorous program. 

A brief glimpse into the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies at PNCA. Click the images for more information.

For students unable to commit 18-24 months of their lives to full-time schooling this program provides a platform to engage in rigorous study with a diverse range of contemporary cultural voices.  Students gather on-campus each summer for an eight-week intensive that includes graduate seminars, critiques, studio visits, visiting artist lectures and demonstrations, and intensive periods of studio practice.  Each student receives his or her own studio space where they develop new work as well as have one-on-one studio visits and critiques with visiting artists.  The Summer Intensive studios are located on campus where students have access to PNCA’s robust and varied centers for making, including digital production studios, sculpture shops, print studios, and more.  Each week during the intensive a Visiting Artist or Scholar is hosted by the program introducing MFA students to the breadth of contemporary artistic, scholarly, philosophical and cultural voices.  Each summer the Low-Residency MFA also hosts an Artist-in-Residence who works for an extended period within the program.  Visiting Artists, Scholars, and Artists-in-Residence are selected specifically in response to the MFA students within the program and their areas of inquiry.

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 five 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.

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.  For more information about the International Studio Fellowship please contact Tracey Cockrell, Program Chair, tcockrell [at] pnca [dot] edu.

Apply here: http://pnca.edu/admissions/reqs/c/int_apply

Applications are due January 16, 2015.


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