Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies

PNCA’S LOW-RESIDENCY MFA IN VISUAL STUDIES (LRVS) program, rooted in critical investigation and rigorous, self-disciplined creative practice, 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 graduate program, inclusive of both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary practices. Modeled after the successful MFA in Visual Studies Program, this 60-credit low-residency, mentor-based art program combines intensive graduate seminars, an exceptional visiting artist program, and a focus on the educational and professional goals of each individual student. Intensive courses occur during three consecutive Summer Intensives and two brief Winter Intensives.

The low-residency program’s longer degree-completion times, flexible schedules, lower tuition and cost of attendance, and the distance-learning component, which does not require students to permanently relocate, make it suitable for students who are already engaged in the professional world.

Learning is achieved through independent inquiry, in-depth studio exploration, peer-to-peer dialogue, intensive cross-disciplinary group critiques, and exposure to a wide range of visiting artists, critics, and scholars. Through the MFA Visiting Artist Program students engage a mix of emerging as well as prominent national and international professional artists, curators, scholars, and critics.

Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies

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 Laura Hughes, Program Co-Chair, lhughes@pnca.edu.

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

Applications for Summer admittance to this program will be reviewed beginning February 1.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the class is filled.


2017 Schedule

Orientation Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1pm
Classes Begin Monday, June 12, 2017 
Open House/Thesis Exhibition, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Thesis Exhibition Official Reception, Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 6-9pm
Thesis Exhibition First Thursday Reception, Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6-9pm
Graduation, Sunday, August 6, 2017