Carnegie Mellon’s Interdisciplinary MFA Challenges Students to Expand the Meaning of Being an Artist

Housed within one of the most respected research universities in the United States, the MFA program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art is a three-year, interdisciplinary, experimental program that provides its students with a challenging and supportive context in which to expand and develop their work and thinking as artists. The program views artmaking as a vital social, critical, and intellectual pursuit.

The MFA cohort, limited to 18 students, works with highly active faculty members who possess a diverse set of expertise. The program is guided by four core faculty members who — along with the School’s additional 18 full-time faculty — provide extensive support and mentorship for each student. Throughout their study, graduate students also have myriad opportunities for critique and studio visits with highly-acclaimed national and international visiting artists, curators, and critics.

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The program is housed in a new facility exclusively for graduate art students. It includes 18 individual studios, each approximately 300 square feet with large windows for ample natural light; common study and community areas; a fully-stocked kitchen; administrative offices; and a 1,200-square-foot flexible-use space for coursework, critique, seminars, and more. In addition, students have access to all the state-of-the-art facilities, encompassing both traditional and new media, at the School of Art.

Applications for Fall 2022 are due January 17, 2022, and the school will host a virtual information session on December 17 at 10am (EST).

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