The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in visual arts encompasses various perspectives and fields of study. The MFA program provides a supportive and critical community in which students may expand their aesthetic concepts, develop strategies for expressing those concepts, and create a pertinent and personal artistic practice. While studying at Mason Gross, each MFA candidate holds a private studio within the school.
The program offers courses in painting, sculpture, photography, media, performance, printmaking, and mixed media and is interdisciplinary in nature. There are no design or film courses in the graduate program. Critical, social, and aesthetic issues are explored in seminars that complement the studio courses and critiques.
Various artists and critics are invited to the school each term, providing students with opportunities to explore current ideas and developments. Recent visiting artists and critics include Janine Antoni, Willie Cole, Lyle Ashton Harris, Rachel Harrison, Jim Hodges, Mary Kelly, William Kentridge, Nikki Lee, Catherine Opie, Pepón Osorio, Roxy Paine, Paul Pfeiffer, David Reed, Peter Saul, Carolee Schneemann, Fred Wilson, and Christopher Wool.
While studying at Mason Gross, each M.F.A. candidate holds a private studio within the school. Students also have full access to the departments specialized technical facilities.
MFA students participate in two group shows in the Mason Gross Galleries. These are in the first and fourth semesters in the program.