Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies

Sixty credits.
Two years.
Unlimited Possibilities.

MCAD's master of fine arts in visual studies program is a community of makers, thinkers, theorists, researchers, and creative professionals working in a mentor-based, interdisciplinary environment.

Our diverse student body—one with a robust international presence—explores and fulfills social, cultural, and professional needs, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities stretching across art and design practices.

MFA students pursue creative work in the fields of:

  • animation
  • comic arts
  • drawing
  • filmmaking
  • furniture design
  • graphic design
  • illustration
  • installation art
  • interactive media
  • painting
  • paper and book arts
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • sculpture


MFA Catalog


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MFA graduates in the
MFA Catalog!



The MFA Curriculum

Most credits are earned through one-on-one work with a faculty mentor. Additionally, students take critique and liberal arts seminars and have the option to pursue internships and a range of engaging educational opportunities.

The final year culminates in a capstone thesis exhibition and paper. Combined, this advanced degree affords artists and designers many career opportunities in studio work, as well as the option of teaching.

Credit Requirements

Studio Core: 39 credits
Studio Critique Seminar: 9 credits
Liberal Arts Seminar: 12 credits
Graduate Teaching Seminar: Optional

Total Credits: 60

Whittier Studios

Whittier Studios is 19,000 square feet of dedicated graduate study space that includes studios, classrooms, a computer lab, production areas, and a beautiful gallery. Every MFA student has a personal studio space and 24/7 access. 

What MFA Students Are Saying

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