The MFA in Artisanry - Fibers is a 60 credit, 2- to 3-year program of study.
The Fibers program offers you the opportunity for concentrated studio work involving both technical and conceptual challenges. Graduate students pursue individual areas of interest, which may take the form of two- or three- dimensional structures, garments and costume, functional or non-functional work.
By merging technical processes with a conceptual basis, you will develop personal analytical and critical skills, confidence, and the self-discipline required for accomplished artistic work. Close relationships with your advisor, student peers, and committee members support research, experimentation, and ongoing inquiry, directed toward the development of a strong sense of your own artistic vision and a sensitivity to the role of art within your culture.
The Fibers studio is a vigorous and demanding environment where faculty and students critique, discuss, and debate the issues inherent in studio work; individual meetings take place on a weekly basis and critiques occur each month.
The required studio and academic course work to earn a Master's degree in Fibers includes seminars in professional and aesthetic issues, art history, philosophy of art, and support studios. Studies culminate in a visual and written thesis.
Pursue your MFA at UMassD
- Assistantships: provide stipends, tuition waivers and fee reductions
- Exhibition opportunities: local, regional, and on campus
- Facilities: labs, equipment, and tools for artistic exploration and production
- Faculty: involved in scholarly, creative, and professional projects
- Individualized attention extended to every student
- Interdisciplinary projects and committees are encouraged
- Location: an hour from Providence, Boston, and Cape Cod
- New Bedford: an active downtown arts community
- University education: access to faculty in other fields
- Visiting artists: enrich your artistic and professional development
- Visual Resources Center: more than 150,000 archived images
- Workspaces: assigned to each graduate student
In addition to your application and fee, you are required to provide the following:
Portfolio of 20 images representing your art work, process of thinking, implementation of concepts, and studio production. The portfolio is the equivalent of the entrance examinations which other academic areas often require.
Submit your portfolio to: SlideRoom
• statement of purpose (minimum 300 words)
• official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not)
• 2 letters of recommendation
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TEACHING & GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. See the Graduate Catalog for more information.