MFA Program

MFA Program

The Visual Arts Program offers students many opportunities to expand the depth and complexity of their studio practice as well as their ability to think critically in the context of contemporary art theory. To that end, students have regular studio visits with full-time and adjunct faculty, who offer critical insight into both the form and underlying ideas of students’ work.

Students are also encouraged to take electives outside of the Visual Arts Program: in the Writing, Theatre and Film programs of the School of the Arts; and in art history, architecture, philosophy and other areas of study throughout Columbia University. These electives ensure that students develop a broad base of art history and theory upon which they can build a solid and provocative studio practice.

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Visual Arts

The MFA degree in Visual Arts is an interdisciplinary two-year studio program, allowing students to pursue moving image, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and expanded practice.

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Sound Art

An Interdepartmental Program Offered in Association with The Visual Arts MFA Program, the Department of Music and the Computer Music Center