2019-2020 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Jan 17, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Arts, M.F.A.

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(60 credits)

Program Description

The low-residency MFA in Visual Arts and the low-residency MFA in Photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art both provide a comprehensive focus for graduate candidates who are seeking to combine creative work, inquiry, and investigation in ways that focus on the advanced preparation for a profession in the arts. Please visit the Visual Arts department page  for additional information.

Learning Outcomes

Content Knowledge and Application

  • Apply technical skills as appropriate to a student’s medium, subject, and conceptual concerns. To this end, demonstrate committed, disciplined studio practice and full engagement in the intentional formal presentation of one’s creative work, as relevant to the discipline.
  • Demonstrate an ability to actively and fully engage in individual and group discussions, including thoughtful participation, intentional listening, and receptiveness to constructive dialog and critique.
  • Engage in risk taking and invention in one’s creative and academic  work. Risk-taking and invention should also be evident in research, writing, and through  full and rigorous engagement in the curriculum. Risk taking implies comfort with a range of ideas and perspectives, as well as with contradiction and ambiguity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of one’s work relative to historical and contemporary practice and demonstrate an awareness that creative work exists in a social context.
  • Develop an inventive, individualized, flexible, and entrepreneurial plan for maintaining a sustained practice.

Collaboration and Participation

  • Participate in cross-disciplinary collaborative work, engaging fully with structured programming as well as with alternative sites and communities, engaging with concepts and entities outside of the immediate artistic and academic bubbles of one’s discipline.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the artist’s role as one of local and global citizen. Social and global awareness includes an understanding that power structures operate through all forms of communication–in the creation of meaning and therefore in the making and interpretation of works.

Communication and Articulation

  • an aptitude for the communication of ideas through multiple modes of expression and the intentional consideration of audience. Aptitude  includes formal skill as well as an an articulation of one’s own ideas and creative work as subjective. Communication will demonstrate an ongoing awareness of and consideration for social and cultural contexts.
  • Actively consider and respond to issues around appropriation, influence, and source material through one’s creative and professional practice. In all academic and creative work, all appropriated words, images, and ideas of others will be fully and clearly identified.

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Engage in critical and creative thinking by demonstrating an ability to assess ideas, research, theories, and/or creative works presented by diverse thinkers and makers, synthesize multiple perspectives into a coherent understanding of a problem, issue, or question, and generate alternative responses, as demonstrated in the coherent presentation of a question, interpretation, or approach in multiple modes or forms.
  • Demonstrate expanded formal and conceptual exploration, applying those connections to one’s own practice by drawing inspiration and/or differentiation from a wide range of formal strategies and ways of constructing meaning. 

Ethical and Social Responsibility

  • Reflect on behavior with an awareness of one’s ethical and social responsibility. This includes active, thoughtful participation in community and advocacy for one’s own health and wellness and that of others.  Students will demonstrate self-reliance, empathy, and social literacy in their personal, academic, and professional interactions.
  • Utilize ethical scholarly practice in creative and academic work.


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