By design, the VSW MFA program is full-time, two-and-a-half to three years or six semesters including one summer. We understand that not everyone who applies is capable of fully taking three years out of their busy lives with families and jobs to complete the MFA. The degree may be extended to five years and there are options for going part-time after the first fall semester. Below is a sample of what a full-time, two-and-a-half to three year schedule looks like. Successful completion of this sample schedule would earn both the MFA and the graduate certificate in Art Administration.

  • Fall One (12 credits)

    M-W 9:30am-12:30pm, Core Workshops

    W 2:00pm-4:30pm, Media Culture Seminar

  • Spring One (12 credits)

    T 9:30am-12:30pm, Studio I & II

    W 2:00pm-4:30pm, Curatorial Outlooks Seminar

    Th 6:30pm-9:15pm, 16mm Film I

  • Summer One (6 credits)

    M-F, 9:30am-5:30pm, Workshop I, first week of June*

    M-F, 9:30am-5:30pm, Workshop II, second week of June*

    M-F, 9:30am-5:30pm, Workshop III, third week of June*

    *see Summer Institute for workshop examples

  • Fall Two (12 credits)

    M 2:00-4:30pm, Critical Writing

    M 6:30-9:15pm, Collections Management

    T 9:30am-12:30pm, Studio III

    W 2:00pm-4:30pm, Contemporary Issues in Art

  • Spring Two (12 credits)

    M 10:30am-1pm Thesis I

    W 2:00-4:30pm, History of Photography

    W 5:30-8:15pm, Organization Behavior elective

    Th-F, 12-5pm, Art Organization Practicum work hours

  • Summer Two (3 credits)

    May 30-July 1, M & W, 4:45-9:15, Grant Writing elective

  • Fall Three (3 credits)

    Independent work, Thesis II

  • Spring Three (0 credits)

    Independent work, Thesis II continuation and completion, April presentation