By design, the VSW MFA is a full-time, three academic year (six semesters, including one summer) program. 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, 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 9:30am-12:30pm, 2:00-4:30pm, Core Workshops*

    T 9:30am-12:30pm, 2:00-4:30pm, Core Workshops

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

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

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    *Core Workshops are three-day workshops including: Orientation; Research skills; Analog Photography; Digital Photography; Book Art and Sequence; Screen Printing for books; and Video production and post-production.

  • Spring One (12 credits)

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

    T 2:00-4:30pm, Exhibitions Management

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

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

  • Summer One (4 credits)

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

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

    *see Summer Institute for workshop examples

  • Fall Two (12 credits)

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

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

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

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

  • Spring Two (12 credits)

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

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

    W 5:30pm-8:15pm, Nonprofit Management (hybrid, online course)

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

  • Summer Two (2 credits)

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

    *see Summer Institute for workshop examples

  • Fall Three (3 credits)

    M 10:30am-1pm Thesis I



  • Spring Three (3 credits)

    M 10:30am-1pm Thesis II