MFA & Certificate Info Session
November 14th, 2015, 12-4 pm




MFA Degree Program Overview

The MFA programs, offered with concentrations in Painting or in Sculpture, continue the ethos of the teaching methods defined by the School's history within a recognized degree program. The MFA is based on maintaining a full-time, rigorous studio practice. Students are engaged in their work a minimum of 40 hours per week for the duration of their two years at the School.

 In their first year, students choose core faculty members with whom they will work closely during each semester. Faculty members are present in the atelier two days each week. In the second year, faculty contact hours are reduced as students work in semi-private or private studios towards the completion of their individual thesis project.

Studio practice is balanced with Critical Studies courses, in addition to peer and instructed critiques. The Critical Studies courses provide the groundwork for students to compose the written statements that support their final thesis project. Lectures and seminars are held throughout the semester, as well as small group discussion with current and visiting faculty. Students must complete 60 credits to successfully achieve the title of Master of Fine Arts, and credits must include all required courses. A residency of at least two academic years is necessary to complete the degree.

MFA Application Requirement

Application Priority deadline is February 15. Students are only accepted for fall enrolment. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent prior to enrolling in the program.

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Certificate Program Overview

New York Studio School offers students an opportunity to study in a three year intensive studio Certificate Program. The concentration of the Certificate Program allows individuals to hone in on their chosen areas of study: Painting or Sculpture, with Drawing as an integral component of each discipline. Students begin each semester with either a Drawing or a Sculpture Marathon. For the remaining 13 weeks of the academic semester, students work in their studios focusing on their area of choice.

For the first two years students are placed in an Atelier setting, where they are given a space which allows them to explore and immerse themselves in their main area of study. During the third year of the program, students are encouraged to work independently and are allocated to a private/semi private studio. The Certificate Program culminates in a Completion Exhibition with their fellow graduates.

Each Atelier has a slightly different philosophy and is outlined by the selected faculty member. The motifs for each Atelier may include or lean towards: working from perception, direct or indirect observation, abstraction or imagination.

Ideally, enrollment is for the full three years, though accommodations can be made for the right applicant to attend one or more semesters, depending upon their availability. This program has allowed students to build their portfolio in order to apply to other programs. Students can apply in the fall or in the spring of each year.


Certificate Application Requirement

Students may apply to join in the Spring or Fall semester. Application Priority deadline for Spring 2016 enrollment is October 1. Application Priority deadline for Fall 2016 enrollment is February 15. 

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