Degrees Available

The Wilson College Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts offers the following options:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Choreography
  • Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts: Choreography & Visaul Art

In each of these tracks, students will exercise high level critical and creative thinking resulting in a distinctive artistic voice. Students will demonstrate emerging mastery of disciplinary and medium specific technical skills, conceptual and contextual applications across disciplinary boundaries and of critique and communication expertise as appropriate to their area of concentration. The goal of the MFA program is to provide a platform for students to reach the next level in their professional field(s), and further their education through personal artistic growth.


The MFA in Choreography provides opportunities to engage in-depth creative investigations of movement-based performance practices. It is a time for intensive study of dance-making methods and it is designed to expose, challenge and refine the participants’ beliefs about choreography. The multidisciplinary approach requires students to engage in dialogue with a broad range of contemporary art issues.

Visual Art

The MFA in Visual Arts is a multidisciplinary program that cultivates individual research in a primary medium. Students work to develop the skills necessary for rich and meaningful dialogue in contemporary art through studio practice, individual and group critique and analysis of theory and history.

Interdisciplinary Arts: Choreography & Visual Art

The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts challenges students to create work at the intersection of visual and movement-based art. A great example of this kind of work is an artist who develops an art instillation, and then creates a piece of choreography or performance art in that environment. 

Thesis Performance/Exhibition & Oral Defense

To complete the MFA, students mount a disciplinary/medium appropriate thesis performance or exhibition in a venue agreed upon by the student, mentor and director. The student is responsible for all aspects of the thesis project. A successful oral defense of the thesis project and portfolio, conducted with the thesis committee in person or online is required.

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