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 Creative Writing 
  • Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (select two of the disciplines above)

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 movement/performance-based. The multidisciplinary approach requires students to engage in dialogue with a broad range of contemporary art issues.

Creative Writing

The MFA in Creative Writing asks students to examine the acts of writing and creation not just as solitary endeavors, but as part of a framework of interdisciplinary artistic creation that reshapes the boundaries of the writing process. Students hone their writing talent and proficiency as they are challenged to explore the writing process in a broader artistic context. The end result is graduates who know themselves as writers and who value an interdisciplinary, critique-driven, and community-based approach to the act of creation. 

Visual Arts

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

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 installation, and then creates a piece of choreography or performance art in that environment. (Students select two disciplines practiced in the Program.)

Thesis Performance/Exhibition and Oral Defense

To complete the MFA, students mount a disciplinary/medium appropriate thesis performance or exhibition in a venue that meets the MFA Director's approval. The student is responsible for all aspects of the thesis project. A successful oral defense of the thesis project, conducted with the thesis committee in person is required. (International students may defend their thesis via web conference, with the Director's permission.)

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