Northeastern’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts educates socially-engaged artists for a lifetime of creative, critical, and effective work in the public sphere. Drawing on visual and performing art, media studies, and the expanded field of design, our curriculum supports the development of ambitious projects by a diverse, international group of creative practitioners.
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The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts emphasizes the arts of social engagement, broadly conceived. Positioned at the intersection of the visual arts, architecture, music, visual and media studies, and the expanded field of design, the curriculum supports the development of ambitious projects by a diverse, international group of creative practitioners.
Students have an opportunity to learn to use the tools and insights of contemporary creative practice to intervene in public discourse through media, research-, and/or community-based methods. The curriculum centers around a series of core critique seminars that provide a foundation and home base for students who then customize their education from a wide array of studio and academic courses. Regular workshops with visiting faculty emphasize hands-on engagement in the creative process of leading artists, while offsite and international summer residencies allow students to complete self-directed projects, supported by online faculty and peer mentoring. The MFA degree requires a minimum 3.000 GPA over 60 semester hours of study, with 64 semester hours recommended.
The program seeks to help students articulate their goals, context, and audience and develop the professional skills necessary to sustain their practices. Successful graduates are prepared to forge their own paths as publicly engaged artists working independently or in arts organizations, social entrepreneurship ventures, the nonprofit sector, and as faculty in academic institutions.View University Course Catalog