Update your status of this course
Columbia University Course/Program Name
Application closes on
National :01 Feb
International :01 Feb

MFA Visual Arts Program (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
11460 USD
National
11460 USD

Application fee

International 110 USD
National 110 USD
Department
School of Arts
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)315
15

World University Ranking

About this course

The Visual Arts Program attracts emerging artists of unusual promise from around the world. They join a vigorous community, working alongside an exceptional faculty at a world-renowned research institution in New York City, the center of the art world.

The Visual Arts Program is interdisciplinary and offers an MFA degree in Visual Arts rather than in one specific medium. The two-year studio program, taught by internationally celebrated artists, allows students to pursue digital media, drawing, installation, moving image, painting, photography, performance, printmaking and sculpture.

Check further details on University website

Eligibility Criteria

International applicants should have the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree, and should understand idiomatic English and speak, write, and read English with a high degree of facility.

Check further details on University website

Course Modules

Course Descriptions

Graduate Studio

Graduate studio has two major components.

1) Creative Research / Faculty Visits: The first component of Graduate Studio is individually directed creative research. New approaches and an expanded frame of reference for creative work are encouraged. Each Monday students have a one-on-one, 40-minute visit in their studios with a faculty member. Eight faculty serve as principal instructors each semester.  The instructors rotate between studios so that students see most instructors twice per semester.

2) Visiting Critics: The second component of this course includes scheduled studio critiques with some of New York’s most distinguished art practitioners, and is meant to offer multiple perspectives relevant to the training of contemporary artists. The Visual Arts program invites 20-25 artists and critics a semester, and each student sees at least two Visiting Critics per semester.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS)

VALS is organized by a small team of second year MFA students. Up to 28 visiting artists and critics are invited over the course of the academic year to give a lecture followed by discussion. Students organize the lecture series based on suggestions made by the MFA students and  community. Recent presenters include Marina Abramovic, David Altmejd, Ayreen Anastas, Lothar Baumgarten, Gina Beavers, Zoe Beloff, Jonathon Berger, Daniel Bozhkov, Matthew Barney, Matthew Brannon, Kerstin Brätsch, Connie Butler, David Byrne, Paul Chan, Trisha Donnelly, Nicole Eisenman, Okwui Enwezor, Omer Fast, Rochelle Feinstein, Coco Fusco, Rene Gabri, Chitra Ganesh, Lia Gangitano, Andrea Geyer, Paul Graham, Amy Granat, Nicolas Guagnini, Fritz Haeg, Sharon Hayes, Nancy Holt, Alex Hubbard, Anthony Huberman, Pierre Huyghe, Tim Hyde, Arthur Jafa, Joan Jonas, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Michelle Kuo, Elad Lassry, Jose Lerma, Sam Lewitt, Justin Lieberman, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Sharon Lockhart, Charles Long, Mary Ellen Mark, Kerry James Marshall, Nick Mauss, Keith Mayerson, Josiah McElheny, Shana Moulton, Laura Mulvey, Laurel Nakadate, Bob Nickas, Yoko Ono, Gabriel Orozco, Trevor Paglen, Mai-Thu Perret, Lari Pittman, Genesis P-Orridge, Yvonne Rainer, Scott Rothkopf, Mika Rottenberg, Tom Sachs, Aki Sasamoto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Pieter Schoolwerth, Taryn Simon, Alexandre Singh, Michael Smith, A.L. Steiner, Mika Tajima, Cheyney Thompson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nicola Tyson, Philippe Vergne, Charline Von Heyl, Antek Walczak, Kelley Walker, Jordan Wolfson, and Andrea Zittel.

Critical Issues

Critical Issues is a core component of the Columbia MFA program and is designed to be a catalyst for making art. In this class, students build a common discourse with classmates by sharing and debating ideas. This, in turn, helps students form critical and conceptual foundations for their work. This class examines political, social and cultural questions as they relate to the production and reception of art. The aim is to acquaint students with a broad range of contemporary thought, and for students to develop their skills in verbal and textual analysis. This two-year-long course is divided into two sections. In the fall semester, first- and second-year MFA students attend separate reading seminars. During the spring semester, first- and second-year students study together in a guest-lecture course where they engage face-to-face with visiting faculty, eminent critics, historians, curators, theorists, writers and artists. Recent lecturers include Alex Alberro, Hilton Als, Arnold Aronson, Lynne Cooke, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jonathan Crary, Wade Davis, Hal Foster, Aaron Fox, Andrea Fraser, Jane Gaines, Kenneth Goldsmith, Elizabeth Grosz, Siri Hustvedt, Tom Kalin, Laura Kurgan, Park McArthur, Reinhold Martin, Fred Moten, Eileen Myles, John Pemberton, Lane Relyea, Dr. Oliver Sacks, Mira Schor, Kaja Silverman, Jovana Stokic, Michael Taussig, Mark Taylor, and Lance Weiler

Group Critique

Weekly group critique workshops are led by distinguished artists, full time faculty, or critics. During these critiques, students expose their work to their peers and get the necessary feedback to a) determine how their work is communicating and b) learn to articulate the ideas that are in the work to their colleagues.

Electives

Students may choose courses from anywhere in the University, subject to the course’s registration requirements. Students are required to take four elective courses total, or one elective each semester.   

Mentor Program

The Artist-Mentor program allows an intense and focused relationship to form between a core group of students and their mentor. Students are assigned to two mentors who will each meet with a student group for one week per semester. The content of the workshop varies according to the mentor’s expertise and the needs of the students, and may include individual critiques, group critiques, studio visits, gallery and museum visits, special topics, readings, and writing workshops. Current mentors are: Mark Dion, David Humphrey, Michael Joo, Ralph Lemon, Suzanne McClelland, Josiah McElheny, Matthew Ritchie, A.L. Steiner, and Rona Yefman.

The Herman and Eve Gelman Studio Visit Series

In this ongoing program supported by a generous grant, celebrated New York artists open their studios to a small group of graduate students to observe and discuss works-in-progress. Past participants have included Vince Aletti, Mamma Andersson, Dave Arnold, Huma Bhabha, Cecily Brown, Elinor Carucci, Paul Chan, Luis Gispert, Barbara Hammer, David Hoey, Jacqueline Humphries, James Hyde, Robert Lazzarini, An-My Le, Robert Longo, Vera Lutter, Lorraine O’Grady, Gilles Peress, Cai Quoqiang, Patricia Sharon Chang, Michael Spano, Sara Vanderbeek, Stanley Whitney, Sasha Wolf and Lisa Yuskavage.

 

Public Exhibitions

First-Year Exhibition

The first year of study culminates in a curated exhibition mounted in the The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. This exhibition begins to prepare the MFA candidates for the experience of the MFA Thesis Exhibition in the following year.

Open Studios

At the end of each fall semester, the second-year MFA candidates open their studios to the public and invited guests from the art community. Each student is present to discuss his or her work in an informal setting.

Thesis Project

The Thesis Project is the culmination of the MFA Candidate’s course of study. Each student selects a thesis Committee, composed of full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and visiting critics and artists. A curated Thesis Exhibition opens in May and is mounted in the The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.

Check further details on University website

How to Apply

Visual Arts MFA:
Required Creative Materials

You may submit your application online or via mail, but you MUST submit your portfolio online via SlideRoom. Instructions, signup and login information are available at http://columbia.slideroom.com.

Visual Arts applicants must specify a field of study on their application, but if they are accepted into the program they will not be held to that field.


ALL applicants must submit the following:

1. Statement of Intent: No more than 500 words. (Statements typically include your reasons for applying to the Visual Arts Program, a discussion of those aspects of your work you consider significant to your artistic practice, and an exploration of your work's relative place in the history of contemporary art.)

2. Resume: Detailing your academic career and professional accomplishments.

Applicants MUST ALSO submit portfolios ONLINE for the field of study they specify, as outlined below.

Painting:
Please submit 15 digital images of your work in SlideRoom. You will be required to list the title of each image, the media, year and dimensions.

Photography:
Please submit 20 digital images of your work in SlideRoom. You will be required to list the title of each image, the media, year and dimensions.

Printmaking:
Please submit 20 digital images of your work in SlideRoom. You will be required to list the title of each image, the media, year and dimensions.

Sculpture:
Please submit 20 digital images and/or videos of your work in SlideRoom. Your samples can be from any media--whatever best represents your recent artistic work. You will be required to list the title of each image, the media, year and dimensions. We suggest also including a brief description of each sample. Videos can only be used to document kinetic art, not sculptures or exhibitions, and must be submitted through SlideRoom via video upload or video links. If your video link is password protected, you must include a current password in the description otherwise it will not be reviewed. The total running time of videos cannot exceed ten minutes. As additional information, you can also provide links to full videos. We do not accept DVDs or VHS tapes.

New Genres (Installation, Performance, Digital Media):
Please submit up to 20 images and/or videos in SlideRoom. Your samples can be from any media--whatever best represents your recent artistic work. You will be required to list the title of each image or video, the media, year, dimensions and/or running time. We suggest also including a brief description of each sample. Videos must be submitted through SlideRoom via video upload or video links. If your video link is password protected, you must include a current password in the description otherwise it will not be reviewed. The total running time of videos cannot exceed ten minutes. As additional information, you can also provide links to full videos. We do not accept DVDs or VHS tapes. Websites that are freestanding artworks and NOT documentation of work may be submitted through SlideRoom. A still of the website with the web address in the description may be included.

Moving Image:
Please submit videos or excerpts of videos and/or images in SlideRoom. You can submit any combination of up to 20 images and/or videos. Your samples can be from any media; whatever best represents your recent artistic work. You will be required to list the title of each video, the media, year and running time. We suggest also including a brief description of each sample. Videos must be submitted through SlideRoom via video upload or video links. If your video link is password protected, you must include a current password in the description otherwise it will not be reviewed. The total running time of time-based samples cannot exceed ten minutes. As additional information, you can also provide links to full videos. We do not accept DVDs or VHS tapes.

Check further details on University website

Questions about this Course

No discussions right now. Be the first one to start.





Join our Global Study Abroad community      Log in      Sign up