Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA)
Welcome to the MFA Programs at CIIS!
As artists, writers and performers in the heart of San Francisco, our work is influenced by technological innovation, cultural transformation, and urban redesign. Our curriculum gives students a chance to focus on their own practice in an interdisciplinary setting. In our two year, 48-unit intensives you will complete one or more of the following:
- a book-length manuscript or chapbook
- an evening-length dance, theatrical, or musical performance
- a visual arts exhibition in our street level main gallery
- a social justice/community arts project
- Intimate class sizes
- Mentoring with outstanding, committed faculty
- A weekend intensive format that is ideal for working adults
- Diverse perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches to art-making
- Direct and constant access to the rich Bay Area art scene
Art-making can be a pioneering, transformative act that changes-and sometimes revolutionizes-culture. Students in this program become more self-reflective and skillful in their practice. Through intensive and transdisciplinary dialogue, they see their work in a broader artistic, philosophical, and cultural dialogue, and develop innovative, experimental, and meaningful work that challenges personal and cultural narratives and perceptions.
- Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of the Institute.
- Students must complete their bachelor's degree before beginning the programs; there is no requirement as to the field of study of the undergraduate degree. Students can demonstrate appropriate levels of accomplishment and commitment to their art by means of work samples and personal statements. We welcome students from all backgrounds; however, the Admissions Committee may ask students with limited arts or writing experience to supplement their degrees with some additional CIIS coursework.
- The program admits students in the fall (beginning in late August) and spring (beginning in late January) semesters.
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