Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA)


Program Description

Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA)

MFA IN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS AND WRITING (new format beginning Fall 2018)

The MFA at CIIS has been a vital part of San Francisco’s interdisciplinary arts community for more than 10 years. Our degree reflects that vibrancy, ingenuity, and imagination, making it an exceptional education for writers and artists.

Beginning in Fall 2018, we’re offering the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing. Although it will have a new format, our MFA program will continue to be grounded in what makes it work so well.

Writers and artists working in a wide variety of genres and forms will continue to be in conversation with one another, while also engaging across disciplines—in classes, workshops, and arts events—in a culture of inquiry that helps them further develop and better articulate their work.

Our accomplished Bay Area faculty, along with local mentors and visitiing artists from around the world—all working arts professionals—will help students expand their creative range and prepare for their next steps as art professionals.

Students participate in interdisciplinary workshops and rigorous coursework where they learn more about contexts that inform their art. They will gain a global arts perspective—not only through the coursework, but in our (optional) summer intensive overseas.

About the Program

Our MFA is a 39-unit, two-year program in five continuous semesters, including a required summer semester between the first and second years.

The unique hybrid format, including both on-campus and online learning, is ideal for working adults. Students participate in six-day intensives in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area twice a year, then continue the learning experience online for the remainder of the semester. Throughout the program, students have individualized sessions with faculty advisers and local art mentors of their choosing.

Students can also earn credit by opting for a summer intensive in the United Kingdom or Greece.

Our MFA program is designed for artists and practitioners who:

  • Want individual and small-group support to write a book, produce a performance, develop a body of visual or interdisciplinary work, or simply hone their skills in a challenging, supportive setting.

  • Are teachers or therapists who want to develop their own practice as artists, performers, or writers, and bring these practices into their professional work.

  • Are interested in arts activism and working collaboratively with artists and communities.

  • Make work that doesn’t fit neatly into a discipline or genre or that combines—or stretches the boundaries of—more than one form.

  • Seek an intensive format designed for working adults.

  • Want to create more meaningful lives through disciplined creative and self-inquiry in a community of art-makers.

Last updated Mar 2019

About the School

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an innovative, forward-thinking university based in San Francisco, California.

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