Our low-residency Master of Fine Arts program offers students a unique opportunity to experience technical, conceptual and professional artistic growth. At the same time it provides a community that will enrich the students life in ways that are fundamental to developing and sustaining a professional level of artistic practice...
Master of Fine Arts (Low Residency)
Our low-residency Master of Fine Arts program offers students a unique opportunity to experience technical, conceptual and professional artistic growth. At the same time it provides a community that will enrich the students life in ways that are fundamental to developing and sustaining a professional level of artistic practice.
The New Hampshire village of Peterborough, one of the leading small arts communities in America, and the adjacent village of Sharon, both located in the foothills of the famous Mt. Monadnock serve as the beautiful, secluded hub for the residencies and offer the ideal atmosphere for artists. Both locations are steeped in cultural and artistic history and have lively and engaged contemporary cultural and artistic communities.
The ten-day residencies are concentrated retreat-like experiences. Each student is given personal individual care and guidance from highly qualified faculty. Our objective as a cohesive faculty unit is to see each student dig deep into the meaning of his/her work and create a passionate work ethic that will build upon conceptual and technical learning and serve as the foundation for their entry into a professional artistic life.
Through our care and commitment each student will advance their understanding of their work and its place in the world and engage and evolve the professional field they are interested in.
About the MFA Program
The goal of the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, Photography, Creative Writing and Writing for Stage and Screen is to cultivate artists who understand, engage and evolve the professional field in which they are interested. Each student will graduate from NHIA’s MFA program with: a comprehensive awareness of the world of art; an understanding of their role in that world; life-long artistic conceptual, creative, professional and intellectual goals; as well as the support mechanisms, skills and expertise to complete and exceed these goals.
Throughout the program students in all residency groups are given personalized and intensive attention. This is focused on the faculty advisor/student and mentor/student relationships but includes individual contact with all faculty and visiting artists.
The MFA was approved by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in 2012.
The Low-Residency Model
Our low-residency program is designed to facilitate artists, and other professionals in related fields, with creating and developing their work, forming relationships in their native location, and benefiting from critique, discussion and learning from a variety of highly qualified artist professionals. The intense ten-day residency experience gives you access to create relationships and gain instruction from international and national professionals in your field of study and beyond. In addition to this stimulating and educational experience, during the semester, you develop a working studio practice that fits within the context of your life. Because this practice is created within the context of your life, and not within a structured institutional context, it is believed that it will easier for you to carry on your studio practice after you have graduated from the program. Also, because you are required to choose a mentor each semester from working artists in your own community, long term professional relationships are formed which assist you in entering the professional world of exhibiting, publishing and working. These relationships are fundamental to progression in the context of the contemporary art world.
Faculty, visiting artists and other students will critique the body of work that you develop prior to the residency period. At each residency, you will spend time in groups as well as individually, discussing, critiquing and exploring the meaning behind your work with faculty, visiting artists and other professionals. This discussion will be supported by historical and contemporary theoretical and cultural study as well as rigorous personal research. You will leave each residency inspired by critique and discussion, with an individual, measured yet challenging direction designed for the semester ahead. The residencies are student based; faculty and other professionals are dedicated to assisting you in the theoretical and technical development of your work.
Throughout the degree program, you will be given personal, individual care and guidance. Our objective as faculty is to help you, the student, dig deep into the meaning of your work and create a passionate work ethic that will sustain you through each semester and on into your professional life. Each residency, you will meet with your advisor to pick a mentor for the following semester. Mentors are working professional artists who will meet with you and engage you in discussion throughout the semester.
During the residential periods, the disciplines will frequently combine for events but you will also spend time alone with students from your own discipline.
The Semester Portion
Study during the non-residency semester focuses on your independent creation, reading and writing, regular structured formal contact with your artist mentor, and formal and informal feedback from your faculty advisor. During the semester, you develop a working studio practice that fits within the context of your life. Your advisor and mentor support the semester of independent work. During the semester, the advisor and mentor will be in constant contact with you, reading your research and discussing your progress. This ensures extensive communication and feedback, as well as encouragement and care, for you as you work.
MFA Creative Writing: $8,500 per semester
MFA Photography Program: $9,900 per semester
MFA Writing for Stage and Screen: $8,500 per semester
MFA Visual Arts Program: $9,900 per semester