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M.A. On Campus Online Blended

Art: Social Practice

Portland State University

36 months
671 USD/credit 20130 USD/year
671 USD/credit 20130 USD/year
444 USD/credit 13320 USD/year
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Portland State University Art: Social Practice MFA is composed of a unique combination of individual research, group work, and experiential learning. The program's blend of critical and professional practice, collaborative social engagement, and transdisciplinary exploration produce an immersive educational environment. 

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Based in Portland, Oregon, the program operates on the Portland State University campus, and in our space at the King School in Northeast Portland. The programs'  flexible residency model allows for travel and even the ability for students to reside outside of Portland during their course of study. A weekly conversation series on KPSU Radio promotes the understanding of a wide range of approaches and methodologies.

The 90 credit, three-year course leans toward a democratic approach that encourages students to shape the direction of their own education, and continually redefine and develop the program as a whole. Students connect their art practice to research in the field through electives and community partnerships, promoting cross-disciplinary. Student work and research are presented publicly, culminating in final graduate projects presented in the third and final year of the program. Each student also produces a book for the Social Practice Reference Points series on a prominent theme or person or a workbook. 

The Art: Social Practice program produces an annual gathering called Assembly and has exhibited work and created projects for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Betsonsalon in Paris, apexart in New York, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, among other venues and locations.

Mission Statement

Driven by a belief in the power of art to shape society, the School of Art + Design and its dynamic faculty provide a place where emerging artists, designers and art historians can question, create, reflect and learn.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Directed Studies + Workshops
  • Visiting Artist Seminar
  • Contemporary Art History/Theory 
  • Electives (outside the department)
  • Graduate Seminars
  • Graduate Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Digital portfolio of applicant's work. 15-20 images, video, audio or text-based examples. Images (jpg, gif, png) up to 5 MB each, videos (flv, wmv, mov) up to 250 MB each, audio (up to 30MB mp3) up to 10 MB each, documents (pdf) up to 10 MB each. You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud. Faculty will review up to 5 minutes total of video and/or audio clips.
  • Statement of intent (500 words max). 
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • An alternative one-page Curriculum Vitae specifically for Social Practice
  • Three video assignments:

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20130 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    20130 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • In-State

    13320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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