Fine Arts - Low-Residency

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Master On Campus
36 months
780 USD/credit
780 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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MFA Low Residency Students develop an independent body of work, which could involve a combination of media, technologies, and techniques. Six-week summer residencies in Boston immerse students in an intense studio environment and foster creative collaborations. During these residencies, students live on campus in the Artists’ Residence or in off-campus housing of their choosing.


Between residencies, students work under the guidance of a regionally based artist/mentor who conducts monthly studio visits and critiques. Online art history and critical studies courses forge greater understanding of contemporary art history and issues in contemporary studio practice, and strengthen the cohort through interactive discussion space.


  • Develop a professional studio practice, with personal content and vision
  • Advance technical knowledge and skill across media selected by the student
  • Develop the ability to critique peers’ work across disciplines
  • Understand one’s work in relation to contemporary art and art history
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and experiential issues expressed and inherent in one’s own artwork and in that of one’s peers
  • Develop presentations skills including public speaking and written artists’ statement
  • Exhibit one’s work in a professional setting and in a professional manner
  • Develop knowledge of major historical and cultural characteristics of specific times /places. Infer relationships between society and art
  • Recognize various types of texts used in art historical analysis, and evaluate their content and effectiveness. Use various ideas, approaches and facts in the analysis of art. Formulate, research and argue a hypothesis. Articulate verbally and in writing, theoretical and critical perspectives on art
  • Recognize the impact of historical works of art on contemporary art

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Major Studio
  • Graduate Seminar 
  • Studio Elective or Art Ed Elective

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application Form
  • $90 Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Official Post-Secondary/College Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio 
  • Course Descriptions and Syllabi 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    780 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 780 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    780 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 780 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Fine Arts - Low-Residency
Massachusetts College of Art and Design