24 months
1885 USD/credit 56550 USD/year
1885 USD/credit 56550 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts in Social Practice at George Washington University with a focus in public policy is a unique program that connects art, policy and collective action. 


Key facts

The program offered by George Washington University is designed for emerging artists and creative thinkers looking to develop skills in both the arts and public policy sectors during an intensive, two-year, 60-credit degree. The program brings together artists, designers, organizers, researchers and policymakers to initiate learning opportunities and projects that address the critical questions of our time. It combines study in experimental, relational and performative creative practices with academic research, collaborative work and field-based experiential learning in Washington, D.C. - a global hub for policy makers, tech leaders, NGO's and cultural institutions. 

To support their creative work, students in the program take academic coursework across the university, including the departments of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration.

Students who are especially interested in working with diverse populations and who wish to create a hybrid studio practice focused on issues of social justice, collaborative methodology and ethical innovation are candidates for this MFA in Social Practice. We particularly seek applicants whose statement and/ or portfolio demonstrates a broad-based creative practice, which may include professional work outside the arts; an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of working with diverse communities in an art context; and familiarity with more than one language.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • History and Theory of Art in the Public Realm 
  • Field and Research Methodologies for Artists 
  • Politics and Policy Analysis 
  • Social Practice Workshop 
  • Social Practice Field Studio 
  • Topics in Public Strategies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two (2) recommendations
  • Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
  • Statement of purpose
  • A portfolio of artworks is required
  • A 2-3 page writing sample
  • Finalists will complete an interview with program faculty

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    56550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1885 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    56550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1885 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

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


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.

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