MCAD’s fine arts studio major prepares you for studio and community practices relevant for a changing visual world.

An interdisciplinary curriculum, supported by rigorous technical and conceptual development, fosters artistic maturity. Collaborative and concept-driven coursework exposes you to a diverse range of aesthetic experiences outside of typical media-driven limitations.

Drawing from all areas of the college curriculum, you craft a program based on your individual conceptual focus and technical background. Through interaction with varied professional practices, you will gain an understanding of how to sustain a career in the field after leaving MCAD.

Fine arts studio is a great fit for you if you are primarily interested in the language of art—you are driven by ideas rather than a specific set of materials. 

From your first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, the BFA curriculum is a systematic process that transforms you from an MCAD student into a creative professional.

Year One: MCAD Community

  • Develop your place in the MCAD community through classes, critiques, student activities, and more
  • Explore your major options
  • Take foundation classes
    • Studio: technical skills and work ethic
    • Liberal arts: art history and vocabulary

Year Two: Focusing Interests

  • Declare fine arts studio as your major
  • Build concentrated fine arts skills, both conceptual and technical

Year Three: The Community of Practice

Year Four: The Professional World

  • Deepen your investigation of and commitment to your body of work
  • Participate in the Emerging Talent Showcase and share your work with potential employers
  • Develop and complete a semester-long project to culminate in the Commencement Exhibition

Fine Arts Studio Major Outcomes

  • Develop technical craft appropriate to studio and community needs.
  • Define the nature and structure of one’s practice.
  • Reference historical precedent and contemporary thinking.
  • Observe professional practice, self-criticality, and self-reliance.
  • Work within a community towards shared goals.

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