The School of the Arts at Columbia offers both a MFA in creative writing (with specialization in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) and in visual arts.
The former is workshop heavy, with a curriculum (created for writers by writers) that examines literature from a practitioner’s viewpoint, rather than that of a scholar of theorist.
The MFA in Visual Arts—with specialization in painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or studio art—at Cornell takes two years to complete.
The creative writing MFA allows students to choose a specialization in either poetry or fiction while training them on the literary, theoretical, and cultural contexts of literature through one of four areas: English or American literature, comparative literature, literature in the modern or classical languages, or cultural studies.
Whatever your medium, you can expect courses that span the aesthetic experience, from drawing and filmmaking to the relativity of color, gender dialectics, and critical theory.
And in addition to the studio and mentorship focus of Yale’s MFA curriculum, students also engage in the School of Art’s lecture series, a program that brings in visiting artists and professionals from around the world for track-specific counsel, campus-wide lectures, and even work critiques.
), a studio- and mentor-based approach to artistic training.
Yale also offers its students access to a renowned exhibition space, open year-round, that allows them (as well as faculty and visiting artists) to display their work.
Most MFA programs consist of approximately two years of study and art-making; however, Carnegie Mellon’s program is three years long and takes students through an innovative curriculum that monitors the role of art in the public sphere.
As a CMU student you will not only take studio courses, but academic classes, writing seminars, integrative studios, and more.