At the WCU School of Art and Design you will discover a community of art and design practitioners eager to engage with students in an inter-disciplinary MFA program focused squarely on creative research and studio art practice. We have developed a rigorous culture of production where students have the opportunity to invest in art that accepts no boundaries, challenges conventional thinking, and who are eager to explore new possibilities.
Our residential MFA program is a structured 3-year, 60-credit sequence of courses in studio art and research. Students who are admitted are provided with ample studio space and given the freedom of choice to work in a specific discipline or across any of our five program areas: Ceramics, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking + Book-Arts, and Sculpture.
Students engage in a broad range of contemporary art, cultural, and academic experiences, including our Ideas Without Walls lecture initiative, annual travel to NYC, a robust national visiting artist program, the Fine Art Museum, and access to campus research centers.
In addition, we are actively building partnerships and creating projects with regional, national, and international cultural organizations such as REVOLVE project space in Asheville, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and the US Department of State Art in Embassies program.
The MFA at WCU positions students to engage in conceptual strategies towards the independence necessary to navigate as professional artists and creative world citizens.