This degree prepares artists for a more ambitious and effective practice and enhances one’s ability to gain funding, career opportunities, and employment in a variety of public and private sectors. In addition to fortifying one’s own art practice, this degree builds understanding and skills that apply to museum work, public art administration, education, entrepreneurial ventures, social art and design practice, community development, sustainability work, and therapeutic arts.
More specifically, the Interdisciplinary MFA prepares artists to collaborate with individuals and organizations and teaches systems thinking, a powerful problem solving skill. The residencies and rigorous coursework build an understanding of culture, place, and history. The training in ecology builds a working understanding of sustainability. Business and entrepreneurial skills are developed through the professional practices curriculum and public art component.