PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The MFA program offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum completed over 26 months, covering three summers and two academic years. Take a look at the list of course descriptions.

Low–Residency Format

The program is designed for artists who want to continue living and working in their home locations, while earning a rigorous, fully-accredited MFA. Students and faculty gather three times a year for the Nomad|9 residencies and utilize Skype and distance learning platforms at other times to create a close-knit educational community.

The Nomad|9 Residencies

A summer residency (three weeks long) is held on the US east coast, and winter and spring residencies (two weeks each) occur at sites throughout the Americas. In-depth study of the environmental and cultural histories of each site become an integral part of the curriculum. In this way, the location itself becomes a teacher. Residency locations vary. Each cohort of students can expect to visit four different sites. Over time, the program will establish ongoing projects with nine sites across the Americas.

In-Depth Thesis Advising

Thesis advisors hold regular Skype conferences with students during the fall and spring semesters to provide crucial feedback on the development of thesis work. These one-on-one online meetings allow for sustained in-depth dialogue and consideration of personalized readings.  The low-residency format allows students to continue with their art, work, and families in their home locations, while participating in a comprehensive MFA program.