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MFA: 3D Fine Arts (General)

Students engage in fine arts, art history, and critical theory courses and meet with curators and artists at galleries and museums. They also choose a studio mentor from the college-wide faculty to work closely with them throughout their residency in the program.

In addition to individual studio space, students have access to fully equipped fabrication, installation, and exhibition facilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Create one’s own 21st century studio practice based upon one’s own personal vision and imagination. Understand being and artist using life and studio experience, as well as research, to support ideas
  • Explore, research and experiment with new media and processes
  • Understand a wide range of approaches and methodologies to 3D problem solving
  • Develop craftsmanship. Learn to safely use tools, equipment, materials and processes
  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of conceptual, symbolic and metaphorical issues
  • Understand one’s work in relation to contemporary art and art history
  • Develop the ability to critique peers’ work across disciplines and participate in critical dialogue with peers in their fields
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and experiential issues expressed and inherent in one’s own artwork and in that of one’s peers
  • Prepare and present a professional level artists talk in conjunction with the Thesis Exhibition
  • Exhibit one’s work in a professional manner in the thesis exhibition. Students may also participate in other exhibitions and curatorial opportunities at the college or other venues
  • Assume the responsibility for development of a professional career in the arts, developing professional and vocation resources
  • Develop knowledge of major historical and cultural characteristics of specific times /places. Infer relationships between society and art
  • Recognize various types of texts used in art historical analysis, and evaluate their content and effectiveness. Use various ideas, approaches and facts in the analysis of art. Formulate, research and argue a hypothesis. Articulate verbally and in writing, theoretical and critical perspectives on art
  • Recognize the impact of historical works of art on contemporary art
  • Draw connections between various artworks, artists and concepts
  • Collaborate with artists in other disciplines

Unique to MassArt

A thesis exhibition in the College’s main gallery and an oral presentation mark the culmination of each student’s studies.

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