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Fine Arts 2D/3D

MFA 3D Fine Arts

In our MFA 3D program, you’ll explore sculptural mediums using our exceptional facilities in glass, clay, wood, and metal, and more.

MassArt’s full-time, two-year (60 credit) MFA 3D Fine Arts program is committed to an expanded understanding of the sculptural medium. 

With the support of faculty working across a range of media and disciplines, students engage in rigorous experimentation and collaboration, and the resulting work–from clay vessels to collaborative performance–reflects a highly personal investigation. Students with an expanded sense of practice are also encouraged to explore technology, performance, and the moving image as possible vehicles for their ideas.

Dialogue and critique are key components of an education in the studio arts, and at MassArt critique is viewed as a creative act. The rich dialogue among students, faculty, visiting artists, and critics takes place within the framework of core classes, electives, presentations, and excursions off campus. Our approach illuminates new pathways for each artist’s work, helping students to build a sustainable practice, and to develop perspective and empathy as artist citizens of the world.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the MFA 3D program are expected to be able to demonstrate the following 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

MFA 3D Faculty

Wendy Jacob

Graduate Program Coordinator, MFA 3D

Anjali Srinivasan

Associate Professor, Glass

Dennis Svoronos

Faculty, Low Residency MFA
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