Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts: New Projects

 

Empower your vision without boundaries.

CCAD's Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts: New Projects presents a unique and exciting curriculum that pursues creative excellence through the development of projects rather than the study of specific media.

It is based on the belief that an artist’s studio practice is best learned through the completion of a defined exploration.

The program stresses studio mastery, individual scholarship, and real-world practices such as organization, communication, clarity of thought, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills.

The MFA program educates artists capable of taking on interesting artistic endeavors and who have the skills and talents to manifest their vision.

MFA project projects can be based in painting, drawing, photography, animation, sculpture, video, interactive design, printmaking, illustration, installation, glass, ceramics and design.

You can get even more information in our Grad Studies Guidebook or join us on campus for an information session.


Work in a personal studio you can access 24/7

 

We’ve built an environment to fuel collaboration, experimentation, and creation as you work on your individual project. The CCAD MFA program is located on the second and third floors of CCAD’s Design Studios on Broad, a renovated early 20th-century building (formerly an auto dealership) near downtown Columbus.

The 13,700-square-foot graduate facility includes individual student studios located next to one another, faculty offices, a lounge, and an exhibition space. You also have access to CCAD’s library, plus many labs, shops, the Tad Jeffrey FabLab, computer complexes, darkrooms, studios, and digital printing facilities.

Careers

Employers

Accessory designer
Animator
Apparel designer
Architectural photographer
Art critic
Art Prize Finalists
Creative director
Curator
Designer
Exhibition designer
Fabricator
Faculty of Art and Design
Fashion designer
Fashion Photographer

Fine artist
Gallery director
Graphic designer
Illustrator
Marketing Director
Museum Collections Manager
Museum Director
New American Paintings
Photographer
Preparator
Product Design
Toy designer
Video Editor

Abbott Nutrition
Academy of Art University
Angela Meleca Gallery
Antonelli College
Art Institutes
Beats by Dre
Boss Display
Byrd Polar Research Center
Exhibition designer
Fabricator
Faculty of Art and Design
Fashion designer
Fashion Photographer

Fine artist
Gallery director
Graphic designer
Illustrator
Marketing Director
Museum Collections Manager
Museum Director
New American Paintings
Photographer
Preparator
Product Design
Toy designer
Video Editor


Student & Alumni work

Course descriptions

Studio projects 

Semesters 1, 2

A project-based, individually mentored course that is focused on planning, production and presentation of independently proposed, semester-long projects. You'll develop a project proposal and work with individual faculty to realize the semester's project. The one-on-one mentoring course is core to the MFA experience at CCAD and focuses exclusively on your work in the studio. The goal of the program is to strengthen your understanding of your work and how it relates to the broad range of techniques, forms and ideas that comprise contemporary art and design. You'll work independently on your project with one-hour weekly studio visits between you and your faculty mentor to reflect on your methods, ideas, process and final work.

 

Graduate seminar 

Semesters 1-4

You'll meet weekly for presentations, critiques and discussions of current in-progress projects. Various topics and visiting artists will be introduced. You are expected to take a strong leadership role in these weekly critiques with your fellow students, faculty and visiting artists. You'll have the opportunity to receive in-depth feedback from peers who may be working in different media and/or come from different orientations. One of the basic tenets of the program is that all students are one another's teachers and mentors. The aim of these critiques is to provide a space for the productive and respectful exchange of ideas.

Graduate Art History seminar

Semesters 1, 2

You'll choose form a variety of graduate level Art History courses focused in theory, criticism, writing, curatorial practices or art/design/film history. For a full list of course options, visit Self Service and look through our course catalog.

 

Digital Culture

Semester 1

Digital Culture redefines and reintroduces presentation methods as both physical technology and conceptual application. You'll experience the technology already present in your life as viable delivery systems for your work. You'll gain awareness about a wide variety of delivery tools and an understanding of how to leverage these tools in both the classroom and in the marketplace.

 

Graduate Progress assessment

Semester 2

During the last weeks of your second semester, you'll be required to complete the Graduate Progress Assessment, which consists of a written component and participating in a group exhibition/event.

 

Undergraduate classes

Timing Varies

All courses offered at CCAD are available to graduate students, subject to availability. Courses are taken on an audit basis and arranged through your studio faculty mentors.

The learning blog

One of the unique aspects of the New Projects curriculum is its emphasis on communication and success. The faculty believes that it is important for today's artists to be able to explain their research, document their influences and engage in meaningful dialogue about their work. You are required to keep a learning blog for the duration of the program. This site serves as the documentation of your explorations, thoughts, dialogues and feelings as you move through the curriculum.

 

Professional practices

Semester 3

Oriented to your individual student needs and goals, this course addresses the tools and skill sets you'll need for success after graduation. Issues of entrepreneurialism, marketing and leadership are covered along with practical application of creative/business partnership overall.

 

Thesis projects I & II 

Semesters 3, 4

Thesis Projects I focuses on the initial thesis project proposal, development and implementation. You'll choose your thesis advisor, develop your thesis proposal and complete a pre-thesis review. Emphasis will be placed on the highest professional standards of development, planning and execution.

Thesis Projects II focuses on the final thesis project development and exhibition. Emphasis will be placed on originality and the highest professional standards of development and execution.

Certificate of College Art Instruction

Elective Course of Study

This internal certificate program recognizes successful completion of designated coursework and a series of teaching internships focused on the teaching of studio art at a post-secondary level. It is an elective program and is not required for the MFA degree.

 

Teaching methods

Semester 2

This weekly graduate seminar focuses on teaching, planning and assessment of college-level studio art classes. Taken in conjunction with a Graduate Teaching Internship, GRNP5072.

 

Teaching internship I & II

Semester 2,3

The teaching internship provides a strong experimental foundation for teaching studio art at the college level. Students are matched with regular CCAD faculty in appropriate courses to both observe and assist with course delivery. Upon successful completion of teaching internship, you can apply to be a Graduate Teaching Associate (instructor of record). If you have significant experience, you may be exempt from the internship requirement at the discretion of the program director.


 

Credit hours

Requirement 
Program Requirements60
Total
60

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Faculty & Mentorship

As an MFA student, you’ll work with select faculty who provide one-on-one feedback. They will push and challenge you as part of a community that is supportive and rigorous, demanding and compassionate. You’ll meet weekly in the Graduate Seminar for group critiques with your faculty and peers. Our program features small class sizes, accepting only nine to 15 students per year. To gain exposure and insight from industry professionals, you’ll also work with an off-campus mentor or participate in a practicum. The degree concludes with a thesis project, written thesis paper and oral defense.

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