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Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts

Clark MFA Visual Arts students speaking with gallerist Kate Werble in NYC, at faculty Laurel Sparks’ solo show “Time Machines”


Low Residency. High Impact.

Advance your practice

Join a creative community committed to your success as a 21st century artist.

The MFA in Visual Arts at Clark enables you to maximize personal expression and gain a deeper understanding of your intellectual and aesthetic worlds. Create an academic journey from your own studio, working closely with other artists, program faculty, and professional artist-mentors in twice-yearly immersive residencies.

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The Artist as Creative Entrepreneur

The ability to think creatively is valued far beyond artist communities. Our program will nurture your ability to think conceptually and see unique connections where others may not. At the same time, you will develop leadership and professional skills that will enhance your work, ensure your vision is realized, and your voice is heard.

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Residencies and Exhibitions

These intensive 10-day sessions provide an immersive environment for artist-scholars, with regular critiques, guest faculty, and curated seminars on topics such as critical theory, art history, aesthetics, and professional practice.

June residencies will be held on Clark campus in Worcester, and January residencies will be hosted at MASS MoCA, the largest contemporary art venue in the country.

The program concludes with a fifth, thesis residency where you will defend your written thesis, present a professional artist talk, be included in an exhibition catalog, and participate in a thesis show hosted in January at MASS MoCA.

June and January Program Starts:

June 2024 Residency

Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts


January 2025 Residency

North Adams, Massachusetts


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Learn from passionate practitioners

At the heart of your MFA experience at Clark are faculty practitioners who are committed to nurturing your artistic growth and expression while pursuing their own. They are painters, sculptors, filmmakers, art critics, historians, curators, photographers, and interactive artists. Each provides engaging and supportive instruction and guidance, drawing from their own academic and professional backgrounds.

Your Clark MFA residency experience includes exposure to renowned national and international artists, museum professionals, art critics, and gallery owners.

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Join a Thriving and Connected Arts Community

As a student in the MFA program, you become part of the larger Clark academic and campus community.

Founded in 1887, our university brings together creative, passionate, and intellectually engaged students in a supportive community from around the world.

Clark’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts is home to undergraduate study of art history, media and culture, music, screen studies, studio art, and theater arts. The Becker School of Design and Technology offers globally ranked undergraduate and MFA programs in interactive media and game design.

On campus, the Traina Center for the Arts and numerous Stages, Galleries, and Spaces, and the recently completed Center for Media Arts, Computing, and Design create opportunities for collaboration across the University. And our Worcester campus location provides an inspiriting, supportive, and world-class arts community.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Online application form
  • Application fee (non-refundable): $75
  • Your résumé
  • Academic transcripts from all intuitions attended
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency
  • A personal statement
  • A portfolio that includes examples of your work. Portfolio pieces may represent classroom assignments as well as independent projects.

Test Scores and Letters of Recommendation are NOT required for program admission.

For details, visit The Graduate Admissions Web Site.

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