CONNECT ART, POLICY AND COLLECTIVE ACTION
Now accepting applications for our inaugural class in Fall 2020. For more information, please email [email protected]
This unique program is for artists and creative thinkers who want to connect art, policy and collective action. We prepare graduate students who want to take on big issues and complex problems, such as equity, education and emerging technologies, to think critically, evaluate compassionately and create inventively.
Students in our program can take courses across the university, including at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.
THE DEGREE: MFA IN SOCIAL PRACTICE WITH A FOCUS IN PUBLIC POLICY
The Master of Fine Arts degree in Social Practice is designed for emerging creative thinkers to develop skills in both the arts and public policy sectors during an intensive, two-year, 60-credit degree. Courses are designed to set up dialogues on how creative practices can be used to produce change.
The program brings together artists, designers, organizers, researchers and policymakers to initiate learning opportunities and projects that address the critical questions of our time. It combines study in experimental, relational and performative creative practices with academic research, collaborative work and field-based experiential learning in Washington, D.C. - a global hub for policy makers, tech leaders, NGO's and cultural institutions. In this program, we address the following questions:
- As artists, how can we better connect our creative actions with our desire for impact?
- How might artists address problems that other fields either can't see or can't touch?
- How might we better prepare ourselves to navigate the fields with which our work intersects?
OUR CROSS-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH
Students can take courses across the Corcoran School and the Trachtenberg School at the George Washington University. This program aims to initiate cross-disciplinary projects with public impact, pulling faculty from across GW’s Columbian College. Students have access to academic offerings that support their project goals in areas across the university, including public policy, data and spatial analysis, cultural studies and social theory.
As a part of the Corcoran community, students are provided with world-class professors, newly renovated classrooms and studios and the multitude of resources available to the George Washington University community.
To apply to the program, follow the graduate application process and submit all materials by April 1. For fellowship consideration, the deadline is February 1. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree.
COSTS & FUNDING
The Student Accounts Office provides up to date cost information on our program. We do offer some partial fellowships to MFA students each year. To be considered for a fellowship, you must apply for fall admission. You may also find fellowships through the Office of Fellowships & Assistantships. The Office of Student Financial Assistance also has more information on aid opportunities.
SOCIAL PRACTICE IN ACTION
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