The MFA program is intended to be a full-time, four-semester program of study. To complete the program in two years, students need 15 units each semester.
As a part of the curriculum, all MFA students must attend the Graduate Lecture Series
|Graduate Critique Seminar||12|
|Art History Seminar Electives||9|
|Critical Studies Semianr Electives||6|
|MFA Graduate Exhibition||0|
|Graduate Lecture Series||0|
MFA students have a maximum of three years to complete the degree. This includes time off for a leave of absence.
MFA students must enroll in at least three units of Graduate Tutorial and three units of Graduate Critique Seminar per semester. No more than two Graduate Tutorials may be scheduled for each semester. Exceptions to this require permission from the Dean of Academic Affairs. No more than two Graduate Critique Seminars may be scheduled for each semester. Exceptions to this require permission from the Dean of Academic Affairs.
Full-time status is achieved by enrolling in 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters.
MFA students must complete all outstanding coursework by the end of the summer session following participation in the MFA Graduate Exhibition.
All students must enter the MFA Program with six units of art history: three units of modern or contemporary history/theory and three additional art history units. If necessary, students may be required to fulfill these prerequisites within their first year of MFA study at SFAI. These prerequisite art history credits will count towards a student’s elective credit.
Teaching Assistant Stipends:
Graduate students who wish to be teaching assistants in the third or fourth semester of their graduate programs may apply prior to priority registration for the term in which they wish to TA. All teaching assistantships are limited to regularly scheduled on-campus courses and carry no academic credit. All selected students will be eligible for TA stipends.
MFA Graduate Exhibition:
Graduate students must register for the MFA Graduate Exhibition in their final semester and pay a MFA Graduate Exhibition and Catalogue fee of $300. No credits are awarded, but participation is required for the degree.