The MFA in Studio Art (MFAST) is an interdisciplinary low-residency program designed for experienced artists who want to pursue graduate study without disrupting their ongoing careers. The overall program goals and objectives are the same as for the full-time MFA program. The strength of the program is the integration of art practice with critical theory. Unique to the program is its structure. MFAST students complete their graduate studies over three years plus one summer. Each year, students come to MICA for an intensive six-week summer residency combined with independent work during the academic year and a return to campus for a short winter session. During the time that students are not on campus, they keep in touch with their dedicated faculty mentor through distance learning tools. Intensity and length of the program help to create a strong community of peers and a network of visiting artists, critics, and alumni that truly influence the students thinking and practice.
Areas of concentration include the full range of contemporary art practices; students may focus on one specific medium or work across various media. Although the program promotes interdisciplinary approaches to art production students are encouraged to work in ways most appropriate to their individual research.