Interdisciplinary and Socially Engaged Art
Goddard College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Socially Engaged Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts.
Our programs engage artists from a variety of practices, including visual arts, dance, music, theater, performance art, craft practices, social practice, design, digital media, narrative media, and the literary arts.
Bachelor of Fine Arts students are encouraged to experiment with a range of mediums. They are supported in conceiving purposeful and relevant projects and then developing the necessary artistic techniques for realizing them over the course of the design process. In this way, the elements of composition, form, and material practice are always approached in relationship to a student’s intention, context, and concept.
Master of Fine Arts students not only have the opportunity to work across artistic disciplines both individually and in collaboration with peers, but the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts also encourages broader interdisciplinary inquiry, enabling dialogue among art and science, social science, humanities, and other systems of knowledge.
Interdisciplinary and Socially Engaged Art Degree Options
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Socially Engaged Art, including a concentration in:
Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts, including concentrations in:
The low-residency model removes the barriers between living your life and learning. Each semester begins with an eight-day residency in Vermont or Washington. Residencies offer seminars, meetings with your advising groups, workshops, one-on-one meetings with an advisor, and presentations. You will also connect with faculty, practitioners, activists, and artists, and your fellow students.
Following the residency, students return home for 16 weeks of independent work in close collaboration with a faculty advisor.
Students in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program may choose to attend residencies in either:
- Plainfield, Vermont, on Goddard’s historic main campus, located just outside Montpelier, the state capital. It’s a former farm with a manor garden, surrounding forests, and period architecture.
- Port Townsend, Washington, on our Fort Worden campus, a former Victorian-era Army base with beaches, trails, and a vibrant, seaside arts community on the Pacific Coast, north of Seattle.
When you apply, you’ll select one of these two sites for the duration of your studies.
Goddard College programs operating in Washington State are authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council. For more information, please refer to Accreditation and Approvals.
Students in the BFA in Socially Engaged Art Program will study on Goddard’s historic main campus in Plainfield, Vermont.