A note from the program director
In the last few years, we’ve witnessed cataclysmic changes in the U.S. political landscape and global environmental change of unprecedented scope, and at the same time a rise in social organizing and solidarity more creative and expansive than many of us can recall in this lifetime. The MFAIA community remains a thriving, dynamic web of artists committed to supporting each other, learning from each other to face these “wicked problems” with criticality and compassion.
The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts is my beloved community, and I welcome you into this “collective of unicorns,” as Greg Tate of Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber called us in his remarks at the March 2015 Commencement in Port Townsend.
We invite you to shape your own learning and future as an engaged artist, and we look forward to sharing the path with you on this leg of your journey.
The MFAIA Program Faculty members work one-on-one with students as faculty advisors throughout the semester, as well as facilitating group studies, teaching workshops at residency, and acting as second readers to students’ final projects. Our faculty is comprised of national and international scholar practitioners with extensive experience supporting students taking charge of their learning. Faculty members’ work with students is focused, clear, and rigorous.
Twice a year, at the start of each semester, students attend an intensive eight-day residency at the College’s Plainfield, Vermont campus, Goddard’s historic main campus, or the Port Townsend, Washington campus, a vibrant arts community on the Pacific Coast. Residencies are a rich time of exploration, connection, and planning.
During the application process, you choose one of the two residency site options for the duration of your studies. Each program site is home to a lively community of interdisciplinary artists and allows you to engage with a unique physical landscape in a retreat-like setting.
Goddard College programs operating in Washington State are authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council. For more information, please refer to Accreditation and Approvals.
At the start of the semester, students attend an intensive eight-day residency in Vermont or Washington, followed by 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. Goddard pioneered this format nearly a half century ago to meet the needs of adult students with professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences grounded in the real-world.
Residencies are a time to explore, network, learn, witness, and share with peers, staff, and faculty. Students work with advisors and peers in close-knit advising groups to forge individualized study plans that describe their learning objectives for the semester.
Working closely with their faculty advisors, and supported by fellow learners, students identify areas of study, personal goals, relevant resources, and avenues to achieve these goals. Students also attend and are invited to help organize workshops, keynote addresses, celebrations and other events intended to stimulate, inspire, and challenge.
This low-residency model combines the breadth of a collaborative community with the focus of personalized learning, enhanced by insightful exchanges with a faculty advisor.