MFA Monday: …So what is an MFA anyway?

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Howdy everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Can you believe it’s only four days until Thanksgiving?! Wow.

Anyway, this Monday we bring you a little post about MFA Basics!


…So what is an MFA anyway?

A Master of Fine Arts (according to the Wikipedia article) is “a creative degree usually awarded as a terminal degree in visual arts, creative writing, filmmaking, dance or theatre and other performing arts. Coursework is primarily of an applied or performing nature with the program often culminating in a major work or performance.”

Other MFA factoids:

  • Programs typically range from 2-3 years
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree (not necessarily in same area of study as the MFA) prior to admittance
  • Sample portfolio or audition performance often very important aspect of application
  • InU.S. an MFA is considered “terminal” because it is the highest degree in its field

…What programs are out there?

Here is a list of 109 MFA Dance programs around the world!

…Which MFA programs are the “best”?

SO many variables to consider, there isn’t a cohesive list of rankings. But here are a few schools that are very prestigious:



…MFA programs in Texas?

Of course! But only three…

Southern Methodist University

Texas Woman’s University

Sam Houston State University

Stay tuned for next week’s MFA Monday!


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