Master of Fine Arts, Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts
This Master of Fine Arts program attracts cross-disciplinary artists such as writer-performers and actor-musicians, plus artists who are interested in exploring other art forms.
Working closely with faculty-all of whom actively practice their craft-students put concepts into practice and develop critical reflection skills in workshops, seminars and classes. By participating in the Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop and completing a personal MFA project, students develop presentation skills and a professional portfolio.
Students can complete the equivalent of two full years of material through weekend intensives and online courses. The curriculum also gives students the flexibility to work more deeply in particular areas, and to take such professional development courses as teaching, arts administration and community arts.
Students can demonstrate appropriate levels of accomplishment and commitment to their art by means of work samples and personal statements. Applicants submit the following:
Application for Admission
Non-refundable $65 Application Fee
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
Autobiographical Statement (5 to 7 pages) incorporating the following questions: What interests you about the MFA at CIIS and what prepares you for it right now? What project or projects are you currently working on? How would you describe yourself as a writer or artist and what influences or experiences have been central for you?
Vision Statement (1-2 pages): What would you like to accomplish during your MFA? Where do you see yourself five years after graduation?
Two Letters of Recommendation (one from an academic advisor, or someone familiar with the applicant's ability to do academic work, and one from a supervisor in a recent professional or volunteer setting).
Art Sample: Submit a work sample from your arts practice (15-20 page manuscript for writers, CD or DVD for performers or visual artists).
For International students there are additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for additional information.
Please visit Applying to CIIS for more information.
For any questions about admission, please contact: