MFA Program

Welcome to the MFA Program at CIIS!

As artists, writers and performers in the heart of San Francisco, our work is influenced by technological innovation, cultural transformation, and urban redesign. Our curriculum gives students a chance to focus on their own practice in an interdisciplinary setting. In this two year, 48-unit weekend intensive program you will complete one or more of the following:

• a book-length manuscript or chapbook
• an evening-length dance, theatrical, or musical performance
• a visual arts exhibition
• a social justice/community arts project

Course Listings

We offer:

• Intimate class sizes
• Mentoring with outstanding, committed faculty
• A weekend intensive format that is ideal for working adults
• Diverse perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches to art-making
• Direct and constant access to the rich Bay Area art scene  

Art-making can be a pioneering, transformative act that changes–and sometimes revolutionizes–culture. Students in this program become more self-reflective and skillful in their practice. Through intensive and transdisciplinary dialogue, they see their work in a broader artistic, philosophical, and cultural dialogue, and develop innovative, experimental, and meaningful work that challenges personal and cultural narratives and perceptions. 




Fall 2014

Spring 2015

August 22, 23, 24

January 23, 24, 25

September 5, 6, 7

February 6, 7, 8

September 19, 20, 21

February 20, 21, 22

October 10, 11, 12

March 13, 14, 15

November 7, 8, 9

April 3, 4, 5

December 5, 6, 7

April 24, 25, 26



Friday 5:30–9:30 pm
Saturday 9 am–8 pm
Sunday 9 am–6 pm