MFA PROGRAMS

MFA Programs

Welcome to the MFA Programs 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 our two year, 48-unit intensives 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 in our street level main gallery
  • a social justice/community arts project 

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. 

Learn more:

Course Listings
Academic Calendar: MFA Programs in Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts
Academic Calendar: MFA Program in Theatre Performance-Making

CREATIVE INQUIRY, INTERDICIPLINARY ARTS & WRITING AND CONSCIOUSNESS

Academic Calendars for 2015-2016:

2015-2016
Fall 2015 Spring 2016
August 28, 29, 30 January 8, 9, 10
September 18, 19, 20 January 29, 30, 31
October 9, 10, 11 February 19, 20, 21
October 23, 24, 25 March 4, 5, 6
November 13, 14, 15 March 18, 19, 20
December 4, 5, 6 April 8, 9, 10

Academic Calendars for 2016-2017:

2016-2017
Fall 2016 Spring 2017
August 19, 20, 21 January 6, 7, 8
September 9, 10, 11 January 27, 28, 29
September 23, 24, 25 February 10, 11, 12
October 14, 15, 16 March 3, 4, 5
November 4, 5, 6 March 24, 25, 26
November 18, 19, 20 April 7, 8, 9

Academic Calendars for 2017-2018:

2017-2018
Fall 2017 Spring 2018
August 18, 19, 20 January 5, 6, 7
September 8, 9, 10 January 26, 27, 28
September 22, 23, 24 February 16, 17, 18
October 13, 14, 15 March 2, 3, 4
November 3, 4, 5 March 23, 24, 25
November 17, 18, 19 April 13, 14, 15

CLASS HOURS
Friday
 5:30-9:30 pm
Saturday 9 am-8 pm
Sunday 9 am-6 pm

THEATRE PERFORMANCE-MAKING

SEMESTER ONE FALL 2015

August

September

October

November

December

TPM 7305

Introduction to Theatre Making

10th - 23rd August

10am-6pm Mon-Fri & Sat 22nd

10am-10pm Sun 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

TPM 7718

Cultural Identity in Performance

Skype Sessions: August 31st, September 14th & 28th, October 5th.

10am-12noon

Intensive Session: October 12th-23rd

 

 

 

TPM 7306

Performance I

Weekly Sessions: Mondays starting August 31st

2pm-5pm