Program Overview

CIIS’ Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing has been a vital part of San Francisco's interdisciplinary arts community for over 10 years. The degree reflects the Bay Area’s vibrancy, ingenuity, and imagination, making it an exceptional education for writers and artists.

Our community of artmakers is eclectic. We welcome performance makers, choreographers, musicians, novelists, clowns, filmmakers, memoirists, photographers, poets, painters, mixed media, glass, textile, interdisciplinary artists—and beyond. Some students make work that doesn't fit neatly into a discipline or genre, or that stretches the boundaries of more than one form.

Our students also include people committed to arts activism and working collaboratively with artists and communities. 

Through classes, workshops, and arts events, the program engages in a culture of inquiry that helps to further develop and better articulate your work. We believe that through this process of articulation in a conversation across the arts, genuine and meaningful discovery happens. 

Throughout the program, students have individualized sessions with faculty advisers and can enroll in four mentorships with art professionals to hone their craft or learn new skills. This one-on-one support helps to expand your creative range and prepare for the next steps as an art professional.

If you are interested in a degree at the intersection of Arts and Scholarship, learn about our new degree options here: Accelerated MFA and Creative Dissertation Pathway.

Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing

Length of Program
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Online, Residential Intensives

Career Paths

CIIS’ MFA curriculum is designed to help launch or expand your professional career as an artist. Using the coursework as a guide, students have the opportunity to develop strategic tools and materials necessary to meet their professional goals.

Our graduates are equipped to build a sustainable art practice and work in fields such as:

  • Media
  • Coaching
  • Editing and publishing
  • Arts administration or non-profits
  • Education and academia
  • Arts activism

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