The MFA at CIIS has been a vital part of San Francisco's interdisciplinary arts community for more than 10 years. Our degree reflects that vibrancy, ingenuity, and imagination, making it an exceptional education for writers and artists.

The MFA requires 39 units over two academic years and one summer of full-time study. It is offered in a hybrid online format that combines campus intensives with online learning.

Intensive Dates
All intensives begin on Friday afternoon and end Wednesday evening

Fall 2019: September 27 through October 2
Spring 2020: January 31 through February 5

Fall 2020: September 25 through September 30
Spring 2021: January 29 through February 3

Fall 2021: September 24 through September 29
Spring 2022: January 28 through February 2

Semester One (10 units)
• MFA Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop (6 units)
• Creative Inquiry for Artists (3 units)
• Arts Mentorship (1 unit)

Semester Two (10 units)
• MFA Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop (6 units)
• Arts in Context (3 units)
• Arts Mentorship (1 unit)

Semester Three (Summer Intensive) (4 units)
Choose one of the following:
• Exchange: Kingston Writing School (2 units)
• Exchange: University of Chichester (2 units) 
• Arts Mentorship (1 units) and Internship (1 unit)
Plus:
• MFA Project Proposal
• Art Making: Global Influences

Semester Four (9 units)
• MFA project (3 units)
• Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (3 units)
• Interdisciplinary Arts Seminar (2 units)
• Arts Mentorship (1 unit)

Semester Five (6 units)
• MFA project (3 units)
• Artist in the World (3 units)

Questions about admissions or the MFA Program?

Admissions Counselor:
Danielle Niakaros
(415) 575-6291
dniakaros@ciis.edu

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