Los Angeles is a mecca for artists whose mediums range from fine visual arts to screenwriting and film production, and UCLA’s MFA program offers concentrated studies in each.
With over half a dozen tracks to choose from, students are encouraged to specialize even more through elective studies, media exploration, and cross-departmental study.
The School of the Arts at Columbia offers both a MFA in creative writing (with specialization in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) and in visual arts.
The former is workshop heavy, with a curriculum (created for writers by writers) that examines literature from a practitioner’s viewpoint, rather than that of a scholar of theorist.
Whatever your medium, you can expect courses that span the aesthetic experience, from drawing and filmmaking to the relativity of color, gender dialectics, and critical theory.
And in addition to the studio and mentorship focus of Yale’s MFA curriculum, students also engage in the School of Art’s lecture series, a program that brings in visiting artists and professionals from around the world for track-specific counsel, campus-wide lectures, and even work critiques.
This highly interdisciplinary approach to making and understanding art isn’t necessarily for everyone, but if socially engaged art projects, tactical media, institutional critique, culture hacking, and relational aesthetics are what you’re looking for, then Carnegie Mellon offers that and more. And it tops our list for early annual income; on average, graduates go on to make nearly ,000 annually in their first years after earning their degrees.
And with a relatively competitive tuition rate, CMU makes for a solid return on investment.
), a studio- and mentor-based approach to artistic training.
Yale also offers its students access to a renowned exhibition space, open year-round, that allows them (as well as faculty and visiting artists) to display their work.