Maine Media College’s low-residency requirement makes it possible for filmmakers, photographers and multimedia artists to earn a master’s degree while continuing with life and work at home. November 14-16, 16 master’s candidates, 3 master’s applicants and 4 student auditors came to Rockport for the biannual Master of Fine Arts retreat.
Program Coordinator Assistant, Melissa Page, explains, “Before the retreat, candidates submit the work for review by MMC faculty and fellow students. Once on campus the candidates are divided into groups where they share their work, participate in discussions and presentations, and collaborate with peers.”
MFA candidates also enjoy one-on-one sessions with faculty, mentors, and advisors. During this time, candidates review their degree progress and plan upcoming semesters. The goals of the retreat are to foster intellectual and artistic growth, collaboration and community involvement. Through participation in the retreat critiques, students work toward rigorous self-evaluation and growth. MFA applicants, after completing the admissions procedure, attend MFA retreats to meet with faculty, receive feedback on their work and to complete a formal review prior to admission into the program.
The four-day MFA retreat is also open to students interested in learning more about the program. Click here to learn more about Maine Media College, the MFA degree, and admissions. The next retreat occurs April 27 - May 1; participants must register by March 28, 2011.