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The low-residency program at MMC is for artists interested in engaging in a rigorous educational experience leading to the MFA degree in the media arts fields of photography, filmmaking and multimedia. The College seeks those who are motivated to produce high-quality creative work under the guidance of experienced mentors and eager to participate in a community of artists striving for artistic growth through individualized practice and study.
With the guidance of advisors and project mentors, expert in the fields of photography, filmmaking and multimedia, students in the MFA program establish sustainable, individual creative practices through the consistent and purposeful development and pursuit of coherent goals. Students emerge from the program with a fluent understanding of art making techniques and practices necessary to growth of an independent creative vision as well as a demonstrable competence in the interpretive analysis of creative work and the ability to situate work in appropriate historical, cultural and social contexts. These proficiencies are essential to ongoing professional engagement in the world of media arts. Two, four-day MFA retreats are held each year, one in November and the other in May. During retreats students meet with faculty for critiques of projects, discussions covering topics in visual culture and to assess their progress in the program. Additionally, MFA students are required to complete four, one-week intensive courses during their tenure in the program. “Intensives” are seminars, led by resident faculty members, which allow students to focus on subjects essential to MFA students such as the histories and theories associated with the various media as well as professional development. “Intensives” begin on Mondays immediately following retreats.
During the semesters between retreats, students work with members of the Maine Media College faculty or other approved mentors to complete studio and academic projects. Projects are presented at retreats for evaluation and credit. Students may earn up to nine credits by taking master classes offered by the Workshops. The MFA culminates with the presentation of final thesis exhibitions or screenings.
Other opportunities for learning are open to MFA Students. Students may apply for teaching assistantships or other support positions during the workshop season and/or during the school year for the Professional Certificate programs. For more detailed information on credit options and requirements please see the MFA Handbook.