To make important art is an automatically expansive process. It is a momentum
and an action, disregarding traditional boundaries in favor of ideas and
actualizations. The Department of Art & Design at the University of Delaware realizes that
the contemporary artist benefits from a thorough investigation of their own
practice as well as wide-ranging feedback from others, and we strive to create an
environment that encourages these conditions.
Our program is divided among research, practice, and discourse.
Students are asked to take academic classes to encourage them to develop a
language with which to discuss what they are doing; they are asked to keep up a
dedicated studio practice where they are pushed to fully engage their interests;
and they come together with this language and studio work for regularly scheduled
critiques. The MFA program hosts a diverse faculty capable of
responding to a range of work in a variety of conditions, and we foster a communal
teaching model where students will dialogue with professionals and other
graduate students outside of their perceived "field." Our curriculum allows for both
radical experimentation and a devoted effort to a unique vision.
We work to develop thoughtful, articulate artists through an MFA
program housed within a diverse University. We consider the University setting to
be an ideal territory for the development of intellectually strong and challenging
works of art, and we encourage our students to take advantage of the broad range
of ideas being discussed outside of the arts. At the same time, the intimate size
of our program allows for the graduate faculty to engage with students on an
individual level, and to nourish work that comes out of a personal vision rather
than any overarching philosophy of what art should be.