Dual Degree

SFAI's Dual Degree MA/MFA program is designed for students whose practices cross the boundaries of art and scholarship to arrive at their own form of production.

The Dual Degree equips students to engage theory, history, art, and culture at their points of intersection.

It consists of:

(1) An MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art

(2) An MFA in Studio Art with Optional Emphasis (Art and Technology, Film, New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture/Ceramics)

The culmination of the program is participation in the MFA Exhibition after the second year, and completion of a written thesis as well as participation in the MA Collaborative Project by the end of the third year.

HTCA Dual Degree Curriculum

With only 6 units now required per semester in the third year (72 units total), the Dual Degree is a rigorous yet flexible platform for experimentation and original research. This new structure is more cost effective and enables deep engagement with both individual research/writing projects and the dynamic Bay Area arts landscape.


TOTAL: 72 UNITS

Semester 1 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Art History Seminar Elective 3
Critical Studies Seminar Elective 3
Studio Elective 3
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 2 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Art History Seminar Elective 3
Critical Studies Seminar Elective 3
Topic Seminar 3
MFA Intermediate Review 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 3 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Methods and Theories of Art History 3
Global Perspectives of Modernity 3
Topic Seminar 3
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 4 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Research and Writing Colloquium 3
Art History, Critical Studies, or EMS Seminar Elective 3
Studio Elective 3
Graduate Lecture Series 0
MFA Final Review 0
MFA Graduate Exhibition 0

Semester 5 (6 units)

Title Units
Thesis 3
Collaborative Project 3
MA Intermediate Review 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 6 (6 units)

Title Units
Thesis 3
General Elective 3
MA Final Review 0
MA Thesis Symposium 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0