All students begin their fall semester by exhibiting their work in the MFA All Media Exhibition, at the start of the fall semester in the Kresge Art Center Galleries 101 & 114. This annual exhibition serves as an introduction to all student enrolled in the program in their first thru third years.
Throughout the first semester of the program, new MFA students are encouraged to invite faculty members into their studio regularly as they are asked to select a Major Professor and Guidance Committee members by the end of the first semester of residence. Although the program is structured to allow for flexibility and intensive, self-directed studio hours, there are several important benchmarks that all MFA students must complete.
Graduates are expected to communicate with faculty often and participate in individual and group critiques. These critiques take many forms and vary depending on discipline. Sometimes they are quite informal and may include graduates, visiting artists / critics, or faculty members.
Most areas hold mid-semester and finals group critiques that include all graduate students and faculty in the discipline. There are one to two day marathon critiques. Additional opportunity for feedback comes from the Visiting Art and Scholar Lecture Series which invited 15 - 20 artists, scholars, and critiques to campus each year. As a graduate student, you are expect to join in studio visits with these visitors.
During the semester leading to the completion of 15-degree credits, but not later than the semester leading to the completion of 20 degree credits, MFA students must participate in the 15-Credit Review. This review takes place with the Major Professor and Guidance Committee