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Graduate Programs

Our three low-residency Master of Fine Art programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of practicing artists seeking the terminal degree in their discipline while maintaining active, full-time professional careers. Each program requires 27 months to complete.

Students reside at the Hartford Art School during a two-week summer intensive, and at off-campus residencies in selected cities during both semesters. Off-campus host cities are chosen carefully for their proximity to both major art markets and practicing professionals.

Meaningful Work Meets Real Life

graduate student photography work at Silpe Gallery

During the non-resident portions of the program, students maintain ongoing contact with the program director, thesis advisor and faculty through an online platform. The low-residency structure of the programs provide nontraditional working students the opportunity to complete a professional degree while simultaneously accommodating employment and family obligations.


Master of Fine Arts

Interdisciplinary Art

Master of Fine Arts


Master of Fine Arts


Engage with MFA

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1 p.m. EST

Nomad MFA Overview Webinar

Hosted by Director Carol Padberg and faculty Caroline Woolard, learn more about this innovative MFA program, and the current hyperlocal curriculum, and the global lifelong learning community that the program is launching in 2021. RSVP to to receive Zoom link.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Hydrofeminist METitations Podcast Launch Date 

In collaboration with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of their digital residency, ENSAYOS has had Nomad MFA students help conceptualize and create Episode 4 of this new listening series, as part of their Techno Lab class.


Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1 p.m. EST

Exploring the TechnoLab: Hydrofeminist METitations Podcast Webinar

Join faculty Christy Gast and visiting artist Camila Marambio of the collective ENSAYOS and Nomad MFA students as they celebrate and discuss their Hydrofeminist METitations Podcast project with the New Museum of Contemporary Art. RSVP to to receive Zoom link.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST

River Lab: Hyperlocal, Place-Based Pedagogy Webinar

Join Nomad MFA faculty Mary Mattingly to learn more about the new hyperlocal online curriculum which fosters in-depth, site-specific learning and a resilient learning community of students and faculty. RSVP to to receive Zoom link.


Wednesday, January 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. EST

Are you ready to Apply? Webinar

Join Director Carol Padberg and ask any last-minute application or portfolio questions before the Scholarship Consideration Deadline on January 15, 2021. RSVP to to receive Zoom link.

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