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Master of Fine Arts in Creativity (MFA)

Degree Information

The MFA in Creativity is unique with a mix of broadly defined arts, applied creativity, and distinctive entrepreneurship. Students are not limited to fine arts. An "art" could be costume design, graphic art, public art, writing, theatre, architecture, and more. Students will be guided by teams of experienced mentors through the blend of course study that combines creativity, refines the individual art, and introduces the risk-taking and market savvy typical of entrepreneurs.

Curriculum

Major Requirements (60 credit hours)

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Core

Unless noted, all core courses are 6 credit hours.

  • MFA 511 Art and Value Creation

    This course presents an investigation of artistic ideas pertaining to value creation. Topic areas include: artistic development, creativity and the creative process; economic value creation; systematic thinking related to small enterprise models and legal structures; and development of creative artistic projects through individualized planning. Note: Artistic Development Plans will be refined between students and mentors in each subsequent course of the program.

  • MFA 512 Art Market Awareness and Creative Planning

    This course offers development of tools to understand the dynamics between arts, sciences, and market expressions and related application of creativity. Topic areas include: myths associated with creativity; divergent thinking; entrepreneurial ventures and artistic creations; and identifying markets, structure, demand, and sustainability. Prerequisite: MFA 511

  • MFA 521 Art, Creativity, and Small Enterprise Basics

    This course covers basic enterprise structures and strategies creatively applied to artistic endeavors. Some topic areas include: market planning using creative techniques; arts sponsorships and creative financing; value of creative collaboration; accounting basics and business structures; and synthesizing aspects of creativity and market savvy to create a foundation for blending arts and enhancing artistic value chain market success. Prerequisites: MFA 511 and MFA 512

  • MFA 522 Art Refinement, Entrepreneurial Planning, and Markets

    This course focuses on marketplace basics and planning within the context of entrepreneurial behaviors and arts concepts. Topic areas include: creativity, innovation and inventions; dreaming and creativity; connections between art expressions and intellectual property rights; the art of practice; multiple expressions of primary and secondary art forms; entrepreneurial behaviors; and deliberate ethics. Prerequisites: MFA 511, MFA 512, and MFA 521

  • MFA 611 Art, Creativity, and Technology

    This course covers creative integration of elements of technology to reflect target markets and aid sustainability, growth, and the art itself. Topic areas include: technology as a means to promote enterprise growth and showcase artistic products; art, new media and entrepreneurial planning using creative problem solving; perceptions of success and failure; risk assessment in the marketplace and artistic design. Prerequisites: MFA 511, MFA 512, and MFA 521, and MFA 522

  • MFA 612 The Art of Empathy, Networking, and Securing Value

    This course covers the inter-relationship of markets, people, planet, and art in relationship to assessing value. Topic areas include: art management utilizing technology; creative use of technology; integrate new media and new art; creativity in a structured environment; value of enterprise and portfolios; creativity in the context of leadership, culture and productivity; strategic and exit planning. Prerequisite: MFA 511, MFA 512, MFA 521, MFA 522, and MFA 611

  • MFA 621 Multiple Perspectives of Art, Enterprise Strategy, and Self-Reflection

    This course encompasses creative thinking applied to enterprise strategies, art, and self-reflection. Topics include: connections between art, expressions, and intellectual property rights; creativity and strategic planning; emerging creative class; creation and delivery of an enterprise pitch; entrepreneurial behaviors; enterprise scale structures; deliberate ethics; and applying pedagogy to teaching creativity, art, and value creation to others. Prerequisites: MFA 511, MFA 512, MFA 521, MFA 522, MFA 611, and MFA 612.

  • MFA 622 Thesis, Project Completion, and Presentation

    This course includes completion of a thesis based on research that is applied to a final artistic project. A mentor team and the program director must approve the draft and presentation. Specific requirements listed within the course syllabus. Prerequisites: MFA 511, MFA 512, MFA 521, MFA 522, MFA 611, MFA 612, and MFA 621

On-Campus Residencies

Unless noted, all residencies are 3 credit hours.

  • MFA 591 On-Campus Residency

    Pre-assigned readings and videos prepare students for participation in on-campus residencies that span five days. Residencies include seminars, lectures, and panel discussions on a variety of topics relating to art, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Topics will vary with each residency and will also provide student with opportunities for networking.

  • MFA 592 On-Campus Residency

    Pre-assigned readings and videos prepare students for participation in on-campus residencies that span five days. Residencies include seminars, lectures, and panel discussions on a variety of topics relating to art, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Topics will vary with each residency and will also provide student with opportunities for networking.

Virtual Residencies (6 credit hours)

Unless noted, all residencies are 3 credit hours.

  • MFA 581 Virtual Residency

    Virtual residencies span five days and are based on artistic problem solving within the context of an actual entrepreneurial endeavor. Every virtual residency will have a different entrepreneurial endeavor to resolve.

  • MFA 582 Virtual Residency

    Virtual residencies span five days and are based on artistic problem solving within the context of an actual entrepreneurial endeavor. Every virtual residency will have a different entrepreneurial endeavor to resolve.

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