Hoffberger is primarily a graduate school of painting, one of the only graduate programs in the country to focus solely on painting and embrace the millennia of its history as a context for critique. Through frequent presentations and visits to the major art centers, discussions in dialogues with the director, the artist-in-residence, visiting artists, and their peers, students find their way toward an individual form of expression.
The intensive study during this two-year program allows a select group of talented painters the opportunity to develop the discourse, materials, and practice to position their work in the contemporary art world.
A high level of competence and commitment is expected of Hoffberger students. Students are provided with individual studios. The emphasis of the program is on intensive independent work. A total of 60 credits is required for the MFA; of these, 48 must be in studio coursework and 12 in liberal arts seminars. A selection of liberal arts seminars especially designed for graduate students are offered each semester, but graduate students may take undergraduate liberal arts class with the permission of the instructor.
In addition to weekly visits from the director, students benefit from working with visiting artists and critics. Twice each semester, students meet with a visiting artist who gives a slide talk and makes individual studio visits for discussion and critique. Students also have access two days a month to an artist-in-residence.
Who Should Apply
Enrollment is limited to 20 students who intend to pursue a career in the arts and who have already developed considerable proficiency in their medium. Along with a thorough knowledge of the discipline of painting, the program places emphasis on the development of the student's own vision, clear critical thinking, and disciplined studio practice that will continue into the student's professional career.