MFA Portfolios Premium Track

An MFA portfolio requires a level of maturity and engagement with critical thinking. At the MFA level, the concerns shift from technical skills to developing a unique artistic vision.  The curriculum we will use is from our MFA Portfolios Track

Here is your opportunity to work with guidance and comprehensive support from Prof Lieu and the Art Prof staff. With set deadlines you need to meet for MFA applications, it can be challenging to pace yourself, know what direction to go in, and what skills you’ll need.

Enrollment is now open!

Semester 4
  • 4 weeks, $600
  • Track runs Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 28 2021
  • Registration & full tuition due Friday, December 17 2021
  • $200 deposit to reserve a spot any time before Monday, December 6.
  • We do not accept deposits from Monday December 6 – Friday December 17, full tuition is due during this time period.
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Hear Prof Lieu explain the MFA Portfolios Premium Track

Premium Track Features

  • 6 students only, allowing for thoughtful attention & close guidance.
  • 2 live voice sessions every week with Prof Lieu and a Teaching Artist.
  • Voice sessions are 60 min. each, in our Discord.
  • 30 min., one-on-one review with Prof Lieu at the end of the track.
  • Access to a private channel in our Discord where you’ll get support and critiques from our staff artists on weekdays.

Watch a voice session

Free Track vs. Premium Track

The free track and premium track use the same curriculum. The MFA Portfolios Track is available for free; you can work on it by yourself at your own pace.

The difference is that the premium track provides guidance and support through weekly voice sessions and critiques from the Art Prof staff.

About our Staff

Prof Lieu and Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch have experience advising MFA candidates. Lauryn is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College in New York City.

We’ll kick your butt (if you want us to that is) and keep you on task as you develop your MFA portfolio.

We have produced many MFA portfolio critiques, which you can watch in our Portfolio Critiques section.

MFA Portfolio Critique, Hannah McCasland

Art Supplies

We understand that many people have limited budgets for supplies, so our premium tracks are structured so that you can use any materials you want, within that track’s focus.

For example, if you are doing the Painting Premium Track, you could choose any paint media: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheacrylicoilswater mixable oilsink wash, etc. We provide a supply list with recommended supplies for each paint media and are happy to provide further support, but you can work with whatever you have! Same with digital software: you can use ProcreatePhotoshopKrita, whatever you have access to.

We recommend for this track using a broad range of art media so you can demonstrate your versatility as an artist, below are lists in several categories of art media you can choose from.

Software List: Digital Media

ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe FrescoMediBang PaintGimp

Supply Lists: Drawing Media

ballpoint pen/gel pensdip penbrush pen markersCaran d’Ache crayonsgraphite powdercolored pencilsoft pasteloil pastelpencil, charcoalink washscratchboardwet charcoaloil sticks

Supply Lists: Painting Media

watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheacrylicoilswater mixable oilsink washliquid watercoloralcohol inks

Supply Lists: 3D, Collage, Printmaking

collage, air dry clay, oil based clay, chipboard, gelli plate monotypes, linoleum block, rubber stamps


Student info

  • Limit 6 students
  • Enrollment is first come, first serve
  • All students are required to join our Discord

Dates & Times

Semester 4

  • 4 weeks, $600
  • Runs Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 28 2021
  • Registration & full tuition due Friday, December 17 2021
  • $200 deposit to reserve a spot any time before Monday, December 6.
  • We do not accept deposits from Monday December 6 – Friday December 17, full tuition is due during this time period.
Voice sessions

Registration Deadlines

Semester 4: due Friday, December 17 2021

We will email you to confirm your registration, and send you a payment request via Paypal.

Confirmation

  • We require 4 students to run the track.
  • We will confirm the track running by the Monday after the Friday registration deadline.
  • If the track does not run, you will receive a full refund by the Monday after the Friday registration deadline.

Refunds

  • All payments are non-refundable if the track runs.
  • There are no refunds for missed voice sessions, or if a student is late to a voice session.
  • We only issue refunds if the track does not run due to lack of enrollment.

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Purchase a Portfolio Critique

You can also purchase a portfolio critique, where you receive a 30 minute video, which provides a detailed assessment of 8-20 artworks. All purchased portfolio critiques are private, we will not post it anywhere online. You’ll get to choose which staff artist you would like to receive the critique from. More info on portfolio critiques.

Artist Calls

We also offer artist calls, where you can speak privately to one of our staff artists of your choice, one-on-one. You can choose a call to be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes. More info on artist calls.

Portfolio critiques and artist calls are separate from the premium track. Questions? Contact us.