MFA Textiles & Ceramics Portfolio Critique

This video provides a critique of an MFA art school portfolio, starting with an overview of the portfolio, followed by critiques for each individual artwork. Topics discussed include aspects of the entire portfolio and artworks are working well, and recommends concrete strategies for how to make progress. Critique led by Art Prof Clara Lieu, portfolio […]

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 […]

MFA Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 2

Prompt Write 3 artist statements of varying lengths, that provide insight into your art practice and materials. You can write the statements so they encompass your overall practice, or statements that are focused on one specific project. 1 sentence statement This is your elevator pitch: what if you have 2 min. with someone at an […]

MFA Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 1

Prompt Self-critique the current state of your portfolio and create a plan of action for how you will develop your portfolio. Weed out class assignments Any artworks that are obviously assignments from a class should be removed: sketches of a nude model posing in class, color exercises, a still life that an instructor set up […]

MFA Portfolios Track

The MFA Portfolios Track will lay out all the materials you’ll need to provide to apply to an MFA program in studio art. An MFA portfolio requires a level of maturity and engagement with critical thinking. A sampling of homework assignments from your undergraduate degree isn’t going to cut it for an MFA application! At […]

How to Write an Artist CV & Resume

Writing an effective artist CV and resume is hugely important to pursue job and career opportunities as an artist. This video explains in great detail what should or should not be included in an artist CV, as well as tips for how to format a CV differently depending on where you are sending your CV […]

Should I Get an MFA?

How do you decide if you should get an MFA program in studio art? A lot of the decision is based on a number of factors, is enrolling in an MFA program worth the time and cost? This video addresses the many reasons why people attend MFA programs and weighs the pros and cons. Do […]

How to Prepare an MFA Art Portfolio

The process of preparing a portfolio for an MFA studio art 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. This video explores the challenges and strategies that come with preparing an MFA portfolio. Discussion led by Art […]

How to Write an Artist Statement

Artist statements often feel like a contradiction for many artists, and it’s a process that most us dread as artists. Asking someone who is used to expressing themselves visually to write a statement feels unfair, if we were good at writing we would have been writers!  However, artist statements are an important part of having […]

Art School Portfolio: Photographing 2D Art

Photographs can make or break an artwork One of my artist colleagues once said to me “As artists, we live and die by our photographs.” Today, the vast majority of the time, people will see our artwork on a screen before they see it in person, if they ever do!  The photograph of your artwork […]

Art School Portfolio: Photographing 3D Art

3D artwork is especially difficult to photograph well, and are the most problematic photographs for most students.   I rarely see 3D artwork in an art school portfolio that is photographed well.  The problem is that 3D artwork varies tremendously from artwork to artwork, so every single 3D artwork really requires its own custom setup in […]

List of MFA & Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Low Residency MFA & Post-Baccalaureate Low Residency MFA Programs Burren College of Art(IR) Hartford Art School(CT) Lesley Art & Design(MA) Sierra Nevada University(NV) Trans Institute(UK) Vermont College of Fine Arts(VT) Post-Baccalaureate Programs Azusa Pacific University (CA) Brandeis University(MA) Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (MI) PA Academy of the Fine Arts SAIC(IL) San Francisco Art Institute(CA) SMFA(MA) […]