Dovetailing four years worth of curriculum into a three-year experience, the dual-degree program gives students the opportunity to fully engage in and integrate two separate degree programs.

The rigorous dual-degree program is designed for highly motivated students whose interdisciplinary sensibilities and professional goals exceed those delineated by a singular graduate degree. With the faculty and administrative support of two degree programs, dual-degree students are challenged to fuse together the combined practices and multiple approaches required by their course of study in Visual & Critical Studies and one other graduate program at the college.  

Students in the second year of their dual-degree program are brought together in a year-long seminar tailored specifically for them. Through individual critique, group discussion, writing, and working with visitors, this seminar enables students to integrate and differentiate between thinking, writing, and making. Students are encouraged to think about their creative practice holistically—approaching each mode as a mutually enabling aspect of the same undertaking.

The Graduate Program in Visual & Critical Studies offers four dual-degree options. The VCS program can be partnered with an MA in Curatorial Practice, or an MFA in Design, Fine Arts, Social Practice, or Writing.  Below is more information about each offering.

Curatorial Practice (MA)

The MA/MA dual degree in Curatorial Practice and Visual & Critical Studies allows students to sharpen their writing skills and bolster their critical understanding of the visual arts and visual culture while gaining professional knowledge of curatorial practices.

See Curatorial Practice | Visual and Critical Studies curriculum.

Read more about the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Design (MFA)

The Design and Visual and Critical Studies dual-degree option is geared toward those students who intend to expand their critical understanding of visual culture in relation to their design practice.

See Design | Visual and Critical Studies curriculum.

Read more about the Graduate Program in Design.

Fine Arts (MFA)

The MA/MFA dual degree in Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies is a three-year program directed toward students who wish to merge their studio practice with rigorous visual analysis.

This program is ideal for artists who wish to further their artistic explorations through critical writing.

See Fine Arts | Visual and Critical Studies curriculum.

Read more about the Graduate Program in Fine Arts.

Writing (MFA)

The MFA/MA dual degree in Writing and Visual and Critical Studies allows students to sharpen their writing skills and bolster their critical understanding of the visual arts. See Writing / Visual and Critical Studies curriculum.

Read more about the MFA Program in Writing.