About the Program

PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA is composed of a unique combination of individual research, group work, and experiential learning. The program’s blend of critical and professional practice, collaborative social engagement, and transdisciplinary exploration produces an immersive educational environment. Based in Portland, Oregon, the program operates on the PSU campus, and in our space at the King School in Northeast Portland. The program’s Flexible Residency model allows for travel and even the ability for students to reside outside of Portland during their course of study. A weekly conversation series promotes the understanding of a wide range of approaches and methodologies.

The 90 credit, three-year course leans toward a democratic approach that encourages students to shape the direction of their own education, and continually redefine and develop the program as a whole. Students connect their art practice to research in the field through electives and community partnerships, promoting cross disciplinarily. Student work and research is presented publicly culminating in final graduate projects, presented in the third and final year of the program. Each student also produces a book for the Social Practice Reference Points series on a prominent theme, person or as a workbook.

The program produces an annual intervention event at the Portland Art Museum called Shine a Light, and has exhibited work and created projects for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Bétonsalon in Paris, apexart in New York, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn among other venues and locations.

The program accepts approximately six students annually. The deadline for applying is February 1st. Interested persons are encouraged to make arrangements to visit the program.