Program – PSU Art & Social Practice


PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA is a 3-year, flexible residency program that combines individual research, group work, and experiential learning.  The program’s blend of critical and professional practice, progressive pedagogy, collaborative social engagement, and transdisciplinary exploration produces an immersive educational environment.

The 90 credit, 3-year course encourages students to shape the direction of their own education and continually develop the program as a whole. Students connect their art practice to research in the field of Social Practice through electives and community partnerships, promoting cross disciplinarily engagement.   Graduating students each produce a public graduate thesis project, an in-depth written text exploring a relevant connection to their practice, and a public artist lecture that surveys their work in the program.   Each student may also produce a book for the Social Practice Reference Points series on a prominent theme, person or as a workbook.


The program accepts approximately six students annually. The deadline for applying is January 11th. Interested persons are encouraged to make arrangements to visit the program.