Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University offers unique low-residency MFA program


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of artists is expected to increase over the next several years. Those who wish to launch careers in this field may want to research the Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University, as it boasts the comforts of a small school, with the resources of a large university.

The school offers a unique low-residency master's of fine arts (MFA) program, which allows students to design their own studio and academic plan for each semester, according to the AIB. The low-residency aspect of the program gives students an opportunity to complete work from home, and attend five 10-day residencies throughout the semester. During the residencies, studio work is evaluated for credit by faculty, visiting artists and peers.

The curriculum for AIB's MFA consists of on-site seminars, lectures and planning sessions with academic advisers. All studio classes enroll about 14 students each.

Unlike other MFA programs, AIB students have the resources of Lesley University, such as study abroad programs, nontraditional courses and dual degree options. A required internship during each student's junior or senior year can help learners gain necessary career experience.

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