Welcome to MFAIA Stories

Image courtesy of Peter Hocking

Since 1997, the Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) program at Goddard College has offered a unique graduate experience at the intersection of contemporary art practice and Goddard’s landmark method of low-residency, human-centered learning and teaching. This website is dedicated to telling the story of the community that’s emerged through this extraordinary graduate program.  

As an interdisciplinary program, students, graduates, and faculty often situate their work in the in-between — in between art and science, in between performance and everyday life, in between aesthetic experience and social change, in between conflict and grace, and in between history and the present day. We also engage with interdisciplinary problem-solving, searching for and adopting the methodological tools necessary for the work at hand. And we exist as a multidisciplinary community — reflecting practices from performing, visual, conceptual, literary, and community-based realms.

A low residency program, members of our community live across the world. Each semester we gather for an intensive residency either in Plainfield, Vermont or Port Townsend, Washington. During residency students and faculty work together to establish learner-centered, dialogical study plans. The balance of the semester is spent working in one’s home community with regular dialogue with one’s faculty advisor. 

This website will grow over time to tell the story of alumni, students, faculty and programing that emerges in our residencies and through collaborations between members of our community. Questions about the program can be made through the Goddard College website. Information about applying to the program is available through the Goddard College Admissions Office

Peter Hocking, Lead Faculty — Vermont Site & editor

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The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) program at Goddard College is a unique graduate experience at the intersection of contemporary art practice and Goddard’s landmark method of low-residency, human-centered learning and teaching. Information about Admissions to the program is available at goddard.edu


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