Gallery goers enjoy the opening of IN YOUR FACE at the Vachon Gallery on October 10, 2015.  Students in the Fall 2015 Social Issues Through the Arts class created mixed media installations that challenged didactiphobia, the fear of socially engaged art.

MFA in Arts Leadership students build a portfolio of practice in the arts sector strengthened by academic rigor and applied research. Seattle's vibrant cultural community serves as the laboratory while they develop professional skills and strategic insight informed by a commitment to social justice.

The 2-year, 48-credit program includes coursework, practicums, and a summary project. Outside of class, students can expect to spend an average of 6-10 hours a week on homework, readings, and group assignments, plus a minimum of 4-5 hours a week at their practicum.

Students work in local organizations, applying their classroom learning to real world situations for Graduate Management Practicum credits. Through their practicums, students gain valuable practical experience and develop important professional relationships with the arts sector.

During the final quarter of the MFA program, students complete their Summary Project, a synthesis of academic research in a particular area of focus with the work produced through their community practicum experiences.

Arts Leadership students also have the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership during their tenure in the program.  

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Nina Yarbrough, MFA '16

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