California Institute of Integral Studies

MFA Program

Program Established: 
San Francisco, CA
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2023
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Cindy Shearer
Core Faculty Includes: 

Carolyn Cooke and Cindy Shearer (Dept. Chair)

Associated Faculty: Alex Burger, Nupu Press, George Reyes, as well as guest artists each year.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers some funding opportunities including partial scholarships, federal financial aid, and federal work-study positions.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program consists of six-day intensives twice a year in San Francisco. 

Students have the opportunity for individualized sessions with art mentors over the course of the degree, and gain a global arts perspective through classes and a summer intensive overseas option, earning degree credits in the United Kingdom, Germany, or an international location of their choosing. In the final year, coursework is geared toward learning the tools to bring art practices into professional work, and developing skills for careers in media, coaching, publishing, education, and as artists with creative work that sustains.

The priority deadline for fall applications is February 15; applications after that are accepted on a rolling basis.