Within the structure of the Bard M.F.A. program's interdisciplinary approach, each student focuses on one primary form of expression for individual work. Entering students are expected to have experience with the working practice and technical knowledge of their field. Each student is housed in one discipline and will approach his or her work from the methodology and philosophy within it, but every student may work in any medium and will have access to the facilities and equipment of all departments during the summer session.
Work Within the DisciplinesDuring their summer sessions, students are expected to initiate projects that can be implemented and altered in response to feedback from the intensive individual discussions with a broad range of faculty and from the group "crits" that arise from within the discipline Caucus and the larger community setting. Each discipline emphasizes creating work as well as developing a critical vocabulary through reading and discussion.
The student selects from the following six artistic fields: