COVID-19 Updates

Bard MFA Online Program Summer/Fall 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bard MFA will move to a remote/online program for summer/fall 2020. Students and faculty will not be in residence on the Bard College campus. Instead, the MFA community will be meeting online using a variety of virtual platforms. The remote/online session will extend from July 6, 2020 - January 15, 2021. This longer time frame will allow for spaced scheduling. Students may choose between two tracks: full-enrollment (equivalent to a summer 8 week session) or pandemic response track (part-time 6 credits). 
The full-time online program will include the academic features of the regular summer Bard MFA program including: seminar, discipline caucuses, faculty presentations and individual conferences with faculty. Third year students in the full-time track will have their thesis boards in January 2021, with a thesis exhibition in June 2021. 1st and 2nd year students in the full-time track will be engage in the usual independent study, in spring 2021 and will present their work for credit in summer 2021. 2nd year students in the full enrollment track will participate in the thesis writing workshop in spring 2021. Part time students will participate in discipline caucuses, the seminar and may attend faculty presentations.  We look forward to resuming the usual 8-week, on campus session in June 2021. 

In light of the continuing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Bard College Campus has been closed until further notice. Although our on-campus offices are closed, essential staff will be working remotely. If you need to be in touch with us, please email us at

This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our community. The CDC and WHO have clearly communicated that one of the most effective measures for controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is social distancing. Based on that recommendation, we feel it is our responsibility to put the common good first.

On-campus offices and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. Updates for the college will be shared on Bard College's COVID-19 Updates and Information page. Please refer to the CDC and WHO websites for further information regarding COVID-19.

To everyone, we hope you and your loved ones are healthy and happy.