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MFA in Environmental Art and Social Practice

The University of California at Santa Cruz will be accepting applications for our new MFA in Environmental Art and Social Practice in the fall of 2020, with the first cohort scheduled to begin in Fall 2021.

This unique, two-year, residential program seeks prospective applicants who want to develop their artwork in relation to social and environmental justice questions, contexts and communities. We welcome practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds and training to study, imagine and create together new possibilities for what art can do and become.

Working individually and collaboratively, in the studio and in the field, students will experiment with different approaches to build their practices conceptually and practically, while critically and creatively exploring art’s role as a catalyst for radical change.

UC Santa Cruz offers the intellectual and interdisciplinary resources of a renowned research university, close association with the diverse communities and ecologies of northern and central California, and an outstanding art faculty, recognized for our engagements with social practice and environmental art.

If you think you would like to join us, or if you want more information while this website is still under construction, contact Laurie Palmer, Professor, and Director of Graduate Studies for the UCSC Art Department:, or check back here in July 2020 for more information.