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Hone studio skills. Explore and define your creative direction. Make meaningful connections. Prepare to launch or build your contemporary art practice.

Professional Preparation

In the Post-Baccalaureate Seminar you'll cultivate professional skills while surveying the landscape of contemporary practice. Through presentations by visiting artists, faculty, and fellow students you'll explore professional options, hone presentation skills, and clarify direction. You'll engage in grant writing, residency applications, and curatorial opportunities, while building a professional network with gallerists and working artists. In addition, the consultation provides a weekly studio visit during which you'll receive feedback and support for your developing studio practice.


In addition to your faculty advisor and academic advisor, the range of informal mentorship opportunities is abundant. This may come in the form of critiques with faculty members, studio managers who are helping you learn specific tools and methods, or curatorial staff at our galleries. Your peers and faculty members, as well as the entire SMFA community, are there to help instruct, influence, and collaborate in the development of your professional practice.

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