A big thanks to Dean of SCAD’s School of Liberal Arts, Beth Concepción, for answering a few questions about what makes SCAD’s MFA program so special. Although SCAD has a strong focus in nonfiction, it fosters education across all genres. Take a look at what she has to say. Thank you, SCAD!
SCAD is primarily focused on nonfiction writing. How does this change the goals and curriculum of SCAD from other MFA programs?
At SCAD, we help students hone their craft across multiple genres. When students graduate, they are highly adaptable writers, and this makes them marketable for a variety of fields.
How would you describe the creative and educational environment at SCAD?
Courses are a good balance of theory and practical application. Each course includes extensive workshopping and critique.
What element of the program are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the fact that we had a 100 percent employment rate last year. Our students earn an education that truly prepares them to get a writing job in a variety of fields.
How does SCAD prepare MFA students for later careers?
Students are adaptable — they can write well in a variety of genres: memoir, personal essay, magazine journalism, daily news, promotional writing, etc.
Are there any funding options available for MFA students?
There are numerous scholarships available.
What does SCAD look for in a successful MFA applicant? Any advice for prospective students?
We look for versatility in the portfolio and that students can bring something to the table. We like students who are curious.