Missouri Fine Arts Academy June 7-27, 2015

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  • Students

  • Resident Assistants

  • Faculty

  • Who may apply

    Any current high school sophomore or junior may apply to the Missouri Fine Arts Academy may apply in the following areas of study:

    • Visual Arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital art)
    • Theatre (acting)
    • Dance (modern, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop)
    • Creative Writing (fiction, short story, poetry, playwriting, spoken word)
    • Music (vocal or instrumental performance, songwriting, composition, electronic music)


    The application period for MFAA 2015 begins in December 2014, with a mid-March deadline. More details will be announced later this year.


  • The application period for MFAA 2015 RAs begins in the spring. More details will be announced early next year.


    Scope of an RA's Responsibility

    Each RA will work closely with up to 20 rising high school juniors and seniors, assisting and supervising them in the residence hall. RAs will help create an atmosphere that encourages all students to take advantage of all that MFAA has to offer. They ensure that rules and regulations are followed. RAs also assist with the academic and/or co-curricular programs. Assignments may include assisting in MFAA classrooms, supervising groups of students at events, facilitating workshops or programs, conducting daily assemblies, and performing office duties. Candidates for the position would benefit by having experience working with high school students, but it is not required. Experience as an RA at a college or university is also helpful.

    RA Time Table (MANDATORY)

    Please do not submit an application if you are unable to participate fully in the following MFAA 2014 schedule:

    MFAA Orientation MFAA In Session Post-MFAA Activities
     June 5-7 June 8-28  June 29


    Travel expenses to and from Missouri State University for MFAA activities will not be paid by MFAA.

    RA Salary, Housing and Meals

    RAs will receive a stipend of $1,700, gross (unless additional MFAA duties are negotiated). Room and board at MFAA orientation and during MFAA will be provided.

    Academy Schedule

    MFAA is in session for 21 days, 7 days a week; classes meet 5 days a week. Students, faculty, and staff are involved in numerous activities on non-curricular days.


    For any additional information, please contact Ray Castrey, MFAA Director, at mfaa@missouristate.edu or 417-836-6607.

  • The application period for MFAA 2015 faculty begins later this year. More details will be announced as they become available.


    For guidelines for course descriptions, check our Curriculum web page for examples of discipline-specific courses offered during the Missouri Fine Arts Academy.

    • Design courses for artistically gifted high school juniors and seniors who have experience in an MFAA specific discipline.
    • Focus on advanced theory, rhetoric, and practice.
    • Choose an area or approach that you are confident will not be addressed or explored in Missouri’s high school classrooms during the regular school year.
    • Plan for groups of 10-15 students.
    • Plan courses that will meet 7 times during the Academy for 1.5 hours.


About MFAA

The Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA) is a three-week summer residential program for highly motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, and music. The Academy offers an intensive schedule of classes in interdisciplinary and discipline-specific arts, and a wide range of co-curricular activities. MFAA is conducted with the support and cooperation of Missouri State University, and is funded through program fees, grants, endowments, scholarships, and private donations.

Student Selection

The application period for MFAA 2015 will begin in December 2014, with a mid-March deadline to apply. The application, including a portfolio or audition video, essay, and student evaluation form will be reviewed and adjudicated by a panel of artists and educators. Selected students will receive letters of invitation in March 2015.

Fees and Scholarships

We are awaiting funding opportunities, and will announce the program fee for MFAA 2015 as soon as we receive final budget numbers. Need-based scholarships will be available for eligible students as noted in the student application form. We will notify applicants of scholarship opportunities when invitations to MFAA 2015 are extended in March 2015.

College Credit

Students who attend MFAA are automatically enrolled in IDS101/Interdisciplinary Seminar at Missouri State University at no additional cost, and receive three hours college credit upon successful completion of the MFAA program. This credit is generally transferable to any college or university program.

Missouri State University MFAA Scholarship

MFAA students who complete IDS 101 and who subsequently enroll as full time students at Missouri State University will receive a scholarship of three credit hours during their first semester of full time enrollment.