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Illustration Practice Curriculum (2013-14)

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First Year: Fall

Course TitleCredits
MFA Studio 9
Critical Seminar 3
Studio Elective 3

First Year: Spring

Course TitleCredits
MFA Studio 9
Critical Seminar 3
Studio Elective 3

Second Year Year: Fall

Course TitleCredits
Thesis Development 9
Studio Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3

Second Year Year: Spring

Course TitleCredits
Thesis Development 9
Studio Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3

Total Credits for the MFA in Illustration Practice: 60

Course Descriptions

IL 500 & IL 501 MFA Studios I & II
6 Credits each

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Students will work on assigned and independent projects in consultation with Program faculty. In Studio I, students address assigned problems dealing with concepts and communication, materials and production. Faculty and students will use this period to identify shared and individual vocabularies and interests. In Studio II, students will begin to articulate their individual thesis project through a series of smaller-scale projects and exercises. Guest artists will participate in critiques and serve as independent mentors throughout both semesters.

IL 520 – IL 521 Critical Seminars I & II
3 Credits each

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The Critical Seminars will gather first-year MFA students together each week to discuss theoretical and historical readings related to design, culture, and critical theory. Course requirements will include a critical essay, research and classroom presentation by each student.

510 – IL 511 Thesis Development I & II
9 Credits each

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During the second year, the major focus of student work will be on the production of a Thesis Project. Students will have articulated the goals of their research at the close of the first year. Students will work independently, meeting with faculty and outside mentors at regular intervals, and participating in group and individual critiques with visiting artists. Their Thesis will be in the form of a body of work and be formalized through a case study document that articulates their core thesis idea with words and images, and document their process.