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Studio Art Curriculum 2012-13

Requirements for the MFA in Studio Art:  Year 1 
Course Title Course # Credits
MFA Studio I FA 5500 5
MFA Studio II FA 5501 3
MFA Studio III FA 5502 3
Professional Development I ED 5522 1
Technology for Artists I ED 5541 1
Critical Studies I AH 5570 1
Critical Studies II AH 5670 1
Critical Studies III AH 6570 1
Requirements for the MFA in Studio Art: Year 2
Course Title Course # Credits
MFA Studio IV FA 5600 5
MFA Studio V FA 5601 3
MFA Studio VI FA 5602 3
Professional Development I ED 5524 1
Technology for Artists II ED 5542 1
Critical Studies IV AH 6670 1
Critical Studies V AH 6680 1
Critical Studies VI AH 6690 1
Requirements for the MFA in Studio Art: Year 3
Course Title Course # Credits
MFA Studio VII FA 6500 5
MFA Studio VIII FA 6501 3
MFA Studio IX FA 6502 3
Professional Development III ED 6522 1
Technology for Artists III ED 6541 1
Critical Studies VII AH 6700 1
Critical Studies VIII AH 6760 1
Critical Studies IX AH 6770 1
Requirements for the MFA in Studio Art: Year 4
Course Title Course # Credits
MFA Studio X FA 6600 5
MFA Thesis FA 7000 4
Critical Studies X AH 6670 3

Total Credits for the MFA in Studio Art: 60

Course Descriptions

Critical Studies I-III

AH 5570, 5670, 6570

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Provides first-year students with an overview of prevalent concepts in modern and postmodern art. This course is not a chronological survey of contemporary art history. It is a topic-oriented seminar where lectures, readings, and discussions reflect the perspective of the artist. The course requires readings, research, and written projects.

Critical Studies IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX

AH 6670, 6680, 6690, 6700,6760, 6770

1 credit each, 6 credits total

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This two-year investigation of contemporary developments in art and critical theory includes required readings, research, and presentations. Summer seminars emphasize reading, writing, and talking about art and critical theory. A significant portion of the work is done during the academic year in preparation for the summer sessions.
 

Critical Studies X

AH 6780

3 credits

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Focuses on developing a written thesis statement and an oral presentation that contextualizes the graduating student's research.
 

MFA Professional Development I, II, III

ED 5522, 5524, 6522

1 credit per year, 3 credits total

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Examines the various aspects of being a contemporary artist operating in a professional sphere. This is a workshop-based course offered on a recurring cycle. Students will annually review and update their professional development plan and then select workshops that align with their particular needs. Possible sessions offered include grant writing, documentation of work, writing (artist statement, teaching philosophy, writing about art), fellowship/awards available to artists, curatorial practice, residencies: national/international, art law, taxes for artists.

Technology for Artists I, II, III

ED 5541, 5542, 6541

1 credit per year, 3 credits total

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Examines the various aspects of being a contemporary artist operating in an increasingly demanding arena. This is a workshop-based course consisting of various elements of technological application for studio-based artists offered on a demand-based cycle. Students will annually review and update their professional development plan and then select workshops that align with their particular needs. Possible sessions offered include: lighting and display of work, equipment preparation for exhibitions, sound and video editing and production, basic wood shop techniques, web site development.

 

MFA Studio Art I, IV, VII, X

FA 5500, 5600, 6500, 6600

5 credits for each of 4 summers

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Represents independent studio work conducted while in residence during four summers, and includes weekly critiques with a studio mentor and periodic group critiques. Beginning in the third summer, students work under the advisement of a thesis committee that has the responsibility of promoting the student to the final levels of the program. Guest artists are invited to conduct some group critiques each summer.
 

MFA Studio Art II, III, V, VI, VIII, IX

FA 5501, 5502, 5601, 5602, 6501, 6502

3 credits each

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Represents independent studio work conducted off campus in the fall and spring semesters between the four summers in residence. Work is submitted to studio mentors, and students must attend a winter critique session on campus.

MFA Thesis

FA 7000

4 credits

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The primary expectation is the presentation of a body of work in a thesis exhibition. Work is subject to evaluation by the thesis committee and successful completion of an MFA thesis is requirement for the degree.  Prerequisite: Advancement to this course requires recommendation of the thesis committee.