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Become a significant voice in critical discourse on art and culture. The critical analysis, evaluation, and discussion of art and culture is often how most people become aware of important innovation and development in the field. The MA in Critical Studies degree provides a pathway to professional practice or further study at the doctoral level through an in-depth grounding in critical theory and analysis.

Critical Studies (MA)

The Critical Studies (MA) is not accepting applications for 2017-18.

The Critical Studies concentration, however, is still offered. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admission.

Meet Our Alumni

Ingrid Pimsner

Ingrid Pimsner is a painter who works directly from life, creating intimate images of landscapes, still lives, and the figure. She is also the founder of The International Institute of Contemporary Art and Theory as well as co-curator of the Crane Archive Space Project. IICAT is an artist residency program that overlooks the Black Sea in Mangalia, Romania, and the Crane Archive Space Project is a gallery in Philadelphia. Ingrid received her BA in Fine Arts and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, she was awarded a Kelly Foundation Scholarship for her art, which allowed her to study at the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. She received her MA in Critical Studies from Maryland Institute College of Art in 201​3. Her thesis was entitled, "​​Objects of contemplation within the space of painting : the still lifes of Giorgio Morandi, Euan Uglow, and Vivian van der Merwe​." ​

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