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MA Critical Studies Courses

View titles & descriptions for the Critical Studies (MA) program's courses offered.

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Course # Course Title Credits
CRST5525 Critical Voices 3.00 credits
This course, open to all graduate students, is an opportunity for students to develop their command of critical language. In addition to participating in studio visits with students enrolled in graduate programs in various media, students in this course will also lead and participate in a number of in situ discussions of art and design on campus and at local museums, galleries, and public spaces. Aimed at developing both oral and written critical expression, classes will be conducted as seminars around interdisciplinary issues that will address the interests and will reflect the fields of the various members of the class. Assignments will range from design research to written exhibition and film reviews to oral critiques and the analysis of the various languages through which cultural production is realized today: social media, the web, design, printed matter, etc.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

CRST5550 Aesthetics & Critical Theory 2 3.00 credits
Aesthetics and Critical Theory 1 & 2, taught in the fall and spring respectively, provide a survey of the significant philosophical and critical theories that have influenced aesthetic debates in visual art and culture. Knowledge and understanding of the various methodologies used to create and interpret works of art is emphasized. Aesthetics and Critical Theory 1 covers the early history of philosophy and aesthetic discourse since the Enlightenment, and Aesthetics and Critical Theory 2 covers applied aesthetic theory, with an emphasis on contemporary texts.

Prerequisite: AH 201 or Graduate/ Post-Bac standing

CRST5600 Graduate Colloquium 1 3.00 credits
In this intensive, year-long colloquium, under the guidance of MICA faculty and visiting critics, students will consider different criteria that come into play when evaluating a work of culture. The course will focus on students gaining an understanding of the connection of their own work to various currents of critical discourse in contemporary art and culture. They will consider the interconnections between various art and cultural forms, examine judgments made by others, and articulate informed analyses of their own. By deepening their scholarship and broadening their audience, students will learn to master different forms of verbal communication. The colloquium will be devoted to a special topic of contemporary significance each semester.

Open to Graduate, Post-Bac, and Senior level students only.

CRST5650 Graduate Colloquium 2 3.00 credits
In this intensive, year-long colloquium, under the guidance of MICA faculty and visiting critics, students will consider different criteria that come into play when evaluating a work of culture. The course will focus on students gaining an understanding of the connection of their own work to various currents of critical discourse in contemporary art and culture. They will consider the interconnections between various art and cultural forms, examine judgments made by others, and articulate informed analyses of their own. By deepening their scholarship and broadening their audience, students will learn to master different forms of verbal communication. The colloquium will be devoted to a special topic of contemporary significance each semester.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

CRST5700 Thesis Methods Workshop 3.00 credits
This workshop will cover such issues as topic identification; steps in the thesis process; library research (including a brief overview of style requirements); the use of secondary texts; formulating a research problem; defining concepts; situating an argument in the literature; locating, using and presenting data; and the writing process itself. Students will gain skills in the design of conceptually cogent and methodologically rigorous thesis proposals.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

CRST5800 Thesis Methods Workshop 2 3.00 credits
The second half of a two-semester sequence, this course provides a supportive structure and workshop environment for the ongoing research and writing of the MA in Critical Studies thesis. Students will revise and edit their own as well as their peers' drafts under the supervision of a faculty member. By the end of this course, each student will have completed a thesis of 8,000-10,000 words. Students will also work toward extracting an abbreviated version of their text (approximately 2000 words) for presentation at the annual MA thesis symposium.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)