GLA 5015 Wrtg Wkp: Artist as Researcher

Research is essential for designers, illustrators, curators, educators, and artists. Discover inquiry-based writing through several short assignments and one sustained project. You conclude this course with a portfolio of written work that will contribute to your success in graduate liberal arts and studio courses. Recommended for English Language Learners (ELL) and all students seeking a better understanding of academic research writing conventions. This course complements Writing Workshop: Artist As Writer.

Graduate students only

GLA 5016 Wrtg Wkp: Artist as Writer

Writing well is helpful to designers, illustrators, curators, educators, and artists. In this course, you engage in exploratory writing in order to understand the varied functions of structure and tone. You finish this course equipped with practical tools for writing that will contribute to your success in graduate liberal arts and studio courses. Recommended for English Language Learners (ELL) and all students seeking a better understanding of academic writing conventions. This course complements Writing Workshop: Artist As Researcher.

Graduate students only

GLA 5017 Grad Writing: Curating Ideas

Writing clearly and persuasively is important for aspiring designers, illustrators, curators, educators, and artists. Like a curator choosing from among many possible artworks, a writer selects the most suitable form from many options, in order to thoughtfully argue a point or passionately tell a story. This course demystifies the writing process by engaging you with critical reading, peer dialogue, and diverse approaches to writing. Students gain confidence in yourself as a writer as you discover that building an argument is central to quality academic writing. Recommended for graduate students familiar with academic writing conventions, who wish to better express themselves using words.

Graduate students only

GLA 5402 Design Theory and Practice

Students build their knowledge of design discourse and professional design methodologies through a mix of readings, writings, lectures, and discussions. Students deepen their vocabulary for discussing, evaluating, and observing a broad range of design practices, including typography, branding, experience design, service design, information design, social design, and design for sustainability. Students are required to respond each week to intensive writings by contemporary and historic designers, critics, and theorists. This course prepares students for framing and producing an independent thesis project.

Graduate students only

GLA 5500 Using Critical Theory

This course consider unique and influential voices from diverse cultures to ask fundamental questions about the relationship of critical readings and critical theory to contemporary art and design. The course will involve group discussions of readings, student writing, and studio visits with the students enrolled or student presentations of their own work fresh from the studio. Questions considered may include: Why does some art seem theory-driven? Why does there seem to be no central theoretical paradigm in the arts today? What is the relation between multiculturalism and critical theory? Will theory every be eclipsed? Or, is it here to stay?

Graduate students only

GLA 5505 The Baltimore Course

In this graduate seminar, students will engage with place-based art research paradigms as those intersect with ecological, social, cultural, and racial literacies – in order to broaden creative practice, develop reciprocal interactions with community members, and deepen connection to place. Designed for all graduate students, this course will have special appeal for those with an interest in one or more of the following: Baltimore, the built environment, global Blackness, community-engaged practices, public art, design for good, and equity as a reciprocal relationship between peoples and the places they inhabit. Each semester this course is offered, a new framework will be employed for understanding Baltimore, the world, and our experience in it.

Graduate students only

GLA 5506 Exp Narr/Creative Mixed Media

This course is designed to explore the practice and direct use of “mixed-media literature”–or writing that utilizes additional mediums to both generate and produce meaning in composing original works of poetry, fiction, and/or non-fiction. Often this means that traditional text is joined by new visual elements, additional documents, or changes in the overall design of the page. The class will investigate the rise of mixed-media communication in our daily lives. Students will explore different ways for viewing and creating mixed-media literature, including picture books, graphic novels, and other visual formats.

Graduate students only

GLA 5510 Contemplating Early Cinema

This course is designed for MFA Filmmaking students and for all graduate students interested in film analysis. The course is an introduction to Pre-World War II film history, film studies and film theory & criticism. The course will survey cognitive, formal and ideology-focused theories of film in order to better comprehend the medium. Students will study the major industrial, technological, aesthetic and cultural developments in motion picture history with a special emphasis on increasing representation in front of and behind the camera and de-colonizing cinematic storytelling.

Graduate students only

GLA 5511 Creative Wrtg for Illustrators

This course introduces students to multiple ways to tell both fiction and nonfiction stories, encouraging them to develop a personal voice, thereby adding to their skill set. The course focuses particularly on image-heavy narrative texts, such as picture books and graphic novels, but students will develop their personal writing through multiple projects across genre.

Illustration MA students only

GLA 5513 Intercultural Discourse

Previously titled Talking about Art, Design and Media. In Intercultural Discourse at the Intersections of Art, Design + Media, a multi-sensory theme-based interdisciplinary graduate course, you interact with guest artists, designers, scholars, and makers from the community, who come from varied cultural heritages and work in diverse disciplines. Together, everyone engages with topics such as: diversity, equity, language, identity, technology, and globalization. Upon completion of the course, you will have experienced a range of intercultural communication styles, practiced group discussion and facilitation, and developed confidence in oral communication and presentation. Recommended for English Language Learners (ELL) and all students interested in having meaningful conversations with international peers, understanding intercultural issues, or pursuing professional work in global contexts.

Graduate students only

GLA 5515 Culture + Criticism

What is the role of the media in shaping how various cultures communicate, understand and imagine each other? Through an examination of central cognitive, behavioral and social concepts as well as contemporary communication theories, students critically analyze media case studies situated in historical perspectives, rhetorical movements and social change. Students research key components of the media messaging process such as persuasion, motivation, purpose, sender/receiver variables, visual design and propaganda efficacy. The relationship between audience and the medium is emphasized. Students explore considerations of implications for society.

Graduate students only

GLA 5517 Cultural Analysis

The foci of this graduate seminar is threefold: 1) to familiarize students with cultural theory drawn from classical and contemporary cultural sociology theorists, 2) to apply theories learned to an empirical research project of choice, 3) to plan a research proposal emphasizing research methodology and design. Taught in an intensive reading, short lecture and workshop format, this course serves as a space for ideation and further exploration of students interested in cultural analysis. Especially for (but not limited to) students earning an Emphasis in Intercultural Communication, this course allows for synthesis with other correlating coursework in the area of intercultural communication. Drawing from key theoretical texts in cultural sociology, students build on the foundations of culture and criticism to plan and execute empirical research. The course culminates in a symposium where students present their research findings through text, multimedia and visual formats. Suited for students from interdisciplinary backgrounds, graduate-level knowledge of sociology theories or research methodology is not a prerequisite.

Graduate students only

GLA 5519 Language + Identity

This course introduces students to language as a cultural phenomena and how it shapes cultural identity positioning within pluralist contexts. As language is one of the most essential factors that contribute to our social identities, this course is designed for non-specialists who desire an introduction to a broad examination of language and society. Students will become more reflective by examining how the role of language and identity affect human perception, attitude and behavior in a diverse culture. Students will develop a linguistic mapping of their community(ies) of discourse both within the United States and across cultural groups represented globally. Students will have opportunities to explore and research sociolinguistic codes such as diverse ways of speaking.

Graduate students only

GLA 5533 Philosophy and Pedagogy

What are the artistic behaviors of contemporary artists? How do today's young people experience learning? And how do we construct new pedagogical paradigms-postmodern, multi-narrative-that reflect what we know of artists and learners in the 21st century? This seminar course is designed to provide graduate students who wish to become teachers and leaders in the field of post-secondary visual arts education a better understanding of the open questions that exist within contemporary studio art education. It is highly recommended that seminar participants engage in a Graduate Teaching Internship in the Foundation program simultaneously with taking this course so that the intersections of theory and practice might be more richly explored. This course is divided into six integrated parts, each of which will contain opportunities to conduct action research based on the teaching internship experience, conversations with guest faculty, selected readings from a bibliography, and components for the Professional Teaching Portfolio. This integrated design will allow graduate students to become familiar with a variety of contextual factors that are woven into the learning of art at the college level, including artist-teacher narratives, postmodern theory, adolescent and adult development, creativity theory, and pedagogical paradigms. These explorations will provide a background for students to reflect on-and look critically at-their own experiences as practicing artists, students of studio art, teaching interns in undergraduate courses. This course is highly recommended for those undertaking Graduate Teaching Internships.

Graduate students only

GLA 5559 Finding Words: Artist Statemnt

Rediscover creative writing and find its connection to your work as a visual artist or a designer. This course will get you writing regularly, provide opportunities for reflection, inspiration, and interaction, help you develop an artist’s statement, and build the confidence, awareness, and skills you need to write from a place of truth and strength. We will read widely and take inspiration for our writing experiments from a variety of forms in poetry and prose. Our aim will be to develop an agility with language that allows us to say what we really mean. We will read artists, designers, musicians, scientists, and others who have written memorably about their work.

Graduate students only

GLA 5561 Global Exch & Appropriation

Examines case studies in the history of cultural flows stimulated by trade, colonization, and globalization with special attention to the unique power dynamics as well as political, and social repercussions of these flows. This course will aim to develop a richer vocabulary and critical framework to understand how cultures adapt, borrow, combine, misuse, buy, and steal from each other, and how they represent, hybridize, and mimic one another in the realms of design and craft. The course will also consider ways that cultures have represented and packaged themselves for export and consumption by others.

Graduate students only

GLA 5574 Design/Writing/Research

Students read and discuss key texts from such areas as critical theory, communications, and semiotics as well as from design’s ongoing internal discourse. The course places strong emphasis on writing where students consciously study writing as a form, engaging in a variety of short-form and long-form exercises to gain control of voice, style, structure, and narrative as well as appropriate uses of research and documentation. Using a workshop approach, time is dedicated throughout the semester to evaluating student writing up close. Thesis students will apply the writing exercises to their thesis work.

Graduate students only

GLA 5580 Reading Lit for Artistic Insp

In seminars, studio visits, and online discussion forums, students reflect on how and why particular works of literature might inspire developments in their own art and design practice. Final papers are about how reading of literature has affected and been affected by creative production and studio practice during the semester.

Graduate students only

GLA 5582 Art Worlds

This graduate seminar investigates the construction of a purported unitary art world and the actual global and local networks of knowledge production it represents. Students will critically engage and analyze how and why works of art have traditionally been validated within museums, the art market, and academic art discourse. Students will use multi-disciplinary readings and research to interrogate genealogies of authority, material exchange, and meaning, and to arrive at new perspectives for understanding cultural production.

Graduate students only

GLA 5610 Contemplating Modern Cinema

This course is designed for MFA Filmmaking students and for all graduate students interested in film analysis. The course is an introduction to Post-World War II film history, film studies and film theory & criticism. The course will survey cognitive, formal and ideology-focused theories of film in order to better comprehend the medium. Students will study the major industrial, technological, aesthetic and cultural developments in motion picture history with a special emphasis on increasing representation in front of and behind the camera and de-colonizing cinematic storytelling.

Graduate students only

GLA 5619 Thesis Writing

Designed for graduate students in their final semester. The writing process supports ongoing thesis research and helps students make sense of their work and share it effectively with a broader community. Outcomes of the course include an essay about each student's culminating degree project at MICA. The course includes a combination of on-campus meetings and online feedback to written work. Class meetings will combine group critiques, individual meetings, and discussion of readings.

Graduate students only

GLA 5619A Thesis Writing - Argumentation

In this course students engage in ongoing thesis research and analytical writing in order to make sense of their thesis project and share it effectively with a broader audience. Through a supportive workshop environment, students focus on formulating an argument, engaging with relevant literature, and refining prose in order to creatively and effectively craft a written work that supports their thesis project. Recommended for graduate students comfortable with critical and analytical writing methods.

Graduate students only

GLA 5619B Thesis Writing - Communication

In this course students engage in ongoing thesis research and analytical writing in order to make sense of their thesis project, and share it effectively with a broader audience. Through an intensive workshop environment, students focus on academic conventions and diverse writing genres, explore the options available for writing about a thesis project, and then compose a final written work that informs their thesis. Recommended for graduate students, including English Language Learners (ELL), who seek support with critical and analytical writing methods.

Graduate students only

GLA 5619C Thesis Writing - Publication

In this course students engage in ongoing thesis research and analytical writing in order to make sense of their thesis project, and share it effectively with a broader audience. Through a supportive workshop environment, students focus on formulating an argument, engaging with relevant literature, and refining prose in order to creatively and effectively present a thoughtfully-argued research article appropriate for publication in a scholarly or mainstream journal. Recommended for graduate students comfortable with critical and analytical writing methods, who are interested in publishing in academic journals or with university or commercial presses.

Graduate students only

GLA 5800 Intercultural Practices

Students will be introduced to a triad of cultural producers working in interdisciplinary contexts within and across cultures. A series of case studies and special guests will analyze the politics and ethics of intercultural practices and how they can engage, alter perception, and energize communities. The course will examine the tools that cultural producers, organizers, and activists are using to empower and assert new narratives.

Graduate students only

GLA 5810 Archival Activism

In this course, students will use research methodologies to challenge institutional hegemony and entrenched narratives. Through readings, discussion, and guided research and fieldwork, the class will consider strategies for decolonizing archives and collections and facilitating critical discourse inside and outside of institutions. Students will explore the concept of counter-archives, developing alternative resources for a variety of practices—and engaging audiences with new approaches to curating public history.

Graduate students only