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SEM 600 A, B, C M.F.A. Seminar

This course is open only to matriculated M.F.A. students. The seminar focuses on the topics drawn from the philosophical and aesthetic interests of the participants. The format incorporates critiques, readings and discussions, as well as the participation of visiting artists. Contemporary problems as they relate to the making of art are examined.
Every Semester, 3 credits

STSP 601, 602 Studio Specialization and Research I, II

This course is the concentrated development in an area of specialization under the guidance of two or more faculty members. All students are required to explore at least one area of studio art other than their area of concentration. Each month all graduate students meet in order to present their work that is in progress. Discussion and criticism under the direction of a graduate faculty member are emphasized during these informal seminars.
Every Semester, 9 credits per semester

STSP 601 A+B, 602 A+B Studio Specialization and Research

This course is the concentrated development in an area of specialization under the guidance of two or more faculty members. All students are required to explore at least one area of studio art other than the student’s area of concentration. Each month all graduate students meet in order to present their work that is in progress. Discussion and criticism under the direction of a graduate faculty member is emphasized during these informal seminars.
Every Semester
STSP 601 A+B, 6 credits
STSP 602 A, 3 credits
STSP 602 B, 6 credits

STSP 603 Studio Specialization and Research III

This course is advanced work in the area of specialization, preparing the candidate for the thesis. The student works under the supervision of a major faculty advisor and in consultation with professional specialists in an area outside of the department.
Every Semester, 9 credits

STSP 603A Studio Specialization and Research V

This course is advanced work in the area of specialization, preparing the candidate for the thesis. The student works under the supervision of a major faculty advisor and in consultation with professional specialists in an area outside of the department.
Every Semester, 6 credits

FTHE 708 Fine Art Thesis

In this course, a creative studio project is undertaken in the candidate’s major area of specialization. The thesis project is under the supervision of a Master’s Thesis Committee, consisting of a chairperson and two faculty members. In certain circumstances, a member or members of the committee may be selected from outside the college faculty. The thesis project must be accompanied by a written statement and bibliography. An exhibition of the thesis is required, and the project must be photographed for the college records.
Spring, 9 credits

ART 642 New Media in Art

This course introduces students to the use of electronic media in studio arts. Through both a hands-on and an analytical approach, students create works using video, computer, sound and light as tools. These media are developed in conjunction with the students’ prior interest (photo, sculpture, installation and performance art). The critical dialogue surrounding the use of various media are addressed through readings and the viewing of films and videos. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between individual art practice and its implications for social and aesthetic issues.
Special fee per semester, $70
Fall, 3 credits

ART 550 Art Criticism for Artists

This course is designed to help art students described and analyze their own work within the context of art history and contemporary art criticism. We will discuss the major categories and perspectives of art interpretation from personal identity to medium, social engagement to creative inspiration. We will focus primarily on writing by artist, including criticism, interviews, and biography. The final paper project will be a draft of the Master of Fine Arts thesis.
3 credits