• #24HourMonument collaborative project Moore & MICA MFA students, with Sara Berg, MFA '19.

    Photo: credit: Jennie Shanker

MFA in Socially-Engaged Studio Art Curriculum

Fall 1

Credits         Course Name              Course Type

   3             Research Studio             (Studio)

   3             Global Modernism          (Seminar)

   3             Independent Studio         (Studio)

   3             Technologies of Art I       (Studio)

   3             Elective: Keys to the City   (Studio)

 

Spring 1

   3             Ethics, Identity and Place   (Seminar)

   3             Contemporary Art            (Seminar)

   3             Technologies of Art 2       (Studio)

   3             Independent Studio          (Studio)

   3             Elective: Project Management & Funding (Studio)

 

Fall 2

   3             Pedagogy Seminar*          (Seminar)

*Students will have option to TA on campus with an undergraduate professor

   3            Independent Studio           (Studio)

   3            Art, Life and Work             (Seminar)

   3            Case Studies                    (Seminar)

   3           Elective: Curatorial Studio    (Studio)

 

Spring 2

   3           Thesis: From Practice to the Page  (Seminar)

   6           Independent Thesis Studio          (Studio)

   3           Lived Thesis                           (Studio)

   3           Elective: Independent Studio       (Studio)

 

Course Descriptions:

  • Research Studio - A studio course where artists will be introduced to a range of tools adapted from other disciplines including interviews, archival research, and working with data.
  • Global Modernism - This art history seminar covers a range of foundational concepts and histories in their international manifestations including impressionism, collecting, imperialism, orientalism, ethnography, pop art and minimalism.
  • Independent Studio part 1 - Focused around individual meetings about self-directed work with a faculty advisor, this course also includes small group critiques and a program-wide critique at the end of the term which take place concurrently with the MA Qualifying Review.
  • Technologies of Art part 1 - The first of a two materials research course, this section focuses on traditional media (including clay, wood, metals and more) and accessing facilities across the school as well as processes that can be adapted with affordable and naturally-occurring materials that are readily available outside of school.
  • Keys to the City - This special elective course emphasizes experiential learning through introducing students to a range of organizations and initiatives across the city, and then asks students to adapt those experiences into their art practice through expanded documentary techniques.

 

  • Ethics, Identity and Place - This seminar brings in considerations typically in the domain of disciplines such as law, social work, social science in dialogue with curatorial practice and socially-engaged art.
  • Contemporary Art - A companion Art History seminar that builds on the conversation from the Global Modernism course and brings the inquiry up through the present moment.
  • Technologies of Art part 2 - The second of a two materials research course, this section focuses on new media and accessing facilities across the school as well as processes that can be adapted with affordable and naturally-occurring materials that are readily available outside of school.
  • Independent Studio part 2 - Focused around individual meetings about self-directed work with a faculty advisor, this course also includes small group critiques throughout the term and concludes with a Qualifying Review in conjunction with Thesis Oral Defense for 2nd year MFA students and MA students.
  • Project Management - An elective course designed to teach the tools of arts administration to both MFA and MA students.

 

Over the summer after your first year students will keep your studio access and be able to continue making work independently

 

  • Pedagogy Seminar - A seminar designed to prepare students to function professionally in different educational environments and equip them with the history and philosophy of education. Students will have option to TA on campus with an undergraduate professor in conjunction with this course or can opt to do a community education project.
  • Independent Thesis Studio part 1 - Focused around individual meetings about self-directed work with a faculty advisor, this course builds on the Qualifying Review and summer work. In December there will be program-wide end of term critiques concurrent with MA Qualifying Review.
  • Art, Life and Work - A professional practice course that requires students to develop residency/grant/conference applications, develop a web presence and documentation of work, meet with lawyers and accountants and curators about their interaction with artist. At the conclusion of this class a draft chapter of thesis is due that builds on the question posed in the Qualifying Review.
  • Case Studies - This course begins with a deep dive “case study’ into the work of Mural Arts Philadelphia as an example of how to research specific instances of art in the world and then opens up towards the end of the course as students develop their own case studies on different projects, artists or organizations as a draft chapter for their thesis.
  • Curatorial Studio - This project-based elective focuses on exhibition making and design and will serve as an experiential learning course where students develop research and exhibitions.

 

  • Thesis Writing Seminar - A course focused on writing a 25 written thesis and combining individual draft chapters into a coherent final piece of writing. The students also give a program-wide presentation on their thesis in conjunction with 1st year Qualifying Review.
  • Independent Thesis Studio part 2 - Focused around individual meetings about self-directed work with a faculty advisor, this course builds on the feedback from the Fall critiques as a student prepares for their exhibition and continues to develop work that can be continued after the completion of the program.
  • Lived Thesis - This course is designed to facilitate preparation for a thesis exhibition in March/April and challenges students to activate their exhibitions through public programming and individual studio visits with artists, curators and critics.
  • Elective: Studio course TBD - This open-ended course will shift on the needs of students in the program.