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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in New Studio Practice

FOUNDATIONS  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
F100: Observational Drawing
In Observational Drawing the student is introduced to the visual language of drawing. How the parts of the drawing relate to each other and to the composition as a whole are explored. Each student strives to develop perceptual and representational skills. The student will primarily use black-and-white media, though color and digital experiences will also be introduced. The course places emphasis on depicting the human form in space using nude models and also places emphasis on depicting objects and on articulating space.

Observational Drawing is a course in which the student develops drawing and composition skills. While experimentation and imaginative probing are honest and expected aspects of the process, the main thrust of the course is analytical seeing and drawing with a range of media. Formal elements such as line, value, space, proportion and composition are employed for both representational and expressive purposes. The student begins to develop personal "voice" from the act of drawing, mark-making and composing. This exploration is designed to help the student use the language with purpose. The course encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in their work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F110: Visual & Color Dynamics
Visual & Color Dynamics is a problem-solving course in which the student investigates the dynamic visual forces involved in composing on a two-dimensional plane. Students explore the interrelationships of composition, process, perception, and intention. Color and light are also explored as a visual phenomenon, as a perceptual occurrence, as pigment with specific mixing properties, and as an element with powerful expressive and symbolic potential. Time, the fourth dimension, is investigated through problems dealing with simultaneity and sequentiality. The range of tools includes traditional materials/mediums and digital imaging. The course broadens the student’s skill level in idea development, research strategies, and technique through the exploration of the visual language in both a historical and contemporary context. Approximately one-half of the semester is spent working in a digital environment.

Visual & Color Dynamics examines the visual dynamics that influence and determine the impact of two- dimensional work. The problems assigned encourage inventive thinking through the implementation of a variety of ideation strategies. The theory and application of formal issues test the expressive potential of the visual language. This exploration is designed to help the student use the language with purpose, and with an understanding of the historical and contemporary context. It encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in the student’s work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

The additional application of color theories to studio problems allows the student to investigate the physical, perceptual, psychological, expressive, and organizational properties of color. The student will investigate both subtractive models and additive models of color. In increasingly complex problems, the student will also be introduced to time as a visual issue.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F120: RPM
In Research, Practice, and Methods (R.P.M.) students investigate strategies for effective communication. Each course emphasizes process and creative problem solving – appropriately using subject matter and a variety of media as a means of examining conceptual goals. Students engage in critical inquiry and conduct in-depth research to promote the development of their own studio practice within a historical, cultural, and personal context. The student chooses selectives from a variety of offerings. 3 credits each. (May be repeated with change in topic for total of 6 credits.)

R.P.M. selectives deal with concepts fundamental to many disciplines. These courses focus on a specific theme or issue to contextualize the student’s learning and promote a deeper understanding of one’s personal creative process. Students actively engage in various research practices to develop critical thinking and nurture their commitment to communicating ideas in a substantive way. Form and media explored in R.P.M. courses vary depending on the Selective the student chooses.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F130: Space, Forms & Materials
Space, Form & Materials is comprised of three-dimensional visual experiences and investigation in the interaction of forms in space. The course broadens the student’s skill level in idea development, research strategies, and material technique through hands-on experiments, projects, and in-depth discussions. The course projects employ a variety of materials and media and emphasize the exploration of the visual language in both a historical and contemporary context. Within the course, students receive an orientation to MIAD's 3D lab, including instruction in the proper and safe use of hand tools and power equipment.

The course presents a progressive study in the terminology, principles, techniques, and materials in three-dimensional thinking. The projects assigned encourage inventive thinking through the implementation of a variety of ideation strategies. The theory and application of three dimensional design issues test the expressive and communicative potential of the visual language. This exploration is designed to help the student use the visual language with purpose and with an understanding of the historical and contemporary context. It encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in the student’s work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F140: Understanding the Visual I
In Understanding the Visual I, students will explore topics that are fundamental in all areas of art and design. Students will develop skills in research, presentation, critique and discussion that will foster critical thinking. Through initiating an historical and contemporary context for art and design, students will develop the ability to formulate arguments and defend positions relevant to today’s culture.

In Understanding the Visual I, students will consider the meanings of images and objects in their contemporary culture. Presentation skills will be developed through which students will be able to separate opinions from positions, and discover ways to defend specific selections and attending positions.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): None
1.5
Required Major Courses: Spring  
F199: IAS: NSP
Introduction to Advanced Study offers a unique and broad-based exposure in advanced-level art and design disciplines offered at MIAD. The philosophy behind Introduction to Advanced Study is to invite students to explore problem solving and ways of working within the majors. Students will be actively engaged in making as a mode of inquiry and will gain experience in both the conceptual basis for the disciplines as well as the practical processes of the disciplines studied. Faculty will offer a variety of course structures and themes.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F100, F110 & F130
3.0
F113/F115/F117: Concepts class
F113: Image & Drawing Concepts

In Image & Drawing Concepts, students further enhance the drawing and compositional skills that they began to develop in F100 and F110. The focus of the course is the investigation of visual language as they explore different ways to create images. Issues in sequence, seriality and time are examined. A variety of media is used as a way of broadening the understanding of drawing and image making.

As a continuation of the first semester 2D courses, Image & Drawing Concepts allows the student to explore multiple ways to create images. This is accomplished through the investigation of a variety of concepts, processes, and materials that include experimental use of media/methods. Traditional boundaries between drawing and other disciplines will be blurred. The contextual and expressive use of color is an integral component of the course. The course strives to make drawing and other image making relevant to real world applications in the contemporary design and fine art realms.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F110 and F100 (or advanced placement)


F115: Spatial Concepts

In
Spatial Concepts the student continues three-dimensional visual experiences and investigation in the interaction of forms in space. Idea development, research strategies, and material techniques are advanced through hands on experiments, projects, and in-depth discussions. The projects are designed to allow the student to engage in various design and fine art processes and critically examine the effectiveness of presentation.

Spatial Concepts is an exploratory studio class that develops an informed understanding of three- dimensional form. The course presents a progressive study in the terminology, principles, techniques, and materials used in the development and interaction of three-dimensional forms. It is the objective of the course to develop within each student a deeper understanding of the terms and principles defining the context of form and a proficiency in the application of those elements to the creation of three-dimensional form. It encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in the student’s work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F130
3.0
F121: RPM
In Research, Practice, and Methods (R.P.M.) students investigate strategies for effective communication. Each course emphasizes process and creative problem solving – appropriately using subject matter and a variety of media as a means of examining conceptual goals. Students engage in critical inquiry and conduct in-depth research to promote the development of their own studio practice within a historical, cultural, and personal context. The student chooses selectives from a variety of offerings. 3 credits each. (May be repeated with change in topic for total of 6 credits.)

R.P.M. selectives deal with concepts fundamental to many disciplines. These courses focus on a specific theme or issue to contextualize the student’s learning and promote a deeper understanding of one’s personal creative process. Students actively engage in various research practices to develop critical thinking and nurture their commitment to communicating ideas in a substantive way. Form and media explored in R.P.M. courses vary depending on the Selective the student chooses.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F141: Understanding the Visual II
We live in an increasingly visual culture: what we see shapes how we think, and what we think shapes how we see. Understanding the Visual II will focus on how all images and objects comprise our visual culture, and how everything in visual culture is encoded with meaning, not only in its creation, but also from the context in which a viewer experiences it. Students will develop an understanding of how contemporary culture constructs, understands, and uses images and objects through an examination of contemporary art and design.

As an introductory exploration of contemporary visual culture, this course will prepare students to contextualize and apply critical standards to any image or object they encounter, including an examination of their own work through the development of a digital portfolio. Students will explore how visual culture is constantly changing and use this awareness as an opportunity to discuss their lives as creators and the future of art and design. They will also learn how to engage in critique as an example of a deeper mode of inquiry about their own work and the work of others.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): F140
1.5
Liberal Studies: Foundations  
WR120: The Word and the World
The World and the Word course is an introduction to academic writing at the college level. Students will engage in an intensive practice of critical reading, thinking and writing through the examination of a variety of topics and genre in a collaborative atmosphere. Students will create a written self-assessment at the end of the semester.

In this course, students will use writing as a means by which to improve their ability to read meaningfully and to understand the profound connection between oral and written language and the world in which they live. Four parts of the writing and learning process are stressed: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students will read and write about subjects both academic and non-academic, and explore the various ways writers engage their audiences in particular contexts. In doing so, they will learn to see and evaluate their own rhetorical choices in a range of writing situations. Through the course of the semester, students write often and in many forms: in journals, online, formally and informally. Further, they will practice all steps of the writing process, including researching a topic, assessing the context and audience of a particular assignment, and developing early drafts into refined essays.

Speaking and listening are just as fundamental as reading and writing to the student-centered activities that form the core of this course. Students will practice articulating their ideas in class discussion and attending closely to those of their peers, further developing their own perspectives. Through workshops and writing groups, students will analyze one another’s writing and practice revision and editing. Students also participate in small group work, collaborative writing, conferences, and research. These activities stress how writing can be practiced in communities as well as on one's own; they will demonstrate that writing, like learning, is simultaneously solitary and social, private and public.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
AH151: Prehistory - 1900
Topics in Historical Art: Prehistory to 1900 is a course in which a number of themes in historical Western art are examined and addressed through east-west cultural connections and artistic exchanges. Key art objects in cultural periods from prehistoric times through the nineteenth century will be the focus of study. Through intensive reading, writing, and oral projects, students will learn to identify and discuss key works of art utilizing appropriate terminology by artistic, cultural, and critical criteria. In the course, students will engage in activities centering on inquiry, observation, description, analysis, and research of art objects.

AH151 is a topical study of art from prehistory through the nineteenth century, and will focus primarily on Western art, East- West cultural exchanges, and the influence of Non-Western art and ideas on the art in the west. Focus will center on art objects from different cultures and periods within this time frame and the historical contexts in which they were created. Because art and ideas are considered equally important, reading and analysis of primary and other texts, along with the study of images and original works are basic to AH151 coursework. The texts will help provide an aesthetic, social-cultural, and critical framework for studying these creators and their objects. As part of this course, students will have the opportunity to examine the lives of many significant creative figures, the influences of their personalities on the art of their time, and the artistic movements of which they were a part. In the course, students will utilize inquiry, observation, description, analysis, and research as key tools to engage specific works, historical periods, and cultural contexts.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
HU121: Human Thought and Action
Human Thought and Action introduces multiple ideas, disciplines, and forms of making meaning. It serves as an introduction to humanist inquiry, focusing on critical thinking, the analysis of ideas, formulating questions, and the interconnectedness of knowledge and the various disciplines.
The philosophical, historical, theological, psychological, and sociological narratives created by humans form the structure of our lives. Human Thought and Action investigates the human meaning-making impulse and the articulation of human ideas and experiences through various disciplines.

HU121 is an interdisciplinary inquiry into human thought, action and reaction. In this course, teachers and students will examine the way that humanist knowledge and processes have influenced humankind’s perception of self through millennia. As a prerequisite for the upper-level humanities courses, HU121 focuses on significant forms of knowledge and ontological questions. Students will be challenged to reflect upon and discuss definitions of group problem-solving activities, “community,” cultural literacy, and the importance of human action and witness to a culture.
Through study of specific texts, students will explore the way that humans have borne witness to their experiences and sought to find meaning in them in various ways. Students will explore different views on the human experience through familiar activities – close reading of primary and secondary texts, class discussions, inquiry journals and take-home essays and transactional writing, participation in public events in the MIAD community, field trips, and on-site research.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR111 or WR120
3.0
Students complete 16.5 credits each semester foundations year to complete degree requirements in four years  
SOPHOMORE  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
NSP200: Singularity + Multiplicity
This course will examine the evolution of art from the perspective of making, using art history and theory to motivate inquiry into how art gestures are affected by past, present and future contexts. The seminal 1936 Walter Benjamin essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” will provide an informative and illuminating backdrop to studio project prompts, class discussions and further readings and research. We will explore how meanings are encoded in authentic, unique objects and events, and how representations of those objects and events are decoded in different contexts. Students will experiment with old and new technologies, and investigate how tools define, limit and expand creative possibilities. Through critique, students will learn how artistic intent and the dynamic of multiple viewpoints, via an audience, ultimately produce shared meaning.


Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/115 (all foundations studio)
3.0
NSP220: Approaches to Making
Sections of this course are intended to delve deeply into how a specific subject or mode has been addressed by artists over time. Each thematic subsection will address manifestations of these subjects (see examples below) in multiple media, in subsequent eras, and towards different purposes, studied in the context of students’ continuing engagement with their individuated studio practices. All subsections are meant to be expansive in approach, and to consider all modes and media as represented in historical and current art as equally valid subjects of inquiry and examples for studio practice. Instructors will lead research into the chosen subject areas and prompt students with studio projects designed for direct, hands-on exploration of thematic subjects. Students will employ media familiar to them, and be encouraged to experiment with new media, to expand their artistic exploration and to build manual and oral/written vocabulary for operating within a multidisciplinary environment.

Examples of Thematic/Subject sections of Approaches to Making
Chairs and Faculty are encouraged to develop Approaches to Making courses that will cover key areas in artistic exploration, and to manage course offerings to ensure a well-rounded foundation for students:
• The Figure
• Representation
• Abstraction
• Appropriation
• Narrative

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/115 (all foundations studio)
3.0
NSP206: Studio Principles
This course provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills within a specific area or discipline of focus. Emphasis on tools, materials, techniques and formal visual principles structure a sequence of assignments and exercises. Students will engage in a process of creation, construction and experimentation. Awareness of traditional and contemporary precedents promotes development of skills, personal vision and distinct expression. Through analysis and critique of their own and each other’s work, the class will establish the language of analytic and intuitive problem-solving.

Each
NEW STUDIO PRACTICE area will offer two non-sequential sections of introductory Studio Principles Selectives courses every year. Each course is an entry- point into the area of concentration (i.e., one course area will not be a prerequisite for the other).

Our intention is to offer one
Studio Principles Selectives course in each area (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photo/Video, Sculpture) every semester. However, Fall offerings will be different from Spring offerings.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/115 (all foundations studio)
3.0
NSP290: Sophomore Seminar
This course provides an overview of the NEW STUDIO PRACTICE curriculum and the scope of Fine Art practice. It is a forum for navigating individual courses of study by introducing and using skills that are relevant throughout one’s education. Coordinated with individual academic advising, growing confidence in goal setting will begin the preparation for professional practices. Learning how to conduct and assess effective research; develop project proposals; write artists statements; refine digital skills in representing artwork; organize a quality e-Portfolio and organize a path of inquiry are among the essential hands-on experiences. Art world issues such as copyright, safe studio practices and critique models that are pertinent at this level of study will be covered. Field trips, guest speakers, and visiting artists will impart significant perspectives on the art world beyond the classroom.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): F113/115 (all foundations studio)
1.5
Required Major Courses: Spring  
NSP221: Approaches to Making
Sections of this course are intended to delve deeply into how a specific subject or mode has been addressed by artists over time. Each thematic subsection will address manifestations of these subjects (see examples below) in multiple media, in subsequent eras, and towards different purposes, studied in the context of students’ continuing engagement with their individuated studio practices. All subsections are meant to be expansive in approach, and to consider all modes and media as represented in historical and current art as equally valid subjects of inquiry and examples for studio practice. Instructors will lead research into the chosen subject areas and prompt students with studio projects designed for direct, hands-on exploration of thematic subjects. Students will employ media familiar to them, and be encouraged to experiment with new media, to expand their artistic exploration and to build manual and oral/written vocabulary for operating within a multidisciplinary environment.

Examples of Thematic/Subject sections of Approaches to Making
Chairs and Faculty are encouraged to develop Approaches to Making courses that will cover key areas in artistic exploration, and to manage course offerings to ensure a well-rounded foundation for students:
• The Figure
• Representation
• Abstraction
• Appropriation
• Narrative

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): NSP200 & NSP290
3.0
NSP207: Studio Principles
This course provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills within a specific area or discipline of focus. Emphasis on tools, materials, techniques and formal visual principles structure a sequence of assignments and exercises. Students will engage in a process of creation, construction and experimentation. Awareness of traditional and contemporary precedents promotes development of skills, personal vision and distinct expression. Through analysis and critique of their own and each other’s work, the class will establish the language of analytic and intuitive problem-solving.

Each
NEW STUDIO PRACTICE area will offer two non-sequential sections of introductory Studio Principles Selectives courses every year. Each course is an entry- point into the area of concentration (i.e., one course area will not be a prerequisite for the other).

Our intention is to offer one
Studio Principles Selectives course in each area (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photo/Video, Sculpture) every semester. However, Fall offerings will be different from Spring offerings.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/115 (all foundations studio)

3.0
NSP207: Studio Principles
This course provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills within a specific area or discipline of focus. Emphasis on tools, materials, techniques and formal visual principles structure a sequence of assignments and exercises. Students will engage in a process of creation, construction and experimentation. Awareness of traditional and contemporary precedents promotes development of skills, personal vision and distinct expression. Through analysis and critique of their own and each other’s work, the class will establish the language of analytic and intuitive problem-solving.

Each
NEW STUDIO PRACTICE area will offer two non-sequential sections of introductory Studio Principles Selectives courses every year. Each course is an entry- point into the area of concentration (i.e., one course area will not be a prerequisite for the other).

Our intention is to offer one
Studio Principles Selectives course in each area (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photo/Video, Sculpture) every semester. However, Fall offerings will be different from Spring offerings.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/115 (all foundations studio)
3.0
Studio Electives  
3cr. studio elective:
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Sophomore  
WR200: Critical and Creative Forms
Critical and Creative Forms is an intermediate-level writing course that focuses on writing as a creative and critical form. Students will explore the formal qualities of a variety of “texts,” including visual and online texts, and expand their experience of writing analytically and creatively. It is an intensification of the processes introduced in WR120 with further emphasis on visual as well as verbal rhetorics and critical thinking.

In WR200, students will develop their ability to read and assess communication in various forms and genres, to write analytical and critical essays, to perform increasingly sophisticated research, and to experiment with communicative form themselves. WR200 focuses on the theme of “environments,” examining the idea or condition of “environment” through a variety of possible progressive lenses, including ecological, natural, cultural, sacred or built environments.

WR200 emphasizes writing-in-process and students are challenged to take progressively more individual responsibility for all phases of the process, from journaling to the composing of final manuscripts. Students will be expected to identify, research and articulate points of view with increasing sophistication and ease in order to engage in critical conversations. Students participate in writing workshops, writing groups, small group discussions and collaborative writing as well as complete individual writing assignments. Throughout, students will be required to demonstrate evolving critical judgment and self- reflection. Self-directed research and working proficiently with primary and secondary sources is also emphasized through assignments highlighting the research process and the creation of an annotated bibliography.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR120 or WR111
3.0
SC220: Patterns in Nature
The Introduction to Natural Sciences is a sophomore level course required of all students for graduation. In this course students will study the nature of the scientific method and examine basic biological, ecological and environmental concepts. These examinations are broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments.

In SC220 students will study the nature of the scientific method and examine significant biological concepts. SC220 will explore science and natural world themes in order to:
1. Understand science as a way of questioning, testing, and explaining the world;
2. Science and technology as a reciprocal relationship that evolves through time;
3. Enable students to make educated decisions regarding biological and environmental issues;
4. Enable students to function as responsible citizens of the world.

This course is designed with the understanding that coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical thinking rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): none
3.0
AH212: History of Modernism - Fine Art
Primarily an object-driven course, History of Modern and Contemporary Art provides and in-depth study of modern and contemporary art makers and movements in the context of the critical, cultural and social issues surrounding them. Through intensive reading, writing, research, and oral assignments, students have the opportunity to study key figures, movements and theories. The course begins with a review of major trends in art since the end of the 19th century and follows with a closer examination of art from the 1960s through the present day.

In AH212 students will have the opportunity to examine the major aesthetic, philosophical, cultural and critical movements of the recent past and study closely the work of important figures in modern and contemporary art. The course begins with a review of later 19th century art and early 20th century European art and culture as an introduction to American art of the 1960s and 70s; the second half of the course centers on contemporary art from an international perspective. An important aspect of the course is the emerging importance of criticism and critical theory. Students will examine closely major critical and theoretical texts of this period.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AH151 or equivalent
3.0
Students complete 15/16.5 credits each semester sophomore year to complete degree requirements in four years  
JUNIOR  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
NSP300: Integration + Intersection I
The thriving world of contemporary art presents students with an array of choices in media, form, concept and approach. The aim of this course is to explore and understand this condition of multidisciplinarity through research, hands-on experimentation in focused studio projects, and critique. In the first semester of this two-part course, we will introduce methods of exploring a student's specific ideas, interests and goals in studio projects, class discussions and critiques. Students will be encouraged to cross discipline and media boundaries, exploring ways to bring theory and practice together in experimental and innovative forms. Students will draw from their current inventory of material approaches and build further upon them with contributions from the instructor, with a focus on developing and articulating meaningful connections between concept, process and product.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): NSP200
3.0
NSP320: Contemporary Critical Theory
This course examines visual art through contemporary cultural theory, rather than art history and aesthetics. Art exists in relation to the political, and operates as and within language. Through the viewpoint of art makers, we examine theories of representation and modes of interpretation. Readings and works examined define art as symbolic articulations of sociality and subjectivity. In-class projects and discussion; articulate positions supported by argument without resorting to opinion.

Key issues include formal, contextual, and conceptual developments and are discussed in relation to socioeconomic, intellectual, political, and cultural contexts. Emphasis is placed on theoretical and critical issues. The study of contemporary cultural theory is a study into the formation of the contemporary subject - ourselves – as well as the study of how we come to know and see art.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200 & NSP200
3.0
NSP306: Open Studio I
This course is an introduction to self-directed learning designed to further one’s growth as an artist. Individual artistic investigations will center on self-determined modes of making. Students may choose to concentrate on one discipline or they may work across several disciplines. That choice will be guided by the instructor and by advanced student mentors in the class. Guidance will also be offered as the student defines broad themes for artistic inquiry. Successful self-determined inquiry requires the students to reflect on the trajectory of their work and it further requires them to nurture a dialog with their work.

Artistic inquiry will be guided through readings, critiques, visits to exhibitions and through frequent consultation with the instructor and with other students. Development of an ePortfolio provides further opportunities for reflection on the student’s artistic evolution and it provides a convenient means for sharing work beyond the class.

Because this course focuses on studio practice, students are expected to be working during class. Gathering materials, doing Internet research, texting, etc., should be done outside of class. To the extent possible, class time will be devoted to studio work and to critique, but expect to start every class with a discussion. Discussions provide an opportunity to explore common ideas, to seek advice, to share discoveries and to provide support for the class community.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): Relevant Principles Course
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring  
NSP301: Integration + Intersection II
This second part of this two-semester course continues student inquiry into artmaking within an interdisciplinary environment. This class encourages students to blend disciplines and media, towards an understanding of how conceptual intent and tangible forms intersect in meaningful and innovative ways. Students will expand their current inventory of material and conceptual approaches and build further upon them with contributions from the instructor, with a focus on making and articulating meaningful connections between concept, process and product. In class, we will learn to apply critical standards to diverse media beyond one’s own work through discussions and critiques. As a whole, “Integration and Intersection” focuses on understanding the interrelationship between conceptual skills and tangible artistic expression.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): NSP300
3.0
NSP307: Open Studio II
This course allows students to refine their personal artistic inquiry by building on their Open Studio experience. Through the rigorous self-examination stemming from critique, by further committing to a disciplined work ethic, by a willingness to experiment and by refining a sense of their place in artistic practice, students will begin creating work in their own voices. Students will also gain experience in supporting their artistic community by serving as mentors for Open Studio students. By the end of Open Studio II, students will be well positioned to engage with challenging, self-defined artistic inquiry.

Artistic inquiry will be guided through readings, critiques, visits to exhibitions and through frequent consultation with the instructor and with other students. Development of an ePortfolio provides further opportunities for reflection on the student’s artistic evolution and it provides a convenient means for sharing work beyond the class.

Because this course focuses on studio practice, students are expected to be working during class. Gathering materials, doing Internet research, texting, etc., should be done outside of class. To the extent possible, class time will be devoted to studio work and to critique, but expect to start every class with a discussion. Discussions provide an opportunity to explore common ideas, to seek advice, to share discoveries and to provide support for the class community.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): NSP306
3.0
NSP391: Junior Seminar
This course prepares students to enter into the community of artists. Continuing to build and refine the ePortfolio as a self-driven pedagogical tool, students will review and deepen their path of inquiry. Learning to further define one’s goals and make well-considered choices in courses, internships, community service and/or exhibitions while beginning to build a resumé are pertinent to preparing for the senior year. Defining what constitutes your studio practice, advancing your research strategies, developing time management and budget skills to support that practice are essential components examined through interviewing professional artists. An understanding of how to keep abreast of current issues in your field will be fostered. Field trips, guest speakers, and visiting artists will impart significant perspectives on the art world beyond the classroom.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): NSP290 & NSP306
1.5
Liberal Studies: Junior  
WR300: The Creative Professional in Context
In The Creative Professional in Context, students explore the process of constructing a professional, public identity through written and verbal communication about their work in Fine Art and/or Design. They refine their skills in writing, speaking, and listening, and use writing as a means to examine the conceptual, critical, philosophical, and historical foundations of their emerging creative work within the broader contexts of their chosen fields and of visual culture broadly conceived.

In this course students learn to use writing as a means of effectively communicating ideas and information about their emerging professional identities. To these ends, students will write, edit and revise often; engage in self-directed research; analyze different rhetorical situations within the professional sphere; and refine their professional selves through both oral and written assignments. Instructors in WR300 employ frequent use of writing workshops and writing groups as well as individual writing assignments. Because the course is conducted in seminar fashion, students are expected to assume considerable responsibility for course materials and processes.

WR300 emphasizes the composition of polished, substantive written work, including description of studio work and processes, critical analysis of art/design texts, reflective writing, and communication with colleagues and peers. Assignments foster the development of a professional identity by engaging students in critical reading and discussion of key texts in visual culture and their major field, and identifying personal, cultural, and professional influences and connections that impact the student’s work. The course work will culminate in the creation of a substantive document representing a professional self, conceived in relation to these critical contexts.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200
3.0
AH318: Art History Elective
AH318 provides students the opportunity to give in-depth focus to a wide range of elective topics in Art History. Experience in the disciplines is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. Among the topics which students may choose to study are courses such as: 19th Century American Masters; Early Chinese Art; Women, Art, and Society; The Bauhaus; The History of Industrial Design; and others.

AH318 is an advanced-level elective course in Art History. In AH318 students will undertake an in-depth and systematic investigation of one area of study in Art History. This topic may focus on the art of a geographic area or culture, a particular movement in the history of art, or on the life and work of one artist or group of artists. In each case, the course of study will include an extensive analysis of individual works of art, the cultures from which these emerged, and the critical discourse that helps us understand this art more clearly.

As an advanced-level course, AH318 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will be presented with readings and lecture material from a variety of sources - and from a range of historic and critical literature on the topic under consideration. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200 and AH212/213 or its equivalences
3.0
SC320/350/321: Natural Science Elective
SC320 Topics in Natural Sciences description should be updated to reflect our current course offering:

SC320 is an advanced-level course that examines one of the many fields of Natural Sciences. Topics in Natural Science will rotate on a semester basis. Students will study the nature of scientific inquiry, the methods, theories, discoveries, technology, and language important to the specific field of science of their choosing. As part of the course, students will also conduct an independent inquiry utilizing the basis of scientific inquiry and research.

As an advanced course, SC320 builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in SC220. It is designed with the understanding that the coursework will focus on interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than on mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will examine a field of natural science through readings and lecture material from a variety of sources and from a range of scientific and critical opinion. The material and assignments will vary depending upon the field of natural sciences taught. This course can be retaken with change in topic for a 6 credits maximum.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): SC220

SC321: Topics in Natural Sciences – Field Experiences

As an advanced course, SC321 builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in SC220. It is designed with the understanding that the coursework will focus on interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than on mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will first examine the field of natural science through readings and lecture material from a variety of sources and from a range of scientific and critical opinion. Students will apply in the field the theoretical knowledge gained by a literature review, with direct inquiry and hands-on activities and investigations. This course relies heavily on field work, direct inquiry and self-directed independent research culminating with a peer-reviewed oral examination. Note: The field component of this course i9 days, located at offsite from MIAD.

Prerequisites: SC220 or equivalent and permission of the instructors.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): SC220
3.0
HU380: Service Learning
Service Learning is an interdisciplinary course with a service-learning component and is designed as the synthesis of a student’s four-year humanities and social science experience. In HU380 students will study a topic in-depth (i.e., cities, families, borders, aging, food) and be presented with many opportunities for interdisciplinary investigation. Through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments, students will analyze an issue in order to evaluate how social groups function and work towards resolution. Topics will be dealt with through scholarly and community investigations that may include sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, and history.

In HU380 students will have the opportunity to examine a social issue in depth, from a variety of perspectives. The coursework will focus on the historical and philosophical background of a given topic, as well as helping students to learn how to assess a variety of approaches to social systems through an examination of the nature of service in the community.

In the study of the social sciences, we examine patterns in our personal lives, the communities we live in, and a larger global context in order to see how they are connected. Through the in-depth study of a particular topic (i.e., food, cities, family, rivers, borders, aging), students will be able to analyze an issue in order to evaluate how social groups understand and work towards resolution. HU380 includes a service- learning component that is connected to the topic being studied. This will take place in the larger community, and it will allow students to examine the information they are learning through thinking and acting in a multicultural context.

Credits: 4
Prerequisite(s): HS121 and WR200 + Junior Standing
4.0
Students complete 13.5 {14.5}/15 {16}, {w/HU380} each semester junior year to complete degree requirements  
SENIOR  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
NSP440: Multidisciplinary Thesis I
This course provides for the resolution of critical, technical and philosophical skills essential for establishing a successful practice as an artist, or as a basis for continued post-baccalaureate study. Each student is required to demonstrate appropriate competence within an individually described program of study. This program will evidence competence: artistic, cultural and scholastic; culminating in a required thesis exhibition.

A self-directed studio component forms the backbone of this course, which is taught in concert with Senior New Studio Practices Seminar. At the beginning of this yearlong undertaking, the student, in consultation with the instructor, will define a starting point for the thesis project. Through this project, students will form an extensive body of work. The direction of the student’s project will be tested through rigorous examination of the artwork produced. New directions or productive tangents may be identified and pursued as the semester progresses. Students expand their ideas, and experiment within the studio practice while being open to ambiguity and discovery. Through the repeated process of researching, making and critiquing, students develop and refine a cohesive body of work for presentation during the final thesis exhibition in the second semester. This work represents personal vision and is presented professionally. The experience of this public presentation of work serves to inform an overall concept of the artist’s continuous process from initial idea to execution and reception. Final assessment of the student’s thesis takes the form of a panel meeting within the exhibition space.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, NSP301, NSP307
3.0
NSP400: Standpoints + Circumstances
This course is a dynamic combination of studio work and critical inquiry into the meanings embedded within and around artworks. This course will demonstrate the importance of understanding one's position within the world of creative production, and in the larger social context, to understand generation and interpretation of meanings. Through critique, we will examine how individual viewpoints, and interpretations of the viewpoints of others, are shaped by contexts. As students develop their studio practices, they will be asked to explore available interpretations of their work and the work of others, and to bring these interpretations to bear through exhibition. Venues for artistic and creative production will be explored, to empower students to see themselves as generators of culture, and members of communities responsible for their own artistic sustenance.

In this course, students will explore their deep motivations for making art. They will learn how their cultural context informs their ideas and shapes interpretation. Projects will be approached as generators of individuated meaning within larger contexts of meaning, and critiques will examine various "reads" on their work from different viewpoints. Through gaining an understanding of audience and interpretation, students will learn to use meaning as a tool to achieve artistic aims, alongside other inherent qualities of aesthetics, form and approach.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing & NSP301
3.0
NSP490: Senior Seminar
This course is a forum for addressing and engaging post-MIAD possibilities and issues including graduate school, community opportunities, business concerns self- presentation, and other matters important to Fine Arts students who are about to graduate. Taught in concert with Multidisciplinary Thesis, it is also a forum for students to discuss and determine Senior Show preparations and to properly prepare to present themselves to the greater public. Expanding upon e-Portfolios, students assemble a professional artist packet and an appropriate web presence. Application of learned principles and skills via hands-on experiences allows students to take the first steps toward a professional practice as a fine artist upon graduation.

Because we shape and are shaped by the context of our time, culture and experience, the Seminar/Thesis combined experience will examine contemporary art issues through multiple opportunities: field trips, visiting artists, readings, films, lectures, discussions and exercises to impart significant perspectives on the art world beyond the classroom. Thesis will focus on a primary studio practice, while Seminar rounds out the student's skills with applied professional practices and exposure to established professionals working in the creative fields.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): Senior with Thesis
1.5
Required Major Courses: Spring credits
NSP441: Multidisciplinary Thesis II
This course provides for the resolution of critical, technical and philosophical skills essential for establishing a successful practice as an artist, or as a basis for continued post-baccalaureate study. Each student is required to demonstrate appropriate competence within an individually described program of study. This program will evidence competence: artistic, cultural and scholastic; culminating in a required thesis exhibition.

A self-directed studio component forms the backbone of this course, which is taught in concert with Senior New Studio Practices Seminar. At the beginning of this yearlong undertaking, the student, in consultation with the instructor, will define a starting point for the thesis project. Through this project, students will form an extensive body of work. The direction of the student’s project will be tested through rigorous examination of the artwork produced. New directions or productive tangents may be identified and pursued as the semester progresses. Students expand their ideas, and experiment within the studio practice while being open to ambiguity and discovery. Through the repeated process of researching, making and critiquing, students develop and refine a cohesive body of work for presentation during the final thesis exhibition in the second semester. This work represents personal vision and is presented professionally. The experience of this public presentation of work serves to inform an overall concept of the artist’s continuous process from initial idea to execution and reception. Final assessment of the student’s thesis takes the form of a panel meeting within the exhibition space.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): NSP440 & NSP490
3.0
NSP491: Senior Seminar
This course is a forum for addressing and engaging post-MIAD possibilities and issues including graduate school, community opportunities, business concerns self- presentation, and other matters important to Fine Arts students who are about to graduate. Taught in concert with Multidisciplinary Thesis, it is also a forum for students to discuss and determine Senior Show preparations and to properly prepare to present themselves to the greater public. Expanding upon e-Portfolios, students assemble a professional artist packet and an appropriate web presence. Application of learned principles and skills via hands-on experiences allows students to take the first steps toward a professional practice as a fine artist upon graduation.

Because we shape and are shaped by the context of our time, culture and experience, the Seminar/Thesis combined experience will examine contemporary art issues through multiple opportunities: field trips, visiting artists, readings, films, lectures, discussions and exercises to impart significant perspectives on the art world beyond the classroom. Thesis will focus on a primary studio practice, while Seminar rounds out the student's skills with applied professional practices and exposure to established professionals working in the creative fields.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): NSP440 & NSP490
1.5
Studio Electives  
3cr studio elective:
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
3cr studio elective:
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Senior  
WR400: Senior Writing Seminar
Senior Writing Seminar is an intensive capstone writing course run as a seminar examining the making of meaning through narrative; specifically, exploring forms of Life Writing. Students will study the various forms of “life writing” including: autobiography, memoir, new journalism and creative nonfiction. Through weekly written explorations, students will explore and practice the different forms that the genre of “life writing” may take. Within the context of a growing public popularity of autobiographical writing and memoirs, students will explore possible social, political and rhetorical purposes for writing from life and will compose a final, capstone life writing project individually as means for practicing this form of writing.

WR 400 is a capstone writing course that introduces students to emerging hybrid and intermodal forms of personal writing and causes them to analyze the contexts within which it is occurring. Through formal and informal written exercises, students will explore the capacity of language to help shape and give meaning and form to personal experiences, influences, individuals, achievements or landscapes. This writing should provide a reflective springboard for looking backward or for facing the future and determining larger contexts and meanings for experiences. It should also cause students to continue to develop more sophisticated skills as writers.

The
nature and form of the writing that students produce will be various –individual writers will complete intensely reflective responses to readings and to one another’s writing. In an effort to identify past memories and influences, material choices and intentions, important events and people, composing short and long pieces about those issues and individuals.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s):
WR300 & Senior standing
3.0
AH318: AH Elective
AH318 provides students the opportunity to give in-depth focus to a wide range of elective topics in Art History. Experience in the disciplines is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. Among the topics which students may choose to study are courses such as: 19th Century American Masters; Early Chinese Art; Women, Art, and Society; The Bauhaus; The History of Industrial Design; and others.

AH318 is an advanced-level elective course in Art History. In AH318 students will undertake an in-depth and systematic investigation of one area of study in Art History. This topic may focus on the art of a geographic area or culture, a particular movement in the history of art, or on the life and work of one artist or group of artists. In each case, the course of study will include an extensive analysis of individual works of art, the cultures from which these emerged, and the critical discourse that helps us understand this art more clearly.

As an advanced-level course, AH318 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will be presented with readings and lecture material from a variety of sources - and from a range of historic and critical literature on the topic under consideration. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200 and AH212/213 or its equivalences
3.0
HU340/360 Topics in Cultural Studies
Topic in Cultural Studies offers students a range of topics in the interdisciplinary study of cultural phenomena in various societies. Courses may draw on or combine the methods and perspectives of an array of disciplines, including literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, psychology, museum studies, art history, and the history, philosophy or sociology of science. Experience in the topic is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. As an advanced-level course, HU360 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis, and critical method rather than mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods and contribute regularly to class discussions and/or oral collaborative efforts—such as focus groups and panel discussions—that relate to course material.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): HU121 and WR200
3.0
HU340 Topics in Cultural Studies
Topic in Cultural Studies offers students a range of topics in the interdisciplinary study of cultural phenomena in various societies. Courses may draw on or combine the methods and perspectives of an array of disciplines, including literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, psychology, museum studies, art history, and the history, philosophy or sociology of science. Experience in the topic is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. As an advanced-level course, HU360 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis, and critical method rather than mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods and contribute regularly to class discussions and/or oral collaborative efforts—such as focus groups and panel discussions—that relate to course material.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): HU121 and WR200
3.0
Students complete 16.5/13.5 credits each semester senior year to complete degree requirements  
124 credits minimum required to complete degree  

 

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