MFA Summer Residency 2018

Sunday, 1 July 2018: Students arrive to campus
Monday, 2 July 2018: First day of classes
Saturday, 28 July 2018: Last day of classes

New MFA Program Curriculum (Effective Summer 2018)

New students entering the MFA Program in Summer 2018 or later will enter under the following 60-semester hour curriculum. (Students presently enrolled in the Program may view the current curriculum here.) 

Course & Location Taken Semester Hours
First Summer Residency Intensive  
501 Studio Practice I 
Intensive creative practice with close mentoring. Students explore content, form, and materials in individual and collaborative assignments, and self-designed projects. Students demonstrate a cohesive conceptual and technical approach to art-making. Critical Response Process is included. 
6
503 Contemporary Arts Practice I
Students examine the practice of art beyond media boundaries and the tensions inherent in making and presenting work in the 21st century. Substantial advance preparation is expected.
2
504 Interdisciplinary Collaboration I
Students explore theoretical and practical approaches to determining meaning in a variety of art forms. Practice-led and academic research focuses on collaboration across disciplines. Substantial advance preparation is expected.
2
506 Somatic Practice I
Students explore the combined role of the body-mind in art- making practices. Embodied research helps students examine their art work in the context of human ecology. Substantial advance preparation is expected.
2
507 Arts and Business Series I
In this topics-based discussion series, guest speakers and faculty address concerns ranging from nonprofit governance to grantsmanship, curation, teaching in higher education, etc. Substantial advance preparation is expected.
1
508 Site-Sensitive Art-Making I
Exposes students to environmental mediation in art-making by exploring site-sensitive instillation, performance, writing, etc. The application of technology to exhibition/performance is encouraged. Substantial advance preparation is expected.
2
First Fall Academic Semester (student at home studio)  
510 Praxis: Visual Arts
Students examine histories, theories, and practices in visual- based art forms drawn from the last 100 years. Rotating topics place the visual artists studied in the sociopolitical context of their times. May include both practice-led and academic scholarship.
3
511 Studio Practice II
Students establish a strong home-based studio practice during non-resident periods in order to produce a semester portfolio. Includes individual and collaborative assignments, and self- designed projects. Online Critical Response Process included. Mentoring by Home Studio Mentors and Wilson faculty required.
3
523 Praxis: Movement Arts
Students examine histories, theories, and practices in movement- based art forms drawn from the last 100 years. Rotating topics place the movement-based artists studied in the sociopolitical context of their times. May include both practice-led and academic scholarship.
3
First Spring Academic Semester (student at home studio)  
521 Studio Practice III
Students deepen home-based studio practice during non-resident periods in order to produce a semester portfolio. Includes individual and collaborative assignments, and self-designed projects. Online Critical Response Process included. Mentoring by Home Studio Mentors and Wilson faculty required.
6
524 Praxis: Creative Writing
Students examine histories, theories, and practices in writing- based art forms drawn from the last 100 years. Rotating topics place the writers studied in the sociopolitical context of their times. May include both practice-led and academic scholarship.
3
Second Summer Residency Intensive  
531 Studio Practice IV
Intensive creative practice with close mentoring. Students explore content, form, and materials in individual and collaborative assignments, and self-designed projects. Students demonstrate a cohesive conceptual and technical approach to art-making. Critical Response Process is included. Prerequisite: FA 501.
6
533 Contemporary Arts Practice II
Students further examine the practice of art beyond media boundaries and the tensions inherent in making and presenting work in the 21st century. Each student is responsible for substantial advance preparation. Prerequisite: FA 503.
2
534 Interdisciplinary Collaboration II
Students deepen exploration of theoretical and practical approaches to determining meaning in a variety of art forms. Practice-led and academic research focus on collaboration across disciplines. Substantial advance preparation is expected. Prerequisite: FA 504.
2
536 Somatic Practice II
Students expand their understanding of the body-mind in art- making practices. Embodied research helps students examine their art work in the context of human ecology. Movement- based creative inquiry is emphasized. Substantial advance preparation is expected. Prerequisite: FA 506.
2
537 Arts and Business Series II
Continuing in this topics-based series, guest speakers and faculty address business-related concerns in contemporary arts and culture. Substantial advance preparation is expected. Prerequisite: FA 507.
1
538 Site-Sensitive Art-Making II
Students further their work in environmental mediation in art- making by exploring site-sensitive instillation, performance, writing, etc. The application of technology to site-specific work is encouraged. Substantial advance preparation is expected. Prerequisite: FA 508.
2
Second Fall Academic Semester (student at home studio)  
598 Thesis Exhibition/Performance I
Students pursue a sophisticated thesis question via rigorous practice-led and academic research, and begin documenting their process in a context statement. Frequent interaction with both the onsite and Wilson faculty mentors is required. Prerequisite: Finalized thesis proposal, and permission of the program director.
6
Second Spring Academic Semester (student at home studio)  
599 Thesis Exhibition/Performance II
The student will complete and present the thesis exhibition/performance with appropriate documentation. All materials must demonstrate mastery of conception, intention and production. An oral defense of the thesis exhibition/performance is required. Prerequisite: FA 598.