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ART 500. Graduate Seminar (2)
This visiting lecture series will meet weekly during the Summer Intensive.   The series will include six different visiting artists from around the world.  In each of the six weeks with six different artists, a wide perspective on the various approaches to art making will be presented and discussed. This course will allow candidates the opportunity to develop and articulate the writing skills necessary for MFA level work.  May be repeated for credit as cohort experience and content changes.

ART 510. Process Investigation I (3)
This initial course is designed to offer a series of experiences that will help redefine and explore different approaches to artistic processes and to the student’s area of study. The focus of the component lies clearly in the physical realm of craftsmanship as artistic-based research.

ART 515. Critical Theory I (2)
Based on a survey of critical theory, this graduate seminar provides a venue for the analysis of texts, issues and discourses that inform contemporary visual culture. Emphasis is placed on examining the role of critical theory in contemporary art, design, criticism and curating.

ART 520. Contemporary Practices (3)
This core course combines contemporary theory with practical application to art making and craft. In this applied (studio) course, candidates will attend seminars during the Summer Intensive for discussion and experiential work. Students will focus on ways art practices can influence aesthetics and develop a heighten sense of proprioception. May be repeated for credit as cohort experience and content changes.

ART 525. Practical Methodology (1)
The multi-disciplinary nature of current arts practice suggests that today’s artists need to go beyond their particular art form, and understand the issues that confront making and presenting across the arts as a whole. Through a series of lectures- including those from practicing artists discussing their work in relation to the tensions of making and presenting - and through supporting discussions, related activities, and self-directed tasks, this course is designed to broaden the students understanding of the other arts, and to familiarize them with issues relating to practice. This in turn is intended to help students put their work in a broader arts context, to explore correspondences and differences, and to question their creative practice in light of other arts practices. May be repeated for credit as content changes.

ART 530. Intermedia I (3 credits)
This course is a multimedia class that combines training and experimentation in various types of technology. Including but not limited to a working knowledge of JU computer systems including email, Blackboard, Web Advisor, H-drive, and various digital imaging software.

ART 535. Interdisciplinary Arts Seminar (1)
This course emphasizes the essentially collaborative nature of artistic practice. It offers the opportunity to experiment with new kinds of collaborative relationships and to observe, create and discuss the artist’s role in the transformation of ideas into collaborative works. Through three intensive collaborative projects, students engage with other artists and artistic practices and/or with various practitioners from other disciplines such as: dancers, scientists, actors, musicians, writers, mathematicians etc. as a means of realizing their artistic vision. May be repeated for credit as content changes.

ART 540. Graduate Critique (2)
This course uncovers the various modalities and underpinnings inherent in producing, showing and spectating; it serves as an open platform for candidates to create, present, discuss and critique artwork. May be repeated for credit as cohort experience and content changes.

ART 545. Art History and Criticism I (2)
This course comprises reading, writing, and discussion of art criticism and cultural commentary, including a survey of 20th Century art and many field trips to visit area exhibitions, curators, and artists.

ART 550. Pedagogy I (3)
This seminar will focus on contemporary and historical approaches to visual art pedagogy as directly related to discipline’s techniques and applications.

ART 555. Research and Development I (2)
This course is a student-devised process in which the exploration of ideas and the use of resources, in preparation for a project, are key elements. It offers students the opportunity to further identify their interests and creative focus, and to develop artistic strategies to explore these concepts in relation to their final work.

ART 565. Body Politics (2)
This course examines the body in society as cultural phenomena that are tied to a wealth of complex social interactions making art a vital discipline in the twenty-first century.

ART 610. Process Investigation II (3)
The multi-disciplinary nature of current arts practice suggests that today’s artists need to go beyond their particular art form, and understand the issues that confront making and presenting across the arts as a whole. Through a series of lectures- including those from practicing artists discussing their work in relation to the tensions of making and presenting - and through supporting discussions, related activities, and self-directed tasks, this course is designed to broaden the students understanding of the other arts, and to familiarize her with issues relating to practice. This in turn is intended to help students put their work in a broader arts context, and to explore correlations and differences, and to question their creative practice in light of other arts practices.

ART 615. Critical Theory II (2)
This seminar course continues a survey of critical theory. The platform is engaged with core and visiting faculty’s interests and current research, practices and debates in critical theory based on analysis of texts, issues and discourses that inform contemporary visual culture. Emphasis is placed on examining the role of critical theory in contemporary art, through the instructor’s specialization.

ART 630. Intermedia II (3)
Advance study and implementation of various types of technology. Including but not limited to a working knowledge of multimedia software and interactive strategies.

ART 645. Art History and Criticism II (2)
This course investigates the various modalities of art as a theoretical and practiced discipline grounded in studio based research.

ART 650. Pedagogy II (3)
Advanced study of contemporary and historical approaches to art pedagogy as directly related to discipline’s techniques and applications.

ART 655. Research and Development II (2)
This course is a student-devised process in which the exploration of ideas and the use of resources in preparation for the project are key elements. It offers students the opportunity to further identify their interests and creative focus, and to develop artistic strategies to explore these concepts in relation to their final work.

ART 665. Graduate Thesis I (4)
The project is the culmination of the courses and comprises a significant body of work or works which will be presented in a public place. After agreement regarding your final proposal, you will work independently with the support of your mentor and with technical assistance as negotiated. The project will be a substantial researched work reflecting the depth of study and demonstrating a distinctive artistic voice.

ART 675. Graduate Thesis II (4)
Continued development and implementation of Research Project and Thesis.

ART 685. Portfolio (2)
Extensive body of professional work evaluated by a panel of faculty and artists from the field of Visual Arts. The portfolio is to include candidate’s curriculum vitae and media.

ART 695. Graduate Thesis Continuous Enrollment (1)
Prerequisite ART 675. This course is Pass/Fail. May be repeated for credit. Students must enroll in ART 695 each subsequent semester until the completion of the research-based project/thesis. Faculty will periodically review individual student’s progress in meeting course goals and completing the project/thesis. Upon completion of the project/thesis, faculty will approve the final paper and arrange for final paper presentation sessions. Students are expected to complete all objectives for ART 675 and finalize their projects for committee approval prior to their presentations.

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