Students are required to produce a thesis that discusses their mastery of the aesthetic and technical requirements of their work and the cultural/historical milieu in which it is situated.
Over the course of their MFA in Visual Arts studies, students identify and research aspects of past art, including recent contemporary art, that are relevant to their own interests as artists. Throughout the student's time in the program he or she is refining his or her ideas in the form of research papers that are submitted each semester. This research is integrated into the critical, historical, and cultural concepts that inform their artistic production. Out of this intersection of the reflection of critical theory, art history, and cultural studies, students write a thesis paper with the goal of locating themselves in the current art/cultural/historical continuum. In the final semester, each student completes his/her thesis, and submits it for review in advance of the fifth and final residency.
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