Students are required to writes a thesis paper about their work which must be satisfactorily reviewed by the MFA program faculty.
In the fourth residency period, students identify and plan research on aspects of past art, including recent contemporary art, that are relevant to their own interests as visual artists. This research is integrated into the critical, historical, and cultural concepts that inform their own life experience and artistic production.
Out of this intersection of the reflection of critical theory, art history, and cultural studies, students write a thesis with the goal of locating themselves in the current cultural/historical continuum.
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. In the final semester, each student will complete his/her research and thesis paper, and submit it for review in advance of the fifth and final residency.
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