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Graduate (MFA) Courses

ARH 5000–5999: Art History
PAD 5000–5999: Painting/Drawing
PRT 5000–5999: Printmaking
VIS 5000–5999: General Visual Arts

ARH 5000–5999:

Proseminar: Method and Theory in Art History
ARH 5101
Refer to Art History Graduate Courses (School of Humanities) for description.

Master’s Colloquium I and II
ARH 5325
and 5326 Refer to Art History Graduate Courses (School of Humanities) for description.

PAD 5000–5999:

Added Fall 2016 (2/18/16):
Advanced Painting
PAD 5150
/ 3 credits / Every year
Students work independently, choosing their subjects and approach to painting under the guidance of a faculty member. Critical thinking is promoted in critiques and discussion of readings. Students’ work is considered in the context of contemporary painting as they attempt to define their individual sensibility and concerns in preparation for (or in complement to) the MFA graduate project.

PRT 5000–5999:

Added Spring 2017 (5/10/16):
Travel Study in Print Media
PRT 5002
/ 1 credit / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An intensive, weeklong off-campus course that takes place on the occasion of a professional conference or residency offered at different national or international locales each year. With the goal of providing professional opportunities and meaningful connections to the broader printmaking/art community, students participate in the full scope of events available: demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, portfolio exchanges, and exhibitions.

Added Spring 2017 (5/10/16):
The Machine in the Ghost: Expanded Digital Hybrid Practices in Print Media
PRT 5005
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Digital tools offer ways of making between image and object, lens and plate, screen and paper. Expanding their skills, students translate work into digital print forms. Technical skills include wide-format printing and hybrid printmaking techniques employing laser engraver, vinyl cutter, CNC router, and 3-D printers to produce works or matrices for traditional relief, intaglio, and screen printing.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
PRT 5225
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Lithography is the closest printmaking technique to direct drawing. Students are taught how to create images on lithographic stones, aluminum plates, and photolithography plates. The goal is for students to develop a series of personal images that emphasize the graphic potential inherent in lithography. Individual and group critiques challenge students’ methods and ideas while aiming to improve their skills.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
PRT 5230
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Woodcutting is the oldest printmaking technique and considered the most direct of the printmaking processes. Using wood and linoleum, students learn the varied techniques of relief printmaking. They explore a variety of carving methods, print by hand and on press, and register multiple-layer prints. Reduction, multiblock techniques, color, and digital techniques are covered. Experimentation and combining approaches are encouraged.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Screen Print
PRT 5240
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Screen printing, also known as serigraphy, is valued for its versatility, ease of working on a large scale, quality of color, and ability to integrate hand-drawn, photographic, and digital imagery. In this course, students learn a variety of techniques for creating layered images on paper, fabric, and other surfaces. They are challenged to create expressive works in new ways, bringing complexity, depth, and refinement to their imagery.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
PRT 5320
/ 3 credits / Every semester
From Rembrandt to Kiki Smith, artists have used intaglio processes to generate marks ranging from the precise and detailed to the physical and expressive. Students explore such techniques as engraving, etching, aquatint, drypoint, and photo transfer. Independent projects, demonstrations, and critiques guide students toward creating a body of prints that deploy these various media to shape their creative ideas.

Added Spring 2017 (2/17/16):
Japanese Woodblock
PRT 5425
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Covers the traditional methods of Japanese water-based woodblock prints, known for their subtle tonal variations, blending of colors, and color intensity. All aspects of the process are covered, including proper care and use of the carving tools, preparing and carving wood blocks, hand-printing using the baren, Japanese papers, water-based pigments, and the kento registration system.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Printmaking Into Painting
PRT 5555
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularl)
An exploration of the numerous processes that form a bridge between painting and printmaking. This course begins with the basic monotype on paper through brushes, rollers, plates, and basic ink chemistry. The toolkit is then expanded to include stencil, collage, inkjet, and mixed media techniques on paper, panel, and canvas.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Professional Practice
PRT 5850
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Covers practical knowledge to prepare students for a professional career in printmaking and the fine arts. Different aspects of a studio career are covered, including résumés, artists’ statements, documenting work, grants, residencies, artists’ taxes, exhibition planning, graduate school applications, and creating a Web presence. Students create a professional file, apply for grants and/or residencies, and conduct research on artistic opportunities.

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VIS 5000–5999:

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16), title changed 5/03/16:
MFA Thesis Tutorial
VIS 5005
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Students meet weekly with a writing professional to develop their graduate theses, developing working bibliographies and submitting regular assignments and drafts of the final project.

Visiting Artist Studio
VIS 5050
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Visiting artists focus on areas of interest to both the students and the artist. Activities may include studio work and critiques, field trips, and lectures. Through direct work with these artists, students become engaged with current trends in visual art. For information on the artist(s) and subjects covered, contact the School of Art+Design main office.

Credits increased from 2 to 3, Fall 2016 (3/09/16):
College Pedagogy
VIS 5150
/ 3 credits / Fall
Provides pedagogical methods for the graduate teaching assistantship experience. Students examine different approaches to the teaching of art through readings, discussions, and research. Topics and activities include syllabi formatting, common teaching problems, role-playing classroom situations, and course development.

Added Fall 2016, replacing VIS 5700 and 5705 (2/17/16):
Professional Practices: Artists
VIS 5210
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Faculty members bring students to the studios of artists in New York City in order to gain an understanding of varieties of individual creative practices. Addressing their background and training, artists demonstrate ways of surviving in today’s challenging art world. Readings and writing complement the visits, helping students to assimilate and process their experience in the field.

Added Fall 2016, replacing VIS 5710 and 5715 (2/17/16):
Professional Practices: Institutions
VIS 5220
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students visit a variety of professionals—dealers, curators, editors, grant-writing specialists, et al.—at their home bases in galleries, museums, nonprofits, publications, foundations, and other institutions to learn about how the art world functions. Readings and writing complement the visits, helping students to assimilate and process their experience in the field.

Graduate Studio Seminar I, II, III, IV
VIS 5585, 5595, 5605, 5615
/ 4 credits (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
All graduate students meet weekly as a group with the seminar leader. Major figures in the art world, including artists, curators, and gallerists, join the seminar throughout the semester and participate in individual and group critiques. General thematic concerns provide continuity in a given semester. Other activities include visits to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios in the New York City metropolitan area. Successful completion of each graduate studio seminar is a prerequisite for the following semester’s seminar.

Added Spring 2016 (9/22/16):
Center for Editions: The Archive Project
VIS 5650
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students explore new models for collaborative publications through an interdisciplinary research endeavor, investigating the role of the artist as a preservationist and redefining the act of visual documentation. Starting with their lived experience, students define the value of archiving in contemporary culture through making printed/digital publications and exhibitions. Both students and faculty invite guest speakers, artists, and printers to collaborate.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Discontinued Fall 2016: VIS 5700 and 5705 replaced by VIS 5210; VIS 5710 and 5715 replaced by VIS 5220 (2/17/16):
Special Topics Seminar IA, IB, IIA, IIB
VIS 5700, 5705, 5710, 5715
/ 2–4 credits (per course)
Special topic (offered irregularly—IA and IIA: Fall; IB and IIB: Spring)
Focuses on the issues and practice of art making. Fall classes include studio visits with New York City artists. Spring classes include visits to museums and nonprofit spaces and visits with curators and writers. Students learn about the artistic practice of professional artists and are exposed to the inner workings of the New York City art world.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16), VIS 5750 title and description changed 5/03/16:
Graduate Studio Critiques I, II, III
VIS 5720, 5730, 5740
/ 3 credits (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II: Spring
Students engage in intensive weekly group critiques with a full-time faculty member. Critiques are based on students’ evolving practices and are intended to hone both their artistic development and ability to articulate and communicate their observations on their own and their classmates’ endeavors. Throughout the semester, visiting artists, critics, and curators provide additional individual critiques.

Added Fall 2016 (5/03/16), replaces VIS 5990:
Graduate Studio Capstone
VIS 5750
/ 3 credits / Spring
The capstone is the culmination of the three previous semesters of independent studio work and intensive weekly group critiques, resulting in a final body of work to present for the MFA.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Special Topics in Visual Art
VIS 5755
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in the visual arts. Topics vary each semester.

Added Fall 2016 (2/17/16):
Graduate Critical Topics I, II, III, IV
VIS 5760, 5770, 5780, 5790
/ 3 credits (per semeser)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
A reading and writing seminar designed to complement and enrich studio practice and group critiques. Students are expected to fully participate in classroom discussions based on critical and theoretical reading on topics determined by the instructor.

Added Fall 2016, replaces VIS 5997 (3/10/16):
Independent Graduate Studio I, II, III, IV
VIS 5801, 5802, 5803, 5804
/ 3 credits (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
Each MFA student meets regularly with a studio sponsor. All MFA students work independently in semiprivate studio spaces and have access to the majority of the school’s facilities. During the academic year, graduate students have 24-hour access to their studios. Successful completion of each graduate studio is a prerequisite for the following semester’s graduate studio.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
VIS 5870
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Students assist faculty members with the delivery of an undergraduate studio course. Duties include grading, critiques, lecture/demonstrations, and other tasks assigned by the faculty sponsor. Graduate students interested in teaching must participate as a teaching assistant and take VIS 5150 at least once before being allowed to independently teach a course.
Prerequisite or corequisite: VIS 5150

Replaced by VIS 5750 Fall 2016 (5/03/16):
MFA Graduate Project
VIS 5990
/ 8 credits / Every year
An intensive independent study undertaken with faculty sponsorship, in which students pursue a particular theme or topic as a culmination of their graduate experience. A written thesis and visual documentation of the project must be submitted to the Library before graduation.

Course number changed from 5900 to 5997 (12/10/14); replaced by VIS 5801–5804 Fall 2016 (3/10/16):
Independent Graduate Studio
VIS 5997
/ 4 credits (per semester) / Every semester
Each MFA student meets regularly with a studio sponsor. All MFA students work independently in semiprivate studio spaces and have access to the majority of the school’s facilities. During the academic year, graduate students have 24-hour access to their studios. Successful completion of each graduate studio is a prerequisite for the following semester’s graduate studio.

Updated May 10, 2016

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