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May Intensive — Studio and Thesis Defense

 In May of the second year, students return to Portland to participate in their final week-long residency for graduating second year students. During the week the MFA Thesis Exhibition is mounted and the written and studio theses are defended. The intensive and the individual student defenses are facilitated by MFA Chair of Studio and includes a panel of core faculty and by invitation, nationally established critics, historians and artists, all recognized for teaching excellence. Required for graduation. 0 credits.

MCR860 Views on Contemporary Art

This course will reinforce and continue the conversation that was started during the Summer Intensive with a focus on Art History. The purpose of this course is to introduce key historical periods and fundamental ideas for studio artists and to expose students to primary sources whose archive demonstrates significant contributions to the material and intellectual culture in the Twentieth Century and beyond.2 credits

MCR866 Thesis Proposal

This course serves to focus studio research increasingly toward deepening the unique ideas and pursuits surrounding each student’s own art production. Students will define and articulate the theoretical discourse pertinent to their written thesis; their responsibility as an artist in the world; pertinent themes related to contemporary art and their individual studio practice; and an understanding of the histories and traditions of the disciplines they work within. 2 credits

MCR868 Studio in Context

Applied Theory and History:This course explores the many methodologies employed by art historians to understand works of art. The goal of this course is to expose students to primary sources whose archive demonstrates significant contributions to the material and intellectual culture in the Twentieth Century and beyond. 2 credits

MCR869 Studio in Context: Critical Writing

This class considers the theoretical issues and related historical framework that come together in the critical interpretation of art. Through the act of critical writing, students will engage in a series of exercises as a way to examine the foundations, concepts and categories that structure art historical and theoretical discourse in preparation for writing their thesis. 2 credits

MCR871 Thesis Composition

This course focuses exclusively on assisting graduating students to compose and edit 7,500 word thesis text published as an essay through Lulu Books. 2 credits

MEL 874 Studio Seminar I

This course focuses on studio practices and research. Students investigate the work and themes of other artists, design experiments for their studio and participate in discussions around maintaining a studio as a professional artist. Studio Seminar I is complementary to the Studio I experience and is conducted in two parts. Visiting artists will join the class for a series of student-led interviews. 2 credits

MEL876 Studio Seminar II

This course focuses on studio practices and research. Students investigate the work and themes of other artists, design experiments for their studio and participate in discussions around maintaining a studio as a professional artist. Studio Seminar II is complementary to the Studio II experience and is conducted in two parts. Visiting artists will join the class for a series of student-led interviews. 2 credits

MST851 Studio I

The Summer Intensive studio course is supported, monitored and evaluated by Core Faculty. In addition to ongoing individual studio critiques, students will participate in formal group critiques with Visiting Faculty and fellow students. Students maintain a private studio throughout the summer. 6 credits

MST852 Studio II

Studio production supported by Non-Resident Studio Advisor. 6 credits

MST853 Studio Seminar: Research Methodologies I

This course is designed to engage students in experimental and exploratory aspects of studio practice as a path to developing and refining ideas and questions in the work. This course operates in support of the more in-depth studio work with the Non-Resident Studio Advisor. 2 credits

MST856 Studio IV

The Summer Intensive studio course is supported, monitored and evaluated by Core Faculty. In addition to ongoing individual studio critiques, students will participate in formal group critiques with Visiting Faculty and fellow students. Students maintain a private studio throughout the summer. 6 credits

MST857 Studio V

Studio production supported by Non-Resident Studio Advisor. 6 credits

MST859 Studio VI

Studio production supported by Non-Resident Studio Advisor. 6 credits

MST860 Studio Seminar

Studio Thesis: This course is the final studio course for 2nd year students. Each student will work with a Core Faculty member who will help them prepare for their studio thesis project to be mounted at MECA’s Institute of Contemporary Art in May. 2 credits

MST862 Studio Seminar

The Artist Statement: An in-depth examination of studio production through conversation, written and visual analysis. This course serves as a writing studio in which students use writing to discover, analyze and refine studio projects. A survey of influential artist writings will be examined as case studies. 2 credits

MST863 Studio Seminar: Professional Practices

The MECA MFA program in Studio Arts recognizes the importance of developing strategies for career development. The syllabus addresses practical and philosophical questions around students' work relating to audience, collectors, funders, curators, cultural institutions, community, art markets and art world/s. 2 credits

MST870 Approaches to Critical Theory

Drawing from current articles and publications, exhibitions, field research, and artist interviews, this course will encourage broader questions of existence and art through a transdisciplinary sweep that aims to lay a foundation for future research and production. 2 credits

Spring: MST854 Studio III

Studio production supported by Non-Resident Studio Advisor. 6 credits

Winter Intensive I

Based in Portland, this five to ten-day early December residency includes seminars, critiques, presentations, guest lectures and individual program planning plus a trip to visit a local art center — Boston or NY — to visit galleries, museums and studios with core faculty serving as guides and facilitators. 0 credits

Winter Intensive II

Based in Portland, this five to ten-day early December residency includes seminars, critiques, presentations, guest lectures and individual thesis planning. 0 credits