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Faculty Focus: Erin Hyde Nolan

Erin teaches courses on the history of photography, Islamic Art, and global modernism. She received her PhD from Boston University in 2017.

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Faculty Focus: Nico Jenkins

Nico Jenkins is a theorist and writer whose work focuses on finitude and uncertainty, using philosophical traditions from both classical Buddhism and contemporary continental thinking to explore the gaps and spaces in our knowable world(s).

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Faculty Focus: Seth Rogoff

“My primary goals as a teacher are to introduce students to complex and interesting material, to foster a love of learning (especially independent, self‐ directed learning) and to help students master the skills of critical reading and thinking, analytic and creative writing, and research.”

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Faculty Focus: Chris Malcolm

Chris Malcolm is Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities and coordinator of the minor in Sustainable Ecosystems: Art & Design (SEAD) at Maine College. He teaches classes on how environments are visualized and conceptualized, especially with regards to histories of race, settler-colonialism and environmental justice.

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Academic Studies

Our faculty will help you learn and understand how to make meaning.

Academic Studies

Whenever we engage in studio practice--whether we know it or not--we are also engaging with dominant social and cultural ideas that have sedimented over time. How do you see beyond the conventions of critique to unearth new ideas for your thinking and practice? Academic Studies at MECA helps you think critically about gender, race, history and theory to do just that. At MECA we treat research and ideas as material, as mediums to use, manipulate and work with. In our contemporary world, all studio practitioners also need to be creative, critical thinkers who are committed to social justice.

Academic Studies at MECA offers an interdisciplinary curriculum with classes that traverse media theory, art history, cultural analysis and critical theory. We also offer classes in World History, the Business of Art, Literature, Natural Science and Math. We have instructors and professors who will push you to interrogate representations of identity and how they affect the way we read images and texts. Academic Studies Minors in Art History, Writing, and Sustainable Ecosystems: Art & Design ask how our ways of knowing, reading, and seeing are challenged by contemporary events and historical residues.

Examples of the classes on offer in Academic Studies include:

Affects & Assemblages: Media, Politics & Emotion; Global Contemporary Photography; The Event of Seeing; Race & Environment; The Macro-Cosmos of Afrofuturism; and Super(vision): Art & Surveillance.

The goal of the Academic Studies curriculum is not merely to supplement your studio work with research, writing and critical thinking skills—although it will also do that. Rather, Academic Studies enhances your ability to participate meaningfully in the discourses that shape your life. Expansive, at times confronting, conversations will occur as you move into the uncertain space of not knowing where critical thinking really begins.

Fifteen Academic Studies courses are required to complete a BFA degree at MECA, including:
AH 101 & 102 (two consecutive Art History Survey courses); EN 100 English Composition, RI 108 Research & Inquiry (an academic studies course paired with a studio foundation course), AH 250 Critical Approaches to Contemporary Art, World History theme-based elective, Philosophy theme-based elective, (2) upper-level art history electives, (2) upper-level Humanities courses (2) upper-level liberal arts courses; and (2) Natural Science courses.

What do our alumni do?

Statistics from the 2015 Strategic National Arts Alumni project (SNAAP)

Did you know?

55% is the national average for arts alumni that work as professional artists.

45% is the national average for arts alumni that are self employed, independent contractors, or freelance workers.

63

Work as professional artists

23

Work as graphic designers, illustrators, or art directors

16

Founded a business

23

Work as craft artists

38

Work as fine artists

29

Work as art teachers

40

Pursued an MFA after graduation

47

Are self-employed, independent contractors or freelance workers

91

Make art in their personal time

57

Graduation Rate

88

Transfer Graduation Rate

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