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  Mason Gross School of the Arts 2009-2011 Graduate Programs in Visual Arts Graduate Courses  

Graduate Courses
08:081:513,514 Drawing I (4,4) Not a traditional drawing course--exploration of drawing skills used in today's art-making and the relationship of individual work to current art. Analysis and critique of student work in a wide range of media, including theoretical and technical aspects. Focus on concept of drawing as inquiry, and investigation of how inquiry infuses the making of art, its intentions, and means. Review of current art criticism, various social and economic perspectives, and the continually changing role of the artist in society.
08:081:515,516 Printmaking I (4,4) Expression of ideas through traditional and nontraditional printmaking processes. Students work in media that results in multiples, or use printmaking to produce unique images, such as monoprints. Students also may produce artists' books or three-dimensional prints. They may combine printmaking with other media, such as computers or video. The course features readings, exhibition visits, and discussions of contemporary art issues. Assistance in the implementation of print media includes intaglio, relief, silk screen, digital prints, and other media. There is an opportunity to work with visiting artists.
08:081:517,518 Painting and Studio Problems I (4,4) Studio critique of painting to facilitate development of a personal style as an idiom. Shared readings, individual studio visits, group critiques of graduate student exhibitions, and discussions of New York gallery and museum exhibitions are all required.
08:081:521,522 Visiting Artists/First-Year Review (4,4) This is a required course for both the fall and spring semesters for first-year graduate students. It features weekly presentations and lectures from noted artists, critics, and curators invited to the school.  Each student will participate in a limited number of individual studio visits with invited guest presenters. At the end of the first and second semesters, the faculty conducts a review, where the students present their work for critique. The first-year review takes the form of a critique of work exhibited in the First-Year Graduate Student Exhibition, usually scheduled from mid-November to December of the first semester in the Civic Square building galleries and an individual studio review at the end of the second semester.
08:081:523,524 Sculpture I (4,4) Emphasizes artistic growth and the development of critical skills through group meetings and individual critiques. Class discussions focus on relevant current issues and take place on a regular basis throughout the semester.
08:081:525,526 Research Projects I (4,4) Individual project proposed by student to faculty member of his or her choice; faculty member who approves the project then acts as its adviser.
08:081:529,530 Photo Image I (4,4) This studio course explores historical, expressive, formal, representational, critical, and technical aspects of this varied, fluid, and pervasive medium.  Student artists will work independently and present photographs and/or any photo-related work for consideration in group and individual studio critiques.
08:081:531,532 Video/Media Workshop I (4,4) Part seminar and part studio course;  open to all graduate students regardless of technical proficiency. Some technical instruction provided for those without skills in digital film. An investigation of issues and trends in contemporary media art fosters a critical discourse.
08:081:535,536 Events and Performance I (4,4) Graduate students will explore the medium of events and performance in relation to their own creative work. New students to performance will be given step-by-step exercises to assist in building and creating event and performance works. Personal methods of creating art and finding one's own voice will be emphasized and pursued.  When needed, specific exercises will be given in body movement and awareness. According to the specific interest of the student, prop/sculpture can be constructed, and a variety of mixed media techniques, including video, can be utilized. Some history and the work of contemporary performance artists will be discussed, particularly when the work is relevant to the interests of an individual graduate student. All student work will be critiqued. The class will attend at least one performance together in the New York/New Jersey area.
08:081:543,544 Art Criticism I (4,4) Examination of the symbiotic relationship between an artist and the discourse in which his or her work is embedded.
08:081:551,552 Studio Internship I (4,4) Offers direct experience in the profession. Students are responsible for locating internships with master artists, galleries, alternative art spaces, periodicals, and programs. The graduate director acts as the liaison once an internship is established.
08:081:553,554 Painting and Practice I (4,4) Weekly seminar, where public and private methods of critique and studio practices are explored through group critiques, presentations, and in-class participation.
08:081:569,570 Photo and Media I (4,4) Investigation of current thinking about various media, with emphasis on reproductive media, particularly film, video, and photography. Works of art, including mass-market films, are viewed and discussed. Class discussions and studies of critical writings are emphasized. Open to students in any medium.
08:081:571,572 Current Issues in Art Practice I (4,4) Individual studio critique and group classroom discussion of contemporary issues. 
08:081:613,614 Drawing II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:513,514  Drawing I.
08:081:615,616 Printmaking II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:515,516  Printmaking I.
08:081:617,618 Painting and Studio Problems II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:517,518  Painting and Studio Problems I.
08:081:621,622 Visiting Artists (4,4) Weekly lectures and presentations of work and ideas by invited guest artists, critics, and curators; followed by discussion. As part of this course, students participate in a limited number of individual studio visits.
08:081:623,624 Sculpture II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:523,524  Sculpture I.
08:081:625,626 Research Projects II (4,4) Individual project proposed by student to faculty member of his or her choice; faculty member who approves the project then acts as its adviser.
08:081:629,630 Photo Image II (4,4) Photography seminar for second-year students. Organization and activities similar to 08:081:529,530  Photo Image I. Students may continue development and exploration undertaken in Photo Image I or explore new areas.
08:081:631,632 Video/Media Workshop II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:531,532  Video/Media Workshop I.
08:081:635,636 Events and performance II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:535,536  Events and Performance I.
08:081:643,644 Art Criticism II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:543,544  Art Criticism I.
08:081:651,652 Studio Internship II (4,4) Offers direct experience in the profession for second-year graduate students, who are responsible for locating internships with master artists, galleries, alternative art spaces, periodicals, and programs. The graduate director acts as the liaison once an internship is established.
08:081:653,654 Painting and Practice II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:553, 554  Painting and Practice I.
08:081:669,670 Photo and Media II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:569,570  Photo and Media I.
08:081:671,672 Current Issues in Art Practice II (4,4) Continuation of 08:081:571,572  Current Issues in Art Practice I.
08:081:703 Thesis (4) The written thesis, presented in the graduate student's last semester, can be a discussion of the thesis exhibition or one's work in general, or of theoretical questions, research, or investigations in any related art area; topic must be approved by the thesis committee. 
08:081:704 Exhibition (4) The exhibition shall be a presentation of two years of creative work in the program. It takes place through the final spring semester in the Civic Square building galleries; a student's exhibit is subject to committee review, consultation, and evaluation by the thesis committee and other members of the graduate faculty.
08:081:800 Matriculation Continued (0) In order to retain degree-seeking status in the program until all requirements are completed, students must maintain continuous registration by registering each fall and spring semester for coursework, research, or matriculation continued. Students who fail to maintain their status must apply for reinstatement.
08:081:877 Teaching Assistantship (3) After being selected for a teaching assistantship, students register for these 3 credits, which are extra and do not count toward the 60 credits needed for graduation.
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