The six-term curriculum promotes writing and research in relation to diverse cultural practices. It is structured to offer students choice and flexibility in exploring their interests. Coursework is comprised of:
• intensive writing workshops every term;
• seminars addressing diverse topics;
• one-on-one tutorials with professors of the student’s choice;
• interdisciplinary courses where theory meets practice in intensive critiques and research;
• internships at Los Angeles cultural institutions.
Students are evaluated on a substantial writing portfolio at the end of the second and fourth terms, and the program culminates in a master’s thesis of original work focusing on a specific area of contemporary art or design.
The program offers an opportunity to think beyond traditional academic categories, as it addresses art and design as key components in contemporary culture. This innovative approach is built on a foundational methods seminar that explores the history and theory of visual culture through an ongoing dialogue between two professors around a chosen theme. Students also participate in art and design studio courses through research and critique.
Applicants to the program have diverse backgrounds in the arts and sciences, including literature, philosophy, art and design history, cultural studies and film. Students are admitted in the fall and spring terms. All students receive substantial funding.
To apply, or for further information on the program, please contact:
Director, Graduate Studies, Criticism and Theory
Associate Director, Graduate Studies, Criticism and Theory
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103