Art Center Master's Program

Art Center Master’s Program

Art Center College of Design
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The master’s program in Criticism and Theory focuses on the interdisciplinary analysis of art and design in the contexts of contemporary culture and media. It is an intensive writing program that forms the critical complement to Art Center’s practice-based graduate programs in Art, Film, Industrial Design and Media Design. Students have the unique opportunity to work with professional critics, scholars, artists and designers, as well as to work alongside graduate students in these other programs. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers as critics and writers, and for positions in museums and publishing. They are also prepared to continue their studies in doctoral programs in art and design theory, criticism, and history as well as other fields of cultural studies.

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:

Jane McFadden

Director, Graduate Studies, Criticism and Theory

or

Bruce Hainley

Associate Director, Graduate Studies, Criticism and Theory

Art Center College of Design

1700 Lida St.

Pasadena, CA 91103

626-396-4252

MACRT@artcenter.edu

http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/programs/graduate/theory.jsp

Core Faculty:

Rosetta Brooks

Amy Gerstler

Bruce Hainley

Jane McFadden

Faculty:

Mark Breitenberg

Eva Forgacs

Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe

William Jones

Peter Lunenfeld

Timothy Martin

Dmitri Siegel

Jason Smith

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