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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ART6897

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-01-10
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1913 2004-09-10
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Art and Art History FA 2404-000-00
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Elisabeth Condon 42360

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ART 6897 Critical Writing Seminar

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Critical Writing Seminar
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Departmental Permission, Majors Only


    Course Description

    Significant texts of the 20th Century and contemporary criticism introduce multiple lenses through which art is encountered, inviting self identification within a broad range of engaged positions. This forms the core of the MFA Research Project Proposal.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The course is a necessary tool to enhance critical awareness and to develop the critical language and writing skills that prepare the candidate to write a cogent, articulate document referencing their work.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    It is the considered opinion of the faculty that critical writing skills need to be specifically addressed in the curriculum. This course is seen as part of a required sequence that begins with Graduate Seminars I and II and is brought to a focus in the Critical Writing Seminar during the first semester of the third year. This course might be made available to advanced B.F.A. and B.A. students within the School of Art and Art History, but would not otherwise service other programs.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Minimum M.F.A. or equivalent professional experience.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course objectives are to enhance the critical and analytical skills of our M.F.A. candidates in preparation for the written portion of their M.F.A. Research Project. Further, the writing skills of the candidates should be honed and refined.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Demonstration through questionaires, discussion, studio praxis and exhibition reviews of an awareness of seminal and contemporary critical trends, of the individual student's engaged position within those trends, and exhibition of improved critical writing skills.

    C. Major Topics

    Critical thinking to include self-identification within the range of formalist, gender-based, conceptual, sociologically or psychologically engaged positions.

    Critical writing, emphasizing clarity of expression and critical awareness with strong formal writing methodology.

    Beyond that, topics will vary as the contemporary critical terrain expands and changes. In all cases they are intended to include both a historical and comprehensive awareness and a strong contemporary engagement.

    D. Textbooks

    There are no specific textbooks assigned. Please see the sample bibliography attached to the syllabus for characteristic readings.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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