Modules and Outcomes 2015-16

MFA CREATIVE PRACTICE MODULE KEY

Total MFA program credits for fours semesters:
240 British Credits (BCR)
120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
60 US credits (CR)

CURRICULUM

Year 1


Fall

MCP 501 “Creative Practice 1/2”
Duration: Summer residency + fall semester
Content: First half of studio project
Input: project planning, two workshops, three studio advisor meetings, guidance comm. meeting
Assessment: after presentation at winter residency 1
Credits: 30BCR/15ECTS/7.5CR

MCP 503 “Critical Framework 1/2”
Duration: Summer residency + fall semester
Content: annotated bibliography, outline with intro paragraph
Input: seminar, research planning, one advisor meeting, guidance committee meeting,
Assessment: end of  winter break, credit at completion of “Critical Framework 2/2″

Spring

MCP 502 “Creative Practice 2/2”
Duration: Winter residency + spring semester
Content: Completion of studio project
Input: group critique, two studio advisor meetings
Assessment: after presentation at summer residency 2
Credits: 30BCR/15ECTS/7.5CR

MCP 503 “Critical Framework 2/2”
Duration: Winter residency + spring semester
Content: draft and final paper
Input: research advisor, two reports
Assessment: end of spring semester
Credits: 30BCR/15ECTS/7.5CR

MCP 504 “Synthesis”
Duration: spring semester
Content: connecting studio and research + proposal (studio project + thesis or process paper)
Input: group critiques, two studio advisor meetings, project planning
Assessment: after presentation at summer residency 2
Credits: 30BCR/15ECTS/7.5CR

Total credits year one: 120BCR/60ECTS/30CR

Year 2


Fall

MCP 505 Independent MFA Project 1/2
Duration: summer residency 2 + fall semester
Content: studio project, thesis or process paper
Input: project planning, 1-2 workshops, 1-2 seminars, one research and two advisor meetings, one guidance committee meeting, group critique
Assessments: after winter residency
Credits: 60BCR/30ECTS/15CR

Spring

MCP 506 Independent MFA Project 2/2
Duration: spring semester + summer residency 3
Content: Completing studio project, thesis or process paper
Input: two studio and one research advisor meeting, group critique
Assessments: during summer residency
Credits: 60BCR/30ECTS/15CR

Total credits year two: 120BCR/60ECTS/30CR

Total program credits: 240BCR/120ECTS/60CR
MFA awarded

MODULE LEARNING OUTCOMES

YEAR 1

MCP 501 FALL
Propose and develop an individual and/or collaborative project focused upon selected ideas, issues or themes with negotiated aims and objectives through a study plan undertake research utilising integrated critical and practical research skills into the selected ideas, issues and directions demonstrate the ability to explore and effectively utilise appropriate methods, approaches and processes in the realisation of ideas and intentions articulate the objectives, themes and research strategies for the development of practice through presentations and informed critical debate analyse, contextualise and discuss their own practice and that of others’ within a developing critical framework relating to the field of study.

MCP 502 SPRING
Propose and develop an individual or collaborative project through a study plan focused upon selected ideas, issues and directions related to practice developed in Creative Practice 1 (MCP 501) identify self-determined aims and objectives and evaluative processes develop strategies for, and undertake independent research and analysis utilising integrated critical and practical research skills into selected ideas, issues or themes within an interdisciplinary context demonstrate the ability to explore, apply and effectively utilise appropriate methods, approaches and processes in the realisation of ideas and intentions articulate the objectives, themes and research strategies for the development of practice through presentations and informed critical debate analyse, contextualise and discuss their own practice and that of others’ within a developing critical framework relating to the field of study.

MCP 503 FALL/SPRING
Source and research a range of conceptual and critical frameworks within an interdisciplinary context, identify and analyse the features of these critical frameworks in relation to the field of study, independently articulate and critically discuss these frameworks in relation to selected practitioners and art practices in a draft for a piece of critical writing (draft of research paper).
Develop a coherent critical framework within which to produce, conceptualise and interrogate contemporary art practices – including their own practice communicate their own developing critical position through a presentation

MCP 504 SPRING
Produce, through a synthesis of critical theory, practice and writing a proposal for the thesis. Critically analyse, contextualise and reflect on their individual and/or collaborative work. Employ a range of research methods and integrated critical and practical research skills. Engage critically with research and development strategies from disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Present a coherent strategy for the further development of individual and/or collaborative practice in a written MFA Project Proposal.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA—YEAR 1—PASS/FAIL
The effective implementation of a research proposal demonstrating an understanding of how your process and practice confirm appropriately integrated critical and practical research skills.

Active engagement in bi-annual presentations and online crit-groups reflecting an informed critical dialogue and debate in the ongoing development of your own and your peers practice and process(es).

Effective and appropriate self-evaluation of your own practice (and project) vis-à-vis your self-determined aims and objectives.

A research paper which frames and highlights your critical writing and thinking, and skills in contextualising your own practice within that of your community and broader histories and theories.

YEAR 2

MCP 505 FALL
Utilise a range of research methods and integrated practical and/or critical research skills to independently develop an MFA Project within an interdisciplinary context. Begin to realise intentions individually and/or collaboratively in preparation for a coherently conceived project to be disseminated in MCP 506; present provisional outcomes through critically considered and speculative strategies; test clear conceptual, contextual and critical frameworks for the MFA Project informed by interdisciplinary perspectives and critically engaged practices; and critically reflect upon and evaluate practice against negotiated aims and objectives at this formative stage of the MFA Project.

MCP 506 SPRING
Utilise a range of research methods and integrated practical and/or critical research skills to independently develop an MFA Project within an interdisciplinary context, realise intentions individually and/or collaboratively through a coherently conceived project, present outcomes through critically considered and developed strategies for dissemination, articulate a clear conceptual, contextual and critical framework for the MFA Project, informed by interdisciplinary perspectives and critically engaged practices, critically reflect upon and evaluate practice against self-determined aims and objectives.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA—YEAR 2—PASS/FAIL

The demonstrated development of an insightful and integrated interdisciplinary practical and critical MFA project brought to effective and appropriate completion(s).

Active engagement in bi-annual presentations and online crit-groups reflecting an informed critical dialogue and debate in the ongoing development of your own and your peers practice and process(es).

Dissemination(s) of your project that demonstrate clear and critical individual framework(s) informed by appropriate interdisciplinary and community dialogue and debate, and that is consistent with the aims and intentions of the project.

Effective and appropriate self-evaluation of your own practice (and project) vis-à-vis your self-determined aims and objectives.