Courses

The following timeline is strongly recommended by Art & Ecology faculty, in accordance with the degree requirements for the MFA in Art Studio.

Students should consult with their committee chairs and members for advising on selecting courses in other departments across campus.

Sample course schedule:

Year One

Develop work, meet with faculty, first year reviews, and identify potential thesis chair and committee members

Fall:
Shop Foundations
ARTS 502 Interdisciplinary Seminar: 3 cr
ARTS 595 A&E 1-Cr Seminar (Graduate Tutorial): 1 cr
ARTS 5** Art & Ecology Course (see list below): 3 cr
ARTH 5** Art History (see list of suggestions below) or Elective: 3 cr

[First Semester Review takes place at the end of the semester]

Spring:
ARTS 595 A&E 1-Cr Seminar (Graduate Tutorial): 1 cr
ARTS 5** Art & Ecology Course (see list below) 3 cr
ARTH 5** Art History (see list of suggestions below) or Elective: 3 cr
ARTS 595 Graduate Tutorial with an A&E faculty member: Research Tutorial – project development and research: 3 cr

[Second Semester Review takes place at the end of the semester]

 

Year Two

Establish thesis committee (Fall), Qualifying (Spring)

Fall:
Land Arts of the American West 9-12 cr
or
ARTS 595 A&E 1-Cr Seminar (Graduate Tutorial): 1 cr
ARTS 5** Art & Ecology or Art Studio Course: 3 cr
ARTH 5** Art History or Elective: 3 cr
ARTS 595 Graduate Tutorial 3 cr: Research Tutorial – research and methodology in preparation for Qualifying

Spring:
ARTS 595 A&E 1-Cr Seminar (Graduate Tutorial): 1 cr
ARTS 5** Art & Ecology or Art Studio Course: 3 cr
ARTS 595 Graduate Tutorial(s) 3 cr: Qualifying Tutorial – research and writing the qualifying paper
ARTH 5** Art History or Elective: 3 cr

[Qualifying Examination]

 

Year Three

Advancement (Fall) and Completion of Thesis Project (Spring)

Fall:
ARTS 595 A&E 1-Cr Seminar (Optional Graduate Tutorial): 1 cr
ARTH 5** Art History or Elective: 3 cr
Outside Elective: 3 cr
ARTS 595 Graduate Tutorial(s), Advancement Tutorial –  prepare for Advancement; define Thesis Project with chair of committee and outside collaborator if applicable; identify site; work towards final project: 3 cr

[Advancement Examination]

Spring:

ARTS 699 Graduate Dissertation, Completion of Thesis Project and Requirements: 12 cr

 

Art & Ecology Graduate Courses

ARTS 541 Computational Sustainability

ARTS 546 The Politics of Performance

ARTS 593 Graduate Theory and Practice Seminar

ARTS 540 Grant & Proposal Writing

ARTS 545 Text + Image: Graphic Design for Artists

ARTS 543 Aesthetics of Sustainable Landscapes

ARTS 542 Sculptural Infrastructure

ARTS 529 T: Species, Space and the Politics of Survival (Fa)

ARTS 529 T: Integrative Ecology & Social Transformation (Sp)

ARTS 529 T: Bio-Art & Design

ARTS 529 T: Field Work in Biodiversity and Art

ARTS 529 Changing Topics courses taught by A&E faculty

ARTS 551 Land Arts of the American West: Research (Fa 3 cr)

ARTS 552 Land Arts of the American West: Field Investigations (Fa 3 cr)

ARTS 553 Land Arts of the American West: Creative Production (Fa 3 cr)

ARTS 554 Land Arts of the American West: Presentation/Dissemination (Fa optional 3 cr)

 

Some Sample Art History Courses

ARTH 592 American Landscapes

ARTH 529 T: Experimental Art and Politics in Latin America, Post-1968

ARTH 529 T: Decoloniality, Indigeneity, and Art in Latin America
ARTH 582 American Genres

ARTH 529 T: African Material Cultures

ARTH 507 Museum Practices

ARTH 500 Philosophy & Methods of Art History

ARTH 502 Native American Art I

ARTH 503 Native American Art II

ARTH 515 Modern and Contemporary Native American Art

ARTH 527 Contemporary Photography

ARTH 553 African American Art

ARTH 572 American Art: 1675-1875

ARTH 576 Chicano Art

 

Other Recommended Courses

ARTS 569 Pueblo Pottery (Clarence Cruz)

LA 563 Theory in Landscape and Environmental Design (Catherine Harris)

LA 566 Theory and Site and Environment (Kathy Kambic)

LA 561 Theory of Landscape (Chris Wilson)

ARCH Sustainable Construction Methods (Kim Sorvig)

HIST 464/644: U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History (Samuel Truett)

HIST 666: U.S. Environmental History (Samuel Truett)

CJ 506 Critical and Cultural Studies (Myra Washington)

GEOG 515 Cultural and Political Ecology (Chris Duvall)

GEOG 566 The City as Human Environment (John Carr)