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INTERDISCIPLINARY MASTER’S IN ART, MEDIA & DESIGN

Description

The Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design challenges students to investigate, research and produce creative works that combine art, design and interdisciplinary academic study to create new, hybrid forms of visual and social research and creative production. The student’s primary discipline and chosen emphasis between art or design studio practice and theoretical inquiry will determine whether the degree earned is an MFA, MDes, or MA.

The Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media & Design is offered as both a full-time and part-time program.

Objectives

The objectives of the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media, and Design are:

  • To provide a flexible, structured and advanced studio-based learning environment that enables students to integrate art, media and design production, or production within these disciplines with another discipline through processes that combine theory, methodology and practice.
  • To ensure that students acquire advanced research skills for visual and academic investigations in the areas of art, media and design practice and critical theory.
  • To foster the development of individuals who can think, create and practice in interdisciplinary ways.
  • To support effective collaborations and innovative interdisciplinary research practices.
  • To contribute to new knowledge in the areas of interdisciplinary art, media and design methods, discourses and creative practices.
  • To promote the development of practices that facilitate sustainability, social responsibility and diverse social and cultural perspectives.

Required Courses

Curriculum: 60 credits

All students must complete the following:

Students completing an MFA or MDes degree must also complete the following:

Students completing an MA degree must also complete the following:

*Not all summer residencies are offered each year. Residencies are competitive and subject to adjudication of student proposals and available funds, where applicable.

Full-time program timeline

 

Year One
Fall (12 credits) Winter (15 credits)
Summer (7.5 credits)
Elective (3)
6 credits from the following:

  • Residency
  • Independent Study
  • Internship
  • Elective
IAMD 6A01 Thesis Proposal (1.5)
Year Two
Fall (10.5 credits) Winter (15 credits)
 
Elective (3)
 
IAMD 6E01 MFA/MDes Thesis (12) OR IAMD 6E02 MA Thesis (12)

 

Part-time program requirements

Part-time students will commence the program in the Fall and must enroll in a minimum of three credits per semester for at least eight continuous semesters. The chart below outlines the courses that part-time students are required to take in specific semesters. Additional course selection is made by the student in consultation with the Graduate Program Director and based on available course offerings.

Fall - 1 Winter - 2 Summer - 3 Fall - 4
GGRA 6B01 Contemporary Research Methods IAMD 6B08 Issues in Critical Theory 3-6 credits from
the following:
  • Residency
  • Independent Study
  • Internship
  • Elective
IAMD 6C06 Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study I (6)

 

Winter - 5 Summer - 6 Fall - 7 Winter - 8

IAMD 6A01
Thesis Proposal
IAMD 6A02 Research Creation and Colloquia IAMD 6B07 Graduate Seminar

Part-time students must also complete the following courses by the end of the sixth semester of study:

  • IAMD 6C05 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio/Research (6)
  • Six credits from the following:
    • Residency
    • Independent Study
    • Internship
    • Elective

In addition to the requirements outlined in the chart, part-time students must complete the following courses by the end of the seventh semester of study:

  • GGRA 6B03 Critical Theory Seminar (3)

All other course requirements as outlined above must be completed before the maximum time to completion of the program (14 semesters).

Electives

Students may choose from:

a) Approved graduate-level courses in other OCAD U graduate programs. Subject to available spaces in the course, students may choose from the following for 2012/13:

b) A 300 or 400-level course in any discipline, with the approval of the instructor and the Graduate Program Director (supplementary readings and an augmented project or graduate-level research essay of 3000-4000 words are to be arranged with the instructor). Students should consult the Academic Calendar for undergraduate course offerings and must complete a “Request to Enroll in an Undergraduate Course as an Elective” form and secure the appropriate permissions before they will be allowed to register. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more information.

c) A graduate course at another university through the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Plan (OVGS) or the Canadian University Graduate Transfer Agreement (CUGTA). Information on this process is available in the Graduate Student Handbook and on the OCAD U website at www.ocadu.ca/gradstudies.

Students must meet with their Graduate Program Director for advising on the selection of elective courses. A record of student advising will be kept in the student file and students are advised to keep a copy for their records.

Summer Options

Students must make their summer plans in consultation with their Principal Advisor and the Graduate Program Director. Among the options available to students in this program are:

  • Florence Graduate Residency
    This European campus residency offers a combination of facilitated and self-directed study approaches to learning. While in residence in Florence, students develop, continue or extend a body of research, studio and/or scholarly work in a communal studio setting. Art history field trips will be a component of the program, led by OCAD U's resident art historian.
  • Fogo Island Arts Corporation Residency
    The Fogo Island Arts Corporation is a contemporary art venue on Fogo Island and Change Islands off the north-east coast of Newfoundland. The Arts Corporation specializes in residencies for international artists and the production of art projects and workshops engaging both local and international participants. The Arts Corporation is supported by the Shorefast Foundation. Visiting artists to the islands have access to specially designed studios and renovated traditional buildings and homes located in remote and community locations across the islands.
  • Banff Residency Programs
    In The Banff Centre’s powerful mountain setting in the heart of Banff National Park, exceptional artists and leaders from around the world create and perform new works of art while sharing skills and knowledge in an interdisciplinary residential arts environment. OCAD U will work with the Banff Centre to identify opportunities for OCAD U students but students are generally subject to the normal application and adjudication process.
  • Other Residencies
    Students may apply for approved residencies, or may submit a residency opportunity for approval by their Graduate Program Committee. Residencies provide graduate students with the opportunity to study in new environments and communities and to work with new technologies that are programmatically relevant and pedagogically transferrable. On-site work is performed under the guidance of the residency host (as applicable) and the residency credit is supervised and evaluated by an OCAD U faculty member.
  • Independent Study
    Independent Study courses provide graduate students with the opportunity to undertake studies of significance to their educational objectives that are otherwise not available through the regular university curriculum. Independent studies are supervised and evaluated by OCAD U faculty members who act as Independent Study Advisors. The Independent Study proposal must be approved in writing by the supervising faculty member, the student’s Principal Advisor and the Graduate Program Director.
  • Internship
    Internships provide graduate students with opportunities to gain experience in the professional worlds of art, design, criticism and curating that will complement their studies. Onsite work is performed under the guidance of the internship sponsor and the internship credit is supervised and evaluated by an OCAD U faculty member.
  • Elective
    Subject to available course offerings.

Not all summer residencies are offered each year. Residencies are competitive and subject to adjudication of student proposals and available funds, where applicable.

Additional program requirements

Exhibition of First-Year Graduate Work

All students participate in a Portfolio Exhibition, which takes place in the first (Fall) semester. This exhibition is curated by students in the MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice program.

In addition, students in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design mount a group exhibition and show of work completed during the year or, if appropriate, work-in-progress. This exhibition takes place in the winter (semester 2) for full-time students. Part-time students will normally participate in the winter (semester 2) or as soon as they have achieved an introductory body of interdisciplinary work or work in progress to exhibit.

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