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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 & 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:

  • GGRA 6B01 Contemporary Research Methods (3)
  • GGRA 6B03 Critical Theory Seminar I (3)
  • IAMD 6A01 Thesis Proposal (1.5) (not offered 2013/2014)
  • IAMD 6A02 Research Creation and Colloquia (1.5)
  • IAMD 6B02 Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study II (3)
  • IAMD 6B07 Graduate Seminar (3)
  • IAMD 6B08 Issues in Critical Theory (3)
  • IAMD 6C05 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio/Research (6)
  • IAMD 6C06 Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study I (6)
  • Two, three-credit electives, which may include Independent Study (6)
  • Six credits from the following (6):
    • Residency*
    • Independent Study
    • Internship
    • Elective

    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)
    IAMD 6C06 Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study I (6)

    Elective (3)*

    *Can be taken in fall, winter or spring/summer semesters

    IAMD 6A01 Thesis Proposal (1.5)


    6 credits from the following:
    • Residency
    • Independent Study
    • Internship
    • Elective
     
    Year Two
    Fall (10.5 credits) Winter (15 credits)
     

    Elective (3)*

    *Can be taken either in fall or winter semesters

     
    IAMD 6E01 MFA/MDes Thesis (12) OR IAMD 6E02 MA Thesis (12)

     

    Part-time program requirements

    Part-time students begin 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 (3)
    IAMD 6B08 Issues in Critical Theory (3)
    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 (1.5)
    IAMD 6A02 Research Creation and Colloquia(1.5) IAMD 6B07 Graduate Seminar (3)

    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:

    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 graduate programs. Subject to available spaces in the course

    • IAMD 6B06 Special Focus: Research and Innovation Lab (Winter)
    • CADN 6B01 Methods and Theory In Art History (Fall)
    • CADN 6B02 Contemporary Art Theory (Winter)
    • CADN 6B06 Academic Writing and Scholary Practices *priority given to CADN and CCP students
    • CRCP 6B02 Criticism and Critical Writing (Winter)
    • CRCP 6B05 Issues In Critical & Curatorial Studies (Fall)
    • CRCP 6B06 Intro to Criticism & Curatorial Studies (Fall)
    • CRCP 6B08 Issues in Exhibitions, Theory & Practice (Winter)
    • DIGF 5B01 IP: Getting value from your creativity (Fall)
    • DIGF 5B90 Special Topics: Dialogues in Feminism (Fall)
    • DIGF 6A02 Business Leadership (Winter) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6A03 eGlobal (Fall) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6A08 Digital Games 1 (Winter) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6A09 Digital Games 2 (Fall) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6A10 Mobile & Social Media (Fall) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6A11 Information Visualisation (Winter) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6A14 Body-Centric Technologies (Fall) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6A16 Making it Real (Winter) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6A18 Research Methods (Fall) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6A06 Creative Techniques (Fall) 1.5 credit course
    • DIGF 6B03 Discovery (Winter)
    • DIGF 6B12 Digital Theory (Winter)
    • INCD 6B02 Foundational Seminar in Inclusive Design (Fall)
    • INCD 6B03 Inclusive Research Methods (Fall)
    • INCD 6B04 Effecting Cultural Change (Winter)
    • INCD 6B05 Creating Inclusive Communities Online (Winter)
    • INCD 6B06 The Difference (Fall)
    • SFIN 6B06 Strategy Development (Fall or Winter) 3 credit course *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6A08 Systems Fundamentals (Fall) 1.5 credit course *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6A09 Social Systems (Winter) 1.5 credit course *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6B01 Bus and Des Thinking (Fall) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6B03 The Human Factor (Fall) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6B04 Understanding Systems... (Winter) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6B05 Business Model Innovation (Winter) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6B06 Strategy (Fall) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6B07 Leading Innovation (Winter) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6B11 Foresight Studio 1 (Fall) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6B12 Foresight Studio 2 (Winter) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6C01 Innovation Research Methods (Winter) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • SFIN 6C02 Foresight Studio (Fall and Winter sections) *May only be taken with SFI GPD approval
    • VISA 6B04 Issues in Contemporary Artistic Practice (Fall)
    • VISA 6B05 Post-colonialism (Winter)
    • VISD 5B91 Special Topics: The City as a Place of Social Justice: Race, Place and Public Space (Winter)
    • VISD 6B05 Contemporary Studies of Design History (Fall)
    • VISM 6B03 New Technologies (WinterVISM 6B04 New Media Art History (Fall)

    b) Students may select a 300 or 400-level Liberal Studies course or a 400-level studio course in any discipline, with the approval of the instructor, the Principal Advisor and the Graduate Program Director. All students wishing to enroll in an undergraduate elective should submit a letter of intent with the completed paperwork. This letter should detail the additional work that will be completed in order to move the course to a graduate studies level (an approximate increased workload of 40%). You must also include a grading scale agreed upon with the instructor that includes your additional assignments. Examples of acceptable coursework additions include: supplementary readings, graduate level research essay, a course specific body of work reflective of graduate level inquiry or augmented projects.

    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 located on the Graduate Studies section of the OCAD U website.

    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

    Students participate in a Portfolio Exhibition, which takes place in the first (Fall) semester. A series of exhibitions are curated by students in the MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice program and the IAMD 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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