MSAE Courses

Studio Investigations
Incoming students develop a proposal for studio work leading to the thesis exhibition which takes place during the final semester of the program. Studio work supporting the thesis proposal is initiated in the class, resulting in a written thesis proposal at the end of the semester. Faculty and visiting artists critique student work and advise students on subsequent studio work. Students attend campus exhibitions and visiting artists' lectures.

Teaching in New Media
This course covers issues of teaching art in new media through project-based inquiry. Students evaluate the role of computers and technology for existing art curriculum and develop projects that support the physical classroom experience. Both interactive screen-based and robotic sculpture assignments are employed. The course covers basics in HTML, Flash software and RCX programming for Lego robotic systems.

Critical Investigations in Visual Arts Learning: Cultures and Contexts
This course addresses the role of visual art in human development through a contemporary praxis. Students will explore theories that can help educators to understand relationships between the visual arts and the many ways that people develop from birth through adulthood. Students will actively explore how artistic, critical, social, and developmental theories operate in educational contexts in ways that limit or encourage human progress. Students will apply their findings to their everyday work as artists and educators to better understand the critical dimensions of our own development and the development of their students in a shared world. 

Critical Investigations in Visual Arts Learning: Curriculum and pedagogy
This course provides a critical theory foundation as applied to visual arts curriculum and pedagogy. Students will map current manifestations of visual arts curriculum in school, museum and community contexts and practice critical interpretation of these practices drawing from the relevant literature. Throughout the course, analysis of related artworks will provide a syncopated perspective of theoretical themes explored in the course. 

Students will generate a mid-term analytical paper that connects their 10 hours of fieldwork participation with theories explored in the course. Final Projects will apply a theoretical understanding of critical theory in learning in the visual arts. Final Projects will be student-designed and may take the form of curriculum design, research, critical analysis of literature, or an alternate form that will advance student's professional goals.

Problems in Aesthetics
An introduction to the study of aesthetics through an overview of Western and non-Western aesthetic traditions. Aesthetic frameworks of film and photography and recent thoughts about art and meaning are included. This course is more about questions than answers, and students are encouraged to approach aesthetics in the spirit of inquiry-arguing, challenging, and in general making the material personally relevant.

Research Investigations
Incoming students develop an area of interest for their research investigations and sample varieties of research directions, methodologies, and final presentation models. Visiting scholars and artists will enrich research possibilities. Faculty will advise on coursework that informs the students' thesis research.

Thesis Project 1
This seminar course engages students with contemporary topics of teaching and learning, art education, and the arts. Through the course of the semester, students identify, draft, and situate their Thesis Project. During the semester, all students write a literature review and a specific thesis proposal. In Thesis Projects 1, students synthesize their work from previous courses, narrow down their area of interest, conduct in depth research and write a literature review. By the end of the semester, all students will present their thesis proposals to a panel of professors at Benchmark #2. During the semester, students will work with the professor to connect with a writing coach in the appropriate field to complete their literature review and thesis proposal.

For students who are planning on a written thesis project, the survey of the literature will include identification of core resources as well as a proposal of methodological processes. A writing coach will be available to students working on a written thesis.