Curriculum

Our curriculum connects design thinking to design doing with hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement.

  • Year One
  • Year Two

Fall

Course
Studio Practice
Critique Seminar
Critical Studies: Modern Craft + Design History
Elective

Spring

Course
Studio Practice
Critique Seminar
Creative Entrepreneurship
Critical Studies

Fall

Course
Studio Practice
Critique Seminar
Creative Entrepreneurship
Practicum

Spring

Course
Studio Practice
Critique Seminar
Practicum
Elective

Course Descriptions

Critique Seminar

Through Critique Seminar, students engage in thorough, critical analysis of work-in- progress. Frequent discussions and critiques with visiting artists, designers and guest critics help students develop skills in rhetoric.

Creative Entrepreneurship

Creative Entrepreneurship courses provide a comprehensive introduction to establishing and sustaining a creative entrepreneurial endeavor, with an emphasis on professional arts practices and strategies for small businesses.

Critical Studies

In Critical Studies, students develop in- depth knowledge of social and environmental movements in craft and design history, articulate positions concerning contemporary craft and design theory, and place current trends in making into a global context.

Practicum

The Practicum is similar to a Thesis, but emphasizes a practical application of knowledge or skill in a new way. Students conduct in-depth, practice-based research in producing a capstone project that is understood in relationship to its cultural context as well as the student’s career path.

Electives

Electives allow students to hone techniques in making, participate in internships, global studios, or further pursue couses in history, theory, and criticism. Students are required to take two electives at level 200 to 600. Graduate level options at 500 and above include Applied Systems Thinking, Design Ecologies, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Inquiry, Integrated Practice, Contemporary Print Seminar

Questions?

Reach out to MFA in Applied Craft + Design Chair, Sara Huston, to schedule a tour or to learn more about the program.

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