Graduate 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

Benchmarks: Develop work, meet with faculty, participate in 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
or ARTS 5** LAAW Course 6 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
or ARTS 5** LAAW Course 6 cr


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

Year Two

Benchmarks: Establish Thesis Committee (Fall), Qualifying Exam (Spring)

Fall:
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
or ARTS 5** LAAW Course 6 cr


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
or ARTS 5** LAAW Course 6 cr


[Qualifying Examination]

Year Three

Benchmarks: Advancement (Fall), 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

[Thesis Project]


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


Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) – Fall and Spring course offerings 6CR:


Fall Semester – Art + Agroecology Seminar and Field Lab:

• ARTS 551.001 LAAW: Research
• ARTS 554.001 LAAW: Presentation/Dissemination


Spring Semester – Embodied Ecological Restoration Seminar and Field Lab:

• ARTS 552.001 LAAW: Field Investigations
• ARTS 553.001 LAAW: Creative Production

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 529 Interdisciplinary Graduate Critique


ARTS 569 Pueblo Pottery (Clarence Cruz)


AMST 556 T: Critical Indigenous Studies (Jennifer Denetdale)


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)


GEOG 515 Cultural and Political Ecology (Chris Duvall)


GEOG 566 The City as Human Environment (John Carr)