Art M.F.A. in Visual Communication
Studio 1. Creative Methodologies, Four semester hours
Experimenting with both proven and experimental creative methodologies in a team based environment. An overview of innovative collaborative creative thinking processes. Pushing beyond one’s knowledge base through innovative role-play in self-problem solving techniques, gaining the knowledge and the tools to impart the creative process to others.
Studio 2. Design Education, Theory & Practice, Four semester hours
Research and analysis through group discussion of design education theory, philosophy and methods. Examination and creation of teaching tools, assignments, and evaluation rubrics.
Studio 3. Winning Audiences: Story Telling/ Presentation, Four semester hours This course introduces students to basic skills surrounding persuasion and consensus-building. Students will learn to hone their oral and written presentations, and incorporate proven techniques for sharing ideas in a more coherent and compelling manner -- effectively luring
others (even skeptics) to listen, believe, and embrace a new vision.
Studio 4. Cross-Cultural Marketing, Four semester hours
This course teaches advanced oral and written presentation skills within the context of a multicultural audience. Students will examine the forces at work in today’s global marketplace and fine-tune their ability to bridge the cultural divide in order to connect with audiences whose history, customs, and beliefs they do not share.
Studio 5. Design Research Methods, Four semester hours
Understanding Human subject research testing (IRB) protocol and process necessary for data collection within the context of a thesis research paper. Conference abstracts and journal submission preparation. Gain knowledge in defining, developing and articulating new knowledge to be used in problem solving and thesis topic development. Experience the process of deep research into a single topic in individual and group settings.
Studio 6. Thesis Topics, Four semester hours Exploration and development of thesis topic pilots through research, abstracts, ideation, creative process and feasibility analysis. This course is designed to provide you with enlightenment, direction, feedback and focus as you embark your thesis discovery process. This class will function primarily as a think-tank dedicated to defining, examining, discussing and furthering the ideas that you bring to the table.
Studio 7. Design Grant Writing, Four semester hours
Applying for a grant can seem like an overwhelming task. This grant writing class is designed to provide a foundation in the fundamentals of design-centric grant writing so that the task is easy and enjoyable. The class includes key components of a grant proposal, problem statements,
developing goals and objectives, and writing a sample grant proposal.
Studio 8. Design Teaching Mentorship, Four semester hours
Pedagogy in-classroom undergraduate training experience. This course focuses on in-classroom observation and experience through the shadowing of a faculty member, and the creation and application of classroom assignments.
Exhibition Development, Three semester hours
A self-directed study and development of a thesis exhibition, and research paper directed by a designated major professor and a selected thesis committee.
Art History:ARTH 507
The History of Graphic Design, Three semester hours
This course focuses on the evolution of Graphic Design from the invention of writing and alphabets to the computer revolution. Topics include: medieval manuscript books, the origins of printing and typography, the Arts & Crafts movement, Victorian and Art Nouveau graphics, the influence of modern art on design, visual identity and conceptual imagery.
The History of Advertising & Consumerism, Three semester hours
This course is designed to give a broad overview of the nature of a consumerist society and how it drives and is driven by advertising. Lectures will explore the types and causes of consumerism, the things consumed by society and the promise of the “good life.” Advertising impact will be discussed from the aspect of target markets and positioning of goods and services, and the pros and cons of a consumerist lifestyle.
Seminars Practicum:ART 502
Design Teaching Methods, Three semester hours
Pedagogy Classroom. Understanding the classroom through teaching method exploration role-play and design curriculum development. This course includes the creation of an entire university design curriculum, syllabi, assignments and grading rubrics.
Design Teaching Environment, Three semester hours
Pedagogy Campus. This course deals with job-seeking skills, applications materials and the creation of an academic Vita. Faculty expectations, tenure committees and academic life will be explored through lecture, discussion, mock interviews, and outside panel feedback.
New Learning Context:
Managing Groups and Teams, Three semester hours
Techniques for managing individuals and groups in a supervisory situation. Specific attention will be given to problems in communications, counseling and morale. Team building, and the roles and responsibilities of supervision in a team environment.
Management Skills Development, Three semester hours.
This course provides an in-depth seminar emphasizing the development of the skills and knowledge required for successful managerial performance. It focuses on such areas as developing self-awareness, creative problem solving, supportive communication, the use of
power and influence, motivation techniques and managing conflict.
Marketing Management, Three semester hours
A comprehensive study of the effective application of marketing strategies in international and domestic organizations. A case analysis approach and current professional literature are utilized.
Thesis Exhibition, Six semester hours
Final thesis exhibition/execution process and final paper. A self-directed final study and development of a thesis exhibition, and final research paper directed by a designated major professor with feedback from a selected thesis committee.