Daily Archives: September 8, 2015

Thesis Format & Template Skeleton

In our class on 9/8/15 we began talking about the formatting for writing the MFA thesis paper. How does this paper differ from traditional research based papers?

MFA students that will be graduating in May will need to turn in their final thesis by the end of this December 2015. First and second year MFA and MA students will have the opportunity to simulate the structure of the thesis paper by generating a research based paper into their current work with the intention of also mounting an exhibition. (This is great practice for the real paper and exhibition)

Format: (open to hacks and re-construction)

What is default? Where do you stand?

1. Description / Abstract: Introduction. A detailed description of the body of work that you will be discussing and planning to exhibit.

2. Process, Materials and Methods: Descriptions of your working process, techniques, and the materials used to generate the art that you create. Why have you selected these specific materials and techniques to communicate your ideas? How do these choices effect how the viewer will receive your work?

3. Resources and References: Historical influences, artists, art movements, databases, and any other form of related influence. How have your references influenced your work, ideas, and decision making process as an artist?

4. Exhibition Simulation: How will you be mounting your exhibition? Why have you selected this particular composition? How will your installation effect the space itself? A floor plan sketch to accompany the proposed composition.

5. Reflection: What have you learned over the course of your graduate program? How has the program influenced your work and how you communicate as an artist? What skills will you apply directly into your professional practice?

*This format is a basic synopsis of what we discussed. It is an ongoing process.

Let us continue adding to the formula in the commenting area below.

*A Thesis Statement exercise / discussion will be worked on in class this coming Tuesday 9/23.