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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.

ART 550 at LIU Post – Class Blog – Fall 2015

Welcome  Students!

Our first class begins on Tuesday 9/8/15 at 5 PM in Humanities room 117.

This blog is an ongoing continuation for both current students, as well as recently graduated students who have taken this course. Reacting and responding for currently enrolled students is mandatory. Alumni and those who have already taken the course are encouraged to participate and share with us!

You are welcome to share resources, links, news and events that apply to our course criteria as well as anything that you feel would help your fellow art students!


Class info for 11/3/14

Dear Class,

There have been a few syllabus changes for the next 2 class sessions. Please update your calendars.

11/4 – In class writing exercises. We will be exploring a few short in class reactive writing exercises. Bring your lap top to class or work on the computers in the classroom. Content will be provided by the professor.

 11/11 – No Classes. Veterans day.

 11/18 – Guest Artist Visit #1, Presentation, & Critique  *Students will bring in one piece of current work for critique and discussion with our guest artist. Students will post a reaction to the guest artist  presentation as well as their reaction to the critique. What were the most insightful and or important aspects of this experience? How will this experience affect your work here on after? This reaction will be posted on our class blog.

Class in for Tuesday 10/21- Important Info.

10/21 – Class Critique #1 

*Students will bring to class and display one piece of their current or previous work for a group critique and discussion with our classmates. We will discuss the critique process and how it can be used for reflective and structured writing. This is mandatory.

*DUE: Written Artist Interview (bring a printed hard copy.) if you have not handed it in already.

*DUE: Personal Manifesto is Due. This will be posted onto our class blog under Manifesto. (So far, there are only two posts for this)

**10/25Saturday – Museum / Gallery Visit. Class Trip to NYC. Meeting time TBA. Let us choose as a group an exhibition(s) in NYC. You will post a written reaction to the exhibition(s) we view on our class blog.

Class info for Tuesday 12/3/13 @ 5 PM

Class Reminder for Tuesday 12/3/13 @ 5 PM

1. Thesis and Research paper Drafts are due! Please e-mail me a copy or bring a hard copy to our class.

2. We will be having a Guest Artist Presentation & Critique that will begin @ 5 PM. It is not mandatory to bring a piece of your current work, but it you wish to engage in a dialog with our guest artist about your work, please bring one piece to discuss.

3. A sign up sheet will be passed around for individual student presentations beginning on 12/10 & ending on 12/17. Each student will give an image supported 5-7 minute talk about their thesis / research paper work. Q&A will follow.

See you soon.