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Master in Art & Design  (MFA)

General Information

 

Message from the Head

The complex, rapidly changing environments in which we now live require creative responses oriented towards problem-solving in the various personal and public realms.  Through the duration of our masters program we are very mindful of the importance of trans-disciplinary engagements wherein the students are challenged, encouraged and supported in cross-disciplinary discussions and exchange of ideas.   Studying in our Master of Fine Arts and Design program, in the culturally and socially diverse environment of our Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts and the University in its wider environment, offers students a fitting context to understand and contribute to the complex foreseeable future by means of art and creativity.

 

Vision of the Program

In Girne American University’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts, we offer a Masters program under the title Master of Fine Arts and Design, the aim of which is to provide an intellectually robust, creatively lively, and technically competent teaching and learning environment.   We believe we offer an environment wherein graduates in fine arts and design who wish to develop and extend themselves in their chosen fields can expect to be both challenged and supported in their quest. 

 

In completing their masters program with us, the candidates can expect a palpable sense of self-advancement towards developing the higher degrees of intellectual, emotional and technical competence whereby they can initiate and realize high caliber works of art.  It is expected that through the encouraged processes of thinking and making, the candidates’ resultant works of art or design will reflect confident understanding of the interconnectedness of art, culture and society, and the ability to apply creative problem-solving approaches in a variety of contexts.

 

 

Job Opportunities

Graduates from this Master of Fine Arts & Design program will be equipped with conceptual, technical and social awareness competencies to be able to confidently develop new thinking and means by which to engage in the creative industries within their field, as required in our contemporary times.

Students graduating from this program will be able to work as individual artists and designers; in teams in design companies; as art curators; as artists and designers in the field of advertising; as gallery and museum personnel; and as consultants in their fields. They can work in any field in private or public institutions that may require visual design communication skills.

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Course Descriptions of Architecture Master Program

Compulsory Courses:

MFA501 ART & DESIGN STDIO 1 (1, 4) 3                                                                        This course is deigned to encourage material and conceptual explorations toward innovation in a chosen field, for developing new perceptions, sharpening of awareness, new ways of seeing.  Developed innovative abilities in the field will be coupled with developed verbal and visual communicative skills for practicing effectively in the contemporary art & design arena.

MFA502 ART & DESIGN STDIO ıı (1, 4) 3                                                                        The sharpened conceptual and material skills in Studio I will be put in practice toward developing a solo graduation project in this more advanced course.  Students will be expected to be able to develop artistic flexibility and adaptability in relation to exhibiting in a gallery, private or public space.  In order to develop a healthy and robust artistic sensibility and practice relevant to our time there will be intense conversational critique sessions on one to one and group situations.  We believe that ultimately the most valuable critic in the art world is the artist/designer himself/herself.  However the collegial environment provided by our team members prepares the right physical and psychological space within which journey to artistic maturity can be taken.  Successfully concluding Studio II is a punctuation to be followed by the life-long artistic engagements.

MFA515 - RESEARCH METHODS IN ART & DESIGN (3,0) 3

This course introduces students to theories (and theories where ever necessary), design and processes (methods) of art and design research relating to their course project.  This is a substantive part of the MFA program focusing on practice and issues pertaining to application and operation of art and design methods.

Enhancing and fine-tuning of knowledge in research skills, and working towards increasing students understanding of the style, form and discipline of art and design enquiry is the main learning objective.

 

MFA516 - CRITICAL READING AND WRITING (3,0) 3 3                                

Critical reading is an active and reflective process that is a vital part of contemporary academic life, for writing and design pursuits in particular. Beyond the surface level of reading texts (words, images, and so on) critical reading requires an overall more complex engagement with sources of information, involving reflection, analysis, interpretation and appraisal. It is an underlying and closely interlinked skill with critical writing and thinking, thus developing stronger skills in critical reading contributes to more effective and efficient research and writing outcomes. In contemporary times these are key areas for creative industry practitioners, who are required to be able to work in ways both conceptually and technically relevant in the broader socio-cultural and political contexts.

This post-graduate critical reading and writing course offers students the opportunity to acquire and/or extend the relevant skills in the context of their professional development. Thus the main purpose is to contribute to the enhancement of the chosen creative practice.

 

MFA506 - SEMINAR IN THESIS RESEARCH (non credit)

This course is based on an oral seminar whilst offering students the opportunity to develop awareness of the kinds of commitments and procedures they need to engage with to achieve a robust outcome in their Masters level research via studio practice and/or thesis. It supports students to develop appropriate skills in the articulate presentation of their research topic, question, projected time line, and progress, with appropriate academic language and format. It aims to assist students towards realising their research goals in both conceptual and technical terms. (Prerequisite for MFA 591 & MFA 592

 

MFA591 – PREPARATION FOR THESIS WRITING (non credit)

This course guides and encourages students in the early and middle stage of organising thoughts, materials and methods towards the writing of the thesis.  The student is expected to convincingly demonstrate readiness to embark on the postgraduate level of research and critical evaluation of findings in relation to the chosen field and the thesis topic. The concrete outcome of this course will be an early draft of your thesis. It is also expected that this document clearly demonstrate that the student has acquired of the necessary and appropriate citation and bibliographic formatting skills. (Prerequisite for MFA 592)

 

MFA 592 THESIS IN ART & DESIGN (non credit)

This component of the MFA is the culmination of the processes of the MFA research and writing of the thesis.  At this point students are encouraged and assisted in the final stages of writing and submission of their masters’ thesis, in consultation with their research supervisor. Through on-going consultation and group discussion, students are supported to extend their skills and are expected to demonstrate that they are intellectually and technically equipped to perform the writing of the thesis.  The thesis will clearly reflect the students’ depth of knowledge appropriate to Masters level in their discipline as well as a sound command of English academic writing.

 

Elective courses:

MFA505 ART & DESIGN ENVIRONMENT (3, 0) 3                                                                                  

In this course students are introduced to contemporary topical issues, such as the relations between environment, design and society, so that they could fully appreciate the importance of viewing their practice within the broader socio-cultural, political and spatial context.  Master candidates will be expected to research in a critically engaging way, of a topic relating to environmental issues of our time, and present their findings and evaluations within their area of art & design practice.

 

MFA510 DRAWING (3, 0) 3                                                                                                             

With this course the aim is to enhance students’ understanding of the importance of engaging in the activity of drawing through which ideas can be generated and ideas can be scrutinised in that visual media.   One can derive pleasure from simply drawing observationally and imaginatively that can be energising toward artistic maturity.  Students will be expected to do numerous observational and imaginative drawings and be open to cross-disciplinary critique sessions where by they can register and evaluate their own progress in developing fertile grounds for though and practice.

MFA512 InterfacIng the Local and the InternatIonal (3, 0) 3

This course aims to extend the conceptual, practical and experiential parameters of your chosen practice in relation to interactivities between local and international trends in the fields of art and design.

MFA518 SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION (3, 0) 3                                                                                                              This is an advance course that looks at the 3D design and space relationship where the definition of sculpture is constantly evolving.  It is expected that students engaged in this course will have sound prior knowledge of the differences and similarities between 2D and 3D art objects and their relationship to each other – however prior knowledge is not a pre-requisite.  Students will learn how to engage in thought and material experiments in relation to sculpture & installation and viewers’ reception of them.

MFA524 HISTORY OF IDEAS (3, 0) 3

In this course students are introduced to the area of research in history of human ideas in their expression, preservation and change over time.  Studying in the history of ideas involve interdisciplinary research that looks at intellectual, philosophical, literary and artistic history of the production, development and dissemination of knowledge.



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+-Course Descriptions

Yüksek Lisans Program Dersleri:

 

 

 

 

Dersin Kodu

Dersin Adı

Zorunlu/
Seçmeli

Kredi Saati

AKTS

MFA515     

Research Methods in Art & Design

Z

(3, 0)3

8

MFA516     

Critical Reading And Writing

Z

(3, 0)3

8

MFA501

Art & Design Studio 1

Z

(1, 4)3

10

MFA502

Art & Design Studio 2

Z

(1, 4)3

10

MFAxxx

Technical Elective

S

(3, 0)3

8

MFAxxx

Technical Elective

S

(3, 0)3

8

MFAxxx

Technical Elective

S

(3, 0)3

8

MFA506

Seminar in Thesis Research

Z

(0, 0)0

10

MFA590

Thesis in Art and Design

Z

(0, 0)0

50

 

Teknik Seçmeli Derslerin Listesi (Technical Elective Courses)

 

mfa 512  INTERFACEING THE LOCAL AND THE INTERNATIONAL(3, 0) 3

mfa 500 PERSONAL PROJECT WRTING PROPOSAL (3, 0) 3

mfa 505 ART, DESIGN & ENVIRONMENT (3, 0) 3

mfa 510 DRAWING (3, 0) 3

mfa 525 VISUAL COMMUNICATION (3, 0) 3

MFA 530 INSTALATION ART (3, 0) 3

mfa 505 ART, DESIGN & ENVIRONMENT  (3, 0) 3

mfa 518 SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION (3, 0) 3