Dual Degree

SFAI’s Dual Degree MA/MFA program is designed for students whose practices cross the boundaries of art and scholarship to arrive at their own form of production.


(1) Students apply to the MA in History + Theory of Contemporary Art or the MA in Exhibition + Museum Studies:

 

(2) An MFA in Studio Art, with an optional emphasis in Art + Technology, Film, New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture/Ceramics, provides a dynamic interdisciplinary context for emerging artists to advance their work.

 

The culmination of the program is participation in the MFA Exhibition after the second year, and completion of a written thesis as well as participation in the MA Collaborative Project by the end of the third year.

History + Theory of Contemporary Art Dual Degree Curriculum

The Dual Degree HTCA program is a rigorous yet flexible platform for experimentation and original research. Its structure is more cost effective and enables deep engagement with both individual research/writing projects and the dynamic Bay Area arts landscape.


TOTAL: 72 UNITS

Semester 1 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Art History Seminar Elective 3
Critical Studies Seminar Elective 3
Studio Elective 3
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 2 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Art History Seminar Elective 3
Critical Studies Seminar Elective 3
Topic Seminar 3
MFA Intermediate Review 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 3 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Methods and Theories of Art History 3
Global Perspectives of Modernity 3
Topic Seminar 3
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 4 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Research and Writing Colloquium 3
Art History, Critical Studies, or EMS Seminar Elective 3
Studio Elective 3
Graduate Lecture Series 0
MFA Final Review 0
MFA Graduate Exhibition 0

Semester 5 (6 units)

Title Units
Thesis 3
Collaborative Project 3
MA Intermediate Review 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 6 (6 units)

Title Units
Thesis 3
General Elective 3
MA Final Review 0
MA Thesis Symposium 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Program Learning Outcomes for History + Theory of Contemporary Art

MFA in Studio Art

  • Conceptual Qualities. Demonstrates a developed conceptual framework of the work and its relationship to historical antecedents and contemporary critical discourse (i.e., clarity of ideas).
  • Formal Qualities. Engages appropriately the materials and tools of the media used to produce the work (i.e., mastery of materials and technique, as well as how effectively the form follows the concept).
  • Presentation. Clearly articulates and presents the ideas behind the work. Produces a cohesive and accomplished visual presentation.
  • Research. Invests an appropriate level of research to develop the work, from both a conceptual and formal perspective (i.e. effectiveness of experimentation and methodology).


MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art

  • Students will gain sufficient knowledge of artists, art practices and artworks, whether broadly surveyed or specifically focused, as presented in each course, and as assessed by written assignments, class presentations and projects, and exams.
  • Students will gain increasing aptitude in skills of visual literacy, and visual and representational analysis.
  • Students will gain increasing ability to demonstrate historical thinking, however methodologically constituted, through written assignments and class presentations.
  • Students will gain increasing awareness of the contingency of historical thinking viewed from contemporary perspectives.
  • Students will gain an increasingly complicated understanding of the relationships between representational orders and practices and the constitution of subjectivity as multiply situated and contingent.
  • Students will gain an increasing ability to find linkages between art theory and art practice across boundaries of discipline and periodization.
  • Students will gain an increasing awareness of the place of art with regard to a larger context of visual production that includes mass media and mass culture, and old and new technologies.
  • Students will gain an increasingly nuanced and principled understanding of the possible roles of the artist in the world, including roles as activists and agents of social and cultural change.

Exhibition + Museum Studies Dual Degree Curriculum 

The Dual Degree EMS program is more expansive than a curatorial program and is both local and international in scope. It addresses the shifting and expanding role of visual culture for artists, theorists, curators, and institutions.


TOTAL: 72 UNITS

Semester 1 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Art History Seminar Elective 3
Critical Studies Seminar Elective 3
Studio Elective 3
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 2 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Art History Seminar Elective 3
Critical Studies Seminar Elective 3
Topic Seminar 3
MFA Intermediate Review 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 3 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Critical Histories of Museums and Exhibitions 3
Global Perspectives of Modernity 3
Topic Seminar 3
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 4 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Graduate Tutorial 3
Research and Writing Colloquium 3
Studio Elective 3
Collaborative Project 3
Graduate Lecture Series 0
MFA Final Review 0
MFA Graduate Exhibition 0

Semester 5 (6 units)

Title Units
Thesis 3
Collaborative Project 3
MA Intermediate Review 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Semester 6 (6 units)

Title Units
Thesis 3
HTCA or CS Elective 3
MA Final Review 0
MA Thesis Symposium 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0

Program Learning Outcomes for Exhibition + Museum Studies

MFA in Studio Art

  • Conceptual Qualities. Demonstrates a developed conceptual framework of the work and its relationship to historical antecedents and contemporary critical discourse (i.e., clarity of ideas).
  • Formal Qualities. Engages appropriately the materials and tools of the media used to produce the work (i.e., mastery of materials and technique, as well as how effectively the form follows the concept).
  • Presentation. Clearly articulates and presents the ideas behind the work. Produces a cohesive and accomplished visual presentation.
  • Research. Invests an appropriate level of research to develop the work, from both a conceptual and formal perspective (i.e. effectiveness of experimentation and methodology).


MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies

  • Students will demonstrate substantial knowledge of global artists, art practices, spatial relations, and exhibitions, whether surveyed (in breadth) or specifically focused (in depth) – as presented in individual courses, and as assessed by written assignments, class presentations, and projects.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to find linkages between art and cultural theory, history, and practice across the boundaries of disciplines and periodization – as presented in individual courses, and as assessed by written assignments, class presentations, and projects.
  • Students will establish professional practices that account for the place of art within various spheres of cultural production – as presented in individual courses, and as assessed by written assignments, class presentations, and curatorial and collaborative projects.
  • Students will demonstrate a nuanced and principled understanding of the possible roles of the artist-scholar in the world, including as agents of social, political, and cultural change – as presented in individual courses, and as assessed by written assignments, class presentations, and curatorial and collaborative projects.
  • Students will develop a writing practice characterized by mastery of a diverse range of theoretical frameworks and of research methodologies, including archival work – as presented in individual courses, and as assessed by written assignments, class presentations, and the MA Intermediate and Final Reviews.
  • Students will complete and present publically an MA Thesis exhibiting a high standard of excellence in its methodological framework, relationship to historical antecedents, and making an original contribution to contemporary critical discourse – as assessed in the MA Intermediate and Final Reviews.