New Genres

New Genres is a philosophical, interdisciplinary approach in which the artist’s concept and intentions determine the best means for actuating each individual work.

Drawing on its legacy as the country’s first Performance/Video Department, its application of rigorous dialogue and questioning parameters of art forms to time-based work, quickly expanded to include installation, social practice, site specific work, and other trans-disciplinary media and approaches. No longer a medium specific department, the New Genres Department was born.

New Genres courses are cross-disciplinary laboratories for experimentation, discovery, and radical boundary-pushing. Through dialogue, critique, and practice, students learn to hone and better articulate their own visual language.


In Studio Art (with Optional Emphasis) 0
Graduate Tutorial 12
Graduate Critique Seminar 12
Studio Electives 9
Electives (3 units in emphasis with emphasis option) 6
Topics Seminar (in emphasis with emphasis option) 6
Art History Seminar Electives 9
Critical Studies Seminar Electives 6
Intermediate Review 0
Final Review 0
MFA Exhibition 0
Graduate Lecture Series 0
Total 60


Sharon Grace (Professor Emerita)

Doug Hall (Professor Emeritus)

Paul Kos (Professor Emeritus)

Tony Labat (MFA Program Director)

Mads Lynnerup (New Genres Department Chair)

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