The Artist in the World: Preparing the Artist's Portfolio

School of Consciousness and Transformation MFA 7128 3.00

All cultural producers (visual artists, writers, performers, et al.) must discover methods for bringing their ideas into the public realm; they must also determine how they want their work to engage with the world politically and socially. Through the examination of models from varied disciplines, students will formulate individual strategies to present their work autonomously. Coursework places a strong emphasis on examining methods of practice at work in the world and considers the varied approaches artists take as strategic models. Work includes external research in this area, alongside the development of personalized foundation materials, such as artist statements, narrative biographies, and résumés, and an action plan for garnering emotional and financial support. Coursework also develops the communication skills and materials necessary for self-promotion, including visual presentations, written materials, and tools for the Web. The course is designed in the spirit of a think tank, and course work will be tailored to the creative pursuits of enrolled students.

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