Laguna College of Art and Design

Course Listings

Required Courses

MENTOR STUDIO 1

Course ID: 
(FA500)
Units: 
9
This course is dedicated principally to identifying and exploring directions the student’s work may take, including such aspects as subject matter, content, style, as well as technical considerations. Reference to possible historical and contemporary influences, and issues of personal import or special relevance such as race, gender, or ethnic identification may be considered/discussed as themes or as inspiration.  Preparatory material may take the form of written notes and drawn or painted sketches, including possibly photos, to be kept in a dedicated journal or portfolio. Projects at this stage are understood to be largely preliminary in nature, enabling the student sufficient breadth for exploration.

MENTOR STUDIO 2

Course ID: 
(FA550)
Units: 
9
Prerequisites: 
FA500
In this course, the student continues the work begun in Mentor Studio 1, producing more resolved, focused studies based on the previous semester’s investigations.

MENTOR STUDIO 2

Course ID: 
(FA600)
Units: 
9
Prerequisites: 
FA550
This course is concerned with further clarifying the formal and conceptual direction the graduate’s work is to take through the planning and execution of a series of developed works. The completion of a body of paintings evidencing a rigorous, sustained effort that effectively achieves the stated project objectives.

MENTOR STUDIO 4

Course ID: 
(FA650)
Units: 
8 or 11
Prerequisites: 
FA600
Mentor Studio 4 culminates with the student’s graduate exhibition.

PEDAGOGY + PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

Course ID: 
(LA617)
Units: 
3
This course is designed to prepare students for careers as professional artists and college-level educators.  The course will also serve to inform students’ experiences as teaching assistants during graduate study. Students will receive instruction on developing syllabi, structuring class time and delivering lecture material.  Other sections of the course will detail the process of creating presentation materials to museums, galleries and alternative spaces for exhibition. The course will also focus on professional applications and interviewing strategies for academic appointments.

THE WRITING ARTIST

Course ID: 
(LA620)
Units: 
1
This course examines the writing of other visual artists from a variety of mediums and reviews the fundamentals of English grammar and composition. The course will focus on the development of an authentic academic voice, providing the syntactical tools and rhetorical strategies necessary to describe artistic content and process. Course work will include grammar exercises designed for the adult, artistic scholar to facilitate the drafting of the Thesis document.

MFA THESIS 1

Course ID: 
(LA621)
Units: 
1
Prerequisites: 
LA620
This specialized course is designed to develop the MFA Thesis: a substantial summative statement analyzing and explaining the student’s final studio work in the MFA program. More than a mere artist statement, the writing is to be a formal academic analysis (of approximately 8,000 words), which will be submitted at the end of the final semester of study to stand in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts. This MFA Thesis will describe the studio project fully, integrate the student’s understanding of historical and contemporary issues with themes that the student is exploring in her or his studio practice, explain the research and methodology behind the creation of the art itself, describe any self-imposed limitations, and present a sufficiently developed justification of the artwork.

MFA THESIS 2

Course ID: 
(LA622)
Units: 
1
Prerequisites: 
LA621
This specialized course is designed to develop the MFA Thesis: a substantial summative statement analyzing and explaining the student’s final studio work in the MFA program. More than a mere artist statement, the writing is to be a formal academic analysis (of approximately 8,000 words), which will be submitted at the end of the final semester of study to stand in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts. This MFA Thesis will describe the studio project fully, integrate the student’s understanding of historical and contemporary issues with themes that the student is exploring in her or his studio practice, explain the research and methodology behind the creation of the art itself, describe any self-imposed limitations, and present a sufficiently developed justification of the artwork.

MFA THESIS 3

Course ID: 
(LA623)
Units: 
1
Prerequisites: 
LA622
This specialized course is designed to develop the MFA Thesis: a substantial summative statement analyzing and explaining the student’s final studio work in the MFA program. More than a mere artist statement, the writing is to be a formal academic analysis (of approximately 8,000 words), which will be submitted at the end of the final semester of study to stand in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts. This MFA Thesis will describe the studio project fully, integrate the student’s understanding of historical and contemporary issues with themes that the student is exploring in her or his studio practice, explain the research and methodology behind the creation of the art itself, describe any self-imposed limitations, and present a sufficiently developed justification of the artwork.