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IAMD Program Requirements

For more information please visit the Graduate Course Calendar.

Full-time Program

The program is available both full-time (five semesters) and part-time (eight to fourteen semesters). The Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design is a 60-credit program comprising:

  • Directed interdisciplinary studios/academic studies
  • Independent individual studio or guided independent academic study
  • Core seminars in critical theory and research methods
  • Elective choices
  • A research project and thesis paper (MFA and MDes) or a written thesis and supporting creative project (MA)

Curriculum: 60 credits

All students must complete the following:

  • GGRA 6B01 Contemporary Research Methods (3)
  • GGRA 6B03 Critical Theory Seminar I (3)
  • IAMD 6A01 Thesis Proposal (1.5)
  • IAMD 6A02 Research Creation and Colloquia (1.5)
  • IAMD 6B02 Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study II (3)
  • IAMD 6B07 Graduate Seminar (3)
  • IAMD 6B08 Issues in Critical Theory (3)
  • IAMD 6C05 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio/Research (6)
  • IAMD 6C06 Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study I (6)
  • Two, three-credit electives, which may include Independent Study (6)
  • Six credits from the following (6):
    • Residency*
    • Independent Study
    • Internship
    • Elective

Students completing an MFA or MDes degree must also complete the following:

  • IAMD 6C01 MFA/MDes Individual Studio (6)
  • IAMD 6E01 MFA/MDes Thesis (12)

Students completing an MA degree must also complete the following:

  • IAMD 6C04 MA Directed Academic Study I (6)
  • IAMD 6E02 MA Thesis (12)

Full-time program timeline

Please note that students may only enter the IAMD program in Fall of the year they are admitted. Fall/Winter courses run from September to April. IAMD students are also required to undertake coursework during the Spring/Summer semester.

Year One

Fall (12 credits)

  • GGRA 6B01 Contemporary Research Methods (3)
  • GGRA 6B03 Critical Theory Seminar (3)
  • IAMD 6C06 Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study I (6)

Winter (15 credits)

  • IAMD 6B08 Issues in Critical Theory (3)
  • IAMD 6B02 Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study II (3)
  • IAMD 6C01 MFA/MDes Individual Studio (6)

    OR

    IAMD 6C04 MA Directed Academic Study (3)

Summer (7.5 credits)

  • 6 credits from the following:
    • Residency
    • Independent Study
    • Internship
    • Elective
  • IAMD 6A01 Thesis Proposal (1.5)

Elective (3) *May be taken at any time during the first year of study.

Year Two

Fall (10.5 credits)

  • IAMD 6A02 Research Creation and Colloquia (1.5)
  • IAMD 6C05 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio/Research (6)

Winter (15 credits)

  • IAMD 6B07 Graduate Seminar (3)
  • IAMD 6E01 MFA/MDes Thesis (12)

    OR

    IAMD 6E02 MA Thesis (12)

Elective (3) * Can be taken at any time during the second year of study.

Part-time Program

Part-time students will commence the program in the Fall and must enroll ina minimum of three credits per semester for at least eight continuous semesters. The chart below outlines the courses that part-time students are required to take in specific semesters. Additional course selection is made by the student in consultation with the Graduate Program Director and based on available course offerings.

Fall 1: GGRA 6B01 Contemporary Research Methods

Winter 2: IAMD 6B08 Issues in Critical Theory

Summer 3: 3-6 credits from the following:

  • Residency
  • Independent Study
  • Internship
  • Elective

Fall 4: IAMD 6C06 Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study I (6)

Winter 5

Summer 6: IAMD 6A01 Thesis Proposal

Fall 7: IAMD 6A02 Research Creation and Colloquia

Winter 8: IAMD 6B07 Graduate Seminar

Part-time students must also complete the following courses by the end ofthe sixth semester of study:

  • IAMD 6C05 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio/Research (6)
  • Six credits from the following:
    • Residency
    • Independent Study
    • Internship
    • Elective

In addition to the requirements outlined in the chart, part-time students must complete the following courses by the end of the seventh semester ofstudy:

  • GGRA 6B03 Critical Theory Seminar (3)

All other course requirements as outlined above must be completed before the maximum time to completion of the program (14 semesters).

Electives

Students may choose from:

a) Approved graduate-level courses in other OCAD U graduate programs. Subject to available spaces in the course, students may choose from the following for 2012/13:

  • IAMD 6B06 Special Focus: Research and Innovation Lab (Winter)
  • IAMD 6B10 Special Focus: Practice-Research Translations (Fall)
  • CADN 6B01 Methods and Theory In Art History (Fall)
  • CADN 6B02 Contemporary Art Theory (Winter)
  • CADN 6B05 Canadian Indigenous Art, Design and New Media Art History (Fall) *approval of CADN Program Director, Dr. Michael Prokopow required
  • CRCP 6B02 Criticism and Critical Writing (Winter)
  • CRCP 6B05 Issues In Critical & Curatorial Studies (Fall)
  • CRCP 6B08 Issues in Exhibitions, Theory and Practice (Winter)
  • VISD 6B04 Living With Things (Fall)

b) A 300 or 400-level course in any discipline, with the approval of the instructor and the Graduate Program Director (supplementary readings and an augmented project or graduate-level research essay of 3000-4000 words are to be arranged with the instructor). Students should consult the Academic Calendarfor undergraduate course offerings and must complete a “Request to Enrollin an Undergraduate Course as an Elective” form and secure the appropriate permissions before they will be allowed to register. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more information.

c) A graduate course at another university through the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Plan (OVGS) or the Canadian University Graduate Transfer Agreement (CUGTA). Information on this process is available in the Graduate Student Handbook and on the OCAD U website at www.ocadu.ca/gradstudies.

Students must meet with their Graduate Program Director for advising on the selection of elective courses. A record of student advising will be kept in the student file and students are advised to keep a copy for their records.

Additional Program Requirements

Exhibition of First-Year Graduate Work

All students participate in a Portfolio Exhibition, which takes place in the first (Fall) semester. This exhibition is curated by students in the MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice program.

In addition, students in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and  Design mount a group exhibition and show of work completed during the year or, if appropriate, work-in-progress. This exhibition takes place in the winter (semester 2) for full-time students. Part-time students will normally participate in the winter (semester 2) or as soon as they have achieved an introductory body of interdisciplinary work or work in progress to exhibit.

Summer Options

Students must make their summer plans in consultation with their Principal Advisor and the Graduate Program Director. Among the options available to students in this program are:

Florence Graduate Residency: This European campus residency offers a combination of facilitated and self-directed study approaches to learning. While in residence in Florence, students develop, continue or extend a body of research, studio and/or scholarly work in a communal studio setting. Art history field trips will be a component of the program, led by OCAD U's resident art historian.

Fogo Island Arts Corporation Residency: The Fogo Island Arts Corporation is a contemporary art venue on Fogo Island and Change Islands off the north-east coast of Newfoundland. The Arts Corporation specializes in residencies for international artists and the production of art projects and workshops engaging both local and international participants. The Arts Corporation is supported bythe Shorefast Foundation. Visiting artists to the islands have access to specially designed studios and renovated traditional buildings and homes located in remote and community locations across the islands.

  • Banff Residency Programs: In The Banff Centre’s powerful mountain setting in the heart of Banff National Park, exceptional artists and leaders from around the world create and perform new works of art while sharing skills and knowledge in an interdisciplinary residential arts environment. OCAD U will work with the Banff Centre to identify opportunities for OCAD U students but students are generally subject to the normal application and adjudication process.
  • Other Residencies: Students may apply for approved residencies, or may submit a residency opportunity for approval by their Graduate Program Committee. Residencies provide graduate students with the opportunity to study in new environments and communities and to work with new technologies that are programmatically relevant and pedagogically transferrable. On-site work is performed under the guidance of the residency host (as applicable) and the residency credit is supervised and evaluated by an OCAD U faculty member.
  • Independent Study: Independent Study courses provide graduate students with the opportunity to undertake studies of significance to their educational objectives that are otherwise not available through the regular university curriculum. Independent studies are supervised and evaluated by OCAD U faculty members who act as Independent Study Advisors. The Independent Study proposal must be approved in writing by the supervising faculty member, the student’s Principal Advisor and the Graduate Program Director.
  • Internship: Internships provide graduate students with opportunities to gain experience in the professional worlds of art, design, criticism and curating that will complement their studies. Onsite work is performed under the guidance of the internship sponsor and the internship credit is supervised and evaluated by an OCAD U faculty member.
  • Elective: Subject to available course offerings.

Not all summer residencies are offered each year. Residencies arecompetitive and subject to adjudication of student proposals and available funds, where applicable.