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Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies fosters advanced research into elements of professional practice and theory by providing a rigorous yet supportive educational environment. This course of study offers students a framework to refine their studio and entrepreneurial skills while reaching their career goals. In addition, students work with faculty advisors and seek out professional experiences such as marketing opportunities, exhibitions or web based applications.

 

Areas of Study

  • Independent Study in the Visual Arts
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Promotion and Marketing
  • Business Practices
  • Portfolio Development
  • Professional Work Experience
  • Applied Research
  • Website Development

 

Admission requirements

  • A transcript indicating an university degree, college diploma or equivalent experience.*
  • $50 Application Fee**
  •  Portfolio (See Portfolio Requirements for more details)

 

*Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing the applicant’s combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning.

**$50 Application fee is in Canadian dollars and applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and is subject to change without notice.

 

 

Portfolio Requirements

1. Please contact Craig Schneider at craig.schneider@gnb.ca to set up an appointment to talk about the Graduate Studies Program.

 

2. Once you have had the opportunity to discuss the Program with Craig Schneider, you may be asked to submit a Portfolio that conists of:

- Your resumé identifying training, workshops, shows, and related work experience

- An artist statement

- A letter of intent, the details of which would be made clear in 

the initial conversation

- Fifteen examples of your best work

 

Please don’t submit actual examples. Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your image files should be high resolution images on a CD or jump drive (or use Drop Box and provide us with the link). For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and provide us with the link, keep them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact information, and return address.

 

Once you have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed, or delivered in person to Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar.

 

Course List

Fall 1

ADSS 3510 Studio: Strategies

VADR 3510 Research Seminar

VADD 3540 Mentoring and Networking

VADE 3530 Arts Entrepreneurship Strategies

Winter 1

ADSS 3520 Studio: Practices

VADL 3520 Lecture Seminar

VADP 3531 Arts Entrepreneurship Practices

ADM 3510 Internet Marketing and Communication

Spring 1

VADT 3530 Thesis Presentation

VADI 3530 Integrative Practices

 

Career Possibilities

As a graduate, you will be well-prepared with a professional portfolio for self-employment in the visual arts or for a successful career in the culture sector in one or more of the following professions depending on your area of study.

  • Artisans and craftspersons
  • Conservators and curators
  • Fabric, Fur and Leather Cutters
  • Film and video camera operators
  • Graphic arts technicians
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Interior designers and interior decorators
  • Jewellers, Watch Repairers and Related Occupations
  • Labourers in textile processing
  • Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
  • Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
  • Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
  • Photographers
  • Photographic and film processors
  • Sewing Machine Operators
  • Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners
  • Textile Inspectors, Graders and Samplers
  • Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
  • Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations 


Course Descriptions


Fall 1

 

ADSS 3510 Studio: Strategies

In this course, students initiate a self-directed course of study in the visual arts based on an approved learning contract. Using studio facilities as appropriate and in ongoing consultation with a faculty advisor students develop new products, new ways of working and explore new avenues. The work, research and development in this course will inform the writing of their thesis proposal in the course VADR 3510 Research Seminar.

 

VADR 3510 Research Seminar

In this course, students develop a statement of intent which is formalized into a thesis proposal articulating their specific course of creative enquiry for the program. They conduct applied research to draft the initial statement and refine their proposal and its context through exposure to a range of influences such as; readings, class presentations, and group discussions. The finalization of their proposal is achieved by presenting it for critical analysis and feedback from peers and faculty.

 

VADD 3540 Mentoring and Networking

In this course, students develop a mentoring plan by a process of self reflection and goal setting to establish professional relationships needed for a successful career. They examine various mentorship models and through research, discussion and an interview process, they ascertain the model that will provide a challenging environment for their professional growth. With an emphasis on networking and professionalpresentation skills, students establish a professional activity to be carried out in VADI 3530 Integrative Practices.

 

VADE 3530 Arts Entrepreneurship Strategies

In this course, students establish the foundations needed to build their studio-based entrepreneurial practice. Working collectively, they examine various business models and strategies with the goal of defining their individual career plan. Through identifying of a course of action, students prepare themselves for direct retail promotion and sales. In addition, they examine entrepreneurial practice through elements that include, but are not limited to, time management, overhead, cash flow and basic accounting models appropriate their area of interest.

 

Winter 1

 

ADSS 3520 Studio: Practices

In this course, students continue to pursue a self-directed course of study in the visual arts based on an approved learning contract. In ongoing consultation with a faculty advisor, they use the thesis proposal developed in VADR 3510 Research Seminar to guide them. Working in studio facilities as appropriate, students refine their work and clarify their direction towards the execution of a professional body of work which will be presented in the Campus Gallery in their final semester.

 

VADL 3520 Lecture Seminar

In this course, students analyze and evaluate their personal path within a contemporary, interdisciplinary context. This is achieved through interactive lectures, informed dialogue about the nature of the visual arts, and also examining current trends, relevant influences and technological developments. In addition, students begin the initial preparations for their final exhibition which is carried out in VADT 5300 Thesis Presentation.

 

VADP 3531 Arts Entrepreneurship Practices

In this course, students learn to manage a business project and do outreach activities appropriate to their discipline. Each student executes several direct marketing opportunities as appropriate to their individual career goals. These may include trade show, gallery showings, self-created events, web based applications or other venues. Through cohort learning, personal planning processes, and the implementation of entrepreneurial experiences, students initiate their personal career plan.

 

ADM 3510 Internet Marketing and Communication

In this course, students utilize digital documentation, combined with Internet communication environments, to create a presence on the Internet. By focusing on the entrepreneurial potential of the Internet they investigate the value of e-commerce, specifically marketing and promotion. In addition, students will use these technologies to enhance their visual and written communications with the end result of facilitating professional networking on a global scale. Through individual assignments they select appropriate strategies, refine their abilities and integrate a variety of Internet applications to create a cohesive Internet marketing vehicle in preparation for a career in the visual arts.


Spring 1

 

VADT 3530 Thesis Presentation

In this course, students finalize their thesis which includes a formal presentation of their work and the completion of supporting written documentation. It is expected that the written element of this course is rigorous and compiled at a scholarly level. In addition, students collectively prepare their exhibition and defend their thesis by presenting it to a panel of practitioners and faculty who provide feedback in launching their careers.

 

VADI 3530 Integrative Practices

In this course, students acquire entrepreneurial experiences through undertaking a professional activity that was developed in the course VADD 3540 the Mentoring Relationship. Working independently with a faculty advisor, their authentic learning experience will be customized based on their personalized career plans. The activities may be long or short in duration and span over the 2 semesters of the Program and must represent a minimum of 65 hours practical experience.

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