Structure and content

Semester 1
Fall
Semester 2
Winter
Semester 3
Spring/Summer
Semester 4
Fall
Semester 5
Winter
Graduate
Studio I

CRST611

6 credits
Graduate
Studio II

CRST612

6 credits
Graduate
Studio III

CRST613

9 credits
Graduate
Studio IV

CRST614

6 credits
Graduate
Studio V

CRST615

12 credits
Craft
Discourse I

CRSM621

3 credits
Research
Methods

CRRM640 

3 credits
Elective

3 credits
Elective

3 credits
THESIS PROJECT
DEFENCE /
EXHIBITION
Craft Discourse
II – Professional
Direction

CRSM660

3 credits
Historical Craft
Discourse

CRAH622

3 credits

MID-PROGRAM REVIEW
  Emerging Craft
Discourse

CRSM623

3 credits
12 Credits 12 Credits 12 Credits 12 Credits 12 Credits

Course Descriptions

CRSM621 Craft Discourse I

Craft Discourse I is a seminar examining craft in a contemporary context.  The seminar introduces students to key themes on craft drawn from critical and theoretical inquiry in visual culture, material culture and art history.  Readings, discussion, presentations, and written assignments provide the means to foster critical and reflective engagement. (3 credits)

CRSM660 Craft Discourse II – Professional Direction

Craft Discourse II addresses the development of skills that support a professional career in the arts.  The course introduces graduate students to inquiry and methods addressing teaching in a studio-based learning environment, as well as skills and knowledge necessary to support a creative practice, such as approaches to studio-based learning & teaching, grant-writing and entrepreneurial skills. (3 credits)

CRAH622 Historical Craft Discourse 

Historical Craft Discourse is a seminar course introducing graduate students to writing on Canadian and Global craft history.  Students will undertake archival inquiry and oral history research to develop an understanding of the historical context of craft in relation to their practice.  The seminar supports critical reflection and knowledge sharing through creative inquiry, seminar discussion, presentations and written assignments. (3 credits)

CRSM623 Craft Discourse III - Emerging Craft Discourse 

Craft Discourse III continues an examination of contemporary craft practice and discourse begun in Craft Discourse I in relation to a graduate students own studio work and research.  The course provides a context for ongoing dialogue and self-reflection, and preparation of a draft of the Thesis Paper. (3 credits)

CRST611/612/613/614/615 Graduate Studio I-V 
  1. Provide an intensive and supportive environment to experiment, explore and discover new relationships between materials, teachnical processes and creative methodologies.
  2. Facilitate intensive, self-directed studio-based inquiry that encourages critical reflection and dialogue through formal discussion (critique) and the presentation of the work.
  3. Provide an opportunity for ongoing refinement of a body of creative work that seeks to synthesize the material, technical and creative basis of studio-based inquiry.

By the conclusion of STCM 611 and 612, students will have developed an Individual Plan of Studio Research (IPSR) for a proposed thesis project (a body of creative work and thesis paper). Through STCM 613, 614 and 615, students will continue substantive, studio-based inquiry as defined by their IPSR and through writing of a thesis paper.  In STCM 615, emphasis is placed on final preparations of the theis project, the final exhibition and the oral defence. (6/9/12 credits)

CRRM640 Research Methods

Research Methods is a course that is designed to support the development of graduate students’ studio-based inquiry.  Different methods of creative and critical inquiry will be introduced to students in response to ongoing dialogue about their practice.  This dialogue will be sustained through seminar discussions, one-on-one meetings, the presentation of studio work, and written assignments that support experimentation and self-reflection.  (3 credits)

Electives 

In consultation with Graduate and Faculty Mentor(s) or the Graduate Supervisor, students will propose two elective courses in support of the development of their Thesis Project.  They may be organized in several ways, as either an independent study, an ACAD 300-400 level course which is elevated to a graduate-level credit, a 400 or graduate level academic course at another institution, a professional internship, or an artist residency. (6 credits)