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PROgRaM OVERViEW Program Mission & Vision CCAD’s Mission Degree Type Accreditation


CuRRiCuluM OVERViEW First Semester Second Semester Third Semester Fourth Semester Elective Course of Study
















aPPliCaTiON REquiREMENTS Deadlines Application Materials How to Apply Project Proposal Tips Scholarships & Financial Aid Housing


PROGRAM OVERVIEW CCAD’s New Projects program presents a unique and exciting curriculum that pursues creative excellence through the development of projects rather than the study of specific media. It is based on the belief that an artist’s studio practice is best learned through the quest to complete a defined exploration. The program stresses studio mastery, individual scholarship, and “real world” ideals such as organization, communication, clarity of thought, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. The MFA program aims to educate artists who are capable of taking on interesting artistic endeavors and who also have the skills and talents to make their vision manifest.

PROgRaM MiSSiON & ViSiON Our mission is to prepare professional artists to be creative leaders in the community and the world at large. We value an educational experience grounded in the production of art and illuminated by community, critical thought, entrepreneurial insight, and creative spirit. CCaD’S MiSSiON To prepare tomorrow’s creative leaders for professional careers. With a history of commitment to fundamentals and quality, CCAD advances a distinct, challenging, and inclusive learning environment that supports individual development in art, design, and the humanities. DEgREE TyPE The successful graduate of this program will earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. The MFA is recognized as the highest degree in the creative practice of visual art. It is earned through a rigorous scholarship in both academic seminars and studio practice. aCCREDiTaTiON The college and the graduate program are accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 07

liZ TRaPP MFA Candidate, 2014 Trapp’s work was featured in New American Paintings 2013 MFA Annual Issue #105.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW fiRST SEMESTER Graduate Seminar GRNP5000 3 credits

ThiRD SEMESTER Graduate Seminar GRNP5002 3 credits

Theory & Criticism Seminar GRNP5005 3 credits

Professional Practices GRNP5070 3 credits

Studio Projects I GRNP5007 6 credits Digital Culture GRNP5009 3 credits SECOND SEMESTER Graduate Seminar GRNP5001 3 credits Theory & Criticism Seminar GRNP5006 3 credits Studio Projects II* GRNP5008 6 credits Elective Course 3 credits Graduate Progress Assessment GRNP5080X 0 credits


Thesis Projects I* GRNP6070 9 credits fOuRTh SEMESTER Graduate Seminar GRNP5003 3 credits Thesis Projects II* GRNP6071 9 credits Anytime during the four semesters or in the summer: Off-Campus Experience GRNP5099 3 credits *Prerequisite needed

3 CREDiTS Of ElECTiVES Teaching Methods GRNP5071 or Honors Seminar or other 400/500-level course Total 60 credits ElECTiVE COuRSE Of STuDy Certificate of College Art Instruction This internal certificate program recognizes successful completion of designated coursework and a series of teaching internships focused on the teaching of studio art at a post-secondary level. It is an elective program and is not required for the MFA degree. Teaching Methods GRNP5071 3 credits; typically taken during second semester Teaching Internship I GRPN5072 0 credits (paid); co-requisite of Teaching Methods Teaching Internship II GRPN5073 0 credits (paid); taken in the third or fourth semester




STuDiO PROJECTS (Semesters 1 and 2) This one-on-one mentoring course is core to the MFA experience at CCAD and is focused exclusively on your work in the studio. Its goal is to strengthen your understanding of your work and how it relates to the broad range of techniques, forms, and ideas that comprise contemporary art and design. You will work independently on your project with one-hour weekly studio visits between you and your faculty mentor to reflect on your methods, ideas, process, and final work. Mentors will help you develop a work plan and provide access to CCAD’s labs and expertise. gRaDuaTE SEMiNaR (Semesters 1, 2, 3, and 4) In these weekly critiques with your fellow students, faculty, and visiting artists you will discuss your work as it progresses. You will have the opportunity to receive in-depth feedback from peers who may be working in different media and/or come from different orientations. One of the basic tenets of the program is that all students are one another’s teachers and mentors. As part of this community, you are expected to hold your fellow students to the highest levels of intellectual rigor and professionalism. The aim of these critiques is to provide a form for the productive and respectful engagement of ideas. To support this process each student is required to post germane materials each week on their learning blog for the group. ThEORy aND CRiTiCiSM SEMiNaR (Semesters 1 and 2) A weekly contemporary art theory and criticism course provides a theoretical and critical context for your work. Content will vary depending on the visiting artist/scholar, but the focus will always be on developing awareness of the contemporary visual arts world and concurrent critical theory. 13

Digital Culture (Semester 1) This course will teach you how to leverage a wide variety of digital tools in both the classroom and the marketplace. The emphasis is on technology as a viable delivery tool for your work. However, while digital presentation vehicles are paramount, they are not the ultimate goal of the course. The goal is the convergence of art and digital delivery. Technology only serves as a foundation for that convergence. Teaching Methods* (Semester 2) A weekly graduate seminar focused on teaching, planning, and assessment of college-level studio art classes. Taken in conjunction with Graduate Teaching Internship, GRNP5072. This course is required to earn a Certificate in College Art Instruction, an elective course of study for MFA candidates. *Co-requisite: Teaching Internship I (Semester 2) If you’re interested in a teaching career, you can participate in a paid teaching internship with a CCAD faculty member in which you’ll observe a class, discuss teaching, and participate in workshops on pedagogical issues such as designing a course, running a critique, and evaluating students. You may also teach a lesson or serve as a lab assistant. Upon successful completion of the teaching internship, you can apply to be a Graduate Teaching Associate (instructor of record), although positions are not guaranteed. If you have significant teaching experience, you may be exempt from the internship requirement at the discretion of the program director.


Graduate Progress Assessment (Semester 2) During the last weeks of the second semester, you will be required to complete the Graduate Progress Assessment, which consists of a written component and participating in a group exhibition/event. Off-Campus Experience (timing varies) At some point during the program, you will be required to participate in an off-campus experience. This could take many different forms, from individual mentoring to an internship or foreign study, and will be designed in conjunction with the program director. The college has developed a list of national and international artists, business leaders, and scholars with whom you might work, as well as residencies, internships, and other opportunities from which you can select. The goal is to widen your experience and introduce you to new voices and environments. Experiences at community nonprofits, hospitals, scientific research centers, labs, human service enterprises, and “green” endeavors are all possibilities, alongside more traditional experiences at galleries and museums. In the past students have done off campus experience with artists and designers such as Nicola López, Simonetta Moro, and George Pratt and at locations such as Pilchuck Glass School, Mildred’s Lane, and the National Park Service. Professional Practices (Semester 3) Oriented to individual student needs and goals, this course addresses the tools and skill sets students will need for success after graduation. Issues of entrepreneurialism, marketing, and leadership are covered along with the practical application of creative/business partnership. 15

Thesis Projects (Semesters 3 and 4) The thesis project is the most substantial and important requirement of the program. It allows you to experience the parameters and logistics of producing a major exhibition of your thesis project. It serves as the nexus of the pedagogic and real-life professional experiences. While this can take many forms—exhibition, performance, installation, film, website—it is required to be of the highest professional quality and must involve some form of public exhibition. Potential venues include CCAD galleries and other approved spaces. Time-based works may be screened at local theaters. A thesis overview explaining the context, research, theoretical and critical issues, and historical background inherent in the project is required. At the time of presentation, you will be expected to participate in an oral defense of the work and the paper. In addition to the thesis project, overview document, and oral defense, you will be required to produce an online component for your project. This may take various forms, but should express the content and form of the thesis project to a larger audience. The Learning Blog One of the unique aspects of the New Projects curriculum is its emphasis on communication and success. The faculty believes that it is important for today’s artists to be able to explain their research, document their influences, and engage in meaningful dialogue about their work. To this end, you will be required to keep a learning blog for the duration of the program. This site will serve as the documentation of your explorations, thoughts, dialogues, and feelings as you move through the curriculum.


Certificate of College Art Instruction This internal certificate program recognizes successful completion of designated coursework and a series of teaching internships focused on the teaching of studio art at a post-secondary level. It is an elective program and not required for the MFA degree. To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete the Teaching Methods course (GRNP5071) and Teaching Internships I & II (GRNP5072 & GRNP5073). Upon completion, students will receive the certificate at graduation and official note of the program will be made on the student’s CCAD transcript.


GUEST ARTISTS & SCHOLARS As part of CCAD’s graduate program, the college brings in guest artists and scholars each semester. These artists may teach workshops and seminars, engage in one-on-one mentoring with the MFA students, and/ or lecture as part of CCAD’s Visiting Artists & Scholars series, which is a lecture series that is open to the entire student body and public. PaST guEST aRTiSTS iNCluDE: Benjamin Anastas

Colleen Macklin

Tom Burckhardt

Tony Matelli

Kathy Butterly

Michael Mercil

Terri Cohn

Jason Middlebrook

Martha Colburn

Donald Moffett

Holland Cotter

Odili Odita

Rebecca Cummins

Kaz Oshiro

Geshe la Kalsang Damdul

Gary Panter

Cheryl Donegan

J. Morgan Puett

Leonardo Drew

Aurora Robson

Latifa Echakhch

Alexis Rockman

Angela Ellsworth

Jon Rubin

Brian Ewing

Stefan Sagmeister

Fritz Haeg

Todd Slaughter

Eleanor Heartney

Jeff Smith

Mathew Higgs

Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg

Miranda July Martin Kersels Byron Kim Nicola López


Natasha Tretheway Chris Ware John Yau

MiRaNDa July


Byron Kim

Leonardo Drew

gary panter

kathy butterly

stefan sagmeister todd slaughter

OFF-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE During students’ studies, they will be required to participate in an off-campus experience. Options include individual mentoring with an artist or professional, foreign study, or an internship with a nonprofit or business. Check out the list below for examples of recent artists and organizations that have provided off-campus experiences. PaST ExPERiENCES iNCluDE: Aurora Robson, painter and installation artist Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Coyote Canyon MFA Residency, hosted by Wide Open Studios Dorothy Gill Barnes Franklin Park Conservatory Fuller Art Center George Pratt, illustrator and graphic novelist Glass Axis, glass art co-op Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE Igloo Press, custom letter press Michael J. Rosen, author and illustrator Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Mildred’s Lane, artists’ residency Mike Olenick, art & tech studio editor, Wexner Center for the Arts Nathan Sampson, architect Nicola López, printmaker and installation artist Ohio Art League Pilchuck Glass School Pizzuti Collection Simonetta Moro, artist currently living and working in New York


CAMPUS CCaD’S SafE DOWNTOWN CaMPuS iS gREEN, BEauTiful, aND haS EVERyThiNg yOu NEED—all WiThiN a ShORT WalkiNg DiSTaNCE. • Professional studios and equipment for each major area of study • A huge exhibition hall, many smaller galleries, and an active exhibitions program that brings national and international artists and artwork to campus • Supply store with discounts for CCAD students • Student center with a café, lounges, and a fitness center • 400-seat auditorium • Dining options: New dining hall, café, and convenience store • Apartment-style housing for graduate students. See video tours at: • 24-hour security • Free local bus service • Columbus Museum of Art on the corner of campus





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liZ ROBERTS MFA Candidate, 2014 Roberts’ work has been shown at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, New York Exposition of Short Film and Video, the Knitting Factory, Athens (Ohio) International Film & Video Festival, and Microscope Gallery.







Fine Arts; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art

CHARLOTTE BELLAND Animation; MFA, Ohio State University SHANNON BENINE Photography; MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago

MOLLY J. BURKE Glass, Sculpture, Installation (asstistant director of Graduate Studies); MFA, Ohio State University

CARLA CESARE Design History; PhD, University of Northumbria

SUZANNE COTTON Fashion Design; MS, Franklin University

ANITA DAWSON Painting; MFA, University of Florida

KELLY DeVORE Advertising & Graphic Design, Interior Design; MFA, Ohio State University

MATT FLEGLE Sculpture, Installation; MFA, Stanford University JOHN FERGUS-JEAN Photography; MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology

ELIZABETH FERGUS-JEAN Photography, Painting, Theory, and Criticism; MFA, University of Washington; PhD, Pacifica Graduate Institute 30



PHIL GARRETT Film, Video, and Cinematic Arts; MFA, Ohio State University THOMAS GATTIS Industrial Design (dean, School of Design Arts); MEd, Bemidji State University

NICOLE GIBBS Sculpture, Ceramics; MFA, Ohio State University

MICHAEL GOODSON Curatorial Studies, Sculpture (director of Exhibitions); MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art

CAROL GRIFFITH Painting; MFA, Ohio University HIROSHI HAYAKAWA Photography; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art HELEN HOFFELT Photography; MFA, State University of New York DANIELLE JULIAN NORTON Sculpture, Installation; MFA, Notre Dame University

SOPHIA KARTSONIS Works on Paper (History); PhD, University of Cincinnati

DAWSON KELLOGG Glass; MFA, Kent State University JOHN KORTLANDER Painting; MFA, University of Colorado 31


KIM LANDSBERGEN Ecology, Sustainability; PhD, Washington University

GORDON LEE Painting; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art

KELLY MALEC-KOSAK Metals, Sculpture; MFA, California College of the Arts LAURENN McCUBBIN Illustration, Digital Media; MFA, Duke University; MFA, University of Nevada Las Vegas

KATHY MCGHEE Printmaking; MFA, Ohio State University STEWART MCKISSICK Illustration; MFA, Syracuse University

MATTHEW MOHR Graphic Design; MFA, Parsons The New School for Design ANDREA MYERS Sculpture, Installation; MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


SUSAN LI O’CONNOR Sculpture, Installation; MFA, Ohio State University C.F. PAYNE Illustration, Drawing; BFA, CCAD



KON PETROCHUK Video; MFA, San Francisco State University

RICHARD PETRY Photography, Video (director of Graduate Studies); MFA, Tyler School of Art

TIM RIETENBACH Sculpture; MFA, Ohio State University

ROBERT ROBBINS Drawing, Painting; MFA, Yale University

TRACY ROBBINS Animation; MFA, University of Cincinnati

RON SAKS Cinematic Arts; MFA, University of California Los Angeles

MARIANA SMITH Printmaking, Drawing; MFA, Cornell University

DUNCAN SNYDER Photography; MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

JAMES WEIGLE Printmaking; MFA, Pennsylvania State University

CHRIS YATES Sculpture; MFA, State University of New York; MLS, Kent State University










CAREER SERVICES The Office of Career Services assists all CCAD students and alumni with career and professional development. SERViCES One-on-one appointments for: • Resume or cover letter review • Job and internship search assistance • Interviewing skills • Networking assistance • Career decision-making WORkShOPS From copyright law and contracts to writing resumes, networking, employer visits, and more. faiRS • Internship Fair (in fall for students registered with Career Services) • Art Fair (fall and spring, open to CCAD students and alumni) • Directions Career Fair (in spring for graduating students) CCaDCaREERS.COM Career Services maintains postings for jobs, internships, and other opportunities and resources at, which lists exclusively art and design-related opportunities. (Non-art or -design position listings are maintained in the Career Services office.) Students and alumni can search for opportunities that range from full and part-time jobs to internships and freelance work. Employers and members of the community can post their opportunities. For more info, visit


aNDREW MCCaulEy MFA, 2013 McCauley continues his professional practice as an artist and also teaches as an adjunct professor at CCAD in Foundation Studies. He presented at the 2013 Foundations in Art and Education conference with CCAD Foundations faculty.


COLUMBUS, OHIO COluMBuS iS a CiTy Big ENOugh TO OffER ChallENgES, VaRiETy, aND OPPORTuNiTy, BuT SMall ENOugh ThaT yOuR VOiCE aND CONTRiBuTiONS MaTTER. Daily life is easy, and people are friendly. And young—Columbus is one of the nation’s largest college towns, so there’s lots of rule-bending energy, big thinking, and stuff to do. • 1.7 million people (including 115,000 college students) • One of the top 10 creative scenes in the U.S. • One of the 15 most affordable cities in the U.S. • Airport 10 minutes from campus for easy access to New York City, Chicago, and other culture/arts centers





APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS DEaDliNES Applications are considered for fall (August) semester entry only. Priority Admission application deadline: Feb. 15 Financial Aid application deadline: Feb. 15 Please note: Applications received by the deadlines will receive priority consideration for merit-and need-based scholarships. Please review Scholarships and Financial Aid below for more information. *Following priority deadline applications will be received and reviewed on a case by case basis.

aPPliCaTiON MaTERialS • Portfolio—Your portfolio should consist of 20 examples of your work, or three time-based works, or some combination. It should be submitted entirely as digital files through (Further details are available at • Project proposal—See below for details. • Résumé/CV—PDF format. • Letters of recommendation—Three letters of recommendation are required from faculty, guidance counselors, professional artists, employers, or other adults not related to you. Recommendation requests are initiated through • Application fee ($60) • College transcripts


• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) • Proof of English proficiency—International students from countries where English is not the sole official language must submit proof of English proficiency. A minimum score of TOEFL iBT 80 or IELTS 6.5 is required. Scores can be submitted via postal mail and should be requested through the test center. CCAD’s code for TOEFL results is 1085. hOW TO aPPly Complete the online application at Through postal mail, submit college transcripts to: Graduate Admissions Columbus College of Art & Design 60 Cleveland Ave. Columbus OH 43215 A campus visit and interview are recommended but not required. To schedule, go to or contact Graduate Admissions at or 614.222.3249. PROJECT PROPOSal TiPS Describe the first project you would like to undertake in the program. Be as clear and specific as possible. Although we request that your proposal be in written form, we also like to view appropriate visual supporting materials. This could include websites, videos, images, audio recordings, or other materials. Proposals should be formatted as a PDF.


Your project proposal is judged not only on its creativity and originality but also on its clarity, organization, and presentation. Remember that your initial project needs to be completed in one semester, so scope and feasibility need to be considered carefully. Please address the following topics in your project proposal: 1. Briefly and clearly describe the project, including a short narrative about the work or research that has led you to this interest and visual documentation of your own or others’ work that has influenced this proposal. 2. Discuss the historical, critical, or cultural contexts for your proposal and the influences that you feel are applicable. 3. What media/methodology will your project involve? 4. What resources (facilities/instruction) do you anticipate needing? (What can CCAD offer you to complete your project?) Scholarships & Financial Aid All admitted students are automatically considered for institutional scholarships. To be considered for need-based grants or other forms of institutional, state, and federal financial aid, domestic applicants are required to complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at CCAD’s code number is 003039. Information about additional resources can be found at college-services/one-stop-student-services/financial-aid/additionalfinancial-aid-resources or by calling 614.222.3295.


Housing Graduate student housing is available in CCAD’s Design Square Apartments on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, go to Questions? Contact Graduate Admissions at or 614.222.3249.


Columbus College of Art & Design prepares tomorrow’s creative leaders for professional careers— and applied creativity is our core. We don’t just encourage great ideas; through our BFA, MFA, and community programs, we teach creative people of all ages how to bring their ideas to life and take them out into the world.

Enrollment: 1,335 students Campus: 14 buildings on 9 acres Degrees offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Community programs: »» Local, national, and international exhibitions »» Visual arts classes and workshops for all ages »» Pre-college program for high-school students »» Advanced training for professionals »» Visiting artist lectures Events calendar: Contact: or (toll-free) 877.977.2223


60 Cleveland Ave. Columbus OH 43215 614.222.3249

CCAD MFA Guidebook 2013-2014  

Utilizing a structure rare in the United States, this exciting program draws its inspiration from the way artists actually work. The project...

CCAD MFA Guidebook 2013-2014  

Utilizing a structure rare in the United States, this exciting program draws its inspiration from the way artists actually work. The project...