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School for the Contemporary Arts


(604) 2913363 Tel, (604) 2915907 Fax, www.sfu.ca/sca

Director

O. Underhill BMus (Vic, BC), MA, (NY State)

Graduate Program Chair

D.K. MacIntyre BMus, MMus (Vic, BC)

Faculty and Areas of Research

S.A. Aloi - choreography, text based dance theatre, interdisciplinary performance

C.V.A. Browne - documentary and innovative film production, poetry, fiction, screenplay, poetics, interdisciplinary performance

A. Clay - drawing, painting, text work, installation, contemporary feminist and critical theories

H. Daniel - performance and new technologies

H. Dawkins - social history of 19th century visual art, women's history, feminist, psychoanalytic and cultural theory

M. Diamond - acting, directing, dramaturgy, creative writing

A. Eigenfeldt - music for dance, MIDI systems, digital signal processing

M. Eist - ballet, modern dance, body therapies, choreography, dance education, dance history

J. Garay - choreography, performance, costume design

M.S. Gotfrit - electroacoustic music, film-sound design and scoring

R. Groeneboer - film direction, editing and script writing, film production

P. Gruben - directing, scriptwriting, editing: dramatic feature films

G. Harris - lighting and scenic design

B. Hegland - lighting design, stage design, theatre technology, theatre architecture

D.D. Kugler - directing, dramaturgy

J. Levitin* - film production and theory, independent film making, feminist film criticism, ideological studies, third world film, comedy, directing, women's studies

J.A. Macfarlane - lighting design for the stage, theatre technology

D.K. MacIntyre - music composition, interdisciplinary composition and performance, collaboration

C. Prophet - choreography and performance

J. Radul - performance, video, photography, sound and text, contemporary theory

A. Smith - drumming, jazz, popular music and accompaniment

G. Snider - sculpture, installation, public art, contemporary art theory

P. Stella - acting, directing, playmaking, dramaturgy

B.D. Truax** - acoustic communication, electroacoustic music and computer music (composition and software development), world soundscape studies

O. Underhill - composition, conducting, contemporary ensembles, music theatre, interdisciplinary collaboration, 20th century theory

C. Welsby - avant garde film and video making, photography and time-based gallery installations

J. Yoon - installation, photography, multimedia image and text, contemporary theoretical issues concerning representation and cultural politics

*joint appointment with women's studies

**joint appointment with communication

MFA Program

The program, leading to a master of fine arts in interdisciplinary studies, provides a advanced training in music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts. It furthers cross-disciplinary research, technical skill and artistic creativity, and the development of critical awareness of the relatedness of the arts both in contemporary society and in an historical perspective.

Courses provide flexibility to accommodate individual differences in background and artistic goals, with emphasis throughout on the production of creative work in an interdisciplinary context.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a BFA, BA, BMus or BEd in one or more of the art disciplines, with a 3.0 CGPA or better. In special cases, a candidate may be admitted who does not satisfy this requirement but who either possesses comparable certification (an art school or conservatory diploma) or has exceptional experience as a practising artist.

Applicants must demonstrate creative competence with a high standing in undergraduate courses in music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art, or substantial experience in these fields outside the university. For the consideration of the admissions committee, applicants must submit a portfolio of work in the form of audio or video tapes, scores, slides, films, plays or academic papers. Performing artists may be asked to audition.

Foreign students may be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language, attained by scoring 570 or above in the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Degree Requirements

MFA candidates complete a minimum of 40 credit hours, including 30 of course work and a project, which is the equivalent of 10 credit hours. In most cases, this project is an art presentation accompanied by appropriate documentation with an oral defence. The project plus the required interdisciplinary seminars account for 20 hours; of the remaining 20, 15 will normally be from within the school.

Students must complete all of

FPA 811-5 Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar I

FPA 812-5 Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar II

FPA 813-5 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studio

FPA 898-10 Master of Fine Arts Graduating Project

plus three of

FPA 883-5 Studio in Fine and Performing Arts I

FPA 885-5 Studio in Fine and Performing Arts II

FPA 887-5 Selected Topics in Fine and Performing Arts*

FPA 889-5 Directed Study in Fine and Performing Arts*

*Work involving substantial investigation of another artistic discipline outside the area of concentration must be in the proposed work for at least one of FPA 883, 885, 887, 889. A graduate course from another department could substitute for FPA 887 or 889 with the supervisory committee's permission.

Graduate Courses

FPA 811-5 Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar I

Critical study of contemporary issues in the fine and performing arts, with emphasis on concerns common to diverse artistic disciplines and the interaction between art and society.

FPA 812-5 Interdisciplinary Seminar II

Continuation of FPA 811. Prerequisite: FPA 811.

FPA 813-5 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studio

A selected topics studio course with an emphasis on interdisciplinary artistic projects. Prerequisite: FPA 811 or 812.

FPA 883-5 Studio in FPA I

Intensive studio work, concentrated in a particular art discipline, but with opportunity to involve interdisciplinary materials and techniques.

FPA 885-5 Studio in FPA II

Continuation of FPA 883. Prerequisite: FPA 883.

FPA 887-5 Selected Topics in Fine and Performing Arts

Study of particular artistic techniques or issues. The topic varies from semester to semester.

FPA 889-5 Directed Study in Fine and Performing Arts
FPA 898-10 Master of Fine Arts Graduating Project


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