Courses

Required Courses for SIM Majors Only

MPSM276, 376, 476 Studio for Interrelated Media Major Studio
Thursdays 1:30 – 6:30 pm All SIM Full time Faculty
This is a studio class in which individuals and groups present and discuss work in media of their choice such as audio, video, computer, performance, publishing, and production of events that interrelate media. Each week, student presentations of work are organized into performances, discussions, workshops, and exhibitions produced by students who select, schedule and technically support the presentation. This course repeats every semester and is required for all SIM Majors.  It is not available to non SIM Majors.

Every Semester SIM offers a variety of Open Electives that are open to any MassArt student from any department. 

FA19 Electives Open to All

MPSM337 Electronic Projects for Artists
MON 1:30 – 6:30 pm D. Moser
The purpose of this studio course is to provide skills and information that will be useful for artists who use electronic devices in their artworks.

MPSM342 Methods and Design in Art Exhibitions and Installation
MON 3 – 8 pm R. Gainfort
In this course, students will be guided through the design/build fundamentals of installing an art exhibit, preparing artwork for installation and the construction methods used in producing exhibitions.

MPSM357 Experimental Ensembles
TUES 9 am – 1 pm E. Buckholtz
Experimental Ensembles is an opportunity for students to collaborate in significant ways on works that involve various groupings of student ensembles engaging in collective actions that are both performance and non-performance based.

MPSM273 Intro to Sound Studio
TUES 1:30 – 6:30pm E. Freeman
Students are instructed in the principles of electroacoustic and digital sound processing, including audio recording, editing, mixing, and signal processing techniques. Students are expected to create original sound works and have access to SIM Sound Studio outside of class time.

MPSM211 Interrelated Media Practice
WED 9 – 1 pm J. Obando
This is an introductory critique studio course where students produce and present interrelated media artworks in progress and/or in final form in order to expand their artistic practice, interact with artists from other disciplines, and refine public speaking skills. Great option for non-SIM majors to explore interdisciplinary art practice.

MPSM361 Investigations in Expanded Cinema
WED 9 -1 pm E. Buckholtz
The course investigates how pre cinematic forms can inform the post cinematic and is designed to familiarize students with a wide variation of art practices related to contemporary installation and immersive notions of art.

MPSM205  Stagecraft and Technical Production
WED 3 – 8 pm M. Azanow
This course aims to demystify basic lighting, rigging, sound and staging practices. Technical workshops will be conducted during class time where students work in teams to complete assignments. Demos and lectures also include site planning, power distribution, and safety in the workspace.

MPSM221 Interdisciplinary Video
WED 3 – 8 pm A. Flackett
This is a studio course in which students learn the basics of video production – from shooting to editing to the use of effects and finally publishing/screening final works.  The class explores the inclusion of video in installations, live performance, and other experimental applications.

MPSM317 Event Planning and Production
THUR 9 am-1 pm N. Sturiale
This is the fall segment of a year-long course designed for those that are actively involved in organizing and producing ambitious events and exhibitions throughout the year. Open to any student that is actively producing on or off campus events. Please contact nsturiale@massart.edu with your project proposal.

MPSM402 Art Life and $
FRI 9:00am-1:00pm S. Schaefer
This course is targeted towards soon-to-graduate art students who are thinking about the practicalities of continuing life as in independent artist after art school. The course attempts to demystify tax responsibilities, non-profit organization opportunities, and grant-writing, and mental wellbeing after college. In collaboration with the 3D department. Lots of great guests!
 

For full course descriptions, see davinci.massart.edu
Questions?  email nita.sturiale@massart.edu

SP19 Electives

MPSM-205 Stagecraft and Technical Production
Wed. 3-8:00pm.     Instructor: Azanow
This course aims to demystify basic lighting, rigging, sound and staging practices. Technical workshops will be conducted during class time where students work in teams to complete assignments. Demos and lectures also include site planning, power distribution, and safety in the workspace.

MPSM-211 Interrelated Media Practice
Weds. 8:00am-1:00pm.     Instructor: Obando
This is a critique studio course where students produce and present interrelated media artworks in progress and/or in final form. The course is closely modeled after the Studio for Interrelated Media Major Studio course, but with a smaller class size. Additionally, rotating faculty also present emerging topics related to interrelated media for discussion and exploration. For SIM Majors, this course provides a more intimate setting to work through artworks in progress. For Non-majors, it is an opportunity to expand one’s artistic practice, interact with artists from other disciplines, and refine public speaking skills. There is no prerequisite and it is an open elective.

MPSM-207 Beat Research
Wed. 3-8:00pm.     Instructor: Flackett

This is a studio course about electronic music and culture. Students explore the techniques of sampling, sequencing and drum programming using current music making software including Reason and Ableton Live.

MPSM-216 On The Spot
Tues & Fri 9:30-12:00pm      Instructor: Bermejo
This course explores the body as a tool for making instantaneous performance choices. We will work through a series of improvisational techniques from concepts of “Action Theater” to contact improvisation. Students will work individually, in duets, and in groups to explore gesture, space, time, energy, intention and the voice. This is great class for those who want to get more comfortable with their bodies and movement. as well as their ability to think on their feet in any setting.

MPSM-272 Sound Performance
Thurs 9:00am-1:00pm      Instructor: Buckholtz
Students will learn elements of sound performance, technical considerations including vocal techniques, content development and presentational context. Students present live sound pieces on a weekly basis.

MPSM-317 Event Planning and Production
Thurs 9:00am-1:00pm      Instructor: Obando
This is the spring segment of a year-long course designed for those that are actively involved in organizing and producing events and exhibitions throughout the year. It is required for Eventworks Producers and Godine Family Gallery Managers. It is also open to any student that is actively producing events and would like support writing proposals, timelines, budgets, and preparing documentation. Students will meet with the instructor one on one throughout the semester; additionally the class will meet periodically as a group to discuss general production issues. If you are starting a large event-based project in the spring, you may request to add the course by permission of instructor. Please contact nsturiale@massart.edu with your project proposal.

MPSM400 Intensive Performance Art
Tues 1:30-06:30pm      Instructor: Schaefer
Image: Linda Montano & Tehching Hsieh, Art/Life One Year Performance (Rope Piece)

In this class, students develop and deepen ways performance art fits into their practice. Through in-class exercises, student-led studio time, and personal research students investigate audience – performer relationships, site-specificity, working with extended duration, body awareness, risk management, personae work, delegated performance approaches, and documentation strategies. Approaching performance art through a visual arts lens, we investigate the history and contemporary climate around the medium’s inclusion and/or exclusion from institutional art contexts, public space, and artist-run initiatives. 


MPSM-409 Mining Meaning (Contemporary Methods of Inquiry)
Wed 8:00-1:00pm      Instructor: Buckholtz
This advanced class focuses on the development of artistic practice and individualized research through multiple lenses. During the course, students are expected to create project based works through multi-faceted approaches to research. The course examines Practice-based Research which is a form of research that aims to advance knowledge partly by means of practice. Discussion, in-depth reading and written analysis regarding contemporary issues in art are a fundamental component of the course.

Studio for Interrelated Media 2018-2019