Imaging and Digital Arts (IMDA)

Visual Arts Department

VIN GRABILL, Chair
CAZABON, LYNN, Associate Chair
LISA MOREN, Graduate Program Director

Professors
BAILEY, DAN, M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Time-based media
DURANT, MARK ALICE, M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute; Photography
SPITZ, ELLEN HANDLER, Ph.D., Columbia University; Art history
STURGEON, JOHN, M.F.A., from Cornell University

Associate Professors
ABRAHAM, GUENET, M.F.A., Yale University; Graphic design
BRADLEY, STEVE, M.F.A., Florida State University; Electronic media, installation
CAZABON, LYNN, M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art; Photography and digital imaging
CHAN, IRENE, M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute; Printmaking
COOK, CATHY, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Film
DYER, ERIC, M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art; Computer animation
GRABILL, VIN, M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Visual Studies; Video
JACOB, PREMINDA, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Art history
MOREN, LISA, M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art; Inter-media, experimental video
NOHE, TIMOTHY, M.F.A., University of California, San Diego; Inter-media, sound
O'DELL, KATHY, Ph.D., City University of New York, Graduate Center; Art history
RE, MARGARET, M.F.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Visual communications
SMALLS, JAMES, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Art history Associate
WORDEN, FRED, M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts; Film

Assistant Professors
BELL, KATHERINE, M.F.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County, Imaging & Digital Arts
MCDONALD, NEAL, M.F.A. and M.S., Ohio state Univerisity; Animation and Interactive Media
VIVIANA CORDOVA, M.F.A., MICA, Graphic Design

Lecturer
STEVEN H. SILBERG, M.F.A., Photography and Media

Associate Staff
ABBOTT, SANDRA, BS, Towson University; MA, Northern Illinois University; CMS, Harvard University
BERRY, MELANIE, M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Film
GARDNER, SYMMES, M.F.A., Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Painting
PEREGOY, CHRIS, M.F.A, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Digital imaging, photography
MYERS, CHARLES, M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Information systems management
TUDOR, WILLIAM-JOHN, M.F.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Inter-media composition
VALIENTE, CHRISTIAN, B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Visual arts

Degree Offered

M.F.A. in Imaging and Digital Arts

Program Description and Specialties

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program in Imaging and Digital Arts (IMDA) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is an interdisciplinary visual arts program focusing on artistic process and the implementation of artistic ideas using imaging and digital media. Committed to taking a critical approach to the technologies that are at the core of this pursuit, professors in the program guide students in thinking of technology as a cultural construct capable of being altered, enhanced or challenged by artists. The IMDA curriculum is founded on a visual arts tradition, is informed by a rigorous study of the history and theory of contemporary art, and is enriched by opportunities to work in an interdisciplinary fashion with other departments on campus and professionally in off-campus venues.

The M.F.A. in Imaging and Digital Arts recognizes the conceptual and technical transformation now occurring in the visual arts. The program is committed to investigating these transformations within the broader context of the history of art. This exploration of emerging technologies gives rise to new processes that pose new conceptual challenges. Answering these challenges is central to the IMDA student’s course of study.

A limited number of applicants are accepted to the program each fall.

Program Admission and Degree Requirements

General admission requirements are those of the Graduate School. In addition, applicants will submit a portfolio of work, a C.V. and an artist’s statement directly to the visual arts department. Deadline for submitting all application materials is Feb. 1. It is recommended that applicants visit the department during the application process. Students with minor inadequacies in their preparation may fulfill necessary prerequisites concurrently with participation in the program.

The M.F.A. program consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours, of which 12 credits are reserved for a written thesis and thesis exhibition. Six credits may be upper-level undergraduate courses that have been approved for graduate studies by the advisor. A written thesis, a thesis exhibition and oral defense, in addition to a grade of “B” or better in all course work are required for completion of the M.F.A. degree. During the third semester, the student’s research will be reviewed for advancement to candidacy. Students must receive candidacy to continue in the program. After advancing to candidacy, the student will work with his or her thesis advisor and thesis committee in preparation of the thesis and exhibition. Upon approval by the committee, an exhibition, thesis and oral defense will be presented.

Required Course of Study
Courses[Credits]
ART 610: Introduction to Imaging and Digital Arts Seminar[4]
ART 620: History and Theory of Imaging and Digital Arts[4]
ART 624: Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism[4]
ART 640: Imaging and Digital Studio (twice)[8]
ART 720: Seminar in Art History and Theory[4]
ART 740: Advanced Imaging and Digital Studio (twice)[8]
ART 792: Thesis and Exhibition Preparation[2]
ART 798: Graduate Thesis[4]
ART 799: Thesis Exhibition[8]
Electives[14]
Total[60]
Application Deadlines

All original application documents must be sent directly to the Graduate School, not to the graduate program. Applications, portfolios and other required materials must be postmarked by Feb. 1 for consideration by the IMDA M.F.A. Program. Information about the program may be obtained by writing: Graduate Program Director, Imaging and Digital Arts M.F.A. Program, Visual Arts Department, UMBC, FA 111, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA. Phone: 410-455-2150. Fax: 410-455-1053. E-mail: imda-info@imda.umbc.edu. More information about the program is available at the IMDA Web site: www.art.umbc.edu.

Facilities and Special Resources

The university sustains two galleries, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, which curate and present exhibitions of national and international eminence. The Department of Special Collections at the Albin O. Kuhn Library includes 1.5 million original photographic prints and slides, an artist’s book collection and a film and video collection with more than 1,000 titles. An active Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings renowned artists and scholars to the program, and many commit themselves to an engagement with the graduate students in critiques following their primary public presentations.

Artists such as Craig Baldwin, Margot Lovejoy, Cathie Opie, Simon Penny, Carolee Schneemann, Victoria Vesna and Fred Wilson have visited UMBC in recent years. UMBC students also are encouraged to take advantage of the wealth of performances, exhibitions, lectures and screenings in Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and New York. Faculty research interests are current, diverse and reflect hybrid practices and methodologies of emerging media. The benefits of a uniquely qualified faculty with special expertise in interdisciplinary arts, along with an innovative curriculum and facilities, make UMBC singularly prepared to support the academic and creative research of graduate students in the IMDA M.F.A. Program.

To sustain this program materially, UMBC supports impressive imaging and digital media facilities comparable to the finest in the country. The IMDA Program doubled its space when it moved into the program’s production studios and laboratory spaces in the new Information Technology/ Engineering (ITE) Building in the fall of 2003. The IMDA space is now adjacent to the Imaging Research Center’s (IRC) new state-of-the-art facility, fostering increased interdisciplinary opportunities for our graduate students. The IRC continues to conduct leading-edge experimental computer visualization and animation research. The IMDA program’s new facility houses individual studios for video production, editing and audio, as well as a “smart classroom” production studio and an adjacent archive projection booth. The new facility offers additional graduate computing space and faculty-staff offices and a shared instructional lab with the IRC.

Facilities available for graduate students include Final Cut Pro non-linear digital video editing workstations; a Pro-Tools digital sound studio; Maya and Softimage certified training centers; Silicon Graphics and Macintosh computer labs; private color and black-and-white darkrooms with 40” processors; an Epson 9600 40”-wide inkjet printer; large-format, high-resolution scanners; 16mm and 35mm film production equipment; 16mm and 35mm aerial image optical printer and animation stand; film to video transfer; DV video production and postproduction equipment; film, video and photography studios; analog sound studios; professional lighting and grip equipment. In addition to digital labs and media facilities available on campus, IMDA graduate students share 4,800 square feet of studio space in the IMDA graduate studio space, which is located six miles from campus on the first floor of the Raleigh Industrial Building in Baltimore. The facility features a loading dock, parking garage, 24-hour access and a security guard station.

Financial Assistance

The department has a limited number of teaching and research assistantships available. Application for assistantships should be made directly to the graduate program director. For information on other financial aid and student loans, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

COURSE LISTING

ART 610
Introduction to Imaging and Digital Seminar [4]

Contemporary issues, tools, artists and individual work will be discussed. Note: Required course for incoming graduate students to provide a basis for interdisciplinary exploration.

ART 620
History and Theory of Imaging and Digital Arts [4]

History and Theory of Imaging and Digital Arts [4] This course presents a chronological examination of the influences of imaging and digital arts upon major issues and movements in contemporary art. Note: Required course for the M.F.A. degree.

ART 621
Contemporary Art in Process [3]

A study of new directions in the visual and performing arts in conjunction with a visiting artist program. The course is designed as an investigation of the artistic process through viewing work and interacting with the artist.

ART 624
Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism [4]

Focusing on the fundamentals of art theory, criticism, analysis and evaluation, this course will examine contemporary art, theory and the historical and philosophical issues that shape and define art and culture. Note: Required course for the M.F.A. degree.

ART 630
Technical Seminar [2-4]

In-depth research on specific topics and tools. Note: Repeatable up to eight credits.

ART 636
Curatorial Seminar [2]

Investigations into the ideas, issues and roles of the curator and the university gallery. Note: Repeatable up to six credits.

ART 638
Teaching Practicum l [2]

A tutorial course in the practice and issues of teaching. Required as preparation for students who are interested in teaching.

ART 639
Teaching Internship [3]

A student will assume responsibility for teaching a course under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ART 640
Imaging and Digital Studio [4]

A studio course in which the student develops ideas and imagery to produce a body of work. Note: Repeatable up to eight credits. Required course for the M.F.A. degree.

ART 641
Graduate Computer Art Studio [3]

This theme-based studio course will utilize photographic images in combination with other media and techniques. Specific content will be developed by the instructor. Techniques appropriate to content of course will be covered through assignments, readings, writings and critiques. Examples of such themes include performance and images, public art, image transmission and alternative venues for images. Cross listed with ART 369 Topics in Photography.

ART 642
Graduate Video Art Studio [1-6]

Advanced production course for exploration of high-definition video through creation of individual projects. A workshop environment introduces students to high-end HD camcorders, workflow options and the HD post-production environment. Technical instruction, pertinent cinematic examples and conceptual discussions, provide key experiences toward developing production strategies and discovering the inherent aesthetic potential of HD imaging. Cross listed with ART 346 Moving Images III.

ART 643
Graduate Photography Studio [1-6]

This theme-based studio course will utilize photographic images in combination with other media and techniques. Specific content will be developed by the instructor. Techniques appropriate to content of course will be covered through assignments, readings, writings and critiques. Examples of such themes include performance and images, public art, image transmission and alternative venues for images. Cross listed with ART 369 Topics in Photography.

ART 649
Special Topics Studio [4]

Through lectures, demonstrations and critique of student work, current issues and techniques, specific media will be presented. Note: Repeatable up to eight credits. Prerequisite: ART 640 and consent of instructor.

ART 690
Independent Studies [1-6]

A research project conducted under the supervision of a visual arts faculty member. Note: Repeatable up to 12 credits. Prerequisites: ART 640 and permission of instructor.

ART 691
Special Topics in Art History [4]

Special topics in contemporary art history and theory. Specific topics to be announced. Note: Repeatable up to 12 credits.

ART 720
Seminar in Art History and Theory [4]

An examination of major contemporary issues and ideas in art history and theory. Note: Required course for the M.F.A. degree. Prerequisite: ART 620 and ART 624.

ART 740
Advanced Imaging and Digital Studio [4]

A studio course in which the student develops ideas and imagery to produce of a body of work. Note: Required course for the M.F.A. degree. Prerequisite: ART 640.

ART 780
Imaging Symposium in Industry [3-6]

Symposium concerned with specific imaging problems and issues faced in education, business and industry. Representatives from these fields will participate actively in the course work. Note: Repeatable to 12 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ART 790
Independent Study [1-6]

Advanced research project conducted under the supervision of a visual arts faculty member. Note: Repeatable to 12 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ART 792
Thesis and Exhibition Preparation [4]

Preparation of written and thesis exhibition in conjunction with thesis committee. Note: Required course for the M.F.A. degree.

ART 794
Graduate Internship [1-6]

An internship directly related to the graduate student’s emphasis; to be taken under the supervision of a visual arts faculty advisor.

ART 798
Graduate Thesis [4]

This course is designed to prepare the students for Exhibition and Thesis, with a special emphasis on scholarship methods required to write a thesis, including, a 250-word abstract in preparation for their final abstract. The class will review research and style components of a well-constructed thesis text, making use of exemplary papers from past years.

ART 799
Graduate Thesis Exhibition [2-9]

The culmination of a student’s work, presented as a formal exhibition. This course, in conjunction with ART 798, is required for the M.F.A. degree. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.