Studio, Archive, Field: Advanced Projects in Media and Visual Art

Fall 2017
Winter 2018
Spring 2018
Class Size: 17
Credits per quarter

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media arts, photography, visual studies

In this program, students prepared for intensive study of the theory and practice of contemporary art and media will pursue capstone projects in film, video, sound, installation, photography, and other 2-D and 3-D visual arts in a directed and supportive learning community. The program will support students as they forge their own research-based artistic practice that combines creative and critical methods. Students will develop their projects in the context of this program's specific focus on the site, shape, and significance of iteration, duration, and structured experimentation in the creative process; in particular, we will consider the studio , the archive , and the field (or site-specificity) as three distinct but interrelated locations and methodologies of art-making that require different ways of thinking, working, and being in relationship to one’s materials, communities, and contexts. Students with a significant background in media theory or art history who wish to engage in an arts-based practice or academic project such as museum studies, curatorial and archival practices, or an arts-related internship are also welcome.

In fall, we will establish our homeroom-studio as students set up their own workspaces there and at home. We will study artists whose practice is based in archival research and fieldwork. We will then explore the archive and the field as spaces for our own artistic research as students complete collaborative and individual assignments by working in local archives and pursuing observational and other site-based practices in the field.

In winter, we will deepen our understanding of the ethics, stakes, and politics of the archive, fieldwork, and site-specificity, and students will organize into groups and create a shared syllabus for weekly meetings. Students will plan and complete an individual creative project, creating an individual syllabus that outlines research in the archive and the field. They will maintain a creative practice in their studios and acquire new skills in workshops, as needed.

In spring, students will expand their winter project or complete a new project, again based in archival and field research and studio practice. We will consider the question of exhibition and audiences as students collaboratively design and host a final conference and exhibition of their work at the end of the program. Students will also attend workshops on professional practices and protocols, discuss the job and graduate school search, prepare for the application process, and consider the world of grant funding.

Throughout the year, students will present their work and engage in extensive discussion and critique at each stage of their process. Students will share skills and provide support on their peers’ projects. Students will attend lectures, screenings, and workshops as well as the art lecture series, participate in group critiques, read and discuss research material and texts, complete writing assignments, lead seminar, present their research, and learn how to more effectively document and reflect critically on their working methods and processes. Students enrolling for less than 16 credits will have smaller-scale assignments and may attend fewer class meetings over the course of each quarter.

We will take an overnight field trip in fall. We will also spend time in local or regional archives and establish a site-based practice in winter and spring. While travel is not required in winter and spring, our program will accommodate short trips as part of students’ site-based practice.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

visual and media arts, art history, visual studies, media studies, humanities, and education


Credits per quarter


Students must have both the academic breadth and depth to do advanced work in the arts. In addition to a broad liberal arts foundation, students must have substantive background in at least one of the following areas: media studies, media arts, visual art, art history, or visual studies. Students must have 1) a broad liberal arts foundation indicated by at least 32 credits of an Evergreen interdisciplinary program or the equivalent study in areas outside of the arts; 2) at least 32 credits of Mediaworks, Studio Projects, or the equivalent in-depth study of the history, theory, and practice of visual and/or media arts; 3) upper-division college-level reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills. Students who have successfully completed research projects, long-form essays (10–20 pages), and/or individual and collaborative self-directed creative projects are likely to be well-prepared for this program. All students must be prepared to commit to a regular studio and research practice, collaborative as well as individual creative projects, and academic research and writing.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Special expenses:

Students editing video should expect to spend $100–$200 on an external hard drive. 


$350 in winter for entrance fees, an overnight field trip, and art supplies.

Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 17

Scheduled for: Day

Advertised schedule:

First class meeting: Monday, September 25 at 12pm (Lab II 2209)

Located in: Olympia

May be offered again in:


2018-06-11Spring fee cancelled.
2017-12-07Fee icreased (from$330 to $350).
2017-11-30This program is not accepting new enrollment winter quarter.
2017-11-21Winter fee increased ($330).
2017-09-19This program does not accept new enrollment in spring quarter.
2017-04-26Winter and spring fees increased (from $40 to $200 in winter and $150 in spring).
2017-01-27This program offers a 12-credit option in addition to the 16-credit option.