Early in the Spring quarter in the first year of residency graduate students are reviewed by the full faculty through open studio visits, a group exhibition, and presentations (which are augmented by written statements), and a vote is taken regarding advancement to the second year of study.
Prior to the review, students prepare a 1-2 page artist’s statement to be distributed to the faculty addressing their work. First year students present images of their work in front of all the faculty one evening after the exhibition has been installed. Students also meet with two faculty members in the presence of their work at the exhibition to discuss and answer questions relevant to the student’s interests.
Advancement to candidacy criteria: first year coursework completed, interacted with faculty on a regular basis, invited faculty into their studios on a regular basis, became a dynamic part of the graduate community, studio or praxis work has assumed a trajectory of exploration and growth, TA or Reader work has been carried out well. Following the review, each student must meet with his/her thesis committee to review specific feedback and faculty critiques. Students who fail to receive a favorable majority from the faculty in this review are placed on monitored status for a second review in the fall. If progress is still unsatisfactory, students may be detained in their advancement towards graduation or asked to leave the program.