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VISCR-6300-3: VCS Topics: Publishing as Practice

Spring 2020

Subject: Graduate Visual and Critical Studies
Type: Seminar
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Level: Graduate

Campus: TBD
Course Dates: January 21, 2020 — May 08, 2020
Meetings: Tue 12:00-03:00PM, Off Campus - Curatorial Research Bureau
Instructor: Frances Richard

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 4/6


This course will consider critical strategies of writing as a profession, focusing largely on the dynamic and creative sphere of arts publishing. Over the semester, we will focus on the state of the field by assessing art writing and criticism from the site of diverse publications in print and online art journals, newspapers, blogs, and magazines. Special attention will be paid to thinking expansively about where art writing and criticism can "live" and the many forms it can take. For instance, what does considering a zine, graphic novel, infographic, video, meme, creative writing, poetry, or social media as forms of criticism produce? While new forms of making and artistic practice emerge, this class will examine the ways that art writing should equally make dynamic shifts. In addition, this course will approach the profession of writing from a practical perspective through crafting pitches, clip packs, cultivating audience, editing, voice, style guides, different forms of "art writing," ethics in publishing, and the inner workings of diverse writing professions. How do we begin to build an audience for our writing? This course is held in collaboration with Art Practical, the arts publishing and media organization hosted by CCA. Students will engage a combination of readings, lectures, and visits from writing professionals in the field and compile their own professional portfolio, including the opportunity to publish a piece of writing in Art Practical.

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