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For students first matriculating in Fall 2016, the curricular requirements for the three-year Visual and Critical Studies (MA) + Writing (MFA) dual-degree option are as follows:


VCS courses (30 units):

  • Methodologies 1 (6 units)
  • Methodologies 2 (6 units)
  • Strategies for Visual & Critical Studies(3 units)
  • Identity, Difference, & Power (3 units)
  • VCS Topics (6 units)
  • Master’s Project 1 & 2 (6 units)

Writing courses (39 units):

  • Writer's Workshop (12 units)
  • Mentored Study (12 units)
  • Friday Seminar (3 units)
  • Writing Seminar (9 units)
  • Thesis Project (3 units)

Electives

  • Grad-wide electives (6 units)

Total units: 75


Below is an example of how these courses sequence over three years:


First Year

Fall (12 units)

  • Strategies for Visual & Critical Studies (3 units)
  • Writer's Workshop (3 units)
  • Mentored Study (3 units)
  • Friday Seminar (3 units)

Spring (15 units)

  • Identity, Difference & Power (3 units)
  • VCS Topics (3 units)
  • Writer's Workshop (3 units)
  • Mentored Study (3 units)
  • Writing Seminar (3 units)

Second Year

Fall (15 units)

  • Methodologies 1 (3 units)
  • VCS Topics (3 units)
  • Writer's Workshop (3 units)
  • Mentored Study (3 units)
  • Writing Seminar (3 units)

Spring (15 units)

  • Methodologies 1 (3 units)
  • Writer's Workshop (3 units)
  • Mentored Study (3 units)
  • Writing Seminar (3 units)
  • Thesis Project (3 units)

Third Year

Fall (9 units)

  • Methodologies 2 (3 units)
  • Master's Project 1 (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)

​Spring (9 units)

  • Methodologies 2 (3 units)
  • Master's Project 2 (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)

Total: 75 total units

Suggested Course Map

Download the Course Guide for a suggested sequence of courses. The course guide and the degree requirements listed below apply to students matriculating in fall 2017 and spring 2018.

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