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Spotlight: Columbia College Chicago

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Text by Sam Willett

Photos by Jacob Boll

Located around the Windy City's South Loop, Columbia College Chicago offers a wide variety of master's courses aimed to expand and nurture students' artistic perspectives, engagement with diverse opportunities, and connection with the contemporary art community. Its renowned staff contains experts in their fields and provides relevant connections between professional artistry and the classroom, encouraging an ongoing dialogue that unmasks a student's greatest potential. With more than 15 programs offered, aspiring designers and creative types can easily find a program that is representative of their interests.

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PROGRAM: MA in Interdisciplinary Arts

PROGRAM LENGTH: One year

WHY ATTEND: Future educators could benefit from the program's focus on dissecting and drawing connections to interdisciplinary art theory and history.

COST: $967 per credit

COURSE SAMPLER: Visual Art: Theory & Practice; Conceptual Strategies; The Art of Collaboration; Excavating the Image; Art as Practice; Thinking Through Making

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PROGRAM: MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media

PROGRAM LENGTH: Three years

WHY ATTEND: For artists seeking to add new media to their medium, this program focuses on methodologies in performance, installation, interactive art, and community-based art.

COST: $967 per credit

COURSE SAMPLER: Public Art; The Art of Travel; Sound as Art Material; Visual Environments; 21st Century Aesthetics

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PROGRAM: MFA in Interdisciplinary Books & Paper Arts

PROGRAM LENGTH: Three years

WHY ATTEND: Those who think "beyond the page" will appreciate this program's dissection of printed art, whether it involves papermaking or experimenting with performance on a bound page.

COST: $967 per credit

COURSE SAMPLER: In and on the Page; Word; Theory & Practice; Future of the Book; Bookbinding; Visual Narratives

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