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The cultural explosion of video has created new career opportunities for students, and has hastened a need for much more in-depth, systematic study of video. Therefore we have greatly revised and expanded our curriculum. 

Our new production training provides the equipment and time necessary for students to develop a hands-on understanding of the tools, terminology and workflow of a production crew. Pre-Production & Post-Production courses further enhance organizational and technical skills. History courses focus on the study of important experimental film and video art works that are understood as critical to the development of video making.  A range of

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Video Studio
Department of Studio Art
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2775

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Swedish Prize for Recent Grad

Jenny Yurshansky (Studio Art M.F.A., 2010) has been awarded a prize by the Bonnier Foundation of Sweden, the first time in the 25 years since the prize was first awarded that it has gone to a non-Swede. Four of the five pieces that she submitted for this prize were works from her graduate thesis exhibition at the University Gallery, UCI, featuring a mix of sculpture, installations, and site-specific interventions. The foundation is adding Yurshansky's work "A Hermetic Dilemma" (pictured above) to its collection and is giving her a special exhibition at the Bonnierskonsthall in Stockholm that opens this month.

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graduate | critical & curatorial studies

The MFA in Art with a Concentration in Critical & Curatorial Studies educates graduate students to pursue a career in the fields of curatorial practice, art criticism, and public programming.  Upon completion of this three-year program, the student will be well versed in debates that define art and visual culture from modernism to the present, capable of conceiving new models of contemporary exhibition and criticism, and trained to execute professional, innovative projects in the field.  The University Art Galleries will be prominently featured in the curriculum, serving as laboratories for cultural research conducted by the Critical and Curatorial students and faculty.

The concentration's curriculum is interdisciplinary, taught and administered by a core faculty selected from Studio Art and the Visual Studies PhD program in the School of the Humanities.  The collaboration between Studio Art and Visual Studies is designed to prepare graduates for careers in such

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