chris ann ambery on November 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm Thanks for sharing this. I have 3 semesters to go and was already beginning to panic over the idea of writing a thesis this will help me to begin to organize my thoughts.
I have promised myself I wouldn’t RYAN SESLOW on November 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm Sounds good Chris Ann! I will see you in the ART550 course this coming fall!Reply Sofie Hoff on November 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm I will definitely make use of your template when trying to organize my thesis draft that I will be sending you this weekend! Thanks again for posting this and for making is straight forward and simple by narrowing it down to the most important stuff.
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So, thanks! 😀ReplyRYAN SESLOW on April 25, 2015 at 10:21 pm Thanks Sofie! Glad to help!ReplyElyse on January 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm Thank you for making this public! I enjoy writing, but “written thesis” is so daunting, especially without any sort of guidelines.
I feel RYAN SESLOW on January 23, 2017 at 2:51 am Thanks so much Elyse!Reply Jessieca Joseph Benedict on January 29, 2017 at 2:21 pm Thank you so much for this! I’m only entering my second year as a BFA student and thought that I should start practicing when it comes to writing a thesis 10 Nov 2014 - How to Write Your MFA Thesis in Fine Art (And Beyond) (Ongoing) I enjoy Will you generate a floor plan sketch to accompany the proposed .
I stumbled upon your article and I find that your guidelines and exercises helpful. 🙂ReplyThanks so much Jessieca! Good Luck, keep me posted if I can help Anita Williams on February 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm Thank you Ryan,I am in my final semester of a low residency MFA program. It is a brand new MFA and we had lots of growing pains.
While I have been “journalling” all along, we did not get any guidelines for our thesis until a few weeks ago. Your article is very RYAN SESLOW on February 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm Thanks so much Anita. Im glad you have found this essay as I wrote it to offer help, and create dialog here! The beauty of writing the MFA thesis is the freedom one gets to really dig into their 2-3 year specified process and format the structure itself.
This structure can be transparent and also retained.
I believe that many programs follow a similar format as they encourage their students to cultivate self-motivation and also the inventiveness one needs to stand out in contrast to the other 25,000 plus people who complete MFA degrees each year The research proposal is central to your application to undertake further In other words, think about how to situate your project in the context of your discipline. What forms of textual, historical or visual analysis are relevant to your topic/field .
This is my opinion, but how uninteresting would it be for everyone to follow the exact same format? What would be learned that way? Perhaps we all need to re-write our thesis every few years to measure our growth as we expand and evolve.
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I’m only in my second semester of the MFA program. They haven’t given us any tools for actually HOW to do this besides the technical format. Do you have any tips for how to incorporate the writing into a blog? It would be an interesting way to document my growth over the next two RYAN SESLOW on April 6, 2017 at 7:01 pm Thanks so much LaKaye! Indeed, this seems to be a common concern as programs tend to give a vague or limited “technical abstract” of what they may want but don’t seem to clearly offer techniques and exercises to help achieve this. Perhaps this is intentional, and or a metaphor for students to take action.
Im sure your professors would help you if you were to approached them specifically with this in mind. You could be the one who helps generate a template (like this one above) for other incoming students.
Let me know if I can help you and your classmates do this? The idea is to get the student pro-active, and to take inspired responsibility for creating and crafting the final thesis in their personal style. One thing is for sure, waiting for your final semester to get started would be a terrible idea.
I highly suggest starting a blog to use as a means of practice, exercise, assessment, promotion, discussion and archiving! My friends at reclaim hosting ( ) have a great rate for students to register a unique domain name and host their websites for less than $35. This is an incredible rate! Setting up a self hosted wordpress blog is a powerful tool.
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Think of yourself as a digital storyteller sharing a narrative about your process, what excites you, what inspires you, and what kind of critical thinking needs to be applied 28 Feb 2017 - How to Write Your MFA Thesis in Fine Art (And Beyond) Will you generate a floor plan sketch to accompany the proposed composition?.
The how’s and why’s of our experiences are where we dig into the core of understanding our intentions and what we are communicating in our work.
Perhaps, making your MFA thesis an actual blog is an asset because it shares your transparency in the process and helps others see your example. I intended for this tutorial do that 🙂ReplyLaKaye on April 6, 2017 at 7:12 pm I’m loving the idea of keeping record on my blog! Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful reply.
I plan to share this information with my RYAN SESLOW on April 6, 2017 at 7:14 pm My Pleasure! Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing! Reply Meghan on September 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm While reading your words I kept answering “yes” to your questions. Yes the thought of writing a thesis is daunting and yes I have been procrastinating because of it.
After reading the post in its entirety I feel relieved. Thank you, Ryan!ReplyRyan Seslow on September 21, 2017 at 2:49 pm Excellent, Meghan! Lets do it!ReplyRYAN SESLOW on September 23, 2017 at 12:46 am Thanks so much Meghan. For many years I was greatly affected by bad past writing assignments and experiences that stayed with me.
It wasn’t for the lack of grammar or punctuation but the lack of interest in writing about topics that were not interesting.
Discovering and creating a technique for oneself is a big part of what has helped me. Example after example of what to do, and also not to do.
Ultimately one must create what works for them, and in the process be able to explain the story that led up to the changes that were made As part of the application for admission onto our MJur, MPhil and PhD programmes, you must prepare a research proposal outlining your proposed area of study .
Im not saying this template will work for everyone, it wont, but I do hope it will be a supporting contrast for those seeking to improve their writing skills. ReplySharon papp on September 22, 2017 at 10:36 pm This outline doesn’t take the edge off for me. While the guidelines to creating a body of literary documentation are quite helpful, this also creates more anxiety as my mind spins in conflict.
I understand the reason for documenting a body of artistic work. It makes sense to journal in some way as to make new discoveries and reflect on choices, purpose, and motivation.
What I am troubled by is the structure of the paper itself and the expectation of the reader. I hope to convey my intention through art and words if only to understand myself and track growth. A critique on what I write about and in a format that is not natural rather imposed, triggers feelings of unease.
I myself do not wish to become a corrosion of RYAN SESLOW on September 23, 2017 at 1:13 am So well said! And the growth will be so very present! The beauty of this kind of paper is the writer’s journey to create the structure in the process and make the needed revisions over time.
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I would never suggest that anyone follow one specific template Composing A Dissertation Proposal On Fine Art: Useful Hints The following are some ideas that will help you get your paper done in the best way, and score .
I love the idea of making connections to things via our feelings. The first time I wrote a thesis it took me about a year to understand how I thought about my work. I then discovered when the thesis paper was completed and turned in, time would pass, and it would no longer represent the work I was doing.
Change and growth found me in such a graceful way. The paper was a tool and learning metric of growth.
It taught me that I would grow, and I would be able to watch that growth. I also taught me that re-inventing ourselves can be done through creating exercises and challenges set up for ourselves.
And, if we help others in the process we all learn so much more about ourselves and each other. RYAN SESLOW on September 26, 2017 at 3:25 am Chie . Reply Joselyn Xiao on September 26, 2017 at 12:01 am Because English is the second language of many international students, learning to write properly for me is terribly difficult. Im very grateful to you Ryan, your article gave me many hints to writing paper.
It lets me know where to start, and how to write. In fact, I usually write essays feeling afraid and not getting the main idea across to the reader.
I also often write in subtitles, I think this is my biggest weakness, I cannot find my own writing direction. It seems that I need to first outline an outline to write the thesis RYAN SESLOW on September 26, 2017 at 4:02 am Yes! Writing your MFA thesis in your second language is ambitious and wonderful! I am happy to help and we will work hard on this together! Lets first discuss the main idea surrounding your thesis work this week! See you soon!Reply Grace Pentecoste on September 26, 2017 at 1:09 am The break down you have of the thesis makes it less overwhelming and more straight forward.
It creates an organization that allows me to really focus one piece at a time. It also allows me see that I still have some figuring out to do but I am excited and hopeful to figure it all out!ReplyRYAN SESLOW on September 26, 2017 at 4:06 am Thank you Grace! Simplifying and then continuing to simplify over time has been my greatest asset.
Organizing fragments into short lists helps me put a focus of specific points About us · Business and Arts and culture A research proposal provides evidence of the development of your research ideas and preparedness Following a successful application, the proposal will help to focus your early research and .
This guide is still in review and I continue to add and reduce from Laura Sweeney on September 26, 2017 at 4:16 am I’m really looking forward to exploring this tutorial practice further.
I’m used to jotting ideas and steps in different notepads and iPhone notes but pushing myself to sit and focus and write a step by step practice is extremely helpful. Last night I wrote a tutorial on using acrylic paint after having used oil paint for so long.
Breaking down my own process already has me thinking of new ideas I want to try out. I can already see this will help me explain techniques to students in the future in a more effective way too so thank you! I take for granted some small steps that others might find valuable.
I myself love when an artist shares their process sparing no details! Formulating guides as a habit will hopefully help me understand my own goals as an artist and also serve as a reminder if I start working differently. As far as the thesis outline goes, I’m thrilled to have this template to stir up ideas to brainstorm while working on new projects.
Breaking it down makes it far less intimidating, thank you!ReplyRYAN SESLOW on September 26, 2017 at 1:03 pm Laura, excellent! I would love to see the tutorial! And indeed, you should share the tutorial online! Transparency is a great teacher, it helps consider that there is always someone who can learn from our sharing!ReplyRYAN SESLOW on September 26, 2017 at 1:08 pm I have also learned that sometimes all it takes for getting more transparency out of people is by simply asking! I have reached out to quite a few of my favorite artists and online personalities and asked them for a description of their process, most of the time it has worked!ReplyRYAN SESLOW on September 27, 2017 at 6:13 pm “Thrilled” is a great word to apply to Thesis writing! Awesome! Looking forward to your work Laura!Reply Hyon on October 1, 2017 at 12:10 am This outline has made my life so much easier! I am less nervous about starting my thesis. Thank you so much for posting this, it will definitely be something that I will keep coming back to as I prepare my thesis.
Writing something like a thesis is very overwhelming to me because English is my second language. I’m worried that I will not be able to share my thoughts exactly, but at least now my format won’t be wrong!!ReplyRYAN SESLOW on October 1, 2017 at 12:13 am Excellent! Thank you Hyon! Yes, we will be able to express all of thoughts and ideas perfectly.
It will take practice and we will work on this together and in our class! Exciting times! ReplyGerard Turnley on October 14, 2017 at 10:23 am Thank you for sharing this invaluable content, I am presently doing my MFA at Ulster University.
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When I approach my thesis I really struggle with the concept of writing objectively and constantly find myself writing in the first person 3 Oct 2009 - Fine Art Practice particularly struggled to find research at many different levels, from helping me to think about the art world to prodding proposed that the purpose of writing for dance was to make and justify a claim of..
Do you have any advice with regards how I can write more “academically”, my subject matter is extremely personal and I am finding due to the nature of the contentious issues I am trying to process, I cannot convincingly depersonalize my writing and thought RYAN SESLOW on October 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm Thanks so much Gerard, I will respond back with some more info soon! Yes I can advise Gerard Turnley on November 2, 2017 at 5:38 am Hi Ryan, Sorry to bug you.
If you could spare a moment and send me any literature that could help me with writing in the third person it will be most valuable. RegardsHi Gerard, Thanks for the note, Im super curious as to how you will use the info? Would you be writing your MFA thesis from a third person perspective? Shoot me an e-mail to discuss a bit more.
ryan(at) lyCecelia Ivy Price on October 28, 2017 at 4:45 am This was much needed! I am beginning to write an abstract for a conference about one of my works. After I began I was wondering if the outline for a standard research paper would even really apply for artwork? After doing some searching I came across this article.
Thank you!I know it will come in handy when I have to write my final thesis too!ReplyRYAN SESLOW on November 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm Great! Thanks, keep me posted if I can help further. 🙂Reply Fatima on January 3, 2018 at 12:46 pm Thank you so much for giving world such important and valuable information.
i am right now working on my thesis work in fin arts diploma and i really needed this 🙂 once again thank you.