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The Master of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies offers preparation for advanced work in audio production, recording, and integrated electronic media. Read more
The Master of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies offers preparation for advanced work in audio production, recording, and integrated electronic media. Coursework helps students develop a strong foundation in audio production and an understanding of the theoretical concepts of closely related disciplines. The program is designed to foster creativity and features a strong technical component utilizing the latest advancements in software and hardware. A diverse range of technical and artistic projects are produced, culminating in a final project of professional caliber. The degree plan also offers preparation for select graduates to teach at the postsecondary level in the field of audio recording and production. Creativity is one of the primary qualities sought in new students for the six-semester program. This creative background may be in audio engineering or in a field closely related to what might be described as "entertainment technology."

The Department of Recording Industry offers the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Recording Arts and Technologies.

A limited number of students, typically 12-14, are accepted each year for fall admission. The quality of the creative portfolio is usually the determining factor in admission.

A previous degree in audio engineering/music technology isn't required, but some students with little or no audio background may be asked to complete foundation audio courses in the summer before starting the program.

Residents from the following states are eligible to enroll in this program at MTSU at the in-state tuition rate through Academic Common Market agreements: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The M.F.A. program normally has two or three graduate assistantships to award each fall.

Career

This M.F.A. helps foster and develop creativity and trains students in technology for advanced work in audio/music engineering or related fields that could be described as "entertainment technology." Graduates can use the degree program to excel in professional pursuits such as:

Audio post-production engineer
Audio studio design and installation
Broadcast audio
Independent audio contractor
Live sound engineer
Manufacturer audio product specialist
Mastering engineer
Media specialist
Recording studio engineer
Recording studio manager
Retail audio sales
Sound design for film/video
University professor

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Alabama State University
Art Institute of Tennessee
Asbury University
Belmont University
Brickhouse Records
Butler University
Clair Brothers
CNN
GC Pro
Hope College
Jeff Slaughter Ministries
Middle Tennessee State University
National Public Radio (NPR)
New England School of Communications
Old Dominion University
Sweetwater
Tennessee Digital Video
Truphonic Recording Studios
Yamaha Corporation of America

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The Master of Fine Arts in Writing program offers graduate students an intimate, personalized learning experience while taking advantage of San Francisco’s vibrant, eclectic literary scene. Read more
The Master of Fine Arts in Writing program offers graduate students an intimate, personalized learning experience while taking advantage of San Francisco’s vibrant, eclectic literary scene. Founded in 1986, the program is designed to instruct writers in creative techniques, nurture their individual development and vision, and help them thrive in the larger community of writers.

Our two-and-a-half year program offers workshops and literature seminars in the genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The distinctive design of the program emphasizes the connection between reading and the students’ own writing and fosters collegial relationships among faculty and students in small classes. All courses are taught by accomplished practicing writers, so that both literature seminars and workshops pay detailed attention to craft.

Because cross-fertilization enriches creativity, students are free to take courses outside their primary genre and sample a range of cross-genre literature seminars. Because depth of understanding is crucial to successful writing, students also take seminars and workshops that focus exclusively on one genre — long fiction, short fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. Students’ work culminates in a creative thesis — a book-length manuscript that is conceived, composed, and revised with extensive faculty mentoring.

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The goal of the M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market is for students to acquire essential knowledge about art, the art market and their reciprocal relationship, while simultaneously building practical skills in preparation for careers in the art world. Read more
The goal of the M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market is for students to acquire essential knowledge about art, the art market and their reciprocal relationship, while simultaneously building practical skills in preparation for careers in the art world. The program emphasizes the importance of direct contact with original works of art, and through the use of Christie's sale rooms and specialist staff, exploration of the history of art.

This interdisciplinary program provides an in-depth study of modern and contemporary art and its markets from the mid-19th century to the present day. Led by an expert faculty, the integrated program combines the development of connoisseurship skills through object-based learning and investigative cataloguing and writing, art history, knowledge of current art business practices and the market, and art market history. Students study art works first-hand in sites of production and exhibition throughout New York City and beyond. Additionally, access to specialists and salerooms through our central location at Christie’s auction house enhances the program and provides a unique and exceptional learning opportunity.

Our Unique Approach

Access to a wide range of art professionals provides students with first-hand knowledge of the workings of the art world, and the transferable skills they need to become art world professionals. An intensive program, it takes only 15 months to complete and concludes with the writing of a Master’s thesis and a mandatory 45-day internship to help students launch their professional careers.

Who should apply?

The program is designed both for students who have recently graduated with a B.A. in art history or a related humanities discipline and for career changers wishing to gain access to the art world. Students from a wide variety of fields have successfully merged their prior backgrounds with the program, launching successful careers at auction houses, galleries, non-profits, art fairs and art advisories upon graduation.

Student Learning Results

- Acquire the skills to identify different mediums and assess an art work’s condition
- Learn to describe works of art and situate them in art history
- Gain an insider’s understanding of the structure of the art world and the interplay between the commercial and non-profit sectors
- Develop transferable professional skills such as cataloguing, building a collection for a client, and critical writing
- Acquire knowledge of the workings of the auction house
- Gain art business and art market knowledge
- Identify and apply different methodological strategies used in interpreting contemporary art
- Develop facility with current research resources for art history and the art market
-For gainful employment disclosures visit this page http://www.christies.edu/new-york/gainful-employment.aspx

Admission Requirements

NOTES: Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market are eligible for federal financial aid. International students enrolled in this program are eligible for F1 Student Visas. Details on how to apply for a visa are included in your admissions packet after being accepted into the program.

All admissions materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted in hard copy to Christie's Education Admissions 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10020.


- Completed admission application form
- Non-refundable application fee of $95
- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent international degree
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts, diplomas or academic records must be official documents issued by the college or university and provided in the original language in sealed envelope. Transcripts in other languages must be accompanied by English translations certified by official translation professionals or agencies
- All international transcripts must be accompanied by an equivalency report from World Education Services, WES.org
- Essay statement, 2–3 pages on why you are interested in the program
- Sample of writing, no more than 10 pages, which can be taken from undergraduate work
- Official GRE score report (optional)
- Official TOEFL scores report if applicable
- Three letters of academic or professional recommendation from writers who know the applicant’s abilities well. Letters should be sent in hard copy on letter head with original signatures
- Personal interview (by invitation only). Invitations will be sent once all application materials have been submitted

More information on program content, available resources and accreditation

Please visit this link http://www.christies.edu/new-york/courses/masters-modern-contemporary-art-markets.aspx

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The Department of English, General Literature and Rhetoric offers students the opportunity to study literature and language in their many manifestations. Read more
The Department of English, General Literature and Rhetoric offers students the opportunity to study literature and language in their many manifestations. Although English and American literature and the practice of creative and expository writing are primary, the department conceives of neither literature nor writing in a narrow or parochial way. Literature courses deal broadly with genres and themes from the past and present, and teach students how to read and analyze texts; creative writing courses foster, in qualified students, the development of serious creativity; rhetoric courses deal with both the theory and practice of communication, as well as the history of oral and written argument.

Recent doctoral graduate employment placements include: Assistant Professor at Pfeiffer University, Assistant Professor at University of California Channel Island, Lead Editor and Writer at Kathy Layne & Associates, Assistant Professor at Virginia State University, Assistant Professor at Ithaca College.

MA English/American Literature with a creative writing concentration also available.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university which you have attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
- Writing sample: All applicants: critical writing sample (10-20 pages). Creative writing applicants: portfolio of creative work (not more than 40 pages of fiction or 20 pages of verse)

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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The Theatre Department offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree program, intended to ground the student in advanced fundamentals of theatrical theories and practice while accommodating individual interests and strengths. Read more
The Theatre Department offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree program, intended to ground the student in advanced fundamentals of theatrical theories and practice while accommodating individual interests and strengths. Comprised of a broad curriculum that balances both academic and production experiences, the MA program constitutes a period of study and practice en route to professional work, teaching or further advanced degrees.The program includes a carefully planned combination of theory and practice; however, with attentive counseling, students determine a sub-specialization in history, criticism or some aspect of performance, technology, or design.

At Binghamton University, students practice theatre in excellent facilities and receive individual guidance in small classes and through close advising. Qualified MA degree candidates may have the opportunity to teach a section of an undergraduate course, undertake assistantships in technical theatre or departmental administration, mount productions in the studio theaters, or act, direct, design or write as part of the department's theatre and dance season.

Graduate Degrees Offered

MA in Theatre. Concentrations, though not required, are available in the following:
- Directing
- Performance
- Technical Production/Design
- Theory and Criticism

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended. Undergraduate major in theatre is not required; however, students lacking a suitable background in theatre studies are required to satisfactorily complete certain undergraduate courses beyond those required for the graduate degree.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
- If available, the following may be submitted to supply the Graduate Committee with supplementary information. All supplementary application materials must be e-mailed to .
----Writing sample (one paper from an upper-division undergraduate course of no more than 20 pages)
----Samples of theatrical work (a portfolio in electronic or DVD form) of tech/design and/or performance work

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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The road less traveled. Your journey to the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) at Penn starts with you. your passions, your questions and your unique combination of academic interests. Read more
The road less traveled
Your journey to the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) at Penn starts with you: your passions, your questions and your unique combination of academic interests. You state your goals, and we help you craft your course of study within the rigorous academic environment of the Ivy League.

A curriculum created with you, for you
The MLA offers intellectual explorers like you the opportunity to design your own curriculum at the intersection of your interests in the liberal arts. With the support of Penn professors and program staff, you’ll choose nine courses that deepen and broaden your engagement with the ideas, questions and practices that matter most to you. Most of our courses take place in a small seminar format, allowing you to connect with both professors and peers in an intimate setting.

The program culminates in a large-scale capstone project tailored to your professional and intellectual goals. Our alumni have found the capstone—whether a research paper, memoir, screenplay, novel or other form of expression—to be both a defining process of intellectual self-discovery and a professional asset as they consider a career shift or prepare for a PhD program.

Why choose the MLA at Penn?
The MLA at Penn provides a powerful combination of customizability, advising and the outstanding resources of one of the nation’s top research universities.

Whether as a full- or part-time student, you’ll have access to classes in over 50 liberal arts course areas, and the chance to study in other world-renowned departments throughout the university. You’ll have the full run of our unmatched libraries and archives. You’ll enjoy the support and challenge of your MLA peers: driven, curious and accomplished professionals like you.

And most importantly, you’ll receive one-on-one guidance from MLA program staff and your professors as you clarify your goals for the program and design your course of study.

The MLA beyond Penn
Our alumni have used their MLA degrees to enrich their current working lives or launch themselves into their ideal careers by gaining expertise at the precise nexus of interests about which they’re most passionate. Many of our alumni successfully enter advanced degree and PhD programs, and state that they find themselves better equipped to pursue their chosen career path. The MLA degree has helped our alumni advance in the workplace professionally and financially and even discover new career paths. We welcome you to read more alumni stories to learn how the MLA can work for you in the real world.

Connect with the MLA today
The Penn MLA program prioritizes the power of personal connection — between students, teachers and program staff. We’re available to answer any questions that may arise as you explore the MLA program at Penn.

Courses and Curriculum

Individualized curriculum
Students in the Master of Liberal Arts degree program have the rare opportunity to develop their own concentration in the liberal arts from courses across the University. As an MLA student, you will design an individualized curriculum of nine graduate-level courses that center on a particular theme that interests you, culminating in an individual capstone project. The capstone is a large-scale academic project of your own choosing, created with the guidance of your professors and advisors. Previous capstones include memoirs, poetry cycles and research papers. The process of developing your capstone both tests and celebrates your education at Penn, and can be used to demonstrate the value of your time here to employers or graduate schools.

The range of courses available means you can construct a course of study at the precise nexus of your interests, or sample several different fields before settling on an ongoing focus. Moreover, the process itself of curating your own curriculum is one of the most valuable aspects of the MLA program. In doing so, you learn how to listen to your own instincts and curiosities, as well as to strategically direct your own development as a person, an academic and a professional in your field.

During the process of choosing your courses, you’ll be supported by the Program Director and our program staff. We take an intensive student-by-student approach, offering the open conversation and long-term advising relationships you need to help you choose the MLA path that meets your needs.

MLA course requirements and Proseminars
Your Master of Liberal Arts degree curriculum will consist of nine graduate-level courses. At least seven of these courses must be taken in the School of Arts and Sciences. Your curriculum may include up to two classes from other Schools in the University, such as the Annenberg School for Communication, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Social Policy & Practice.

Of the nine courses in your individualized curriculum, one to three of them must be MLA Proseminars. A Proseminar is a small, intensive class that asks you to integrate research, writing, discussion and other methods of inquiry. The small class size fosters thoughtful conversation and debate, and provides a powerful environment for intellectual growth. We offer multiple Proseminars each semester, and the topics change every semester as well.

MLA certificates
While earning your Master of Liberal Arts degree, you have the opportunity to earn a certificate in one of several subject areas, including Latin American Studies, Urban Studies, Cinema Studies and more. Each certificate program consists of an interdisciplinary set of classes, which was chosen by faculty members to help students explore and master the given topic. Please visit the certificate page to learn more.

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The MA degree in studio art requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, including at least 6 hours in art history, 15 hours in a major studio field, 3 hours of graduate seminar, 3 hours of graduate critiques, and 3 hours of art studio electives. Read more

Master of Arts in Studio Art (MA)

The MA degree in studio art requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, including at least 6 hours in art history, 15 hours in a major studio field, 3 hours of graduate seminar, 3 hours of graduate critiques, and 3 hours of art studio electives. Candidacy for the degree is determined by a review upon the completion of 18-24 semester hours. A thesis exhibition and an oral review are required for successful completion of the program. The degree program must be completed within six years.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (MFA)

All new graduate studio art students enter the MA program; admission to the MFA program is by recommendation of a faculty review committee, which meets at the time of the candidate’s MA thesis exhibition. This committee reviews the student’s progress upon the completion of a minimum of 30 graduate hours taken within the MA studio program. Hours must conform to the requirements of the MA program, representing completed coursework in studio and art history. The committee will recommend that the candidate continue within the MFA program or finalize studies at the University with a completed MA degree.

COURSEWORK

The MFA degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate work, including at least 9 hours of art history, 30 hours in a major studio area, 6 hours of graduate seminar, 6 hours of graduate critiques, and 9 hours of studio art or art history electives. The degree must be completed within six years of enrollment in the MA studio program. A graduate student may select a minor studio concentration of study or choose a variety of graduate level classes offered within the art department or approved graduate-level elective courses.

PUBLIC LECTURE

Admission to candidacy for the MFA degree is based on the delivery of a public lecture by the candidate addressing his or her research in the making and thinking of visual art. The lecture is followed by questions from the faculty to the candidate concerning all aspects of the research presented for candidacy to continue study toward the MFA degree. Successful candidacy is achieved when the candidate has proved able to coherently and clearly defend his or her research in dialogue with the faculty. The candidate must achieve and demonstrate proficiency in technique and accomplishment in addition to personal direction in the respective area of study.

THESIS EXHIBITION

A thesis exhibition is presented at the end of the candidate’s final term. During the exhibition, an oral examination is conducted by the student’s faculty committee. At that time the candidate defends the exhibition and his or her written artist’s statement.

REVIEW PROCEDURE

A graduate review committee is established by each graduate student. The committee must consist of no fewer than four faculty members and can have an unlimited number of approved graduate faculty. Required appointees to this committee include the department chairperson (director of graduate studies), the major area professor, an art historian, and another studio art or art history faculty member. The chairperson of the committee is the candidate’s major area professor.

Concentrations

Ceramics
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture

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The program leading to the master of fine arts (MFA) degree in creative writing is a studio/academic course of study, designed to accommodate imaginative and intellectual diversity. Read more
The program leading to the master of fine arts (MFA) degree in creative writing is a studio/academic course of study, designed to accommodate imaginative and intellectual diversity. All of our students are fully funded and will enroll in writing workshops, forms courses, and literature classes, gaining exposure to a broad range of writing models and experimenting with a variety of strategies and forms. Guided development of each writer's talents culminates in a complete, carefully conceived thesis, typically a book-length manuscript.

Coursework is offered in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Most writers choose to focus on one area, but some balance the study and practice of two or more genres throughout the degree program, bearing in mind that at least one complete project, which might be multi-genre, must be submitted as a thesis. The program can be completed in three years. All students are guaranteed support for a fourth year of study; many take advantage of this option in order to have a year of intensive focus on the thesis project and to gain additional teaching experience.

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The School of Music offers master of music degrees in the following areas. Choral conducting. Composition. Composition with an emphasis in arranging. Read more
The School of Music offers master of music degrees in the following areas:

Choral conducting
Composition
Composition with an emphasis in arranging
Musicology
Organ performance with an emphasis in church music
Performance (concentrations in piano, organ, organ with church music emphasis, voice and individual orchestral instruments)
Performance (woodwind option)
Piano accompanying
Theory
Wind conducting

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GRADUATES OF THE COLOR AND MATERIALS DESIGN PROGRAM WILL HAVE THE EXPERTISE TO DRIVE INNOVATION THROUGH COLORS, MATERIALS AND FINISHES. Read more
GRADUATES OF THE COLOR AND MATERIALS DESIGN PROGRAM WILL HAVE THE EXPERTISE TO DRIVE INNOVATION THROUGH COLORS, MATERIALS AND FINISHES

The College’s MFA program in Color and Materials Design attracts students from all over the world who are qualified for the advanced study of color and materials design. Here, you will participate in a broad range of experiences, from the digital to the tactile, that will enable you to delve deeply into color and materials design as a creative practice.

You will conduct extensive research on consumer trends, looking at different product sectors, insights, competitors and the market, and learn how to look for patterns – in markets, cultures and geographic regions – gaining insight into consumer behaviors. You will learn how to truly see color and understand how it behaves, and then apply that knowledge to develop creative solutions for a range of applications.

Today, being material-minded is an integral part of the design process. Designers are required to understand how materials impact the design process from start to finish. You will conduct in-depth research to explore the latest advances in materials, looking at current and future possibilities in industry and craft applications. How can material innovation influence design and making?

Through the College’s curriculum, you will learn how to engage with color and materials to solve design problems, collaborating within the design team structure to connect ideas and develop narratives that offer creative and exciting concepts.

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GRADUATES OF THE INTERACTION DESIGN PROGRAM WILL CREATE RICHLY INTERACTIVE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT ENHANCE MEANING AND EXPAND POSSIBILITIES IN PEOPLE’S DAILY LIVES. Read more
GRADUATES OF THE INTERACTION DESIGN PROGRAM WILL CREATE RICHLY INTERACTIVE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT ENHANCE MEANING AND EXPAND POSSIBILITIES IN PEOPLE’S DAILY LIVES

Interaction Design brings together students of design, art and technology who have a strong portfolio in concepts, work process, aesthetic execution and passion for serving human needs through interactive experiences.

Your studies at CCS will be grounded in human-centered design practices that will prepare you for the changing nature of work and collaboration in the 21st century. Through the College’s unique curriculum, you will develop deep systems literacy – a timeless framework for understanding rapidly changing technology platforms and economic, market and social challenges. You will become adept with models of interaction and conversation that sharpen your insights and enable you to increase choice for all of your users. You will learn how value creation has evolved in today’s networked, information-driven global economy and how to innovate through design.

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to work inside of tech companies and design firms, from established players to startups. You will know how to design websites and apps for the delight of the experience and effectiveness in achieving users’ goals. You might design a professional online network for consultants who want to work together flexibly, and enhance their skills and reputations along the way. You might prototype a mobile app for small businesses that need real-time alerts and coordinated schedules to keep productivity high and costs low. Or you might invent entirely new experiences for sharing rides in a self-driving car.

The College’s unique program balances research, systems modeling and making, teaching you how to step beyond the limits of today’s technology and market demands to shape desired futures through design. For your career, you can choose where you want to contribute: from designing products to coding prototypes to running product strategy or a combination. You will have the skills to persuade and influence your co-workers, who will be experts in technology, marketing and business, by understanding their language and working as their peer. You will have an appreciation for the challenges of innovation and for what is required to start your own enterprise.

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GRADUATES OF THE INTEGRATED DESIGN PROGRAM WILL BE INTERDISCIPLINARY PROFESSIONALS WHO CAN THINK AND CREATE ACROSS TRADITIONAL 2D, 3D AND DIGITAL DESIGN DISCIPLINES. Read more
GRADUATES OF THE INTEGRATED DESIGN PROGRAM WILL BE INTERDISCIPLINARY PROFESSIONALS WHO CAN THINK AND CREATE ACROSS TRADITIONAL 2D, 3D AND DIGITAL DESIGN DISCIPLINES.

A new kind of designer is emerging – design strategist, brand ambassador, service designer, design researcher, social innovator. Today’s complex design problems need a holistic approach for understanding and creating solutions. Integrated Design is for designers who seek career opportunities outside the traditional 2D or 3D boundaries. The program is not just about creating beautiful artifacts or studying a random combination of different mediums or disciplines; it is about creating design thinkers, with an eye toward social innovation. It is about having the confidence born out of strong creative skills in 2D, 3D or digital disciplines to advance your career outside the conventions of a single practice.

Our curriculum integrates relevant aspects of business practices with human-centered research into the creative process to prepare you for success in the 21st century. It is structured to stimulate innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in a rigorous, interdisciplinary environment – where collaboration throughout the design process is a core pedagogical tenet.

As a student in the College’s MFA program in Integrated Design, you will be among highly talented people who share a passion for solving problems. Whether it’s branding strong human touchpoints that differentiate a cancer surgery center in the eyes of its patients, or developing powerful co-creation tools for a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families become self-sufficient, or designing a wearable device for preventing myopia in children, you will be challenged to think about how design can find answers to complex issues faced by society. Simply put, how can we, as designers, be a catalyst for impact, rally engagement and transform people’s lives?

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GRADUATES OF THE MFA PROGRAM IN TRANSPORTATION DESIGN WILL BE INNOVATORS, IN AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN AND ALL ASPECTS OF MOBILITY, ALWAYS WITH AN EYE TOWARD THE FUTURE. Read more
GRADUATES OF THE MFA PROGRAM IN TRANSPORTATION DESIGN WILL BE INNOVATORS, IN AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN AND ALL ASPECTS OF MOBILITY, ALWAYS WITH AN EYE TOWARD THE FUTURE

Building on your art and creativity, the College’s MFA program in Transportation Design will bring you together with other bright, forward-thinking students from design and engineering disciplines who want to delve into the invention and entrepreneurial aspects of transportation design.

In this program, you will take on the role of “designer as inventor,” and learn how to integrate innovation with real-world business strategy, including business practices, research, brand identity, vehicle architecture and mobility as a system. The curriculum will lead you through a complete design process – extensive research, sketching and 3D rendering, animation, core competencies analysis and more – and will include special projects that explore innovation through forms and materials, functionality and engineering. It’s a unique approach that will teach you how to combine creativity and research with business realities to create new brand value.

Studying at CCS will put you at the very center of transportation design. In the College’s studios and labs – housed in the same building where Harley Earl, the first modern automotive designer, and other renowned researchers and designers pioneered groundbreaking vehicles – an automotive executive or other industry leader is very likely to stop in to engage informally with students. The College’s alumni are designers at every major car manufacturer and nearly all the Tier 1 auto suppliers, at racing and defense companies like Pratt & Miller, and consulting in firms as far away as Vietnam and Abu Dhabi. You will participate in design competitions, internships and sponsored projects from the Big 3 and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers. With these exceptional networking advantages, CCS is the ideal place to develop the knowledge, skills and entrepreneurial outlook that will enable you to influence the future of transportation.

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MTSU’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is an innovative program allowing students to earn a graduate degree through a course of study built around the subjects that they find most interesting and captivating. Read more
MTSU’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is an innovative program allowing students to earn a graduate degree through a course of study built around the subjects that they find most interesting and captivating. Anyone holding a bachelor’s degree can pursue long-held or new passions through a personally customized program developed around individual interests. Lifelong learners, professionals, students returning to school after a break, and recent graduates can find flexibility to fit their educational needs through this unique master’s program. Students attend engaging courses and have opportunities to participate in projects in the region or even enroll in education-abroad courses around the world. Top-quality professors bring varying research and teaching interests to the classroom through inspiring instruction. The M.A. in Liberal Arts allows students to refine skills, expand horizons, learn for the joy of it, and obtain the graduate degree they have always wanted.

Degrees

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Liberal Arts is a broadly interdisciplinary program allowing students to construct a personal plan of study from within the liberal arts departments and programs, which include Art, Communications Studies and Organizational Communication, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Global Studies and Cultural Geography, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Sociology and Anthropology, and Theatre and Dance.

Students, with the guidance of the program director, will build an individualized course of study that will enhance career opportunities, provide preparation for further graduate work, or create opportunities for lifelong learning.

Master’s candidates will complete either a thesis or a capstone project (such as a creative project, an internship portfolio, or a research presentation). Students also must complete 15 hours in core classes and 12 hours of guided electives from graduate-level courses in College of Liberal Arts disciplines.

Career

Most professions need people with problem-solving and communication skills who understand global systems, can research a broad variety of topics, and can learn on the job. MALA graduates come from and/or choose career fields such as:

Advertising
Arts
Education
Human resources
Medicine
Military
Ministry
Nonprofits
Politics
Public relations
Urban planning/city management
Writing/editing

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MTSU’s School of Music involves graduate music majors from across the nation and abroad in a strong community with tight bonds. Eight Master of Music specializations are offered, but the program is interdisciplinary, with a vocalist in a classroom beside a composer beside a musicologist, etc. Read more
MTSU’s School of Music involves graduate music majors from across the nation and abroad in a strong community with tight bonds. Eight Master of Music specializations are offered, but the program is interdisciplinary, with a vocalist in a classroom beside a composer beside a musicologist, etc. Internationally renowned faculty members perform, compose, teach, conduct, publish, and present their research or music continually, from South Korea to Costa Rica to Rome. A low faculty-to-student ratio enables high-quality personalized instruction and collaboration. Instrumentalists are involved in coaching undergrads from the beginning, and graduate assistants enjoy opportunities reserved for doctoral students at other institutions. Students and faculty benefit from and contribute to Nashville’s nearby music industry and arts scene. Ensembles range from wind bands, orchestras, big bands, choral ensembles, and an opera company to a vocal jazz ensemble, myriad combos and chamber ensembles, an old-time music group, percussion ensemble, steel drum band, and a salsa band. Core classes are offered on evenings and weekends to accommodate those who work full-time.

MTSU awards the Master of Music (M.M.) degree with eight specializations offered: collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; and performance.

Career

Alumni from the School of Music teach thousands of students every day in private studios and schools from kindergarten through university levels. MTSU graduates perform in orchestras, military ensembles, and opera companies; appear in clubs and recording studios with the famous and yet-to-be-known; compose music for Hollywood films and commercial jingles; lead professional music organizations; work in the music industry; serve as church musicians; and continually enrich the lives of others. Some continue on to enter prestigious doctoral programs. A sample of potential professional pathways for music master's students:

Accompanist
Actor
Arts manager
Artistic director
Artist relations manager
Band director/leader
Choral/choir director
Church musician/worship leader
College professor/instructor
Composer/arranger/orchestrator
Conductor
Concert promoter
Copyright specialist
Film music director/editor
Film-TV composer
General music teacher at elementary/middle schools
Instrumental performer
Instrument repair specialist
Instrument sales business owner
Music critic/journalist
Music educator
Music librarian
Music publisher/editor
Music software programmer
Music theater director
Musical director
Musicologist
Orchestra librarian
Product specialist
Publicist
Record company manager
Recording technician/engineer/mixer
Salesperson/marketer
Songwriter
Studio musician
Private studio owner/instructor
Talent agent
Tour manager
Vocalist

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Bellevue Middle School
Belmont University
Cane Ridge High School
Case Western Reserve University
Chattanooga Symphony
Cumberland University
The Downtown Band
Earl Klugh (Grammy winner)
EMBRA Artists, LTD.
Fairview Middle School
Jeff Coffin (Grammy winner)
Jonathan Fletcher Music
Lipscomb University
MEINL Percussion
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro City Schools
Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra
Nashville State Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Old Center Elementary School, Nashville
Onks Woodwind Specialist
Siegel Middle School
Trevecca Nazarene University
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
University of Northern Colorado
Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville

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