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M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics

California Institute of the Arts

We offer a dynamic and intensive experience that develops a shared vocabulary and critical framework in which we discuss phenomena ranging from the Arab Spring to neo-benshi, from bioart to neoliberalism, from human rights to queer hiphop and third world cinema.

Students develop ideas through presenting ongoing written work in a discursive environment with peers and are encouraged to focus their work by choosing credits from a list of elective courses. We offer a set of core courses in aesthetic theory, political thought, critical discourse in the arts and the media, and theoretical writing that are the foundation of the degree. In addition, students are able to specialize in one of three areas of concentration—critical theory, global studies, or media and urban studies—to work towards a written thesis submitted at the end of the program. The program values individual development by providing one-to-one mentorship with specialists, student fora, and a rich variety of internationally renowned visiting speakers.


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Amanda Beech, Dean

California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA
United States

North America

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