Jan – April, 2021 Preparing Comprehensive Exam at UBC
The comprehensive examination consists of two components — a written phase and an oral phase — each with its own options.
1. Written component: One or more annotated bibliographies with set maximum word limits that do not exceed thirty-five thousand (35,000) words.
2. Oral examination: (lasting from ninety (90) to one hundred twenty (120) minutes)
The student may be invited to give a short presentation (fifteen (15) to twenty (20)
minutes) that summarizes the main points from the written answers, or the session may
move directly into the two (2) or more rounds of questioning from the examination
committee. The oral component is conducted in camera unless the student and all
members of the examination committee agree to open it to the public.
The participants in the oral component include:
• doctoral student
• supervisor (or co-supervisors)
• examination committee members (two or more faculty in addition to the
supervisor or co-supervisors, including an external member)
• neutral chair
- Guidelines for the Comprehensive Examination Process for Doctoral Students in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Program – Guidelines
- Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies – Comprehensive Exam Plan
Program at the University of Regina
|FA 800 – Seminar in Theory and Method 1||Fall 2018 – 1st||Farrell Racette|
|FA 804 – Socially-Engaged Art||Fall 2018 – 1st||Caines|
|FA 803 – Seminar in Theory and Method 2||Winter 2019 – 2nd||Horowitz|
|FA 890BF – Topics in Creative Technologies 1||Winter 2019 – 2nd||Smith|
|THEA 810AA – Spatiality in Art / Performance||Winter 2019 – 2nd||Irwin|
|FA 890AG – Cultural Landscapes||SS 2019 – 3rd||Smith|
|FA 890BI – Topics in Creative Technologies 2||SS 2019 – 3rd||Caines|
|ART 801 – Group Studio||Fall 2019 – 4th||Horowitz|
|FA 902 – Research-creation Project||Fall 2019 – 4th||Caines|
|FA 890 BB – Interactive Audio Art||Winter 2020 – 5th||Pridmore|
|FA 902 – Research-creation Project||Winter 2020 – 5th||Smith|
Jan – April, Winter 2020
FA 890 BB – Interactive Audio Art
This course focuses on critical engagement with the concept of interactivity in experimental audio practices since the 19th century including composition, installation, and performance (including improvisation). It will include study and analysis of musical forms, concepts of time and space in performance, and improvisation. Writing and practical exercises will support the student’s thesis project.
Sept – Dec 2019, Fall Semester 2019
ART 801 – Group Studio
Group Studio is a seminar led by Visual Arts studio faculty to facilitate writing and discussion about students’ studio practices. The seminar is intended to foster a sense of community and provide a space of dialogue that supports self-reflection, critical engagement, and the development of your oral and written presentation skills. The course also includes your End of Semester Review.
FA 902 – General Studio Works
May – August, Spring/Summer semester 2019
FA 890AG – Cultural Landscapes
This course is an investigation of various forms of space, including but not limited to, landscape representation, urban/city space, the spaces of activism, gendered, classed and post-colonial spaces and representations.
FA 890BI – Topics in Creative Technologies 2
This course investigates theories and practices of creative technologies as applied to the graduate’s own thesis topic. Areas could include mobile/interactive gadgets and devices, locative strategies, video projection, networked spaces, wearables, and augmented reality.
Research in the Arts
Course / documented practice-based applied research
Multi-modal research based in course and practice-based applied research. A written thesis is not required although another means of critical reflection must be agreed upon with the supervisory committee and in evidence.
Interdisciplinary Studies in Media, Art, and Performance Graduate Handbook 2019-2020, page 14.
- The artistic level of applicants must be exemplary. It is required that the candidate is able to describe and convey what their artistic practice is about and how it contributes to new knowledge. The program of research must result in an artistic product; the examination consists of a public exhibition or presentation and defense.
- The student is required to document and reflect on the project, but not to submit a written thesis; the student may find their own way to communicate (i.e. the design and publication of a curated catalogue, public lecture performance, or a documentary interview etc.). Implicit in this, it is understood that doctoral level artistic research is the equivalent of research done in any discipline and that new knowledge may be conveyed and disseminated in diverse ways.
- The student must have demonstrated practical proficiency in a broad field of learning, and the ability to initiate and evaluate work in the corresponding field. Furthermore, the student must have shown the ability to work independently in the chosen field and must have made an original significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge (FGSR guidelines).
- PhD candidates have a maximum of six years to complete their work. The following represents the minimum time to move through the program. However, candidates may take up to six years to complete their program, with two Maintenance of Candidacy terms allowed beyond the six year maximum.