Craft is everywhere these days, from museums to etsy, artisanal businesses to art schools, makers spaces to making that extends and adapts longstanding heritage practices around the globe. Finding a program dedicated to study craft histories and theories about craft, however, has been a challenge.
Warren Wilson College announces the launch of the first MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies. A low-residency format, students begin the 2-year program each semester in intensive on-site residencies in North Carolina, alternating between July on the Warren Wilson College campus and January in downtown Asheville.
Residencies initiate a semester of study of craft history and theory, research methods, and materials labs. Research as an applied practice connects students’ project work in the Swannanoa/Asheville area to that in their own hometowns. Final projects are presented in a 5th residency, and may range from a formal thesis to a curated exhibition, curricular development to creating a scholarly symposium, a collection of short form critical writing to a series of podcasts.
International faculty connect to craft through multiple disciplines. Students will investigate research methods from archives to oral histories, public modes of presenting craft from street fairs to museum exhibitions, forms of writing in the field from exhibition reviews to academic journal articles, and alternative forms of documenting and communicating history, such as podcasts, symposia, online platforms, and curricular development.
The priority application deadline is March 1 to be considered for merit-based scholarships and financial aid; classes begin July 2018.