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This guide was a collaborative effort between various faculty and staff members at CIA.
Special thanks to the following who contributed information to the guide:
Barbara Chira, Academic Director, Cores + Connections, Adjunct Professor of Art
Chris Whittey, Sr. Vice President of Faculty Affairs + Chief Academic Officer, Professor
Dana Bjorklund, Technical Services Librarian
Laura M. Ponikvar, Library Director
What IS social practice? Is it social impact design? Relational aesthetics? Disruptive design? Socially engaged art? Creative resistance? Public, participatory or interactive art? Hacktivism? Dialogic art? It’s all of these, and more.
But since we’re a college of art and design, we’ll refer to it here as “social practice,” and define it as the application of art and design practices in mutual collaboration with others to creatively respond to a social issue of concern – in other words, using art and design to make a better world.
Different fields of design, visual art, craft and integrated media will explore social practice from different perspectives and skills sets. But artists or designers in any discipline can expand their studio and professional practices to include social practice. It’s not an either/or proposition.
We hope this Research Guide (explore all the tabs!) will not only jump-start your research in this skies-the-limit subject, but will inspire you to explore an innovative social practice project of your own in your academic career here at CIA.
Effective Fall 2016, beginning with the Class of 2020, completion of 3 credit hours of Engaged Practice (EP) is required to complete the BFA degree. As a result of this requirement, all students will have an opportunity to learn through experience by working on projects with external partners or clients, or in the public sphere.
These experiences may include professionally, commercially OR socially engaged practices, such as:
All of these experiences provide a distinctive element to the education at CIA, developing skills and personal attributes such as collaboration, communication, and professionalism well in advance of graduation.
For more info, see pp. 60-61 of the 2016-17 College Catalog (http://www.cia.edu/academics/curriculum/course-catalog).