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MA and PhD programs in Critical Studies in Improvisation

The University of Guelph’s new interdisciplinary graduate program in the field of Critical Studies in Improvisation (IMPR) offers MA and PhD Degrees incorporating foundations in critical inquiry, multidisciplinary improvisatory practices, performative agency, and community engagement, built on years of award-winning, arts-based research and training by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. Through study and experiential learning opportunities, students will gain broadly applicable practical skills in research and project development, management and implementation, leadership, and collaboration. 

graduate students 2019 IICSI cohort

The 2019 IICSI graduate student cohort

The programs feature three core courses (Core Concepts in Critical Studies in Improvisation, Research Practices, and Arts-Based Community-Making), research and teaching assistantship packages, internships with community organizations, and opportunities for students to learn, grow, and develop their practice in their field in a rigorous, energetic, and creative environment. PhD students will also complete a pedagogy lab course and a qualifying exam. Both MA and PhD students will have the opportunity to develop independent projects.

More details about the program and application requirements can be found on the University of Guelph website improv portal