Masters in Creative Sexytimes
August 31, 2011 5:35 PM Subscribe
Which grad schools in the Bay Area are open to interdisciplinary approaches, especially with regards to creativity & sexuality?
posted by divabat to Education (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So I'm leaving San Francisco today after my epic summer adventure (boo). I'd like to come back, and quite a few people have suggested grad school. Usually it would have never been an option given that I find ivory-tower-academia a painful bore at best, but I have met a few people who are either studying or teaching grad programs that are very creative, practical, hands-on - not just dry theory dissertations. They've suggested that my approach to writing and research is quite close to grad-school level anyway so I should be OK, and I'm starting to consider the notion.
I'm interested in exploring intersections of culture and sexuality. Earlier this year I did an academic presentation on the clash between not enough representations of certain cultures in sex performance vs the reluctance of people from that culture to participate because it brings on ostracization, blackmail, backlash, etc, and I'd like to expand on that if possible. I'm open to other ideas too, particularly if they allow for social activism, creative expression, or community outreach.
I have a Bachelors of Creative Industries (Interdisciplinary) from QUT in Australia, with my majors being creative writing and arts management. People tend to go "bwuh?" at my degree. People have suggested looking at a non-fiction writing program or Cultural Studies, though I've also looked at Human Sexuality programs such as the one in SFSU. I've heard UC Berkeley is awesome, though it doesn't seem to have a space for someone like me. UC Santa Barbara has a faculty member that actually deals with very similar issues, and I've befriended a sex-positive queer performance artist who teaches at UC Santa Cruz. If there was an equivalent of Gallatin in the Bay Area I'd likely go for that.
I'm mainly after a Masters, about one or two years of work. I don't think I could do part-time as an international student but if there is such an option that'd be cool. I'm not worried about employability; I've got bigger issues for that.
(I also have an off-the-wall idea of going to library school; from what the other librarians I know tell me, it fits in well with some of my other interests - reading, research, organising information, finding out about things - and I got really interested in my partner's Information Management class the one time he did one for his IT degree. I also know that the queer/sex-pos world are currently working on archiving their resources so there is a need. I'm not sure if there are MLIS programs or similar in the Bay though.)
Any recommendations or ideas? Maybe the answer isn't grad school exactly but something that will provide something similar?