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MCF offers course for art lovers

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Chennai, Apr 19 (UNI) The Madras Craft Foundation's (MCF) Institute of Arts Management will be offering a one-year diploma course in Arts Management Internship for art and culture lovers from the academic year 2006-07.

Introduced in collaboration with DakshinaChitra and aided by the Ratan Tata Trust, the course was aimed at introducing interns to a body of knowledge on cultural studies with special reference to South India.

The students woule also be initiated into the world of art, design and visual thinking through an appreciation of both contemporary and historical works and issues, to recognise the critical importance of understanding management as a system and the various managerial processes involved in planning, conceptualising, organising and implementing projects in the field of arts.

Talking to reporters here, MCF founder and president Deborah Thiagarajan said the interns would be exposed to various forms of mass media as information and communication vehicles.

The course had been introduced on experimental basis and four of the six interns passed out this year.

She said the internship content drew from different disciplines and was customised to suit the requirements of effectively communicating and managing art and culture at various regional, national and international levels.

The course content was taught through several modules spread over a 12-month period.

''Teaching and learning methodologies are primarily interactive and vary from lectures, audio-video presentations, seminars, group dicussions, reviews, studio work and field visits,'' she added.

''To begin with, we are planning to have an intake of 15 to 20 students per year,'' she said.

The course fee would be Rs 50,000 and the students would be paid a stipend of Rs 1,000 as incidental expenses per month. On completion, each student would get a one-time stipend of Rs 20,000.

MCF would also arrange placements for the successful candidates, she added.

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