The first in the required core course sequence taken by students in the first year of the environmental art and social practice M.F.A. The sequence offers students a graduated learning opportunity to engage in practice-based research in the field. The concept of practice-based research involves "an original investigation undertaken in order to gain new knowledge partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice." (Sydney) In this site-specific course, students apply research to site work and art practice. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.