Master of Arts Program in San Francisco USA

Top Master of Art Programs in San Francisco USA 2017

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A master's degree is a postgraduate academic degree. A master's degree prepares students to lead or manage. A master's degree also prepares a person for a range of pursuits through specialized study of a field.

The USA remains the world’s most popular destination for international students. Universities in the US dominate the world rankings and the country also offers a wide variety of exciting study locations. State university systems are partially subsidized by state governments, and may have many campuses spread around the state, with hundreds of thousands of students.

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MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus or Online Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS) is a transdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to be change-makers who are guided by a sense of meaning, purpose, and vision. [+]

MAs 2017 in San Francisco USA. MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice "I change myself, I change the world." -Gloria E. Anzaldua The MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS) is a transdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to be change-makers who are guided by a sense of meaning, purpose, and vision. We are unique among academic programs that study women and gender in that we take seriously the realm of spirit. We bring current scholarship emerging from the fields of women/gender studies, ethnic studies, and related fields into dialogue with scholarship that addresses religion, spirituality, ecology, and healing. Graduates will develop skills that will enable them to either continue in doctoral work or craft careers in the non-profit sector, higher education, or socially conscious entrepreneurship. Distance Learning Program The Women's Spirituality Program recognizes that many qualified prospective students who might wish to earn a graduate degree cannot uproot from their homes and jobs to move to San Francisco. To support people in that situation, we offer our semi-distance learning option. This option is called "semi-distance" because students can live outside the Bay Area and still complete the MA in WGS or PhD in WSE by taking a combination of online and face-to-face courses. Students opting for Distance Learning must complete a minimum of 19 units face-to-face and a maximum of 17 units online to complete their degree. Apply to the Women’s Spirituality MA Program The Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice master's degree is an interdisciplinary... [-]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. [+]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Programs The Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion program is cultivating hope in a time of socio-ecological crisis. We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. This decisive process occupies the most creative personalities of our time. One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. OUR MISSION Numerous interlocking ecological crises, including mass extinction of species, climate change, desertification, and poverty, mark the 21st century as a time of unprecedented change and challenge. This ecological devastation calls forth scientific, economic, and policy responses. Yet such standard responses often appear inadequate to the scope of the crisis. Many leading thinkers have come to understand that the ecological crisis represents a crisis of human consciousness, and requires fundamental revisioning of cultural values. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. It also calls for more enlightened ways of thinking and being in the world. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along... [-]

Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies as they have developed regionally and impacted each other and the world from the classical period through the present and into the future. [+]

MAs 2017 in San Francisco USA. Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and PhD Programs The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies as they have developed regionally and impacted each other and the world from the classical period through the present and into the future. In keeping with this commitment, the program brings together both traditional and contemporary approaches to classical Asian material and, within an integrative framework, brings these approaches to bear on issues of contemporary relevance. Such issues include but are not limited to: Asian religions and conflict, Asian philosophical perspectives and ecology, traditional Asian practices of mindfulness and well-being, and cross-cultural hermeneutics. The program is distinctive in its recognition that spiritual discovery and practice can contribute to academic rigor in the study of Asian religious and philosophical traditions and their application to contemporary challenges. Its scope includes study of Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese philosophy, and Islam, with respect to their classical development and their continuing global impact in the modern world. Students examine classical texts and contexts, spiritual practices and disciplines, and issues of contemporary relevance such as the contribution of Asian traditions to psychology, cognitive science, modern and post-modern philosophy, and the emergent ecological crisis. Courses in interdisciplinary research methods and optional language study complete the curriculum. Students gain an in-depth understanding of philosophical and religious thought in classical and contemporary contexts through their engagement with the curriculum and collaboration with faculty mentors and fellow students.... [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Somatic Psychology concentration at California Institute of Integral Studies is one of three accredited academic programs in the United States that prepares students to use both conventional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy. [+]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology The Somatic Psychology concentration at California Institute of Integral Studies is one of three accredited academic programs in the United States that prepares students to use both conventional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy. Students participate in a vibrant academic community where learning includes both didactic and experiential practices leading to the ability to work with clients holistically and effectively. After completing the program and other Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) requirements for licensure, graduates are prepared to do counseling psychology in both private practice and agency settings. Since its inception in 1980, the Somatic Psychology program has developed a unique learning environment that combines experiential work, rigorous academics, research, and a deep commitment to community. Students in the Somatic Psychology program at CIIS learn a counseling approach that combines traditional practice and understanding with attention to the crucial role of the body in the structure and process of the psyche. The program teaches a developmental sociocultural perspective that explores how embodied affect, expression, identity, and interaction are formed both in families and in communities of participation outside of the family of origin. WHAT IS SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY? Somatic Psychotherapies combine traditional approaches to counseling, including dream work, talk, interpretation, and reflection, with experiential explorations. The underlying insight in somatic psychotherapies is that we enact self-feeling, identity, and connection with others through bodily means. We reach out or pull away, are warm or cold to people, are emotional or restricted in our... [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 - 3 years January 2018 USA San Francisco

Drawing upon the major spiritual traditions of the East and West, recent cultural and social sciences research, and the innovations made by contemporary psychoanalytic, humanistic, systemic and transpersonal psychologies, we view psychological healing and growth within the larger context of spiritual unfolding. [+]

MAs 2017 in San Francisco USA. Integral Counseling Psychology Master's Program PROGRAM DESCRIPTION This program is experiential, culturally sensitive, and centered on the inner work necessary for becoming a healer. Drawing upon the major spiritual traditions of the East and West, recent cultural and social sciences research, and the innovations made by contemporary psychoanalytic, humanistic, systemic and transpersonal psychologies, we view psychological healing and growth within the larger context of spiritual unfolding. Integral education is not "neck up." It will meet and stretch you on every level: body, heart, mind, spirit. We create a learning community that is both profoundly challenging and deeply supportive. WHY CIIS? Founded in 1973 on the recommendation of Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, ICP was the first transpersonally-oriented, East-West psychology graduate program in the world. Because our education is so thorough, our students usually achieve the highest pass rates of all graduate degree programs of any significant size in California on the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) exams. WEEKDAY COURSE Duration: 2.5 years Study mode: Full-time Starting: September or January WEEKEND COURSE Duration: 3 years Study mode: Full-time, 5 weekends per semester (Fri-Sun) Starting: September LEARNING OUTCOMES Earn a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Fulfill all academic requirements for Marriage and Family (MFT) licensure in the state of California.* Hone your clinical skills and professional expertise through practicums in CIIS' counseling centers or at a variety of external sites. Engage in transformative, integral, and transpersonal learning Apply to the Integral Counseling Psychology (MA) Program The program... [-]

Philosophy Cosmology and Consciousness MA and PhD Program

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. [+]

Philosophy Cosmology and Consciousness Program VOICE AND VISION The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. PCC attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are in varying degrees dismayed by what they see happening in industrial societies and who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world. The program supports those called to meet the Earth community's unprecedented evolutionary challenge by offering students a rigorous and supportive learning community in which to find their voice and vision as leaders. Program Description Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) is a graduate program dedicated to reimagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. The heart of the PCC program is its focus on knowledge that is transformative--of ourselves and of our civilization. It attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are to varying degrees dismayed by what they see happening in industrial societies and who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world. Inspired by Alfred North Whitehead's view that the function of the university is to enable the future to appear, first in conceptual thought, the PCC faculty and graduate students hold in mind three fundamental goals: 1. To open our consciousness, through learning and imagination, to those creative and evolutionary energies suffusing the Earth, the Universe, and the deep psyche that will enable us to participate... [-]

East-West Psychology MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

East-West Psychology (EWP) is a multidisciplinary hub and learning community where psychological and spiritual traditions of the East, West, and Indigenous cultures from around the world meet to converse and transform each other. [+]

MAs 2017 in San Francisco USA. East-West Psychology The East-West Psychology Department offers three degree programs: Ph.D. in East-West Psychology Master of Arts in East-West Psychology Advanced Certificate in East-West Spiritual Counseling East-West Psychology (EWP) is a multidisciplinary hub and learning community where psychological and spiritual traditions of the East, West, and Indigenous cultures from around the world meet to converse and transform each other. Through its unique combination of cognitive, collaborative, and experiential offerings, the department grounds academic excellence and the acquisition of professional skills in both the personal transformation of students and the cultivation of a spiritually informed scholarship. Our graduates deliver their skills to a world yearning for new sources of meaning and enchantment rooted in deep psychologies and ancient traditions. About MA Program The M.A. in East-West Psychology is a two-year program requiring 36 units of study. The structure of the program is designed to provide an ample degree of flexibility that allows students to focus on specific areas of study, as well as to explore a variety of Western, Eastern, and indigenous approaches to psychology and spirituality. With the guidance of academic advisors, students design their own individualized curriculum, possible area of specialization, and psychospiritual approach. There are no required summer courses, although students may take electives during the summer to expand their studies or distribute their course load over five or six semesters. Admission Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Institute. Two letters of recommendation are required from individuals familiar with... [-]

Anthropology and Social Change MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of other possible worlds. [+]

Anthropology and Social Change MA and PhD Programs The Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs in the United States due to its focus on activist anthropology. We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of other possible worlds. This collective effort of understanding "real utopias" takes the form of analytic and ethnographic study of existing alternatives in the present. Together with the activists of the World Social Forum, we believe that "another world is possible." The role of the new social movements, we are reminded, is not to conquer the world, but to make it anew. What, then, is the role and responsibility of anthropology and other social sciences? In a world riddled with so many crises, few things appear to be more relevant than systematic research of counter-hegemonic knowledge and practices. Social scientists should leave pessimism for better times. Anthropology, in particular, is well equipped to participate in the "nowtopian" task of constructing social scientific knowledge that looks beyond inequality, hierarchy, and ecological disaster. About the MA Program in Anthropology and Social Change The master of arts program in Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs in the United States due to the its focus on activism and social justice. We recognize social movements as a key location of knowledge production alongside that of the university. The mission of the MA program is to generate... [-]

Master in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MFA in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media is an intensive program that concentrates exclusively on writing, pitching and the business side of being a professional writer. In this highly collaborative environment, you will write two screenplays, three spec television scripts and a spec pilot. [+]

MAs 2017 in San Francisco USA. The MFA in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media is an intensive program that concentrates exclusively on writing, pitching and the business side of being a professional writer. In this highly collaborative environment, you will write two screenplays, three spec television scripts and a spec pilot. You will also be a staff writer on two web series. So if your goal is to complete a marketable body of work that is ready for literary representation, script sales or options, open writing assignments and staff positions, our program will give you the creative edge you need. MFA Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Unit Requirements Major 60 units TOTAL 60 units MFA Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Review Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 60 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Research Effectively conduct in-depth research and apply results to create authentic story worlds, characters and dialogue Story Development Skills Generate story ideas for feature films and television that grab the interest of industry readers Develop compelling stories that are fresh, imaginative, and marketable Apply essential screenwriting tools to develop stories that are structurally sound Create well-defined sympathetic or empathetic characters Critical Thinking Analyze story/script problems and find creative solutions Written Presentation Skills Write compelling loglines and premises Write themes that reflect a strong point of view Write well-developed treatments or outlines... [-]

Master in Web Design & New Media

Academy of Art University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in web design and new media. Progress in the MFA degree is measured through a rigorous process, both at the midpoint and final reviews. [+]

The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in web design and new media. Progress in the MFA degree is measured through a rigorous process, both at the midpoint and final reviews. Studio courses develop creative and technical acumen, with attention to mastering user experience design, while advanced courses provide a focused learning environment for building final thesis projects. Students will graduate with a portfolio and comprehensive thesis project showcasing their talent. MFA Web Design & New Media Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Web Design & New Media Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present a clearly defined design project worthy of the MFA degree Provide proof of concept demonstrating the feasibility of the project Produce a final thesis project demonstrating design thinking, and visual communication and technical skills Design Thinking Conduct appropriate market research and apply findings to design decisions Demonstrate knowledge of thesis topic and identify resources for content development Identify appropriate platform(s) and adapt designs accordingly Visual Communication Effectively utilize grid, hierarchy, typography, color, and composition Demonstrate interactive design principles as appropriate to the project Technical Abilities Demonstrate an understanding of the technical skills necessary to execute the thesis project. User Experience Clearly define... [-]

Master in Visual Development

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Visual Development MFA program provides advanced coursework in still life painting, figure drawing, character design, concept painting, layout design for animation, and other core skills of professional visual developers. [+]

MAs 2017 in San Francisco USA. The Visual Development MFA program provides advanced coursework in still life painting, figure drawing, character design, concept painting, layout design for animation, and other core skills of professional visual developers. The goal of each graduate student is the completion of a signature thesis book showcasing design work for a story-based project. MFA Visual Development Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Visual Development Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project Produce a professional-standard project, with topical content for the industry, showcasing artistic ability Artistic Ability Demonstrate strong drawing and compositional skills Create value studies that demonstrate an understanding of lighting, composition, and space Research and Critical Thinking Apply visual research to design solutions Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline by presenting an effective timeline at the Midpoint Review (MPR only) Collaboration Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects Visual Development Apply color and design elements consistent with the overall look of the film. Design elements to support the narrative Demonstrate continuity in visual storytelling Presentation Skills Create visually compelling, professional-quality presentation materials Pitch ideas clearly and professionally Professional Readiness Produce... [-]

Master in Sound Design

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the singular elements and overall combinations of sound design. [+]

MA Sound Design Unit Requirements Major 30 units Graduate Liberal Arts 6 units TOTAL 36 units *Per director approval MA Sound Design Degree Requirements Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units MA Sound Design Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Listening Skills and Critical Thinking Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the singular elements and overall combinations of sound design Soundtrack for Visual Media Create sound which supports or heightens the emotional impact of visual imagery Production Skills and Technical Knowledge Demonstrate proficiency with software related to contemporary sound production techniques Professional Readiness Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing audio for client needs Complete a final project which reflects professional goals Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. All international students will require a VISA to enter the US and an OPT application to extend their stay after graduation. Selecting a STEM approved program allows for the benefit of being able to apply for an extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) stay to work in the country after graduation. The following Academy majors qualify for the 24-month STEM Extension: Advanced Architectural Design; Advertising; Advertising & Branded Media Technology; Animation & Visual Effects; Architecture; Architectural Design; Art Education;... [-]

Master in Photography

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MFA program provides advanced practice and intensive study of the photographic medium. Core curriculum covers historical perspective, advanced theoretical and conceptual development in traditional, experimental and digital photography capture, post-production and output. [+]

MAs 2017 in San Francisco USA. The MFA program provides advanced practice and intensive study of the photographic medium. Core curriculum covers historical perspective, advanced theoretical and conceptual development in traditional, experimental and digital photography capture, post-production and output. The program culminates with a formal thesis project and complete body of work that supports the thesis and showcases each student's unique vision and talent. MFA Photography Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Photography Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Produce an advanced-level thesis project within a digital or traditional specialization, demonstrating mastery and synthesis of the skills taught in the program. Thesis Project Development Propose a solid concept suitable for refinement and development. Select an appropriately challenging and feasible project. Present a cohesive body of work Successfully articulate the end result of the project. Demonstrate sufficient preparation for their project (research, problem solving) Conceptual and Design Skills Make creative decisions that optimize conceptual impact, cohesiveness and personal style Integrate conceptual and technical elements of photography to convey a story, idea, or emotion Effectively deploy design elements within the composition and presentation of the imagery. Technical Skills Utilize effective lighting styles, techniques and equipment appropriate to art for commerce, photojournalism/documentary, or fine... [-]

Master in Music Scoring & Composition

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level. [+]

MA Music Scoring & Composition Unit Requirements Major 33 units Graduate Liberal Arts 3 units TOTAL 36 units *Per director approval MA Music Scoring & Composition Degree Requirements Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units MA Music Scoring & Composition Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Music Composition Demonstrate an understanding of advanced concepts in the language of music: harmony, melody, and rhythm Orchestrate and arrange music at a professional level Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level Production Skills and Technical Knowledge Demonstrate proficiency with software related to contemporary sound production techniques Professional Readiness Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing music for client needs Complete a final project which reflects professional goals Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. All international students will require a VISA to enter the US and an OPT application to extend their stay after graduation. Selecting a STEM approved program allows for the benefit of being able to apply for an extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) stay to work in the country after graduation. The following Academy majors qualify for the 24-month STEM Extension: Advanced... [-]

Master in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3  September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise. [+]

MAs 2017 in San Francisco USA. The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise. MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Students will conceive and complete an original MFA thesis which represents an advanced level of achievement in the field of music creation or sound design for visual media. Music Composition Advanced understanding of the language of music: harmony, melody, and rhythm. Orchestrate and arrange music at a professional level Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level Soundtrack for Visual Media Create music or sound which supports or heightens the emotional impacts of visual images (or visual material). Production Skills and Technical Knowledge Demonstrate expert-level proficiency with software related to contemporary music production techniques. Professional Readiness Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing music for client needs. Collaborate effectively with a creative team on a given project, such as a... [-]