Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Class Syllabus - Fall 2017

#1. COURSE DESCRIPTION/OBJECTIVES

This is a required capstone course for all BFA majors.  This course marks the end of each student’s undergraduate studies in art and/or digital media studies. It also fulfills the final writing intensive course required by Tarleton for graduation. This course demonstrates strategies for students to continue in their chosen creative fields after graduation by raising awareness of opportunities and the preparation necessary to achieve those goals.  The course allows students to draw together their learning and their critical thinking into a defining experience, through the exhibition of their senior project and preparation of a portfolio that is a professional platform for their work.

Along with the in-class information regarding relevant professional practices, students will be expected to continue to make work for their portfolio and for the senior exhibition.  While preparing your portfolio you will explore the conceptual and historical basis of your work through research and writing assignments.  As this is a writing intensive course, deemed by the Texas AM system, you must complete and show proficiency in all the writing portions of course to pass and receive your degree. 
Here is a run down of some of the topics covered in class….
3 paths (Industry, Artist, Graduate School)
Resume  
Biography                
Artist Statement
Cover Letters  
Graduate schools/workshops/residencies
Job Interview tips        
Legal Issues,  contracts, copyright, digital arts, insurance      
Demo Reels                              
Creative blocks   
Documenting your work   
Getting art exhibited and sold
conferences, web presence, networking, looking at other’s work
competitions / juried shows/ exhibitions
pricing work            
Speaking about your work   

Course Objectives
I have organized the three most important components of the class that you will be expected to complete in full in order to complete the class and the BFA degree.
  • Portfolio Component - Define, prepare, and present a professional, entry-level portfolio of creative work.
  • Written Component - Research and write essential documents for career application and artistic summarization.
  • Exhibition Component - Publicize, prepare, hang, and take down an exhibition of your work
Student Learning Objectives
To successfully pass this class, Students must
·      Produce a body of new work for the capstone exhibition. The body of work must be within the student’s area of concentration
·      Write a proposal for their exhibition that follows the specifications provided later in this syllabus. Once accepted, students are responsible for advertising their exhibitions.
·      Actively participate in regular critiques of their work and their peers’ work; appropriately describe and defend his/her work orally in critique
·      Write an artist’s statement that situates their work in the context of its own development and in relation to historical and contemporary aesthetics and practice.
·      Attend all lectures and presentations for professional development.
·      Plan and install her/his work in a public exhibit that meets professional standards (including compliance with standard gallery practices).
·      Create a physical and online portfolio that documents the developmental progress and final work for your senior exhibition
·      Draft a research paper that expands on the ideas set forth in your artist statement.
#2. CLASS TIMES/ IMPORTANT DATES
More so than a typical studio course, this course is partly self-directed.  Our meeting times allow for us to prepare for the show, discuss related issues, critique work, and discuss relevant issues regarding professional practices that any BFA graduate would be expected to know.  You are expected to complete almost all of your work (described in the course objectives) outside of class.  

Officially, class meets at 9 am on MWF in room 162.  While the locations and times may change over the duration of the class, you will be required to attend all mandatory class sessions.  Any change to the schedule will be announced in class and on the blog (arts4390.blogspot.com).  

Some Important Dates (subject to change)

Check
when
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Deadline
To Do

Sept 4
Labor Day

By Sep 6th
Apply for graduation for commencement participation

Sep 6th – Sep 18th
In class student presentations

Sep 25th
Schedule Exhibition slots

Nov 1st
Senior Shows Begin

Dec 13th

All work for class due to instructor

Dec 16th
Graduation



#3. CLASS SYLLABUS INFO

1.) Blog: www.arts4390.blogspot.com.  There is no textbook. All assignments and required source material will be posted online. Specific Xeroxed articles, tutorials and other online source material will be assigned and posted on the blog as the course progresses.  
2.) Attendance: mandatory at all class sessions. Assignments are due on the day they are required as set by the instructor.  Do to the nature of the course being at the end of your Tarleton career, there will be NO LATE work accepted without the possible punishment of failing the class.  3 times late equals 1 absence. After 3 absences and your letter grade drops 1 grade each additional.  Do not be late, being more than 15 minutes late counts as an absence. 
3.) Required Assignments: There are nine graded assignments in this course, and they are listed under the Class Objective section #4
Failure to not finish any of these required assignments to the approval of the art department can result in you being required to take the class over again the following semester.  If this action must be taken you will be informed immediately. 
4.) Grading: Your grades will be calculated based off the results and your participation in the above assignments.  You will receive a grade check list at the end of section #6 in this packet.
5.) Supplies: You will need to have your name cut into Vinyl for your exhibition, which usually requires a fee of about $10.  The major emphasis will be buying materials for your exhibition.
6.) Academic Honesty:
Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person’s materials or ideas as one’s own), or doing work for another person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible. Turning in work made before this class, or from other classes, is also a violation of academic honesty. Disciplinary action may be taken beyond the Department of Fine Arts.

7.) Disability Statement:
It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (http://www.ada.gov/) and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact Trina Geye, Director of Student Disability Services, at 254.968.9400 or geye@tarleton.edu. Student Disability Services is located in Math 201. More information can be found at www.tarleton.edu/sds or in the University Catalog


#4. SENIOR PORTFOLIO OBJECTIVES
The senior review has three major components – I) Portfolio, 2) Paper, and 3)Exhibit

1. Portfolio Component

 1A.   Hard copy portfolio – all students are required to prepare and present a portfolio of fifteen (15) original works. These works should represent what is expected to enter one of 3 paths (Industry, Artist, Graduate school).
The content and order of the work is dependent on the path. Only artwork from 3000 level coursework or higher may be included in the portfolio.  Designs/work created outside of class for clients may be included.

Formats accepted for hard copy portfolio include DVD or digital submission.

1B. Online Portfolio – Students are required to find or design an online portfolio.  This online site must serve as a portfolio of the same works you have selected for step 1A, and nothing more.

Students are required to choose a design the for the layout and presentation of their interactive portfolio, including information that will identify the purpose of the designs and the techniques used to create them. Any online tools, blogging/web templates, are accepted.

1C. Early Semester Portfolio Presentation/Group Critiques – At the beginning of the semester all students are required to give a 15 min presentation of their work.  The presentation should include images that are being considered for the final portfolio along with older work. This should be viewed as a practice for the final oral review required in the Exhibit Component.  There will be time allowed after the presentation for questions. 

Throughout the semester, Seniors will meet on Friday mornings at 9 for student critiques/weekly progress checks. In each of these meetings, three students will present their work for critique from their fellow senior art majors. These meetings will be announced by the professor, who may or may not be present. 


2.       Written Component

2A.   Research Paper – you are required to write a research paper that discusses the personal context of the work you make, and how that philosophy fits in a larger context within the chosen field of your study. 

Paper should discuss: a) the reason and relationship between subject, matter, form, and content: b) major historic and contemporary influences; c) working process and relationship with chosen media; and d) where you see yourself after graduation.

Format Requirements for the Essay
§  college-level paper, typed, double-spaced using a 12- point font.  It should include a bibliography citing references, influences, both historical and current, and should clearly explain artistic direction and intent.
§  The text of the paper must be a minimum of 2000 words (excluding the cover page and bibliography).
§  You must include at least 3 references pertaining to art or design history. You are encouraged to be as contemporary as you like. 
§  must also include 3 images with labels.  Both of these should be used to contrast, compare, or elaborate the techniques, processes, or ideas of your own artistic practice.

Tips for success
·      Interview a senior designer, art director, or artist for your sources.
·      Every field (painting, photo, graphic design, video games, whatever) has a national organization that has resources on career information and also is a showcase of artist/designers who are pushing new directions.  Find your organization and become a member. 
·      Writing Center - Students who are in need of intensive help with grammar, structure or mechanics in their writing should make use of the services of Writing Center, located in O.A Grant room 239 (254-968-1814). The services of the Writing Center are available by appointment, online and, occasionally, on a walk-in basis.

2B.   Artist or Designer Statement – students will write a 300-400 word statement that concisely states the purpose and intention of their current work in art or design.

2C.   Resume – students will write and design a resume that is specifically related to their field of study and immediate career goals.

2D.   Proposal – students will construct a written proposal for their exhibition.


3. Exhibit Component

3A.   Art Exhibition – students seeking the BFA degree are required to prepare and mount an exhibition of original artworks/design.  Artworks from lower level (200 level and below) coursework are not allowed for the senior exhibition.  Master studies or artworks that are copies of existing artworks (historical or contemporary) are not allowed in the senior exhibition.

The structure of the exhibition will be decided by early February as we work out any practical concerns about the space.  You will be required to write a proposal for your exhibition, detailing any needs for the space you might have. It is the sole responsibility of the class to prepare, advertise, hang, and take down the exhibit.  Your participation in this endeavor is essential for you to pass this course.  The specific guidelines for how to set up the show will be addressed in the next section. 

3B.   Show Poster Students are required to design a poster that announces the exhibit (title, dates, times, etc.) Students must also contact appropriate university officials regarding the promotion of the show. 

3C.   Oral Review – This is a public discussion and critique that focuses upon the artwork you have selected for exhibition, the student’s strengths and areas for improvement, the students view of their academic and studio experience, and future plans after graduation. 

You will be expected to speak confidently about the ideas behind your work and address any questions from the audience.  You may not read your artist statement or any other prepared statement, although having notes or an outline while presenting is allowed. 

The times and the format for the oral review will be decided on a future date by the art faculty.



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