ARTS4180 Senior Studio 1
Credit Hours: 3 semester hours
Prerequisites: Senior Status and with Instructor Permission
Students will examine, in detail, a selected topic of the student’s specialty. A formal proposal is required. A major project reflecting a minimum of 100 hours of work must be completed.
Goals and Objectives
The goals of this course are as follows:
To thoroughly examine a topic within the student’s subject area
To produce a work that represents a culminating experience with the student’s subject area.
Students who complete this course will be able to:
Present a body of work that is representative of their ability within their subject area
Identify the strengths and weaknesses of their work
Create a formal proposal identifying the goals and objectives of an extensive project
Present and defend a project representing a culminating experience
Grading and evaluation
Students will receive grades reflective of thorough research, technical execution and aesthetic considerations. Students will receive ongoing feedback on their work as a result of critiques throughout the term. Students will be expected to respond accordingly to critique with defense or adoption.
Grades will be assigned on the following criteria:
10% Project Proposal
20% Documentation and faculty meetings
60% Final project presentation
10% Project debriefing
You must provide a clearly defined project proposal that defines:
The goals of the project
The final form the project will take including specifics about dimensions, quantity, media and materials used, etc.
How the goals and project will serve to prepare you for what will come after SSU
Planned resources for research and inspiration
You must provide a digital document of your final project that will be left with the university. For digital projects, a series of JPG files or a PDF should be relatively easy to create. For analog media, you should take digital images of your work in the various stages of production to be turned in on a USB drive at the final presentation. While documentation photographs will not be graded for photographic merit, you should make the best images possible. Remove or hide distractions that are not part of the project where it is reasonable.
You are required to meet with me a minimum of 10 times during the semester. During each meeting, you should bring work in progress in a format that is most conducive to viewing and discussion. For digital work, this will mean pdf, jpg, or other format that does not require installation of supporting files. Other media will be on a project-by-project basis.
The final project presentation should represent a minimum of 100 hours of hands-on work time. You should bring the project to the furthest, reasonably possible conclusion. The final form of the project should be discussed and negotiated with the professor.
The project debriefing is a 1 to 2-page document that defines:
The goals of the project
Challenges the project presented
How the project changed and evolved over the semester
How the final project meets the stated goals
What you learned from the project