ARTS4180/4181 Senior Studio
Credit Hours: 3 semester hours
Prerequisites: Senior status within the major and instructor permission
Students will examine, in detail, a selected topic within the area of the student’s specialty. A formal proposal and instructor approval is required. A major project reflecting substantial documented effort must be completed.
Independent senior studio will be evaluated on an individual student basis. Work should be relevant to student’s proposed specific field and is an in depth study of that subject/topic.
Grading and Evaluations
Student grades will be reflective of thorough research, technical execution, and aesthetic considerations. Students will receive ongoing feedback on their work as a result of critiques and discussion throughout the term(s). Students will be expected to respond accordingly to critique with appropriate adoption of feedback.
Grades will be assigned on the following criteria:
10% Project Proposal
20% Documentation and faculty meetings
60% Project at its time of final presentation per semester
10% Project debriefing
You must provide an initial submission for consideration and should contain artifacts that include:
A clearly defined, written project proposal(s) that both quantifies your work and qualifies the project goals
How the goals and project will serve to prepare you for what will come after SSU
The final form the project will take
Planned resources for research and inspiration
Workload breakdowns and timelines of all relevant content and its development
Student proposal(s) and project must be self-contained and may not be reliant on the activity of other people.
The project proposal must be approved by the advising faculty to receive course credit.
Students may be advised to enroll in the course but are not necessarily cleared for enrollment until the above criteria, and those individually determined relevant to the project, have been met.
You are required to meet with the project advisor 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.
The final project presentation should represent the furthest, reasonably-possible conclusion. The final form of the project should be discussed and negotiated with the professor.
Accompanying materials may include, but are not limited to:
Digital or physical portfolio ready to be delivered to prospective employers
Active, outward facing, online media or social media presence during the course of development
Formal application materials (cv, business cards, etc)
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 goals stated in the proposal
What you learned from the project