Syllabus

Instructor section 1:
Dr. Dena Eber
Email: deber(@)bgsu.edu
Office: 123 Fine Arts Center
Office Hours: Tues TBD

Instructor section 2:
Professor Bonnie Mitchell
Email: bonniem(@)bgsu.edu
Office: 109 Fine Arts Center
Office Hours: Wed 9-11 & 5-6

ARTC 4180 Section 1001-1004
Fall 2014
244 - Wolfe Center
Section 1: MW 2:30 - 4:50pm
Section 2: MW 11:30am - 1:50pm

Prerequisite

Senior standing; BFA Digital Arts major. Must be scheduled to
graduate as a BFA in Digital Arts in December 2014 or May or August 2015.

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to provide graduating digital arts seniors the time and feedback to create a final body of work for the BFA show. Students will be required to complete this body of work by the final critique day. The student must also submit this work to the BFA exhibition jury in the spring.

The success of the projects produced in the class will be dependent upon student preparation and participation. As a class, we are going to frequently critique the progress of the work and challenge each student to create a body of work that reflects their artistic capabilities and interests. We will engage in both group critiques and independent mentoring sessions. These sessions will help to focus the content of your BFA thesis work. Minimal time will be spent on technical instruction. It is expected that students take on technical challenges that are within their scope of knowledge and abilities. The class also includes various exercises that will expose students to contemporary art practice and where their work fits within it.

The focus of this course is to enable students to create artwork for the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition and submit it to that exhibition. A formal submission to the exhibition is required to pass this class. If a student does not fulfill this requirement competently, they will receive a failing grade. This is a required class to graduate with a BFA in Digital Arts degree. Failure to pass will require you to retake this class next fall semester (It is not offered in the spring or summer).

Learning Objectives (Skills Mastered)

Students will create a body of work such as a series of images, a video, an animation, interactive screen-based work, installation art or other digital art-related work) for the BFA exhibition. As part of the class, students will complete all necessary forms for the BFA exhibition and be aware of and meet the exhibition deadlines. In addition, students will keep a “BFA Thesis Process Blog” that is a collection of ideas and shows their progress.

Students are responsible for the following throughout the semester:

By the final critique, students will have completed the following:

In order to pass the class, all requirements must be met. Students will be assessed and grades will be given (see below) for all of these requirements.

Required Materials and Fees

Students are required to always have a USB stick to store important class files, permitting them to work on their art during and outside of class meeting times. Students will need to spend significant time outside of class to complete their BFA body of work. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week outside class on their project.

The fee for this class is used to purchase hardware, software and supplies that are not supplied by ITS. This includes items such as extra ram, cameras, printers, scanners, software, instructional manuals and DVDs. These materials are available to this class and most of it is located in the MCaP.  

The cost of prints made in the MCaP print lab is the student's responsibility and is not included in the course fee. No textbook is required. All readings are posted online but you may need to print out all documents for classroom discussion.

The cost of materials for interactive works, installations, or other types of artworks are the sole responsibility of the student.

Mandatory Readings (TBD)

There will be several mandatory readings geared to help students contextualize their artwork within the larger art realm. Students will need to have these articles accessible during class and have written notes as preparation for the discussion. All students will be expected to do all the readings and online reading responses may be required.

Expectations

It is the responsibility of each student to obtain the information presented in class lectures, discussions and demos.

Students will be graded on participation in class discussions.

The class will consist mostly of studio and critique time and will be tied closely to the student's individual contract according to their dates and goals. The instructor will also show and discuss examples of digital art on an individual basis as it corresponds to a student's work. This will serve as inspiration and help students situate the student’s art within the broader digital arts genre. Students will be assigned a calendar of check-in and presentation dates.

Students should not expect to complete their entire BFA project IN class only -- this will not be sufficient time.

Work lost because of computer/software crashes or error will be counted as a zero. It is expected that students learn to save frequently and back-up and maintain multiple copies of their work. It is good practice to save files on a variety of different storage media (including the digital arts server). These are important habits for students to develop for their careers. There is no excuse for lost work.

It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the assignments. They must ask questions as soon as possible directly or via email if they do not understand an assignment.

Class / Lab Rules

Attendance

Class starts at the scheduled time. Attendance is taken at that time and failure to be seated and working will constitute a tardy. Being late for class three times will count as one absence. Leaving class early without permission is considered an absence.

Excused absences must be discussed with the professor. Please keep the teacher informed if there are critical issues that prevent you from attending class.

Critiques

There will be multiple large and small group critiques in this class. Students will be given a participation grade based on their contributions. If a high grade is desired, students need to offer constructive criticism of other classmates’ work.

Grades / Evaluation

Pass or Fail Items:
The following items must be completed to pass the class. If any of these items are not completed, the student will not pass the class: Graded Items:
The following items will receive letter grades:

Grading Scale:

A (100-90)
Excellent - Above and beyond, research and artwork is of the highest quality and demonstrates strong commitment

B (89-80)
Very Good - Beyond requirements

C (79-70)
Average - Met the basic requirements

D (69-60)
Did not meet requirements

F (59-0)
Projects not turned in or completely insufficient

To determine the final grade, each project and assignment will be averaged, along with participation, with the following weights: Visit the Canvas course shell to see the weighted grades.

Student Projects

Projects created in any Digital Arts course may be used by the ART department for the purpose of promoting the student, the department and/or the university. These materials may also be used by the ART department for instructional purposes in future courses. Please inform the instructor if you do not want your projects used.

Accommodations

Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability, please come talk to me after class or during office hours. The goal of the Disability Services for Students Office is to help provide equal access and reasonable accommodations to BGSU students with disabilities. Students wishing to discuss their eligibility for such accommodations are encouraged to contact their office at 372-8495 (413 South Hall).

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to maintain the highest level of integrity in their academic work. From time to time, however, issues such as cheating, fabrication or plagiarism in an academic exercise arise. The original jurisdiction and penalty both vary depending on the offense and when it is discovered. Also, there are specific requirements for record-keeping and for notification of the student and academic dean. The complete policy is available in both the Student Handbook (Codes of Conduct) and the Faculty Handbook (Academic Charter).

Get to know your art librarian, as they will have a wealth of information on contemporary practicing artists and books related to your chosen Senior Studio project topic.

Addendum

The faculty reserve the right to change the contents of the syllabus, assignments and course requirements as we see fit in order to facilitate a better learning environment.