ARTC 409 Professional Practices for Digital Art Majors
Bowling Green State University - School of Art
Syllabus - Fall 2007

ARTC 409 Professional Practices

Professor Heather Elliott-Famularo

Wednesdays* 11:30-1:50pm

Phone: 372-9943

Classroom: 1101 Fine Arts Center

Office: 1014 Fine Arts Center

 

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-1pm

* Some Monday classes are required.
Do NOT schedule anything for Mondays 11:30-1:50!

e-mail: helliot@bgsu.edu

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Prerequisite: Must be scheduled to Graduate with BFA in Digital Arts December 2007, May 2008, or August 2008.

Required Readings: Will assign throughout the semester. Most will be available as .pdfs or in the ARC to copy. You must bring a hard copy of the reading to class on the due date for credit!

Course Description and Objectives: This course will help you transition from academia to life after college. In the case of digital art, this could mean many things, but we will focus on three paths: graduate school, industry, or studio artist practice. In each case this course will, above all, help you focus on your art and its development as a whole, understand yourself as an artist, and teach you to present yourself, your ideas, and your art.

CLASS FORMAT: The class will be dependent upon your preparation and participation. Most classes will include some of the following: discussions of readings, visitor presentations, student presentations, instruction on preparing yourself for the next step after school, and perhaps informal critiques. Participation is a GRADE. (See "Grading" below)

NOTE ON THE BFA EXHIBITION: The focus of this course is not to make artwork for the BFA exit show. The BFA show is not a requirement for graduation, but it is an important opportunity to exhibit a cohesive body of work and your ideas, uncensored. You may use this course to assist you in preparation for the show. Deadlines for show materials are listed below and all deadlines must be met in order to exhibit.

Requirements: Each student is expected to complete all the assignments and required readings. During discussion and lectures, students are expected to engage in meaningful classroom participation. Details of the various assignments will be discussed in class. Assignments missing on the scheduled due date will be penalized one letter grade. No assignments will be accepted more than 3 days late. You will receive a zero on the assignment after 3 days.

Attendance: Read Carefully. Attendance is not only mandatory but it is crucial to your success in this class. If you are not in class please find out from the other students what was covered and if work was assigned. Absence is not a valid excuse for coming to the following class unprepared, or for not having an assignment completed that was given while you were gone. This class will adhere to the following Attendance Policy:

  1. Because this class meets only once a week, You may miss a maximum of TWO classes without penalty.
  2. Missing more then 10% of regularly scheduled course meeting times (2 classes) results in the reduction of your final grade by one letter grade per absence beyond the second, and continues for each additional absence up to the 5th absence.
  3. Missing more then 20% of regularly scheduled course meetings (4 classes) results in automatic failure for the course. (Easy Formula: Number 6 = F).
  4. There are no "excused" or "unexcused" absences. There is only presence or absence.
  5. Arriving for class late or leaving class before dismissal constitutes a tardy. The accumulation of three tardies is equal to an absence in the calculation of attendance. Role will be taken at the beginning of each class. If you wander in late, it is your responsibility to make sure I mark your arrival.
  6. Do not leave class early. If you absolutely must, you have to clear it with me first, or you will be considered absent for that entire day.
  7. In the event of a mental or physical health emergency or another similar crisis that may cause you to miss more than two classes, please set up an appointment with me to discuss your options.

Grading: Grades will be based on attendance, participation, assignments, and research projects. "A"s are given for excellent projects that are turned in on time! "C"s are given for projects completed on time but average in quality and quantity. "F"s are substituted for missing assignments. Cummulative grades are calculated on the computer periodically throughout the course and distributed to the individual students.

LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Up to 24 hours late your grade is lowered by one letter, 24 to 48 hours is lowered by two letters, and 48 to 72 is lowered three letter grades. No assignments accepted after three days, you will receive an "F" for that assignment.

 

TOPICS IN THE CLASS: Subject to changes, additions, and subtractions. Many of these will be covered as you complete the projects.

 

CLASS PROJECTS FOR ARTC 409:
Specifics will follow. Subject to change, additions, and subtractions

Art Presentation: Prepare and present a final body of your artwork (Due Nov 26, 28, Dec 3 or 5)
This can be work towards your BFA exit show, but think of it as a cohesive body that goes beyond the show and defines you as an artist. 10-minute presentations will happen Mondays & Wednesdays the last two weeks of class. I urge you to get early feedback from your peers or me.

Final - Professional Packet (due Dec 3)
The final Professional Packet is your presentation for a job, gallery, graduate school, etc. It is unlike your portfolio as this i ncludes materials to get a job while your art portfolio is your actual art work. Final packet is due December 3, but various drafts of the parts will be due throughout the semester. It will consist of:

  1. Statements: Two: One general and one for your final body of work. You can use a variation of the statement for the BFA show, which will be due in the Spring. The statement for you final body of work will be due when you present your work.
  2. Artist Biography
  3. Resume
  4. Cover Letter
  5. Electronic Portfolio
  6. Other Visual Material Due with final package
    • Prints, Demo Reel, Slides in presentation form, depending on your focus.
  7. Grad School Only: Essay and/or Application
  8. (Optional) Miscellaneous Due with final package
    • Promotional material such as buttons, stickers, business cards, brochures
Readings throughout the semester: Readings will be discussed in class. Note that participation is part of your grade. You must bring a HARD COPY of your READING with you to class the day it is due or you will get a zero participation grade for that day!

Essays and small assignments due throughout the semester

Digital Arts JOB FAIR: Monday, November 8: ATTENDANCE AT THIS FAIR IS MANDATORY. You will need to write a summary of your experience.

Visiting Artist lecture: You are required to attend a minimum of ONE artist lecture or workshop during the semester. You will need to write a summary. If you attend additional lectures, you may hand in summaries for extra credit. Schedule of artists will be listed on class website. Summaries must be turned in for a grade within one week of event.

Research on what you think you will do next:
Find information about one of the areas listed below including what they request and in what format. Then, prepare a mock application. Things such as slides or demo reels may be described in specific detail. You can use the contacts that you research now to peruse when you are ready to make a transition.

Enter a Juried show or Film Festival: Prepare a show / festival application package and send it. You may enter multiple shows for extra credit.

(Optional) Make Contact
Make contact with the companies, graduate schools, or galleries you found in your research. Due as you complete them. Let me know of your progress in some written format. This is a way to get extra credit.

 

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 in general. 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.

Student Concerns: Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability please come talk to me after class or during office hours.

Course Outline:

The following is a tentative schedule of classes. Topics and due dates are subject to change, although you will be notified in advance if this happens.

Notice that we are SCHEDULED to meet primarily on Wednesdays, However, due to various events, you should be prepared to meet on Mondays at any point during the semester, and we will definitely meet the last two Mondays of the semester for presentations.

DO NOT SCHEDULE A JOB FROM 11:30-1:50 on MONDAYS!

August
August 20
Monday
Introduction - 3 Paths, Syllabus, Student Forms; Assignment #1 assigned  
August 21
Tuesday
Digital Arts Lab Monitor Meeting 6pm, room 1026 (Mac Lab)
Volunteer 6 hrs/week in the lab and you receive 24/7 access for yourself
August 22
Wednesday
No class, but Email me your 3 questions for Jessica Turos by 5pm! DUE: 3 Resume/Cover Letter questions
August 27
Monday
Resume and Cover Letter - Part 1 Jessica Turos, Asst. Director of BGSU Career Services speaks; BGSU Worknet Profiles created; DUE: Reading #1A; Reflection Essay

September
September 3
Monday
NO CLASSES - LABOR DAY
September 5
Wednesday
Resume / Cover Letter - Part 2 Discuss Reading 1 - Quiz;
Reading #2 assigned; Assignment #2 given
DUE: Reading #1B;
September 12
Wednesday
Artist Statements / Bios Discuss reading #2; Bio exercise;
Assignment #3 given
DUE: Resume & Cover Letter draft #1; Reading #2
September 14
Friday
Career Center Group Resume Critique Session
1-2:15pm, Paulsen Room, Conklin rm 116
September 14
Friday
The Ins & Outs of Starting a Small Business
Daniel P. Slifko and Aggie Sahar, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
1:30-3pm, 107 Hanna Hall (Women's Center)
September 19
Wednesday
Discuss Reading #3; Price Artwork;
Assignment #4 given
DUE: Bio & Statement draft #1; Reading #3
September 26
Wednesday
Director of IMS visits; Discuss returned Resumes & Cover Letters; Discuss Reading #4
Assignment #5 and Grad School Reading assigned (handout)
DUE: Priced Artwork; Reading #4
September 26
Wednesday
Career Center Resume Critique Session
1-5pm, Conklin rm 322
September 26
Wednesday
Grantwriting for the Individual Artist lead by Martin Nagy
6:30-8pm, Toledo Lucas County Library
419-259-5209 to reserve a space

October
October 2
Tuesday
Career Center Resume Critique Session
1-5pm, Conklin rm 322
October 3
Wednesday
Juried Shows & Graduate School; Our Grad Students visit; Assignment #6 given DUE: Juried Show links; Grad Reading
October 3
Wednesday
What the Artist Needs to Know About Copyright lead by Rick Martin
7-8pm, Toledo Lucas County Library
October 9
Tuesday
Visiting Artists: THE YES MEN
8pm in 101 Olscamp
October 10
Wednesday
Industry: Discuss Reading; Assignment #7: Research given DUE: Resume & Cover Letter version #2;
October 17
Wednesday
Alumni DUE: Show/Festival entry packets; Alumni Survey reading
October 17
Wednesday
Fiscal Sponsorship: How It Can Help You Land a Grant panel on getting grant money
7-8pm, Toledo Lucas County Library
419-259-5209 to reserve a space
October 19
Friday
Career Center Group Resume Critique Session
1-2:15pm, Paulsen Room, Conklin rm 116
October 24
Wednesday
Research questions, BFA Show update; sign up for Final Presentations
Look at Packet examples; Assignment #8 given
DUE: Research URLs;
October 26
Friday
Effective Grant Writing
Dr. Cynthia Price and Thomas Kornacki, SPAR
1:30-3pm, 107 Hanna Hall (Women's Center)
October 27
Saturday
Grantsmanship 101 lead by Linda Koss and Megan Meyer
9:30am-12:30pm, Toledo Lucas County Library
419-259-5209 to reserve a space
October 31
Wednesday
Creativity - Discuss Reading #5; DUE: Reading #5; Biography & Artist Statement draft #2

November
November 2
Friday
Help! My CV has Fallen and Can't Get up!
Celeste Robertson, Assistant Director, BGSU Career Center
1:30-3pm, 107 Hanna Hall (Women's Center)
November 2
Friday
Visiting Artist: Jessica Maloney FAC rm 204 7pm
Jessica is a BGSU Alumn who will talk about her imaging artwork. Learn more at her website
November 3
Saturday
Artist Workshop: Jessica Maloney FAC rm 129 12pm
Encaustic Workshop (combining digital prints with encaustic wax processes)
November 5
Monday
Visiting Artist: Zack Booth Simpson talks about marketing your artwork; Assignment #9 and Copyright Take Home Quiz assigned  
November 5
Monday
Visiting Artist: Zack Booth Simpson BTSU rm 206 (theater) 6pm
Learn more at Zack's website
November 5
Monday
BFA Exhibition - Mandatory Meeting
7:30pm - Bryan Gallery Foyer
November 7
Wednesday
Grantsmanship 101 lead by Linda Koss and Megan Meyer
9:30am-12:30pm, Toledo Lucas County Library
419-259-5209 to reserve a space
November 9
Friday
Career Center Group Resume Critique Session
2:45-4pm, Paulsen Room, Conklin rm 116
November 12
Monday
NO CLASSES - VETERANS DAY
November 14
Wednesday
Copyright, Contracts, Censorship - Discuss Readings DUE: Assignment #9; Take Home Quiz; Research Project
November 20
Tuesday
BFA Exhibition - Propsals DUE!
to Jacqui Nathan
November 21
Wednesday
No Class - Thanksgiving Break
November 26
Monday
Final Presentations, Group 1
November 26
Monday
BFA Exhibition - Committee Meetings
7:30pm - Bryan Gallery entry
November 28
Wednesday
Final Presentations, Group 2

December
December 3
Monday
Final Presentations, Group 3
Final Presentation Packets DUE
December 5
Wednesday
Final Presentations, Group 4

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