Instructor: Kim Turner Young
Office: 1026 Fine Arts Center
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:00PM - 5:00PM
This course is one of the most important you will take in your college career, since it is designed to 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 to:
- focus on your art and its development as a whole,
- understand yourself as an artist,
- teach you to present yourself, your ideas, and your art.
What you get out of this class depends primarily upon your preparation and participation. Most classes will include some of the following:
- discussions and exercises related to readings,
- student presentations and critiques,
- instruction and practice on preparing yourself for the next step after school,
- guest speakers and visiting artist presentations.
Above all, this course will help refine your career focus and prepare a formal packet to help you achieve your goals.
NOTE: Making artwork for the BFA exit show is NOT the focus of this course; that content is covered in ARTC 4180.
Learning Objectives (Skills Mastered)
Students will be expected to demonstrate a level of expertise, through in-class work and assignments, in the following areas:
- Introduction to three career paths (Industry, Artist, Graduate School)
- Speaking about your work
- Artist Statement
- Cover Letters/Graduate School Essays
- Presentation Packets
- Legal Issues
- Contracts, copyright, digital art & CreativeCommons, insurance
- Digital Print Issues
- Demo Reels/web portfolio
- Access to technology/organizational resources
- SIGGRAPH, web presence
- Competitions / juried shows
- Pricing work
- Formal presentation of work (framing, etc.)
- Contact industry, galleries, slides
- Digital storage: USB flash drive or Firewire External Drive (formatted for both Mac and PC). You will be expected to have a drive of at least 16GB in size.
- Ideally, you should bring in your own laptop for presentations, but our classroom has a presentation black box we can use.
- You will need to use Powerpoint in this course, so you might want to invest in a copy, or download openoffice/libre office for your laptop.
- You will need to submit work to an exhibition or film festival, which usually requires a fee of about $30.
- There are plenty of online resources for this class, so a physical textbook is not necessary. Check the Resources page for many online resources.
- All readings will be posted online. No textbook required, but you should print out all readings for classroom discussion.
- It is recommended that you purchase a binder for collecting the reading assignments to use in class and as a resource in future.
Information presented in class lectures, discussions and demos is the responsibility of each student. General assignments are mandatory and must be completed on the required dates and in the proper format. Assigned readings are the responsibility of each student and will be required for class discussion and project completion. Each lecture and discussion requires the student's participation for which a grade will be given. The technical aspects of the class are demanding and require that students be self-motivated and independently solve problems. Students will need to be able to competently write about their projects in a formal way.
Wednesday classes will focus on lectures, discussions and demonstrations. The class does not usually meet on Monday, to allow you to attend visiting artist presentations and demonstrations. This time may also be used to work independently on class assignments, or meet with the instructor individually.
There are a LOT of assignments in this class, and all of them are important. Each assignment is part of your final packet and presentation so if you do well on all the assignments, your final project (worth 40% of your grade) should be awesome!
This course assumes an interactive approach in its structure and in its presentation, which requires engaged participation from all members of the class. This class is a cumulative experience and necessitates your consistent presence, so regular attendance is expected and considered mandatory. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility meet with a classmate or make an appointment with me to get the information. The following policy refers to Wednesday class attendance only:
- 1 - 2 absences = no penalty
- 3 absences = overall final grade lowered 1 letter grade
- 4 absences = fail the course; dropping the course strongly recommended
Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times will count as one absence. There is no “excused” or “unexcused” absence, there is only presence or absence.
Readings will be online; the URLs will be listed in the class schedule. For each reading, the student is required to write a multi-paragraph essay describing the core elements of the reading materials as well as any insights the student may have on the concepts.
Turning in Projects
Projects are due in the Homework folder prior to the beginning of class, including all powerpoint presentations and documents.Revised projects are due exactly one week from the due date. I do not accept late revised projects and you will receive a zero on the revised project if it is NOT turned in on time.
Monday Artist Talks
The instructor will inform the class of upcoming artist talks and workshops. These usually take place on Monday evenings during our scheduled class time, but sometimes happen other nights or on weekends. You must attend a minimum of ONE artist lecture or workshop during the semester, and write a multi-paragraph summary of the presentation.General
Much of the preparation needed for a post-academic career in art requires an ability to speak and write coherently, and your work will be judged at the level required in a career environment. Class critiques will be on presentation of the artwork, not the artwork itself.
Grades / Evaluation
Course grades are determined as follows:
- Final Packet and Presentation: 40%
- Assignments: 30%
- Class Participation: 10%
- Responses and Quizzes: 10%
- Attendance: 10%
These will be graded as follows:
- A (100-90)
Excellent - Above and beyond, 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
Requirements for individual assignments are listed on each assignment page.
Class Participation requirements are:
- Participate constructively in class discussions and exercises.
- Be attentive to instructor, guest speakers and student presenters.
Attendance requirements are detailed above.
Digital Arts Department Rules
- NO food or drink in the lab.
- NO cell phones, or beepers on during class. ALWAYS remember to turn off (or silence) your cellphone before class.
- NO sleeping during class.
- NO student is permitted to disconnect, reconnect, or reconfigure the black box without the permission of a digital arts professor, but I MIGHT need your help!
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.
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).
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 how to research your topics and present your information correctly.
I reserve the right to change these rules as I see fit in order to facilitate a better learning environment.