Instructor: Wayne Madsen
Email: wmadsen(@)
Office: 204A Fine Arts Building
Office Hours: W 9:00am - 12:00pm

ARTC 4090 Section 1001/1002
Fall 2011
209 - Fine Arts Building
TTHU 10:30 am - 12:50 pm

Course Overview

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.

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 as well as critiques.

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.

Learning Objectives (Skills Mastered)

Students will be expected to demonstrate a level of expertise, through in-class work and assignments, in the following areas:


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, but our classroom has a presentation black box we can use. You will need to use Powerpoint a great deal in this course. You might want to invest in a copy, or download openoffice/libre office for your laptop.

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 documents for classroom discussion.


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. Unless defined by the calendar, Tuesdays will focus on lectures, discussions and demonstrations, while Thursdays will focus on time when students can research, work on assignments and request for help. Students will need to be able to competently write about their projects in a formal way.


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 presence in lab time as well as lecture. Therefore, 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.

Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times will count as one unexcused absence.

Assignments and Critiques

Required Texts
Readings on theory will be online; the URLs will be listed in the calendar. 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 critique 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.

Extra Credit
Extra credit may be awarded to assignments that go well beyond what we cover in class and other alternative assignments may come up during the semester.

This course will require a large amount of reading and writing, so be fair warned. Much of the preparation needed for a post-academic career in art requires an ability to speak and write coherently. We will still take time to review work and perform general critiques, but mostly our critiques will be on presentation of the work, not the work itself.

Grades / Evaluation

A (100-90)
Excellent - Above and beyond, research is clear, fluid 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

Digital Arts Department Rules

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.


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 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.