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ART 400 A: Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Senior Studio

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 204
Timea Tihanyi
Timea Tihanyi

Syllabus Description:


Welcome to ART400: Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Senior Project                  SPRING 2016

T, TH 2:30-5:20 Room: Art 204

Instructor: Timea Tihanyi 
Office: Art 328J        Office hours: please email for appointment


Quick links to 

Course schedule // Senior Project Exhibition // Art Installation and Display Policy.pdf

Guidelines for Artist RESUME



Course Description

Art400 focuses on the development of senior–level artwork in any format or media. During the course of the quarter you will be able to identify and develop a senior project and to create a portfolio towards a post-educational goal.

As a way of developing your interdisciplinary senior project, you will be asked to focus on creating iterations by testing materials and presentation formats, to spend a focused amount of time with concept and process in order to fine-tune both, to research key artist influences and personal sources, and to consider the exhibition location as well alternatives for the installation of your work in the public space. In other words, this course gives you real-life experince and responsibility of a professional visual artist from project idea, through development and presentation, to critical review and archiving of the work in your portfolio.

Course assignments are designed to give you practice with being a professional in the field of the visual arts. They are there to strengthen your presentation and critiquing skills; help you to formulate a strong and compelling artist's written statement; and to both develop and reflect on your artmaking process within the context of contemporary visual art practice and in a larger cultural and art historical framework.

The course also covers various issues of professional practice, like researching post-undergraduate opportunities, developing a strong portfolio towards a desired goal (for example, an exhibition proposal; graduate school, internship or residency application), the documentation of finished work and organizing an exhibition (planning, posters, walltexts, reception, etc.).

With these skills, you will be prepared for professional life beyond school, including visualizing ideas, developing and presenting proposals, and being ready for the next step in your creative career with up-to-date application materials.

It is a privilege and an honor to be invited back to hold this quarter's exhibition in Odegaard Library. This venue gives our show a tremendous public exposure. Imagine your work is being seen and loved by thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors every day. 

Exhibition dates: May 31th through June 7th. Opening reception is planned for Friday, June 3rd 6-8pm.

Install date: Tue, May 31, during class. Take down date: Tue, June 7, during class. 



Final grade will be determined by the following:

Completed senior project: 25%

Contribution and Participation (in class activities, including critiques, class discussions and reviews, exhibition jobs and group work): 25%

Preparedness and Development (preparedness for class sessions, submitting small assignments on time, meeting work-in-progress check-points, presenting project plans, tests and work in progress): 30%

Portfolio and Professional Practice (quality of final portfolio, individual effort, commitment, progress throughout the quarter): 20%


Grading Guidelines for the Division of Art

3.9-4.0     A               The highest possible performance in all aspects of the course with work exemplifying exceptional quality. Exhibits outstanding creative potential.

3.5-3.8    A-              Exhibits creative potential with superior performance in most aspects of the course; high quality in the remainder. Well prepared for subsequent courses in the field.

3.2-3.4     B+             High performance in most aspects of the course. Very good chance of success in subsequent courses in the field. Exhibits some creative potential.

2.9-3.1     B               Good performance in some of the course; satisfactory performance in the remainder.  Exhibits some creative potential. Good chance of success in subsequent courses in the field.

2.5-2.8     B-              Demonstrates the minimum amount of research needed to complete the course with satisfactory performance.

2.2-2.4     C+             Met basic requirements in most of the course, with the remainder being somewhat substandard.

1.9-2.1     C               Evidence of some learning, but generally substandard performance. Marginal chance of success for subsequent courses in the field.


Code of Conduct

This is an interdisciplinary visual arts studio course; we will be thinking and talking about, as well as making art in this manner. Please note that class time is for workshops on professional practices, critiques, group interaction (such as planning and feedback). Work on the senior project will need to be done outside of class time in the SOA facilities. Expect to spend at least 6-10hours/week on your studio practice outside of class and set up a schedule that will work for you through the quarter accordingly. A large part (30%) of your course grade is Preparedness and Development, which entails preparedness for meetings and meeting the required level of project development at the check-points shown on the calendar. 

One-on-one consultations will provide you with feedback on the work in progress presented and help you to tackle challenges and find alternative directions that help the sophisticated development of your project. Consultation and demos on unfamiliar materials and techniques are always available upon your request.

This class is conducted in a collaborative spirit, requiring you to engage with the group process and to contribute to building an environment of learning and experimentation where:

  1. taking risks is preferred;
  2. safe to ask questions and debate issues;
  3. feedback is offered in a supportive spirit;
  4. all participants are attentive and respectful of each other.


To achieve this please observe the following rules and expectations:

  1. Make sure your project moves along steadily even if you are being momentarily distracted by various other obligations. Come to class prepared to demonstrate progress and to participate in a shared positive learning experience.
  2. Class begins and ends at the appointed time unless otherwise scheduled. Check Canvas schedule for preparation. 
  3. Be responsible for your own successful completion of the course.This means to:
  4. Keep an open attitude. Use your best judgment to define project parameters. Rely on your strengths and well-honed skills but leave it open for experimentation. (If you have never made a painting it’s probably not a wise decision to set out to make your senior project be the first one. However, if in the process of testing out ways of making your idea work, you discover an interesting and rewarding way to express that idea best through the process of painting, by all means, you should not shy away from doing that.) Challenge yourself, and strive for new ideas and ways of expression.
  5. Attend all sessions and be prepared to present new results of your work in progress each week. Always have tangible things to show: work in progress, material tests, sketches, models, etc… Meet the required level of project development at the check-points shown on the calendar. 
  6. Complete all assignments on time. Assignments must be presented in person. Contribution to and Participation in discussions, critiques and organizing the show is required and an important part of your course experience (it is 25% of the final grade).
  7. If sudden illness, emergency or random act of nature should prevent you from attending class, contact me ( IN ADVANCE of your absence.

If you do take an absence, you are responsible for following up with a classmate making sure that you are not missing any important information and staying up-to-speed with the rest of the class.

  1. All projects must be completed and presented on time. Late projects will not be accepted. Work unfinished by the time of the final critique will not be considered.
  2. This course prepares you for real-life studio practice. You are expected to take your own work seriously and to be organized and conscientious in planning and managing project work time.
  3. Most projects are just not practical to do at home. Rm. 204 is your shared studio space for the duration of the quarter.You have full access to the room outside of the scheduled class times. Wherever you work, always leave your work area clean.

Observe safety, traffic flow, and maintenance rules when working in public spaces outside of the classroom. Attain permission from Annie Pearson ( in the main office (rm. 102) before installing your project. LEAVE NO TRACE policy applies! See details Art Installation and Display Policy.pdf

Move out all materials, tools and projects from the classroom by last class meeting on finals week. 
6. Absolutely NO cell phone calls or text messages are to be taken or made during class. Turn off and put away all phones and digital equipment (including laptop, tablets, smart phones, and personal equipment for music) for the entire duration of class.
7. If you have any questions, concerns regarding the class or need extra help, talk to me ASAP.



Catalog Description: 
Focuses on the development of exhibition quality artwork, culminating in a group show. Covers curatorial issues, installation, and presentation. Assignments are designed to strengthen oral presentation skills, artist's written statement, critiquing abilities, and ability to place work within a larger art historical framework.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:10pm