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ART 280 A: Media, Time, and Technology Arts

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 2:20pm
ART 207
Whitney Lynn
Whitney Lynn

Syllabus Description:

University of Washington, Fall 2019
T/TH 11:30-2:20pm | Art Building 207
Professor Whitney Lynn  
Office Hours: T/TH 10:30-11:20am | Art Building 206



This course will develop an experimental attitude toward exploration and research  in contemporary art, challenging students to determine how various forms of media can be employed to communicate ideas. Delving into genres such as video art, performance art, sound art, Post-internet art, and interactive installation, project assignments are structured to take into account students' individual knowledge, experience, and interests, while at the same time providing distinct parameters and goals. The creation and discussion of student projects will be the driving force of the class; we will also spend time thinking about the work of contemporary artists, presented through image lectures, readings, guest visits and field trips.


Assignments and Exercises: This class is designed to encourage experimentation. Use each assignment as an opportunity to push beyond your comfort zone and try out new ways of working. Assignment details will be explained in class and written information can be found on Canvas. 

In order to succeed, approach each prompt as an artist working through concepts (as opposed to a student fulfilling class assignments for a teacher). Create work that is important to you and that you are proud to stand behind. Effort and dedication will be rewarded — take creative risks and do not be afraid to fail.

Although a few hours of in-class work time will be scheduled for each project, plan to dedicate time outside of class developing projects and undertaking necessary research. If you're feeling stuck or have questions, don't hesitate to talk with me during class, or visit during office hours.

Missing class is not an excuse for missing an assignment deadline. All work must be completed/presented on the due date. Except in rare cases of emergency, LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


Participation: Active participation is required. Plan to arrive to class on time, prepared, and ready to work. Each person in the class is an important member of our community, and as such, each member is expected to contribute to discussions by sharing insights, asking questions, and generally demonstrating that you are invested in your work -- and also the work of your peers. There will be times when an unfamiliar artist's name, book, film, etc. are mentioned during class discussions -- it is your responsibility to jot the information down, and follow-up after class. Purchase a sketchbook/notebook and carry it with you at all times.

The only time it is appropriate to be on your phone/tablet/laptop is if the device directly relates to the production or presentation of your work. Points will be deducted from your daily participation grade if you are using a device inappropriately during a discussion or critique. Respect is our priority -- for yourself,  for your peers, for the room.

Attendance/participation points will be recorded through Canvas. If you miss a class, you are responsible for gathering any missed notes, assignments and/or instructions. 


Critiques: Each time you present your work for critique, you will submit a brief description/written statement before projects are due (more on that below). During the critique, you are also required to contribute at least one question and/or topic related to your work that you would like for the group to discuss. Through our conversations, we will assess artistic goals and intentions, address contemporary issues as well as historical precedents, and work to understand how meaning is constructed.

Participation during critiques is mandatory. Early in the quarter I will give specific prompts to get conversations started, with the aim that by the end of the quarter critique discussions will be primarily student-led.


Project Statements

While each individual will have a different style and approach to writing about their work, the intended result of this assignment is gain experience in finding ways to inform others about your conceptual process. 

The process of writing an artist statement is always a work in progress, and sometimes individual project statements change over time as the artist reflects on what they have done. While the project statement you submit should address your intentions, you do not necessarily have to explain the meaning of the work -- and you certainly don't have to have everything figured out before you bring your work in for critique. What you are trying to accomplish is to give the reader (and yourself) a sense of your process, research, and how you came to decisions about the form and function of the work presented. 


Canvas: Students are expected to have access to Canvas. I will use Canvas to send announcements to the class as needed.  Please notify me if there are technical problems with the website, otherwise I will assume that all students have access to readings and other course materials.


Project Documentation: It is important to be in the habit of documenting your work as soon as it is created. At the end of the quarter, a digital portfolio of all works created as part of this course will be submitted through Canvas.

Many times, documentation is all that is left over from non-permanent work, like a temporary site-specific sculpture, a performance, an installation, etc. In cases like these, the documentation will be the only thing that survives, and can actually become the work itself. This is why it is very important to plan how you will document your work ahead of time.

Visual documentation will often be the only thing curators, writers, or grant panels will see of your work, and good documentation can mean the difference between getting a grant or securing an exhibition, or being passed over for opportunities. Remember that just because you may have strong work doesn’t mean that it will be perceived that way through your documentation. Just like writing about your work, you will eventually find your documentation style. As a rule of thumb, the more you have to choose from, the better (you can always edit).


Materials and Equipment: Your enrollment in this course grants access to basic video, photo, audio, and computer equipment, as well as 24 hour access to the Art building. It is up to the class as a whole to be responsible for handling communal equipment and using studio space in a respectful manner. Return everything as you found it. Equipment can be checked out through the SoACC or STLP


Technical Resources: There are many free or low cost technical resources at the UW and online. Just a few resources are listed below to help get you started.


  • UW Information Technology (UW-IT): Free courses, workshops, and online tutorials
  • UW-Learning and Scholarly Technologies: Free online courses on Computing Fundamentals (e.g, Security, Networking); Design and Graphics (e.g., Photoshop, Flash); Digital Audio (e.g., Audacity, Garageband); Document Creation (e.g., Word, InDesign); Spreadsheets and Databases (e.g., (Excel, Access); and Web Publishing (e.g,. Dreamweaver, PHP). Some in-person workshops.
  • The Seattle Public Library offers free access to, an online resource featuring instructional videos that teach software and computer skills. 

    SPL card holders, access via the SPL portal here >>

Computer Labs/Digital Production Spaces on Campus

  • SoACC Lab (Room 025B): The lab has computers equipped with the latest creativity / productivity software along with peripherals like scanners. Printing is housed in Room 025C. Available equipment.
  • Odegaard Learning Commons: The Odegaard Learning Commons, with hundreds of workstations, provides access to learning technologies in the undergraduate library.
  • The Odegaard Library Sound Studio is an on-campus media lab that contains high-end, professional tools for recording and editing audio.
  • Media Studios on Campus in Odegaard and Mary Gates: The Media Studios serve as a boutique studio space for students working on media projects. Visit the Media Studios for access to special hardware and software geared toward video and audio editing.
  • The McCarty Innovation Learning Lab(MILL). Located on the north side of campus in the newly-opened McCarty Residence Hall, the MILL is a high- and low-tech environment that features a variety of tools and resources: 3D printers, laser cutters, advanced sewing machines, and a kiln.
  • The CoMotion MakerSpace is a community-focused workshop. It has a wide range of capabilities with sewing machines, VR headsets, woodworking tools, and 3D printers under one roof.

  • Area 01 is open to everyone with priority access to resident students and their guests, and students enrolled in courses taking place in Area 01. A $25 fee per quarter will be applied to non-HFS residents using the space. Students must bring their Husky Card and sign in at the Area 01 front desk. Area 01 includes the Dabble Lab, a high- and low-tech environment for collaborative or solo idea development and creative projects; Sound Lab, a studio and practice space with musical instruments and recording equipment for musicians of all types and styles; and Image Lab, a video production and editing studio suitable for all types of visual arts, including videography and photography.


SoA+AH+D Policies

  1. Equal Opportunity
  • In concurrence with the University of Washington’s core values, and in compliance with State and federal regulations, the School of Art + Art History + Design reaffirms its commitment to equal opportunity. The commitment extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse spectrum of populations.


  1. Diversity
  • The School of Art + Art History + Design fosters a respectful, inclusive community that supports creative and critical expression and scholarship amidst a culture that accepts the value of every individual. The School encourages students, faculty, and staff to engage in healthy dialogue and respect the values and global perspectives of a diverse population. The School promotes and encourages a culture of compassion, understanding, and an obligation to respectful discourse in classrooms, meeting rooms, studio spaces, and beyond. The School’s philosophy is reflected in our engagement with community partners and research endeavors locally, nationally, and globally.


  1. Student Code of Conduct
  • The University of Washington has established rules regarding student conduct. Through the Student Conduct Code, UW students hold themselves to the highest standards of ethics, integrity and accountability.
  • More information at UW Community Standards & Student Conduct (CSSC):


  1. Equipment and Materials Safety
  • Substances and equipment used in creative processes can be hazardous.
  • Enrollment in a class requires students to know, understand, and comply with all safety and equipment use policies for each classroom/studio.
  • Spray booths are mandatory for the use of aerosols.


  1. Violence Awareness and Prevention
  • Preventing violence, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation is everyone's responsibility.
  • Call 911 for emergency help.
  • Call 206-685-SAFE to report non-urgent threats or concerns.
  • Safe Campus:
  • Concerns about sexual harassment:
  • NightRide provides a fare-free safe way for U-Pass members to get home at night:
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  1. Concerns about a course, an individual, or an issue
  • If you have concerns about a course, an individual, or an issue concerning the School of Art + Art History + Design, talk with the instructor in charge of the class as soon as possible.
  • If this is not possible or productive, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising, 104 Art, 206-543- 0646 or the Director of the School of Art, 102 Art, 206-685-2442. updated 3/21/19


  1. Disability Accommodation
  • To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Student Disability Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY) or
  • Your instructor will receive an email outlining your academic accommodations prior to the first day of class. It is a good idea to discuss these accommodations directly with your instructor to ensure that your instructor can help you with your needs.


  1. Class Participation
  • First day attendance policy: Instructors assume that if you are not present for roll call on the first day of a studio art class you have decided not to remain enrolled. If you miss the first day without permission, it is your responsibility to drop the course. You may contact the instructor in advance and ask for permission to be absent on the first day.
  • Participation is essential to learning and success in all classes. Absences from class prevent participation and may negatively affect grades. If you miss class due to illness or emergency, notify your instructor, provide documentation, and set up a timeline to complete missed assignments and exams.


  1. Examination Schedule
  • Students are required to turn in assignments and take exams based on the timeline provided in the class syllabus.
  • Final exams are scheduled by the University and cannot be changed. Do not make plans that will prevent you from attending your final exam(s).


  1. Plagiarism
  • Plagiarism is using the creations, ideas, words, inventions, or images of someone else in your own work without formal acknowledgement or permission. This applies to written papers and research as well as to art, design and architectural images.
  • Please check with your instructor if you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism.
  • Instances of plagiarism will be referred for disciplinary action to the Vice Provost for Academic & Student Affairs.
  • More information about reporting academic misconduct:


  1. Copyright
  • The School regularly displays student art and design in a variety of ways to highlight the quality of our students and their learning.
  • This is traditional among all art schools and we assume that by participating in UW School classes and activities students have no objection.
  • If you have concerns about the use of your work, please contact Academic Advising and Student Services (206-543- 0646 or


  1. Incomplete Grades
  • To request an “incomplete” grade a student must have:
  • been in attendance and done satisfactory work through the eighth week of the quarter
  • satisfactory proof for the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond their control.
  • More information from the UW Office of the Registrar:


  1. Grade Appeal Procedure
  • If you think the grade you received is incorrect, contact the instructor to discuss your concern.
  • If not resolved, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising, 104 Art, 543-0646.


  1. Materials Fees
  • All art, design and art history classes have materials fees billed with tuition.
  • Fee amounts and justifications are listed by class in the quarterly Time Schedule.
  • These fees cover the purchase of materials, academic support, and equipment provided for students in each class.


  1. Building Use
  • Art Building hours: M-Th 7:00am–7:00pm; Fri 7:00am–5pm; Sat 1:00pm–5:00pm; Sun 9:00am-5:00pm. Closed on UW holidays.
  • Students may request after-hours access to the Art Building for course-related work by completing an online form:
  • All School policies and safety practices apply during after-hours use of the buildings and facilities.
  • Only students enrolled in classes for the quarter may occupy and use the studios, facilities, and equipment.
  • The campus police frequently monitor our facilities for your safety.


  1. Service Animals
  • The University has a general “no pets” policy in all of its buildings. However, Service Animals are allowed to accompany their handlers while on campus • UW Disability Resources for Students outlines the policies around Service and Emotional Support Animals:


  1. Lockers
  • Rent lockers by the quarter or academic year from Art 102. • The deadline for cleanout is the last day of finals for each quarter. Abandoned items will be disposed.


  1. Art Building Exhibition Guidelines
  • Instructors and students must receive approval from the Administrator of the School in order to install work outside the classroom. Use of hallway bulletin boards and glass cases does not require approval.
  • Submit a written description of the proposal two weeks prior to installation to the School Administrator, 102 Art.
  • The approval process considers issues of location, health and safety, fire code, environmental factors, and potential building damage.
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision within a week of the application date.




Seattle Art Museums and Galleries:

Henry Art Gallery


Frye Art Museum

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Burke Museum

National Nordic Museum

First Thursday Art Walk:

Gallery 4Culture   

Soil Gallery   



James Harris

Greg Kucera Gallery

G. Gibson Gallery


**Course schedule subject to change as needed**

Catalog Description: 
Develops a "new genre" attitude toward exploration and research in contemporary visual arts, based on computer/ human interface and electronic technology. Includes performance art, environmental art, sound art, light art, video art, interactive installation, kinetic art, conceptual art.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:20pm