Honours Seminar 2 Course - Syllabus Winter 2021.



Course Title: Honours Seminar 2                      REMOTE COURSE on ZOOM

Course Number: STDO 4920 – A01

Credit Hours: 3 Credit Hours


Course Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday 10:00 am - 11:15 am

                                 Monday January 18, 2021 - Wednesday April 14, 2021 


Instructor: Derek Brueckner 

Email: Derek Brueckner derek.brueckner@umanitoba.ca

Office Hours: After class on Zoom or at other mutually agreeable times


Course Description

A continuation of STDO 4910, Honours Seminar 1. Issues of professional practice are examined against contemporary art theory. Students document their work and create artists statements and interact with visiting artists. May not be held with STDO 4890. Co-requisite: STDO 4820. Prerequisite: STDO 4910. 


The artist statement and documentation of work will be a major part of an artist’s currency in the art world. In most cases documentation and artist statement along with a project proposal will be the primary introduction of an artist’s work to curators, arts administrators, selection committees and or jurors who will assess work for potential grants, exhibitions, studio visits and other arts related jobs/professional activities.


Ideally professional documentation with thematically clear and concise writing and of course having exceptional and innovative work will all be key in the success as an artist and cultural worker. Once out of school an artist requires persistence, patience and a broad range of skills, participation in the art community and diverse thinking when navigating the art world.


Course Objectives/Outcomes

The ultimate goal of this course will be to give students the skills to navigate the art profession, balancing the personal vision of the emerging artist/art student with the diverse challenges facing an emerging artist. In addition to documenting work, writing artist statements and proposals for various applications, students will also understand the various types of exhibition venues and grants available to a contemporary artist. The course will conclude with students creating an on-line presence for themselves and their work.


Instructional Methods

This seminar course will include presentations of various artists’ works/websites, theories, artist statements with substance, samples of exhibition and grant applications and software demonstrations by instructor. Students will be expected to actively participate during class discussions involving the analysis of artworks and texts, and student presentations. The course will also include 11 guest speakers.


The University of Manitoba has the following recommendations for computer system requirements for remote learning:



Materials List 

Something for taking notes in class
USB stick or External hard drive to transfer and back up files. 

Honours Seminar 2 - STDO 4920                            Instructor: Derek Brueckner


Syllabus/Course Plan schedule




Jan 18 


Jan 20

Introduce Course and Discuss Syllabus


Presentation of Artist Statements

from artists found on line.


Research on line Artists’

Statements/Websites. Link

for an on-line sample of an

artist statement due Jan 20. Upload link to UM Learn by 8:30am  Jan 20. 



Jan 25



Jan 27

Documenting work and software

demonstrations in Photoshop.


10 min Student presentations of their

own work & their own artist statement.




Feb 1



Feb 3

10 min Student presentations of their

own work & their own artist statement.


Daina Warren (Urban Shaman Curator) Talk 




Feb 8


Feb 10

Intro to Exhibition Proposals Assignment


Nasrin Himada (Curator & Writer) Talk





Winter Term Break – No Classes




Feb 22



Feb 24

Feb 26

Intro to Artist Residency or Workshop or Curatorial Proposals Assignment


Blair Fornwald (Curator & Artist) Talk

Deadline Extension


Exhibition Proposal Assignment

(30%) Due Fri Feb 26  (6pm)


Mar 1


Mar 3

Eddie Ayoub (Art City) Talk 


Cathleen Enns (Manitoba Arts Council) Talk




Mar 8

Mar 10

Mar 12

Intro to Grant Proposals Assignment

Scheduled meetings with Instructor

Deadline Extension


Residency, or Workshop, or Curatorial Proposal Assignment 

(20%) Due Fri Mar 12  (6pm)


Mar 15



Mar 17

Dominic Lloyd (Winnipeg Arts Council)



Discussing layouts of blogs and websites and software demonstrations in Blogger 




Mar 22


Mar 24

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow (NYC ArtistTalk


Mock Jury with Students


Submit Grant Proposals in

progress for March 24 Mock

 Jury by Tues Mar 23 at 8pm 


Mar 29


Mar 31

Mock Jury with Gilles H├ębert & Sheila Spence (Artists & Arts Administrators)


Kristiane Church (SoA Photo Tech) Documenting Work Resources

Other Class Activities: Students Sharing samples of their Websites in progress

Submit Grant Proposals in

progress for March 29 Mock

 Jury by Sat Mar 27 at 6pm 

Grant Proposal Assignment

(30%) Due Wed  Mar 31 (6pm)


Apr 5


Apr 7

Takashi Iwasaki Talk (Artist) Talk


Carla Torres (NYC Illustrator/ArtistTalk 




Apr 12


Apr 14

Discussing Assignments in Progress & SEEQs


Scheduled meetings with Instructor


Student Website Assignment

(20%) Due Wed  Apr 14 (6pm)

Students are expected normally to spend 2 hours out of class for every 1 hour of classroom contact.



**The above outline could change due to factors such as guest lecturers or other unforeseen circumstances. It is each student’s responsibility to be prepared for and cognizant of any potential changes. These changes will always be communicated in advance during class and/or sent by email. 



You will receive evaluation and feedback prior to the voluntary withdrawal deadline. 


The Voluntary Withdrawal Date for Winter Term: March 31, 2021




Honours Seminar 2 - STDO 4920                            Instructor: Derek Brueckner


Recommended Readings 

Link to some quick notes on artists’ statements by artist and educator Nayland Blake: 



Some links to different exhibition venues:

Link to a national list of artist run centres in Canada: https://directory.arca.art


Canadian Museums Association: https://www.museums.ca/site/aboutthecma/services/museumsathome



Assignment Percentage Breakdown for entire Honours Seminar 2 Course

Exhibition Proposal Assignment  -  Deadline Extended to:         Due Fri Feb 26  (6pm)                (30%)


Residency, or Workshop, or Curatorial Proposal Assignment     Due Fri Mar 12 (6pm)                (20%)


Grant Proposal Assignment                                                         Due Fri Apr 2  (6pm)                 (30%)


Student/Artist Website Assignment                                              Due Fri Apr 16   (6pm)              (20%)



Evaluations - Grading Criteria for Each Assignment

Clarity of text and overall professionalism of proposal (or website) assignments                             30%

Quality of work in documentation (images and or video) proposals                                                  30%

Integrated and clear relationship between text and documentation (images and or video)              20%

Demonstration of conceptual substance and innovation in work/documentation and proposals      20%


Note: Expanding conceptual substance will include researching artists, artist collectives, curators,

reviews (art journals) curated exhibitions, workshops and various art institutions.



Penalties for Late Submissions of Assignments:

Assignments are required to be uploaded on UM Learn by 6:00pm on deadline. Any Assignment submitted past 6:00pm on deadline will receive a 10% grade deduction.



Projects/assignment evaluations are based on the following grading rubric:


Letter Grade Matrix

All School of Art students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. If the student’s term or degree GPA falls below 2.0 the student will receive a warning letter from the student advisor indicating they have one year to improve or they will be placed on Academic Probation. Students in the BFA Diploma and BFA Honours Degree Programs must maintain a GPA of 2.5. 



Letter Grade                 Grade Point Value        Percentage

A+                                            4.5                    93-100%                        Exceptional

A                                              4.0                    88-92.9%                       Excellent

B+                                            3.5                    80-87.9%                       Very Good

B                                              3.0                    75-79.9%                       Good

C+                                            2.5                    68-74.9%                       Satisfactory

C                                              2.0                    60-67.9%                       Adequate

D                                              1.0                    50-59.9%                       Marginal

F                                              0                      Below 50%                    Failure  

P                                                                                                          Pass

S                                                                                                          Standing


Honours Seminar 2 - STDO 4920                            Instructor: Derek Brueckner


Grading Rubric

A+/A: Reserved for Exceptional performances and normally achieved by a minority of students. These grades indicate a student who is self-initiating, exceeds expectation and has an insightful grasp of the subject matter.


A+        93-100      Exceptional

                            Works in this range:

                            - show evidence of a high level of contextual awareness

                            - show full command of chosen materials or technology

                            - present a remarkable example of progress and development

A         88-92.9      Excellent achievement

                            Works in this range:

                            - show thorough contextual awareness

                            - show confident use of chosen materials or technology

                            - present an excellent to outstanding example of progress and development


B+/B: indicate a Very Good performance. Normally achieved by the largest number of students. These grades indicate a good grasp of the subject matter or excellent grasp in one area balanced with satisfactory grasp in the other area.


B+        80-87.9     Very Good achievement

B          75-79.9     Good achievement

                            Works in this range:

                            - are consistently within the current boundaries of the assignment

                            - reveal commendable awareness of context for evaluation

                            - show a reasonable ability with chosen materials or technology

                            - present a good to very good example of progress and development

Successful completion of this course requires a minimum grade of B or better.  


C+/C: indicates Satisfactory, or minimally satisfactory performance. These grades indicate a satisfactory performance and knowledge of the subject matter.


C+       68-74.9     Satisfactory

C         60-67.9     Adequate

                            Works in this range:

                            - readily accept known boundaries of the assignment

                            - reveal partial contextual awareness

                            - show limited ability with material and technology

                            - are intermittent in its progress during the term


D: indicates Marginal performance. A student receiving this grade demonstrated a superficial grasp of the subject matter.


D         50-59.9     Marginal Pass

                            Works in this range:

                            - provide very limited understanding of limits of the assignment

                            - have unsubstantial contextual awareness

                            - have low level of competence with materials and technology

                            - very limited development of work within the term







Honours Seminar 2 - STDO 4920                            Instructor: Derek Brueckner




University communications will only be sent to a student’s U of M account. The full policy is available at umanitoba.ca/governance.


It is mandatory that all students maintain and regularly monitor a University of Manitoba email account. Critical information from the registrar, instructors, and the School of Art will be relayed to you through the Web mail, UMLearn, and Aurora electronic notification systems. 


To get your free U of M account visit: http://umanitoba.ca/computing/ist/accounts/claimid.html

For more information, visit: http://umanitoba.ca/computing/ist/


Students without personal computers can use computers in Information Services and Technology labs in a variety of locations on campus including the Dafoe Library. More information is available in your orientation package or by calling IST at 474-8600. It is your sole responsibility to continually monitor your class site(s) for information such as class announcements and email correspondence.


Statement on Student Participation in the Presentation or Discussion of Art

At the School of Art, numerous required and elective courses contain content that includes working from the nude model and some language, imagery, or dialogue that may offend students. In particular, the School of Art provides comprehensive art training that requires use of the nude model in some courses. In viewing and discussing works of art, the School of Art encourages the broadest possible tolerance consistent with Canadian law.


Class Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is expected of all students in all courses. The Office of the School of Art will issue a letter of warning when a student has had three unexcused absences for any course in a given term. Medical notes are not required for illnesses. Medical notes are not required if you are feeling ill and are unable to meet a course requirement on time. Please email the School of Art Advisor to self-declare your illness in advance of the requirement, deadline or assessment and they will help address your situation.


Plagiarism and Cheating Policy

To plagiarize is to take ideas or words of another person and pass them off as one’s own. In short, it is stealing something intangible rather than an object. Obviously, it is not necessary to state the source of well-known or easily verifiable facts, but students are expected to acknowledge the sources of ideas and expressions they use in their written work, whether quoted directly or paraphrased. This applies to diagrams, statistical tables and the like, as well as to written material, and materials or information from Internet sources. To provide adequate and correct documentation is not only an indication of academic honesty but is also a courtesy that enables the reader to consult these sources with ease. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism. It will also be considered plagiarism and/or cheating if a student submits a term paper written in whole or in part by someone other than him/herself, or copies an answer or answers of another student in any test, examination, or take-home assignment. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating in examinations, or term tests (i.e. crib notes) is subject to serious academic penalty (i.e. suspension or expulsion from the faculty or university). A student found guilty of contributing to cheating in examinations or term assignments is also subject to serious academic penalty.


Similarly, to copy parts, or to reproduce everything from an artist’s individual artwork and pass them off as one’s own is considered a form of plagiarism. When completing assignments or presenting work done in self-directed studio art projects, students must avoid this practice.  It is expected that you will originate the ‘look’ or ‘style’ of the work from your own responses to the subject or ideas in question. To do otherwise, through the knowing use of printed or internet reproductions of published artist’s work, is academically dishonest, except in cases where making a direct copy was a requirement of the assignment by an instructor, or that the idea or concept required such a response. In those cases, it is clear as to the intent to copy and is a public aspect of the meaning of the work.


Honours Seminar 2 - STDO 4920                            Instructor: Derek Brueckner



Material and Process Restrictions

Flammables, poisons, potentially bio-hazardous materials, aerosol sprays, and high-temperature processes are strictly prohibited in the School of Art classrooms, adjoining hallways, and the vicinity of the ARTlab. The instructor must be consulted before any materials or processes not on the class materials list are used. If there is any doubt as to the safety of work to be undertaken, work must be halted until the instructor has been consulted. 



Policies Related to Student Discipline

Policy on Respectful Work and Learning Environment and Sexual Assault



Student Discipline



Accessibility Policy




Students wishing to appeal a grade given for term work are expected to discuss matters relating to the grading of that work with their instructor first, as an attempt to resolve the issue without the need to submit a formal appeal.


For further information on grade appeals, please go to the Appeals Policies, Procedures and Regulations on the School of Art website at: https://umanitoba.ca/schools/art/policies/grade_appeal.html

More information related to appeals can be found at: umanitoba.ca/registrar/grades/691.html and please make an appointment with the Student Advisor.


Academic Accommodation

Please approach your instructor as soon as possible should you need some form of academic accommodation. Students requiring academic accommodation should also contact Accessibility Services, located at 155 University Centre (Phone: 204 474-6213; TTY: 204 474-9790; Fax: 204 261-7732; 

E-mail: student_accessibility@umanitoba.ca)


Student Services


The Learning Assistance Centre (LAC)

Offers services that may be helpful to you as you fulfil the requirements for this course.  Through the LAC, you may meet with a study skills specialist to discuss concerns such as time management, reading and note-taking strategies, as well as test-taking strategies. You may also meet one-on-one with a writing tutor who can give you feedback at any stage of the writing process, whether you are just beginning to work on a written assignment or already have a draft. Writing tutors can also give you feedback if you submit a draft of your paper online. Please note that the online tutors require 48 business hours (i.e. Monday to Friday) to return your paper with comments. (201 Tier Building)


Writing Tutors [and Learning Skills Tutors]

Work on both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses. Tutors on the Fort Garry campus work in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library and the Learning Assistance Centre (201 Tier Building). Tutors on the Bannatyne campus work in the Basic Science Building (245 “T” wing). Check scheduled hours of availability on-line through the Learning Assistance Centre site (www.umanitoba.ca/student/u1/lac), or call 480-1481 (Fort Garry Campus) or 272-3190 (Bannatyne Campus).





Honours Seminar 2 - STDO 4920                            Instructor: Derek Brueckner



Virtual Learning Commons

A unique learning and social networking site at the University of Manitoba. Students can access a variety of Learning Assistance Centre resources on-line at www.umanitoba.ca/virtuallearningcommons. Of special interest are several links to excellent, brief, on-line tutorials on integrity in academic work (i.e. What is plagiarism? How do you paraphrase? What are appropriate citation formats?) and an Assignment Manager program that automatically creates a timetable for the completion of each step in the writing process.


Student Counselling and Career Centre

Student Counselling and Career Centre (SCC) offers individual, couple or family counselling in individual and groups formats. Please phone: 474-8592 or visit SCCC (474 University Centre).

University of Manitoba Libraries

Of the many libraries available to you on campus, the Architecture & Fine Arts Library will be your main research hub (206 John A. Russell Building). The Architecture/Fine Arts Library houses the largest collection of information on art, design, and planning in the province of Manitoba. For Reference/Research Assistance contact Liv Valmestad, Art Librarian at (204) 474-8447, liv_valmestad@umanitoba.ca 


The English Language Centre

The English Language Centre provides workshops and programs in advanced academic English. (520 University Centre)



Important Dates: http://umanitoba.ca/registrar/important-dates-deadlines