Honours Seminar 1 - Course Syllabus

Honours Seminar 1       STDO 4910   A01         3 Credit Hours

Instructor: Derek Brueckner

Contact Information: Derek.Brueckner@umanitoba.ca   

Office hours and times available for student consultation: Monday and Wednesday after class
Office Located at: 460 ART Lab

Course schedule: 8:30 am - 9:50 am               Monday and Wednesday          Art Lab 366 
    Monday Sep 10, 2012 – Monday Dec 03, 2012

Minimum of hours of out-of-class work expected:  5 hours per week

Course Description
This Seminar is taken in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree as the first of two Honours Seminar courses and taken co-currently with Senior Studio 1 and Senior Studio 2. Issues of professional practice are examined against contemporary art theory. Students document their work and create artists statements and interact with visiting artists. Prerequisites: 21 credit hours of 3000-level Studio courses. Co-requisite: STDO 4810. May not be held with STDO 4890 or 054.489. (University of Manitoba on line course calendar)

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

Ideally professional documentation with 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, creating an on line presence for themselves students will also have an understanding of the various types of exhibition venues and grants available to a contemporary artist.

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 also could potentially include guest speakers and field trips to galleries and museums.

Honours Seminar 1 - STDO 4910                  Instructor: Derek Brueckner

Syllabus/Course Schedule *

Sept 10
Sept 12
Intro to course.
Presentation of Artist Statements from artist found on line.

Research on line Artists’ Statements/Websites. Link for an on line sample of an artist statement due Sept 12. Must notify instructor by Sept 11.
September 19, Wednesday      
Last day to add fall or spanned courses. Last day to drop fall or spanned courses for full refund.
Sept 17
Sept 19
Documenting work and software demonstrations in Photoshop.

Sept 24
Sept 26
10 min Student presentations of their own work and their own artist statements.

Oct 1
Oct 3
10 min Student presentations of their own work and their own artist statements.

October 8, Monday 
Thanksgiving Day– University closed
Oct 10
Exhibition Proposals

Oct 15
Oct 17
Artist Residency Proposals.
Workshop and Curatorial Proposals.

Exhibition Proposals (30%) Due Mon Oct 15
Oct 22
Oct 25
Grant Proposals

Oct 29
Oct 31
Discussing layouts of blogs and websites and software demonstrations in Blogger.

Assignment with Options: Residency, Workshop, or Curatorial Proposals (10%) Due Wed Oct 31
November 5 - 10                        
Third Year Field Trip to Chicago
Nov 5
Nov 7
Scheduled meeting with individuals in office during Chicago Field Trip.

November 14 - 17                      
Third Year Field Trip to Minneapolis
November 14, Wednesday        
Last day to VW from fall term courses (no refund)
Nov 12
Nov 14
Presenting and discussing artist websites and blogs

Nov 19
Nov 21
Promoting your work and Networking.
Selected for a NYC solo show.

Grant Proposals (30%) Due Mon Nov 19
Nov 26
Nov 28
Sharing samples of Student Websites/Blogs in progress.
Student evaluations of course and instructor.

Dec 3
Sharing samples of Student Websites/Blogs.

Student Websites/Blogs
(30%) Due Mon Dec 3
*The above outline will most likely change due to factors such as gallery visits 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.

Honours Seminar 1 - STDO 4910                  Instructor: Derek Brueckner

Materials List
Sketchbook for taking notes in class
Memory stick and or external hard drive to transfer and back up data.

Required Readings

Link to some quick notes on artists’ statements by artist and educator Nayland Blake: http://naylandblake.net/wordpress/create-your-own/notes-on-practice/some-quick-notes-on-artists-statements/

Some links to different exhibition venues:
Link to a national list of artist run centres in Canada: http://www.artspace-arc.org/links.htm
Link to Art Dealers Association of Canada: http://www.ad-ac.ca
Link to Public and Civic Museums/Galleries in Canada: http://camdo.ca/blog/?page_id=25

Recommended Readings
A separate bibliography (optional reading list) will be posted on course website.

List of Evaluated Assignments for Honours Seminar 1  (Assignments 1 to 4)

1) On line example of an artist statement containing substance - Due Wed 12 (email link to instructor by midnight Tues Sept 11)

2) Exhibition Proposals Assignment  - 30% of course grade  - Due Mon Oct 15
See the list above of required readings for links to different exhibition venues.

3) Grant Proposals Assignment - 30% of course grade - Due Wed Oct 31  Mon Nov 19
Use Winnipeg Arts Council or Manitoba Arts Council (or maybe even Canada Council) on line application forms and requirements/directions as your grant proposal assignment. Apply for a grant for individual emerging artists or a C level (emerging artist) creation/production grant or Project Grants.

Winnipeg Arts Council:

Sample of Manitoba Arts Council Links

Sample of Canada Council:

Honours Seminar 1 - STDO 4910                  Instructor: Derek Brueckner

List of Evaluated Assignments for Honours Seminar 1  (continued)

4) Residency Proposal or Commission Proposal or Workshop Proposal and or Curatorial Proposal Assignment
- 10% of course grade - Due Mon Nov 19  Wed Oct 31   
This should be an assignment/application which you see as being feasible in the future when practicing as a professional emerging artist.

List of International Residencies:

Canada Council Residency Program:

Vermont Studio Center:

Banff Centre for the Arts:

Curatorial Competition:
http://www.akbanksanat.com/icc  (real application for curatorial competition due Nov 5)

5) Create your own Blog or Website Assignment (Promoting your work and you as an artist) - 30% of course grade - Due Mon Dec 3
(Create something on line outside of Facebook or Flicker or Deviant Art)
Potential suggestions to create website or blog: blogger, tumbler or wordpress.
This list for website programs is not inclusive for your website/blog, use what ever best suits your needs and the objectives of the assignment.

6) Submit notes from course (Your notes will not be graded but overall will assist instructor in getting an understanding as to who you are as an emerging artist and your overall engagement of course)

Evaluations - Grading Criteria for Each Assignment*
Clarity of text and overall professionalism of proposal and website/blog assignments 40%

Quality of Documentation of work in proposals and documentation (images and or video) 40%

Integrated and clear relationship between text and documentation (images and or video) 10%

Demonstration of conceptual substance and innovation in work/documentation and proposals 10%
Expanding conceptual substance will include researching artists, artist collectives, curators, reviews (art journals) curated exhibitions, workshops and various art institutions.

*Please note the above percentages in grading criteria for each assignment are a general breakdown and may change slightly in each assignment.

Evaluation and feedback will be given to each student prior to the voluntary withdrawal deadline, if you wish to know about your progress in the course earlier, schedule an appointment with instructor for consultation regarding progress in course.

Late Submission of Assignments Policy and Penalties
Half a letter grade will be deducted for each day assignment is submitted late past deadline. Will not accept assignments after four days or give exceptions to penalties past deadline unless I a doctor note is submitted

Honours Seminar 1 - STDO 4910                  Instructor: Derek Brueckner

Evaluations - Grading Criteria (continued)

Letter Grade System
The grade of ‘D’ is regarded as marginal in most courses by all faculties and schools. It contributes to decreasing a sessional or cumulative Grade Point Average to less than 2.0. The course in which ‘D’ standing is obtained need not be repeated except by probationary students in certain faculties or where a grade of ‘C’ or better is required in a prerequisite subject. It may be repeated for the purpose of improving a grade point average. Students in doubt as to the status of their record should consult an advisor in their faculty or school.

Letter Grade                Grade Point Value       Percentage
A+                               4.5                               93-100%                     Exceptional
A                                 4.0 - 4.4                       88-92.9%                    Excellent
B+                                3.5 - 3.9                       80-87.9%                    Very Good
B                                  3.0 - 3.4                       75-79.9%                    Good
C+                                2.5 - 2.9                       68-74.9%                    Satisfactory
C                                  2.0 - 2.4                       60-67.9%                    Adequate
D                                  1.0 - 1.9                       50-59.9%                    Marginal
F                                  0 – 0.9                         Below 50%                 Failure
P                                                                                                          Pass
S                                                                                                          Standing

Additional Information Regarding Grades:
Students may want to assess their assignments with the following guidelines before submitting them to ensure you have done an excellent job of responding to the specific criteria for the course. If an assignment is lacking in something, the information below will assist in the revisions of the studio work prior to presenting the work to your instructor for videotaping and final evaluation. (See course outline for videotaping dates)

Grade of A or A+ (GPA of 4.0 to 4.5) Excellent to Exceptional: A thorough and thoughtful treatment of the assignment presented consistently in an original, logical and convincing manner. The “A” assignment has clearly articulated formal (visual literacy) and conceptual ideas (philosophical/thematic content), which are innovative, complex, and thoroughly researched. Generally the ”A” assignment demonstrates an excellent level of research, versatility, criticality and a breadth of formal and conceptual skill sets. All of the assignment’s objectives in terms of quality and quantity are achieved in an excellent or exceptional manner. In addition to demonstrating the assignment objectives often an ”A” work offers supplementary strengths as an excellent example of a contemporary art practioner and/or takes the work beyond the assignment’s objectives.

Grade of B or B+ (GPA of 3.0 to 3.9) Good to Very Good: This is a good or very good assignment in most ways, but it is generally less thoughtful than an “A” work. Often “B” assignments are those that mostly repeat what the instructor and the readings have taught, and do so in a way that makes it apparent that the student understands the concepts and objectives, but does not add much to them. The B assignment may be less sophisticated than an “A” assignment, but the “B” is still reasonably competent and conveys ideas and concepts to the viewer. At times the B assignment may offer some innovation but simultaneously may be missing some of the assignment’s objectives. Generally in the B assignment, the assignment objectives are achieved in a less sophisticated and innovative manner than the A assignment which often in has a combination of complex yet clear formal (visual literate) ideas and thorough conceptual ideas (philosophical/thematic content).

Honours Seminar 1 - STDO 4910                  Instructor: Derek Brueckner

Evaluations - Grading Criteria (continued) 

Grade of C or C+ (GPA of 2.0 to 2.9) Adequate to Satisfactory): An assignment that shows an understanding of most concepts and objectives involved in the assignment, but does not treat it thoroughly or does not synthesize the assignment into an entirely clear manner. In the C assignment the communication of ideas (s) are visually and or conceptually vague and may appear to be contradictory, or visually noisy or conceptually confused. Strong effort by a student may be given for a C assignment, but the work struggles to convey the assignment objectives in terms of demonstrating visual literacy and/or thorough conceptual ideas in the work.

Grade of D (GPA of 1.0 to 1.9) Marginal: Seriously flawed. The assignment neither demonstrates an understanding of the material nor articulates any coherent ideas or concepts. The assignment might wander among several ideas with out developing any single one. There is no focus in this kind of work. Often a D assignment will be presented as incomplete or unfinished. In a “D” assignment a student might rely on others’ work rather than developing her/his ideas. The instructor might wonder if the student tried at all.

Grade of F  (GPA of 0 to 0.9) Failure: Little redemptive value appears in “F” work. The assignment fails to address the assignment in fundamental ways. There is no real answer to any of the problems posed by the assignment, and there is no real engagement in the topic in any way. The work often fails to be coherent at all and demonstrates no effort or any of the objectives. Generally the student who receives an F on their assignment does very little of the required work, nor utilizes criticism, and often their classroom attendance is in violation of university policy.

If there are any questions or comments regarding the above grading criteria feel free to talk to the instructor during class, or schedule a meeting outside of class.

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. The instructor may initiate procedures to debar a student from attending classes and from final examinations and/or from receiving credit where unexcused absences exceed those permitted.

If a person is in violation of this attendance policy the Student Advisor will arrange to have a letter sent to the student. Attendance will be taken for this course.

Return of Student Work
The recommended retention period for unclaimed student work is no less than 2 weeks. After two weeks unclaimed assignments will become property of the School of Art and will be disposed of at its discretion.

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.

Honours Seminar 1 - STDO 4910                  Instructor: Derek Brueckner

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, which 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 the 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 (e.g., crib notes) is subject to serious academic penalty (e.g. 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 also considered a form of plagiarism. When completing assignments or presenting work done in self-directed studio art projects, students should be avoiding this practice, since what is expected is 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 artists work would be academically dishonest, except in cases where to make direct copy was a requirements of the assignment by an instructor, or that your idea required such a response. In those cases it is clear as to the intent to copy and is a pubic aspect of the meaning of the work.

Electronic Devices In Class:
Cell phones and most other electronic devices must be turned off during class time. This also includes no text messaging during class time. 

Electronic Notification:
You will also be required to have a University of Manitoba email account. This email account will ensure cohesive communication with instructor and all enrolled students in this course. Having a U of M email account is also meant to encourage students taking fine arts courses to investigate and utilize the various software offered in the computer lab at the School of Art. Once you have a U of M account you will be able to access the School of Art Computer Lab in the ARTlab building. The U of M email accounts are free for all University of Manitoba students and will be imperative for this course. As a university policy 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, Jump and Aurora electronic notification systems.
Create your University of Manitoba email account at:

Forward your U of M email account to another email address:

For assistance regarding your U of M email account visit Information Services and Technology at 123 Fletcher Argue or contact by Telephone at: 474-9249 or Email at support@umanitoba.ca

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