Capstone 1 is the culminating advanced-level studio art course in the Art major in which students create and present a cohesive body of independent, self-proposed and self-generated studio art work carried out within a seminar context. Throughout the course, students also produce reflective and research-based writing that analyzes, synthesizes and articulates knowledge of the field of art and art making that contextualizes the student’s creative art works. The seminar’s collaborative framework and integrated set of experiences directs the student’s production of creative art work, which includes assigned readings and discussion, research and writing, oral presentation, and group and individual critiques with faculty and visiting artists. The skills and abilities needed to successfully engage in the self-reflective and self-generating art making for this course have been introduced and practiced through assignments in previous courses taken at the 200 and 300-levels in the Art major. Personal accountability and effective work habits are developed through the effective combination of process and product in each student’s self-proposed studio art works. The semester culminates in a group gallery exhibition and related written materials through which process students show evidence of their learned skills to leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and organize, prioritize and delegate work.
In order to accomplish these course goals, students are expected to show good progress throughout the semester, maintain regular studio work schedule outside of seminar meeting times and fully participate in all seminar meetings. To facilitate the ambition and focus required of advanced-level work, each student will be provided with and will be expected to effectively make use of assigned studio spaces in the department’s communal senior studios in the Art Annex. Pre-requisites:Successful completion of all the following courses, as specified, with a C- or higher; Four courses – ART 205, ARTH 100, and at least TWO of the following upper-level courses: ART 304, 306, 308, 309, 312, 314, 333, 338, 339, 347, 367, 369, 390.