Course and Comp Requirements 2020

COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS: The class and comprehensive examination for studio art majors normally include the components listed at the end of this page, in normal text. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and cancellation of all on-site classes, the following constitutes the ART 430 course requirements and by extension, the Art Comprehensive exam. NOTE that there will not be any physical exhibition, nor oral defense:

Exhibition: present an online portfolio  (see item 1 below), accessed from the ART 430 class site, the University Art Gallery site, and each Art Major’s web site, comprising the complete thesis body of work, providing detail views wherever necessary. A link to the portfolio is sent to all Art Faculty.  Due: 9 AM, Friday April 17, 2020.

Defense: A discussion with Art faculty, while referencing the online portfolio. 30 minutes. TBD, during the week starting Monday April 20.

Thesis:  9 AM, Monday April 27, 2020. Final Thesis (see item 3 below) due from all Art SRs, email to all Art faculty, as PDF and Word, named: Lastname_FinalThesisPaper
All due dates are exactly the same as for the Comp. The Honors Exhibition and Thesis requirements are the same as above, but as is customary, a higher standard of assessment is applied. 
Defense: A discussion with Art faculty, while referencing the online portfolio. TBD, during the week starting Monday April 20.
ART 430 and Comps/Honors Under Normal, On-site, teaching conditions

1. Preparation and presentation of a Portfolio produced over the course of at least one year
The amount of work, and the method of its presentation, is determined on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with all of the Art faculty. The portfolio should be a cohesive body of work, that clearly demonstrates a committed studio practice.
Due at Mid-semester: please plan to have your portfolio in some viewable form (actual work, not slides) in a location in Nabit for the week of March 2 to 6. the portfolio should be a near-final form of your comp portfolio.
Goal: to demonstrate a well established skill-based and conceptual studio practice

2. Participation in a Senior Exhibition along with the submission of an artist’s statement
The exhibition, at the University Art Gallery, runs from around Mid-April to the end of graduation weekend. Participation includes a full engagement with all the preparations normally undertaken for an exhibition, as well as displaying at least a part of the Portfolio in a manner deemed suitable by the Art faculty. The Artist Statement is included in the standard gallery packet of information accompanying the exhibition, and normally also displayed as wall text.
Goal: to establish a professional approach to exhibition organization and curatorship, while understanding the expressive potential in installing an exhibition.

3. Writing a thesis paper
A 3,000 to 5,000-word paper that expresses a critical inquiry of the Portfolio. The Portfolio’s most central theme should be clearly expressed via a Thesis Statement. The body of the thesis paper should elaborate on the Statement.
It expands on the primary concerns of the portfolio, by forming aesthetic, conceptual, historical, and other frames of reference around aspects of the work as a whole. In-text citations, with a works cited and annotated bibliography at the end of the paper, are required.
Due at 9:00 AM on Monday, April 27, 2020.
Goal: to understand the cultural contexts of production and expression, while establishing a habit of critical thinking and inquiry.

4. Undergoing a private defense of the portfolio and thesis
A meeting with all Art faculty explores the work as presented in the exhibition and discussed in the statement. The discussion strives to deepen understandings about the Portfolio, and to underscore the Thesis Paper.
goal: to reinforce critical thinking through discussion of a completed body of work

5. Giving a public presentation with response to questions from the audience
A 20-minute public presentation of the Portfolio and Thesis, followed by least 10 minutes of responding to questions from the audience. Normally, Art faculty only observe and do not ask questions.
Note that for mid-semester presentations (1:30 to 4:30 PM, Monday, March 2, 2020), the faculty will ask questions.
Due at 9:00 AM to Noon, on Friday, April 24, 2020.
Goal: to learn how to bring others to a deeper engagement with issues that inform and arise from the work


The Comprehensive Exam result is based on passing all of these components. Results are issued as Fail, Pass, Pass with Distinction, and Pass with Honors.