VAFA201 Portfolio Seminar

Department of The Arts: Arts Department Archive

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA201 Portfolio Seminar Course No Longer Offered
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Successful completion of 30 credits of coursework in declared Visual Arts major or permission of the Department of the Arts
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students learn how to move from the role of the student artist to that of the professional. Students develop their portfolio and present their work. They explore some business aspects of the art world and understand the standards of work expected by 4- and 5-year transfer institutions.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. Students will

      1. prepare a complete, professional dossier of their artwork, including resume, cover letter, slides (or digital images where appropriate), and matted artwork;
      2. assess and critically review each of the elements in the professional portfolio;
      3. prepare a presentation outline for a 10-minute oral presentation of the portfolio;
      4. prepare and deliver a formal, oral presentation using appropriate images (slides or digital images) to explain the art and ideas represented in the portfolio; and
      5. evaluate constructive self-criticism and constructive criticism of others’ speeches.

    3. Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. Category III - Oral Presentation

      Students will be able to

      1. make effective oral presentations, with the possibility of including content-specific supplementary material and/or media.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Students will
    1. select examples of their artwork in a consistent style (emphasizing the figure if the portfolio is being prepared for entrance to a 4- or 5-year transfer institution);
    2. demonstrate an ability to properly mount or present both 2-D and 3-D work, as appropriate;
    3. demonstrate an ability to properly light and photograph their work (35 mm slides and digital images);
    4. present professionally-mounted and labeled slides;
    5. develop an artist’s resume;
    6. compose an artist’s statement;
    7. compose a formal request for information from transfer institution;
    8. synthesize all of the elements into a successful presentation package;
    9. develop and present an informative, 10-minute oral presentation explaining their ideas and their work to faculty and peers; and
    10. attend lectures presented by representatives from professional art schools related to transfer, possible employment in the arts, and legal materials related to the arts.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
      1. Course learning goals are assessed via group critiques of all projects based on the successful accomplishment of assigned projects.
      2. At least two individual critiques with the instructor are held each semester to assess projects and to review students’ overall progress.
      3. Students’ dossiers are assessed on overall aesthetic quality and progress.
      4. Writing assignments are assessed for professional submission of dossier.
      5. Oral presentations are assessed on organization, content and elocution.

    2. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)


    3. Student assessment is based on the successful creation of a complete professional portfolio of work, including a letter of inquiry, an artist’s resume, an artist’s statement, mounted and labeled original artwork, and reproductions of artwork (with labeled slides and digital images). The assessment of the Core III Goals and Objectives for Oral Presentation is based on the organization and content of the student’s oral presentation, together with the elocution skills demonstrated by the student.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students are expected to visit the college library for materials needed to enhance their career choices and to research college catalogs available in the department for transfer and scholarship information. Students are also expected to maintain a notebook, which contains written evaluations of each visiting speaker. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed

Problems will be posed in seminar forum with full student participation in exploring the objectives of the lesson and generating ideas. Criticism of work in progress will be ongoing throughout the semester. Each student will receive comments and classroom assistance as appropriate.

Students will present their portfolios and will share in the analysis of these presentations. Suggestions will be made for further development.

Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09