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ART 3D03 Practical Issues Studio Art

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Christopher McLeod

Email: mcleoc@mcmaster.ca

Office:

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: 1:30-3:30



Course Objectives:

Art 3DO3 is designed to familiarize students with the practical issues within a professional artistic practice. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research, develop an online presence, and respond to an actual Call for Submissions from a local commercial gallery. Projects, workshops, discussion sessions and peer assessment will challenge the students to consider issues within an art practice and develop strategies to respond to those issues.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

This course has a studio fee of $25 that will provide you with exhibition materials and a notebook, to be used exclusively for this course.

For several classes, students will be required to bring their laptops for in-class workshops. Laptops should be equipped with Photoshop (or GIMP, which is free to download), Microsoft Office (or Open Office, which is free to download) and Adobe Acrobat reader (which is free to download).

NOTE: This course will include at least one class trip to downtown Hamilton. Students will be expected to provide their own transportation.


Method of Assessment:

Detailed guidelines for each assignment will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.

Online presence review                                 due Oct. 4                                                20%

(this assignment will be graded prior to Nov. 10th)

Handbook research submission                     due Oct 25                                             20%

Documentation Review                                 due Nov 8                                                 20%

Call for Submission review                            due Nov 8                                                20%

Notebook Reflections    due Nov 22 10%

Participation                                                                                                                     10%


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: 'Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty'), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located atwww.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student's own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

McMaster University reserves the right to change or revise information contained in course outlines in extreme circumstances. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of students to check regularly their primary email account via their @mcmaster.ca alias and course websites.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

  1. Sept 6 – Introduction, overview of expectations, foundation, and logbook.
  2. Sept 13 – Call for Submission, proposals, developing an online presence, documentation.
  3. Sept 20 – Guest speaker, local commercial art gallery owner and director. Development of Sota Artist Handbook. Review and assign research roles.
  4. Sept 27 – Guest speaker, City of Hamilton Arts & Culture. Discussion on research roles, public calls and the Hamilton Arts Council.
  5. Oct 4 – Guest speaker, artist run centre. Discussion on website development, studios, developing opportunities, and review of CV’s.
  6. Oct 11 – Mid term break
  7. Oct 18 – Review of Call for Submission. Akimbo, Instant Coffee, and e-flux. Photo day, sota camera and studio lighting set up. Studio time.
  8. Oct 25 – Review of individual website and handbook production.
  9. Nov 1 – Studio time. Photo equipment and lights set up. Review of Call for submission.
  10. Nov 8 – Final call for submission due by 12:20pm. Submission received after 12:20pm will not be considered for the exhibition. Website due and online presence crit. Final submission of handbook materials. (going to printers)

Nov 9-14th – All selected artwork due at the gallery by 10am on the 14th. Volunteers for gallery install.

11. Nov 15th – Gallery installation in crit.

12. Nov 16th – Public opening at the gallery.

Nov 21st – 10AM, take down of the exhibit at the gallery. Volunteers needed.

13. Launch of Handbook. Concluding discussion. What’s next.