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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Judy Major-Girardin


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27287


Office Hours: Thursdays 10:30 – 12:30 pm

Course Objectives:


 Art 3D03 is designed to familiarize students with a wide range of topics associated with the practical aspects of art focused on professionalism.  Students will have an opportunity to conduct research and present their findings to their peers in regularly scheduled seminars.  Projects, workshops, discussion sessions and peer assessment exercises will challenge the student to consider a range of issues related to creating, exhibiting, documenting and forming opinions on works of art.  This course is for students registered in Level III or Level IV Art.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:


This class has a studio fee of $25 that will provide you with a logbook, shuttle bus to Plein Air event and materials for in-class exercises.

Tuition covers instruction, technical and administrative support, equipment, tools, facilities/utility costs, models, visiting artists, and resources such as McMaster Museum of Art, Library, Anatomy Lab, etc.

Method of Assessment:


 Project 1 (20%) Takeda/SOTA Art Competition

Each student will prepare a proposal for a work of art to be exhibited at the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in Oakville. The theme this year is “Better Health, Brighter Future”. The proposal package will include a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Artist Statement, Proposal Statement, Budget, visuals (sketches, photos, maquette) and be packaged in a professional manner. Completed packages are due for critique on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. One student will be selected to produce the work for a purchase price of $2000.00. The work will be delivered to Takeda for a public reception the first week of December.

Project 2 (20%) Exhibition Proposal

Each student will produce an exhibition proposal. Packages will consist of a Cover Letter, C.V., Artist Statement, Bio and Visuals (five 300 dpi jpg images labeled with title, size, media, year of execution and price). Proposals will be assessed according to the criteria outlined on the Proposal Assessment Criteria sheet posted on Avenue to Learn.  The deadline for your individual package is October 22. Following this submission, students will be organized into groups of approximately 5 students who will approach a community venue with their joint package (gallery, library space, community space, café, etc.). Packages must be submitted to a venue by November 5, 2013. Documentation of communication with venues must be retained. Exhibitions will occur and be assessed in Term 2 as a component of ART 3GS3, 4C06 or 4E12.

Project 3 (20%) Presentation 

Each student will be responsible for research on a topic related to a practical art issue.  An oral presentation will be given according to the attached presentation schedule.  A written summary of the presentation (1 -2 pages submitted electronically to must be provided one week prior to your presentation. This summary should outline the main points of the presentation and list all sources. It will be placed with other course materials on "Avenue to Learn" for future reference. Presentations will be assessed according to criteria outlined on the Presentation Checklist available on Avenue to Learn. Presentations will only be rescheduled for medical excuse or equivalent.  Failure to present on scheduled date will automatically result in reduction of the total weight of the project to 15%. Due dates on Presentation are between Nov. 5 and Nov. 26 according to the schedule provided.

Project 4 (20%) Career Interview

Students are required to conduct an interview with a professional in an arts related career of particular interest to them. These professionals may be working artists, arts administrators, educators or people involved in creative industries such as theatre/film, commercial arts, illustration, art therapy, fashion, retail, design, etc. Well-formulated questions must be approved prior to the interview. Remember that people have their own busy schedules and you must provide them with sufficient time to book you in. Last minute requests may result in failure to secure an interview and this is not a valid excuse for lateness on this assignment. Interview questions and individuals you want to contact must be determined by October 8.

Participation (engagement 10% & logbook 10%).

This course involves discussion sessions and workshops focused on learning through group exchange. Your contributions count. Assessment in this category is based on attendance in class, engagement in workshops and discussions and completion of peer assessment exercises. All students must participate in completing a peer-assessment form for at least two presentations.  The results of these assessments will provide peer feedback to the individual(s) who have delivered the presentation.  Attendance at all presentations, workshops and critiques is mandatory. Demonstrating professionalism means meeting deadlines, being considerate of the group and attending to your obligations, arriving on time and being prepared. Arriving late disrupts the class and will impact your grade in this category. Two late arrivals or early departures will count as one missed class. Assessment for this category is ongoing with Logbook due on November 26, 2013.


PROJECT #1 (TAKEDA/SOTA Art Competition) – 20% Proposals are due on October 1

PROJECT #2 (Exhibition Package) – 20% Documentation Packages due October 15

PROJECT # 3 (Presentation) – 20% Deadlines listed on schedule by topic (Nov. 5 through Nov. 26)

PROJECT # 4 (Interview of an arts professional) – 20% questions due Oct 8 & report due Nov. 19

PARTICIPATION (engagement 10% & Logbook10% Assessed on attendance, completion of peer reviews, participation in workshops, discussions and critiques and on logbook entries. Logbooks are due on November 26.


MIDTERM = 40% will be awarded by the end of October on Project 1 (20%) and Project 2 (20%)

FINAL GRADE = midterm + Project 3 (20%) , Project 4 (20%) and Participation/Log Book (20%)

The following scale of percent equivalences is used for calculating final grades:

A+  = 90-100; A = 85-89; A- = 80-84; B+ = 77-79; B = 73-76; B- = 70-72; C+ = 67-69; C = 63-66; C- = 60-62; D+ = 57-59; D = 53-56; D- = 50-52; F = 0-49


September 10 -course outline review, project introductions and presentation topic selection

                                    -Introduction to Curriculum Vitae and Artist Statements

            Homework       -Read Chapter 4 on C.V. and section on Artist Statements in Chapter 10

                                    -Draft CV and statement and send electronically to

            September 17 -build stretchers for Jim Reid En Plein Air Workshop

                                     -Proposal Checklist review

                        -assistance with Photoshop editing of images for Altana Proposal

Homework       Work on Altana Proposals and complete stretcher for next class

            September 24 -Jim Reid En Plein Air workshop (shuttle leaves TSH at 8:30 am)

            Homework       - Complete Altana Proposal for critique next class

 October 1       - Critique for Takeda Proposals

Homework       -Revise Proposals following feedback and prepare package for adjudication

                        -Interview questions and art professional identified

October 8        -Submit Altana Packages for adjudication

                        -Presentation Checklist review

                        -Copyright Issues for the Artist Presentation by Judy

                        -hand in interview questions and name and contact for your art professional

Homework       -prepare Exhibition Package and Read Chapter 18 “Censorship: the Official Eye” in text

October 15      -Controversial Art Presentation by Judy

                        1st review of Exhibition Packages

October 22      Field trip to MMA

                        Final Submission of Exhibition Packages

Homework       Read Chapter 3 “Documenting Your Artwork” and bring in work for photographing next class

October 29      -Midterm grades

                        -Photography session

                        - Review group exhibition packages

Homework       -All exhibition proposals submitted to venues

November 5    - Public Galleries, Commercial Galleries, Artist Run Galleries, Alternative Spaces. Community Centres, Juried Exhibition Opportunities, Promoting your Art 

November 12  -Canadian Grad Schools Application, Foreign Grad School Application, Funding for Advanced Education (scholarships, TA, Tuition Waivers, Fellowships), Teachers College Application, Art Related Careers

November 19  -Pricing and Selling (incl. commission, consignment), Transportation and Shipping, Insurance, Taxes, Gallery Contracts, Exhibition Preparation  

                        -Interview results due

November 26  - CARFAC, OAC, Canada Council, Art Bank, Hamilton Arts Council,  Studio Considerations, Artist Residencies

-Log Books due

December 3    -Packaging Demonstration (bring a work of art)


November 5

Public Galleries –include mandate (in contrast with other types), services, benefits, examples and info. sources

Commercial Galleries – include mandate (in contrast with other types), services, benefits, examples and sources.

Artist Run Galleries – mandate (in contrast with other types), services, benefits, examples and info. sources.

Alternative Spaces – mandate (in contrast with other types), services, benefits, examples and info. sources.

Community Centres – mandate (in contrast with other types), services, benefits, examples, sources.

Juried Exhibitions – fees, restrictions, juries, rejections, benefits, list of websites and/or local opportunities

Promotion –cost considerations, timing, press releases, mailing restrictions, list of contacts for Akimbo, Instant Coffee, Adfactor, local radio & newspaper, websites and other.

November 12

Canadian Grad Schools – general application procedures and opportunities for institutional support, produce a chart of Canadian Schools with degrees, contact info, costs, sources of info.

Foreign Grad Schools – general application procedures, language proficiency or other testing, border documents, availability of institutional support, language, living and travel considerations.

Funding for Advanced Education –Scholarships, Tuition Waivers, Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships

Teachers College – general application procedures, gaining experience, employment opportunities

Art Related Careers – a list of possible employment opportunities that connect with an arts degree & salary ranges

November 19

Contracts – exclusivity, payment obligations, responsibilities of artist and gallery for selection, pricing and related costs of exhibiting (incl. sample contract)

Pricing and Selling – considerations (labour, materials, commission, experience, overhead costs), building a clientele

Transportation and Shipping – PACART, MuseumPros, Art Zone, UPS, Fed Ex, Truck Rentals, contact info. and customs documentation

Insurance – studio and exhibition including costs and local contacts

Taxes – basic considerations, exemptions, registering a loss, HST, accountant contacts

Exhibition Preparation – a timeline of responsibilities leading up to an exhibition (securing a venue, completion of work, curating the show, photographic documentation, publicity, framing, transportation, installation, dismantling)

November 22

CARFAC – history, mandate, services, membership, contact info.

Ontario Arts Council   - mandate, services, brief list of grants for visual artists (deadlines), reporting, contact info.

Canada Council –briefly describe types of grants for visual artists, mandate, services, history and contact info.

Art Bank –history and mandate, services, application procedures

Studio Considerations – interview and research to obtain a list of options on locating and maintaining workspace.

Artist Residencies – types, costs/paid artist fees, samples, benefits, sources

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

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

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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 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 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.

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Text:  Information for Artists (published by CARFAC)