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ART 2IS3 Independent Studio Methods

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Donna Akrey



Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Monday 11:30AM-12:30PM

Course Objectives:

This course focuses on self-directed studio strategies responding to concepts and questions generated by the student. Students will integrate intellectual curiosity, beliefs, values and individual experience with ongoing research to guide studio production. Through class discussion, presentations and critique, students will be supported in taking risks to develop ambitious studio projects that integrate self-directed research and aesthetic investigation.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

A lab/studio fee of $25.00 for this course must be paid in the SOTA office as soon as possible. Full payment of all studio fees will provide you with an access card to the studios as well as expendable materials needed for your courses and general studio facilities. The studio fee has been kept to the minimum for this course because students will be choosing their own media on an individual basis. Students are expected to supply all the materials they need to realize their projects for the course.

This course may include local trips to galleries and museums. Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs.

special papers

bus fare

some hardware


other TBA


Method of Assessment:









Participation includes participating fully in all in-class exercises, making positive contributions to class discussions and critiques, attending classes, being on time, treating classmates with respect and helping to maintain a positive atmosphere for collective learning.



These are projects related to course content that will be worked on throughout the term in and out of class. Detailed guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn


          Project 1: Mapping (5%)   DUE January 15

          Project 2: Assemblage (10%)  DUE February 5

          Mini Project 3: Performance (5%)  DUE March 5

          Project4: 3-Sculpture (10%) DUE March 12



DUE April 2 (Critiques on April 2 and April 9)

This is a project you will work towards for the end of the term. Media is open and it will require research and proposal. Detailed guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn



The seminar portion of the grade is made up of writing, research and presentation projects. Detailed guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn

          Sketchbook (10%) DUE April 9 (mid term check in/meeting Feb 12)

          Independent Project Proposal (5%) DUE February 12

          Research Presentation (15%)  DUE February 12/26


FINAL PROJECT (20%) Due April 2 (Critiques on March 29 and April 5)

Detailed guidelines will be discussed in class.


Students will receive at least 10% of their midterm grade for this course by March 16 2018

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

It is the responsibility of each student to attend all classes and meet the requirements of submission for coursework. Missed assignments will automatically be assigned a grade of 0. A penalty of one full letter grade will be imposed for every academic day assignments are late.

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

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 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.

Topics and Readings:

Lecture: Walking as research
Lecture: Sculpture redux
Studio visit: Brandon Vickerd.
Public Library Visit-Makerspace and exhibit “Translations”
Lecture: Assemblage
Tool demo
Lecture: Clothing and Art
Lecture: Performance Art
Visit Assembly gallery-Andrea Carvalho


Other Course Information:

At certain points in the course it may make good sense to modify the schedule outlined below. The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly (in class and post any changes to the course website).