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Talbot Selby
Form Start Date
Aug 9, 2019
Form Type
Proposal For A New Undergraduate Course (C)
Form ID
Form Submitted Date
Aug 22, 2019

Form Steps:

Submitted on:
Aug 09, 2019
Course prefix and number:
ARTS 498
Course title:
B.F.A. Thesis
College of:
Humanities & Fine Arts
Department of:
Visual Arts
Date change is to be effective:
Fall 2020
Semester(s) offered:
F, S, Su

Submitted on:
Aug 22, 2019
The following apply:
Required for a Major: Yes
Required for a Minor: No
Required for a Certificate: No
Cognate: No
Elective: No
Is this course repeatable for credit?
Are there any course equivalencies?
Is this course to be listed for Pass/Fail Grading?
ARTS 298, ARTS 494, Second Semester Senior BFA Major
Number of Credits:
3 Credits
Catalog description, in the present tense:
ARTS 498 BFA Thesis. (3 credits) (Prereq: ARTS 298, ARTS 494, Second semester senior B.F.A. major) B.F.A. Thesis prepares students for independent studio practice. Students create a self-directed body of work culminating in a Senior Thesis exhibition and professional presentation. F, S, Su.
Course Restrictions:
Course is restricted to BFA in Visual Art majors.
Proposed Syllabus:
Proposed Instructor/title:
Yvette Arendt/Assistant Professor
Alternate Instructor/title:
Alexandra Knox/Assistant Professor
Are there other departments/schools with expertise in the areas covered by this course?
Estimated enrollment:
Prior enrollment in course:
Method of Delivery:
Explanation for Other:
Traditional Studio course in Visual Art

Submitted on:
Aug 09, 2019
Is this course to be considered for the CORE?

Submitted on:
Aug 09, 2019
Is this course to be considered for the QEP?

Submitted on:
Aug 12, 2019
What research has led to this request?
The development of a BFA in Visual Art necessitates the creation of a thesis course for the major. This course is required by NASAD, the departments accrediting body, and will be the capstone for all BFA majors.
What impact will this request have on existing academic programs?
None. This course is similar to the current ARTS 497 structure, but will be catered to a more professional degree.
What financial costs are associated with this request?
A $50 lab fee should be associated with the course. This will cover the cost of materials for the course such as, paper and the cost of toner/ink cartridges.
If NO change in cost is anticipated, how is this possible?
Additional Information

Submitted on:
Aug 12, 2019
Assessment Addendum:
no attachment
Assessment prepared by:
Easton Selby

On-going & Reallocated: New:
Full-time faculty:
Part-time faculty:
Lab Resources:
$ $
Library Resources:
$ $
$ $
$ $
Contract Services:
$ $
Goods & Services:
$ $
$ $

Are any of the new resources needed for Accreditation purposes? No

Submitted on:
Aug 12, 2019
Is this course part of the academic program assessment?
Specify how the Course Objectives for this course align with the academic program assessment plan:
Create and exhibit an independent body of work: The creation of an independent body of work encompasses Objectives 1-4 of the BFA in Visual Art. Analyze and develop work through critique: Analyzing work encompasses Objectives 2-5. Engage in the discipline through studio practice: Engagement with the discipline encompasses Objectives 3-5. Objective 1 addresses the technical mastery of skills necessary to find success in the arts. An independent body of work will not happen without a mastery of artistic skills. Objective 2 addresses a critical understanding of art theory. In order to create a thorough body of work a student must understand their place within the history of the medium, as well as their place with in the contemporary art market. Objective 3 addresses agility in and the mastery of various creative methodologies. The purpose of an independent body of work is to showcase a students ability to merge critical thinking with creative output. This can take form in a variety of ways that includes, but is not limited to the artist statement, presentation about the work, performance, installation, or exhibition of a single piece. Objective 4 prepares the students to become creative professionals. The exhibition of a single body of work is the culmination of the professional experience. All creative professionals, or working artists, are expected to showcase large bodies of work in a variety of settings. This is standard practice for the profession. Objective 5 addresses the students ability to demonstrate their ability to build a diverse and productive atmosphere that respects a culture of intellectual transformation the education about and practice of visual communication. Successful artists have the ability to synthesize an idea through visual communication. These ideas are meant to not only push the viewer, but push the artist as well.
Specify how the Student Learning Outcomes for this course align with the academic program assessment plan:
The student learning outcomes fall in line with our standard assessment plan for the visual arts. The Department of Visual Arts has been piloting a new assessment procedure that embodies the outcomes listed in the course. This assessment addresses the technical mastery of skill, oral presentation skills, technical presentation of work, and the ability to critique their personal work, as well as the work of their peers. The assessment plan for ARTS 498 will be linked with a new assessment protocol for our foundations that will be launched in AY 2020

Position Status Date Note
Department Chair (1) approved Aug 12, 2019
College Curriculum Chair (2) denied Aug 21, 2019 This course is approved pending the following changes (and re-submission): 1) Revise instructors section to remove "of Art" and s ... more
Department Chair (1) approved Aug 22, 2019
College Curriculum Chair (2) approved Aug 22, 2019
College Dean (3) approved Aug 22, 2019
Academic Affairs Chair (6) approved Sep 14, 2019 approved
Faculty Senate Chair (7) approved Oct 4, 2019

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