UNIVERSITY MISSION
Felician University is an independent co-educational Catholic/Franciscan University founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters to educate a diverse population of students within the framework of a liberal arts tradition. Its mission is to provide a full complement of learning experiences, reinforced with strong academic and student development programs designed to bring students to their highest potential and prepare them to meet the challenges of the new century with informed minds and understanding hearts. The enduring purpose of Felician University is to promote a love for learning, a desire for God, self knowledge, service to others, and respect for all creation.

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES MISSION
The School of Arts and Sciences is committed to promoting the University’s Franciscan-Felician mission by providing an environment that fosters the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development of our students. The Liberal Arts curriculum challenges students to explore creative ways of thinking within a broad scope of study that integrates intellectual traditions with essential values. Our diverse programs encourage students to become lifelong learners and compassionate contributors to the well-being of others throughout their lives.

DEPARTMENT OF ART MISSION
The Art Program at Felician College produces artists with the skills, knowledge, and critical sensibility to effectively communicate ideas through individual forms of expression. Offering a variety of courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Photography and New Media, the Department's objective is to emphasize the teaching of technique in concert with the critical study of different historical forms of art production, providing a life-long reference of cultural understanding.

Through a rigorous and dynamic curriculum, graduates of the Art Program will be able to implement a variety of creative skills and techniques, as well as produce a range of forms and styles; critique works of art based on their survey knowledge of major historical examples and schools of thought; recognize trends in contemporary cultural thinking; understand the importance of the arts in society; assess their personal strengths and interests; and create and present work suitable for exhibition and publication. Ultimately, graduates will be able to integrate and synthesize their skills, knowledge, and experience into a powerful career strategy.


ART-449-R SENIOR SEMINAR
3 credits, undergraduate, traditional
Fall 2017
5:45-8:15, Martin 301

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION
Michael J. Nyklewicz, M.A.
Associate Professor
Email: nyklewiczm@felician.edu
201-335-1437

Office Hours

 

Resources

 

 

Updated 08/31/17



Frostbite
Marilyn Minter, 2006

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Senior Seminar completes the process of creating a representative body of work that was begun in Junior Seminar. In this course, students will develop a thesis project, or series of projects, that represents the technical and intellectual summation of their academic experience. After developing their ideas, students will mount a thesis exhibition of their work, with a written and oral defense presented to the University faculty. Regular readings will be assigned and discussed in class, and a museum or gallery field trip will also be included. Prerequisite: ART-301.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
In this course, students will:


RECOMMENDED TEXT

REQUIRED MATERIALS


COURSE CONTENT

Week One (08/31)
Review
Thesis Project, Proposal
Reading: Lady Gaga and the Life of Passion

Week Two (09/07)
Manifesto, Draft

Week Three (09/14)
Manifesto Review
Reading: Formless

Week Four (09/21)
Reading: Grids
Reading: What Do Artists' Final Works Say About Their Lives?

Week Five (09/28)
Manifesto, Draft
Reading: The Big Toe

Week Six (10/05)
Reading: In the Name of Picasso

Week Seven (10/12)
Thesis Project, Draft

Week Eight (10/19)
Manifesto, Draft

Week Nine (10/26)
Thesis Project, Draft
Reading: Rotten Sun

Week Ten (11/02)
Creating an Online Presence
Reading: The Photographic Conditions of Surrealism

Week Eleven (11/09)
Careers in the Arts

Week Twelve (11/16)
Installation Prep

Week Thirteen (11/23)
Thanksgiving - no class

Week Fourteen (11/30)
Thesis Project, Installation
Manifesto, Final Draft (should address the responsibilities of being an artist, as well as the importance of art in your life and the lives of others).

Week Fifteen (12/07)
Opening Reception and Presentation

Week Sixteen (12/14)
Deinstall
Next Semester & Life after Felician

 

Additional Readings

Our (Bare)Shelves, Our Selves
U2, Preaching Defiance, Heads Back to Paris
Marina Abramovic and Igor Levit’s Variation on ‘Goldberg’ Will Make the Audience Earn Its Bach
Three Artists Who Think Outside the Box


GRADING RUBRICS

Thesis Project 12.5 pts. 9 pts. 5 pt.
Skills & Techniques
Artwork exhibits a mastery of skills and techniques appropriate to the medium. Artwork exhibits average skills and techniques appropriate to medium. Artwork exhibits basic skills and techniques appropriate to the medium.
Composition & Presentation
Artwork is thoughtfully and creatively composed; presentation adds to its effectiveness. Artwork is thoughtfully composed, but lacks creativity; presentation somewhat adds to its effectiveness. Artwork is carelessly composed; presentation is indiscriminate.
Originality
Interpretation of the project shows independent thought and creative ideas. Intepretation of the project shows some creativity, but lacks in realization of ideas. Interpretation of the project is obvious.
Communication Artwork effectively communicates ideas in relation to the artist's intent. Artwork communicates ideas in relation to the artist's intent. Artwork somewhat communicates ideas in relation to the artist's intent.

Manifesto 5 pts. 3 pts. 1 pt.
Content
Ideas are clearly defined with cogent arguments and well-chosen supporting material. Ideas are satisfactorily defined with adequate arguments and supporting materials.
Ideas are not clearly defined, lacking convincing arguments and appropriate supporting materials.
Structure
Paper is well organized, progressing from thesis to conclusion in a logical and understandable manner. Paper progresses from thesis to conclusion, but is poorly organized. Paper is unorganzied, lacking a clearly defined thesis and conclusion.
Originality
Interpretation of the research topic shows independent thought and creative ideas. Intepretation of the research project shows some creativity, but lacks in realization of ideas. Interpretation of the research topic does not go beyond the obvious.
Citations Accurate use of footnotes and bibliography, as verified by Turnitin. Somewhat accurate use of footnotes and bibliography, as verified by Turnitin. Improper use of footnotes and bibliography, as verified by Turnitin.

GRADING POLICIES
Grades will be based on the criteria found in the GRADING RUBRICS.

Total percentage is 100, which is translated into a letter grade using the standards published in the University Catalog (see below); there will be no grading curve.

Felician University operates on the 4.00 grading system and determines the academic standing of students according to the following scale:

Grade Description Numerical Equivalent Quality Points
A Outstanding 95-100 4.000
A- Excellent 90-94 3.670
B+ Very Good 87-89 3.333
B Good 83-86 3.000
B- Above Average 80-82 2.670
C+ Average 77-79 2.333
C Acceptable 70-76 2.000
D Poor 65-69 1.000
F Failure 64 or below 0.000
FA Failure due to non-attendance 64 or below

0.000


COURSE POLICIES


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