First Year Experience (FYE)

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Consider what it means to develop and sustain an independent art/design practice. This yearlong, non-media specific studio course affords students the freedom and space to discover their own creative voices and interests. First year students will learn not only to navigate life at MICA, but also to make work independently and to collaborate with a cohort of students from multiple majors. Visiting artist lectures and workshops will foster critical analysis and generate inspiration. Work in Forum will prepare students for future independent studios and broaden the idea of what it can mean to live a creative life. 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to respond to their work and the work of others through verbal, written, and material projects.

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with an array of contemporary art and design practices as those practices relate to social and global issues.

  • Practice skills for professional and personal development.

  • Use processes for iterative thinking, pattern recognition, and brainstorming.

  • Demonstrate skills in collaboration in order to develop a sense of community, citizenship, and social engagement.

 

CONSISTENCY GUIDELINES

 

Student Learning Outcome

Consistency Guideline

Demonstrate the ability to respond to their work and the work of others through verbal, written, and material projects.

Learning Critique Methods. Some examples are:

Demonstrate a familiarity with an array of contemporary art and design practices as those practices relate to social and global issues.

Discussion of and reflections on the Falvey Hall lecture series.

  • In order to facilitate class discussion, all presentations will be recorded and placed online before the following Monday.  

Practice skills for professional and personal development.

 

 

 

 

 

Course Reflections.

  • Ability to reflect (in writing) about coursework

  • Encourage archiving/documentation of work throughout the year in all courses

  • Explore examples of websites for artists and designers.

Use processes for iterative thinking, pattern recognition, and brainstorming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three long-term projects

  • Faculty will give students a total of three assignments over the course of the semester.

  • Students should practice iteration on their work/ideas

  • Assist with brainstorming ideas

  • Encourage reflection on personal choices/patterns/styles/interests

Demonstrate skills in collaboration in order to develop a sense of community, citizenship, and social engagement.

Students should work in teams at least once in the semester.