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Gary L. Carpenter
B CUSP 120
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

Class description

In our technological world where information is so readily available and rapid change has become the norm, there is a pressing need across all disciplines and industries for people who think creatively. Through this course we will examine the growing and urgent need for innovation and ingenuity and explore our personal approaches to creativity. Contemplation, constructive play, readings and thinking beyond the confines of the norm will be the platform to launch written assignments and visual arts projects designed to broaden creative resourcefulness and challenge our own limitations. This course will require self-direction, independent thinking and a willingness to become comfortable valuing the creative process as well as production. This is not a class that rewards rote memorization or mimicry, or one that supplies ready-made answers. This course will require each student to arrive at unique solutions to problems by forging connections across disciplines and beyond typical approaches to problem solving.

Student learning goals

Comprehend the similarities and differences between imagination, creativity and innovation, and their personal and global impact and importance.

Appreciate that creativity is a process and begin to develop a personal approach to fostering that process

Begin to assess their individual knowledge base (academic, personal, social and cultural) and consider the impact this knowledge has on creativity and their futures

Evaluate their academic, social and personal growth and experiences of their first year at UW Bothell through the creation of a CUSP ePorfolio (organized around the CUSP learning goals), and to explore how this knowledge might influence their futures.

Be able to exercise creativity, gain personal insight and to build confidence by exploring abstract concepts through visual arts projects

General method of instruction

This course will draw upon a wide range of instructional approaches including lectures, readings, a great deal of independent thinking, group work as well as audio visual aids; all of which will further be explored through written and visual art projects. Accompanying this, students will be assessing the knowledge they've acquired and their future aspirations and goals through the development of their CUSP e-portfolios.

Recommended preparation

Students are expected to bring open minds and curiosity as well as a strong work ethic and the ability to work both independently and in small groups.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include readings (from two required texts and additional articles), individual and group work as well as written assignments and visual art projects.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gary L. Carpenter
Date: 03/04/2012