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Randi Marie Courtmanch
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

This course will look at how artists, collectives and organizations work within community settings to produce and create art. Through readings, discussions, experiential activities, and artist screenings we will explore how the practice and process of art can be used to generate dialogue, knowledge, and work across difference. We will utilize this learning by looking at our own community within UWB and creating group projects that address specific needs, spaces, and/or communities within the campus. Come prepared to collaborate and share in a generative process of learning and exploration.

Additionally, we will take this dynamic learning and turn inward to the work and knowledge students have built over their freshman year. Students will build connections between their academic work, extracurricular activities, and their future goals to develop a comprehensive portfolio and reflective essay of their first year at UWB. This will be done through peer feedback, experiential activities, and the development of short reflective essays.

Student learning goals

Understand and articulate how art and performance concepts can be used as a means of expression, research, and problem solving for individuals and communities

Work collaboratively to develop activities/models for community-based engagement through art practices

Use reflective writing and dialogue furthering a deeper understanding of community-based practices in the arts

Utilize their portfolio to reflect on their personal academic trajectory and articulate future goals

General method of instruction

Group discussions, experiential activities, artist screenings, and lecture

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Randi Marie Courtmanch
Date: 01/23/2014