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Deborah Caplow
BIS 398
Bothell Campus

Directed Study/Research

Opportunity for directed group or individual research on a topic/theme mutually agreed upon by instructor and student.

Class description

Dr. Deborah Caplow and Dr. Ted Hiebert will be teaching this two credit course: Photographic Critique and Arts Analysis This class will provide opportunities for critical engagement with arts practice and analysis through in-depth discussion of visual art, with an emphasis on photography. Students will also be exposed to contemporary arts culture in Seattle, through visits to art galleries. Students will gain experience by bringing their own artwork and ideas to class for critique as well as to engage in both spoken and written critique of the work of others. The class is intended as meeting point for main topics in Deborah Caplow's BIS 476 (History of Photography) and Ted Hiebert's BISIA 450 (Image and Imagination) and requires students to be enrolled in both courses (or to have permission to enroll from both instructors). Please note: This class will meet every second Monday (3:30 5:30), with supplemental field trips (guided gallery visits) in Seattle and attendance at one First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square. Credit/no credit only

Student learning goals

1.Engage in collaborative discussion and assessment of the photographic and visual arts in practical, historical and contemporary contexts

1. Engage in collaborative discussion and assessment of the photographic and visual arts in practical, historical and contemporary contexts; 2.Develop analytic skill sets for critical assessment of artistic forms, especially photography.

3.Present their own work and ideas for collaborative critical assessment by others.

4.Build a collective vision of arts context and critical community.

General method of instruction

The course will take the form of groups meetings, collective discussions and student-led presentations of ideas and artworks in development. Two field trips (guided gallery visits) and attendance at one First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square will be organized during the quarter, at which students are expected to be present.

Recommended preparation

It is assumed that students will have an interest in the photographic arts and be willing to work as a team to build a collaborative forum for critique and discussion. Students are required to be enrolled in both Deborah Caplow's BIS 476 (History of Photography) and Ted Hiebert's BISIA 450 (Image and Imagination) or to have permission to enroll from both instructors.

Class assignments and grading

Short analytical essays based on critiques and field trips.

Credit will be awarded on the basis of successful completion of all assigned work and participation in the two class field trips, and attendance at one First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square. There will be regular in-class presentations and high expectations for student participation in discussion. There will also be three short writing assignments, which will focus on the critical analysis of works.


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 Deborah Caplow
Date: 10/26/2011