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Timea Tihanyi
ART 400
Seattle Campus

Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Senior Studio

Focuses on the development of exhibition quality artwork, culminating in a group show. Covers curatorial issues, installation, and presentation. Assignments are designed to strengthen oral presentation skills, artist's written statement, critiquing abilities, and ability to place work within a larger art historical framework.

Class description

IVA Senior Studio focuses on the development of senior level artwork in any media. To see a selection of past art400 projects in the IVA Senior Studio web gallery go to To see a short video about the 2013 U District Alley Art Party go to

Student learning goals

The most important component of the course is a development of senior quality work. Consultations and discussions will help you to set your own assignment goals, identify key ideas and sources, place your work within a larger art historical framework, and develop your concepts into a solid project.

Secondly, there is an emphasis on developing a pattern for independent and productive studio practice. In class, there will be many opportunities to practice and develop your presentation skills, analytical and critiquing abilities, and to allow you to experiment with a variety of possible outcomes on your project. You will get feedback on these from your peers and from the instructor.

Thirdly, a large part of the course is professional practices: It will help you to prepare an effective artist statement, resume, and portfolio. You'll be required to submit a final version of these at the end of the quarter.

The course also covers a variety of career choices in the arts: You will be asked to find an opportunity in the beginning of the quarter. By the end of the quarter you'll be developing an application package for this opportunity.

Spring 2014 Art400 Exhibition time and location will be discussed in class and decided about by the class in the beginning of the quarter. During the quarter, some class time will be spent on discussing logistics for the show and some work will need to be done outside of class to make the exhibition happen. Your participation in the process is crucial and mandatory.

General method of instruction

Presentations, discussions, work-in-progress discussions and critiques, guest presentations, site visits and critique of the finished senior project.

Recommended preparation

Art seniors only (IVA). Art400 is to be taken only once, preferably in the quarter before graduation. Repeats are only allowed with instructor's permission.

Class assignments and grading

Your final grade will be determined by the following: - Effort shown in, artistic merit of completed senior project: 40% - Participation in class activities, including critiques, class discussions, jobs and responsibilities for the show, etc.: 30% - Professional manner, individual effort, commitment, progress throughout the quarter: 10% - Preliminary project development (project plans, tests, project progress log/journal and calendar). Quality of final portfolio, including project documentation, artist statement, and resume. 20%

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 Timea Tihanyi
Date: 01/26/2014