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Gary L. Carpenter
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This optional two credit course may be taken in conjunction with Art in Public Spaces (B CUSP 191) and will be introduced and fully explained during the first week of B CUSP 191. It is advised that students listen to the detailed course description prior to registering. As this is offered only to those taking B CUSP 191, there will be room for everyone in the class to register should they choose to do so. In this course, students will volunteer with one of a number of organizations that support issues which will be explored through the design projects in Art in Public Spaces. This opportunity allows students to gain a deeper, more personal understanding of the issues we will be examining, and periodic updates to the class will elevate the experience for the entire class.

This learning experience encourages students to challenge their assumptions about where learning takes place; connecting the classroom and community in a manner that enables them to contribute back to society in a meaningful way. This volunteer experience will additionally lead to a clearer understanding of the issues our community faces and sheds light on the impact that each of us can have as individuals.

Student learning goals

The student will understand the importance of the issues behind a public art work (concept before aesthetics) and will better understand the passion required to create a powerful statement through a work of art. This is an important aspect of a public artist's journey when developing a design and it highlights the important connection between public art and social responsibility/awareness.

Will have an appreciation for community based learning and it's potential impact on their education and on the community.

The student will have a deeper understanding of the issues our community faces and what impact they can have as individuals.

General method of instruction

The majority of this course will be spent volunteering in the community under the guidance of an affiliated organization. We will meet periodically to discuss their experiences and how they relate to the Art in Public Spaces course and their projects in particular.

Recommended preparation

Must be self directed and willing to commit to, and follow through with a volunteer position! Students must also be capable of working independently on course assignments as we will only meet a handful of times during the quarter.

Class assignments and grading

Students will keep a journal of their volunteer experiences, and how these deepen their understanding of and commitment to their Art in Public Spaces design projects. We will discuss these as a group periodically throughout the quarter.

Students will also be required to make periodic presentations to share their experiences with classmates.

completion of volunteer assignment, and of journal assignments and class presentations. These assignments will specifically be geared towards understanding and appreciating the personal and professional impact these experiences have on students and how they effect their approach to the design process.


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: 08/17/2012