DePaul University Department of Art, Media, and Design







Instructor: Jessica Larva


Department: (AMD) Art, Media, and Design

Office: 1150 West Fullerton Avenue, room 321

Current Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 4:30-5:30pm+ or email me to see if we can schedule a different time.


Online Syllabus:

Class Days & Times: Winter 2018, Tuesday & Thursday, 2:40 to 4:10pm

Class Section: Art 394, section 201, number 24438

Classroom: 1150 West Fullerton Avenue, room 211
Alternate Classrooms: critique room 202 and production studios  (find us if you are late)



Syllabus Links: course information, important information for you, schedule and attendance, grading, reading, writing and citing sources, supplies





Course Information:


Course Catalog Information: An intensive capstone experience in the professional, business, and legal skills needed to manage a career in Studio Art or Media Arts. Required for graduation with a Studio Art or a Media Arts concentration.


Prerequisites: Senior standing and status as an Art, Media and Design major or Art Minor are a prerequisite for this class. Juniors may attend with instructor's consent.

This course sets the groundwork for success in ART392 Senior Studio Seminar (Capstone) or ART393 Senior Project Studio. Therefore this course is a prerequisite for ART392, and it is strongly recommended that this course proceeds or coincides with ART393.


Additional Description and Objectives: This concentrated and rigorous course is designed to introduce and cultivate the fundamental skills and practices of professionalism necessary for the development and maintenance of a career in the field of visual arts.

We will discuss a broad range of practical and philosophical concerns including the following:

1.    Defining criteria for success in your work

2.    Determining the nature of the audience you want to address

3.    Commercial and non-commercial venues for presenting your work

4.    Alternative, community-based and DIY models for artistic practice

5.    Writing bios, resumes, statements, and proposals

6.    Studio spaces and safety

7.    Documentation and presentation of works

8.    Digital archives

9.    Researching and writing for grants, fellowships, and artists’ residencies

10. Graduate programs in the visual arts


Course Methods and Format: This demanding class utilizes lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, presentations, and workshops in combination with readings, writings, individual meetings, and assignments. A significant portion of in-class time will be devoted to discussion and will require preparation outside of class time. Assignments will require many hours of time spent outside of class. If you do not have time to devote to this type of work, I suggest that you consider dropping this class or taking it at another time.



Important Info for You:


Be active in your learning! This is your education; let me know what you need! If, during the course of the quarter, you feel that you need some extra help, advice, or feedback, let me know and we can schedule a time outside of class to meet. If you have questions during class, ask me. Your active involvement and your communication with me help to ensure that you get what you need from this course.


Please provide me with the name you prefer to use in class: I would like to use your preferred name or nickname and your pronouns. My roster provides limited information so please let me know in class, by email (, or in person if you suspect I do not have the information on my roster that you want me to use.


AMD Safety Statement:
Safety comes first! DePaul University is a learning community that fosters the pursuit of knowledge, transmission of ideas and development of skills in an environment that emphasizes accepting responsibility for oneself, for others and for society at large.

As a member of the DePaul community, you are expected to adhere to all University policies, including but not limited to the policies in
the Code of Student Responsibility and the Academic Integrity Policy, and policies and procedures set forth by specific departments.

Specifically, by enrolling in a Department of Art, Media, and Design (AMD) art/studio course you agree to adhere to the AMD Safe Use of Art Materials and Student Responsibilities requirements of the course(s) you are enrolled in for all art and related materials, tools, and equipment as per the specific course instruction. Failure to abide by and adhere to any of these responsibilities, procedures, policies, or requirements may result in an adverse impact on your grade in accordance with the syllabus, or in other sanctions through the Student Conduct Process or other university procedures.


DePaul Students with Disability Services: Students seeking disability-related accommodations are required to register with DePaul's Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) enabling you to access accommodations and support services to assist your success. There are two office locations:
Loop Campus - Lewis Center #1420 - (312) 362-8002
Lincoln Park Campus - Student Center #370 - (773) 325-1677

Š     Please also feel free to discuss your challenges with me privately so I can assist in facilitating accommodations or simply so we are on the same page. It is best to speak with me early in the term and our conversation will remain confidential. This class focuses on creative solutions of every kind, and I assure you that we will be able to find an appropriate solution for any circumstance.


DePaul Support Services and Mental Health Services: DePaul has a large network of support services including The Dean of Students Office (DOS), which helps students navigate the college experience, particularly during difficulty situations such as personal, financial, medical, and/or family crises. For a list of support services and advocacy information, please visit DOS at


Expectations for Academic Integrity: Work done for this course must adhere to the University Academic Integrity Policy, which you can review in the Student Handbook or online at Academic integrity violations can warrant repercussions as severe as failure of the course.


E-mail Policy: I may use e-mail as a way to communicate with you regarding absence/tardy information, concerns for classwork or classroom behavior, your project grades, or other class information. In this case you may not receive in-class follow-up or paper copies of this information. I will use the email account that you have on file with DePaul.


Access and Resources / Technology Access

OPEN LAB HOURS are posted on lab doors every quarter.
(1) Food and drinks are not permitted in AMD labs except in instances where there is a designated shelf for drinks; these items cannot leave the shelf area.
(2) Lab Monitors are wonderful and allow the labs to be open for use. They are fellow students, not IT professionals or the class Teaching Assistant. If you have questions, please contact me or set up a time to meet during office hours.
AMD 330
: (see above)
Richardson Library
: Mac and PC, Adobe CS6 or Creative Cloud, other technologies, close to AMD, usually open MTWR 7:30am to 2am and shortened hours FSS. If using Adobe Creative Cloud, remember to save in a legacy format that can be opened in CS6.
List of general DePaul computer labs
: organized by available software (
here); some of the labs post open hours.
NOTES: If you use multiple versions of Adobe software (for example Creative Cloud and a prior version of Creative Suite) then save in a legacy format that can be opened in prior versions (
one example).
If you use fonts that may not be on other computers, save/export the font files (.OTF .TTF .FNT) as well as the Adobe file so you can load the fonts onto another computer or save your Adobe file in a format that flattens or outlines the fonts (this is not appropriate for editing).





Schedule and Attendance:


Schedule: You must be in attendance to find out specifically that will be covered in class day-to-day. We will discuss detailed schedules and due-dates for individual assignments when they are assigned.


Attendance & Phone Policy:
Please read in full:
Studio courses have both intellectual and skill-building components that build throughout an academic term. Many classes have demonstrations and important critiques, which cannot be repeated outside of class. Therefore, class attendance is absolutely essential. For this course, which meets twice a week, a student may miss two classes during the term. For each additional absence a student’s grade will drop one complete letter. Three tardy arrivals or early departures will be equal to one absence.

Cell phone use (making or receiving calls, internet, apps, and texting) is not permissible in class. Students using cell phones or computers for content not pertinent to class will be counted as absent or may be asked to leave. Sometimes it is necessary to have access to a phone, so any student who might need to use a phone in class on any given day, should simply let me know before class. Cell phone use for music may be permissible for certain days and times if it is discussed and approved during class. Each student is responsible for any damage to his or her phone that results from an accident or contact with studio materials. As a courtesy to your classmates cell phones should not be visible during critique or student presentations unless you have cleared an exception with me prior to class.








Evaluation: Your grade will consist of assignments (55% of your total grade), participation including preparedness for readings and meetings (20% of your total grade), presentation (15% of your total grade), and attendance (10% of your total grade).

The assignments and presentation have multiple components and must be completed in a highly professional manner in accordance with the given specifications. Participation includes open and active involvement in class activities and preparation outside of class for reading discussions, feedback discussions, meetings, and other class components; due to the nature of this course you cannot earn an A in this course without consistent good participation. See
attendance information above. Extra credit points may be available for participating in or attending specific arts events that arise during the course of the term and that are approved as extra credit.
SCHEDULE & ASSIGNMENTS for specific information that is linked to each project.


Grade Scale for this class:    100–96=A     95–91=A-      90–86=B+     85–81=B       80–76=B-         75–71=C+     70–66=C       65–61=C-      60–56=D+     55–51=D       50–0=F


Explanation of Grades: The “C” grade is a mark of satisfactory performance; to earn a "C" grade in this class you must attend class, work during studio time, participate in class discussions and critiques, and complete all assignments adequately. To earn an "A" grade in this class you must attend class, exhibit engaged productivity or experimentation during studio, and offer meaningful contributions during discussions and especially during critiques. You must also exhibit a highly developed understanding of the concepts and the ability to create well-crafted and conceptually strong projects.
General Evaluation Key

How to turn in work—
All work is due at the start of class on the given due date unless otherwise noted.
Anything turned in over 5 minutes after it is requested is one full day late. An excused absence will not reduce your grade, but a tardy arrival will affect your grade.

Turning in late work—
Unfortunately, life is full of deadlines and unexpected events that get in the way of those deadlines; we are influenced by numerous pressures and events that happen outside of school. I understand all of this, and respect your right to choose whether or not a class assignment is your first priority at any given time. However, professionalism is vitally important in this course and your grade will suffer if work is not completed on time and in full. I will accept some assignments late at a significantly reduced grade.


Late work must be physically submitted by the start of the next class meeting and will not be accepted after that session without my permission; it may be submitted in class or delivered to my office (or to the art office with instruction that to be given to me) 1150 W Fullerton Ave, 3rd floor; my office is 321. Please speak to me about permission for an extension.


Emailed work (temporary solution)—
In some instances I may be willing to temporarily accept papers or images via email so they do not loose as much credit (remember to “CC” yourself so you will also have a record of when you sent the email). If you send an email I will still need the physical assignment by the next class meeting. I will not grade emailed images or papers.





Reading, Writing, & Citing Sources:


Reading: Our required class textbook is Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon. I will provide you with additional readings in printed format or digital format through the class website (they will be linked to the SCHEDULE & ASSIGNMENTS). Digital readings may be web links, or PDF downloads. You will be expected to find and obtain your own research readings related to the specifics of your project.
information for the Chicago Public Library:
information for the libraries at DePaul:


Writing: Written assignments must follow the principles of composition, grammar, and spelling. Pages may be single or double-spaced, 10 to12-point Times-Roman (or similar) font, with standard margins. Please refrain from attaching pages with a dog‑eared corner and instead use a staple, a paperclip, or type your name on every page. Of course the university policy on plagiarism is enforced.

NOTE: DePaul’s
Writing Center is a great (free) service that can help you plan, revise and edit written assignments, double check citations, and review other aspects of your writing. It’s best to make an appointment (SEE: “how appointments work” link half way down page), but they also take walk-in requests at the Loop and Lincoln Park locations.


Citing Sources: You must cite all words or images you use from any outside source. Failure to do so can be seen as academic misconduct. Citation includes everything from Internet sources and images you’ve altered in Photoshop, to a digital snapshot taken by a friend. Often outside sources will not be allowed in visual assignments, but when permitted, sources must be appropriately credited (often in the assignment). Also, I will need a works cited document with the image appropriately cited and a copy of the original image. Sources do not need to be cited in journal entries or sketchbooks.
Academic Integrity


Links for citing image sources:

MLA style, from the University of Cincinnati.

MLA style, image citation information is located half way down the page.

Research and Documentation information.



Information for citing written sources:

Please use MLA standards.

Helpful information for citing sources:
See both “citing sources within your paper” and “assembling a list of works cited.”

Example of using a works cited and citing sources in the body of the paper (multi-page PDF)







Supplies provided for you: Access to the Open Lab Hours in a Mac computer lab with Adobe Creative Suite Software (Creative Cloud), multiple flat bed scanners, and multiple high-end large-format printers; access to borrow selected items from the AMD audio/visual checkout; ability to sign up for scheduled documentation time in one of two documentation spaces.

Required Supplies:



Optional Supplies:



NOTE: DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU GRADUATE to purchase your own hardware and software because you will miss out on student deals and you will pay significantly more for everything. You don’t need it for this class, but begin thinking about it and planning for it.





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