“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”   – Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

Rush, by Sarah Hockman (BFA 2016)

Syllabus: Studio Practice / Senior Projects Art & Technology
4901 / 4999

Prerequisite: BFA student in Art & Technology and permission of instructor. 3 units

Professor: Amy Youngs  email:

Class meeting place and time: Check the current course schedule, type ART 4901 in the search box. It is offered every semester.


Studio Practice: This course provides senior BFA students in the Department of Art with practical experience in the development of new and significant artwork for exhibition, creating good documentation of the artwork, writing a project statement and experimenting with presentation methods.
Senior Projects: This course provides senior BFA students in the Department of Art with practical experience in the development of an exhibition of their work and exposure to professional practices for artists. This includes the development of new and significant artwork for the exhibition, good documentation of the artwork, an artist’s show statement and refining presentation methods.

Course Objectives

• To research, plan, pursue and complete an independent artistic project for public exhibition. 4901 students will submit work to the Art and Technology exhibition and 4999 students will be exhibiting at the Urban Arts Space with all graduating BFA students.

• To practice discussing, presenting and writing about artwork.

• To professionally document – in writing, images and video – a completed artwork, or series of related artworks.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students gain hands-on experience in planning and carrying out the creation of a unique, well-researched art project.
  • Students demonstrate an ability to present and discuss art research through writing and discussions.
  • Students gain experience in exhibiting, documenting and writing about artwork.


Time in class will be spent presenting, discussing your progress, working on projects, writing and ideas, receiving critiques and participating by listening and offering thoughtful critiques and ideas for your peers. It is important to be prepared with new progress to show and discuss. Outside of class, 6 hours per week, will be spent researching, experimenting, creating your project, planning your exhibition, writing about your work, blogging, documenting and editing your work for inclusion in a cohesive portfolio.

Within the broad realm of “Art and Technology”, the themes and materials you chose to work with in this class are open. This is an opportunity to make the work that you are truly excited about. This will also be the work that you will apply to exhibitions with, apply to graduate school with and/or present in a portfolio that shows your amazing creative skills to future employers.

Evaluation and Grading

35% – Completion of a significant art project, professionally prepared and presented in a public exhibition.

20% – Video and written documentation of the project, including the story of the making and quality footage/imagery of its completion. You will work in teams of 2 to produce a video for each person’s project.

15% – Progress presentations. In class presentations on your research, planning, making and/or writing process. Using images, drawings, visualizations, videos, writing and well-considered explanations.

15% – Project blog that includes a description, artist statement, creative influences, technical information, plans, project documentation, and other thoughtful posts along the way that reflect upon your creative process.

15% – Verbal, critical and informed participation in class. Be helpful to your peers, while also practicing your skills speaking about art and ideas.

Attendance policy: 

Timely and regular attendance is an expectation of all courses in the Department of Art. We understand that each student may upon occasion need to be away from class due to illness or other important matters. The following policy recognizes these life issues while establishing a set of academic standards that must be adhered to. Absences are not excused, Attendance is mandatory in all scheduled classes and labs as all absences in a studio environment impede student progress. Student participation grade will be reduced upon the third, fourth and fifth absence. Upon the sixth absence, students will be required to withdraw from the course. If one of the above absence maximums is reached after the withdrawal period, the student will receive a failing (E) grade in the course.

If you arrive late or leave early or you risk being marked absent. You are expected to come to class on time, ready to work and with all necessary supplies and materials. You are responsible to find out what you missed and to complete any missed work.

Policy on student conduct

Students are expected to abide by the Ohio State University’s Code of Student Conduct. A few examples of violations you should avoid:

* Turning in work as your own that was created in some part by someone else.
* Turning in work that violates copyright law.
* Turning in work for this class that has already been turned in for another class.

Disability policy

Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated and sould inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. The Office for Disability Services is located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue; telephone 292-3307, TDD 292-0901;

* See Student artwork *