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BFA Statement + Exhibition
Course No. VAT 493 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amber Kempthorn | Lane Cooper
This course is meant to supplement the work done in the student’s major studio classes. It focuses on preparing the BFA candidate for their exhibition, BFA Thesis Paper, Short Artist’s Statement and BFA Thesis Examination. The BFA Review process is comprised of four components:
- BFA Thesis Paper and Short Artist’s Statement (Abstract)
- BFA Thesis Examination (Oral Defense/Review).
As part of the course, these requirements will be reviewed in technical terms as well as in the context of professional practices in general.
The BFA thesis paper is meant to prepare the student for their BFA thesis examination and to provide the foundation for professional practices beyond graduation. It is an opportunity for an in-depth consideration of work and studio practice. Within the paper and among other questions, students are expected to address: “What is the work? What is the reasonable expectation for how it will be received by a given audience? What is the work’s historical and contemporary context? What are the sources for the work? What choices were made in realizing the work and how do they contribute to the reception of the work?” This course is open to all seniors regardless of major but is required by all Visual Arts seniors. Offered spring.
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