Organizer. Curriculum Innovations. December 17, 2011 - December 17, 2011

Curriculum Innovations

Curriculum Innovations ; Revision of ARTSVIS 200S: Senior Capstone in the Visual Arts As the lone regular rank Visual Arts faculty teaching the during the spring 2011 semester, I oversaw 19 senior projects, four of these projects being Graduation with Distinction students and the remaining 15 being graduating seniors. The breadth of students projects done in this class was enormous, ranging from painting, artist books to animations and creating gaming applications for the iPad. In addition to the curricular changes that I made to the course, I stressed the professional skills that the students would need in an artistic working environment (digital graphic design presentation skills, writing skills, web-design skills and how to professionally document and display their work) through the development of documentation supporting their projects. In order to accommodate the individual needs of the different students outside of my area(s) of expertise, faculty from different visual arts and visual studies areas (Raquel Salvatella and Victoria Szabo) met with students during three class sessions to advise students on their projects. With this course designated as the culminating "art experience" at Duke it offered students the opportunity to created a related body of work throughout the semester, along with supporting materials documenting that project. In addition to their projects done in an area with prior artistic and course experience, students created supporting materials, documenting the project and its progress including a commercially printed catalogue documenting their project that conveyed influences, historical and social references and other influential materials developed in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign and individual WordPress websites displaying different facets of their process, research and project that were linked to our course web site. Students made monthly presentations on the progress of their projects, along with meeting with me weekly on an individual basis. Their semester's work culminated with an exhibition during graduation of their completed Capstone project. Two openings were held for the students, one for their peers and Duke community, with over 450 people attending and a second organized during graduation weekend for students, their families and members of our department. The success of this course has inspired us to teach both the Visual Art and Visual and Media Studies Capstone courses during the same time slot, with aspects of both courses taught together so that students have further interaction with the scope of their different projects. The rubric established from the 2011 Capstone class will continue to be used again due to its high level of success.

Service Performed By

  • Shatzman, Merrill  Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Art, Art History and Visual Studies


  • Organizer


  • December 17, 2011

Service or Event Name

  • Curriculum Innovations