Conceptual /Information Arts: Syllabus for Art 612
FA 538 Tu/Th 2-5 Fall 08
Fine Arts Annex 539, 338-2291,
Office hours tu/th 12-2 (best to
Class web page:
about Conceptual Information Arts (CIA) Program (http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~infoarts/)
- Initiate and successfully execute an internship (at least 9 hours
for 12 weeks)
- Complete assignments relevant to internship:
- 1. Entry questions
- 2. Reflective Log
- Summary Paper or Creative Project (for example, building on
or commenting on cultural context of host organization.)
- Completion of professional resume/artist profile
- Research Interviews on Industries/Art Settings related to
at least 2 informational interviews
- Print poster and web image mockup for Conceptual/Information Arts
- Attendance at a minimum of 3 community art lecture events such as
Berkeley New Media Lectures
Goals of the course:
Contemporary Artists regularly move out of conventional art world
both 1. in the settings they chose to manifest their art and 2. in the
information sources and research processes they use to assemble the
and materials of their art. Although the Conceptual / Information Arts
program includes attention to these unconventional contexts and
as part of all its courses, the advanced internship course (612) will
students an opportunity to focus on the independent definition and
of an intensive experience with an unconventional setting.
Usually Art 410,412, and at least one Art 511
Grade will be based on class participation and the quality of lab
and projects. Students will be expected to maintain a systematic
portfolio of documentation. A grade of A will require excellence
in all regular work.
Creating an Internship:
To get credit in this course students will be required to arrange and
a semester long internship for themselves. The internship should be
designed to allow the student to explore a setting potentially
to development of their art work. The internship cannot just be a job.
Students must identify a clear research agenda for selection of the
and create a viable documentation/reflection strategy to be used during
these experience. For example, it could be used to check out a
setting that the student thinks might be related to their professional
goals or it could be used to check out a setting that a student knows
Students are urged to be creative in defining relevant settings. The
settings can be preexisting organizations/institutions or a setting
created. The settings can be art or non-art related. Below is a list of
Students are expected to arrange the internships themselves although
support and leads will be offered by the professor. Craig's list
and MySpace (pick sf bay area as geographical limitation) provide many
listings. Students should also learn to be creative in developing
leads - for example, there may be links to real jobs listed but no
internships. In the past students have had some luck contacting
these companies and promoting the idea of an internship.
- - Work with artist or art organizations such as Leonardo, New
Southern Exposure, BAVAC, SFMOMA,Yerba Buena, Arts Commission
- - Work with non-art media such as Lucas Films, High Tech
or radio stations, Social Service, Environmental, or Political Agencies.
- Work with educational organizations - schools,
- - Work with science/technology environments - genetic
reality startup, astronomy research project
- - Work with a Web or Media start up.
- - Systematic observation/participation in some social niche - for
courts, police, beauty shops, pool halls, malls, car dealerships
- - Internship: Students will be expected to spend at least 9 hours
on the internship for at least 12 weeks.
- - Entry questions: A specific written plan for the internship is
It should list 1. the rationale for the choice of the setting, 2. the
questions/issues raised upon entering, and 3 an initial plan for
and creative work based on the experience.
- - Log: Students must log all time spent on the internship and
work. Also they should identify a liaison person in the setting. The
should include both description of concrete activities and reflections
on what went on during specific working sessions - for example, what
were encountered? How is the student's thinking about personal art and
career goals changing? What questions are raised that will be addressed
in future internship sessions? You will be asked to write a log
at the end. You might address questions such as: How was it
from what you expected as indicated in your initial questions?
did you learn about the organization and its activities? What did
you learn about your own interests, skills, future plans? etc Final
requirement is one or two page summary of insights from the log
on these or other relevant questions.
- - Research Interviews: Student must also conduct a research
investigates the industry or art setting represented by the internship.
This should include identification of information sources such as trade
journals, professional organizations, relevant reading and at least 2
interviews of people outside the internship setting. The goal on
this is to get you to get information to get some perspective on the
where you interned. You need to find people outside the immediate
you worked. How do the other places approach things that came up
in your internship? How were they similar? How
People are usually very happy to give short informational interviews -
in person, by phone, or even email. Final requirement is one
two page summary of what you learned from these interviews.
- - Creative Project: Student must complete a project based
and/or experiences learned - for example, your own personal work using
technology learned on the job, a conceptual web page for the
you worked with that they would never have approved, a digital video
issues raised by the internship, others (pending consulation with the
Much of the work on the internship is practical. Often you are asked to
do work that is constrained by the people you are working
This assignment asks you to build on the ideas, skills, etc that came
in the internship. It could be related to the focus of the organization
or it could go off in any direction you want. It doesn't have to
be major long workj - just something that shows some creative energy
by the internship. Final requirement is showing this work to
class for discussion.
- - Resume: Students must complete a professional resume or artist
suitable for use to get jobs or art opportunities.
- -Web page and poster image for CIA. We always want to
student work into CIA materials. We are asking you to
a professional level print poster image for a CIA and a web page
these a simulation of a project you would undertake for a paying
They should make use of conceptual and technical skills you have
in the program. Your goal in these projects is to create images
are visually intriguing and conceptually rich which portray some sense
of what the program is to an outsider such as a prospective
Here are the specifications for the 2 parts of the assignment:
- Web image: Prepare a professional level web image for
web site. It should not be larger than 420 x 424 pixels. .
"Conceptual/Information Arts must appear somewhere in the image as well
as the web address "http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~infoarts/".. Hand in
a digital file in jpg or gif format.
- Poster image: Prepare a print quality poster 8.5 x 11
(300dpi or better). It can be the same design as the web image or
some derivative of it.
Print out a high quality color version of this image and prepare it for
display (either mouting on board/foam core or lamination). Since
the web version will work fine at screen resolution (72dpi) we suggest
you prepare the high resolution version first. Then it is an easy
matter to prepare a lower resolution. The reverse process of
to prepare 300dpi version from 72dpi will not work.
- Since this is a professional level assignment, please have it
the day of the meeting. No last minute images printed out that
will be accepted.
* - Self Evaluation: Please
prepare a standard cia self-evaluation of the 612 course
experiences. What was signficiant, what skills built,
*- Community Events Reflections: Please write up reflections on
the three community events you attended. Remember we are not
looking for a book report - rather your reflection on what was
interesting for you in the event.
Tentative Class Schedule:
Most of the work of this course will take place in the Internship
Most consultation in the course will take place during individual
with the professor and with mentors in the internship situation.
There will be several scheduled class meetings during the
these are so critical and so few, absence will result in loss of credit
for the course. If special needs arise, other meetings will be
Please leave Tuesday class hours open for possibly scheduled class
If you take another course during this time confirm with the professor
of that class that it will ok for you to miss certain Tuesday or
when 612 is meeting.
If needed, other general class meetings will be organized.
|Tuesday, Aug. 26 Organization meeting
|Tuesday, Sept.16 Initial questions due/ Resume Due
|Thursday, Oct. 23 Mid Semester Review/ Brochure/web
|Tuesday, Dec 9 Final Project due/
Due/ Log Summary due
change from original Thursday, Dec 4 date
Probation, Diabilities, Health & Safety
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possible to work out what you need to do to meet the terms of your
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accommodatons are encouraged to contact the instructor. The
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Health and Saftey
Working with computers and electronic devices poses certain hazards to
muscles, sight, posture. Students need to be aware of these
dangers and the precautions that can be taken. Please consult the
CIA safety guidelines.
health and safety guide
- This page
created by Stephen
Wilson, Professor Conceptual / Infoarmation Arts, SFSU
- More information
about the Conceptual/ Information Arts program is available at