Conceptual /Information Arts:   Syllabus for Art 612 (Internship)

  FA 538   Tu/Th  2-5    Fall 08

Professor Stephen Wilson
Fine Arts Annex 539, 338-2291, email:
Office hours  tu/th 12-2 (best to confirm)     
Class web page:
More information about Conceptual Information Arts (CIA) Program (

Course Requirements:

Goals of the course:

Contemporary Artists regularly move out of conventional art world constraints 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 ideas and materials of their art. Although the Conceptual / Information Arts program includes attention to these unconventional contexts and processes as part of all its courses, the advanced internship course (612) will offer students an opportunity to focus on the independent definition and execution 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 exercises 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 execute a semester long internship for themselves. The internship should be specifically designed to allow the student to explore a setting potentially significant to development of their art work. The internship cannot just be a job. Students must identify a clear research agenda for selection of the setting 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 nothing about.

Students are urged to be creative in defining relevant settings. The settings can be preexisting organizations/institutions or a setting conceptually created. The settings can be art or non-art related. Below is a list of examples:

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.

Detailed Requirements

* - Self Evaluation:  Please prepare a standard cia self-evaluation of the 612 course experiences.  What was signficiant, what skills built, self-discoveries, etc.

*- 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 settings.  Most consultation in the course will take place during individual meetings with the professor and with mentors in the internship situation.  There will be several scheduled class meetings during the semester.  Since 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 scheduled.  Please leave Tuesday class hours open for possibly scheduled class sessions.  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 Thursday classes when 612 is meeting.  If needed, other general class meetings will be organized.
Tentative Schedule:
Tuesday, Aug. 26  Organization meeting
Tuesday, Sept.16  Initial questions due/ Resume Due
Thursday, Oct. 23  Mid Semester Review/ Brochure/web page  Due
Tuesday, Dec 9  Final Project due/   Research Interviews Due/ Log Summary due
** Note change from original Thursday, Dec 4 date

Probation, Diabilities, Health & Safety

Acadmic Probation
If you are on academic probation, make an appointment as soon as possible to work out what you need to do to meet the terms of your probation.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accomodation
The Disability Programs andResource Center provides university academic support services and specialized assistance to students with disabilities. Stiudents with disabilities who need reasonable accommodatons are encouraged to contact the instructor.  The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC)  is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodations process.  The DPRC is located in the Student Service Building and can be reached by telephone (voice/TTY 415-338-2472) or by email (

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.
CIA 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 (