CONCEPT II – TIME & SPACE
Fall 2014 M/W 1:30-4:20pm Room: CFA310

Faculty: Jon Rubin, jonrubin@mindspring.com
Graduate Assistant:  : Rafael Canedo, rafcanedo@gmail.com
Class Blog: concepttwo.wordpress.org
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class is continuation of Concept Studio I with a focus on space and time through projects of increasing complexity. Such topics as biological time, historical time, psychological time, celestial time, clock time, and public space, private space, mathematical space, and virtual space are addressed through projects.

This course will be run as a combination studio and seminar. We will be reading and discussing numerous articles, films, videos, etc. and working on projects both in and out of class. There will be a good deal of independent work in this course, and it is crucial that each of you be self- motivated, and capable of problem solving (and problem generation). It is important to remember that this is not a medium-specific class. Rather, it is a project-based studio class that encourages you to thoughtfully engage your ideas through any means necessary. Rafael or myself will be available at any time to discuss works in progress with you, so don’t hesitate to ask!

The prompts (a more appropriate term than assignments) for projects in the class will be extremely open-ended. There will be many opportunities for you to make YOUR work, not simply fulfill a series of pre-defined assignments. Over the years I have found that students deeply desire this freedom, but are also challenged by the vastness of possibilities this puts before them. To this end, I will provide guidance when needed, but the direction and resolution of your work is ultimately your responsibility.

 
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
On satisfactory completion of Concept Studio II through studio practice and critique, the student will be able to:
-Identify and apply methods and strategies to aid the development and execution of work;
-Communicate information, ideas and proposals in visual, written and oral forms effectively;
-Integrate form and content in work via questioning, experimentation, problem solving and invention.
 
REQUIREMENTS:
Basic Expectations: Each student is expected to attend all class meetings and participate in classroom discussions and activities; complete all assigned readings and exercises, and devote enough time outside of class to complete (on-time) all assigned projects.
 
Attendance Policy: Attendance is a must! Come to class on time and ready to actively participate. We will cover a lot of material in this semester. More than 3 unexcused absences constitute a full letter grade reduction. Three late arrivals counts as one absence.
 
SOA Lecture Series: Attending School of Art Lectures is a must! The School of Art Lecture Series is an amazing opportunity to hear contemporary artists speak about their work, process, and careers.
Schedule available here: http://www.cmu.edu/art/lectures/index.html
 
Readings: Throughout the course pertinent readings will be assigned as homework. It is your responsibility to complete these readings in a timely manner. While not all of the readings will be discussed formally in class, they are meant to add deeper understanding and historical context to assigned work and to aid in your project development.
 
Class Participation: There will be a number of class discussions and meetings as part of each project’s development and you are required to be present and active during these sessions. They are part of your project and will be considered as such when grading. Your participation in class critiques is also of the utmost importance. Peer evaluation is often times more valuable than what the teacher has to say. Please respect your peers and give them the attention you wish to receive when presenting your work.
 
Final Portfolio: You are required to submit proper documentation of all works created in this course on CD/DVD for midterm and final grading.
 
GRADING:
 
A – Overall excellent performance. Work demonstrates extraordinary dedication, innovation & execution. Regular class attendance and high-level of participation. Evidences a commitment to learning and art making beyond course requirements.
B – Very good work and execution, but may need some improvement. Regular class attendance and participation. Presents timely completion of assignments and projects. Work at above average expectation for course requirements.
C – Generally meets course requirements. Completes assignments with reasonable execution. Adequate execution, requires improvement. Acceptable work, but doesn’t evidence inquiry beyond conventional boundaries.
D – Unacceptable work and overall poor class performance. Improvement required at all levels.
F – Failure
 

 

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