AR313 Indep Study in Art or Design

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AR313 – Independent Study in Art or Design 


Term:          Fall 2004


Thomas Smith

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design


Office:          Underground, 800

Office Hours: MWF 10;50AM – 12:15PM

Phone:         (816) 584-6758


Term:          August 23 – December 10

Room:          By agreement

Class Time:   By Appointment

Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair

Credits:        1 - 6 hrs.


Mission Statement

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.


Vision Statement

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


Course Description

Designed for students who have taken all courses in a particular area but wish to continue to continue in it, or who wish to explore in an area for which there is no appropriate course offered.  Admission to independent study is by permission of the Chair of the Department with evidence of the students ability to work independently at an approved proposal.  The student and teacher write a contract stating goals, amount of work and critique, etc. Variable credit: 1-6 hours. 


Educational Philosophy: The ability to think critically and communicate is essential to both art and design. All students are individuals and as a teacher I believe they should learn in a unique individual manner.  Knowledge creation is a subtle process with widely varying needs. The individual’s desire for knowledge is multifaceted.  As a teacher it is my responsibility to foster that desire. Therefore, I try to plant ideas in the most diverse forms, in the hope that they not conform, but become themselves.


Course Objectives and Methods


1. Overview - Describe your project for the semester.  This should include statement of the theme, rough sketches (brainstorming), and research with citations, palette, and the number of works you intend to create.   


2. Media - Describe all materials you intend to use.  Cite specific types (i.e., Arches BFK) as appropriate.


3. Timeline - This calendars the work as you progress through the semester.  For example, the first two works could be finished by the fifth week of the semester with a second two done for review on week seven.  Please use specific dates and plan to set a time to meet with the instructor.


4. Method of Evaluation - Simply, how will you know if your work is good or bad?  The criterion of evaluation could be historical and taken from a book or it could be self-generated criteria.  Please state this clearly.


Submit this document to the instructor for approval and signature.



Academic Honesty: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

Plagiarism:  Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”



Attendance Policy:  Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.

 The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.



Each student will be evaluated per his or her written proposal:


.          Project fulfillment

Timeline                             20%

Design                                20%

Creativity                            20%

Growth and Development     20%


.          Method of Evaluation                20%

          (As stated in their proposal)



DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: