AR415 Internship in Art or Design

for FA 2009

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AR 415: Internship in Art or Design


FA 2009 HOB


Donna Bachmann


Professor of Art, Program Coordiator of Fine Art


B.F.A., Knasas City Art Institute; M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City;
M.F.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

Office Location

Alumni Hall, Room 31

Office Hours

MWF 9:00-10:00, MW 3:45-5:30 and by appointment

Daytime Phone

Office phone & voice mail: 816-584-6457

Other Phone

Home phone& voice mail:913-384-4419


Semester Dates

August 17 - December 11,  2009

Class Days


Class Time



Senior standing and permission of the department

Credit Hours

variable credit: 3 to 6 hours

There is no textbook for this course.   

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Course Description:
AR415: Internship in Art or Design.  Off campus placement in a professional environment such as a graphic design studio, art gallery or art organization to gain insight into a particular art or design career and work experience in the field.  Many different internships are possible.  Variable credit from 3 to 6 hours (i.e., minimum of 6 to 12 hours per week).  Departmental approval required.  Intended for seniors.  Variable credit, 3-6 hours.

About Internships for Fine Art majors (HOB sections).  Fine Art internships  are to be arranged in advance of the semester in consultation with the Program Coordinator of Fine Art, Prof. Donna Bachmann.   Successful internships benefit both the student and the cooperating organization, gallery or studio by providing the student with real art world professional experience and the employer by providing an enthusiastic rookie requiring little or no pay.   A supervisor within the host organization, who is prepared to mentor the Park intern and to evaluate his or her performance is required.  Conversations and meetings between the student, Prof. Bachmann and the employer will occur prior to the beginning of the semester to establish appropriate goals, duties and schedule.  Prof. Bachmann will monitor the internship throughout the semester and will make at least one on site visit.
Park interns realize that they are representing their university and commit to
doing so in the best possible way.


Educational Philosophy:
I believe that it is through intensive studio practice that students learn to see and to develop the range of skills that characterize professional art practice. The ideal environment for studio practice is an energetic, competitive visual milieu that is intellectually as well as physically demanding. Art and design are labor intensive and cumulative. I engage each student in an ongoing discussion about their ideas and their work. Through each project, and through successive semesters, I try to provide the stimulus and support that will help build each individual student's skill, confidence and portfolio.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Participate in the practice of interior design under the supervision of a professional designer in an interior design firm, architecture firm or related business offering interior design services.
  2. Document observations and insights concerning the responsibilities of the practicing professional designer.
  3. Participate in or observe all phases of the employer's design practice.

Core Assessment:
  • Completion of core assessment project:  a journal documenting experience (outcomes 1-3)
  • Reporting on experiences, sharing them with other students (outcomes 1-3)
  • Satisfactory employer evaluation (outcomes 1 and 3)


Class Assessment:

At the conclusion of the semester Prof. Bachmann will consult the internship supervisor who will assess the intern's professional performance and positive contribution to the work place.  Prof. Bachmann will file the appropriate grade based on the supervisor's evaluation.



  • Interns who are rated excellent (in that their supervisors will either hire them or would hire them should circumstances permit) will receive an A.
  • Interns who are rated good  will receive a B.
  • Interns who rated adequate will receive a C.  
  • Interns who are rated poor will receive a D or F.
Please note that two recent internships at the Kansas City Artists Coalition and the Adam Smith Sculpture Studio have resulted in the interns being hired upon their graduations.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The student intern will abide by the terms originally set for the internship and will comport him or herself in the workplace in a professional manner.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The work schedule will be set up between the student intern and the workplace supervisor at the beginning of the semester.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: .


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