AR415 Internship in Art or Design

for UU 2013

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AR 415 Internship in Art or Design


UU 2013 HOZ


Boehr, Kay Miller


Associate Professor of Interior Design


Master of Architecture
Professional Memberships: IIDA, IDEC, registered architect

Office Location


Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

816-914-8980 (cell)


Semester Dates

June3- July 26, 2013

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours




None required

The following books on portfolio design are recommended and will be available in the Interior Design Studio:

  • Linton, Harold.  Portfolio Design, 3rd Edition.  New York.  W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.
  • Mitton, Maureen.  Interior Design Visual Presentation, 3rd edition.  Hoboken, New Jersey. John Wiley and Sons, 2007.
  • Mitton, Maureen. Portfolios for Interior Designers. Hoboken, New Jersey. John Wiley and Sons, 2010

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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., a minimum of 6 to 12 hours per week.) Departmental approval required. Intended for seniors. Variable credit: 3-6 hours.

Educational Philosophy:


Design is both creative and meticulous.  It is a process that involves generating ideas, then editing and refining those ideas before producing the final result.  The steps in the design process are universal and can be applied to any design problem, whether it is a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product.

As a teacher, I articulate what I have learned as a professional architect and designer, sharing my accumulated knowledge and skills with the students. This information is the basis for a variety of activities that reinforce core learning objectives.  Students observe, evaluate, collaborate and create as they approach each assignment as a design problem. Students communicate design concepts visually and orally using the appropriate visual communication tools for the phase of design: drawing, drafting (by hand or computer), board building and models.


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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Prepare a representative sampling of work produced during the internship.
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:

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to secure an acceptable position with a firm, designer or business prior to the beginning of this course.
  2. The firm and position must be reviewed with the instructor in advance and the instructor will notify the student of the acceptability of the proposed employment. This acceptability will be based on:

            The instructor’s recognizance of the professional firm and the nature of the firm’s work


A submittal on the part of the student of material documenting the character of the firm and the nature of the firm’s work

  1. The student will give his/her immediate supervisor an information packet including this syllabus, an introductory letter, employment documentation form and an evaluation form. The student’s immediate supervisor in the proposed firm must return the employment documentation form to the instructor acknowledging the employment of the student for at least the minimum required contact hours (depending on the number of hours credit) and describing the expected nature of the work involvement of the student.

4.      Upon completion of the required work, the employer will be expected to:

            Evaluate the work effort on the part of the student, using the evaluation forms attached.   

      Recommend “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory” for the student’s grade

  1. Work requirements for 8 week session: Three hours credit: 12 hours a week or a minimum of 96 hours.
  1. The student will be required to keep a journal of the internship experience. Daily entries shall include a time log with hours worked and the tasks you did each day that you worked. Each week the student shall include a reflective summary of that week's experiences. The journal will be turned in at the end of the semester along with a portfolio of work, described below.
  1. At the end of the session, the student will submit a portfolio including a representative sampling of work completed during the internship. Specific requirements for the portfolio will vary depending on the nature of the internship.
  1. Students will be required to participate in a weekly e-mail discussion. Since this is a “discussion,” dialogue among the instructor and other students participating in internships is encouraged. The discussion will begin the second week of the semester. At least one new topic will be initiated weekly, but topics will remain open for discussion throughout the semester. Topics that may be initiated include:

      a. Describing your personal goals for the experience and evaluating how the goals are being met.

      b. Discussing insights you have gained from your coworkers, employers, manufacturer’s reps and/or clients.

      c. Observations about business procedures, policies and work ethics at your place of employment.

      d. Reasons your employer is successful (or not.)

      e. How the internship affects your future employment plans.

f. How your education has prepared you for this internship. What you wish you would have learned.

g. What have you learned about the duties and responsibilities of interior designers?

h. What you have learned about products, suppliers, related services and other firms?


Employer Evaluations           50%

Weekly e-mail                        20%

Journal/portfolio                     30%


Grading points required:


A: 90 and above 

B: 80 to 89

C: 70 to 79

D: 60 to 69

F: Below 60


Late Submission of Course Materials:

5% will be deducted from the grade for any work or forms submitted after the deadline. Contact the professor to make arrangements to submit work more than one business day after the deadline.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attendance will be recorded each week after 5:00 pm on Friday. To be considered "present", the student must respond to the weekly e-mail topic by 5:00 PM on Friday. An "excused absence" may be given if there are extenuating circumstances, which must be explained in writing and e-mailed by 8:00 AM on the Monday following the “absence.” Two excused absences will be given. Each additional absence will be unexcused and will result in a 5% deduction from the final grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

It is the student's responsibility to make sure all assignments and documents are either hand delivered to the professor or mailed to the following address by the due date:
Kay Miller Boehr
PMB 23
Park University
8700 NW River Park Drive
Parkville, Missouri  64152

and Assignments:

Employment Record Form:

·         Form may be completed and  hand delivered by the student or mailed by the employer and must reach the instructor instructor by the end of the first week of the term.

Weekly E-mail

·         The student must make at least one comment responding to the weekly e-mail discussion topic by 5:00 pm Friday of each week in order to be counted present for the week.

Employer Evaluations

·        The Employer Evaluation Form must be received by 5:00 pm Thursday, July 25. The form may be hand delivered by the student or mailed to the professor.

Portfolio and Journal

·         The portfolio of work and the journal for the semester must be delivered to the professor no later than 5:00 pm Thursday, July 25. 

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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. from Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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: .

Letter to Employer

Employment Documentation Form

Employer Evaluation Form

Portfolio/Journal Assignment


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