AR415 Internship in Art or Design

for UU 2005

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Course symbol and number:              AR415

Course title:                                         Internship in Art or Design 

Course Descriptor:                             HOA

Term of course being taught:             Summer,  2005 (UU05)

Name of faculty member:                   Kay Miller Boehr

Title of faculty member:                      Assistant Professor of Interior Design

Faculty office location:                        MA430D

Faculty office hours:                           by appointment

Faculty office telephone number:       816-584-6705 

Faculty Park e-mail address:    

Other faculty e-mail address:             ____________

Faculty web page address:                ____________

Dates of the term:                               June 6  through July 31, 2005

Class Session Days:                          TBD

Class session time:                            TBD                                        

Prerequisites:                                      intended for seniors

Credit hours:                                       variable: three to six





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.



Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing

innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.





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 three to six hours, (i.e., a minimum of six to twelve hours per week).  Permission of the Department Chair and a 3.0 average in the major required.  Intended for seniors.






·         Design:  Design is a process that involves generating ideas, editing and refining those ideas and producing the final result.  It is both individual and collaborative.  It is both creative and meticulous.  It involves critical thinking and effective communication through writing, drawing, describing, modeling and drafting. I believe in the universality and importance of the Design Process. Learning the process of design will enable one to apply that process to any problem, whether it be a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product. Every project and assignment shall be approached as a design problem.

·         Teaching:  As a teacher I collect a body of knowledge and share it with other people. This shared information becomes a springboard to a variety of activities that reinforce the course concepts.  Students observe, read, write, discuss, evaluate, collaborate and create. Cross disciplinary projects are encouraged and forays into the design community help make the boundary between the professional world and the academic world fluid.




·         Observe and participate in the practice of interior design under the supervision of a professional designer by working at an interior design or architecture firm, for an independent designer or for a related business offering interior design services.

·         Observe and document insights into the responsibilities of the practicing professional designer.

·         Participate in as many phases of the design process as possible or deemed appropriate by employer. 

·         Observe all phases of the employer’s design practice by shadowing a designer during the course of internship.



None required


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:


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


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


3.      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:


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

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


5.      Work requirements for eight week summer session:

a.      Three hours credit:  12 hours a week or a minimum of 96 hours.

b.      Four hours credit:    16 hours a week or a minimum of 128 hours.

c.      Five  hours credit: 20 hours a week or a minimum of 160 hours.

d.      Six hours credit: 24 hours a week or a minimum of 192 hours.


6.      E-Companion will be used for this course.  Students will be required to participate in a threaded discussion that will take the place of a written journal. Since this is a “discussion,” there will be a dialogue among the instructor and other students participating in summer internships. At least one new topic will be initiated weekly, but topics will remain open for discussion throughout the eight week summer session. 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.


7.      Attendance will be recorded each week after noon on Friday afternoon.  To be considered “present” you must participate in the threaded discussion, and respond to the topic that will be initiated each week by the instructor.




During the summer, the instructor will not have regular office hours.  However, e-mail  and voice mail will be checked once a day. Responses may take up to 48 hours.  Urgent questions will be answered as soon as possible.

All e-mail pertaining to this class shall have “AR415 Internship” in the subject line.




For the summer internship, employment forms and employer evaluations  must be turned in to the instructor’s mailbox by noon on the Friday afternoon that the material is due.  Failure to turn in the required material could constitute failure in the course.





            Employer evaluation:                         70%                 A = 90 -100                

Participation in threaded                                             B = 80 -89

discussion                                           30%                 C = 70 -79

100%               D = 60 -69

                                                                                                F = below 60




The statements below are directly from Park University Undergraduate Catalogue and are Park University Policy:




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.  Learners who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.




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.  Learners who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.




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.



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 learners 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:







Date Due




 By noon on Friday


June 6-10

Syllabus and employer packet will be available

on E-companion June 6.




Hard copy will be in student mailboxes on May 31.




Turn in employment confirmation form.

Participate in threaded discussion


 Two -

June20 through

Participate in  threaded discussions. 

By noon on Friday


July 29.




July 25-29

Turn in employer evaluation. 

Evaluation form must be in instructor’s mailbox

by noon on Friday, July 29.

By noon on Friday