symbol and number: AR415
title: Internship in Art or Design
course being taught: Summer, 2005 (UU05)
faculty member: Kay Miller Boehr
of faculty member: Assistant Professor of Interior Design
office location: MA430D
office hours: by appointment
office telephone number: 816-584-6705
Park e-mail address:
faculty e-mail address: ____________
web page address: ____________
of the term: June 6 through July 31, 2005
Prerequisites: intended for seniors
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
Park University will be a
renowned international leader in providing
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.
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
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.
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.
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
document insights into the responsibilities of the practicing professional
as many phases of the design process as possible or deemed appropriate by
phases of the employer’s design practice by shadowing a designer during the
course of internship.
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.
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
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
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.
Work requirements for eight week
Three hours credit: 12 hours a
week or a minimum of 96 hours.
Four hours credit: 16 hours a
week or a minimum of 128 hours.
Five hours credit: 20 hours a
week or a minimum of 160 hours.
Six hours credit: 24 hours a week
or a minimum of 192 hours.
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:
Describing your personal goals for
the experience and evaluating how the goals are being met.
Discussing insights you have
gained from your coworkers, employers, manufacturer’s reps and/or clients.
Observations about business
procedures, policies and work ethics at your place of employment.
Reasons your employer is
successful (or not.)
How the internship affects your
future employment plans.
How your education has prepared
you for this internship. What you wish you would have learned.
What have you learned about the
duties and responsibilities of interior designers.
What you have learned about
products, suppliers, related services and other firms.
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.
CLASSROOM RULES OF
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
All e-mail pertaining to this class shall have “AR415
Internship” in the subject line.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE
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.
70% A = 90 -100
Participation in threaded B = 80 -89
C = 70 -79
100% D = 60 -69
F = below 60
The statements below are
directly from Park University Undergraduate Catalogue and are Park University
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 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:
By noon on Friday
employer packet will be available
on E-companion June
Hard copy will be in
student mailboxes on May 31.
Turn in employment
By noon on Friday
Turn in employer
Evaluation form must
be in instructor’s mailbox
by noon on Friday,