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ART 497 Professional Practices Seminar (3 credits)

The class is a seminar with practical applications: It is part laboratory for hands-on projects and part discussion group. Projects include creation of a professional website; creation of a professional resume; creation of writing samples; application for a grant; public speaking. Class trips to galleries and museums will form the basis for discussions about contemporary art and for critical writing assignments. Topics under discussion include: The transition from student to professional; job searches; gallery contracts; grant applications; graduate school options; trends in contemporary art. Class attendance and participation are mandatory. By the end of the semester, students will have a website for their work; a resume, an artist statement, and writing samples. They will know how to apply for a grant, and they will be aware of the possibilities for employment and exhibition in the arts. The class is aimed at fine arts majors, but those outside the major will find it useful.