University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Department of Fine Arts Spring 2013

University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Department of Fine Arts
Spring 2013
Course: 3D Design
Location: S11, 1:50-4:00 pm
Professor: Michael Beitz
Office: AC 511
E-mail: [email protected]
Three Dimensional Design introduces students to design theory and practice. Working with a variety of
materials, we will explore concepts of modularity, contour, structure, symmetry and asymmetry as they
relate to aesthetic issues and pre-existing forms. We will examine and explore spatial relationships
using mass, plane, and line. The main emphasis of this course is the development of critical thinking
and fabrication skills related to the elements and principles of design.
Attendance Policy:
Attendance is mandatory. Being in a class is being part of the culture of the class. Poor attendance is
guaranteed to affect your grade! No exceptions. The maximum allowed absences is 3. Beyond this
number, the effect on your grade is as follows:
1-3 Absences – OK
4-5 Absences – grade reduction
5 or more absences – Dismissal from course
 Three or more unauthorized absences will result in a grading penalty. After three absences grade
is dropped by one letter grade, each additional absence will cause an additional ½ letter grade
 Legitimate reasons for absence are illness, emergencies, funerals, which must be documented.
However, these too, will affect you grade and make-up work is required for all missed classes.
 It is the responsibility of students to keep themselves aware of all assignments, procedures and
due dates, to produce make-up work unprompted, and to catch up on missed lectures,
discussion, etc.
 If possible, students should inform the instructor of upcoming absences.
 Students are expected to be punctual and prepared (with all materials) for every class and to stay
for the class’s duration. Chronic Lateness, early leave-taking, or abuse of break time will also
result in a grading penalty (3 lateness/early leave-taking = 1 absence).
Academic/ Studio Course Requirements
 Critiques: Students are expected to be present at and to fully participate in all formal and
informal critiques and class discussions (many of which will be student led). Formal critiques are
indicated on the course schedule, or as the class schedule demands. Unexcused absence at a
critique will result in a full letter grade reduction on the assignment.
 Informal critiques of works in progress occur spontaneously on a regular basis.
 Familiarization of course content through required readings is mandatory.
Attendance at all group outings and visiting artist lectures is essential, as well, students are
encouraged to attend, on their own, similar events at area institutions.
Sketch Book: The maintenance of a notebook/sketchbook/journal is essential. Sketchbooks trace
the development of an artist. They are used to collect ideas, record observations and reflections,
develop research, and make quantities of preparatory studies, especially for ideas and
compositional approaches. Many times you will be writing down possible ideas in a verbal
format as well as sketching, and making thumbnails. Sketchbooks aid the student in the habit of
recording both visual and conceptual ideas for artistic growth. The sketchbook is to be used on an
ongoing basis and as an aid for discussing different project ideas with the instructor. The
sketchbook is submitted for evaluation both at midterm and at the end of the semester.
Basis for Grading: Assignments and class work are required to be completed and submitted on time.
Completed work can be reworked for re-grading, except at the very end of semester. Assignments
handed in late are graded down by ½ a letter grade or more. Unexcused absence at a critique will result
in a full letter grade reduction.
Assignment submitted on time - full credit
Student not at Crit/Assignment submitted late- full letter grade reduction
All Assignments must be completed for students to pass this course.
Grading/ Evaluation is based upon:
Concept/ Development:
Progress made during the semester, witnessed though the imaginative exploration of ideas and
materials, the process of working, the extent of research, the manipulation of media, the
understanding of concepts and terminology presented.
Resolution/ technique/ presentation:
The completion of works and execution of idea.
Commitment/ Effort/ Originality of Approach:
Willingness to explore and experiment beyond what is already established, to exceed basic
requirements and expectations.
 Conceptual- idea generation
 Development of basic fabrication skills including use of shop tools
 Assignments submitted in a timely manner
 Skillful craft and presentation
 Thoughtful experimentation with assignments
 Understanding of both formal structures and conceptual emphasis of each assignment
 Innovative, independent thinking
 Research and exploration of art, art movements, and artists
 Sketches and models of three dimensional forms
Only use those tools the instructor has demonstrated in the class. Keep in mind safe tool use at all
times. Please ask if you forget or are unsure of how to use a tool as this will keep you from putting
yourself and others in danger. Respect all tools in the shop; they are an extension of your hand and
creativity. Do not take any tools from the shop.
Your complete attention will be demanded during the instructors demonstrations of tool
use and methods in reference to the projects. You are to develop a strong safety conscious attitude
while working on any project as we proceed through the semester. Unsafe and reckless actions will
Not be tolerated.
 Students are asked to have all cell phones turned off during class times. iPods may be used
during work sessions.
 Students with a diagnosed disability that affects class participation and course work should
advise the instructor at the beginning of the course in order for accommodations to be made.