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Professional Practice Background

The Professional Practice Experience (PROFPRAC 3900 or DEPARTMENT 3900) provides third-year students with a wide variety of professional practice activities so that they will be prepared for life after SAIC in a wide variety of professional contexts. The course emphasizes a hands-on, real-world curriculum. Students will engage in a semester-long, faculty-defined creative project (such as applying for an on-campus exhibition, submitting a proposal for an off-campus exhibition, hosting a community event, etc.), as well as an online project (such as an online portfolio, an artist website, or a class website organized around a particular event or theme). Additional course activities may include preparing a CV, networking with alumni and other key figures in their fields of interest, or giving an artist talk or scholarly presentation.

The Professional Practice Experience is usually a three-credit course, and as determined by each department, the course will function as either a seminar or a studio. Some Professional Practice courses integrate studio projects while others focus exclusively on the stated Professional Practice learning goals. Courses listed as PROFPRAC 3900 are intended to be interdisciplinary and open to all third-year students who have completed Sophomore Seminar or Research Studio for Transfer Students. Discipline-specific courses with departmental pre-requisites are listed with the departmental heading, DEPARTMENT 3900.

The Professional Practice Experience is the second course in the three-course sequence of Academic Spine courses (Sophomore Seminar, Professional Practice, and Capstone), which is required for all freshmen who began their undergraduate degrees at SAIC in Fall 2015 and after (transfer students must take Research Studio for Transfer Students, Professional Practice, and Capstone).

Professional Practice Experience Course Description

In the Professional Practice Experience (PROFPRAC 3900 or DEPARTMENT 3900) you will engage in a wide variety of professional practice activities to help prepare you for life after SAIC. Course activities may include applying for an on-campus exhibition, submitting a proposal for an off-campus exhibition, hosting a community event, creating a website, preparing a CV, networking events with alumni, or writing a project statement. The course emphasizes hands-on, real-world professional activities and opportunities for emerging artists, designers, and scholars. You should plan to take Professional Practice Experience during your third year at SAIC.

Professional Practice Experience: Course Learning Goals

At the conclusion of the Professional Practice Experience course, students will be able to:

  1. Implement a well-planned creative project, applying professional skills relevant to their artistic, creative, and/or scholarly practice. (Linked to BFA LGs 1, 2, 3, 4. Examples of evidence: Project proposal, including a budget; CV; grant application; exhibition proposal)
  2. Present a professional body of work in an online context, demonstrating a critical awareness of audience and selection of work. (Linked to BFA LGs 1, 3, 4. Examples of evidence: Website, online portfolio, blog, etc.)
  3. Create connections and linkages with relevant practitioners, organizations, and institutions in students’ field(s) of interest, with an attention to identifying key figures as well as situating their own work within these fields. (Linked to BFA LG 3, 4. Examples of evidence: alumni/artist interview; short summary of experience attending networking events such as a gallery opening, a panel/symposium, visiting an alum at a job site, etc.)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively with regard to the creative and/or scholarly practice. (Linked to BFA LG 4. Examples of evidence: Artist talk, blog, project statement, scholarly presentation, PechaKucha, etc.)

 


Cat/Sec#/Credits
(Class Number)
Department/Area of StudyCourse NameDays/Times/Start and End date/LocationInstructor
3900 040
3 credits
(1900)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Portfolio Development DES OBTuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Lakeview - 206
Oyler, Peter J.
3900 060
3 credits
(1896)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Product Design
Runway Meets Runway: Fashion Accessories and Designing Objects You WearThursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Sullivan Center 727
TerMeer, James
Walton, William
3900 001
3 credits
(1164)
Art History
Junior Proseminar: Topics in Art History MethodsMonday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Spertus-722
MacNamidhe, Margaret
3900 070
3 credits
(1893)
Arts Administration
Public Space
What's My Job?Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Lakeview - 1506
Lowe, Nicholas
3900 212
3 credits
(2437)
Arts Administration
Collaboration * Interaction and Participation
Messy, Complex, LayeredThursday
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Lakeview - 203
Devening, Dan
3900 090
3 credits
(1906)
Art and Technology
DIY * Interaction and Participation * Social Media and the Web
Web ArtThursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
MacLean 401
Bach, Adam
3900 010
3 credits
(1903)
Career & Professnl Experience
Internship as Professional ExperienceTuesday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Lakeview - 1428
Chen, C. C. Ann
3900 012
3 credits
(1905)
Career & Professnl Experience
Internship as Professional ExperienceThursday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
MacLean 401
Briggs, Troy Daniel
3900 013
3 credits
(2588)
Career & Professnl Experience
Internship as Professional ExperienceWednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Lakeview - 1428
Lode, Lora
3900 020
3 credits
(1897)
Photography
Class, Race, Ethnicity * Digital Imaging
Junior Seminar: Professional PracticeWednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Columbus 215
Tichy, Jan
3900 050
3 credits
(1902)
Painting and Drawing
Prof Prac: I Made a Thing...Monday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Columbus 321
Jaffe, Sam
3900 301
3 credits
(2440)
Painting and Drawing
Show It Yourself: Chicago's Artist-Run SpacesTuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Columbus 120
Gunn, Daniel Robert
3900 030
3 credits
(1898)
Sculpture
Community & Social Engagement
Plans, Proposals, ProvocationFriday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Columbus 032
Kaempf, Kevin
3900 001
3 credits
(2438)
Undergraduate Division
Class, Race, Ethnicity * Exhibition and Curatorial Stud * Sustainable Design
Take Root Among The Stars: The Legacy of Octavia Butler, Surviving the 21st Century and BeyondWednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Columbus 120
Akpem, D. Denenge Duyst-
3900 100
3 credits
(2383)
Undergraduate Division
Every Day I'm Hustling: Working as a Professional ArtistFriday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Lakeview - 205
Casado Hernandez, Veronica
3900 080
3 credits
(1899)
Visual Critical Studies
VCS Junior Seminar: Professional PracticeWednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Sharp 409
Patton, Kamau A.
3900 001
3 credits
(2168)
Visual Communications
Professional PracticeThursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Sharp 1116
Petrick, Robert E.
3900 002
3 credits
(2169)
Visual Communications
Professional PracticeThursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 29, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Sharp 1116
Petrick, Robert E.
Cat/Sec#/Credits
(Class Number)
Department/Area of StudyCourse NameDays/Times/Start and End date/LocationInstructor
3900 001
3 credits
(1076)
Painting and Drawing
Multi-Level Painting StudioMonday through Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 2, 2019 to Jan 23, 2019
Columbus 321
Gunn, Daniel Robert
Cat/Sec#/Credits
(Class Number)
Department/Area of StudyCourse NameDays/Times/Start and End date/LocationInstructor
3900 001
6 credits
(1052)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Architecture: Ugrd Studio 4Tuesday/Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sullivan Center 1406B
Gula, Mejay
3900 001
6 credits
(1574)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Interior Arch: Ugrd Studio 4Tuesday/Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sullivan Center 1406A
Rowen, Marthe
3900 100
3 credits
(1757)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Portfolio Development DES OBThursday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
MacLean 919
Aye, George
3900 101
3 credits
(1758)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Portfolio Development Seminar for Arch/InarcFriday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Spertus-313
Altshuler, Joseph
3900 160
3 credits
(2538)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Product Design
Runway Meets Runway: Fashion Accessories and Designing Objects You WearTuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sullivan Center 727
TerMeer, James
Walton, William
3900 001
3 credits
(2062)
Art Education
Art/Design & Politics * Community & Social Engagement * Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction: Resources and MethodsMonday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sharp 403
Marroquin, Nicole
3900 001
3 credits
(2268)
Arts Administration
Books and Publishing * Collaboration
Studio LifeTuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
MacLean 816
Gnatowski, kg
3900 003
3 credits
(2529)
Arts Administration
What's My Job?Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Columbus 120
Martins, Jordan
3900 040
3 credits
(1753)
Arts Administration
Comics & Graphic Novels
The Artist Formerly Known as Starving: Freelancing Comics and IllustrationWednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Spertus-423A
Hetland, Beth Kathleen
3900 140
3 credits
(1752)
Arts Administration
Public Space
What's My Job?Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Spertus-423A
Gingerich, Rosalynn
3900 150
3 credits
(1751)
Arts Administration
What's My Job?Wednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Columbus 120
Martins, Jordan
3900 151
3 credits
(1754)
Arts Administration
What's My Job?:ScholarsTuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
MacLean 111
Ryan, Michael
3900 155
3 credits
(2269)
Art Therapy
Collaboration * Public Space
Exploring Social PracticeWednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sharp 402
Bulosan, James Earl
3900 080
3 credits
(2432)
Ceramics
Ceramics SeminarTuesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Lakeview - 202
Hermann, Marie Herwald
3900 001
3 credits
(1766)
Cooperative Education
Internship as Professional ExperienceWednesday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Lakeview - 1428
To Be Announced
3900 002
3 credits
(1767)
Cooperative Education
Internship as Professional ExperienceTuesday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Lakeview - 205
To Be Announced
3900 003
3 credits
(1768)
Cooperative Education
Internship as Professional ExperienceMonday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Lakeview - 1428
To Be Announced
3900 004
3 credits
(1769)
Cooperative Education
Internship as Professional ExperienceThursday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Lakeview - 203
To Be Announced
3900 001
6 credits
(2471)
Fashion
Fashion Construction and Design IVTuesday/Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sullivan Center 704
Klingel, Jutta
Glaum-Lathbury, Abigail Maria
3900 002
6 credits
(2472)
Fashion
Fashion Construction and Design IVTuesday/Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sullivan Center 705
Klingel, Jutta
Glaum-Lathbury, Abigail Maria
3900 002
3 credits
(2422)
Fashion
Costume Design * Illustration
Illustration: Objects of Fashion and LifestyleTuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sullivan Center 734
Yoshida, Donald
3900 003
6 credits
(2473)
Fashion
Fashion Construction and Design IVThursday * Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM * 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sullivan Center 705 * Sullivan Center 704
Klingel, Jutta
Glaum-Lathbury, Abigail Maria
Klingel, Jutta
Glaum-Lathbury, Abigail Maria
3900 303
3 credits
(2323)
Fiber
They Work Hard for the Money (How I Stopped WorryiFriday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sharp 1011
Casado Hernandez, Veronica
3900 110
3 credits
(1762)
Film,Video,New Media
Exhibition and Curatorial Stud * Museum Studies
Preserving and Presenting Moving-Image MediaMonday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
MacLean 518
Faber, Carolyn
3900 130
3 credits
(1765)
Film,Video,New Media
Animation * Books and Publishing * Collaboration * Comics & Graphic Novels * Community and Locality * DIY * Interaction and Participation * Politics and Activisms
Legacies of Punk and DIY Methods in ProductionFriday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
MacLean 1304
Comerford, Thomas
3900 050
3 credits
(1750)
Photography
Class, Race, Ethnicity * Digital Imaging
Junior Seminar: Professional PracticeTuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Columbus 216
Petros, Dawit L.
3900 120
3 credits
(1763)
Printmedia
Books and Publishing * Collaboration * Comics & Graphic Novels * Community and Locality * DIY * Social Media and the Web
Printmedia PlatformsWednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Columbus 203
Butcher, Nick Lee
3900 070
3 credits
(1761)
Painting and Drawing
Multi-Level Painting StudioMonday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Columbus 321
Cabal, Paola
3900 016
3 credits
(2537)
Sculpture
Sites, Publics and InstitutionsWednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Columbus 032
Floyd, Danny James
3900 020
3 credits
(2442)
Undergraduate Division
Every Day I'm Hustling: Working as a Professional ArtistTuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
MacLean B1-04
Han, Aram
3900 010
3 credits
(1978)
Visual Communications
Professional PracticeWednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sharp 1115
Rice, Mitch
3900 011
3 credits
(1979)
Visual Communications
Professional PracticeThursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sharp 1214
Bockos, Georgia
3900 012
3 credits
(2029)
Visual Communications
Professional PracticeThursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Sharp 1214
McManus, Daniel P
3900 007
3 credits
(2031)
Writing
Books and Publishing
Writing Junior SeminarWednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Lakeview - 803
Antonini, Sherry

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