Menu

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 001
3 credits
(1348)
Arts Administration
Public Space
Professional Practice: Statements, Grants, ProposalsTuesday/Wednesday * Thursday
5:00 PM - 7:45 PM * 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
May 30, 2017 to Jul 7, 2017
MacLean 608 * MacLean 608
Villalobos, Jose Gibran
Villalobos, Jose Gibran
Cat/Sec#/Credits
(Class Number)
Department/Area of StudyCourse NameDays/Times/Start and End date/LocationInstructor
3900 001
3 credits
(2397)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Professional Practice: Portfolio Development DES OBTuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Spertus-423B
Oyler, Peter J.
3900 001
3 credits
(2236)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Professional Practice: Runway Meets RunwayTuesday/Thursday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Sullivan Center 727
Walton, William
TerMeer, James
3900 002
3 credits
(2398)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Professional Practice: Portfolio Development Arch/InaFriday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
MacLean 920
Lentz, Nathan C.
3900 001
3 credits
(2369)
Art History
Art History: JnrProSem Top Art Hist MethodsWednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
MacLean 707
MacNamidhe, Margaret
3900 001
3 credits
(2065)
Arts Administration
Public Space
Professional Practice: Statements, Grants, ProposalsThursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
MacLean 608
Chen, C. C. Ann
3900 002
3 credits
(2066)
Arts Administration
Professional Practice: Work Experience:What's My Job?Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
MacLean 619
Chen, C. C. Ann
3900 001
3 credits
(2434)
Art and Technology
DIY * Interaction and Participation * Social Media and the Web
Professional Practice: Web ArtMonday/Wednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
MacLean 401
Bach, Adam
3900 001
3 credits
(2400)
Career & Professnl Experience
Professional Practice: Internship as Prof ExperienceTuesday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Lakeview - 1428
Lode, Lora
3900 002
3 credits
(2401)
Career & Professnl Experience
Professional Practice: Internship as Prof ExperienceMonday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Lakeview - 203
Compagnon, Odile
3900 003
3 credits
(2402)
Career & Professnl Experience
Professional Practice: Internship as Prof ExperienceThursday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Lakeview - 1428
Niffenegger, Rachel
3900 001
3 credits
(2239)
Photography
Professional Practice: Junior Seminar:Prof PracticeWednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Columbus 215
Cerniglia, Anna Maria
3900 001
3 credits
(2126)
Printmedia
Professional Practice: Adv Undergrad Printmaking SemWednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Columbus 203
Pascale, Mark
3900 001
3 credits
(2399)
Painting and Drawing
Professional Practice: Prof Prac: Multi-level PaintinMonday/Wednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Columbus 321
Jaffe, Sam
3900 001
3 credits
(2350)
Sculpture
Professional Practice: Plans, Proposals and ProvocatiTuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Columbus 127
Kaempf, Kevin
3900 001
3 credits
(2368)
Visual Critical Studies
Professional Practice: VCS Junior Seminar: Prof PractWednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
MacLean 501
Patton, Kamau A.
3900 001
3 credits
(2348)
Visual Communications
Visual Communication: Professional PracticeThursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Sharp 1115
Petrick, Robert E.
3900 002
3 credits
(2349)
Visual Communications
Visual Communication: Professional PracticeThursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 30, 2017 to Dec 18, 2017
Sharp 1115
Gokl, Renate
Cat/Sec#/Credits
(Class Number)
Department/Area of StudyCourse NameDays/Times/Start and End date/LocationInstructor
3900 001
3 credits
(1050)
Painting and Drawing
Professional Practice: Multi-Level Painting StudioMonday through Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 2, 2018 to Jan 23, 2018
Columbus 320
Gunn, Daniel Robert
3900 001
3 credits
(1054)
Undergraduate Division
Professional Practice: Social EcologiesMonday through Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 2, 2018 to Jan 23, 2018
MacLean B1-04
Kaempf, Kevin
Lode, Lora
Cat/Sec#/Credits
(Class Number)
Department/Area of StudyCourse NameDays/Times/Start and End date/LocationInstructor
3900 001
6 credits
(1032)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Architecture: Architecture: Ugrd Studio 4Tuesday/Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sullivan Center 1406B
Aguirre Serrano, Paola
3900 001
6 credits
(1081)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Interior Architecture: Interior Arch: Ugrd Studio 4Tuesday/Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sullivan Center 1406A
Rowen, Marthe
3900 100
3 credits
(2157)
Architecture/Interior Arch/Designed Objects
Professional Practice: Portfolio Development SeminarThursday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sullivan Center 1407
Aye, George
3900 001
3 credits
(1091)
Art Education
Art Education: Curr/Inst:Resources & MethodsMonday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sharp 404
Marroquin, Nicole
3900 040
3 credits
(1095)
Arts Administration
Comics and the Graphic Novel
Professional Practice: Freelancing Comics/IllustratnWednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Lakeview - 1427
Hetland, Beth Kathleen
3900 140
3 credits
(1094)
Arts Administration
Public Space
Professional Practice: Statements, Grants, ProposalsFriday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Spertus-423A
Villalobos, Jose Gibran
3900 150
3 credits
(1093)
Arts Administration
Professional Practice: Work Experience:What's My Job?Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
MacLean 112
Chen, C. C. Ann
3900 151
3 credits
(1096)
Arts Administration
Professional Practice: Work Experience:What's My Job?Tuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
MacLean 617
Ryan, Michael
3900 001
3 credits
(2479)
Career & Professnl Experience
Professional Practice: Internship as Prof ExperienceWednesday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Lakeview - 206
Chen, C. C. Ann
3900 002
3 credits
(2500)
Career & Professnl Experience
Professional Practice: Internship as Prof ExperienceTuesday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Lakeview - 1427
Keller, Rebecca
3900 004
3 credits
(2502)
Career & Professnl Experience
Professional Practice: Internship as Prof ExperienceThursday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Lakeview - 1427
Briggs, Troy Daniel
3900 020
3 credits
(1232)
Ceramics
Professional Practice: Ceramics SeminarTuesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Columbus 120
Fleischman, Nancy Marie
3900 001
6 credits
(1251)
Fashion
Fashion: Fash Construction/Design IVTuesday/Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sullivan Center 704
Glaum-Lathbury, Abigail Maria
Meyer, Aubrie J.
3900 002
6 credits
(1252)
Fashion
Fashion: Fash Construction/Design IVTuesday/Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sullivan Center 705
Glaum-Lathbury, Abigail Maria
Meyer, Aubrie J.
3900 030
3 credits
(1100)
Fiber
Professional Practice: Every Day I'm HustlingFriday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sharp 903
Han, Aram
3900 110
3 credits
(2338)
Film,Video,New Media
Professional Practice: Preserve/Present Moving-Im MedMonday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
MacLean 517
Martin, Jeffrey
3900 130
3 credits
(2369)
Film,Video,New Media
Animation * Books and Publishing * Collaboration * Comics and the Graphic Novel * Community and Locality * DIY * Interaction and Participation * Politics and Activisms
Professional Practice: Punk/DIY Methods in ProductionFriday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
MacLean 518
Comerford, Thomas
3900 050
3 credits
(1088)
Photography
Professional Practice: Junior Seminar:Prof PracticeMonday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Columbus 207
Meerdo, Christopher Joseph
3900 120
3 credits
(2347)
Printmedia
Books and Publishing * Collaboration * Comics and the Graphic Novel * Community and Locality * DIY * Social Media and the Web
Professional Practice: Printmedia PlatformsWednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Columbus 203
Preston-Myint, Aay Adae
3900 070
3 credits
(2250)
Painting and Drawing
Professional Practice: Multi-Level Painting StudioMonday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Columbus 321
Cabal, Paola
3900 060
3 credits
(2353)
Undergraduate Division
Professional Practice: Legal Issues for Artists & DesWednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sharp 409
Feibus, Susan
3900 010
3 credits
(1089)
Visual Communications
Visual Communication: Professional PracticeWednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sharp 1115
Rice, Mitch
3900 011
3 credits
(1090)
Visual Communications
Visual Communication: Professional PracticeMonday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sharp 1115
Bockos, Georgia
3900 012
3 credits
(2213)
Visual Communications
Visual Communication: Professional PracticeTuesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Sharp 1116
Gokl, Renate
3900 007
3 credits
(1097)
Writing
Writing: Writing Junior SeminarThursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018 to May 13, 2018
MacLean 501
Antonini, Sherry

Course Description

Course Name