Capstone Background

The Capstone course (CAPSTONE 4900), recommended for the final year of study at SAIC, can be a studio course or seminar. With an emphasis on faculty mentorship, the course focuses on assessing the strengths and weaknesses of previous work, developmenting a focused project or body of work, preparing to present one's work publically, and sustaining a creative practice after school.

The Capstone is the third and final course in the three-course sequence of Academic Spine courses (SOPHSEM 2900, PROFPRAC 3900, and CAPSTONE 4900).


Capstone Course Description

Many Capstone courses are intended to be interdisciplinary in that students with various material interests could take any of the sections and be engaged by the class conversation and critique. However, at SAIC, instructors teach to their strengths and interests, thus readings and assignments may reflect a faculty member's discipline or departmental affiliation. Many faculty title their Capstone courses descriptively and creatively and provide a detailed course desciption to signal the particular course focus to potential students. 

Students who wish to locate a faculty mentor within their particular area of study are advised to examine faculty bios and course descriptions in order to select a Capstone course that meets their identified goals and aspirations. 


Capstone: Course Learning Goals

At the conclusion of the Captsone course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop and document a body of focused, self-initiated work that demonstrates conceptual understanding and technical ability. 
  2. Engage in practices of critique that position one's own and others’ work in a diverse range of practices and their histories.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively with regard to the creative and/or scholarly practice 
  4. Prepare a plan to display work in a culminating exhibition OR other culminating end-of-year event, OR show work in an on-campus or off-campus venue. 

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