Professional Practice Experience

Professional Practice Background

The Professional Practice Experience (PROFPRAC 3900) is a three-credit course intended to function either as a seminar or a studio. The purpose of this course is to provide third-year students with a wide variety of professional practice activities so that they will be prepared for professional life after SAIC. Students will engage in activities such as creating a professional portfolio for use in an online context, preparing a CV, networking with alumni and other key figures in their fields of interest, and writing an artist statement and/or project proposal.

The Professional Practice Experience is the second course in the three-course sequence of Academic Spine courses (SOPHSEM 2900, PROFPRAC 3900, and CAPSTONE 4900), which is required for all freshmen who began their undergraduate degrees at SAIC in Fall 2015 and after (transfer students must take PROFPRAC 3900 and CAPSTONE 4900).

Academic Spine for Undergraduates
Includes important information about Professional Practice and Capstone courses.


Professional Practice Experience Course Description

In the Professional Practice Experience (PROFPRAC 3900) you will engage in a wide variety of professional practice activities to help prepare you for life after SAIC. Course activities may include creating a website, preparing a CV, networking events with alumni, and writing of 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. 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.)
  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. 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)
  4. Create connections and linkages with relevant practitioners, organizations, and institutions in students’ field(s) of interest, with an attention to identifying key players 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.)


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