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, developing an online project, 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). 


Professional Practice Experience Course Description

Many Professional Practice Experience 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 their strengths and interests, thus readings and writing assignments may reflect a faculty member's discipline or departmental affiliation. Many faculty title their Professional Practice Experience courses descriptively and creatively and provide a detailed course description to signal the particular course focus to potential students. 

Students wishing 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 Professional Practice Experience course that meets their identified goals and aspirations. 


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.
  2. Present a professional body of work in an online context, demonstrating a critical awareness of audience and selection of work.
  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.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively especially in regards to the developing body of creative work and/or scholarly practice. 

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