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Friday, September 26, 2014

BFA Mid Point Review Guidelines

Printmaking Mid-Point Review Guidelines
(Fall 2014):

All printmaking majors must participate in Mid Point Review before completing 6 hours of 3000-level printmaking courses.  Midpoint reviews for Fall 2014 will be held by portfolio submission but with a written statement in place of the usual verbal portion of the review.  The Printmaking Faculty will evaluate each student’s progress with a short written summary.

Due Friday, October 17, 2014 by 5pm at professor DeCaen’s office. 

Required Items:

o   Mid Point Review Evaluation Form with top section completed by student.

o   An up-to-date Unofficial Transcript printed at the Registrar's office.
Highlight all Art and Art History classes.
We will not accept one printed from MyUNT.

o   Six Printmaking Projects:       
Portfolio must show basic knowledge of at least two (2) print media.
Limited Editions of Etchings, Lithographs, Relief Prints, and/or Screenprints.
Limited Editions of 3 or more identical prints.
Editions may be varied if marked so and have some element of non-replicable variation.
Mastery of printing and imaging techniques is critical for passing this part of review.
You may choose to substitute up to 2 limited editions with monotype/monoprint/altered print series of at least 3 prints in each series.  Each monoprint/monotype in a series should be more than color trial proofs or printing the same plate in 3 different colors.
You may choose to substitute up to 2 limited editions with a fully realized Artist’s Book demonstrating investment in content, technique, and form.
o   Presentation of Artworks:
All prints must be complete, dry, flat, clean, undamaged, signed and numbered/annotated as appropriate.
A portfolio case must completely enclose all the works.
At least two prints must be matted according to professional standards.
o   Matting Demonstrations 3-5pm, Wednesday October 15th,  2014 .
These demonstrations will demonstrate standards for matting materials, methods, and craftsmanship.
o   Supplementary Studio Work:
5 examples of your best artworks created in other studio art classes.  Please make  quality reproductions of the artworks for this category.  8” x 10” prints may be printed at the CVAD lab.

o   Written Participation in Review:  (in place of verbal reviews)
Students will write a statement for their artworks to demonstrate meaningful and cohesive content.  This statement should  address conceptual and contextual interests and inspirations.  The statement should end with a self-assessment describing the student’s perceived strengths, challenges, and plans for future development of their work.  (100-300 words)

The Printmaking Faculty will review your portfolio and score your evaluation form.  Please familiarize yourself with the form prior to submitting your portfolio.  A short written evaluation will be made.  This evaluation will not be available until the third week of November due to schedule conflicts.  A permission code for BFA Print Studio ASTU430 will not be available until the student has passed review.  Students participating in review will need to have a contingency plan in case they do not pass review. That plan should include more courses in printmaking or (if the third review) courses oriented on changing to a new major.  Please see an advisor to make this plan.

Markers of success will be sought in:
1.   Technical mastery of media and technique in each limited edition or substitute work of art.
2.   Meaningful and cohesive content and investment in conceptual depth.
3.   Formal design skills
4.   Presentation skills as demonstrated through the careful craft of the prints’ execution and careful execution of the matted artworks.

Students who “Pass” review will complete the Degree Plan and change status from Pre-Major to Major.  
Students who “Pass” review will will be able to register for the Capstone Print Studio ASTU 4300 course in their  last two regular semesters. 

Students who do not “pass” in the first review will be granted two more opportunities to create a “passing” portfolio in future Spring or Fall semester Mid Point Reviews.  Students who do not “pass” review three times will be asked to change their degree concentration to another area major plan.