Professional Practices – ARTS 492

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/05/2021

Course Description

Professional Practices is a senior-level course to aid the student in their upcoming transfers from classroom to the professional world. Topics and issues related to professional practices for professional artist and designers are covered in this course. There is a strong focus on the production of a professional presentation of the student’s creative work for purpose of employment and business opportunities. (Formerly COMS 492)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Most college graduates entering the field of art and graphic design work for employers such as advertising agencies, design groups, art galleries, or museums, at least at first. To be competitive with other job applicants and increase the likelihood of landing jobs, graduates will need well-honed job-seeking skills. For example, they will need to determine their areas of interest, talent, and expertise; to know where to look to find jobs in these arenas; and to market them well.

As part of this effort, they must have self-promotional materials ready, such as a resume, cover letter, and a presentation of their work. Another part of this effort is “doing well” during interviews. While there are many factors at play during interviews, applicants who are familiar with professional practices and issues in the creative industry will have an edge on the competition.

Graduates also need to be prepared for not only the discrepancy between secular and Christian values in the workplace but also for possible conflicts of conscience as specific jobs are assigned. Christians in the creative arts are greatly needed to help offset the predominantly humanistic and liberal perspective of much of today’s media.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the topics and issues involved regarding professional practices in art and/or graphic design as outlined in the course description.
  2. Create a resume and customize cover letters.
  3. Establish and maintain a professional portfolio in the current industry-standard formats, an up-to-date resume, and other pertinent materials as needed.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words.

A review of work the student has completed in preparation for the Portfolio Project Final Assignment. 

Career Profile and Personal Goals Assignment

Research the creative occupation you wish to pursue and compile the data you find into a creative and professionally designed 2-page career and personal goals document that includes both image and text to fully describe the chosen creative profession.

Completing sketches and reflection questions to begin creating an identity package to help the students brand themselves and their work in hopes to procure future employment.  

Refining sketches and digitizing logo and brand elements to create an identity package to help the students brand themselves and their work in hopes to procure future employment.  

The creation of a resume and cover letter for use in future job applications. 

Create a Behance, LinkedIn and Instagram profiles to promote their work. 

Design a cover for the Portfolio Project Final Assignment that connects the students branding/identity to their portfolio. 

Completing sketches for layout design to begin the creation of the Portfolio Project Final Assignment to help the students showcase their work in hopes to procure future employment.  

Completing a draft of the Portfolio Project Final Assignment to help the students showcase their work in hopes to procure future employment.  

The creation of the Portfolio Project Final Assignment to help the students showcase their work in hopes to procure future employment.  

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 15-minute time limit.