Moderating in the Program
At the end of their fourth semester and after having completed at least 40 credits, students who wish to moderate in studio arts are asked to present a body of work to a group of three faculty members—determined by the department and including the student's adviser—for approximately 30 minutes. The objective of this meeting is to assess the student's work to date, to clarify strengths and weaknesses, and to discuss curricular and academic goals for the rest of the student's Bard career.
Before the board takes place, three papers are written for each board member.
- An evaluation of work to date
- Plans for future study at Bard
- Critical analysis of one work of art of own selection
Finally, the student must participate in a group exhibition of the artwork of prospective majors.
Moderated, qualified studio arts majors are eligible for the final workshop component of the Studio Arts Program, which consists of Level III studio classes in a variety of painting, drawing, sculpture, cybergraphics, and printmaking options. The content of each studio class and the degree of structure are up to the individual instructor. Admission is by portfolio. In order to receive maximum exposure to the studio arts faculty, studio arts majors are encouraged to take classes with a different professor each semester.
The intention of the studios is to reinforce the skills and perceptions honed in the basic courses; to offer experience in specific areas, such as printmaking and installation; and to develop students' abilities to execute their own projects and thus prepare them for work on their Senior Projects.
Participation in Junior Activities is required of all art majors in their third year and consists of an exhibition of their work in mid October, Group Critiques sponsored by the faculty each semester and attendance at Visiting Artist lectures. The Senior Seminar provides a weekly forum for Senior Project critiques and discussions of student work in which the preparation of exhibitions is strongly stressed.