Approved by Faculty Senate March 17, 2003

University Studies Flagged Course Proposal: Critical Analysis


Department: Art


Course number: 428  Advanced Sculpture


Semester hours: 3


Catalog Description:

Personal direction and expression are developed using any appropriate sculptural medium. Slides, critiques, and readings in contemporary criticism contribute to the production of a cohesive body of work.         


 Prerequisites:  Art 328


This course has been previously approved by A2C2.


Department Contact:          Anne Scott Plummer   x5393



This proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirements for a critical analysis flagged course.



Course objectives and expectations for students (to be included in course syllabus):


Art 428 satisfies a critical analysis flagged course.

To fulfill the critical analysis flag requirement of this course, students will:


a) recognize and evaluate appropriate evidence to advance a claim;

To advance a claim in terms of studio art is to create sculpture that manifests ideas

Summary:  Develop visual and conceptual ideas using studio processes, awareness of theory and concepts, individual research, and art history. 

1) participate in an ongoing study of contemporary theory and practices in sculpture through exposure to class readings, visiting artist lectures, and attendance at gallery and museum shows

            2) achieve proficient use of sculptural media and techniques through studio practice

            3) develop an understanding of their connection to art history through             individual research and class lectures

            4) actively participate in class discussion of ideas regarding subject matter,             content, expression, etc.

5) research ideas through perceptual study, sculptural process, investigation of new techniques, and library research


b) apply critical analytical skills in making decisions or in advancing a theoretical position;

            Summary: Utilize critical analytical skills in the act of creation

            6) produce a sustained body of work that develops and explores formal             (concerning elements and principles of art and design) and critical visual ideas

7) develop individual direction in work; explore visual themes, content, and expression through the sculptural process, including making decisions regarding subject matter, media selection, and stylistic approach; and    develop and complete perceptual, formal, or conceptual assignments.


c) evaluate alternative arguments, decision strategies, or theories within a systematic framework

            Summary:  Evaluation of work by individual, class, and instructor

            8) actively participate in individual and group critiques 

            9) verbally analyze one’s own work formally and conceptually, as well                    as works of others in oral or written formats

10) develop reasoning for the execution of ideas, to be discovered    through the sculptural process and analysis of work

            11) mid-term and final portfolio review: resolutions of visual problems will be             evaluated by peers and ultimately by the instructor


Methods of evaluation:

Students will be evaluated on the completion of each assignment, development and execution of their ideas, overall improvement, the excellence of their total body of work, their oral and written participation in critiques and discussions, and attendance. Final portfolios will be graded at the end of the semester.


Textbook and Instructional Materials:

This course will employ slides, films, books on art history and artists, art magazines, and other library resources as well as course packets, handouts, and demonstrations to instruct the student.


To the Committee:


The University Studies Programs states that Critical Analysis Flagged courses must: include requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to…


1.    recognize and evaluate appropriate evidence to advance a claim; 

Summary: Development of ideas through studio process, concept, theory, research, and art history

Students will be expected to develop both visual and conceptual ideas in their work, using the appropriate media at a proficient skill level.  Tools for this development are: class discussion of ideas regarding subject matter, content, expression, etc.; exposure to contemporary theory and practice through readings, visiting artist lectures, and attendance at gallery and museum shows; individual research of ideas through perceptual study, process of creation, investigating new techniques, and library work; and continuing familiarity with themes and works from ceramic art history through individual research, slide lectures, and written and/or oral reports.


2. apply critical analytical skills in making decisions or in advancing a theoretical position; and     

Summary : Act of creation

Each decision in the creative process reflects the student’s immersion in the process of applying critical analytical skills. The act of creation involves technical and methodological skill, familiarity with theory, inspiration and invention, critical evaluation, and serious commitment to the process of working. Critical analysis is one of the major components of this process.  When developing individual work, students must be capable of deconstructing and constructing visual components in their own work and that of others, creating a framework of analysis in which to judge their work, identifying and pursuing concepts and visual ideas, and responding to criticism and generating self-criticism. The excellence of a final body of work will stand as evidence of the student’s engagement and success in the act of critical analysis.


3. evaluate alternative arguments, decision strategies, or theories within a systematic framework      

Summary:  Critiques and class discussions; written and oral projects; final body of work.

Critiquing is a customary tool in studio classes that offers the student direct feedback from the instructor and other students for each work of art presented; it acts as a form of peer-review, can be either written or oral (or both) in format, and is a forum for students to articulate their ideas about the work.  Evaluation of the work will occur regularly throughout the semester by the following means: individual and group critiques in which the student will explain and justify the development and execution of their ideas; written and/or oral presentations that analyze contemporary practices and theories and historical context, as well as the student’s research of sources for development of ideas; and most significantly, in the resolution of each piece of work which then at the end of the semester, contributes to a body of work supporting the student’s ideas and creative processes.