FMX 298 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR & 398 JUNIOR REVIEW

The goals of this class are:

1) Document your progress in your majors
2) Keep a backup of your projects for future reference and department assessment
3) Make sure that you have learned what you are supposed to learn in your specific areas.

In order to do this, YOU ARE NOT USING ANY ONLINE PORTFOLIOS THAT YOU WERE TOLD TO USE.

You are being provided your own individual server space using WordPress. This space is only to be used for academic uses, and under no circumstances can it be used for a different class or for private matters.

At this level in your studies we do not care about your web design skills and presentation skills. What we care about is your work, you passion, and how you have progressed up until this point in your education. This is the reason why you are all using the same template, so we can evaluate your work, NOT the bells and whistles of your site.

Go ahead and review your degree guides and make sure that you have taken all the “foundations courses”

FMX 207 – Digital Illustration
FMX 210 – Digital Media
FMX 211 – Art and Technology
FMX 213 – 3D Printing and Modeling
FMX 217 – 3D Animation I
FMX 238 – Animation I
FMX 241 – Sound Image and Motion

Some of you may have not taken these courses because they were not required, or you transferred them from other institutions, it is fine, as long as the credits appear on your degree guide, you can use the content with the results of any course you consider acts as a foundation for what you are currently doing in your major. If you took drawing, use drawing, if you took Installation and Multimedia Art, use the work you did in that class, if you took Web Design /Online Production, use those examples. Same for FMX 381 Digital Imaging and FMX 310 Creative Coding.

We will need to see a list of those classes, including the transferred classes, so provide it with the years, institutions and terms where you took them.

We want to be able to see that you have taken classes in 

1) Drawing (and or) Illustration (and or) 2D Design (and or) Graphic Design
2) 3D Modelling and Printing (and or) 3D Animation (etc.)
3) Digital Media ( Canvas, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. ) 
4) Time based art ( Animation / Video / Sound etc.) 
5) The projects you did in ART 211 Art and Technology, showing us that you have a general understanding of the history and evolution of New Media 

Categorize the menu on your portfolio like this 

HOME => Welcoming page, you can upload a picture and post a PROFESSIONAL head shot, as well as an image of one of BEST works

2D => drawing, painting, illustration, design, graphic design…

3D => analog (sculpture/installation) and digital (3D animation, 3D printing, 3D Modelling)

Digital => photography, image manipulation, special effects

Time => video, audio

Other => performance, installation, happenings, land art, etc…

Statement => professional statement (we will talk about this soon)

BIO/ABOUT => 1 paragraph bio (with a different head shot)

CV=> RESUME MAXIMUM 1 PAGE

CONTACT

The Statement is your PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT, think of it as the Artist’s Statement, with the focus on getting a job, presenting your strengths, turning your weaknesses into strengths, and letting us know who inspires you in your work. You CANNOT write this before having your portfolio categorized, it MUST refer to the works you are presenting.

The BIO is a 1 paragraph short description of who you are.

The CV is your RESUME: you can start working on this one now, and you can upload a PDF file, as well as a READABLE SCREEN SHOT of it in case the PDF doesn’t work. MAXIMUM ONE PAGE, more than 1 page is not a good idea… 

Select for each one of the portfolio areas representative examples of your work ( min 3, max 5 in each category ) and if you have more in one category than another make sure you explain why. 

For each project you are going to provide the following information: 

(SOME EXAMPLES) 

TITLE: My yellow aura 
MEDIA: Digital Illustration 
SOFTWARE: Adobe Illustrator
SPECIFICATIONS: 800X600px, RGB, 72DPI 
CLASS: ART 207 Digital Illustration 
PROFESSOR: Doug Sutherland
SEMESTER / TERM: SP 15 
INSTITUTION: University of Tampa 
LINK: if you have it posted on another blog, create a link to the page where you published it originally. 

TITLE: Video Wings
MEDIA: Video Mapping Installation
SOFTWARE: MadMapper
SPECIFICATIONS: 10ft x 6ft x 1ft
CLASS: ART 463 Installation and Multimedia Art 
PROFESSOR: Santiago Echeverry
SEMESTER / TERM: FA 15 
INSTITUTION: University of Tampa 
LINK: if you have it posted on another blog, create a link to the page where you published it originally. 

TITLE: Funny Rabbit
MEDIA: Rotoscopy Animation
SOFTWARE: Adobe Photoshop
SPECIFICATIONS: 600x300px, 10fps,  0’45”, mute
CLASS: ART 238 Animation I 
PROFESSOR: Dana Corrigan
SEMESTER / TERM: FA 16 
INSTITUTION: University of Tampa
LINK: if you have it posted on another blog, create a link to the page where you published it originally. 

TITLE: My fluffy pillow
MEDIA: Video Art
SOFTWARE: Premiere
SPECIFICATIONS: 1920×1080, 1’00”
CLASS: ART 211 Art and Technology 
PROFESSOR: Blanka Roundtree
SEMESTER / TERM: FA 16 
INSTITUTION: University of Tampa 
LINK: FOR VIDEOS AND ANIMATIONS:: publish them on YouTube or Vimeo and use the link of the file here

TITLE: Self Portrait
MEDIA: Pencil drawing on paper
SOFTWARE: N/A
SPECIFICATIONS: 24″x48″, graphite
CLASS: ART 1014 Drawing I 
PROFESSOR: Tracy Midulla
SEMESTER / TERM: FA 15
INSTITUTION: Baltimore City Community College
LINK: N/A

Write ONE descriptive paragraph per project explaining what it is, how was it made, and any meaningful information you think can make us understand better your creative process. After this you can give us a short general feedback on the class and what you learned, so we can benefit from your comments, besides your actual projects, to see how can we improve the courses we offer and will offer in the future.

NB: We are not looking for EXCELLENCE! It is totally normal to see that you started as beginners and you are moving forward in a professional path. Show us that contrast, let us see how you have progressed and improved in your comments, and in the works you have selected. 

I suggest you group the projects and list them chronologically, from the oldest project to the newest, so we can see your evolution, and provide some meaningful feedback. 

If you have the progression of one specific project, upload up to three images that show us how that project grew in time, but have in mind that the three images will count as one project at the end. You could also create a collage of images that will allow us to see the evolution in one image. 

If you think that it is important, you can do the same process for 3D animations / Animations / Videos / Audio Clips, by posting screen shots of the way you created them in each application. Remember MAXIMUM 3 (three) evolution process images, per project, ONLY if you consider it is going to enhance our perception of that project.

Please make sure you upload good quality images to your sites, but have in mind that we will examine your works on computer screens over the web, so please OPTIMIZE the files you are uploading: Make sure your JPG photos are no bigger than 1200px on any side at 72DPI (this is not printed media, and at the end your portfolio will be archived electronically). 

All videos should be housed on YouTube or Vimeo, so make sure you provide the full link to the project, and EMBED the videos on your site, as well as provide THREE (3) screen grabs of your project (select the 3 best frames of your videos, optimize them and post them) 

We are giving you sufficient time to upload your projects, we want to make sure they will be uploaded and ready to be presented 

by MIDNIGHT, OF A SPECIFIED DATE TOWARDS THE END OF THE SEMESTER, BEFORE EXAMS WEEK. We will agree on the date together as a group

We will review your sites with sufficient time and meet collectively to provide correct feedback. The meeting with the faculty will be announced once all your sites are ready to be presented, it will surely happen before exams week. 

STATEMENTS

Please review every single one of your posts on your site, in each category. Try to use a critical eye when looking at your works and in 4 paragraphs you will tell us the following: 

Header: your name, major, current semester and expected graduating semester, the URL of your sites (this does not count as a paragraph) 

• What are your weaknesses (areas where you feel you need more training and what has prevented you from getting that training)
• What are your strengths (be authentic about your own work)
• What aspects of your education brought you to the level where you are right now (which classes and professors gave you the best formation or the best tools to realize where you are right now)
• Where do you see yourselves after you graduate and what do you expect to get out of your majors to be where you want to be in the future. 

Stick to ONE PARAGRAPH MAXIMUM per subject, please! And do not copy/paste the questions: Integrate the questions into your answers, make it sound like paragraphs that are actually connected. 

We need your honest opinion to make sure the FMX department and our programs go in the right direction. This is a self-evaluation, not a predetermined set of answers and cliches that won’t help anyone grow. 

Shortly after we receive those statements, we will determine meeting times for our personal feedback, these could happen as a Google Hangouts or Skype video conferences if necessary. 

IMPORTANT

Whether this is class is graded or with a PASS or FAIL status, it does not mean that plagiarism will not be sanctioned: we expect you to present your OWN personal work, without a hint of plagiarism. This is your chance to shine as individuals, prove it and DO NOT PLAGIARIZE.

The Integrity Policies are a general guideline for all classes. 

Regarding attendance: we will agree on meeting times, and after those meeting times have been agreed upon, you WILL BE EXPECTED to show up or these will count as absences! Our time is equally as precious as yours!

We reserve the right to modify this syllabus for any reason at any time.