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For my J-term class I'd proposed a course called "Exploring Careers in Art."
I know lots of people who work in various art fields (graphic design,
computer graphics, web design, medical illustration, art therapy,
architechtural rendering, etc., etc.) and I thought it would be interesting
to have these folks come in as guest speakers. The students would be
responsible for asking questions of the speakers and would write up what
they learned. They would also have to research at least one field or branch
of work in the arts, in depth, and also produce artwork typical of that
style. During the last week, they would give presentations of their career
and artwork typical of that career. The course would include about 4
different field trips, too.
Sounded good to me, but here's the deal--the powers that be feel this course
is not quite "academic" enough and they want me to come up with ways to be
sure that students would have quite a bit of homework each night (given that
the rest of the students on campus will be doing homework and since this is
an accredited course).
Can anyone suggest a text that could be assigned to supplement a course like
this OR come up with another way to make this more academic in nature? I
need to rewrite the proposal by Tuesday, or come up with something else,