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LIBS 440 capstone courses offer seniors the opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, critique and write about their experience in art and design in relation to general education, major fields, senior projects, vocational aspirations, and compelling questions in practice and community.  Thus, the capstone is a unique opportunity for students to reflect on their education: the expectations that they arrived with, the knowledge and skills gained and how these experiences have, can, and will shape their creativity. Through discussion and reflection, students identify articulate, research, write about, and discuss specific issues and concerns that they believe are the most critical in developing an understanding of and evaluating their college experience and its dynamic relation to themselves as artists and designers. A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required to pass this course.

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Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the issues that you think are most important in relation to your studio work and/or yourself as an artist or designer through discussion, personal reflection, research, and reflective writing.
  • Critically reflect on your educational experience at Otis, and its relationship and value to your development as an artist/designer/creator over the past four years.
  • Critically position yourself and your studio work within the larger expanse of the art/design world, your particular field, or conversations in academia/culture.
  • Utilize an electronic portfolio where you will post your reflections and your own work.
  • Demonstrate senior-level critical thinking, researching, and writing skills through an assignment that involves individual choice of topic, independent research, analysis and synthesis of information, and the ability to sustain a convincing argument in a paper of substantial length.
  • Refine your time management skills through assignments that require independent organization of time and effort.