Thesis II Syllabus

AR 4120 BFA Thesis II Spring 2022 

6 credits

Prof. Nick Sevigney

Cell phone: 401-524-0651


 Thesis II Course Description

This course is the second half of a year-long capstone experience.  Thesis II fosters the refinement of professional studio practice, the development of a coherent body of artwork, and investigations into career development.  The experience results in a professional exhibition and synopsis of the work created with emphasis on creating a lifelong, sustainable, and continued studio art practice.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Develop and research ideas from Thesis I and follow through on developing a cohesive body of work.
  2. Prepare for exhibitions through self-promotion, marketing, and corresponding professional contracts.
  3. Continue self-discipline geared toward longevity of studio practice.
  4. Articulate, both verbally and in writing, the intentions and concepts in one’s work and others’.
  5. Continue to engage in research to expand their field of knowledge and contextualize their work in art historical and contemporary terms.
  6. Prepare for career development opportunities.


  • Initiative/preparation for class (appropriate planning, preparation of materials, use of space, including appropriate health and safety etc.) (10%)__________

Learning Outcome #’s 1 and 3

  • Research (researching topics and themes, artists and concepts) (10%) _________

Learning Outcome #’s 1, 3 and 5

  • Conceptual development (developing, clarifying and strengthening ideas; at the beginning of a piece and as the work develops) (10%)__________

Learning Outcome #’s 1, 3, 4 and 5

  • Understanding/use of formal issues (composition, general structural ideas, etc.) (10%)__________

Learning Outcome #’s 1, 3, and 5

  • Clearly articulating ideas, both verbal and written (artist statements, research paper, critiques, gallery talk, formal presentation etc.) (10%)_________

Learning Outcome #’s 2, 4 and 5

  • Participation in class discussions, contribution in critiques, engagement as a member of the class (10%)__________

Learning Outcome #’s 3 and 4

  • Creating a presence in the larger artistic community (documenting and exhibiting work, website development and maintenance, networking, investigating graduate schools, internships, residencies, employment etc.) (10%)___________

Learning Outcome #’s 2, 3 and 6

  • Effort/consistent work ethic, both in and out of class (20%)___________

Learning Outcome #’s 1 and 3

  • Presentation of work and practice of appropriate craft (following timetable for set up/break down of BFA Senior thesis exhibit, presentation of work and ideas ) (10%)____________

  Learning Outcome #’s 1, 3, 4 and 6


Schedule TBA pending work with MWM