Jordan College of the Arts
Art Program

ART411, Method: Thesis + Exhibition: This course centers on the creation of a comprehensive thesis project based in art + design. Students create a body of work and complete a corresponding research project that places their work into one or more contexts based on media, style or theme. Students learn to make both formal and informal presentations about their work, prepare a career-focused electronic portfolio, artist's statement, bio and resume, and gain networking and interview experience.

Students present their body of work on campus at the Jordan College Annex's exhibition space. They also speak about their work and research at the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC).


  • Creation of a body of work (10 works that belong together)
  • Creation of a professional portfolio for career placement
  • Exhibition installation
  • Networking
  • Interviewing
  • Speaking:
    • Undergraduate Research Conference (URC)
    • Gallery talks
  • Writing:
    • Artist's statement
    • Biography
    • Resume
    • Research paper that places their work into a larger context
    • Annotated bibliography to support research

Key Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will:

  • Interpret, compare and critique their own and other's work in terms of materials, processes and concepts (demonstrating critical abilities with respect to innovation, craft and sophistication)
  • Demonstrate professional growth in critiques and portfolio development.

Gallery of works created in Art411