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Department of Art

College of Arts & Sciences

Portfolio Review

University of Wyoming Portfolio Review

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Course Description and Objectives

This course ensures that students have a clear understanding of the skills and course content of the UW Department of Art Foundation Core courses.  Without a mastery of these skills, students will find overwhelming challenges in upper level coursework in the visual arts.  The Review is also an opportunity for students to engage in serious self-assessment by reflecting on their own progress at internalizing this content. 

Students are required to create a new body of work based on the skills and concepts presented within the Foundation Core.  The class culminates in an anonymous mid-semester review of work by the Department of Art faculty.  Students will receive the results of the evaluation immediately following the Review and before advising week for the subsequent semester. The submitted portfolios are evaluated as Strong, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory based on the set of established standards reflected in the Foundation Core Curriculum of the Department of Art.  An Unsatisfactory portfolio will not pass the Review.

As of the Spring 2010 semester, all students must pass the Portfolio Review to be eligible to enroll in any upper division (3000 or 4000 level) studio courses beyond the required Studio Core.  Students who do not pass ART 2000: Portfolio Review will be eligible to enroll the following semester or may delay the review for an additional semester.  Please note that a delayed enrollment will also delay progressing in the Department.  A student that fails the review is allowed one additional attempt to pass the Review.  Failure to pass the Portfolio Review will be render the student ineligible to progress in the Department of Art.

  • Successful completion of the Foundation Core courses: ART 1005 Drawing I, ART 1110 Foundation 2D, ART 1120 Foundation 3D and ART 1130     Foundation Color.
  • All courses in the Foundation Core must have been passed with a letter grade of C or better.
  • An overall University GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Permission of the Instructor for sections taught through the Outreach School.

Evaluative Criteria:

Evaluation of your portfolio work will be based on the following criteria:

  • Application of Foundation Principles: To demonstrate the ability to employ art and design elements and compositional principles in 2-D and 3-D work.
  • Observation: To demonstrate the ability to observe and record accurate and proportional representations of real space and objects.
  • Conceptual Application: To demonstrate the ability to use foundation principles to convey a concept or idea.
  • Craftsmanship: To demonstrate a professional and serious level of craftsmanship and technical ability in working with a range of 2D and 3D materials.
  • Written Articulation: To demonstrate in writing the ability to use art and design related vocabulary that is both relevant and appropriate in discussing visual artwork.
For more information please contact:
Associate Professor Shelby Shadwell 

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