Independent Study provides students with an opportunity to undertake a program of supervised reading, research, or artistic production not normally provided within the existing courses. The Independent Study option is available to students who have a junior or senior standing with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 2.70.
The Independent Study is available for a full course unit or a half unit. Students may schedule no more than one Independent Study or Honors course unit a term to a maximum of four over the period of the junior and senior years. Independent Study may be taken in the fall or spring terms or during the summer. A student may not take no more than one Independent Study during the summer and must register for it no later than the beginning of the second summer session.
An "Information and Approval Form" describing the project and certifying that the student is eligible and qualified to undertake the project must submit the form to the associate dean of the College, who decides any questions concerning eligibility.
Student Profile: Shamus Matthews, Class of 2015
The focus of my independent study was developing and creating art with a well-thought- out process dealing with art history and contemporary art while representing a topic or subject matter that I found interesting and inspirational. My subject matter was that of water and the movement and displacement of water, which I represented in abstracted fiberglass and resin sculptures.
The instructor and I met once every other week to critique and discuss the work and the work that I would be creating next. Each time we met, the discussions and lesson became more and more in-depth, challenging me to look in different directions and finding new inspirations and references for my work.
From the experience of working with the instructor, I took away learning a process and developing work into something that I truly wanted to represent and express in a manner that gave a well-thought- out and developed piece.