Step-By-Step to Graduation (and Beyond)
During your First Year
- Find at least one course that you want to take in each of these academic areas: Art History, Social Science, Natural Science, Environmental Studies, Analytical Reasoning, and Race & Ethnicity.
- Identify three 300- or 400-level studios that you want to take. What are their prerequisites?
- Attend a sophomore review; heck, attend two.
- Apply for a passport or apply for a passport scholarship (and then apply for a passport).
- Identify two instructors from your first year who could write you a letter of recommendation.
- Get involved in a club or activity.
- Become an expert in time management (or try).
- Meet with your advisor (twice).
- Begin to document your work.
The Summer After Your First Year
- Gather all the images from your first year projects and put them in a folder marked Sophomore Review.
- Spend time researching study abroad and internship opportunities.
- Reflect on your professional, academic, and personal goals for the next year; bring them with you when you meet your advisor for your 4th meeting in the fall.
- Expand your visual knowledge: look at art and design: online, in galleries, in museums, in stores, in books/magazines, etc. Note what influences you and how and why it influences you.
- Expand your art/design practice to incorporate your foundation year experience and the new influences you have begun to take notice of.
- Take classes at a local college or university, if necessary.
- Look at the checklist “Beyond the Studio” and check off everything you can.
During Your Second Year
- Extend your creative work beyond the classroom: exhibit your work or do freelance design.
- Decide on the BA or the BFA.
- Decide on your study abroad: when/where/why. Find an appropriate program. Apply.
- Attend professional practice workshops. Eliminate high school work from your résumé and portfolio.
- Explore (200 level courses), then learn more (300 level courses).
- Add two or three professors to your reference bank.
- Meet with your advisor (twice).
- Attend a senior Integrative Project (IP) review (December).
- Consider how the engagement requirement informs your practice.
- Begin to self-promote (website, news items, résumé).
The Summer After Your Second Year
- Read your sophomore review report and get to work on the recommendations. Correct weaknesses, research artists/designers, and read suggested books/articles.
- Begin to apply the committee’s observations/suggestions to your art/design practice.
- Study abroad.
- Intern in an area that could be a career option for you.
- Look at the checklist “Beyond the Studio” and check off everything you did this year.
During Your Third Year
- Attend Portfolio Expo.
- Attend Career Bootcamp.
- Apply for internships; it’s serious now.
- Learn more (300 levels), then refine (400 level).
- Identify two mentors and meet with them.
- Begin to consider the question(s) you want to answer in your IP.
- Take your ULWR.
- Attend final meeting with your advisor.
- Take an engagement studio.
The Summer After Your Third Year
- Complete an internship.
- Study abroad (if you haven’t already).
- Refine the question(s) you want to answer in your IP.
- Clean up résumé, portfolio, artist’s statement, website.
- Research grad programs, take GRE (if required).
- Look at the checklist “Beyond the Studio” and check off everything you can
During Your Senior Year
- Last chance: Portfolio Expo.
- Last chance: Career Bootcamp.
- Get your Senior Audit done.
- Meet with your mentors.
- Have a professional-quality résumé, portfolio, and presentation.
- Spend quality time with your website.
- Apply for graduation, then graduate!
The Summer After Graduation
- Go beyond the studio.
- Keep in touch: John Luther can help keep you connected to the Stamps alumni network of creative professionals.