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Spend the next week doing due diligence on your topic. What work has come before you that might inform your project? How might your intended audience perceive your work in a larger sense? Culturally, socially, economically. What predictions can you make?

Seek precedents in visual art, literature and pop culture. Use the class blog to collect your research. This can be the starting point of our individual meetings next week.

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Analog photo booths in train and bus stations are all but a thing of the past. Last year at this time, Bonanza pulled its Polaroid-based system and has yet to replace it.

Photo booths take four photographs with a few seconds between each photo. Apple makes a Photo Booth application that does the same thing. I am asking you to use the application to make a set of four prints that say something about yourself or your DP project.

Do not choose any of the effects that the application provides. Use timing, composition and props to illustrate your point. Be open to the unexpected.

Insert the portrait of yourself with a new post on this site under the category Assignment 1

Suggestions:
– Bring props.
– Work with the timing of exposures.
– Bring your own background.
– Do nothing.
– Sing a song.
– Interact with the space/camera.
– Create a narrative.

In class:
I will project each portrait. Who is the maker of the portrait? What are words that describe what we see? How can we use those words as the basis for interpretations or “readings” of the work or person. Are those readings what the maker intended or expected?

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Degree Project (3298-03), Spring 2012
Rhode Island School of Design
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Design Center, Rm 801
Thursdays, 1:10PM – 6:10PM
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Instructor: John Caserta, jcaserta@risd.edu
Office Hours:  Mondays, 10AM – 12PM
The Design Office, 204 Westminster St. 4th flr

Expectations

“The Degree Project represents a synthesis of your work at RISD, pulling together into one creative effort the vision, skills, and abilities that have been developed over the under-
graduate experience. For this we invite you to create your own project experience for a design interest and concept, to research its critical elements, and to explore an effective visual language for its communication. Taken seriously, this important undertaking will consolidate many of the diverse design elements of the past four or five years as you set out to practice design in the professional arena. We charge you to launch a worthy project. It should be as enjoyable as it is educational.”
– Graphic Design Faculty

Objectives

* to take responsibility for all phases and aspects of the project (content & form) with integrity and care
* to develop a project that naturally follows your existing body of work and timeframe
* to begin making as soon as possible

Grading/Assessment

Grades from A to F will be assigned at the end:

* Attendance (3rd absence fails the course)
* Participation
* Motivation/Attitude
* Craftsmanship
* Depth of investigation
* Risk taking
* End products: success in meeting objective, both formally and conceptually
* Individual growth

Course Schedule

Although each of you is at a different stage of development with your work, let’s structure the semester as we might any three-month project.

UNIT ONE: project refinement & RESEARCH

Week 1: Syllabus, Presentations

Week 2: Review assignment, individual meetings,
Film: The Gleaners and I

UNIT TWO: BUILD, REBUILD AND EXPAND

Week 3: Two half groups
Film: Exit through the gift shop

Week 4: Individual meetings
Film: My Architect

Week 5: Two half groups
Film: The Puppet Film

> Spring Break

Week 6: Group and individual meetings

Week 7: Guest presentation, mid-term crit
Individualized assignments

Week 8: Group meeting, review assignments

Week 9: Individual meetings

UNIT THREE: FILTER AND ARTICULATE

Week 10: In-class: About “Introductions”
and Presentations

Week 11: Review “Introductions”
Week 12: Trial run of presentations.

“Introductions” due

Relevant Dates

Tue Mar 13  Portfolio Reviews, The MET at 12:45—4PM

Thu Mar 8  Senior Show Reception, Woods Gerry, 6PM – 7:30

Mar 24-31 Spring Break

May 21–25 Review week

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