PDF of the syllabus:   16.01.06 ProPracs Syllabus UG


ASTU 4010 – 001   

Professional Practices for the Studio Artist

Tu 8:00AM – 10:50AM

Hickory Hall Room 252

Mike Fleming


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study of theoretical and practical aspects of succeeding as a practicing artist outside the academy. Survey of the protocols and common practices expected of the artist as a productive member of the business community wherein fine art is the commodity.

COURSE CONTENT: Students will learn how to put their work in the context of the contemporary art world, effectively write about their work, create a professional CV, professionally document their artwork, assemble a portfolio of representative work, and will acquire the necessary information about professional procedures such as applying to graduate school, exhibiting work, joining professional arts organizations, and applying for grants and fellowships.


-Professional standard in written/verbal presentation, explanation and documentation

-Familiarity with business practices in the arts

-Familiarity with legal practices and issues in the arts

-Comprehensive understanding of resources, methods, and strategies related to career choices and professional development


The Artist’s Guide: How to Make A Living Doing What You Love by Jackie Battenfield

The Successful Artist’s Career Guide by Margaret Peot

Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon


A course blog has been set up that will contain a copy of the syllabus, course timeline, and all assignments. Readings will also be posted to the course blog.



Perfect attendance, meeting all deadlines, and working at your peak ability are universal expectations. The University’s standards are high and only the most rigorous and consistently exceptional students earn high grades.

Grading will follow the University system of A, B, C, D, F:

A – Outstanding – Consistently exceptional work that raises the standards for one’s entire peer group

B – Above Average – Exceeding the expectations of the class

C – Average – Meeting all class expectations

D – Below Average – Completion of most, but not all, course requirements

F – Fail – Failure to meet the requirements of the course

A = 100 – 93%,      A- = 92 – 90%,      B+ =89 – 87%,     B = 86 – 83%,      B- = 82 – 80%,

C+ = 79 – 77%,     C-= 76 – 73%,      C- = 72 – 70%,      D = 69 – 60%,      F = 59 – 0%


In-class Participation (10 pts): Take initiative.  This is a senior level class- we should be having vibrant discussions and debates.  Volunteer to ask questions and make comments. It is expected that you will share your opinions and questions related to the assigned readings. 

Professional Goals and Career Plan (5 pts): Students will develop a set of professional goals including shot and long term, and an action plan to determine the steps needed to achieve these goals.

Application / Proposal Project (10 pts): Students select, prepare, and submit a professional-quality application for an actual scholarship, grant, artist residency, summer study program, or foreign study program

Lightwell Exhibition (20 pts): Students will mount an exhibition in UNT’s Lightwell Gallery

Artist’s Talk / Oral Presentation (15 pts): Students will present an artist’s talk/ presentation to the class

Final Professional Package (40 pts): Cover Letter, CV, Artist Statement, Bio, Printed Images with Image List, Promotional Leave Behind/Postcard, Business Cards


It is highly recommended that you obtain phone numbers of several dependable individuals in your classes in order to obtain information. All projects are due on time regardless if the class is missed.

There are only 15 classes, and the discussions and presentations that happen cannot be “made up”.  I understand that people get sick and that personal problems arise.  Therefore, you are allowed 2 absences.  Each subsequent absence will lower your grade by a half letter grade.

AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT: The College of Art and Design is committed to full academic access for all qualified students, including those with disabilities. In keeping with this commitment and in order to facilitate equality of educational access, faculty members in the department will make reasonable accommodations for qualified students with a disability, such as appropriate adjustments to the classroom environment and the teaching, testing, or learning methodologies when doing so does not fundamentally alter the course. Please notify the instructor if you have a disability that requires accommodation by the third week of classes in written format. It is also required that you register with the UNT Office of Disability Accommodation, Student Union, Room 318. The College of Visual Arts and Design policy on accommodation is available upon request in the CVAD Dean’s offices, Room 107. Further questions and problems on accommodation may be addressed to Associate Dean Eric Ligon, School Accommodation Liaison, Art Building, Student Advising, Room 111.

STUDENT ACADEMIC PROGRESS:  For all students seeking a major in the College of Visual Arts and Design, a grade of C or above must be earned in every art-based course required in the College of Visual Arts and Design – completed in residence or transferred to UNT – to be considered for credit toward a CVAD degree. A grade of D or below will not satisfy any art-based course requirements, electives or prerequisites.

If at any point you consider dropping this or any other course, please be advised that the

decision to do so may have the potential to affect your current and future financial aid eligibility.

Please visit for more information about financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress. It may be wise for you to schedule a meeting with an academic advisor in your college or visit the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office to discuss dropping a course being doing so.

BUILDING EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:  In case of emergency (alarm will sound), please follow the building evacuation plans posted on each floor of your building and proceed to the nearest parking lot. In case of tornado (campus sirens will sound) or other weather related threat, please go to the nearest hallway or room on your floor without exterior windows and remain their until an all clear signal is sounded. Follow the instructions of your teachers and act accordingly.


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NOTE: I retain the right to change this syllabus at any time during the semester.