Assignment 09.12: Senior Project Research and Proposal


The goal of the assign­ment is to pre­pare stu­dents for the rig­ors of ART 499 Senior Project course.


The objec­tive of the assign­ment is to develop and doc­u­ment the sub­ject, con­cept and scope of the project for ART 499 Senior Project prior to the class’ initiation.

Background Reading

  • Phillips, Chap­ter 1–5, p 1–64. Chap­ter 11, p 133–160.
  • art499_project_guidelines.doc
  • art499_proposal_how_to_write_your.doc
  • ART499_general_calendar.doc
  • art499_sample_PROJECT_DESCRIPTION.doc
  • Review pre­vi­ous sam­ple web­sites past shows GC2B10 computer


The pro­posal is sim­i­lar to the design brief used by design­ers to facil­i­tate client work. Cre­at­ing a pro­posal prior to the course’s ini­ti­a­tion will make the pro­duc­tion of the project more effi­cient. The project course con­sists of three dis­tinct parts, Project, Paper and Exhi­bi­tion. The pro­posal should reflect mainly the project and the exhi­bi­tion. An under­stand­ing of the entire class is, how­ever, help­ful in planning.

Part One

Brain­storm your ini­tial idea. The sub­ject should expand the bound­aries of your known skill set and engage a fer­tile design sub­ject. The project is nei­ther a port­fo­lio review nor a revi­sion of a project com­pleted in a pre­vi­ous course. The project should also reflect the student’s career goals. The amount of work is con­sis­tent to approx­i­mately 150 hours (10 hour per week aver­age) dur­ing the final semes­ter. The num­ber of arti­facts and the scale of the exhi­bi­tion are flex­i­ble, given the demands of the sub­ject mat­ter, but gen­er­ally each project should achieve a num­ber com­pa­ra­ble to the amount pro­duced in a nor­mal course (between four and eight assignments).

Ver­bally review your basic idea with the course instruc­tor and advi­sor. Using this dia­logue, develop a rough state­ment of the project and out­line of infor­ma­tion you need to investigate.

Part Two

Begin research­ing the nec­es­sary skills and infor­ma­tion needed to com­plete this project. What exist­ing assets or skills would you like to improve? What sim­i­lar­i­ties does your idea have with other people’s work? Does your idea focus too much on a par­tic­u­lar arti­fact and ignore a solid con­cep­tual or intel­lec­tual mes­sage? Is, per­haps, the oppo­site true? Is the amount of work fea­si­ble for the time restraints? Can I afford to pro­duce my project? What out­side resources are nec­es­sary? How and why does this project relate to your faith and Chris­t­ian Worldview?

Part Three

Com­plete the pro­posal por­tion of the project using the linked files above. Include basic visual stud­ies, which should include, but is not lim­ited to, sketches, rough dig­i­tal comps, typog­ra­phy selec­tions or phys­i­cal mod­els. Writ­ten text should range between 1–2 pages, with addi­tional pages for images as necessary.


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine assign­ment score: Assign­ment 09.04: Senior Project Research and Proposal
  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine Whole Per­son Assess­ment (WPA) scores: WPA-AGRD-Senior Project Proposal


Project folder, file nam­ing, proof­ing pro­ce­dure, dig­i­tal proof­ing tem­plates, file types, sam­ple project briefs, time logging


Com­puter, appro­pri­ate soft­ware, appro­pri­ate D2L dropbox


Mon­day, March 29, 2021. Assign­ment Given.

Wednes­day, March 31, 2021. Part One: Sketches and Ideas.

Fri­day, April 9, 2021. Part Two due. Part Three in draft.

Fri­day, April 16, 2021. Part Three Draft, includ­ing ref­er­ences and images.

Mon­day, April 19, 2021. PDF of com­plete project pro­posal due to appro­pri­ate D2L dropbox.