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Internship and Professional Development Courses List

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Course # Course Title Credits
EX 405 Exhibition Development Seminar 3.00 credits
Examines the curatorial process through the research, planning and production of a major exhibition. Students serve as curators, designers and educators as they develop and implement proposals for the exhibit’s graphic and exhibit designs, interpretive texts, public programs, community outreach, website, publications, and public relations strategy. Fall semester is devoted to the conceptualization and development of the artistic, design and educational components for the exhibition in spring semester. Enrollment in both semesters (Fall: AH 405- Art History elective; Spring: EX 405- studio elective in your major) is required. Open to undergrad and graduate students in all majors by Permission of the instructor only.

PD 350 Business Intelligence 3.00 credits
Understanding the fundamentals of good business practice is essential for all creative people, whether you are embarking on a freelance career, producing items for retail marketing, working as a creative employee, or selling your fine art in the world of galleries and collectors. In this course, students will explore current trends and practices in the creative economy, and how to develop and apply business knowledge to creative endeavors. Students will learn about various types of professional practices; models for production and operation; business development and networking; financial responsibilities; legal and ethical considerations; as well as how to protect their creative capital. Topics such as goal setting, budgeting, operations, marketing, taxes, contracts, and intellectual property will be discussed. Over the course of the semester, students will develop fundamental knowledge and skills that will help them apply sound business practices to their own creative work.

PD 351 Entrepreneurship for Creatives 3.00 credits
Students will learn to approach social and market-based problems with an entrepreneurial mindset. Through research, they will identify areas ripe for innovation, and learn strategic approaches for developing and marketing creative projects, products, and services. Topics covered will include core entrepreneurial thinking; appropriate business models; research and marketing; business ethics, and options for financing. Students wishing to investigate new or existing ideas using entrepreneurial thinking are encouraged to take this course. Taking Business Intelligence (PD 350) prior to this course is recommended, but not required.

PD 455 Prof. Pract. for Visual Artist 3.00 credits
Focuses on career preparation and development for visual artists. It presents a wide variety of professional tools and business skills including subjects such as goal setting; professional ethics; portfolio basics and imaging strategies; writing cover letters, statements, and proposals; exhibitions in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces; self initiated projects and exhibitions; networking and public relations; applying for grants and residencies; applying for internships, jobs, and graduate schools; and locating helpful resources.