ERIC Number: ED248919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-1
Reference Count: 0
General Studies for the Fine Arts: An Alternative.
Mullen, Ray; And Others
In response to the growing trend toward lifelong learning by mature, goal-seeking adults, Kirkwood Community College has designed two unique, nontraditional programs which emphasize the students' unique interests, skills, background and goals: the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree program and the Independent Study in Fine Arts Program. Through the development of these two innovative programs, the fine arts have found their place in the community college curriculum, providing a valuable and practical educational experience. The AGS is an individually designed and college-approved degree which considers the student's prior job experiences, personal achievements and previous educational course work. The program involves an orientation session, assessment of student background and abilities, the formulation of educational goals to be pursued, the assignment of a mentor with expertise in relevant areas, and the completion of the requirements of the student's educational plan. The Independent Study in the Fine Arts Program is a more specialized educational experience focusing on the skills necessary to produce a marketable and competitive art object. Similar in concept to the old world practice of apprenticeship, the program involves students learning through practical experience under the close supervision and guidance of the instructor. Independent study opportunities are available in ceramics, painting, and photography. A discussion of program benefits and an outline of the independent study program are included. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kirkwood Community Coll., Cedar Rapids, IA.