Over the course of several weeks, students met individually with the instructors, and in small groups outside of class to develop and refine their projects. Students then presented their projects in a two-week, end-of-term exhibition of their work. The final project served several important functions. First, it gave students a focus for their in-class work; students did the in-class exercises with the awareness that materials generated from those exercises might become elements of their final projects. This helped to give an over-arching shape to the class, and tied each class assignment to a greater goal. Second, for final projects, students were asked to choose a particular aspect of their lives that they wished to express to others. Students were required to be self-expressive in a way that clearly presented their ideas to others. In preparing work for the exhibition, students considered how their work would be perceived by an audience and how to be articulate in presenting their ideas. The projects shown below are merely a representative sampling of some of the approaches students took to their final projects.
Here is Thuy-Tien Le’s description of how she created her final project (PDF). (Courtesy of Thuy-Tien Le. Used with permission.)
Dressdown by Mirat Shah (Courtesy of Mirat Shah. Used with permission.)
“I hoped to reveal everything I carry with me on the inside using my outside appearance.”
Photograph of Marat Shah’s final project.
Wa*lt*er by Youn-Jae Walter Song (Courtesy of Youn-Jae Walter Song. Used with permission.)
“…a physical representation of the inner struggle of my thought process and the methodology for the decisions that I make.”
Photograph of Youn-Jae Walter Song’s final project.