Your instructor: Betsy Schneider
An artist herself, Betsy Schneider has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. In 2011, she was named a Guggenheim fellow, and she is a 2021 recipient of a Global Sport Institute seed grant.
Schneider embraces the opportunity to teach the capstone class.
“It’s the last class where students can put in everything that they’ve learned toward a final project,” she says. “They learn how to design and execute a project, and how to go back and rework it, and end up with a product that they’re happy with and excited about. And that’s very useful in terms of self-direction and self-discipline.”
How you’ll learn
You’ll work on your final project throughout the course and submit work on a weekly basis. There are asynchronous critiques each week: Schneider goes over students’ submissions with classmates contributing to the conversation, telling their peers what is and isn’t working and encouraging them to make stronger pieces.
“It’s a constant throughout the class that students are giving feedback,” she says.
ART 407 is an opportunity to put all you’ve learned about photography into a project that you’re passionate about, one that you’ll mold over weeks to create something truly unique.
“Students get to spend the term designing, discovering and executing a project that they envision themselves,” Schneider says.
She is also excited about the collaborative aspect of the class.
“My favorite thing about the capstone is getting to know the students better, getting to know their ideas, seeing what they have learned in the program, and watching how they support each other and how they push each other to make better work,” she says.
“Students will be able to walk away with an understanding of their own ability to make work that’s meaningful and accomplished and important to them.”