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00.02 Time Based Practices Syllabus

Time Based Strategies

Course Number: SEM 236

Department: Sculpture + Expanded Media (SEM)

Room: 212

Time: Tuesdays 9:00 am - 11:00 am and 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Faculty: Jimmy Kuehnle -

Office Hours: By appointment

Semester: Fall 2023

Course description

This course investigates the concepts and practices of various time‐based media arts. This involves an introduction to artmaking as a process involving transactions between people, objects, technologies, and sites. Presentations focus on a range of contemporary artists and consider characteristics of recent production including simultaneity, immersion, duration, a collapsing of the distinction between art and life, and a realignment of the relationship between audience and artwork. A series of workshops explore a fundamental introduction to the processes of video art, sound art, media installation, 3D modeling and visualization, and digital fabrication. Knowledge and skills learned from experiments in workshops serve as the basis to produce several projects. The development of media literacy, media ethics, and dissemination techniques drive and ground the assignments. The course reinforces and emphasizes the production of high-quality documentation of time-based and ephemeral artwork for presentation at venues, portfolios, and proposals.

Learning Objectives

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Examine the intricacies of using and integrating digital technologies in fine art practices.
  • Identify and discuss the history and theory associated with artists experimenting with digital and analog media.
  • Extend their skills with the software used to produce projects, including the Adobe Creative Suite, CNC toolpath software, 3D modeling software and other software oriented towards media art production and experimentation.
  • Produce creative projects by combining complex interdisciplinary processes.
  • Describe and demonstrate complicated digital file management and workflows.
  • Employ a multidisciplinary approach to the subject and content of a given project.
  • Develop a pattern of self‐learning and troubleshooting electronic and digital technology.
  • Apply video sequencing, sound sequencing, web media, 3D Modeling and digital fabrication toward creative production.
  • Illustrate and create sketches, project plans, concept visualizations of project ideation using digital 3D modeling tools and image editors, and analog techniques.
  • Operate digital cameras and microphones to capture high quality, visual documentation video and photographs of completed projects.
  • Use image editing and video editing software to produce images and video for presentation

Course Topics

  • Historical Context
  • Contemporary Context
  • Media Study and Film Theory
  • Collaboration
  • Digital File Management and Workflow
  • Sound Art
  • Video Art
  • Interdisciplinary Art
  • Installation Art
  • Emerging Media
  • Digital Fabrication Processes

Class Format & Policies

  • 4.5 hours of regularly scheduled instructional time. In addition to the regularly scheduled instructional time, you’ll need to plan on 4.5 hours of homework time for each of your classes.
  • combination of studio work as well as lecture, group dialogue, critiques etc.
  • Projects will sometimes have in-progress reviews in addition to critiques when the projects are finished. The Instructor as well as students participate in the critiques. This takes time and is part of the studio learning experience and a big part of the course.
  • Students must avoid behavior that disrupts the learning process, or that otherwise may be offensive to classmates, or that is disrespectful to the instructor.


You’re required to contribute to all critiques, even if your own project is not complete. Successful crits depend on each student’s generosity in sharing their honest thoughts, opinions and suggestions!

Late Work

Projects must be turned in on time. On time is before the beginning of class on the day that they are due or other time as specified by the instructor. Late projects will automatically drop 2% per day late.


  • Students should maintain regular, on-going and timely documentation of work in progress.
  • Images should be high resolution, well exposed, in focus, and well composed.

File Management

  • We will use Canvas to turn in assignments. If issues arise with Canvas’ file submission process then we will use Google Drive to turn in assignments.
  • The class will have a Google Drive folder specific to this course.
  • Use this format for naming all your class files:
    • YYYYMMDD Smith Lane Project 1
    • 20230801 Smith Lane First Day Project 1

Required Textbooks and Readings

There are no required textbooks for this course.

Required Supplies

  • Basic drawing and sketching supplies
  • Note taking supplies

Course Outline

1August 29Introduction
2September 5Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
3September 12Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
4September 19Project 1 Crit
5September 26Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
6October 3Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
7October 10Project 2 Crit
8October 17Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
9October 24No Class Fall Break
10October 31Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
11November 7Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
12November 14Project 3 Crit
13November 21Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
14November 28Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
15December 5Lecture / Workshop / Studio Work
16December 12Final Crits

Key Dates:

  • Aug 23 – First Day of Classes
  • Sept 4 – Labor Day. No Classes
  • Oct 18 – Mid Term Grades DUE by 9am
  • Oct 24 - 25 – Student Fall Break. No classes. Faculty In Service Days
  • Oct 25 – Faculty Teaching & Learning Summit
  • Oct 27 – Last day for students to withdraw from a course without a grade penalty
  • Nov 22 – 24 – Thanksgiving Break. No classes.
  • Dec 5 – Final Day of Classes
  • Dec 18 – Final Grades DUE for all students by 9am

Cleveland Institute of Art Required Policy Language

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The Cleveland Institute of Art recognizes and embraces diversity and believes that an outstanding education in art and design should be accessible to all individuals regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic status or disability. It is essential for the College to advance diversity by encouraging our community to share a responsibility in creating, maintaining and developing an environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.

CIA Course Attendance Policy from the College Catalog

Course Attendance

Students are expected to attend all sessions of the classes in which they are registered and to attend all associated lecture programs and meetings. Progress as an artist depends not only on completion of assignments but also on full participation in dialogue with studio and academic classes. All absences will count towards a student’s absence total for the semester. Students are responsible for all missed class material, including assignments and tests, when absent from class. Each faculty member is required to take, and to maintain records of, class attendance. CIA’s absence limits are as follows:

Course TypeAbsence Limit
Course meeting once a weekNo more than 3 absences per semester*
Course meeting twice a weekNo more than 6 absences per semester
Independent StudyParticipation and attendance expectations are at the discretion of the faculty member.

*note: for studio courses that meet in 2 sessions over 1 day, missing one of the two sessions will be counted as 0.5 absence

A student who has missed the maximum absences per semester, as outlined above, must meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss their options. To uphold the integrity of the educational content and curricula, absences exceeding the limit as outlined above will result in failure of the course. Students must notify their faculty member if they will miss a class, and should contact their instructor(s) as soon as possible after an unavoidable absence. To protect a student’s privacy, written documentation of an illness, injury or obituary is not required nor requested. An absence from a final critique or exam will result in automatic failure of the project or exam.

Faculty may factor tardiness into determining if a student is absent or not. Tardiness policies should be stated on the course syllabus.

Absence Due to Religious Observance

Students who expect to miss classes or activities due to religious observances should notify their faculty members well before the expected absence. Students are responsible for the missed work.

Absences Due to Extenuating Circumstances

The absence limits as described above, are adequate for emergencies, minor illnesses, doctor’s appointments, transportation issues, etc. In the case of exceptional circumstances that would cause a student to exceed the absence limit, the student should contact Academic Services. A student who is hospitalized or has an extended illness is asked to give HIPPA permission to their academic advisor in Academic Services so they can communicate with their medical provider regarding the student’s illness and assist as needed. When protracted absence has been caused by illness or other extenuating circumstance, students may be given the privilege of making up lost work by arrangement with, and at the discretion of the instructor. Students approved to exceed the absence limit due to exceptional circumstances are still responsible for completion of any course requirements missed during their absence.

Extracurricular Life and Class Attendance

At CIA, we value students’ total educational experience, including its curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular components. All departments, academic and other, are encouraged to minimize the scheduling during established class meeting hours of events at which student participation is required or desired, including but not limited to extra class meetings, professional development opportunities, field trips, and other organized activities. When conflicts exist, all parties (students, faculty, and staff) should work together so that the student can meet their academic obligations and participate in extracurricular events. If agreement about an appropriate accommodation cannot be reached, the student’s obligations to classes meeting on their posted schedules will take priority.

Class Trips Policy from the College Catalog

All students attending instruction-related trips or tours that require them to travel away from CIA must sign an approved release form in advance of the trip that declares they will not make a claim against the college or its personnel/representatives for injury or damage sustained while on the trip. Release forms should be returned to the faculty member leading the trip before the event. All CIA policies are in effect during sponsored excursions away from campus.

CIA Grading Policies and Grade Descriptions from the College Catalog

Letter grades are a means by which faculty members communicate their professional assessment of students’ work. The primary purpose of assigning grades is to provide a realistic standard of reference by which students can measure their progress while enrolled at CIA.

Grades are reported twice each semester: mid-term grades after the first eight weeks, and final grades at the close of the term. The mid-term grade is a preliminary indication of progress to date.

Semester and cumulative grade point averages are reviewed by Academic Services each term to determine each student’s academic status. Each transcript includes the semester Grade Point Average (GPA) and the cumulative GPA. Letter grades have the following meaning:

A, A-: Work of consistently outstanding quality, which displays originality, and often goes beyond course requirements;

B+, B, B-: Work of consistently good quality, demonstrating a high level of proficiency, knowledge, and skills in all aspects of the course;

C+, C, C-: Satisfactory work that meets the requirements of the course and conforms to the standards for graduation.

D+, D, D-: Work deficient in concept or execution but acceptable for course credit in all courses.

F: Work unacceptable for course credit and does not meet the standards for graduation.

CIA Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty excerpted from the Student Handbook:

All acts of academic dishonesty diminish the integrity of the Institute and are taken very seriously by the school. Students being accused of Academic Dishonestly will participate in our judicial process and if found responsible, will be subject to appropriate sanctions. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to any one or a combination of the following:

• Formal warning/censure/academic alert. • Reduced grade including a failing grade for the assignment. • Reduced grade including a failing grade for the entire course. • Forfeiture of student leadership positions, and/or restrictions on participation in Institute activities. • Academic probation • Suspension • Expulsion from the Institute.

CIA Course Evaluation Policy

All students are expected to fill out a brief course evaluation for each class at the end of the semester. Your participation in the course evaluation process is critical to CIA’s evaluation of faculty teaching, assessment of student learning outcomes, and identification of opportunities for continuous improvement to course content and instruction. Please take a moment to respond to the evaluation when directed to do so at the end of the semester. Your thoughts matter.