ARTS 073 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar is essentially an online course where we meet together as a group once a week to clarify directions, answer questions and gain individual feedback/critique. With than in mind, it is imperative that you are prepared for class each week with questions and to confirm your progress on assignments.

To view the complete syllabus, assignment calendar or individual assignments for ARTS 073, mouse over the ARTS 073 Freshman Seminar Tab found under COURSES from the main menu and look for the appropriate pullout listings that appear on the right.

Studio Policies—a few essential rules

  • Course Objectives—what the class is trying to accomplish
  • Note Taking—its essential!
  • Attendance—have to be here!
  • Grading—feedback
  • Supplies/Materials—stuff you need

How to be a successful student of Art/Design

“If you want to
soar with the eagles in the morning,
you can’t hoot it up
with the owls all night”.


Online Portfolio 

Preparation for Portfolio Review, Spring semester

Mac Lab
Log in with your InsidePacific username and password. If you receive a keychain error after a while, it’s because you changed your InsidePacific password, and keychain needs to be updated. You can type in your previous InsidePacific password and it will update, and this will stop the error from appearing each time.


Assignment 1


Freshman Seminar is a core course in the sequence of classes known as Foundations and will introduce students majoring in either Studio Arts or Graphic Design to the basics of three critical areas for efficient and professional practice in the visual art studio. Those areas are:

  1. What It Means to Be an Artist/Designer, a philosophical grounding
  2. Portfolio Development and Artist/Designer Visual Identity
  3. Introductory Techniques, Procedure, & Processes for Studio and Safety

The topics and practices introduced in each of these general areas are meant to prepare the student for creative success in upper division classes of their major in Studio or Graphic Design. The student’s experience will include lectures, slides, videos, assigned reading, writing, discussion and development of an online portfolio of personal work. We will also see how changing technology affects the style and look of art/design projects and concepts.

Examples of specific topics include (but are not limited to):

  1. Sketch book
  2. Electronic file management and formatting
  3. Digital printing procedures
  4. Formal composition frameworks
  5. Artwork presentation techniques
  6. Equipment use policies and Safety Practices
  7. Studio etiquette and responsibilities
  8. Aesthetics
  9. Art philosophy
  10. Process and artistic development documentation techniques
  11. Development of an Online Personal Portfolio

The focus of all studio projects will be on the introduction to studio practices and development of skills as related to the professional practice of graphic design and studio art.


The main project and primary vehicle for exploration of class topics will be the creation of individual documentary portfolio websites. These websites will contain written responses to assignments as well as be an online portfolio of personal art and design work. This site will serve as the initial site that will be expanded upon throughout your entire academic career at Pacific. It will be the primary vehicle used for your formal portfolio review at the end of your freshman year during spring semester.


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