O. Independent Study in Art Education


Download the Art Education Independent Study Proposal and Contract (You can type directly into the form and the text areas will expand as needed.)


ART295I and ART495I Independent Study in Art Education

Whether you want to write a research paper, undertake an internship, or create art work, the independent study is an opportunity for you to delve into a project of intense interest. The independent study should enable you to:

  • demonstrate existing knowledge about the subject;
  • learn more about the subject;
  • conduct independent research;
  • engage in numerous processes related to art, education, and thinking in general;
  • produce a product;
  • reflect on the entire process with documentation; and
  • self assess the process and product.


What is an Independent Study?

Independent study allows a student to take a class “one-to-one” with a teacher. The study is student-directed with facilitation from faculty.  While faculty assist with facilitating the independent study, there is generally minimal faculty supervision.

An independent study is available at the 200 and 400 level. Independent study allows a student to consider a previously explored topic in more depth; emphasizing a particular interest the student may have developed as a result of previous study in the area. An independent study is a great option for students who want to explore specialized topics and interests.


Common Questions about Independent Study

1. Is an independent study right for me? Generally, success in independent study requires motivation and a strong commitment on the part of the student. It also requires sufficient academic preparation to enable the student to work independently.

2. How do I register for for an independent study? Students interested in an independent study in art education should meet with a faculty member. If it is determined that an independent study is appropriate, students will be given an override. At this time, the faculty and student will also determine the number of credits appropriate to study the topic of interest to the student. Independent studies are offered for variable credit.

3. How much time do I put into an independent study? Generally, students should expect to minimally put in the number of credit hours registered for each week as “in class” time and an additional two hours for each credit registered as “outside of class” time for an independent study. For example, a student registered for two credits of independent study would expect to, at least, put in six hours (two hours “in class” time and four hours “out of class” time for a total of six hours) per week. For independent study students, it is important to avoid references to “minimum” time commitments. Since motivation is high, students often exceed these expectations. 

Registered Credit Hours      Minimal Weekly Time Requirements 
1 credit      3 hours per week
2 credits      6 hours per week
3 credits      9 hours per week
4 credits      12 hours per week
5 credits      15 hours per week

4. What are the requirements for an independent study? Requirements for an independent study will vary from student to student. Students are required to complete the Art Education Independent Study Proposal and Contract document. This form directs students on how to determine the outcomes, materials, calendar, and assessment instrument for successfully completing their independent study.

5. Is there a requirement for how often a student and faculty member meet for the independent study? The timing/frequency of student-teacher interactions should be determined by the teacher and student, based on need. Suggested conference/meeting dates should be included in the Art Education Independent Study Proposal and Contract

6. What resources are available to independent study students? University facilities and resources are available to independent study students as registered students of a course. Personal supplies needed to complete the proposed project are provided by the student. These guidelines are no different from procedures followed by a student enrolled in a face-to-face class on campus.