Senior Thesis: Policies & Info

BFA Senior Thesis

Professor Phil Lonergan


Office Phone: x5-2549

Office: #116D&M

Office Hours:  by appointment

Students are required to develop a body of work based upon the exploration of aesthetic concepts relative to thematic material. Students, with a faculty advisor, are expected to do much of the work independently with scheduled critical discussion involving faculty and fellow students. The objectives and progress of the thesis are examined and evaluated by a BFA evaluation committee comprised of the Art faculty. Outside critics will be brought in periodically to offer students a broader diversity of artistic thought. Prerequisite(s): AH 4100, the first semester BFA Thesis course. This class is worth 6 credits, which means that 3 credits of it must be earned completely outside of class time. According to PSU policy, you should be planning on doing 20 hours of work OUTSIDE OF CLASS each week for this course alone. This is an extraordinary amount of time to factor into your schedule. Please plan accordingly, and understand that the expectations for the quality and quantity of work that you will produce in this course will be very high as well.

We will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-11:50am.  You should expect to be in the studio working during these times.


  • To improve the student’s ability to develop and research ideas and follow through from concept to fully-realized work;
  • To continue to develop technical skills with varied tools and materials in each student’s specific discipline;
  • To improve knowledge of health and safety codes, regulations, and studio operation;
  • To continue to practice oral and written articulation of 3D ideas;
  • To continue to practice situating one’s own work in the context of art historical and theoretical ideas and trends;
  • To develop understanding of the differences between modernism and postmodernism;
  • To develop the ability to plan and order materials and supplies and manage a work space;
  • To further develop one’s own artistic voice as demonstrated in work produced;
  • To gain experience documenting work, and to begin to build a portfolio;
  • By the end of Thesis II, students should be working independently, and should have a completed body of work for the Thesis Exhibition, and should have a career plan for the future.



10%     Meet all show deadlines

 10%     Reading Summaries and Questions: Complete, Thoughtful, Typed

10%     Ability to demonstrate idea-development process

10%    History Presentation

15%    Current Topic Presentation

30%    Production

10%     Participation & Attitude

5%       ePort

Required Materials:    You are responsible for ordering and paying for any needed materials.

and I can help with complicated orders, but you are in charge of planning ahead and taking care of your supply needs.

Safety:             You are expected to follow rules of safe operation in both the wood and metal shops. This includes maintaining an uncluttered and clean work space, dressing appropriately, etc. DO NOT EAT OR DRINK IN THE STUDIO -TOXIC MATERIALS CAN BE TRANSMITTED INTO YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. For more information on safety, visit


  • ADA Policy: Plymouth State University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you should immediately contact the PASS Office in Lamson Library (535-2270) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with the PASS Office. If you have a Letter of Accommodation for this course from the PASS Office, please provide the instructor with that information privately so that you and the instructor can review those accommodations.


  • Academic Integrity Policy: see PSU catalog.
  • Art Department Policy on Use of Visual Recording Devices in all Classes , Workshops, or Open Studio Sessions using live models:

It is our mutual responsibility, as faculty and students, to ensure the privacy and safety of our models at all times. In order to uphold our commitment to privacy and safety, no visual recording devices will be allowed to be used in Figure classes, workshops, open studio sessions, or any class with a live model posing. If any individual is seen holding or using a visual recording device, they will be asked to leave the class and an unexcused absence will be credited for that day. In the case of cell phones, cell phones must be turned to vibrate mode before entering class. Emergency and/or special calls will be answered outside of the classroom. Any use of visual recording devices for class purposes must be pre-approved by the instructor and can only be used when the model is not posing.

  • Art Department Policy on Unclaimed Artwork


Any student participating in a studio course in the Art Department at PSU is responsible for removing from the premises the artwork he/she creates in that class at the end of the course. Any artwork left behind by a student from a course at the end of the semester will be saved or disposed of at the discretion of the instructor or Program Coordinator. The Art Department cannot ensure safety, conservation, or appropriate storage of work. If the artwork is saved, it will be used as a teaching resource for future classes.

Any artwork that is in a departmentally endorsed or sponsored exhibit and which is unclaimed by the artist at the end of that exhibit will be retained by the department for a period of 6 months. However, during this time, the Art Department cannot ensure safety, conservation, or appropriate storage of work. At the end of 30 days, the work will be reviewed by a departmental vetting committee to determine if the artwork will be retained or discarded. If the artwork is retained, it will be used as a teaching resource and Images of that artwork will be used for any public relations purposes as the Department and University see fit.