Course Syllabus/Policy Statement

IDS 101
Missouri Fine Arts Academy

The Missouri Fine Arts Academy is an intensive three-week interdisciplinary arts program for selected Missouri high school juniors and seniors consisting of classes and co-curricular activities in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Its design satisfies specific fine arts knowledge standards, appeals to a variety of learning styles, and provides a forum for collaborative learning.


The purpose of the Academy is to motivate and challenge students to explore, create, and present new artworks; to think creatively in posing and solving problems; to participate in an exchange where concept, process, and product are balanced; and to invite artistic risk-taking behavior in an environment in which the powers of thought are respected and critiqued.

Course Objectives

Students will:

  1. Participate actively in discussions of the principles and techniques of artistic disciplines and analyze the motivation, process, and product in art works.

  2. Create and present discipline-specific and interdisciplinary artworks to demonstrate comprehension of artistic principles, techniques, and relationships.

  3. Create and refine an Individual Process Piece to demonstrate an understanding of the artistic process and self-analysis.

  4. Work individually and in groups to create and present original discipline-specific and interdisciplinary works that demonstrate a synthesis of ideas and creative use of resources.

  5. Using specific criteria, participate actively in critical and analytical discussion of artworks.

Grading Policy

The grade for the class will be based on the student's achievement of the course objectives. The Academy director and faculty will provide explicit expectations and frequent feedback on students' work.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to be on time and stay for the duration of all classes and co-curricular activities of the Academy. Accommodations may be made for Academy-sanctioned activities, personal illness, family emergency, or other compelling circumstances. Students must consult with the director before being absent from the Academy. Students who miss a class or classes must meet with appropriate faculty outside of class time, preferably before students' return to class, so as not to disrupt progression of the class.

Textbooks, tests, term paper, final examination

No textbooks are required for the Academy; generally, all instructional materials will be provided for all classes. No tests or final examination is given however students are required to participate in the Final Presentation and the Individual Process Piece.

Dropping the Class

It is your responsibility to understand the university's procedure for dropping a class. If you withdraw or are dismissed from the Academy but do not follow proper procedure for dropping the class, you will receive a failing grade. For information about dropping a class or withdrawing from the university, contact the Office of the Registrar at 417-836-5520.

Cell Phone Policy

For information on the use of cell phones, please consult the Student Handbook.

Academic Integrity Statement

Missouri State University is a community of scholars committed to developing educated persons who accept the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity. You are responsible for knowing and following the university's student honor code — Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures. Any student participating in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions as described in this policy.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and maintains a grievance procedure available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. At all times, it is your right to address inquiries or concerns about possible discrimination to the Office for Equity and Diversity, Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 111, 417-836-4252. Other types of concerns (i.e., concerns of an academic nature) should be discussed directly with your instructor and can also be brought to the attention of your instructor's Department Head.

Disability Accommodation Statement

To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Director of Disability Services, Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, 417-836-4192 or 417-836-6792 (TTY). Students are required to provide documentation of disability to Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations. Disability Services refers some types of accommodation requests to the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, which also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing, contact the Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, 417-836-4787.

Emergency Response Statement

Students who require assistance during an emergency evacuation must discuss their needs with MFAA Director Ray Castrey and Disability Services. If you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the Academy director as soon as possible. For additional information students should contact the Office of Disability Services, 417-836-4192 (PSU 405), or Larry Combs, Interim Assistant Director of Public Safety and Transportation at 417-836-6576. For further information on Missouri State University's Emergency Response Plan, please refer to MSU's Safety and Transportation website.