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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Self Promotion
Course: ART255AA

First Term: 1994 Fall
Lecture   1 Credit(s)   1 Period(s)   1 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Career goals, presentation of artist, communication skills, keeping files and records, developing self-promotional materials

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Evaluate appropriateness of personal goals and objectives to the market needs. (I, II, VI)
2. Develop a self-promotion package, including a resume and business correspondence system. (III, VIII)
3. Apply communication objectives of interviews for employment and in marketing personal art. (IV, VII)
4. Apply basic procedures of recordkeeping and keeping a tax file. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Goals
   A. Artistic skills vs. the marketplace
   B. Personal expectations
II. The marketplace
   A. Targeting the market
   B. Resources, references, contacts (publications, personnel, networks)
   C. Identifying a market for one`s skills: new directions (unusual or alternative markets)
III. Self-presentation
   A. Logos: preparing a logo for cards, brochures
   B. Business cards: personal calling card
   C. Self-promo postcards and brochures
   D. Slides: getting good slides, labeling, and filing
   E. Preparing a resume
   F. Writing a press release
   G. Writing an artist`s statement
   H. Writing a query letter
IV. Communication skills
   A. Setting up interviews
   B. Art directors, art reps., business owners
   C. Criticism
      1. Learning to deal with criticism and suggestions
      2. Reworking a project
      3. Listening to the client
V. Files and recordkeeping
   A. Creating a mailing list and client file
   B. Personal calendar: events, interviews, meetings
   C. Tax file: supplies, expenses, sales
VI. Developing a personal promotional campaign
VII. Troubleshooting
   A. Pitfalls, problem areas, and roadblocks
   B. Finding solutions or alternatives
VIII. Presenting a comprehensive packet of self-promotional materials
   A. Samples of work
   B. Artist ID: logo, business card, etc.
   C. Resume
   D. Photo samples or slides
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 5/24/1994

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