Online Gallery of Student and Alumni Work

Student-Generated Content
Author Information
John Sener
The Sloan Consortium
Institution(s) or Organization(s) Where EP Occurred: 
Minneapolis College of Art
Effective Practice Abstract/Summary
Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice: 

Student-generated content is an integral part of art and design education. Minneapolis College of Art and Design's Online Gallery features student and alumni work in a wide variety of disciplines. 

Description of the Effective Practice
Description of the Effective Practice: 

Student-generated content has long been an integral part of art and design education. Minneapolis College of Art and Design's Online Gallery makes student work available online to other students, the MCAD community, and the world. The MCAD Online Gallery consists of sixteen sections, of which 14 sections are subject areas (Advertising, Animation, Comic Art, Drawing, Filmmaking, Fine Arts Studio, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Media, Painting, Photography, Print Paper Book, and Sculpture). There are also separate sections are for Master of Fine Arts students and an "Alumni Gallery" featuring work from MCAD alumni. Each gallery features work from 20 or so students; many display a single work, while others display multiple works. A zoom feature allows each display to be viewed at eight different levels of magnification, and the work can be moved within its "canvas" to allow closeup views of selected areas of the work.

Supporting Information for this Effective Practice
Evidence of Effectiveness: 

In one sense, the quality of the work displayed in MCAD's Online Gallery speaks for itself in terms. The value of the online gallery in enabling students to display work for prospective clients and employers is also obvious. Although the digital renditions of student work are not always optimal representations, they succeed in conveying the general spirit of the work and would set the stage for in-person presentations of the work.

How does this practice relate to pillars?: 

Access: As noted above, the Online Gallery makes student work easily available beyond the studio and the campus into the world at large.