Sweaty palms. Uncontrollable jitters. A heretofore never experienced kind of stress.
What has students so worked up, you ask?
It’s crit season.
Crits are essential to the practice of studio. Through crits, students publicly present their work, defend their design choices, consider new perspectives, and sometimes, admit that they failed. But failing fast and failing publicly is a key aspect of studio method, so it isn’t a bad thing… But more on that later. Crits allow students to actively engage in conversations—and sometimes, arguments—with jurors (professors, comic book store managers, NIH scientists, President DeGioia… the list goes on!) about the many facets of their product. Whatever it may be.