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Artistic Integrity & Copyright

Copyright & Artistic Integrity

  1. All artwork must be original.
  2. If a students use someone else’s work or published image as a basis for their own artwork, there must be significant alteration to the artwork in order to be considered original.
  3. During individual and group discussions and critiques, students will develop and understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and how to maintain artistic integrity.


  1. Copyright: the exclusive right granted by law to publish, sell, or distribute a literary or artistic work (protected by copyright).
  2. Plagiarism: to steal and use (the ideas or writings of someone else as one’s own.
  3. Integrity: ridged adherence to a code of values.
  4. Alteration (alter): to change; make or become different; modify.

Creating images: the best solution to prevent infringement of copyrights is:

  1. Work from your imagination
  2. Use a camera to create your own images

Assignments & grading:

  1. If the students uses someone else’s image (actual artwork, photo, or internet image) for inspiration, the student must turn in a photograph of the original artwork for comparison.


  1. Any assignment turned in for grading that violates copyrights will receive the grade of “0”.


  • the student may create a new “project to replace the grade of “0”.



I understand copyrights and will do my best not to infringe on someone else’s artistic creation:


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