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Intended for the beginner, this course teaches principles of design in composition,
printing and display. Topics include camera handling, lighting, film and film development.
Ownership of a camera is required.
This basic course emphasizes the elements and principles of design and composition
as applied to a variety of drawing techniques. It is a studio course that uses a variety
of media including still life, nature and the human figure.
This introduction to the study and application of design in the visual arts: focuses
on problem solving and using principles of two- and three-dimensional design.
This course studies the major trends in the visual arts of Europe from antiquity to
the present. Forms, symbols and images of the artistic styles will be illustrated
on selected works of each historical period.
Through reading assignments, writing exercises, and peer review, students will become
familiar with a wide range of models and formal strategies for constructing and critiquing
various experiments with the essay form. Assignments may include the personal essay,
the journalistic essay, the travel essay, the poetic essay, the science essay, the
reflective essay, nature writing, multi-genre writing, experimental autobiography,
literary memoir, literary journalism, imaginative non-fiction, op-ed and social justice
writing. etc. As students develop and expand their reading, writing, and critical
thinking practices, the content and form of the class will foster investigations into
the nature of truth, the ethics of representing others, the transformative power of
memory, and the politics of literary genre.
This course provides a foundation for creative writing across a variety of genres,
including poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction writing. Students will become
familiar, through readings, writing projects, peer critique, and in-class writing,
with the fundamental elements of each genre. Students will develop a practical and
critical knowledge of the construction of contemporary creative writing in terms of
language, genre, form, metrics, narrative, character, and description, and of representative
examples of published writers. This fulfills the humanities core requirement as a
fine arts course.
This course will explore the new frontiers of writing and the range of cultural competencies
necessary to fully participate in the global digital future. Students will develop
digital and information literacies as well as the foundational elements of strong,
clear, precise writing while becoming fluent in emerging communication practices.
Students will learn to produce texts in multimedia digital environments, producing
new media writing projects such as blogs, wikis, websites, social networking sites,
audio, video, and other converged and hybrid media. The course will also focus on
helping students to develop critical media literacy skills; students will learn to
apply rigorous critical analysis of the media that they consume.
This course explores writing as a powerful tool for community activism and political
action. Students will read, discuss, and write a variety of genres explicitly connected
to social and political progressivism, including: personal narratives, letters to
the editor, op-ed columns, videos, debate arguments, interviews, blogs, Twitter feed,
Facebook pages, online petitions, interactive media projects, etc. The course will
also explore the role of DIY art, film, and performance, digital activism, and social
media as vehicles of participatory social and political action. Assignments will be
designed to foster both expressive and critical thinking and writing skills, problem-solving,
the ability to research, organize, and synthesize material, and to generate writing
that will deeply explore and interrogate social and political systems, particularly
those that produce and perpetuate injustices.
This course will focus on honing the screen and/or playwriting skills of students
to help them develop a greater creative, critical, and aesthetic understanding of
these genres. A variety of dramatic forms will be investigated, with an emphasis on
the formal elements of plot, character, dialogue, setting, figurative language,etc.
Through reading assignments, writing exercises, and critique of student work, students
will hone the techniques of storytelling for film and/or theater and become familiar
with a wide range of models and formal strategies for constructing and analyzing scripts.
This fulfills the humanities core requirement as a fine arts course.
This course will focus on honing the poetry writing skills of students and to help
them develop a greater creative, critical, and aesthetic understanding of this genre.
A variety of poetic formats and forms will be investigated, with an emphasis on the
formal elements of prosody, metaphor, imagery, language, structure, syntax, patterns,
etc. Through reading assignments, writing exercises, and critique of student work,
students will become familiar with a wide range of models and formal strategies for
constructing and analyzing poetry. This fulfills the humanities core requirement as
a fine arts course.
This course will focus on honing the fiction writing skills of students and to help
them develop a greater creative, critical, and aesthetic understanding of this genre.
A variety of short fiction formats and forms will be investigated, with an emphasis
on the formal elements of plot, character, dialogue, setting, point of view, tone,
imagery, figurative language, etc. Through reading assignments, writing exercises,
and critique of student work, students will become familiar with a wide range of models
and formal strategies for constructing and analyzing short fiction. This fulfills
the humanities core requirement as a fine arts course.
This course is an introduction to oil painting, with emphasis on understanding color,
paint handling and observation. Attention is given to the approach of painters, both
past and present, through periodic slide presentations.
The flickering images playing across the cinema screen are the closest thing to our
own dreams that humans have created. As the nature of consciousness becomes both more
elusive in some ways and better understood in others, its presence as a topic in popular
culture has become more and more dominant. This course will focus on the multiple
and complex relationships between consciousness, memory, identity, and our perceptions
and theories of time, investigating the ways that we choose to represent these relationships
in the cinema. We will study films and television series that investigate questions
about the nature and limits of human-and non-human-consciousness. We will pay special
attention to the intersection of these questions with theories of time, memory, and
identity, from the perspective of physics, psychology, and poetics. Students will
apply what they observe through the creation of their own media projects focused on
memory, time, and consciousness.
This introduction to the elements of filmmaking includes screenwriting, camera and
lighting, performance, music and sound, editing and the role of the director. Feature
films are used to study elements.
This is a survey of painting, sculpture and architecture of the United States from
the colonial period to the present with emphasis on the evolution of styles of the
19th and 20th centuries. Offered as needed.
The development of major European and American styles in architecture, painting and
sculpture in the last two centuries, from neoclassicism to contemporary trends, is
This course combines an art-historical overview of contemporary artists using performance,
happenings, action-based art, with influential critics, writers and photography with
hands-on studio art-making.
The architecture of Wright in the historical context of modern American architecture
is examined. The course explores his precursors and his impact on and debate with
Technologies from the invention of writing to the inception of social media have influenced
politics, journalism, andculltural production. As they explore aesthetic strategies
and techniques in various media, students will engage with the material through both
scholarship and practice. Selected readings from scholars, artists, and media activists
will provide background and analysis of the history, theory, politics, and methods
of participatory media. Students will critically analyze the relationships between
media, audience, information, and power and consider the relationship between a participatory
democracy and alternative media sources. Students will investigate the politics of
representation and will learn to identify bias and manipulation and to recognize and
analyze visual and textual systems of cultural codes at work in mass media. In their
own projects, they will make use of this knowledge to create their own media messages
to work most effectively within the visual and cultural codes they are challenging.
This course examines the art of an influential creator of film by offering an in-depth
of the work of one major director,cinematographer, editor, or screenwriter. While
examining the filmmaker's style and technique, we will investigate her or his philosophical
approach to the visual representation of human experience. The historical and socio-political
context of the films, along with their reception by viewers, are also considered in
our study of the film maker's creative vision. This courses fulfills the humanities
core requirement as a fine arts course.
This course will focus on a particular movement, style, genre, or cultural ,political,
or aesthetic theme within the medium of film. A careful study of films and filmmakers
within a particular movement or theme will emphasize the relationship of cinematic
forma and content with special attention to the techniques,expressive strategies,
and historical, cultural,and socio-political context of the films and their makers.
Advanced Black & White Methods
Course transfers in as a fine arts core elective.