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Biomedical Art Courses

Human Anatomy

Course No. BMA 346C  Credits: 3.0

Gross anatomy of the human body. Two lectures and one laboratory demonstration per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 216 or BIOL 251. Cross-registration at CWRU required.

Human Anatomy + Physiology I

Course No. BMA 116  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Principles of Biology

This course is the first course in a two-semester sequence that covers most systems of the human body and covers homeostasis, membrane structure and function, membrane transport, tissue types, the integumentary system, neurons and nerves, the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, special senses (vision, hearing and equilibrium, taste, smell), and the cardiovascular system. Prerequisite: BMA114. Cross-registration at CWRU required. Offered fall.

Human Anatomy + Physiology II

Course No. BMA 117  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Human Anatomy + Physiology I

This course is the second course in a two-semester sequence that covers most systems of the human body and covers respiratory system, endocrine system, digestive system, lymphatic system, immune system, urinary system, acid-base regulation, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BMA116. Cross-registration at CWRU required. Offered spring.

Human Biology in Health + Disease

Course No. BMA 106  Credits: 3.0

This is an introduction to biological principles. Topics include discussion of cell structure, cell function, and physiology of digestion, circulation, excretion, and coordination in normal and disease states. Cross-registration at CSU required. Offered spring.

Human Forms: Head, Hands, Feet

Course No. BMA 255  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Elizabeth Halasz

This course is open to all majors who are interested in learning how to visually describe the (1) Head: facial proportion/anatomy, form, construction and expression (significance of meaning and context); (2) Hands: proportion/anatomy, gestural qualities & significance of meaning and context, biomechanics of motion; (3) Feet: proportion/anatomy, biomechanics of motion, the relationship to ground and weight emphasis. This Course provides observational drawing skills in: portraiture, hands and feet in a variety of different mediums, perspectives (from orthogonal interpretation to dramatic vantage points and foreshortening.) This course is designed to benefit majors in Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Biomedical Art, Animation, Video, Game Design, and is open as an elective to all majors. Projects include assignments and exercises which incorporate the specific subjects of Heads, Hands, and Feet. The projects involve principles of realism, observational accuracy, proportion/anatomy, composition, creative context of meaning and emotion. Offered fall.

Human Learning and the Brain

Course No. BMA 301  Credits: 3.0

This course focuses on the question, "How does the human brain learn?" Through assigned readings, extensive class discussions, and a major paper, each student will explore personal perspectives on learning. Specific topics include, but are not limited to: the brain's cycle of learning; neocortex structure and function; emotion and limbic brain; synapse dynamics and changes in learning; images in cognition; symbolic brain (language, mathematics, music); memory formation; and creative thought and brain mechanisms. The major paper will be added to each student's SAGES writing portfolio. In addition, near the end of the semester, each student will make an oral presentation on a chosen topic. Cross-registration at CWRU required.

Image, Narrative, and Sequence

Course No. IME 267  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Elizabeth Halasz | Larry O'Neal | Lincoln Adams | Mary Jo Toles

The concentration of this course is an intensive study on discussion and research of the aesthetics, techniques and problems of pre-production for digital media visual storytelling, for both linear and non-linear output. We will investigate ways in which to use more than characters to define mood and forward the narrative. We will focus on how elements such as subject/object positioning, background, props, timing, audio, camera angles, lighting, graphic design, composition of frames, and using suitable text enhance the communication of your ideas. We will hold regular presentations and critiques analyzing your composition of all visual and audio elements in progress and discuss methods in which to enhance everything to work together to tell a more complete, fully realized narrative. Emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary experimentation, students are encouraged to pursue personal and independent expression while giving full attention to researching and developing original concepts. Offered fall and spring.

Independent Projects in Ceramics

Course No. BMA 352  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Joseph Pangrace | Thomas Nowacki

This studio course is an introduction to the illustration of surgical procedures and its fundamental application within the discipline of biomedical art. It is based on the belief that understanding the concepts of medical and/or veterinary surgery is essential to creating effective illustrations and other media that visually communicates the information. Students will research surgical procedures and techniques, sketch procedures in the operating room, prepare comprehensive sketches outlining visual narrative of surgical procedures, and render final illustrations/media presentations using a variety of digital media. Special access to Case Western University Hospitals will be granted and all students must follow ALL rules during medical observation; and be conscious of patient-related regulations and privacy standards. Offered spring.

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Thomas Nowacki

Thomas Nowacki

Associate Professor/Chair of Biomedical Art

Thomas is the Chair of and Associate Professor in the Biomedical Art Department at CIA as well as Adjunct Prof...more

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