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Painting: The Medium Is the Message

Course No. PTG434.1  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Painting: Painting History: 1828-Present

Careful selection and control of the medium enables us to express ideas clearly. In this class students will explore and consider how various materials, methods, and processes operate, function, and ultimately how they impact meaning. Class demonstrations and lectures will introduce students to basic traditional and nontraditional painting materials and processes including safe handling and use. The class will function as a lab where through the process of trial and error, students will conduct 'tests', keep notes, and ultimately catalogue their findings in an archive. Students are expected to explore these 'findings' in their own studio practice, as they further develop the practical and conceptual skills necessary for their work. This course is open to all students.

Performance Art

Course No. VAT 280-380-480  Credits: 3.0

Performance art is and has been an open genre, a place to experiment with ideas, materials and time. For this course, the working definition of “performance art” is — a piece which uses a live body, exists in time, and is non-linear. This class is an introduction to performance art designed for students who are shy and apprehensive about performing and students who are extroverted and at ease in front of groups. Workshops include: developing a language of movement, gesture, and stance; developing a range of low-tech sound, lighting and video; juxtaposing activity, image, sound and text; structuring or building a piece; and documentation. We will consider singular actions, interventions and other strategies for generating and developing ideas for performance work. Student work for this class has been diverse and has included costume-based work, work using endurance as a central tactic, collaborative work, public intervention, interactive and site-specific work. Skills in editing video and sound, installation, animation are useful, but not required.

Peru Before Pizarro

Course No. ACD356.1  Credits: 3.0

The great empire of the Inca was toppled by the Spanish conquistadors under Francisco Pizarro in 1532. The Inca name is familiar to us because they were the last great civilization of the Andean region, but they were preceded by a whole series of cultures that existed along the coastal deserts of Peru and in the valleys of the towering Andes Mountains. In this course we will study the way of life of these people and the artistic traditions that trace back over 3000 years, manifest today in surviving earthworks, architecture, sculpture, textiles, pottery and metallurgy. Previously undisturbed tombs have yielded new riches, but earlier finds have provided us with textiles that are over 2000 years old. Students in fiber, ceramics, and metals should find much of interest in this course. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Pho/VAT: Installation & The Constructed Object

Course No. VAT426.1  Credits: 3.0

This course is a special topic course designed to cover the design, construction and lighting of installations, stage sets, and performance spaces. Students will investigate contemporary applications and approaches to subjects specifically composed for the camera, and document installations that exist outside of the studio environment, with an emphasis on the genre's relationship to historical and contemporary theatre. Workshops include traditional camera formats, digital cameras, advanced studio lighting, basic electricity and carpentry, with an emphasis on scenery design. Students will plan and create small-scale models of stage designs; scale up these designs, and document their design. This course will be of special interest to students working in both installation and industrial design. Open to all students. 3 credits.

Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

Course No. PHV 295  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jerry Birchfield Jr | Joseph Minek | Nancy McEntee

This course covers the fundamentals of digital and film SLR cameras, optics, exposure ratio, digital and B&W printing techniques. Lectures and demonstrations address digital workflow, file archiving, output for various applications and digital image development and film processing. Introductory lighting tools and documentation of artwork for professional applications is covered. Required for sophomore Photography majors. Open studio elective. Offered fall.

Photo 2: Digital Imaging

Course No. PHV 296  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

This is an advanced studio course directed for the photography major that provides the technical and aesthetic fundamentals of digital photographic imaging for creative application. Students gain experience and skill working through each step of the production process, from image capture to computer modification, manipulations, and enhancement of images. This course fosters an engagement in a comprehensive digital workflow focused toward the production and presentation of professional quality work for portfolio and exhibition. Students gain proficiency in the use of Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Lightroom 5 to make use of the creative options this software facilitates. Required for sophomore Photography majors. Open studio elective. Prerequisite of PHV295 Photo I: Intro to Photography. Offered spring.

Photo 3: Advanced Digital Projects

Course No. PHV 395  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography | Digital Photo Imaging I for Non-Majors | Photo 2: Digital Imaging

Advanced Digital Projects is an advanced studio art course in digital image-making concepts and techniques, allowing in-depth exploration of extended computer-based photo, large format and compositing projects. Digital imaging skills are advanced working with Adobe Creative Cloud’s latest advancements to Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom. Aesthetic issues are balanced with technical aspects of production, promoted through research into both artistic concerns and specific skill sets tailored to individual projects. Class structure combines demonstration and tutorials with hands-on, project-based activities applying acquired techniques, and provides opportunity for in-class discussion, critiques and presentations. Students are expected to demonstrate time management skills, work independently and meet deadlines. Required for photography majors in the photo track. Prerequisites: PHV295 Photo I: Intro to Photography; PHV296 Photo 2: Digital Imaging or PHV201 Digital Photo Imaging or instructor signature. Open studio elective. Offered fall.

Photo Archive, Book + Portfolio

Course No. PHV 350  Credits: 3.0

This course advances the student’s knowledge of professional practice standards for archival media, emphasizing the photographic book and photographic portfolio. Work is project-based, focused on production of portfolios and books that incorporate the photographic image as an essential element. The photographic image is considered in context relevant to its function as primary artwork, documentation, as record of process or used in reference to concepts. Portfolios and photographic books are explored as an individualized expression of one’s professional work. Required for Photography majors in the Photo track. Prerequisite: PHV296 or PHV201 Digital Photo Imaging or instructor’s signature. Open elective. Offered spring.

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