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CIA Exhibition: Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Television and film writer teaching narrative writing at CIA

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Events: Sep 06, 2014

Mizoguchi's Greatest Decade

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Rachel Lamping '14 won first place and the audience favorite award at the California International Animation Festival 2014 for her 2D animation, "Different Not ...

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Events: Oct 18, 2014 @ William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, OH

A Creative Life featuring Paul Yanko

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9/25-28: John Waters in person, Sansho the Bailiff, three by Joanna Hogg

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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Opening Reception Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

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Avant Garde Film

Course No. HCS325  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Bruce Checefsky

Film, the quintessential art form of the 20th century, added time and relativity to the artist's palette. This course examines the abstract and non-narrative tradition: films that focus on manipulation of form, motion, and the collage-like collision of images in time (montage). Topics include early Soviet formalists, Dadaist and Surrealist films of the 1920's and 1930's, and American underground films of the 1960's and 1970's. Students keep a journal of their impressions of each film shown. COURSE FEE REQUIRED. May be applied as Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Avant-Garde Film: Montaged "Talkies"

Course No. HCS425.1  Credits: 3.0

Traditional film classes assume all films strive for narrative continuity and therefore organize their analyses around film techniques (editing, sound, cinematography), this class will view and discuss films of this a-chronological genre according to the underlying philosophical stance--or art movement--appropriate to each director. Theoretical approaches from visual art (surrealism, cubism, post-modernism), mathematics (fractal theory, chaos theory), psychology, history and from literary schools ("The New Novel" from Raymond Roussell to Robbe-Grillet) will provide intellectual and analytic base for these enigmatic works of narrative art. Course fee required. May be applied as Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Basic Histology

Course No. BMA 312  Credits: 3.0

Fundamental histology course covering microscopic structure, nomenclature, and function of normal cells, tissues, and organs (human emphasis) to provide a sound foundation for bioengineering, pre-medical and pre-dental students. CIA Students interested in registering for this course; please contact Amanda Almon (Head of Biomedical Art) & Dr. Joseph Miller, CWRU course faculty. Cross-registration at CWRU required.

Basic Theories of Psychology

Course No. SNS 308  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Adina Davidson

This course will offer an overview of the basic theories of psychology and how they apply to human development. We will explore the questions of what motivates people to do what they do. How and why do people change as they grow from infants to adults? How do we develop in our ability to play, to work, to love and to be ethical human beings? The course will cover the major personality theories of Freud and his understanding of the unconscious, Erickson, Jung with his description of the shadows and archetypes in the human mind and Rogers' humanistic psychology as well as learning theories and systems of moral development. The course will also cover the major feminist critiques of these systems. There will be a brief overview of psychological problems such as major depression, schizophrenia, phobias, etc., as well as some methods of treatment.

BFA Production + Independent Research: Production, Conveyance + Presentation

Course No. SCU428M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jimmy Kuehnle

Required for all senior sculpture majors.

BFA Production + Independent Research: Research + Production.

Course No. SCU427M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood | Christian Wulffen

As an extension of the Visual Arts and Technology Environment’s goal that students develop the ability to generate self-directed work, the Department of Sculpture seeks to provide each student with opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to identify and sustain an independent practice. This course is designed to increase student awareness of the current art discourse and the ability to use that knowledge as a means of awareness within the production of their own work. This educational process embraces a variety of approaches to basic problem-solving skills measured against the contemporary practices of the discipline. In cooperation with a major-day faculty, students are expected to develop what is often their first significant independent work. For BFA students the focus of this course centers on artistic production, conditions of conveyance and Presentation. Required at the senior level for all sculpture majors for BFA development and open to junior level sculpture students as an elective offering for independent research open to all other students at the junior and senior levels. Offered spring.

BFA Research + Preparation

Course No. IME 401  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato

These courses provide a platform for senior Animation, Game Design, and TIME–Digital Arts students who are BFA candidates. The courses are structured to support the individual in shaping her/his own project and the production of all elements of the BFA Thesis, strong conceptual skills developed through a professional planning and a good researched idea are core to this process.

BFA Research + Thesis

Course No. CMC 400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern

Core 5 is a hybrid seminar/studio courses for seniors with a focus on investigation, growth and verbal intelligibility. Each student develops their own criteria for a thesis and portfolio of work through research, exploration, and experimentation in various materials and media. The seminar includes discussions, presentations, readings, and writing assignments which vary to recognize the direction of the group and formal issues and conceptual challenges. The subject, research, and writing for the thesis are developed during the first semester with the final thesis due before the BFA exhibition and critique. The course includes field trips to museums, galleries, and artist studio visits to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice. The mid-year review at the end of the fall semester is an Environment- wide presentation and progress review, which also prepares students for the oral defense of the BFA exhibition in the spring. Required of all graduating Craft + Material Culture majors. Offered fall. Open to electives.

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