Academics . Courses
Photo: BFA Thesis + Research
Course No. PHV 495M Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee
This course will provide a framework for developing a conceptual photographic philosophy and written BFA Thesis. Students develop a thesis proposal and written Thesis in conjunction with work they will present in their BFA exhibition and final portfolio. Students hone critical and theoretical skills in photography by examining historical and contemporary practices that have emerged with respect toward concepts and processes. Students investigate these ideas through critical readings, discussions, writing, and field trips. Portfolio, exhibition, professional presentation, and writing skills are fine-tuned in this semester of study. The course format maximizes the potential for dynamic group interaction and facilitates essential one-on-one exchange with faculty and individual students. Senior Photo majors are presented with many opportunities to present work to gain the confidence and skills necessary to communicate to a broad range of audiences. Projects include a Thesis exhibition proposal, written Thesis, and calendar dates for all phases of work to be completed. Individual projects working towards their BFA exhibition are contracted with each student. Required of Senior Photography majors. Offered fall.
Photography: Installation & Constructed Objects
Course No. PHV 326 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood
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 cameras, 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 photography students and those working in both installation and industrial design. Open to all majors. Cross-listed with Visual Arts.
Course No. PHV 399-499 Credits: 0.0
Elective credit can be given on a case-by- case basis for an internship developed by student through the career services office, with advance permission of instructor and head of department.
Course No. Acting + Directing Credits: 3.0
Acting + Directing is an intense production course designed for aspiring art directors, screenwriters, and actors who wish to purse a career in film and/or animation. The course requires both performance and cinematic practice. Directors will create and produce short scenes taking on the full responsibility of creating clear communication using the audio/visual language of cinema and focusing on the developing and execution of performance on screen. Beyond just holding the responsibility of successful execution of a project, directors will also switch roles with the actor, working from the other side of the lens to better understand the acting process and what kind of specific direction an actor needs to perform according to another director’s vision. Open elective.
Poetry Writing Workshop
Course No. LLC 211W Credits: 3.0
Faculty Susan Grimm
This class will focus on the creation, revision, oral and visual presentation of poems. Because good writing requires deep reading, we'll also be reading and responding to poems from an anthology throughout the semester. Students will be required to keep a journal that responds to anthology poems in the form of imitation poems, commentary, letters to the poets, or illustrations. Class time will be spent doing writing and revision exercises, small-group work, discussing poems from the anthology, playing with various aspects of poetry, and workshopping poems written in class. The final project will entail creating a chapbook of poems written during the semester. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.
Popular Culture & Imagery: A Painting Course
Course No. PTG327.1 Credits: 3.0
This course will explore the symbiotic relationship of art and culture, and the particular ways in which popular and material culture influence the visual arts and vice versa NOW (if there are indeed any particular ways that stand out in this particular time as opposed to a different time in history). Students will learn to discern both the overt and covert affects/effects of culture on contemporary artists as well as on their own work and that of their peers. Students in order to take part in relevant class room conversation/discussion need a working knowledge of current events/ history/popular culture and will need to be ready to read and do research, etc. Open to all Students. 3 credits.expand collapse
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