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Liberal Arts Courses

On the Same Page: Rhetoric, Design, & Writing in the Digital Age

Course No. LLC 351X  Credits: 3.0

This course will allow students to develop the skills and understanding necessary for literacy in our information-saturated times. Facilitated by growth in electRonic technologies, more and more types of written texts, in both print and online media, have fused with images and other graphics. Literature producers and consumers of these emerging hybrid texts will need awareness of and competence in the complex communicative strategies that they engage. While this course offers valuable knowledge to any developing artist, it is particularly suitable for students studying in the visual communications majors; i.e., Communication Design, Illustration, Biomedical Art, Film, Video and Photographic Arts, Digital Arts. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

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.

Prehispanic Civilizations: The Aztec, the Maya, the Inca

Course No. SNS 360X  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Elizabeth Hoag

This will be a lecture based, Anthropology course that focuses on the three major civilizations of Prehispanic Latin America; the Aztec, Maya, and Inca. We will study the three civilizations to understand the complexity of New World cultures, and to understand what their legacy to the Americas is today.



Professional Practices

Course No. GEN 398  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Adrian Slattery | Barry Underwood | Daniel Cuffaro | Maggie Denk-Leigh

This course provides the student an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. A core lecture series covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. Students must select one of the breakout sections. Industry section supports student preparation to become an integral part of a commercial organization by providing an understanding of corporate methods and practices. Entrepreneur section transports the student through the key decisions required to establish a successful art/design business. Studio to Gallery section focuses on the complexities of a professional artistÕs studio practice by examining interactions with gallery directors, museum curators, preparators, conservators, and marketing professionals. This course is a required for all academic majors and encouraged for students in their Junior year of study. Offered fall and spring.

Putting Artists in the Classroom: Intro to Teaching Art I

Course No. GEN 400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kristin Thompson-Smith

Students will have the opportunity to receive a general introduction to the world of art education. Students will have the opportunity to give back to their community by providing art education to a school that does not have an existing art program. Students will be working with a cooperating classroom teacher in order to have first-hand teaching experience through the creation of the studio arts. Through this process students will be provided with the principles and practices of art education for grades K–8. Students will also be provided with curriculum construction and lesson planning to be used during their teaching of art education.

Putting Artists in the Classroom: Intro to Teaching Art II

Course No. GEN 400A  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kristin Thompson-Smith

Students will have the opportunity to receive a general introduction to the world of art education. Students will have the opportunity to give back to their community by providing art education to a school that does not have an existing art program. Students will be working with a cooperating classroom teacher in order to have first-hand teaching experience through the creation of the studio arts. Through this process students will be provided with the principles and practices of art education for grades K–8. Students will also be provided with curriculum construction and lesson planning to be used during their teaching of art education.

Race and Representation in Contemporary Art + Culture

Course No. ACD 420  Credits: 3.0
Faculty David Hart

This seminar-style course considers the relationship between race and representation in visual art and culture during the last three decades using contemporary methods including multi-culturism and postcolonial theory. We will discuss and analyze examples of contemporary art as well as popular culture drawn from advertisements, animation, film, the internet, installation and performance art, sculpture, photography, television and video. The focus will be on American culture, but discussions will also include the cultural contexts of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America. In addition to the primary focus on the representation of race, questions of class, sexuality, and gender will also be considered. Questions to be addressed include: Is race largely a biological or cultural phenomenon? How are "white" and "mixed-race" understood as racial categories? How have artists of different races dealt with racial identity and representation? Do popular media such as commercial advertisements and music videos convey prevailing notions of racial stereotypes? Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Science Fiction Writing Workshop

Course No. LLC 210W  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Bradley Ricca

The genre (or sub-genre) of science fiction may, on one level, be seen as a variety of Romanticism, as an extended collective response to features of modernity, specifically scientific discoveries and innovations, as well as elements of the Industrial and technological revolutions. Science fiction, in its astonishing number of permutations, has filled a vast canvas of imaginative possibility, discovering a range of responses and forms that range from the dystopian, pessimistic, even nihilistic, to the utopian. We hear and see, in the voices and imaginations of different science fiction writers and artists, warnings and celebrations, but at the bottom, questionings of what it means to be human and of what kinds of possibilities may lay before us. Science fiction is also a remarkably popular genre; it's vitally manifested in books, television shows, films, toys, games. In this class we will investigate some of the space(s), both literal and metaphorical, that science fiction (and popular ideas of science) offer to the imagination. The course's center, however, is the students' own writing and their own ideas, and will be conducted in workshop format, with relatively brief lectures by the instructor presenting relevant literary, historical, theoretical and biographical backgrounds and contexts. During the semester, students will present two to three original works-in-progress (either creative or critical) to the class, distributing photocopies of their work a week in advance to the members of the class and to the instructor. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

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