Academics . Courses
Artist's Book: Narrative + Form
This course is for students interested in producing sequentially developed imagery via linear book structures. Historical examples and contemporary developments regarding the evolution of the artist book are examined through texts, through the use of our library’s artist book collection, in discussion, and during critiques. Due to technological advancements over the last century artists now have a variety of media with which to explore output of book projects. The class will expose students to the nature and potential of different book structures as well as a variety of materials. The course will heighten the student’s ability to utilize the interaction of sequenced content—the act of turning pages—to express the continuity of an idea flowing through a continuum. Students realize the potential of narrative, sequence, and pacing, together with the importance of combining word and image. Open Elective. One semester required for Print majors for graduation.
Course No. LLC 205W Credits: 3.0
In this elective course, students will study various forms and stages of writing about art for publication. In addition to reading and discussing effective examples of published writings on art, students will produce a total of 20 pages of writing throughout the semester in the form of reviews, interviews, profiles, and feature stories. Students will alternately function as writers and editors as they produce written work that is expressly conceived and shaped for publication.
Asian Art Survey
Course No. ACD 372 Credits: 3.0
This course serves as a "survey" or a window for the art of multiple cultures. This lecture/exercise/discussion-style course explores the art and visual culture of Asia, focusing on India, Japan and China. Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of art will be stressed in class. In order to understand the art and civilization of these three countries, we will look at art objects ranging from ancient archaeological finds, medieval architecture to modern and contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists, performing arts and animation will also be discussed in this course. The content of this course will be generally divided into pre-Modern, Modern, and Contemporary eras in which art and visual culture will be discussed with geographic perspectives. As the semester progresses, some additional readings and films may be assigned. Each student is encouraged to find examples learned in the course and apply them to his/her intellectual development. Visual Culture Emphasis course.
Course No. LLC 207W Credits: 3.0
Faculty Olatubosun Ogunsanwo
This course consists of six first-person accounts, which highlight the socio-historical and psychological significance of the autobiographical narrative in the black experience. The autobiographical mode is one of the predominant forms of literary expression in black literature, dating back to the "slave narrative" of the eighteenth century, just as it is in the hands of African artists a prominent literary form that is characterized by its predominantly collective and communal narrative voice. The course will focus on the interface between individual life-story and collective (social) history. It will also consider in the postmodernist sense the thin line between fiction and history (art and life), while exploring individual consciousness as an art of rhetorical self-definition and subjectivity. The last two books include two generational responses to womanist issues; and both of them problematize the autobiographical art-form. There are six videos primarily to provide socio-historical background to the course. The videos, as visual texts, are also meant to create a critical interface with the 6 literary socio-constructs, with a view to stimulating your deep insights into the course. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.
Automative Design Language 1.2
Course No. IND 353T Credits: 3.0
This is the second semester of Automotive Design Language Foundation. In this semester, students will learn how to use right design language to promote the main theme, how to integrate function into form languages and how to develop design details. Course phases were set to help students build up understanding and skills step-by-step, from proportion and vehicle architecture, to detail refinement and material/color trim. Students will place emphasis on developing automotiverelated form-giving methods and design communication through sketching, rendering, physical modeling and verbal/ visual presentation. Studio time will include formal lectures, demos, one-day assignments, work time and one-on-one instruction. Required of junior Transportation Track students. Offered spring.
Automotive Design Language 1.1
Course No. IND 352T Credits: 3.0
Faculty Haishan Deng
Automotive Design Language is an essential knowledge and skill for transportation designers to translate brand literacy, value and design quality into the appearance of a vehicle. In the first semester of a year-long sequence, students will learn how to develop techniques to explore new design language both in exterior and interior. Learn how to transform structural inspiration into design. Course phases were set to help students build up understanding and skills step-by-step, from proportion, to vehicle architecture, to detail refinement and material/color trim. Students will place emphasis on developing automotive-related form-giving methods and design communication through sketching, rendering, physical modeling and verbal/visual presentation. Studio time will include formal lectures, demos, one-day assignments, work time and one-on-one instruction. Required of junior Transportation Track students. Offered fall.
Avant Garde Film
Course No. HCS 325 Credits: 3.0
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 1920s and 1930s, and American underground films of the 1960s and 1970s. Students keep a journal of their impressions of each film shown. Course fee required. May be applied as Visual Culture Emphasis course.
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.
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