Academics . Courses
Course No. BMA 358 Credits: 3.0
Ultimately the success or failure (i.e., life or death) of any individual animal is determined by its behavior. The ability to locate and capture food, avoid being food, acquiring and defending territory, and successfully passing your genes to the next generation, are all dependent on complex interactions between an animal's design, environment and behavior. This course will be an integrative approach emphasizing experimental studies of animal behavior. You will be introduced to state-of-the-art approaches to the study of animal behavior, including neural and hormonal mechanisms, genetic and developmental mechanisms and ecological and evolutionary approaches. We will learn to critique examples of current scientific papers, and learn how to conduct observations and experiments with real animals. We will feature guest appearances by the Curator of Research from the Cleveland MetroPark Zoo, visits to working animal behavior research labs here at CWRU. Group discussions and writing will be emphasized. Cross-registration at CWRU required.
Animation Portfolio Reel + Shorts
Course No. ANIM 420 Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Whetsel
This course is a requirement for Animation students but also recommended for any student interested in the entertainment industry. Students will build and present a professional portfolio while learning career search and interviewing skills. Students will have the opportunity to create animated shorts and refine their best work. Each student will leave this course with a professional portfolio and a demo reel in their area of expertise. Offered spring.
Course No. ANIM 399-499 Credits: 0.0
Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for student internships developed through the Career Center office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair.
The course is an introduction to the nature of culture and a comparison of contemporary western and non-western cultures worldwide. Readings, films, slides and class discussion help review cultural similarities and differences in subsistence technology, language, social organization, politics, religion and art. An analysis that views culture as humankind's most important adaptive tool, a strategy for survival, also suggests anthropology's relevance for appreciating modern world social, economic and ecological problems. The course addresses contemporary issues of human choices and culture change.
Anthropology of Gender Roles
Course No. SNS 350X Credits: 3.0
In this course students will examine the various forms of gender roles, stereotypes, stratification, and attitudes from a cross-cultural, anthropological perspective. We will look at different cultural notions and assignments of gender, and how men’s and women’s activities vary in different types of cultures. We will also consider gender-related topics in our own culture. This course will be conducted in a seminar format, with a smaller class size, and an emphasis on student-led discussion around the topics presented.
Applied Portfolio and Professional Strategies
Course No. BMA 404 Credits: 3.0
The course will help the student develop applied portfolios in offline and online media, demo reels, and print-related materials relating to professional packages (resumes, cover letters, business cards, etc.) Students will learn real-world business approaches for art and culturally-based professionals within community networks. The understanding of contracts, copyright, budgeting and marketing and presentation concepts as applied to commercial-based work and freelance opportunities will be explored. The course is designed to help the student navigate the professional areas of art and integrated media, while gaining critical insight into art practice and leadership in the business environment.
Architectural Drawing + Documentation
Course No. INTA 231B Credits: 3.0
Faculty George Gatta
This course is an introduction to hand drafting and documentation including drawing, lettering and historic referencing as well as ADA topics, historic vernacular, and space planning. Field trips may be included. Mandatory for all Sophomore Interior Design Majors. Open elective, sophomore and above. Offered fall.
Architecture + Communication Skills
Advanced-level drawing and rendering, focusing on traditional and digital media. Mandatory for all Junior Interior Architecture Majors. Open elective, sophomore and above. Prerequisites: INTA285 and INTA286 required for Interior Architecture majors. No prerequisites for elective students. Offered fall.
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