Academics . Courses
In this fundamental visual composition course, students learn the primary elements and principles of visual language, and are introduced to a range of formal and conceptual problems which become increasingly complex as the course progresses. Students are challenged to explore core design principles of visual organization in unique and challenging ways, and to gain the ability to problem-solve through ideation processes, group dialogue, perceptual refinement and skill management. Developing analytical skills and the ability to effectively engage in an on-going process of critique are also core components of the course. Design1 involves the planning and organization of the parts within a whole, through a sense of experimentation, risk taking and discovery. This course focuses primarily on two-dimensional forms but also gradually introduces three-dimensional forms. Material exploration and the development of strong manual skills in regard to visual acuity and craft sensitivity are a key aspect of every assignment. Knowledge and skills gained in concurrent Foundation program areas such as color, drawing and digital skills are fundamental for communicating ideas and are reinforced in Design 1. Offered fall.
This course builds on the experiences of Design 1, with compositional and conceptual problems being explored fully in three dimensions. Form, mass, volume, spatial interactions, material qualities, and physical forces are key factors. Students continue to learn to perceive and control visual relationships within the design structures they make. The aesthetic and conceptual potential of materials and processes (craft) are also vital aspects of this studio course. Creative processes of problem solving through research, investigation and ideation, together with an attitude of discovery, are required for all concept and project explorations. Ideational drawing, model making, material studies, and prototypes contribute to developing ideas to a high and thoughtful level. Various methods and approaches to giving form (such as additive, subtractive, assemblage and joinery) are challenges for every concept explored. Design 2 projects have the potential to be explored as sculpture, functional design, or even as hybrid. Students are challenged to follow their passions and gain experience in self-directing project outcomes. Prerequisite: FND 107 Design I. Offered spring.
Course No. FND 107L Credits: 0.0
Design Lab class introduces woodshop safety and basic skills in machinery use. Students learn the fundamental characteristics of wood as a versatile medium, as well as appropriate construction methods for particular applications. Offered fall and spring.
Dialogue + Story
Course No. LLC 391 Credits: 3.0
In this course, we concentrate first on writing dialogues, looking at the ways in which conversation establishes character, creates and resolves conflict, and advances plot. We’ll see how these dialogues “play” first when we stage them, and then we put them back on the page and wrap stories around them. In-class, team-writing exercises are designed to jumpstart your ideas and provide working material. We’ll also take a look at excerpts from narratives by master storytellers, experiment with re-telling the story just through dialogue, and see how these artistic choices inevitably shape the content itself.
This one-half semester course introduces color in additive synthesis (light). The course explores color theory, perception, and application, through a series of fundamental color investigations offering opportunities for multiple compositional solutions and the development of digital skills. In tandem with its companion course, Foundation Material Color, students pursue a personal color sensibility, in preparation for any art or design field. Course structure consists of introductory concept lectures, technical instruction, lab time with guidance and group critique of finished assignments. Offered fall.
Digital Color: Style + Representation in Science
Course No. BMA 264 Credits: 3.0
Faculty David Schumick
This course is required for sophomore Biomedical Art majors and is open as an elective on a space-available basis to all students interested in techniques and concepts in traditional and digital color media. The course will focus on principles of color theory, light on form, line, texture, aesthetic impact, and accuracy of content in the illustration of scientific information and editorial content. Through research, planning, and the application of medical and scientific knowledge, the students use color to effectively communicate conceptual and observational problems. Assignments focus on the creative use of color to express specific communication objectives to a range of audiences for both majors in Biomedical Art and other majors of study. This course supplements the integration of traditional and digital illustration techniques for non majors, focused on editorial, and narrative based course work. Offered spring.
Digital Photo Imaging I for Non-Majors
This course is an introduction to the technical and aesthetic fundamentals of digital photographic imaging for creative application. Students use the computer to modify, manipulate, or to enhance photographic images. Emphasis is placed on consideration of the hardware and software tools required for successfully capturing, manipulating, and exporting images, as well as an understanding of the technical issues involved in each step of the production process. Students gain proficiency in the use of Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Lightroom and are made aware of the creative options this software facilitates. Open Studio elective. Prerequisites: FND103D Digital Color and FND104 Digital Synthesis or instructor signature.
Explores crucial and far-reaching concepts associated with digital art and technology as these concepts interface with foundational concepts of aesthetics and visual communications. Digital synthesis explores: the assembly and creation of imagery from different source materials; time-based images using various approaches to animation; the structure and logic of narrative storytelling with digital video; and the structure and logic of interactivity through the creation of work where the structure, sequence and outcome is influenced by the participation of the viewer. Course structure consists of introductory concept lectures, technical instruction, lab time with guidance and group critique of finished assignments. Prerequisite: FND 103D Digital Color. Offered spring.
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