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Digital Color

Course No. FND 103D  Credits: 1.5
Faculty Adrijana Wichert Nerone | Kristin Thompson-Smith | Mary Jo Toles | Scott Goss | Scott Ligon

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

Course No. PHV 201-301-401  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles
Prerequisite(s) Digital Color | Digital Synthesis

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.

Digital Synthesis

Course No. FND 104  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Adrijana Wichert Nerone | Barbara Chira | Clifford Borress | Jimmy Kuehnle | Scott Ligon | Scott Goss
Prerequisite(s) Digital Color

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.

Documentary Video

Course No. PHV 241-341-441  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar

This is an advanced elective video course: This course is designed to improve observational, analytical, organizational, creative and production skills. Students will explore the ways in which digital technology can transform contemporary visual culture, and fracture the predictable. Students will be encouraged to experiment with new presentation methods, and develop innovative techniques for combining sight and sound, light and word. Required of Photo Majors in the Video track. Open studio elective. Prerequisite: PHV 297 Video/Digital Cinema I or permission of the faculty.

Drawing as Image, Process, and Plan

Course No. DRG 21X-31X-41X  Credits: 3.0

Initial projects of the course will focus on the construction of a drawing utilizing a variety of sources including: observation, historical reference, photographs, digital images, and the imagination. Discussion will focus on contextualizing the drawing as object, locating it through the study of pertinent theory and history. In further projects students will consider the drawing as part of a larger process in developing 2-D images through a variety of media. Important to this discussion will be concerns of composition, scale, and media and their relationship to concept and content. Students will then research artists who have utilized drawing as a planning tool for film, sculpture, and other media. The focus of these projects will be on how the drawing aids the artist in conceptualizing a form in space and time.

Drawing Beyond Observation

Course No. DRG 221-321-421  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amber Kempthorn | Christian Wulffen | Michael Meier

This course will explore strategies for representation beyond direct perception, moving past the use of the traditional still life, landscape, or model as subject. How can a drawing describe the world that is beyond the range of our common visual observations? Different approaches to drawing, including free-association, metaphor, and mapping are explored to help define and circumvent personal barriers. Required for junior Drawing majors. Offered fall.

Drawing for Animation

Course No. ANIM 220  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Lincoln Adams

An essential course for anyone who is interested in visual storytelling. This course will teach students how to draw ideas, actions, and gestures that effectively communicate a story. Students will draw from live models in costumes, animals in motion, and create characters that capture storytelling poses. An emphasis will be placed on exaggeration, silhouetting, line of action, balance, and gesture: all of which are needed to communicate a character’s attitude and story. This course is highly recommended for animators and illustrators. Offered fall.

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