Academics . Courses
Community Projects: Illustration + Production Workshop (EP)
Course No. ILL 389 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Katie Major
Students will illustrate and provide art and production services for individual clients as well as for organizations in a professional studio setting. The course emphasizes the student’s development of problem-solving, meeting client demands, communication skills, organization and effective time management, proper preparation of artwork for reproduction, teamwork and collaboration—all specific to the marketplace as an introduction to real-life challenges. Offered fall and spring.
Concept Development I
A core requirement to learn digital painting in motion, scene design, character development, technical direction, and related animation production pipeline standards for developing animated stories, shorts, films, and animated cinematography. This course examines the media production requirements for animation students in applied professional studios. This course serves to develop the animator's core mechanics and vocabulary in the broad areas of animation integrated workflow (story conception, storyboarding, animatics, motion studies, character flow and design, scene, set, and props (look artists), technical direction, and summary of post-production flow) to meet industry expectations and professional output. Offered spring.
Course No. ACD 483X Credits: 3.0
This theme-based art history course is designed to give students an in-depth, semester-long investigation into the art movements and ideas that informed Conceptual Art's development in the 1960s and 1970s as well as its impact on contemporary art making in the decades that followed. This course will cover, but not be limited to, the so-called heyday of Conceptual Art in the 1960s and 1970s, a focus on which would otherwise reinforce the traditional modernist art historical framework that defined styles in part by limiting them to a specific time period. Significant time in the class will be devoted to investigating examples of conceptually-informed art created in the 1980s, 1990s and the early 21st century, underscoring the impact of Conceptual Art's legacy for art, craft and design today. The course will investigate the philosophies that informed conceptual art that allowed artists to problematize the conditions and encounters with art; the conventions of its visuality, and the circumstances of its production. Visual Culture Emphasis course.
Contemporary African + African American Literature
Course No. LLC 359 Credits: 3.0
Today a good deal of third-world literature in particular expressed in many vital respects postmodern historical awareness of the parmountcy of the power relations hidden behind political, economic and social institutions and structures both nationally and internationally. With particular emphasis on political economy, this course will examine how this literature re-contextualizes such critical sociological questions as: What's traditionalism? What's modernization? The African-American texts highlight African-American socio-economic challenges today, dating back to Emancipation/Reconstruction, alongside their efforts at socio-cultural self-definitions. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.
Contemporary Color Photography: Theory + Practice
Course No. PHV 225-325-425 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood
This course is designed to investigate the contemporary applications of color in photography while developing a working knowledge of color theory in relationship to photographic practice. The course includes a wide range of color-based techniques and an exploration of subtractive and additive color as they pertain to digital and chemical photographic processes. The interaction between light, pigmentation, and photographic materials will also be covered and realized in production of an in-depth color technical notebook. Required for photography majors in the photo track. Open Elective.
Contemporary Marketing + Art Direction (EP)
Course No. GDS 367 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal
Focuses on using graphic design and visualization skills to communicate ideas in print and in new media. Heavy emphasis on conceptualization. Classroom discussions along with critiques set up to mimic actual creative department environment. Offered fall.
Core 1: Creative Process + Material Studies
Course No. CDE 200 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz
Students focus on the creative process and material studies across the craft majors. From inspiration to the production of multiples, each student explores design and making through their respective mediums as well as other materials. Sophomores in the Craft + Design environment address common themes while working in their respective major: Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry + Metals. The course affords the integration of skills and knowledge from Foundation including drawing, design, color, digital synthesis, and collaboration, with the practices related to the full scope of the Craft + Design major programs. Offered fall.
Core 2: Language of Materials
Course No. CDE 201 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
The second course in the core explores commonalities and differences in the “language of materials.” Emphasis is placed on visual and conceptual aspects of materials, and material process. This makes for interesting investigations and explorations within and across mediums. Historically materials and processes are connected with the evolution of function, and meaning. The class will explore inherent physical properties that may bring content and depth to ideas borne of the medium itself. Students continue the process of research and ideation using these common themes, and explore through experimentation. Each student’s individual voice begins to emerge. Fundamental techniques will be explored and practiced, stressing the practice of the maker. Idea-books/sketchbooks will continue to be worked on as an important part of the creative process. Offered spring.
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