Sculpture + Expanded Media: Internship (EP)
Course No. SEM 399-499 Credits: 0.0
Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for an internship developed by student through the Career Center office, with advance permission of the department chair.
Sewing + Fabrication
This is a sewing and patternmaking class. The class will emphasize skills in machine sewing and related systems for fabrication using flexible materials. Constructing a garment will be the first project. Understanding the construction of a shirt and acquiring skills to assemble it is an ideal way to acquire hands-on skills and also to understand the shape of a surface or skin of any volumetric form. The class will then move on to patternmaking and the techniques of expanding, adding to, subtracting from, and morphing an existing pattern. These processes can then be used for constructing skins or shell structures for sculpture, clothing or costume. The emphasis will be on skills and practical information supplemented by images taken from the worlds of fashion, costume design, performance, and sculpture.
Course No. VAT 270-370-470 Credits: 3.0
Students will investigate surface, mark, and materiality from both a technical and conceptual point of view. The silkscreen can accept a wide variety of printing substances (pigments, inks, dyes, mud, talc, honey, etc), and can be applied to an equally diverse range of surfaces. Lectures, readings, and critiques will help students understand the historical role of screenprint and how it relates to their own work. Open elective for all students above the Foundation level.
Course No. SEM 318 Credits: 3.0
This class is focused on aspects of sound related to the practice of sonic arts. Sound art is flourishing in museums and galleries, on media networks, and performed at festivals and performance venues around the world. Like many genres of art, sound art is interdisciplinary. This course will reflect that hybridity with investigations in: digital manipulations of sound, sound synthesis, sound installation, sound sculpture, psychoacoustics, field recording, noise composition, integrated sound and image works for pre-recorded presentation or performed live, popular music, and cinematic scores.
String, Felt, and Thread
Course No. SEM 267-367-467 Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Lorton
This is an introduction to fiber and material studies. Students will follow materials from the raw state to the finished form, learning how to manipulate them at every stage. Material and process are often bound together, so a wide variety of techniques of making from string, thread and fiber will be covered. Students will learn to make informed material choices based on an understanding of the history and associations of each material. Students will be introduced to contemporary criticism, and questions surrounding craft and the history of art. Open elective.
The Artist + Social Practice (EP)
Course No. SEM 280-380-480 Credits: 3.0
This course explores a realm of artistic endeavor usually apart from the gallery system and the art market, where the artist applies his/her talents to questions directly related to community, social responsibility, and political activism. While looking critically at recent manifestations in relational and participatory practices—as well as learning about their historical context and interdependence with other fields—students will work within a greater social context, applying their skills to pressing issues (such as ecology, urban decay, poverty, discrimination, violence, and global abuses of the military-industrial complex, to name a few). The pedagogical approach will be to present projects realized by other artists who have worked in these areas, and to be able to contextualize these practices as the result/reflection of our current economic, political, and cultural situation(s), both nationally and internationally.
Students will research issues that are of greater concern to them individually, and present them to the class. This will be followed by in-depth discussion around problem solving, efficacy of action, and aesthetic materialization. Projects will then be developed and implemented throughout the semester.
The Artist's Practice in Context
Course No. VAT 200X-300X-400X Credits: 1.5
As a complement to the Professional Practices course, “The Artist’s Practice in Context” is specifically designed for Visual Arts majors. The course takes an intimate look at the professional practices of artists working in major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles or Berlin. As part of the course students examine the realities of maintaining a professional practice within the context of this focus community. Students, guided and directed by faculty, are immersed in that community through such activities as studio visits; meeting with area arts professionals and at art venues. Open to all. Students must be 18 years old or over and must sign a waiver to travel with the group. Course may be taken more than once for additional credit.
Course No. SEM 236 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Sarah Paul
This course will provide students with an opportunity to investigate the concepts and practices of various time-based media arts. A basic introduction to the processes of video art, sound art, and media installation will serve as the basis for the production of several projects. Assignments will be grounded in the development of media literacy, media ethics, dissemination techniques, and teamwork. Offered fall.
Associate Professor/Chair of Painting
Lane Cooper is an artist, who works through painting, sound, video, text and, on occasion, performance. Her wo...more
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