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Introductory Courses

Certain introductory courses may be taken a second time at a 200-level (intermediate level). These courses are listed as 100/200. Assignments for these courses will be modified for the intermediate students.

Photography I: Black & White/Analog
Studio Art 102 Marcuse
3 credits
Basic photographic equipment, darkroom techniques, and image making are introduced. Independent work in the darkroom is conducted and evaluated through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and critiques. The visual history of photography is studied through a series of media presentations. Students experiment with a variety of images and ideas before pursuing a specific direction. Each student presents a portfolio of selected prints at the conclusion of the semester. Studio fee. Students supply their own cameras, film, printing paper, and related supplies. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered every semester.
Drawing and Painting from Nature
Studio Art 103/273 Staff
2 credits
This course is designed for beginning students. It introduces the fundamentals of drawing and painting, and encourages the use of new media as tools of compositional exploration and experimentation. Working from organic and inorganic forms, textures, structures, and patterns, students explore and develop a variety of techniques and methods for meeting their individual artistic goals. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once a year.
Introduction to Ceramics
Studio Art 106/206 Krupka
3 credits
Students in this course will learn the fundamentals of clay forming techniques as they produce bowls, mugs, vases, and lidded jars among other forms. The class will learn both hand-building and wheel throwing skills. A variety of glazing methods will be introduced. Structural integrity, function, and aesthetic issues will be considered equally. The class will be introduced to historical and contemporary trends and innovations in ceramics. Students will keep a sketchbook and participate in a field trip. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered every semester.
The Art of Assemblage
Studio Art 108/208 Staff
2 credits
This module surveys 20th-century assemblage art and includes a series of studio sessions designed to extend this history and provide a range of firsthand creative experiences. Each student writes a research paper on an assemblage artist and presents at least one research report on a specific approach or technique. A series of 2-D and 3-D studio exercises prepares students to complete three projects. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S12.
Video Production, Cinematically Speaking
Studio Art 123/283 Burke
3 credits
This entry-level course is designed for those who have a serious interest in video and/or film production. No prior video experience is required. Students will receive instruction in the use of cameras, sound, lighting, and editing. Moreover, the course is designed to introduce the students to aspects of technique and style that contribute to, or even determine, meaning in uniquely cinematic ways. A series of short video exercises will give the student working knowledge of specific elements of film/video structure. A longer video, of eight minutes or more, will be expected by semester’s end, and may be done either individually or in small groups. During the course of the semester, production work will be supplemented by lecture on pertinent areas of film/video history, and sections of important films will be closely analyzed for fine points of filmic expression. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S11.
Two-Dimensional Design
Studio Art 124 Fossum
3 credits
This introductory studio course explores the relationship of words and images as the foundation of applied visual communication and design. Students may work with traditional two-dimensional studio media, but many of the assignments will also involve the use of the computer to produce visual statements. Digital programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, will be introduced as studio tools. Projects may include the design of letterform compositions, text pages, logos, broadsides, posters, and small books. The history of graphic design will be studied through a series of visual presentations. Studio fee. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once a year.
Introduction to Sculpture Studio
Studio Art 166/266 Krupka
3 credits
This course will explore three-dimensional design theory through a series of assignments that encourage the student to focus on the conscious organization of visual space. We’ll approach design from both a conceptual and formal starting point, while expanding our knowledge of the elements, principles, and dimensions of design. Studio work will involve individual projects that explore architecture; lighting; casting; paper-manipulation; collaborative outdoor, site-specific installations (earthworks); and engineering. Students will engage in class critiques and learn to present their work while communicating about concept, content and subject matter. There will be a field trip to a contemporary art museum. Students will build a portfolio presenting the artwork and writing produced in the class. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once a year (in the spring).