Course Topics

Art 108: Drawing

This studio course focuses on basic aesthetic and technical drawing skills through direct observation of three-dimensional objects in environments, with instructional emphasis on perspective, eye-hand coordination, proportion and scale, positive and negative space, and compositional structures.

Art 114: Sequential Art, Anim Graph Nov

This studio course introduces students to the history, techniques and practice of sequential story telling from its beginnings to the contemporary graphic novel. Students will produce short animations, sequential art, and graphic novelettes.

Art 202: Design Concepts

This studio course examines the organizing principles and possibilities inherent in the production of 2-D and 3-D design. Information, communication and graphic design will be substantively addressed. Students will produce an extensive independent design project.

Art 306: Graphic Design II

This studio course introduces students to the use of video and time-based media as art-making tools. Students will engage the essential skills of digital video art, including; production pipeline, shooting and non-linear editing. Students will additionally explore the ways film, digital video, performance art, installation, and other time-based media may interact.

Art 308: Conceptual Drawing

Students will take part in identifying conceptual frameworks, methods, and problems in drawing through practical exploration, employing the language of drawing and drawing practice. Relationships between drawing and other studio disciplines will be explored. A student's personal artistic expression is explored in depth.

Art 320: Critical Theory

An investigation of ideas that have informed and shaped the practice and understanding of art from the late 19th century to the present day. Students will engage in critical discourse, encounter texts that have changed our concepts of art, and hone their writing skills through the development of personal statements and written analysis of selected readings.

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