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Academic Catalog 2017-2018
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

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Fashion Design

  
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    EDFD455 Creative Fashion Design IV 3 cr.


    Students are encouraged to seek their personal direction in fashion design in order to develop their full potential while reaching professional standards in portfolio presentation. Students work on a collection of ensembles that represent advanced techniques in fashion design.

    Prerequisites: EDFD306, EDFD355, EDFD359

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD457 Specialized Fashion Study 3 cr.


    An introduction to related fashion specialties of millinery, gloves, footwear, handbags, fur, leather, and cosmetics. Topics include origins, methods of production and finishing, construction, terminology and quality identification. Assignments include millinery and glove design.

    Prerequisites: EDFD355

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDFD458 Couture Techniques 3 cr.


    Techniques and design details such as trapunto, couching, and quilting. Technical elements of the couture will include embroidery, pleating and advanced seam finishes.

    Prerequisites: EDFD359

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Elective

Film/Video

  
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    MPFV101 Intro to Film and Video 3 cr.


    This course introduces students to working with film and video. The emphasis of the course will be each student’s personal film and video work. Classes include technical demonstrations and lectures along with screenings and discussions of film and video work, both by other artists and projects made for the class. Students will learn the basics of digital video production (including HD), how to shoot 16mm using a Bolex non-sync camera and the fundamentals of digital editing. No previous experience required.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    MPFV104 Collage and the Moving Image 3cr


    This course introduces students to making
    handmade films and video collages with an
    emphasis on exploring various layering methods.
    The course will focus on creating rhythmic
    movement and textures through layering processes
    in analog, digital and hybrid forms. Students
    will learn techniques for applying imagery
    directly onto 16mm film by drawing, painting and
    collaging as well as experimenting with various
    blending methods on After Effects. Each student
    will use the skills attained in this course to
    complete a final collage project consisting of a
    visual arc created through the use of unique
    color, tempo, sequencing, and other formal
    elements. The goal of this class is to introduce
    students to the technical and artistic use of
    hand-applied elements and computer-generated
    effects to produce moving images and to become
    familiar with the concept of movement, space and
    time.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV210 Film I 3 cr.


    The first semester of the sophomore film major will introduce the student to non-synchronous 16mm filmmaking, with an emphasis on experimental, exploratory film techniques. Through a series of class exercises and individual student assignments, students explore 16mm non-synchronous production, basic lighting, and analog film editing techniques. The emphasis of this class is on the student finding a personal means of expression using the film medium. Offered Fall.

    Prerequisites: Open to Film/Video Majors or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    MPFV211 Film II 3 cr.


    In this second semester required sophomore film course students develop their personal skills and ideas in 16mm film production. In this class students will explore an in depth use of the Arri-S and the Arri-BL Sync cameras, lenses and filters. In addition, students will study the principles of lighting and exposures for color film stocks and practice how to work with the Lab for color digital transfers. The equipment and demonstrations are explored within a context defined by the history, aesthetics, and theory of film practice. Offered Spring.

    Prerequisites: MPFV210 or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    MPFV220 Video I 3 cr.


    This introductory course focuses on video production for personal time-based art making. Through a series of in-class workshops and assignments students will develop basic skills in digital video production, while becoming familiar with video’s unique technical and aesthetic qualities. Using an array of digital and analog tools, including video cameras, computers, microphones and digital and analog image processors, the students explore multiple strategies for making art with video. Production topics covered include lighting, shooting and audio recording for video. Video post-production topics covered include non-linear editing and current methods for output and distribution. Additionally, screenings, readings and discussions expose and challenge students to discover the diversity that video as a medium has to offer artists. Offered Fall.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV221 Video II 3 cr.


    Video II is an intermediate level video production course for personal time-based art making that advances the techniques and concepts learned in Video I. Through a series of workshops and assignments students are challenged to further develop their independent video work while experimenting with the various modes of presentation and distribution of video art. Students will learn an array of digital and analog tools to make expanded video projects which may include: multi-channel installation, live video mixing, webcasting, performance, and installations using found objects and live video feeds. Field trips to local galleries and museums will expose and challenge students to discover the diversity video, as a medium has to offer artists. This class aims to challenge notions of what video art is, and can be. Students are expected to think outside the box and try new approaches to time-based media. Through both group projects students learn to seek out new audiences and create unique methods of presenting video in the public arena. Individual projects centered on contemporary media issues provide students the opportunity to gain skills in intermediate production techniques. Offered Spring. Prerequisite: MPFV220 or by permission of the instructor.

    Prerequisites: MPFV220

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    MPFV234 Optical Printing: Conscious Manipulation of Space, Time and Light 3 cr.


    Students will focus on how to shape the space, time and light of the motion picture image on one of the most versatile of film devices, the optical printer. The optical printer consists of a camera, a projector head and a light source on which a student may rephotograph already developed film to extract and explore the hidden potentialities of the image. Students will quickly gain hands-on experience with the printer through numerous demonstrations and exercises. Screenings of key works will illustrate myriad techniques. Students of all artistic disciplines are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Prerequisites: MPFV101 or MPFV210 or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    MPFV235 Scriptwriting I 3 cr.


    A successful short-film is not simply an abbreviated version of a feature film but entails a different kind of storytelling. Edgar Allen Poe’s description of a good short story is as relevant to film as it is to literary fiction. A good short story, he said, is not just “an incident or an episode extracted from a longer tale,” but a work of narrative-art that “impresses the reader with the belief that it would be spoiled if it were made longer.” Designed as a writing workshop, this course will address the many facets of writing screenplays for short films. Students will develop at least three scripts (2-8 pages long), from idea to end product, through individual and collaborative exercises, rewriting, and discussion of their works-in-progress. Students are encouraged to write scripts that can be produced with resources available to most students.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    MPFV245 Sound I 3 cr.


    This is a required course for the F/V major. Students are introduced to studio and field recording and post production for audio through a series of workshops. Subjects covered include the basic physics of sound, digital and analog audio formats, microphones, and understanding how to use audio recorders, amplifiers and speakers. The basic structural properties of sound and their relationship to the listener are explored through sound editing, effects processing and audio mixing using digital audio editing software. Emphasis is placed on the consideration of sound as a medium in its own right with a study of acoustic principles and effects. Whether working on soundtracks, musical compositions or sound art, this class provides the student with a solid foundation in audio production. No previous experience required. It is advisable to take this course in the sophomore year.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    MPFV249 Editing I 3cr


    This hands-on editing class introduces both
    traditional and experimental editing techniques
    on Avid nonlinear editing software. Through
    screenings, in-class demonstrations and short
    editing assignments, students will study the art
    and aesthetics of editing in experimental,
    documentary and narrative genres while developing
    a vocabulary to discuss both the function and art
    of the cut. The class covers elements of
    storytelling, performance, pace, emotion, action,
    continuity, and time manipulation.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall and Spring
  
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    MPFV256 Video Installation:Site, Performance, Sculpture 3cr.


    Video installation is an ever-expanding contemporary art genre. This introductory course
    is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning how to create
    videos and integrate them into 3D and interdisciplinary art practices. Readings,
    screenings and discussions address a range of video installation art practices past and
    present. Students are challenged to address various approaches to video/audio creation,
    presentation styles, and the meanings created from pairing video with forms, performance or
    environments. Through the semester, projects progress from assignment-based prompts to a
    final, self-designed project. Technical demonstrations cover strategies and techniques
    for filming, video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, and the use and positioning of video projectors
    and other devices in relationship to surfaces and forms. The goal of this class is for students to
    become technically proficient in creating and combining video, audio and physical elements in
    conceptually cohesive ways. [Formerly titled Intro to Video Installation]

    Fall Only
  
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    MPFV261 Handmade Film 3 cr.


    This course is designed to introduce the student to the physicality of film by directly painting onto film and hand-processing film. No previous experience required.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    MPFV264 Performance for Camera 3cr.


    This class is an introduction to working with performers, both in a traditional narrative
    context and in a more experimental mode, with an emphasis on building performance for camera. The
    class will take a experiential approach - the students work with each other, allowing their
    experience as actor/performers to inform their choices as director/filmmakers. Trained actors
    may be brought in at some point for additional experience. Topics covered include an overview of
    traditional acting techniques, classical scene analysis, working with “non-actors” (including
    oneself), and post-modern performance techniques. Selected viewings supplement each lesson, and
    occasional guest speakers from the theater, film and art world bring further depth and context to
    the subject matter.

    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall Only
  
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    MPFV300 Advanced Sound Technique and Design 3 cr.


    This course will offer an in depth look at the use of recorded sound within the context of moving image production. Live sound and expanded
    cinema experiments will also be encouraged. Time each week will be allocated to technical demonstrations of studio equipment (including
    various workshops exploring Pro-Tools and Digital Performer audio software), recording and mixing experiments, and discussions on the many
    aesthetic and conceptual frameworks of cinematic sound. Examples from the history of cinematic sound will be screened on a weekly basis
    throughout the semester. In addition to weekly course meetings, students will be expected to meet certain scheduled benchmarks in the
    production of their projects.[Formerly Titled: Sound Design for Film]

    Prerequisites: MPFV245

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    MPFV308 Cinematography and Lighting 3 cr.


    This course deepens the student’s understanding of cinematography and introduces the student to studio lighting. In this course, students explore how cinematography serves directorial and creative intent, while being liberated to explore its own visual language. Technical and aesthetic concerns are given equal weight.

    Prerequisites: MPFV211 or by permission of the instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    MPFV312 Junior Major Production 3 cr.


    This class is a spring semester requirement for junior Film/Video majors. In this course, students develop and refine their creative voices, with freedom to work in any time-based format to produce three completed pieces. Students creatively demonstrate both technical focus and conceptual rigor in their completed works.

    Prerequisites: MPFV321 or MPFV323

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    MPFV314 Advanced Editing 3 cr.


    This course assumes that students come to it with
    technical skill at Avid and other non-linear
    editing systems and moves instead into conceptual
    and aesthetic aspects of motion-picture editing,
    examining how an editor creates a sense of time,
    space, tone, and rhythm. We look at both
    short-form and long-form work in the documentary,
    fiction, and experimental traditions. Sound/image
    relationships, including continuity and
    discontinuity, and non-traditional approaches are
    all examined through short editing assignments.
    In addition, there is time for critique of your
    own works-in-progress, as well as a term-long
    group assignment to edit a documentary feature
    out of materials provided by the instructor.

    Prerequisites: MPFV220 or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    MPFV314 Advanced Editing 3cr.


    This course assumes that students come to it with technical skill at Avid and other non-linear
    editing systems and moves instead into conceptual and aesthetic aspects of motion-picture editing,
    examining how an editor creates a sense of time, space, tone, and rhythm. We look at both
    short-form and long-form work in the documentary, fiction, and experimental traditions. Sound/image
    relationships, including continuity and discontinuity, and non-traditional approaches are
    all examined through short editing assignments. In addition, there is time for critique of your
    own works-in-progress, as well as a term-long group assignment to edit a documentary feature
    out of materials provided by the instructor.

    Fall and Spring
  
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    MPFV321 Short and Fast: From Idea to Critique 3 cr.


    This course is one of two options to fulfill the fall Film/Video junior production requirement. It concentrates on the production of short, finished work each week for substantial in-class critique. The content of the work produced for the class divides evenly between individual student preference and predetermined topics formulated to complement class screenings, readings and discussions. Methods for rapidly generating completed works are examined and a wide variety of critique strategies are employed.

    Prerequisites: MPFV211 and MPFV221

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    MPFV322 Junior Major Viewing 1 3 cr.


    This class is the first installment of a two-semester required course introducing film/video theory and criticism. The class explores film and video informed by changing media practice and by art. Screenings encompass installation and performance as well as single channel work. Both historical and contemporary work is presented. All work shown is considered in relation to semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism, race, documentary practice, identity issues, and representation.

    Prerequisites: MPFV211 and MPFV221

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    MPFV323 Experiments in Film Narrative 3 cr.


    This course is an intensive film and video production class for the junior film students to find and realize their own personal voices through moving image. Students explore traditional narrative frameworks such as character, conflict, script structure, and narrative voice. Students expand upon these frameworks and push the boundaries of conventional film narrative. The class touches upon all stages of preproduction, including production design, storyboards, shot design, script breakdown, preparing the shot list, casting, location scouting, and production scheduling. Classes include technical workshops, in depth analysis, viewing and critique. Students direct their own scripts and work in crews to produce each other’s films.

    Prerequisites: MPFV211 and MPFV221

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    MPFV325 Junior Major Viewing II 3 cr.


    This class is the second installment of a two-semester required course introducing film/video theory and criticism. In the second semester, the class continues to explore film and video informed by media and by art. In addition to this content, the second semester explores contemporary issues in new media. The class examines how new media employs cinematic conventions while breaking the traditional role of the spectator in the viewing experience.

    Prerequisites: MPFV322

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    MPFV326 Autobiographical Screenwriting: Working With Your Life Story 3cr


    This screenwriting workshop examines ways to use and explore autobiography as the basis for a short script. Students create works that are autobiographical or autobiography-inspired, working in a range of genres and formats, from narrative (i.e. autobiography-based fiction) to film-essay, video art, and hybrid forms. Throughout the semester we view work by filmmakers and video artists who draw from their life story in different ways. There will be readings, critical and creative short writing assignments, and a final script/project. Prerequisite: Script 1 (in FV or LA) or equivalent experience and permission of instructor.

    Prerequisites: MPFV-235 or LALW-338

    Seminar
    Fall
  
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    MPFV327 The Business of Film/Video 3cr


    This course provides the basics of business
    practices for media creators. Topics include:
    understanding the world of freelance, skills to
    understand and execute production management,
    creation of a proper budget and schedule,
    communicating an effective brand for yourself and
    your work, and learning to identify pitfalls in
    development, pre-production, production,
    post-production and beyond.  Visiting speakers
    include narrative and documentary producers, film
    festival directors, museum curators, line
    producers/UPM’s, and directors.  No longer are
    you just an artist, you are an entrepreneur.
    After taking this course, students should have
    learned foundational business skills for their
    projects and present their work in the
    professional arena.  The course concentrates on
    the moving image, but students of all mediums are
    encouraged to register.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV328 Video Installation 3cr


    Video installation is a contemporary and
    expanding art genre that intersects with the
    world of video art, expanded cinema, sound,
    performance, sculpture and new media. In this
    intermediate to advanced course, students can
    expand the current themes and styles of their
    work by integrating various video installation
    strategies such as: video with 2D or 3D objects,
    site-specific or multiple-projection video
    environments, mixing video with performative or
    interactive elements. 

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to create their own video or other
    moving image content: video, film, animation, computer
    generated imagery.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV336 Scriptwriting II 3 cr.


    Scriptwriting II builds upon the skills learned in Narrative Scriptwriting. Students will continue their study of narrative scriptwriting through examining a wide variety of genres. Students have the option of producing a feature length script or a series of shorter scripts based upon original ideas.

    Prerequisites: MPFV235 or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    MPFV392 Film/Video Course Assistantship 3 cr.


    A course assistantship allows qualified
    sophomores, juniors, and seniors to assist a
    faculty member with whom they have studied
    previously. Duties may include set up, assisting
    with demonstrations and critiques during class
    meetings. Course assistants may not grade
    students. Students may register for only one
    3-credit course assistantship each semester, and
    no more than two such assistantships may count
    toward degree requirements.
    Students selected by faculty to be course
    assistants submit a Course Assistantship form
    with the faculty and chair’s signatures to the
    Registrar during registration and no later than
    the end of the Add/Drop period. Students who are
    performing a Teaching Assistantship should follow
    Independent Study procedures

    Prerequisites: By Permission of Instructor

    Fall/Spring
  
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    MPFV398 Film/Video Internship


    An internship is a supervised professional
    experience that allows you to use classroom
    training in a real work environment, develop your
    skills, focus your career goals, and make
    professional contacts.
    MassArt offers students enrolled in a degree
    program the opportunity to register an internship
    for credit. An internship counts as 3 studio
    elective credits. To receive credit, the
    internship must meet our basic internship
    requirements, be approved by a faculty advisor,
    and registered before you start the internship.

    Prerequisites: By Permission of Instructor

    Fall/Spring
  
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    MPFV399 Film/Video Independent Study


    Juniors and seniors who have a specific studio
    project which cannot be accomplished within the
    structure of a course may arrange to work with a
    faculty member on an independent basis. The
    Independent Study form (available in the
    Registrar’s Office) includes a description of the
    project. Students may take only one 3-credit
    independent study each semester, and no more than
    four independent studies will count toward the
    degree.
    Independent Study forms, with faculty and the
    chair’s signatures, should be submitted to the
    Registrar during registration and not later than
    the Add/Drop deadline.

    Prerequisites: By Permission of Instructor

    Fall/Spring
  
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    MPFV402 Contemporary Issues in Film/Video 1 3 cr.


    This survey class views film and video works by contemporary artists and media makers, in the context of historical works. Students meet with the film and video artists presenting work at MassArt Film Society as well as the instructor for discussions of the work shown. Attendance is mandatory.

    Prerequisites: MPFV325 or by permission of instructor

    Critique
    Departmental Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV403 Contemporary Issues in Film/Video II 3 cr.


    This survey class views film and video works by contemporary artists and media makers, in the context of historical works. Students meet with the film and video artists presenting work at MassArt Film Society as well as the instructor for discussions of the work shown. Attendance is mandatory.

    Prerequisites: MPFV402 or by permission of instructor

    Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    MPFV410 Senior Thesis Studio I 3 cr.


    This fall course is designed to facilitate the production of each student’s thesis project. Projects consist of at least one fifteen-minute film/video or five three-minute films/videos to be done by the end of the semester. Students may propose equivalent work in sound, installation or live performance and media work. Individual meetings are held every other week for critique. Group meetings take place twice a semester for class critique. There is a variety of tech workshops and visiting artists who look at students’ work. In addition to this 3-credit class seniors are required to take Issues in Contemporary Film/Video in order to familiarize them with aspects of film and video history. In this course see and hear filmmakers and artists talk about their own work.

    Prerequisites: MPFV312, MPFV325

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    MPFV411 Senior Thesis Studio II 3 cr.


    This spring course is designed to facilitate the production of each student’s thesis project. Projects will consist of at least one fifteen-minute film/video or five three-minute films/videos to be completed by the end of the semester. Students may propose equivalent work in sound, installation or live performance and media work. Individual meetings will be held every other week for critique. Group meetings will take place at least twice a semester for class critique. Senior review boards will be held in March for feedback on their thesis work-in-progress and to allow enough time for each student to tweak their projects by the end of the semester. Seniors are also required to take Issues in Contemporary Film and Video in order to familiarize them with aspects of film and video history. In this course they will see and hear filmmakers and artists talk about their own work.

    Prerequisites: MPFV410

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring

Fine Arts 2D: Painting

  
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    2DPA100 Intro. to Painting 3 cr.


    Form, space and light are explored through the fundamental techniques of oil and acrylic painting. The core of this course is the practice and study of color and composition.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA102 Life Drawing 3 cr.


    The human figure is studied from an observational perspective. Pictorial space, light and form are studied and expressed in relation to the body’s anatomy, movement and context.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA103 Watercolor 3 cr.


    Fundamental techniques of transparent watercolor media, such as wet on wet, drybrush, glazing, and knowledge of painting tools. Emphasis on color, vocabulary development, exploring composition, and the history of watercolor painting.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA201 Sophomore Drawing 3cr.


    This sophomore drawing class is aimed to develop the perceptual, observational, and experimental
    aspect of pictorial investigations. Through basic drawing language and material, students are
    encouraged to examine the formal aspects of space, light, and materiality within a pictoral
    structure. While focusing on the fundamental and formal language of drawing, students are also
    developing the way of seeing and questioning the notion of what they see. Visiting artists and
    events are shared with junior and senior majors.

    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall/Spring
  
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    2DPA202 Intermediate Life Drawing 3 cr.


    This course allows for more advanced study of the human figure from an observational perspective. Study takes place within the context of Life Drawing 102 and its emphasis on expression, pictorial space, form and light.

    Prerequisites: 2DPA102

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA205 Sophomore Painting 6 cr.


    An exploration of fundamental painting issues and painting techniques in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Students are encouraged to initiate individual projects to develop personal imagery. 6 credits.

    Prerequisites: SFDN181, SFDN182

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
    Fall
  
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    2DPA206 Sophomore Painting 6 cr.


    An exploration of fundamental painting issues and painting techniques in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Students are encouraged to initiate individual projects to develop personal imagery. 6 credits

    Prerequisites: SFDN181, SFDN182

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
    Spring
  
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    2DPA211 Abstract Painting Critique 3 cr.


    This class examines a variety of approaches to abstract painting through the study of historical precedent and the critique of students’ own work and responses to approaches studied in class. Three examples of the approaches examined through slide lectures and class discussion are abstract expressionism, color field painting and minimalism.

    Critique
  
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    2DPA216 Digital Drawing 3cr.


    Digital Drawing is a course that examines the fundamental importance of drawing as it relates
    to an artist’s practice, and how digital tools can supplement and enhance the artistic vision
    and process.

    This class explores the digital tools that are already at our disposal (computers, social
    networking, smart phones, cameras, digital printing, etc.) to work between concept and
    process while developing new work. Drawing directly on digital devices such as tablets &
    phones, and using apps & software to manipulate, enhance, and troubleshoot aesthetic concerns will
    be utilized in class.

    Undergraduate Elective
    Spring Only

  
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    2DPA219 Cornelia: Representational Painting 3 cr.


    Painting from direct perception. Study of form, light, and space utilizing the live model as a subject along with varying subject matter and painting materials.

    Prerequisites: SFDN181, SFDN 182, SFDN185

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA228 Color for Painting 3 cr.


    Studies in water-based media of color harmonies and hue relationships, along with neutral or achromatic colors to develop an understanding of he subjective process of color perception and color relationships through practice with color theory and color mixing methods.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA250 100 Drawings 3 cr.


    100 Drawings is a rigorous concentration on the process of drawing. Students are encouraged to experiment with techniques and materials that they may not have used before. Each student is expected to complete a minimum of 100 drawings during the semester. Students explore a wide range of subject matter as well as collage, color, scale, and mixed media. All students present a 100 drawing portfolio to the class at the end of the course.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA264 Collage/Assemblage 3 cr.


    Drawing, painting, and sculpting using found objects, appropriated images, letterforms, texts, and personal memorabilia. Slide lectures and class discussions concern the history of collage and assemblage.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA270 Imaginative Drawing 3 cr.


    Non-traditional approaches to drawing, including working from dream imagery, inventing realities, exploring abstraction, creating new tools to draw with, and experimenting with mixed media.

    Prerequisites: SFDN181

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA281 Seeing Painting in Boston 3 cr.


    Each week this class will visit painting exhibitions in Boston and vicinity. We will meet with the artist or curator to view the work in galleries or museums. This experience provides an in-depth discussion of the work that informs the student of current concepts, materials, techniques, and the strategies of a professional career in art.

    Prerequisites: Studio Foundation year

    Lecture/Seminar
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPA305 Junior Painting 6 cr.


    Combined sections of juniors and seniors for the study and practice of painting in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Juniors are expected to pursue the development of a personal direction in painting or mixed media. Seniors work on self-defined degree projects in painting and are expected to develop a command of both technical and conceptual means in painting. 6 credits.

    Prerequisites: 2DPA205, 2DPA206

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    2DPA306 Junior Painting 6 cr.


    Combined sections of juniors and seniors for the study and practice of painting in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Juniors are expected to pursue the development of a personal direction in painting or mixed media. Seniors work on self-defined degree projects in painting and are expected to develop a command of both technical and conceptual means in painting. 6 credits.

    Prerequisites: 2DPA205, 2DPA206, 2DPA305

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    2DPA335 Drawing for Painting Majors 3 cr.


    A drawing exploration of the relationships between methods of drawing and painting that is designed to develop a flexible dialogue between concept and process. Drawing both from observation and imagination.

    Prerequisites: SFDN181, SFDN182, SFDN185

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    2DPA392 FA Course Assistantship


  
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    2DPA398 FA Internship


  
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    2DPA399 FA Independent Study


  
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    2DPA405 Senior Painting 6 cr.


    Combined sections of juniors and seniors for the study and practice of painting in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Juniors are expected to pursue the development of a personal direction in painting or mixed media. Seniors work on self-defined degree projects in painting and are expected to develop a command of both technical and conceptual means in painting. 6 credits.

    Prerequisites: 2DPA305, 2DPA306

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    2DPA406 Senior Painting 6 cr.


    Combined sections of juniors and seniors for the study and practice of painting in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Juniors are expected to pursue the development of a personal direction in painting or mixed media. Seniors work on self-defined degree projects in painting and are expected to develop a command of both technical and conceptual means in painting. 6 credits, 1 semester.

    Prerequisites: 2DPA305, 2DPA306, 2DPA405

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    2DPA428 Professional Practices 3cr.


    Professional Practices will provide you with tools, resources, and experience that will help
    you to continue making your work outside of an institution. With this established as the most
    important aspect of being a professional artist, the seminar will provide a body of practical
    information to support your art making. The course is organized around a series of topics accompanied by workshops, discussions, informal presentations,
    readings, and field trips. Throughout the semester, we will have the opportunity to meet and
    interview a range of art professionals, including curators and gallerists, graduate students, and other artists.

    By the end of the course, you will have compiled your professional materials – CV, images, and artist statement. Topics covered include talking /writing about your work, studio space, studio visits, making / maintaining professional connections, documenting your work, applications for grants / residencies / graduate school, online presence, jobs, finances, exhibiting your work, artist peers, collaboration, curating / pop-up shows, and more.[Formerly titled Senior Seminar]

    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall and Spring

  
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    2DPA435 Drawing for Painting Majors 3 cr.


    A drawing exploration of the relationships between methods of drawing and painting that is designed to develop a flexible dialogue between concept and process. Drawing both from observation and imagination.

    Prerequisites: 2DPM367, 2DPA335

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall

Fine Arts 2D: Printmaking

  
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    2DPM100 Introduction to Printmaking 3 cr.


    An introduction to basic printmaking techniques, including monoprint, intaglio (etching), planographic, and relief printing, using an experimental and empirical approach to the graphic media. Emphasis is on investigating visual structures by means of the print process.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPM216 Issues and Installation in Contemporary 3cr.


    Course investigates issues relevant to contemporary print that explore and exploit the
    questions of boundaries and borders between various media. The course addresses new
    techniques and processes as well as aesthetic strategies related to installation and
    printmaking. Oral and written communication skills are addressed through critiques and
    written assignments. Problem solving skills are an essential aspect of this course as that it is
    built around 5 specific problems/issues students must address.

    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall and Spring
  
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    2DPM250 Artist Books 3 cr.


    An examination of the unique book. Students have the opportunity to explore text and image in traditional and nontraditional approaches and formats. Projects focus on content, composition, paging sequence, format and materials. Students build their ideas using the processes and materials of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPM260 Beginning Etching 3 cr.


    A presentation of basic intaglio skills: drypoint, hard and soft ground etching, and aquatint. Emphasis is on using the craft and the process of printmaking to explore the more familiar ideas of line, value, and form.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement, All College Elective
    Fall
  
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    2DPM264 Monoprint 3 cr.


    An exploration of this direct and immediate form of printing that bridges the worlds of painting, drawing, and printing. Emphasis is on visual thinking and the development of imagery through a combination of process, observation, and imaginative drawing. The techniques of water-base and oil-base printing, including collage, collagraph, and multiple plate printing are demonstrated.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPM265 Sophomore Printmaking I 3cr.


    A variety of skills are developed through continuing assignments in sevearl media. Students
    master techniques to produce finished editions and become familiar with the development of a
    pring asan artisitc processes. Emphasis of the course is on the use of printmaking processes as
    drawing and paitning tools.

    Prerequisites: Printmaking Majors Only

    Fall Only
  
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    2DPM266 Sophomore Printmaking II 3 cr.


    This sophomore majors studio involves the refinement of basic processes; the introduction of new techniques; the development of individual imagery through drawing exercises; and researching other artists in the field. Working in series is stressed. Visiting artists and events are shared with junior and senior majors. [Formerly titled Sophomore Printmaking Major]

    Prerequisites: three of the following four classes 2DPM260, 2DPM270, 2DPM280, or 2DPM281

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    2DPM270 Beginning Lithography 3 cr.


    An introduction to the drawing and printing of stone and metal plate lithography. The course emphasizes the development of visual ideas through the materials, tools, and chemistry of the lithographic process.

    Prerequisites: SFDN181

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Fall
  
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    2DPM271 Relief Printing 3 cr.


    An introduction to relief printmaking, employing woodcut and other related processes. Students build imagery using conventional and unconventional approaches.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPM280 Beginning Silkscreen 3 cr.


    An introduction to various processes in screen printing. Study of color, design, and drawing using techniques from handcut through photographic stencil making.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement, All College Elective
    Fall
  
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    2DPM281 Contemporary Printmaking 3 cr.


    This course explores the role of printmaking within the discourse of contemporary art and culture. It serves as an introduction to the latest printmaking technology, including that of digital and photo sensitive plates, as well as non-toxic printmaking techniques. The course is divided between screenprinting, lithography, and intaglio and incorporates digital-imaging and color separation.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement, All College Elective
  
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    2DPM305 Junior Printmaking Major 6 cr.


    Combined studio of junior and senior printmakers. Students analyze the use of printmaking within a personal body of work. This exploration of mixed-media techniques stresses the metamorphic and serial potential inherent in printmaking. 6 credits.

    Prerequisites: 2DPM266

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    2DPM306 Junior Printmaking Major 6 cr.


    Combined studio of junior and senior printmakers. Students analyze the use of printmaking within a personal body of work. This exploration of mixed-media techniques stresses the metamorphic and serial potential inherent in printmaking. 6 credits.

    Prerequisites: 2DPM266, 2DPM305

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    2DPM367 Drawing to Print 3 cr.


    Concurrent projects in drawing and printmaking to address the dialogue between concept and process. Students explore a variety of techniques. Students follow work from observation, imagination, and the influences of process as means of discovery and image-building.

    Prerequisites: SFDN181, SFDN185

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Required, All College Elective
    Spring
  
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    2DPM380 Intermediate Silkscreen 3 cr.


    Further exploration of various processes in screen printing. Study of color, design, and drawing using techniques from handcut through photographic stencil-making.

    Prerequisites: 2DPM280

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    2DPM392 PM Course Assistantship


  
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    2DPM398 PM Internship


  
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    2DPM399 PM Independent Study


  
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    2DPM405 Senior Printmaking Major 6 cr.


    Combined studio of junior and senior printmakers. Students analyze the use of printmaking within a personal body of work. This exploration of mixed-media techniques stresses the metamorphic and serial potential inherent in printmaking. 6 credits.

    Prerequisites: 2DPM305, 2DPM306

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    2DPM406 Senior Printmaking Major 6 cr.


    Combined studio of junior and senior printmakers. Students analyze the use of printmaking within a personal body of work. This exploration of mixed-media techniques stresses the metamorphic and serial potential inherent in printmaking. 6 credits.

    Prerequisites: 2DPM305, 2DPM306, 2DPM405

    Double Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    2DPM467 Drawing into Print 3 cr.


    Concurrent projects in drawing and printmaking to address the dialogue between concept and process. Students explore a variety of techniques. Students follow work from observation, imagination, and the influences of process as means of discovery and image building.

    Prerequisites: 2DPA335 or 2DPM367

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Required
    Spring

Fine Arts 3D: Ceramics

  
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    3DCR202 Ceramic Handbuilding 3 cr.


    A studio elective course, introduces students to ideas and methods used in the contemporary field of ceramic object-making. Projects are designed to have students consider clay for both its fine art and design potential. Projects use a variety of tools including the slab roller, extruder and plaster molds, as well as traditional methods of building and throwing on the potter’s wheel and address idea development. Projects also address color and surface and their relationships to forms. Students will choose methods of finishing work in gas or electric kilns, using a combination of studio and commercial glazes.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Fall
  
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    3DCR203 Wheelworking 3 cr.


    An introduction to the potter’s wheel as a tool for clay form-making. Projects explore various techniques, development of skill and experimentation with functional and nonfunctional formats. Slip/glaze applications include both high and low-fire techniques with gas and electric kilns.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Required/Elective
    Spring
  
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    3DCR205 Ceramic Design Studio 3 cr.


    Ceramics has always been a desirable medium for artists’ and designers’ use because of its ability to be transformed in many ways. The premise of this course is to look at ceramics from the design point of view, whether it functional, decorative or sculptural. The goal will be to create three objects that are well-designed and planned out. The ceramic process used to create work will be up to each student - wheel thrown, molded or handbuilt, for example. The course also looks at the history of ceramic design and the work of contemporary designers.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
  
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    3DCR205 Ceramic Design Studio Processes 3 cr.


    This course is focused on translating design concepts into finished ceramic objects. An emphasis on drawing and model making will be used as the basis for projects that use a variety of handbuilding, mold-making, casting, and finishing techniques. Previous experience in ceramics recommended but not required.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
  
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    3DCR208 Objects That Change Lives 3 cr.


    See 3DTD208.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
  
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    3DCR209 Intro to Clay Studio 3 cr.


    This course introduces a variety of concepts and techniques used in contemporary ceramic object-making. Projects include ideas and skills used in both sculpture and design around the world today. This course includes slide lectures and field trips to introduce students to artists, designers and careers in the field of ceramics today. Through assigned projects students develop ideas and learn new skills– building, finishing and firing ceramic objects. This course is open to both students with previous experience and no experience.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
  
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    3DCR213 Drawing in and on Clay 3cr.


    Drawing in and on Clay focuses on drawing as a
    tool for both two and three dimensionalrepresentation. Classes will be taught
    in the Ceramic Studios where emphasis is placed
    on  observation, experimentation, and technical
    exploration along with personal expression.
    Employing various tools and techniques, students
    explore the relationships of drawing on paper and
    clay. Students are given the opportunity to
    expand their drawing experience into other
    mediums and dimensions.The ceramic medium
    challenges artists and designers to draw in
    space, to marry ideas in surface, color and form.
    Projects include working with drawing as tool for
    addressing issues in object making, as well as
    exploring drawing in clay as finished artwork.
    Work focuses on the sensorial, the formal and the
    expressive proprieties of mark making in clay,
    which is a wonderfully direct and reactive
    medium. Eye hand synchronic and emotional
    responds will be used not only to record objects
    or events, but make visible the world of our imagination.
    Students explore the ceramic process from surface
    and form building through to firing work in
    electric and gas kilns.

    Undergraduate Elective
    Spring
  
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    3DCR225 Image and Clay 3 cr.


    Ceramics is a field that marries form-making, surface finish, concept, image and technique. Ideas can be applied to both fine art and design objects. Image and Clay is a studio elective designed to introduce students to ideas, artists/designers and techniques which bring surface imagery to clay object-making. Projects include digital manipulation of imagery, silkscreening, decal making, and transfer printing. This course is appropriate for both artists and designers.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
  
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    3DCR226 Tableware 3 cr.


    Design and fabricate individualized place settings, serving dishes, teapots, and vases. Employing hand-building, the potter’s wheel, plaster molds, and various kiln-firing techniques (stoneware, soda, low-fire) students are able to create pottery that is useful as well as personally expressive. Frequent demonstrations, lectures, and dialogue with the instructor enable beginners as well as experienced workers to expand their vision and portfolio.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
  
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    3DCR300 3D Seminar: Ceramics 3 cr.


    A forum for discussion of current contemporary art-making issues in the medium of clay. Students research the topics and artists important to their own development. Visiting artists, slide lectures, studio visits and exhibitions are incorporated. With faculty assistance; students define and develop two bodies of work for each semester. This work must explore different technical areas of clay object-making and firing. An active journal with source material related to the student’s work is required, as are mid-semester critiques and final semester review boards.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    3DCR301 3D Seminar: Ceramics 3 cr.


    A forum for discussion of current contemporary art-making issues in the medium of clay. Students research the topics and artists important to their own development. Visiting artists, slide lectures, studio visits and exhibitions are incorporated. With faculty assistance; students define and develop two bodies of work for each semester. This work must explore different technical areas of clay object-making and firing. An active journal with source material related to the student’s work is required, as are mid-semester critiques and final semester review boards.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    3DCR308 Multiples, Sets and Editions 3 cr.


    This course investigates the production of ceramic objects that are developed within a series format. Projects include unique pieces that are part of a related series and limited editions of identical objects. Ideas explored include architectural relief tiles, tableware, and various sculptural formats. Mold-making and ceramic casting processes are incorporated with various low and high-fire glaze options.

    Prerequisites: any 200 level ceramic elective or permission

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
  
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    3DCR309 Tiles, Reliefs & Mosaics 3 cr.


    Production and use of tiles, mosaics and reliefs. This course explores historical and contemporary uses of clay in architecture and object-making. Projects include design consideration, fabrication methods including mold and die processes and installation techniques. This course is appropriate for both fine artists and designers.

    Prerequisites: 3DCR203

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    3DCR310 Ceramic Chemistry 3 cr.


    Ceramic Chemistry offers students the opportunity to gain familiarity with clays, surfaces, and kilns. Weekly assignments, independent projects and two exams provide students with the exposure necessary to gain basic and personalized knowledge of ceramic materials and processes.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
  
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    3DCR311 Surreal Clay: Explorations 3 cr.


    A ceramic studio elective course gives students the opportunity and skills to develop work which is narrative in nature. Whether creating designed functional objects or abstract sculpture, the focus on this course is create objects which are outside of the everyday realm. Content of ideas may stretch from current events to personal experiences. Projects may incorporate a number of building and finishing techniques. Finished work may be funny, outrageous, provocative or physiologically engaging.

    Prerequisites: One 200 or 300 level 3DCR class.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
  
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    3DCR313 Clay Studio 3 cr.


    This course introduces a variety of concepts and techniques used in contemporary ceramic object-making.  Demonstrations and studio activities include hand building, mold making and wheel working. Each student researches and designs a series of pieces which reflect their personal interests. Projects may include work in tableware, sculpture, or designed objects. This course is open to both students with previous experience and no experience.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
  
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    3DCR315 In Situ: Clay and Contemporary Installation 3cr.


    The Class will develop work which addresses objects beyond their solitary presence. Technical
    demonstrations will revolve around clay as a medium that can contribute both ephemeral and
    permanent qualities and as an adaptable material that is both finite and abundant.

    Unconventional approaches to using clay and ceramic processes, in combination with looking at
    the subjective role of materiality will be a chief focus in this course. Projects and
    assignments will include class collaborations, short term exercises, readings/discussions,
    interventions, and most of all self-guided undertakings. Experience in ceramics processes
    recommended.

    Expirience in Ceramics recommended.

    Undergraduate Elective
    Spring Only

  
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    3DCR350 Adv.Studio: Ceramics 3 cr.


    Assists students in developing a focused coherent body of work through several research projects, exposure to artists and concepts, and the coordination of personal sources, intent and ceramic technique.

    Prerequisites: 6 credits in Ceramic Studios

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
 

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