DE1090 Design Fundamentals I
Tuesday 1:30 pm – 6 pm
This course is an introduction to the visual components that serve as fundamental principles in the field of Design. Projects include the study, classification, and application of Gestalt theories of perception; color systems for designers; and pattern making. Students will create 2D and 3D forms, and learn how to use materials in design projects. Students will learn design methodology and processes, design language, and the critique process for designers. These design methods and processes will help students observe, understand, and articulate their intuitive visual decision-making skills. Professional practices for designers, project workflow, and professional presentation are integrated into course projects. Digital software tools and hand craft tools are learned and applied to course projects.
DE1250 Frame By Frame Animation
Wednesday 6:10 pm – 10:40 pm
This course introduces students to the principles and workflow for frame-by-frame animation with still images. Through wire framing and drawing flip books; students will learn basic principles of animation. Students will learn how to combine Claymation and hand crafted techniques with digital production tools. Student will learn animation methods and processes, along with workflow and production. Critique process and animation terminology is introduced and developed with course content and projects.
FA1090 Fine Art Fundamentals I: Drawing
Wednesday 1:30 pm – 6 pm
Drawing is the fundamental language of visual communication and an essential skill for all visual artists. In this course, you will improve your drawing skills through exercises in mark making, perspective, and line, with assignments also focusing on value, form and mass, and composition. Students will do gesture and contour drawings as well as fully developed drawings; frequent individual and group critiques foster both feedback and your own ability to express your point of view. Classes will include demonstrations, drawing the life model and still lives, and exposure to the history and contemporary practice of drawing. First-year drawing is required of all prospective Fine Art majors and serves as the prerequisite for more advanced drawing, illustration, and animation courses.
FA1091 Fine Art Fundamentals II: Painting
Wednesday 8:30 am – 1 pm
First-year painting focuses on materials, techniques, and historical precedents as means to begin to develop your personal imagery, content, and techniques. Classes devoted to a rigorous, hands-on learning process provide a context for the expression and development of individual goals, from realism to abstraction to animation. Working on several paintings during the semester, students will experiment with both traditional and new methods. Discussions on the history of painting, along with faculty-moderated critiques begin to address the rich context in which the contemporary painter participates. Fundamentals of Fine Art: Painting is a prerequisite for taking intermediate and advanced painting courses.
FA1092 Fine Art Fundamentals II: Sculpture
Thursday 8:30 am – 1 pm
This fundamental course in 3-D form and thinking introduces students to a wide variety of techniques, fabrication strategies, and conceptual approaches to form and space. Basic carpentry and welding skills will be taught, along with methods of making simple connections, cutting and bending, modeling, mold making and casting. Through demonstrations and research students will be exposed to contemporary methods of fabrication and their uses in contemporary art. Class and individual projects will be critiqued by the instructor and fellow students, with an emphasis on experimentation and the development of project management skills. Fundamentals of Fine Art: Sculpture is a prerequisite for more advanced courses in sculpture, installation, and performance.
FA1215 Color Across Media: Symbolism
Thursday 1:30 pm – 6 pm
How artists have used color has changed enormously over the last century. This course will examine the main theories which they employed, experimented with, and what they abandoned, as well as some of the science involved. We will study several approaches to color, from traditional views about its spiritual aspects, symbolism and scientific properties of specific colors, including both subtractive (physical) and additive (light) color, to postmodern practices of chance, systems, cultural contexts and commercial color charts. These approaches will be studied by a variety of means, from photo expeditions, to extensive paint mixing, to computer exercises, to experiments in chance. Studies will include color in cultural contexts; color as mood, temperature, value and space; chromatic gray; color interaction, and some paint-by-number games. Basic familiarity with Adobe Photoshop is helpful.
FN1000 Communication Design
Thursday 8:30 am – 1 pm
This course will examine digital design techniques and concepts that are relevant to all majors. Students will learn the basics of visual communication, typography, and design by utilizing Adobe Photoshop to create a series of projects that will result in the creation of their own basic website. Students will learn how to scan, import, and create artwork and how to correct and adjust image tone and color. Students will also use Photoshop's many selection and editing tools and will be introduced to layers, channels, color palettes, and scripted actions. By going through lessons ranging from image retouching to title banner and button creation and simple time-based animation, students will assemble and produce a simple website which will showcase a portfolio of their own work. In addition to the projects above, students will be introduced to the theories and practices of visual communications and graphic design through a series of lectures and demonstrations. Other Adobe CS software such as InDesign will be touched on as well.
ID1210 Elements & Principles of Interior Design
Wednesday 8:30 am – 1 pm
This introductory interior design studio focuses on the fundamental elements and principles of interior design. The studio explores the elements and principles of design as tools to create, manipulate, and affect interior environments. Specifically, the course explores point, line, plane, form, shape, color, texture, light, proportion, scale, balance, harmony, unity and variety, rhythm and emphasis in relation to 3D space. Students translate the elements and principles to 2D visual presentation strategies through the creation of physical and digital design boards. The elements and principles of design are explored in relation to architectural drawing as communication, 2D visual presentation, and 3D spatial experience.
PH1090 Photography Fundamentals I: Light Studies and Optical Culture
Tuesday 8:30 am – 1 pm
Light and optics are the fundamental elements of photographic media and of contemporary media culture. This Foundation year course introduces students to the formal characteristics of light and lenses by surveying a variety of image-making practices, from primitive photographic devices to digital photography and video. Through a combination of classroom talks and hands-on projects, students will encounter principles of black-and-white and color photography, as well as learning camera controls that open up a wide range of expressive possibilities. Historical antecedents, contemporary practices, and strategies of critical interpretation will be discussed in relation to specific assignments throughout the semester.
PH1091 Photography Fundamentals II: Technique and Practice
Wednesday 1:30 pm – 6 pm
This film-based course for prospective photography majors and others interested in furthering their photography abilities extends students' existing camera and darkroom skills through a thorough assessment of individual image-making abilities. Students will learn advanced methods for making black-and-white negatives and prints, including controls for exposing and developing, as well as encountering new film formats and types. Practical instruction is accompanied by assignments that explore different genres and allow students to develop their own personal approaches.