Visual Arts Courses

Introductory Drawing

VIS 202 / ARC 202 · Spring 2015

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Kurt Kauper · Nathan Carter

This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing. Students will be introduced to a range of drawing issues, as well as a variety of media, including charcoal, graphite, ink, oil stick, collage, string, wire and clay.

Black & White Photography

VIS 212 · Spring 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau St., A05

Instructors: Deana Lawson

An Introduction to the processes of analog photography through a series of problems directed toward the handling of film-based cameras, light-sensitive paper, darkroom chemistry, and printing.

Graphic Design

VIS 214 / ARC 214 / CWR 214 · Spring 2015

U01 · Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:20 pm & 1:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 302

Instructors: Alice Chung

This studio course will introduce students to the essential aspects and skills of graphic design, and will analyze and discuss the increasingly vital role that non-verbal, graphic information plays in all areas of professional life, from fine art and book design to social networking and the Internet.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Spring 2015

U01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm & 7:30 - 9:40 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 303

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography.

Graphic Design: Circulation

VIS 217 · Spring 2015

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm & 7:30 - 9:40 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 303

Instructors: David Reinfurt

Students in this course will consider the ways in which a graphic design object's characteristics are affected by its ability to be copied and shared, and by the environment in which it is intended to circulate.

Art for Everyone

VIS 219 · Spring 2015

U01 · Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 303

Instructors: Fia Backstrom

This studio class will address the increasing social pressure on art to become more widely distributed, immediately accessible, and democratically produced.

Religion in Modern Thought and Film

REL 222 / HUM 222 / VIS 244 · Spring 2015

L01 (Lecture) & F01 (Screening) · (L01) Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:20 pm (F01) Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm

Instructors: Staff

This course examines the most influential modern conceptions of religion, as articulated by major thinkers and filmmakers.

Introductory Sculpture

VIS 222 · Spring 2015

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Martha Friedman · Pam Lins

A studio introduction to sculpture, particularly the study of form, concept, fabrication and the influence of a wide variety of materials and processes on sculpture and its consequences.

How to Make a Film

VIS 262 · Spring 2015

C01 · Mondays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm & Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 304

Instructors: Keith Sanborn

Through hands-on studio work, screenings, critical readings and group critiques, this course teaches the basic tools and approaches for film production with digital media including writing, camerawork, sound, editing, and postproduction.

Documentary Filmmaking

VIS 263 · Spring 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 304

Instructors: Su Friedrich

This course introduces students to documentary film production using digital video, with an emphasis on the practical challenges of working in the real world.

Introductory Printmaking

VIS 309 · Spring 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm & 7:30 - 9:40 pm 185 Nassau Street

Instructors: Daniel Heyman

This course introduces techniques of copper plate etching, and relief printing. Assignments focus on applications of various printmaking techniques, while encouraging independent development of subject matter.

Creating Collaborative Theater

THR 314 / VIS 314 · Spring 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

Instructors: Aaron Landsman

How are directors and actors and co-authors of a live performance, and how can anyone contribute text to a work that seeks its own unified vision? How can design play as integral a role as text?

Costume Design

THR 317 / VIS 372 · Spring 2015

C01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau Street

Instructors: Anita Yavich

An exploration of the various aspects of Costume Design for the stage.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2015

C01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau Street

Instructors: Jane Cox

An introduction to the art and craft of lighting design for the stage and an exploration of light as a medium for expression.

Words as Objects

VIS 321 / CWR 321 · Spring 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 219

Instructors: Joe Scanlan · Susan Wheeler

This course will explore ways that language can take on material properties and how objects can have syntax and be “read.”

The New Hollywood

VIS 339 · Spring 2015

F01 (Screenings) & S01 (Seminar) · Screenings—Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 110 Seminar—Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 111

Instructors: Staff

This course will examine the so-called “New Hollywood:” the films and filmmakers who reinvigorated the Hollywood studio system in the late 1960s.

Special Topics in Film History: World Cinema in a Global Context

VIS 344 · Spring 2015

F01 (Screenings) & S01 (Seminar) · Screenings—Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 110 Seminar—Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 111

Instructors: Staff

This course will provide a survey of 21st century world cinema as an investigation into the institutional and theoretical frameworks that inform its production.

Screenwriting: Creating Visual and Emotional Unity

CWR 349 / VIS 349 · Spring 2015

C01 · Wednesday, 9:00 - 10:50 am New South Building, Room 606

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

In this class, students will become familiar with feature film structure, plot evolution, character development, scene shaping and dialogue, and effective techniques for achieving the complex visual and emotional rhythm required by compelling narrative scripts.

The Artist at Work

ART 349 / HUM 349 / VIS 345 · Spring 2015

C01 · Mondays, 7:30 - 8:50 pm Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:50 pm

Instructors: Staff

This course takes as its investigative locus the artist's studio, a space of experimentation and inspiration, but also of boredom, sociability, exhaustion, and critique.

Advanced Painting

VIS 404 · Spring 2015

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 218

Instructors: Pam Lins

This course explores a variety of possible "equations" by which a painting gets made.

Advanced Questions in Photography

VIS 411 · Spring 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau St., Room 302

Instructors: Deana Lawson

This class will investigate the idea of "manipulation" in photography and examine different approaches to controlling form and content.

Advanced Sculpture

VIS 421 · Spring 2015

U01 · Thursdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm 185 Nassau Street

Instructors: Martha Friedman

In this course, each student will determine a specific theme that they will poke, prod and refine throughout the semester, ultimately completing three fully realized, thematically-linked sculptures and/or installations.

Art as Interaction

VIS 439 · Spring 2015

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Fia Backstrom

This class will investigate the evolving practice of art by creating objects designed to interact with people and spaces around campus.

Screenwriting for a Global Audience

CWR 451 / VIS 451 · Spring 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 pm New South Building, Room 606

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This class will use fairytales, films, games and new media to illustrate universal script principles while creating a rich interdisciplinary lens to explore the innovative intersection of narrative screenwriting, science and technology.