Courses

Fall 2015 Courses

Atelier

Memory House: Video & Sound Installation

ATL 499 · Fall 2015

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 219

Instructors: Heather Christian · Kaz Phillips Safer

How do you construct an interactive, three-dimensional memory using video, sound and space? Taught by filmmaker/ video designer Kaz Phillips-Safer and singer/ songwriter/ composer Heather Christian, "Memory House" guides students through the creation of a site-specific immersive video and sound installation.

Creative Writing

Literary Translation

CWR 205 · Fall 2015

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 619

Instructors: Idra Novey

Practice in the translation of literary works from another language into English supplemented by the reading and analysis of standard works.

Advanced Poetry

CWR 301 · Fall 2015

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Paul Muldoon · Monica Youn

Advanced practice in the original composition of poetry for discussion in regularly scheduled workshop meetings.

Advanced Literary Translation

CWR 305 / COM 355 · Fall 2015

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m.

Instructors: Idra Novey

Advanced practice in the translation of literary works from another language into English supplemented by the reading and analysis of standard works.

Special Topics in Creative Writing: The Art of Rewriting

CWR 345 · Fall 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 605

Instructors: Hanna Pylväinen

This course tackles revision through workshops in which students are asked to re-write stories. Ideal for students who want to write a fiction thesis, or for students who are serious about producing publishable work.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2015

C01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 606

Instructors: Staff

This advanced screenwriting course will introduce students to the post 1990's "golden age of television" and outline the differences between writing for film and a scripted TV series.

Notes on Color

VIS 441 / CWR 441 / THR 441 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 219

Instructors: James Welling

This seminar will explore the idea of color through a wide range of scientific, philosophical and aesthetic theories.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 606

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This course will introduce students to screenwriting adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting “true stories” pulled from various non-fiction sources.

Dance

Introduction to Ballet

DAN 207 · Fall 2015

U01 · Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau Street, Rm. 120

Instructors: Tina Fehlandt

From grand plié to grand jeté, Introduction to Ballet is for students with a curiosity for the study of classical ballet.

Introduction to Movement and Dance

DAN 209 · Fall 2015

U01 · Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30 - 4:20 p.m. New South Building Rm. 108

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

Designed for people with little or no previous training in dance, the class will be a mixture of movement techniques, improvisation, choreography, observing, writing and discussing.

Being and Doing: Dance for Every Body

DAN 214 · Fall 2015

U01 · Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 - 2:20 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 108

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

Open to beginning and advanced dancers, this course explores dance as a way to deepen both our self-knowledge and engagement with others.

The Arts of Urban Transition

DAN 310 / ARC 380 / THR 323 / URB 310 · Fall 2015

S01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 207

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Aaron Shkuda · Judith Hamera

This interdisciplinary course uses texts and methods from history, theatre, and dance to examine artists and works of art as agents of change in New York (1960-present) and contemporary Detroit.

Theater

Introductory Playwriting

THR 205 · Fall 2015

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 p.m. Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 206

Instructors: Robert N. Sandberg

This is a workshop in the fundamentals of writing plays.

French Theater Workshop

FRE 211 / THR 211 · Fall 2015

C01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Florent Masse

L'Avant-Scène will offer students the opportunity to put their language skills in motion by discovering French theater in general and by acting in French, in particular.

Intermediate Studies in Acting: Scene Study II

THR 301 · Fall 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm. New South Building, Rm. 110

Instructors: Mark Nelson

A continuation of THR 201: Guide students in ways to develop a role and to explore important texts and characters in an imaginative and honest manner.

Playing Against Type

THR 308 / GSS 304 / LAO 308 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 207

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This workshop course for actors, directors and scholars rehearses how to play with and against "type" in performance.

The Arts of Urban Transition

DAN 310 / ARC 380 / THR 323 / URB 310 · Fall 2015

S01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 207

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Aaron Shkuda · Judith Hamera

This interdisciplinary course uses texts and methods from history, theatre, and dance to examine artists and works of art as agents of change in New York (1960-present) and contemporary Detroit.

Queer Boyhoods

GSS 316 / THR 358 / AMS 366 · Fall 2015

S01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 11 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This course examines enactments of youthful masculinity in U.S. popular performance with a particular eye toward accounts of variant or queer boyhoods.

Sound Design

THR 320 · Fall 2015

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Robert Kaplowitz

An opportunity to explore what theatrical sound design is, how to look at a text from the point of view of sound, how to launch your creative process, and how to take the ideas based on that creative process and turn them into sounds to be used in a show.

Introduction to Musical Theater Writing

THR 322 / MUS 381 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. Woolworth, Rm. 105

Instructors: Randall Eng · Robert Lee · Stacy Wolf

This workshop will introduce students to the craft of writing words and music for the musical theatre. In addition to weekly and in-class practical assignments in technique and skill-building, the course will explore key moments in musical theatre history, criticism and to place students’ work in a larger context.

Special Topics in Performance History and Theory: Brecht and Contemporary British Theater

THR 331 / COM 311 / ENG 398 · Fall 2015

S01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau Street, Rm. 207

Instructors: Michael Cadden

The first half of this course will look at both plays and the theatrical ideas and practices of Bertolt Brecht, one of the most important dramatists and theater thinkers of the twentieth century. The second half of the course will look at how Brecht's work has shaped some representative British theatrical institutions from 1956 until the present.

Development of the Multi-Skilled Performer

THR 335 / MUS 303 · Fall 2015

S01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. Berlind Theater, Rm. 002

Instructors: John Doyle

This is a workshop based class for those interested in multi-skilled performance and in how performance skills can illuminate new forms of theatre making.

Advanced Theatrical Design

THR 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. Berlind Theater, Room 002

Instructors: Jane Cox · Anya Klepikov

The course is designed to endow students with practical skills that will enable them to design a production, and to support them in making technical decisions as well as in collaborating with the rest of the creative team.

Directing Workshop

THR 411 · Fall 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 2:20 pm. Fridays, 12:30 -3:20 p.m. Berlind Theater, Rm. 002

Instructors: Tim Vasen

Special directing assignments will be made for each student, whose work will be analyzed by the instructor and other members of the workshop.

Notes on Color

VIS 441 / CWR 441 / THR 441 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 219

Instructors: James Welling

This seminar will explore the idea of color through a wide range of scientific, philosophical and aesthetic theories.

The Fall Show

THR 451 · Fall 2015

S01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 110

Instructors: Alexandru Mihail

The Fall Show provides students with a rigorous and challenging experience of creating theater under near-professional circumstances.

Visual Arts

Introductory Drawing

VIS 201 / ARC 201 · Fall 2015

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim

This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing.

Introductory Painting

VIS 203 / ARC 327 · Fall 2015

U01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 225

Instructors: Kurt Kauper

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting.

Black & White Photography

VIS 211 · Fall 2015

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Demetrius Oliver · Jeff Whetstone

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: Visual Form

VIS 216 · Fall 2015

U01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. Room 303

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This course introduces students to techniques for decoding and creating graphic messages in a variety of media, and delves into issues related to visual literacy through the hands-on making and analysis of graphic form.

Art for Everyone

VIS 219 · Fall 2015

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 303

Instructors: Fia Backström

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

Introductory Sculpture

VIS 221 · Fall 2015

U01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 102

Instructors: Nathan Carter

A studio introduction to sculpture, particularly the study of form, space, and the influence of a wide variety of materials and processes on the visual properties of sculpture.

How to Make a Film

VIS 261 · Fall 2015

C02 · Mondays, 7:30 - 10:20 p.m. Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 304

Instructors: Keith Sanborn

A film/video course introducing the techniques of shooting and editing digital video.

Documentary Filmmaking

VIS 263 · Fall 2015

S01 · Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 304

Instructors: Pacho Velez

This course will give students an introduction to documentary film and video production, with a special emphasis on the practical challenges of producing films in the real world.

Intermediate Photography

VIS 313 · Fall 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 302

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone

This studio course seeks to broaden students’ skills through a wide range of photographic media.

Brazilian Cinema

POR 319 / VIS 346 / LAS 319 · Fall 2015

C01/F01 · Seminar - Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Screenings - Tuesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm Jones Hall, Rm. 100

Instructors: Bruno Carvalho

An introduction to the richness of Brazilian film, this course explores major cinematic movements, and will include the Cinema Novo, critically acclaimed documentaries, and more recent commercial successes.

Ceramic Sculpture

VIS 331 · Fall 2015

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. 185 Nassau St., A13

Instructors: Adam Welch

This course is course designed for students interested in learning the fundamentals of working with clay.

Major Filmmakers

VIS 343 · Fall 2015

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: P. Adams Sitney

A seminar on the films of avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage.

Art School at African American Studies: Process, Discourse, Infrastructure

AAS 347 / VIS 337 · Fall 2015

S01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:50 pm

Instructors: Nell Painter

Combining actual making with art criticism and an examination of the circulation of contemporary art, particularly the of work of black artists, this seminar is structured around fundamental art concepts such as line, color, illustration, abstraction, multiples, beauty, and meaning.

Painting Without Canvas

VIS 370 · Fall 2015

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 226

Instructors: Pam Lins

This interdisciplinary studio course encourages students to expand their definition of painting by investigating methods of painting other than the convention of stretched fabric over a wood support.

Issues in Contemporary Art

VIS 392 / ART 392 · Fall 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 207

Instructors: Martha Friedman

The course addresses current issues in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video, photography, and performance installation.

Advanced Theatrical Design

THR 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. Berlind Theater, Room 002

Instructors: Jane Cox · Anya Klepikov

The course is designed to endow students with practical skills that will enable them to design a production, and to support them in making technical decisions as well as in collaborating with the rest of the creative team.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2015

C01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 606

Instructors: Staff

This advanced screenwriting course will introduce students to the post 1990's "golden age of television" and outline the differences between writing for film and a scripted TV series.

Advanced Graphic Design

VIS 415 · Fall 2015

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 303

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course builds on the skills and concepts of the 200-level Graphic Design classes.

Exhibition Issues and Methods

VIS 416 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 219

Instructors: Pam Lins

This seminar provides senior ART Program 2 and VIS certificate students a context for investigating and discussing contemporary art exhibition practices.

Fall Film Seminar

VIS 417 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 304

Instructors: Staff

This class will explore the art of storytelling through the aesthetics of film editing.

Extraordinary Processes

VIS 418 / CEE 418 · Fall 2015

U01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 301

Instructors: Joe Scanlan · Sigrid Adriaenssens

This course investigates how extreme amounts of invested time and manual labor are capable of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Notes on Color

VIS 441 / CWR 441 / THR 441 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 219

Instructors: James Welling

This seminar will explore the idea of color through a wide range of scientific, philosophical and aesthetic theories.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 606

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This course will introduce students to screenwriting adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting “true stories” pulled from various non-fiction sources.