Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts


VIS 202 / ARC 202 · Spring 2016

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.


VIS 204 / ARC 328 · Spring 2016

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting. The areas to be covered are color and its interaction, the use of form and scale, painting from a model, painting objects with a concern for their mass and interaction with light.

Black & White Photography

VIS 212 · Spring 2016

C01 - Deana Lawson · Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:20 pm

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.

Digital Photography

VIS 213 · Spring 2016

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone · Fia Backström

This studio course introduces students to aesthetic and theoretical implications of digital photography, with an emphasis on mastering digital equipment and techniques, managing print quality, and generally becoming familiar with all aspects of the digital workspace.

Graphic Design

VIS 214 / ARC 214 / CWR 214 · Spring 2016

U01 - Alice Chung · Fridays 10:00 am - 12:20 pm and 1:30 - 4:20 pm

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 2016

U01 - David Reinfurt · Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies and through their engagement in studio design projects.

Introductory Sculpture

VIS 222 · Spring 2016

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 2016

Multiple sections offered

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 2016

S01 - Su Friedrich · Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:40 pm and Thursdays 1:30 - 4:20 pm

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 2016

C01 - Daniel Heyman · Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:40 pm and Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

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.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2016

C01 - Jane Cox · Wednesdays 12:30 - 4:20 pm

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.

Scenic Design

THR 319 / VIS 319 · Spring 2016

S01 · Mondays 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Riccardo Hernandez

An introduction to the art and craft of scenic design for the stage and and exploration of the use of space as a medium of textual interpretation.

Sonic Cinema: Music, Noise, and the Moving Image

VIS 336 / MUS 302 · Spring 2016

· F01 Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm S01 Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Staff

This course will explore the use of sound in relation to moving images, including film scoring, musicals, soundtracks, music videos, and experimental sound and video art.

World on a Wire: 12 Films, 12 Filmmakers

VIS 338 · Spring 2016

· S01 Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm F01 Thursdays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm

Instructors: Pacho Velez

In this course we will encounter the output of some of the most engaging filmmakers working today. No film shown in this course will be more than eighteen months from its world premiere, and each will be accompanied by a Q+A with its director.

Advanced Painting

VIS 404 · Spring 2016

U01 - Pam Lins · Wednesdays 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Pam Lins

This course explores a variety of possible "equations" by which a painting gets made. Students will experiment with different media and approaches: direct observation, ways to use photography, digital images and post-digital imagery.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2016

C01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 3:50 pm

Instructors: Steven Katz

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 Questions in Photography

VIS 411 · Spring 2016

C01 - Deana Lawson · Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Deana Lawson

This class will investigate the idea of "manipulation" in photography and examine different approaches to controlling form and content. Class lectures will look at the work of such artists as James Welling, Collier Schorr, Arthur Jaffa, and Boris Mikhailov, among others.

Advanced Sculpture

VIS 421 · Spring 2016

U01 - Martha Friedman · Wednesdays 12:30 - 4:20 pm

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.

Narrative Film: Working from the Script

VIS 438 · Spring 2016

C01 - Su Friedrich · Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Su Friedrich

A script is only the beginning. Then come the interesting decisions: the actors, the visual style, and the sound design. In this class, each student will be given one segment of a script which they can interpret in any way they choose.

Art as Interaction

VIS 439 · Spring 2016

U01 - Fia Backstrom · Wednesdays 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Fia Backström

With roots in activities as diverse as mural painting, sports, street fairs, or community activism, publicly engaged art inserts itself into specific contexts and directly engages its audience-often with the hope for social change. This class will investigate the evolving practice of art by creating objects designed to interact with people and spaces around campus.

Trying Out Positions

ART 495 / VIS 495 · Spring 2016

U01 - Joe Scanlan · Wednesdays 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

Artists have long deployed language as a kind of satellite hovering in the vicinity of their artworks, influencing their reception.