Courses

  • CFA AR 381: Junior Graphic Design Fall: Audience, Authorship
    Junior graphic design exercises a student's knowledge of graphic design fundamentals--form development and communication strategies--to solve more complex design problems. Variables such as audience, context, authorship and issues relevant to contemporary practice will be investigated and discussed. Context driven platforms for communication will be explored as students consider how to reach both narrow and broad audiences across multiple mediums.
  • CFA AR 382: AR382 Junior Graphic Design Spring: Audience, Authorship
    Students examine design as cultural practice as they explore their own design sensibilities and interests through a sequence of self-authored projects in preparation for senior year. Projects and discussion focus on how narrow and broad social contexts/environments impact the way in which graphic design lives and functions.
  • CFA AR 385: Sophomore Type Fall: Rules of Typography
    In this introductory course for sophomore graphic design majors, students will study the fundamentals of typography, from its history and anatomy to organizational structures, legibility and hierarchy. Legibility and hierarchy will be examined with increasing complexity from the letterform, to the word, sentence, paragraph and page. Students will learn characteristics of major type families, how to create and use a typographic grid and to work with type in a dynamic environment.
  • CFA AR 386: Sophomore Type Spring: Hierarchy, Composition
    In the second sequence of sophomore typography, students will learn (1)aspects of working with and refining bodies of text, from letter spacing, word spacing and line spacing, (2) basic ideas associated with connotative typography and visible language and (3) how to create a simple typographic system and apply it to a sequence of pages. Students will develop a sensitivity toward defining and controlling multiple typographic hierarchies. Students will explore dynamic typographic variables like rate, pace and sound to express an abstract concept typographically.
  • CFA AR 415: Photography 1
    Designed to assist the student in mastering the basic techniques of black-and-white photography, including negative exposure, film development, and print production. Critical evaluation of photographs, relationship of photography to other visual media, and study of both historical and contemporary precedents. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 418: Glassblowing
    This course is designed to provide beginning students with a core understanding of glassblowing, fusing/slumping, flame-working, hot-pour casting, and cold working techniques. The course is intended for students committed to finding their own voice in any medium of expression in contemporary art through critical thought, technique, perseverance, and experimentation. Students will be expected to demonstrate potential ideas through sketching and/or sculpture in other mediums. The course will include lecture and research on ancient through contemporary glass making methods. Students will have allocated class time in all studio shops as well as 3 hours per week of private practice to complete work and assignments. There is an $80 lab fee for the class, and transportation via T/car to Diablo Glass is the responsibility of the student. 4cr.
  • CFA AR 419: Murano Glass
  • CFA AR 420: Venice and the Book
  • CFA AR 425: The Artist and the Book (4 credits Spring term)
    By creating artist's books, students explore developing the series image, written text, and spatial and conceptual aspects. Students may work with collage and drawing, photo-based and traditional print forms, and digital and polymer-based letter press processes to produce books. Studio work will be augmented with visits to the Houghton Library Rare Book Collection and the Fogg Museum. Open to non-majors. 4 cr, 2nd semester.
  • CFA AR 432: Advanced Drawing
    Prereq: CFA AR 231 232. Life drawing; emphasis on figure structure; further development of drawing skills; work from the nude, draped figure, and objects in various media as points of departure toward a personal expression. 2cr, each semester.
  • CFA AR 447: Printmaking 1: Etching & Monotype 4 credits Fall term
    This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the intaglio print media -- traditional and contemporary - including etching, aquatint, photo-processes, monotype, and alternative techniques. Printmaking encompasses drawing, design, mark making, multiples, sequences, and overlays, using various material substrates such as metals and plastics. Students are encouraged to master and adapt intaglio techniques as an expressive means for exploring visual intent for their own imagery. Group and individual critiques; emphasis is on image development and technical knowledge. Projects may span media to build a group of related prints. Presentations on the historical and contemporary print and its culture, visiting artists, museum and studio visits provide context.
  • CFA AR 448: Printmaking 1: Lithography and Relief 4 credits Spring term
    This course introduces methods of plate and stone lithography, multiple block layered color relief printing, and monotype used as a developmental tool. It presents print as the expressive means toward exploring visual intent and subject. The intrinsic nature of print involves drawing, creating multiples, opacities and transparencies, varied material substrates, color layering, and sequences and versions -- all can access ideas. This course is project-based, and projects may bridge media to build a group of related prints. Presentations on the historical and contemporary print and its culture, museum and studio visits provide context.
  • CFA AR 450: The Art of the Multiple
    This course investigates the history of printmaking, paper making, and the production of the multiple image from Johannes Gutenberg to the Internet. The contemporary multiple in printmaking, installation, photography, sculpture, book, and the digital forms will be studied.
  • CFA AR 451: Printmaking 2 (Fall, variable credit)
    This course offers advanced professional study in printmaking techniques, for students who wish to focus on the print with intensity, as they refine their personal visual statement through workshop practice, critique and the enhancement of critical thinking. Experimentation is encouraged while students develop technical mastery and independent problem solving through print. In addition to demonstrations and hands-on guidance, the course provides an expanded technical vocabulary. Combined multiple printing applications and experimental media will be an option as well as the opportunity to print at large scale. Introduction to contemporary artists engaged in print practice and contemporary issues, through presentations, field and museum trips, and visiting artists. Variable credit, one or both semesters.
  • CFA AR 452: Printmaking 2 (Spring, variable credit)
    This course offers advanced professional study in printmaking techniques, for students who wish to focus on the print with intensity, as they refine their personal visual statement through workshop practice, critique and the enhancement of critical thinking. Experimentation is encouraged while students develop technical mastery and independent problem solving through print. In addition to demonstrations and hands-on guidance, the course provides an expanded technical vocabulary. Combined multiple printing applications and experimental media will be an option as well as the opportunity to print at large scale. Introduction to contemporary artists engaged in print practice and contemporary issues, through presentations, field and museum trips, and visiting artists. Variable credit, one or both semesters.
  • CFA AR 453: Advanced Printmaking: Venice
  • CFA AR 468: Pre-K-14 Visual Arts Curriculum Design and Writing
    Graduate students produce an illustrated thematic curriculum that covers Pre-K-12 studio studies in the visual arts for one year including a unit/lessons for the preceding and following course or year. Attention is given to generating a rationale for the curriculum, developing a teaching philosophy, describing district demographics, addressing 21st century skills, providing adaptations for both gifted and special needs students, etc. Accommodations are made to adapt course requirements for undergraduate art education majors. This course is taken in conjunction with student teaching and clinical practicums.
  • CFA AR 469: Color
    Color is a studio course that investigates the relativity of color, and the role that quantity, proportion, and context play in our perception of color, both in the visual arts, and in our daily environment. Lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, and museum visits will complement the primary studio activity of solving specific color problems, and of generating individual, expressive color compositions. Open to all University students. No previous experience in art is required. Elective credit may be applied to the BFA Major or the Visual Arts Minor. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 470: Ceramics 1
    Introduction to using ceramics as a sculptural medium. Explore traditional and experimental hand-building techniques. Study glaze chemistry. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 471: Ceramics 1