Courses

  • CFA AR 483: Senior Graphic Design Fall: Collaboration
    Group collaboration and design as an agent for social change are areas that will challenge students to develop their own content, point of view and to learn their audience. Students will work in teams representing a professional studio environment. Students will manage multiple work streams through lead and supportive roles. Thesis research will complement group activities throughout the fall. Research will begin in fall semester and serve as a launching point for self-directed study during the final semester.
  • CFA AR 484: Senior Graphic Design Spring: Senior Thesis
    In this culminating semester students will independently develop systems and methodologies for solving real world, pragmatic design problems. Students start by identifying an area of research and discussing its relationship to graphic design. The idea of 'designer as author' will be emphasized through a self-motivated design project that will strengthen individual processes and problem solving capabilities. Upon graduation students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional-grade body of work.
  • CFA AR 487: Junior Type Fall: Denotation, Connotation
    Junior level typography is an advanced examination into the theory and practice of denotative and connotative typography. Students will learn how to design a complex typographic system over a sequence of pages; and how to control complex hierarchal systems as a means of conveying visual language and verbal meaning. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the function of design principles in creating typographic contrast, hierarchy, meaning and expression. Students will address how variables such as rate, pace and sound impact typographic narrative in a time-based context.
  • CFA AR 497: Junior Type: Motion + Interactivity
    CFA AR497 is the only typography course that solely addresses dynamic typography. Students will learn how to translate traditional typographic variable like form, weight, scale and space into dynamic environments, type-based narrative sequences, and type in an interactive format. Students will learn how pacing, rhythm, sequencing and interactivity impact hierarchy and communication. Focus on refinement, craft, typographic complexity, denotative and connotative typography is emphasized. Creative concepting, visual storytelling and hierarchy will be emphasized. Tutorials in After Effects and Flash are included. Open to undergraduate junior graphic design students. This is a required course for graphic design majors. 2 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA AR 500: Independent Study: Drawing Elective
    Discussion of a broad range of drawing issues, including drawing from memory, and from secondary sources. Introduction of subjects explored in non-representational drawing traditions. Regular critiques.
  • CFA AR 501: Drawing Venice
  • CFA AR 502: Branding
    Brand identity is a unique and sustainable symbol that synthesizes big ideas. It works across all media to build awareness and loyalty. This course will deal with the real world issues and problem-solving for brand identities. Students will develop logos as a point of entry to a brand for a series of assigned hypothetical companies. A creative marketing oriented brief will precede each assignment. Each project will include: applications for stationery; web-site home page look-and-feel; product nomenclature or packaging; and signage (where applicable). Logos include symbols, wordmarks, single letters such as H for Herman Miller, pictorial marks like the Michelin Man and abstract symbols like Chase Manhattan. The creative brief will contain information about the target audience for each assignment. Students must have a good practical knowledge of typography, as it is the key ingredient for this course. "A good logo should suggest, not explain." Paul Rand
  • CFA AR 508: The Experimental Photograph
    This course brings together the STEM disciplines with the art of photography through hands on experiments and explorations of neuroscience, engineering, and new media. From pinhole photography to 3D printing, students will gain skills in historical processes within the medium of photography as well as current technologies. Final projects will be presented in exhibition format in Gallery 5. Materials will be presented through lectures, readings, technical demonstrations, guest scientists, group discussions, and visits to labs on campus. Student work will be discussed in formal critiques and informal work shares. The interdisciplinary approach to the course aims to broaden students' understanding of the medium of photography and to appreciate an expanded view of the arts and sciences. No prior experience with photography or the STEM disciplines is required.
  • CFA AR 512: Architect Draw
  • CFA AR 515: Digital Photo
    Prereq: CFA AR 415 or equivalent. Digital Photo will acquaint student with the basics of RAW image capture using a digital camera, non-destructive image file management, input and output resolution management, establishment of a digital workflow, adjustment and editing in Adobe Photoshop, fundamentals of color correcting management, digital retouching and high-end archival inkjet printing.
  • CFA AR 517: Digital Printmaking: Ink & Pixel 4 credits Spring term
    This course will explore the use of computers and digital printers as a creative tool for art-making, incorporating important cutting edge developments in the field of printmaking - digital imaging, innovative mixed media processes, and combinations with traditional print media. The course progresses from basic hands-on techniques and aesthetics of fine art digital production with substrate variables, to sections devoted to layered mixed media, 3D and spatial projects, and photo-process techniques that engage the broad landscape of contemporary prints. Students produce a body of works in these media, using Photoshop, wide-format Epson printers, scanners and tablets in addition to traditional printmaking. The course is designed for both graduate and undergraduate students. Design, color, and drawing issues, conceptual and technical skills, critical skills, and process-oriented project development are stressed through demonstrations, assignments, and critiques.
  • CFA AR 518: Silkscreen Print 4 Credits
    This course focuses on contemporary fine art silkscreen prints, the incorporation of fluid, solid and digital stenciling methods of silkscreen printing and the use of multiple approaches to the print. Drawing will be emphasized, and studio work will focus on formal visual issues and resolving visual ideas with an originality of approach. Through a coordinated sequence of projects, students will synthesize their conceptual and technical skills with this medium and study the application of hand printmaking.
  • CFA AR 521: Site Specific Art
    This elective will be interdisciplinary and open to students in all majors, both in the Visual Arts program and all other schools in the university. The course aims to instruct students in the professional practice of making site-specific art commissions for public and private clients. The students will gain professional skills in the development of a site-specific work of art that will require the utilization of a variety of media, an interdisciplinary approach and team work. Students will also learn how to work and negotiate with prospective clients who wish to contract site-specific art for particular settings and architectural environments. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 523: Gd Studio Pract
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • CFA AR 526: Video Art
    CFA AR 526 This studio course is an in-depth exploration of video as a contemporary art form. Students will investigate the medium through a series of exercises designed both to develop video production skills and to engage the essential properties of video as an art practice. Screenings, lectures, discussions and brief readings will contextualize the history of video art and experimental film as it developed in relation to other art forms such as painting, sculpture, music, dance, and performance. Students will complete final projects in which they may choose to design and create single channel, multi-screen, installation or web-based works. 4 credits- 6 contact hours a week
  • CFA AR 527: Drawing into Animation
    This course provides a convergence of contemporary performance, dance music, new media and visual arts projects that draw artists from across many traditional disciplines. The course will equip students with an understanding of how time based thinking can provide a natural extended practice, translating ideas through story boarding and scripting. Drawing concepts will range from informal sketches to full narrative graphic novels. Stop motion will be taught for sculptural ideas and time-lapse photography for painting and mix media production. Extensive use of Wacom tablets, mobile app based cameras, and the Adobe Suite will be utilized. This course is meant to bring digital technologies and 4D projects into the traditional studio practice. 4 credits.
  • CFA AR 547: Principles of Painting Techniques
    Lectures, studio demonstrations, and workshops concerning materials and techniques for oil painting: selection of tools and studio equipment; preparation of traditional and modern supports and grounds; principles of oil and alkyd painting; properties and interactions of pigments, binding mediums, solvents, and protective coatings; paint-making and tubing procedures, toxicity of materials, safety issues and precautions; introduction to a variety of direct and indirect techniques; presentation of completed artwork, including photographing, varnishing, and framing completed artwork. Open to undergraduates who have completed Painting II, CFA graduate students, and art history students. 2.0 credits
  • CFA AR 548: Principles of Painting Techniques
    Lectures, studio demonstrations, and workshops concerning materials and techniques for non-oil painting: selection of tools and studio equipment; preparation of supports and grounds; principles of egg tempera, distemper, encaustic, watercolor, casein, gouache, buon fresco, acrylic polymer, PVA, and vinyl painting; properties and interactions of pigments, binders, solvents, and protective coatings; paint-making procedures; toxicity of materials, safety issues and precautions; introduction to a variety of direct and indirect painting techniques; introduction to oil and water gilding; presentation of completed artwork, including matting, photographing, and framing. Open to undergraduates who have completed Painting II, CFA graduate students, and art history students. 2.0 credits
  • CFA AR 559: Contemporary Issues in Art Education (2 credits; fall semester)
    Conceptual frameworks, content, and pedagogical strategies derived from the art world, critical theory, and the fields of art education and education writ large form the basis, in this course, for theoretical and studio inquiry. A thematic approach is used to consider significant social issues such as personal identity, culture and the popular media, the environment, aging, race, gender, ethnicity and social justice narratives that surround these issues. Students research artists from the contemporary mainstream and the hiddenstream, and use their life stories and work as a basis for planning the delivery of pre-K/ 12 studio teaching.
  • CFA AR 563: Practicum Seminar Pre-K-8
    This course is taken in conjunction with CFA AR 365 or CFA AR 765. It is a seminar related to the implementation of educational philosophy, goals, and strategies in the elementary level studio classroom. Practical solutions related to student teaching experiences are discussed and recorded in a sketchbook/journal.