Visual Arts

  • 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 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 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: Art Education Elementary Practicum Seminar (2 credits; fall for graduates and spring for four-year art education majors)
    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.
  • CFA AR 564: Art Education Secondary Practicum Seminar (2 credits; fall for graduates and spring for four-year art education majors)
    This course is taken in conjunction with CFA AR 366 or CFA AR 766. It is a seminar related to the implementation of educational philosophy, goals, and strategies in the secondary level studio classroom. Practical solutions related to student teaching experiences are discussed and recorded in a sketchbook/journal.
  • CFA AR 566: Processes and Structures (4 credits; spring semester)
    This course is designed to cause students to be more acutely aware of the visual-expressive resources at their command. Emphasis is placed on personal inquiry and analytical reflection that enables students to translate artistic knowledge into studio lessons for children. Students consider the structures that can emerge from working with various studio processes using both two- and three-dimensional materials. Visual ideas are developed and resolved through coordinated sequences of action and identifying the sources and terms of personal expression. Portfolio Preparation for High School Juniors is a five-week pre-practicum for students in this course who design and teach lessons on Saturday mornings aimed at helping students prepare artwork conventionally required of potential studio majors for application to college. It is a focused short-term course that is offered to high school juniors attending Boston metropolitan area schools. This pre-practicum fulfills the 25 pre-student teaching practicum hours required of studio teaching students who intend to apply for teaching certification.
  • CFA AR 567: Teaching Art to Special Populations (2 credits; spring semester)
    This course is designed to inform the art specialist of some beneficial ways for integrating students with special needs into heterogeneous classroom settings. Students investigate ways in which the artistic process can be made accessible to all students regardless of their emotional, intellectual, or physical capacities as required by State and national laws.
  • CFA AR 572: Internship
    This course is for juniors and seniors pursuing an internship for college credit. Internship hours range from 80-150 hours during the course of 6-14 weeks. Students meet in consultation with an Internship and Faculty advisor for critiques of internship work. A final presentation of work is required at the end of the semester. 2.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 573: 3D Design & Animat
    This course is a project-based introduction to 3D design and animation using state-of-the-art Alias Maya software. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and techniques of 3D modeling and animation. Short creative-problem-solving exercises step students through basic design concepts while introducing the technology. Subsequent projects explore application areas and media and give the students an opportunity to develop their 3D "voices." 2 cr.
  • CFA AR 576: Motion Graphics
    Introduction to methods and processes of creating motion graphics for broadcast and cinema. The focus is on story-telling in a time-based context through ambient and linear narratives. Students will consider how design elements--such as type, image, framing, pacing, rhythm, sequencing and sound--influence time-based narratives. Students will broaden their individual aesthetic by exploring a variety of mediums from analog to digital formats and animate with Flash and After Effects.
  • CFA AR 577: Editorial Publication
    This is a hands-on, project-based introduction to editorial and publication design. Both form and content, with emphasis on use of the grid as an organizing creative principle will be utilized. Typography and image will be discussed as students design, print, and bind their own books. Students may select a topic of personal interest and explore various materials and methodologies.
  • CFA AR 580: History of Graphic Design
    A survey of graphic design history from the time of Gutenberg until the present. Emphasis is placed on the growth of graphic design as a communicative, expressive, and artistic medium. Lectures are accompanied by slides, and there are required assignments and examinations throughout the semester. In addition, each student prepares a written and illustrated report on a subject of his or her choice related to graphic design history. 4 cr, 1st semester.
  • CFA AR 581: Web Design
    This course addresses the principles, problems, and applications of web design. HTML and CSS will be taught, giving the students the ability to control the design and presentation of online information in its most basic form. Emphasis is on content, usability, site architecture, navigation and interactivity.1st and 2nd semester.
  • CFA AR 582: Directed Study Graphic Design
    Graduate only. With permission of faculty.