Visual Arts

  • CFA AR 564: Practicum Seminar 5-12
    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: Animation
    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 578: Graduate Thesis Prep
    This class is an overview of advanced research techniques and methods and their application to design problems. Topics relevant to graphic design will be explored with an emphasis on structuring research in preparation for the graduate thesis. Students will integrate the research and document the design process in a written and visual form. 2 cr.
  • CFA AR 579: Graduate Thesis Development
    The course is designed to help each student select a relevant graphic design topic of personal interest. This is a continuation of the research begun in CFA AR 578 Graduate Thesis Preparation. Students synthesize the research and visually document the design process. The thesis is submitted as vusial examples accompanied by a brief written statement that affirms the individual student's ideas and insights. One copy of the document remains with the department. 2 cr.
  • 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.
  • CFA AR 586: Child Growth and Development in Art Education
    This course employs personal art making, discussion, qualitative research, and group reflection as the literate forms students use to demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which interdisciplinary approaches to the theories of developmental psychologists including Gardner, Parsons, Piaget, and Vygotsky can explain leadership as a fundamental relationship nurtured with students. The artistic practices and products of Bantock, Lawrence, Sorel, and others are used as a basis for reflection about best ways to demonstrate teacher-as-artist behaviors.
  • CFA AR 587: Information Design
    This course explores ways of graphically structuring information. Students will learn process, organize and ultimately symbolize and visualize complex and quantitative information. Focus is on information graphics that reveal multiple hierarchies of data, through which new relationships are made visible. Representation (determining an appropriate form language for an idea) and narrative structure (main organizing principle) are the frameworks that will be studied in order to create precise, clear, legible and efficient communication. Open to undergraduate and graduate graphic design students. 2 cr.
  • CFA AR 593: Design Lab
    CFA AR593 Design Lab is an elective course open to all students in the School of Visual Arts. Design Lab is an in-house design studio providing professional quality graphic design solutions to the College of Fine Arts and Boston-based non-profits. The course will facilitate and regulate work flow, student/designer-client relationships, art direction, and finalization of the production process. Open to undergraduate and graduate design students. To be considered for a position, students must submit a portfolio (5 work samples) and a 200-word written statement explaining their interest in Design Lab. 2 credits. 6 contact hours per week. Fall or Spring semester.
  • CFA AR 594: Graphic Design Theory
    Students will be exposed to the writings of early 20th century avant garde designers, mid-century proponents of the International Style and design neutrality, poststructuralist theories of the 80's and 90's, the shift back to the notion as the designer as an individualized author in the early00's, and current debate over issues of technology and the designer as an agent of social change. This course will include weekly readings and written responses. Each week, a student will be assigned to present the reading(s) for the week, and introduce the work of the designer(s)/author(s) to be discussed. There will also be a studio component to create a designed visual response to one or more of the readings covered. This will be an elective course open to MFA students in graphic design. 2 cr
  • CFA AR 595: Visual Systems
    This course is focused on research and application of visual systems as a subject matter. Student investigations of modules and relatedness will form how visual systems direct and influence a creative process. While most design assignments require a visual or typographic system this course will address systems as a conceptual inquiry. Students will conduct a holistic exploration of abstract and physical systems to consider speculative solutions grounding visual systems in context. Lectures will discuss systems in nature, sciences, architecture, math, music and linguistics as well as technological applications within the design and art world. Design problems will approach analysis of systems and form as a visual response related to object, material and space. Open to undergraduate and graduate students this elective course meets once a week. 2cr; meets 3 hours a week.
  • CFA AR 597: Experience Design
    Students will study and design interactive experiences in physical space. Emphasis is on how user experince shapes design. Projects include designing usable, interactive environments across a range of scales from mobile devices to social networks to museum displays and finally full scale architectural spaces. Work will be generated and discussed in terms of: concept development, media production, prototyping and implementation.
  • CFA AR 600: Contemporary Issues in Art Education (Online Only)
    Examines current trends in practice and theory as well as artists of the past and present who express contemporary personal, social and global concerns in their work. Discussions are focused on how the course content can influence classroom curriculum and instruction. Students conduct library research to find related articles on a topic relative to the course content. Assignments are written, visual and digital.
  • CFA AR 601: Graduate Typography
    The ability to communicate graphically and typographically sits at the forefront a successful graphic design practice. Graduate typography presents an opportunity for advanced study of the relationship between form and language in order to develop a strong typographic acumen for print and screen. Students will build upon fundamental elements of typography to explore advanced practical and hypothetical applications. Projects rely on a mastery of traditional typographic methods as a basis to discover innovative typographic forms and concepts for print and screen. 4 credits. 3 contact hours per week. Fall or spring semester.