Courses

  • CFA AR 121: Foundation Sculpture
    In this course, the students explore extensively the fundamentals of 3D design and construction while cultivating the capacity for visual and critical thinking. The students investigate the structural, compositional and conceptual roles of basic materials. A variety of techniques are used to articulate projects in three dimensions and to address fundamental ideas and issues that define the role of art and design in the community and the society we inhabit. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, The Individual in Community, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • The Individual in Community
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CFA AR 123: Foundation Design: Introductory Principles, Practices
    This is an introductory course where you will learn the basic principles of design, composition, form making and color theory. We will examine each of these topics holistically, beginning with their historical origination, contemporary application and finally in the context of your own artistic practice. Two- and three-dimensional solutions will be explored. Projects and class meetings will be structured to help you develop a design process and critique skills. The goal of this course is to provide a rigorous understanding of these foundational principles and skills which will then serve as a strong base for all future visual arts course work. Recommended for freshmen intending to major in Graphic Design; open to School of Visual Art freshmen and sophomores. 2 credits. 3 teaching contact hours per week. Spring semester.
  • CFA AR 131: Drawing 1- Majors
    Drawing based on analysis and observation. Study of perception and proportion to establish spatial and volumetric implications. Use of line, shape and value in the context of visual description of various motifs, still life, landscape and the human figure.
  • CFA AR 132: Drawing One: Drawing as Visual Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CFA AR131
    AR 132 Drawing One is a four-credit studio course designed to equip students with the formal elements of the language of drawing, and the ability to make independent critical decisions about their creative work and the works of others. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CFA AR 141: Foundation Painting
    This studio course emphasizes 2-d composition and direct painting in oil. Exercises in representing still life, interior, and portrait introduce basic principles of drawing, composition, and color interaction. Working with specific limited color palettes acquaints the student with systems of color proportion and their role in creating a believable pictorial space and color light. Exercises in color mixing, preparing supports, and caring for tools and equipment, introduce technical and craft considerations. Individual and group critiques, slide presentations, and occasional assigned readings complement regular studio class meetings. 4.0 Credits
  • CFA AR 192: Intro to Drawing
    An introductory class for non majors to explore materials and methods of descriptive drawing. No previous experience required. 2 cr.
  • CFA AR 193: Visual Arts Drawing
    A studio course that introduces the student to the materials and methods of descriptive drawing. The sequence of study is devoted primarily to working from the human figure, but there is also some work done from still-life subjects and from the imagination. Class assignments are related to analyses of master drawings. Two three-hour studio sessions each week. Preference given to students who have completed CFA AR 191. Not applicable to the BFA degree 4.0 Credits.
  • CFA AR 194: Mixed Media Drawing and Collage
    In this entry level studio based class we will work together to learn various techniques and approaches to the art of mixed media drawing and collage. Through the making of a portfolio of work that will bridge basic drawing skills with mixed media projects in representation and abstraction, we will investigate how the ways of seeing and making have intersected with History, Culture, Belief and Identity during the 20th and 21st centuries. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CFA AR 210: Digital Tools
    Digital Tools explores the integration of digital media with traditional artistic practice. Students will learn basic skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premier, and will be encouraged to think conceptually and apply these tools to a variety of media. The goal of this course is to expand the perception of the computer as a tool in the studio and create a better understanding of the conceptual impact a digital approach will have on studio-based work.
  • CFA AR 221: Sculpture 2
    Students will be challenged to improve upon skills learned in Sculpture I, with more emphasis on new techniques and various materials as well as investigating how to communicate ideas through form. Students will sculpt from direct observation, and create a series of original compositions. Class will involve study of sculpture throughout history as it relates to students' own works and contemporary art as a whole.
  • CFA AR 223: Installation Art: Subject-Object Relationship in the Contemporary Landscape
    This class investigates the fundamental elements of spatial-temporal relationships in Installation Art. We will explore how new media and the three-dimensional language of the contemporary world shifts the subject-object relationship instilled in sculpture since the 1960's. This intermediate, portfolio-building class involves completion of one body of work with the objective of expanding and advancing students' already existing methodologies, technical skills, vocabulary and critiquing abilities. This is a non-medium-specific studio class, which includes video as a medium: student will learn the technical, historical and conceptual implications of mixed-media art production and understand these within a broad context of contemporary art. 4cr
  • CFA AR 224: New Genres in Sculpture
    This course investigates the language of Contemporary Sculpture and Installation Art from the perspective of new genres such as film, video and performance art. We will explore the ways in which these genres play an influential role in contemporary are production with a specific focus on the spatial-temporal relationship. This is a non-medium specific, portfolio-building, studio class with the objective of expanding and advancing students' already existing D language, methodologies, technical skills, and critiquing abilities. Students will learn the formal, historical and conceptual implications of mixed-media art production and understand these within a broad context of contemporary art. This class is divided into three parts: studio time with one-on-one meetings with the instructor; video editing and technical workshops; and mini-lectures and screenings. 4cr
  • CFA AR 225: Sophomore Graphic Design Fall: Form-Making, Communication
    Sophomore graphic design focuses on form making and conceptual problem solving. Imagemaking techniques will be explored and integrated into graphic design contexts. Conceptual problem solving will be examined according to how forms suggest meaning. A student is expected to build upon the skills developed during foundation year to generate innovative and inventive form in both analog and digital formats. Static and dynamic design solutions will be explored.
  • CFA AR 226: Sophomore Graphic Design Spring: Form, Communication
    Students will investigate how ideas and messages can be interpreted visually through a variety of projects. Form--content relationships will be the context for all projects. Students will study the broad concepts of denotation and connotation through projects including information design, communication through proxy and juxtaposition and communication through symbols, metaphor and metonymy. Static and dynamic design solutions will be explored.Open to undergraduate sophomore graphic design students. This is a required course for graphic design majors.
  • CFA AR 238: Drawing Concepts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CFA AR 131 and CFA AR 132.
    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. Drawing process will be emphasized through a study of drawing media- such as water-based inks and paints, collage, and pastel- to address both aesthetic and technical concerns. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 239: Figure Drawing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: AR 131 AR 132
    The focus of this class will be to teach students to think and understand the principles of drawing as a visual language. Class will involve an in-depth study of the human figure. Students will make a series of drawings and sketches in a variety of mediums, including graphite, charcoal, conte, ink, etc. Students will study from a live model, and will use the human figure as a vehicle to better understand the fundamentals of organic form, proportion, and balance.
  • CFA AR 241: Painting II
    This studio course emphasizes direct painting in oil. Exercises in representing still life, landscape, portrait, and figure elaborate principles of drawing, composition, color, and technique. Discussions of historical color systems for representing light and shadow, and assignments with limited color palettes will introduce dialogue concerning both perceptual and conceptual approaches to representational painting. Individual and group critiques, demonstrations and presentations, museum and gallery visits, and selected readings complement the regular studio class meetings.
  • CFA AR 242: Painting 3
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CFA AR241
    Painting from life in oil and other techniques. Emphasis on the description of the figure. Work from memory. This is a required course for painting majors.
  • CFA AR 250: Introduction to Printmaking
    This printmaking course covers relief, monotype, and basic etching. Utilizing drawing, design, color, layering, and mark students create independent work within the context of historical and contemporary printmaking. Set in a cooperatively operated printmaking workshop, students complete collaborative and independent projects, and think creatively and critically. Learning creative collaboration is a key element of Intro to Printmaking, a valuable experience for all art students beyond the particular technical and studio skills. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CFA AR 251: Introduction to Printmaking (2 credits) Spring term
    This survey course introduces the printmaking processes of relief and monotype. Concepts of design, image development, color layering and experimentation, and markmaking are emphasized. Students will use these skills to produce independent work, and think creatively. Open to the University.