Studio Art

SA 111 Drawing: Composition and Perception
3 credits (CS)

Drawing: Composition and Perception is an intensive studio course designed for students to investigate and develop a proficiency in drawing, composition and design practices. This course investigates observational drawing, with an emphasis on rendering surfaces, drawing the figure, spatial systems and color. Through the repeated physical activity of drawing, students build and refine their critical thinking and analytical powers through observation, visualization and critical dialogue. Students build their visual and cultural literacy through ongoing discussion of examples of art historical and contemporary works, including art and design from a diverse range of cultures. Students are encouraged and guided to develop, hone and challenge their own creative process. Students write about their creative process and develop artist statements. Students have the opportunity to explore mixed media, digital technology, as well as non-traditional materials, techniques and contexts to explore drawing and design. (Offered fall and spring terms)

SA 112 Drawing II
3 credits (CS)

Drawing II introduces more complex conceptual and experimental approaches to drawing. Students use a wide range of media, with emphasis on color and an introduction to the figure. Prerequisite: SA 111 Drawing, FS 113 Fashion Drawing, or permission of the instructor.

SA 121 Painting
3 credits (CS)

This course investigates different stylistic and conceptual approaches to painting. Students work with a variety of media and techniques, including traditional methods and innovative approaches. For advanced work in painting, this course can be "stacked" (taken multiple times by taking Research Topics in the Visual Arts FA 371/372/471 or 472). (Offered fall and spring terms)

SA 131 Design and Color Theory
3 credits (CS)

SA131 introduces the elements and principles of design, the language of visual communication. Students learn to use these more consciously in their work, as well as discern and discuss them in other art and in all that surrounds us. There is emphasis on color theory and its application in different media and disciplines. The elements and principles of design are taught through the use of color in a variety of design situations. Through a variety of projects, in class exercises and homework assignments, students engage in the rigorous creative process: brainstorming, sketching, refining and producing. Students are introduced to a variety of media and techniques, with an emphasis on good craftsmanship and professional presentation. Above all, students become more conscious of the conceptual, expressive and perceptual qualities of their aesthetic decisions, so they can more effectively communicate visually. (Offered fall and spring terms)

SA 132 Structuring Human Space
3 credits (CS)

This course undertakes a study of three-dimensional form to develop students’ ability to visualize, design and construct in three dimensions. Students work with space, objects, materials and scale through projects that address the body as a site and source for design. Students also undertake projects that investigate the relationship of the body to the built environment. Through this work they encounter the idea that art and design and the context or environment in which they function are inextricably linked. Students acquire a basic skill set of fabrication techniques, including an introduction to the wood shop. Assignments utilize time-honored techniques and materials as well as investigate new materials. This course includes proposal writing and professional presentations, and culminates in a public event(s) in which students present their proposals for ideas or projects that could have a place and function in society. These proposals will demonstrate the students’ comprehension of how the structure relates to their individual areas of study. (Offered fall and spring terms)

SA 161 Photography I
3 credits (CS)

This studio course introduces the basic techniques, processes and creative possibilities of digital photography. Subjects will include Photoshop techniques for correcting tone and color, camera and image control, and an applied study of photographic design and composition. We will examine both the historical and aesthetic issues associated with the photographic practice. This course includes studio projects, lectures, assigned readings, class discussions, and individual and group critiques. Students must provide their own digital camera with exposure controls and a minimum of 10 megapixels. (Offered fall and spring terms)
 
SA 162 Photography II
3 credits (CS)
This course will build off of the material covered in Photography I, introducing students to the process of black and white film photography. Working with 35mm film cameras students will learn black and white darkroom procedures, an introduction to alternative techniques such as multiple printing, image collage and an introduction to a hybrid analog-digital workflow. This course includes studio projects, lectures, assigned readings, class discussions, individual and group critiques. Students must provide their own film cameras (35mm or medium format roll film) with manual operations including focus, aperture and shutter speed adjustments. No automatic-only cameras are allowed. (Offered spring term) Prerequisites: SA 161 Photography I.

SA 168 Time, Movement, and Narrative
3 credits (CS)

Students explore concepts of time based art and design to create works in media ranging from video, animation, multimedia, audio and performance. Students create both narrative and non-narrative video and time based structures, with emphasis on the development of students’ ideas, visual and narrative skills. This class stresses the development of visual expression, self-expression, and ideation/concept building, using techniques and strategies that include storyboarding, scriptwriting, proposal and design/creative brief writing. Students will work collaboratively and individually in creating original works in digital video, and other time-based media, including options such as hand drawn and frame animation, video installation, performance, sound, and sculptural elements. Students research the work of contemporary and recent video, performative, animation artists, and motion designers in order to place their work in the context of contemporary international practice in multiple disciplines.

SA 211 Figure Drawing
3 credits (CS)

Figure Drawing is a second year drawing course emphasizing the human figure. The nude model is used as a vehicle for learning about foreshortening, proportion, and varied drawing media. Simultaneously, students explore historic, conceptual and expressive aspects of the human figure in art. For advanced work in figure drawing, this course can be "stacked" (taken multiple times by taking Research Topics in the Visual Arts FA371/372/471 or 472). (Offered fall term) Prerequisite: SA 111 Drawing: Composition and Perception or permission of the instructor.

SA 231 Printmaking
3 credits (CS)

Students are exposed to various printmaking techniques such as: intaglio, relief, and a range of experimental applications. Knowledge of these media enable students to experience new drawing techniques and to gain an understanding of the art of multiples. For advanced work in printmaking, this course can be "stacked" (taken multiple times by taking Research Topics in the Visual Arts FA 371/372/471 or 472).

SA 241 Ceramics
3 credits (CS)

Students are introduced to the basic methods of preparing and forming clay, so as to develop an understanding of clay as a sculptural and functional medium. They are exposed to pinch, coil and slab methods, as well as wheel throwing, decorating and glazing. For advanced work in ceramics, this course can be "stacked" (taken multiple times by taking Research Topics in the Visual Arts FA 371/372/471 or 472). (Offered fall and spring terms)

SA 242 Sculpture: Glass/Mixed Media
3 credits (CS)

Using a variety of sculpture techniques, students explore the essential characteristics of three-dimensional form through projects that address scale, space, multiples, site and materials. The course investigates basic glass fusing/kiln forming, casting, and welding techniques. Students study the work of contemporary and historically significant sculptors. For advanced work in sculpture, glass or metals, this course can be "stacked" into multiple times by taking Research Topics in the Visual Arts FA 371/372/471 or 472. (Offered fall and spring terms)

SA 261 Studio Photography
3 credits (CS)

Students work in a fully equipped studio using strobe lighting systems and digital cameras to create portraiture, figure and product photography under controlled lighting situations. A variety of lighting techniques are studied. (Offered fall term) Prerequisites: SA 161 Photography I and SA 162 Photography II, or permission of instructor.

SA 263 Digital Photography
3 credits (CS)

This course covers the practice of digital photography with emphasis on using professional production techniques to build an efficient workflow to maximize productivity and creativity with digital photography. Students learn techniques of image capture, camera controls, digital exposure, brightness range and optics for optimal digital images, color management, color theory, and optimizing files for print. Students also learn image distribution and organization using Adobe Lightroom to create an image database using tagging XIFF data, search, to assist in cataloging and archiving digital images. Students will begin working on a body of images that reflects their artistic interests. Creative decision-making, problem solving, and the relationship between personal vision and contemporary art practice will all be explored. Through discussion, research, essay writing, critique, and creative response, students will engage in a critical dialog with the work of their peers and recognized contemporary artists in order to inform their own creative process. (Offered spring term) Prerequisite: SA 161 Photography or permission of the instructor.

SA 276 Computer Imaging
3 credits (CS)

This course covers theory and practice of digital imaging in a creative context. Technical skills are developed with an emphasis on using digital tools to begin creating a personal vision. Students learn how to capture, control, manipulate and print digital images using Adobe Photoshop, a desktop computer, digital cameras, scanners, desktop and large format printers. Students learn Photoshop technique by completing a series of assignments and exercises that cover basics of digital imaging theory, digital camera RAW file adjustments and management, image sizing and resolution, basic image control, tonal and color correction, retouching, hand coloring, sharpening, noise management, filtering, addition of text, creative selection, contrast masking, layer masks, collage and montage techniques, and more. (Offered fall term) Prerequisite: SA 161 Photography I.

SA 308 Small Metals/Jewelry
3 credits (CS)

This introduction to small metals and jewelry class exposes the student to the fundamental techniques and design strategies used in jewelry/small sculpture fabrication of non-ferrous metals. Through assigned technical exercises and four projects, the student will experience the relationship between creativity, design and the use of specific materials. In addition, experimentation combining non-ferrous metals with alternative materials will be encouraged. Students will use sketchbooks and/or construct models to work through the design process for each project. Tools and equipment beyond the fundamentals will be explored as needed. The student will become comfortable in the small metals studio environment.  Safety procedures will be stressed. (Offered fall terms)

SA 309 Special Topics in the Arts
3 credits (CS)

This is a repeatable course in which the content varies each year. Different faculty from a variety of programs across the College may teach this rotating course. The content depends on the faculty member's expertise and the needs and interests of the student population. Potential topics include a mix of SA and FA courses: Art and Autobiography, Art and Politics, Museum as Medium, the Landscape Tradition, Photo-based Installation Art, Mural Painting, Public Art, Artist's Books, Sports Photography, and Fashion Photography. Prerequisites may be necessary for certain offerings.

SA 311 Life Drawing and 3-D Forms
3 credits (CS)

This course explores the relationship between two- and three-dimensional representation of the human form. Students draw and sculpt the figure, concentrating on proportion and anatomy. Emphasis is on personal artistic growth as well as process, technique and content. For advanced work in figure drawing, this course can be "stacked" (taken multiple times by taking Research Topics in the Visual Arts FA371/372/471 or 472). (Offered spring term) Prerequisite: SA 211 Figure Drawing or permission of the instructor.

SA 320 On Assignment: Location and Documentary Photography
3 credits (CS)

Students learn the techniques of documentary, photojournalistic and assignment photography. Students learn on assignment by creating their own photo stories and completing various editorial photographic assignments designed to mirror common assignments for publication. Students work on and learn to shoot both in-depth projects and single event assignments. Location lighting, environmental portraiture, event, fashion, sports, and action photography, pre shoot planning, access, ethics, model releases, working with the subject, and editorial strategies are covered. Students also study the work of well-known editorial photographers and photojournalists, both historic and contemporary to create an understanding of the history and development of documentary photography and its role in society, as well as to inspire more accomplished student work. (Offered spring term) Prerequisite: SA 161 Photography I, SA 263 Digital Photography, SA 276 Computer Imaging, SA 261 Studio Photography, or permission of instructor.

SA 325 Large Format Photography and Fine Printing
3 credits (CS)
Large format cameras are capable of producing the highest photographic quality possible, and are thus the tool of choice for professional and fine art photographers when image quality is of paramount importance. In this course, students study the history, theory and use of these cameras, and produce their own body of creative work suitable for their professional portfolios. (Offered fall term) Prerequisite: SA 161 Photography I, SA 162 Photography II, or permission of instructor.

SA 330 Forensic Photography
3 credits (CS)

This course examines the theory and techniques of forensic photography as a tool to aid in crime scene investigations, surveillance techniques, and presentation of photographic and imaging proof at trial. The methodologies used to teach this course include lectures, laboratory work, PowerPoint presentations, videotapes, case studies, and class discussions. Prerequisite: SA 161 Photography I.

SA 351 Museum as Medium
3 credits (CS)

This course is designed for students who are interested in all aspects of gallery work and museum collections and those who are preparing for future opportunities in exhibiting their own work. It is structured as a shared research and gallery practicum course that directs a critical lens on the use and function of exhibition space and the museum and gallery as spatial material and framework for culture.

SA 361 Site and Space
3 credits (CS)

This course stresses advanced work in the concepts and techniques involved in making 2-D and 3-D works of art that respond to the issues of site and space. Students are introduced to pertinent contemporary artworks and are required to be innovative in their own art making. For advanced work in Site Space, this course can be "stacked" (taken multiple times by taking Research Topics in the Visual Arts FA 371/372/471 or 472). Prerequisite: SA 131 Design and Color Theory, SA 132 Structuring Human Space, SA 111 Drawing: Composition and Perception, or permission of the instructor.

SA 365 Alternative Processes
3 credits (CS)

This course introduces students to a wide range of alternative, experimental and historic photographic processes including transfers, cyanotypes, VanDyke Brown, and Gum Bichromate printing. Students will learn to achieve stunning and unique photographic effects utilizing these unusual techniques. In addition to weekly assignments, each student will realize a major project using the process of his or her choice. (Offered spring term) Prerequisite: SA 161 Photography I or permission of instructor.

SA 381 Internship
3 credits (CS)

Studio Art and Photography internships consist of off-campus fieldwork based on a learning contract signed by the student, agency supervisor, and faculty sponsor. An orientation session is required prior to fieldwork. Work is supervised by the program fieldwork director and a faculty adviser. A written evaluation of the experience is required of the student and the agency. The student develops a written document that synthesizes the internship and academic activities. (Offered spring term) Prerequisites: Junior status and permission of the instructor and academic advisor.

SA 393 Internship Preparation
1 credit (CS)

This course, taken at the end of the sophomore year or fall term of the junior year, readies students for interviewing for and getting the most out of their junior year internships.

SA 410 Professional Photography Practices
3 credits (CS)

In addition to teaching the practical aspects of setting up and maintaining a profitable photo business, this course will cover crucial professional topics such as getting and keeping clients, archiving images, First Amendment issues, libel and misappropriation of images, intellectual property and copyright laws, contracts, pricing, estimates, tax preparation, record keeping, self-promotion, portfolio preparation, model releases, and much more. Prerequisites: SA 261 Studio Photography or permission of the instructor.

SA 415 Graphic Forms
3 credits (CS)

This course is an advanced exploration of drawing, concentrating on formal and conceptual concerns. Students work with contemporary ideas about drawing; the basic elements of edge, line, mass, form and composition are encountered at a new level of complexity. Students are expected to be innovative. For advanced work in drawing, this course can be "stacked" (taken multiple times by taking Research Topics in the Visual Arts FA 371/372/471 or 472). Prerequisite: SA 111 Drawing: Composition and Perception or permission of the instructor.

SA 493 Professional Practices and Portfolio
3 credits (CS)

Students build and refine their portfolios to a professional level in preparation for career placement. They explore employment opportunities, examine career goals, and write and design their resumes and self-promotional packages. Students explore the business side of their profession by learning how to develop professional relationships; understand contracts and other business documents; negotiate and estimate fees; start, manage, and market a business; address ethical and legal issues and present their portfolio. (Offered spring term) Prerequisite: Completion of core courses in Studio Art, Photography or Fashion Studies.

SA 498 Senior Project: Research and Development
3 credits (CS)

This is the first term of a linked two-term capstone course in Studio Art. Students propose, research, and initiate work on a major creative project and a related research paper that link students’ academic experiences and their professional goals. Over the course of the semester, each student meets with an active professional from the field of studio art or photography. This professional contact provides valuable and appropriate feedback for the student toward his or her work and career plans. Student must pass with a "C" or better. (Offered fall term)

SA 499 Senior Project: Thesis Exhibition
3 credits (CS)

This is the culminating term of a linked two-term capstone course in studio art. Students complete work on a major creative project and a related research paper that link together students’ academic experiences and their professional goals. During the final weeks of the course, each student has an oral defense in which he or she presents the year’s work to a committee of faculty and professionals. Over the course of the semester, each student meets with an active professional from the field of Studio Art. This professional contact provides valuable and appropriate feedback for the student toward his or her work and career plans. (Offered spring term) Student must pass with a "C" or better. Prerequisite: SA 498/FD 498 Senior Project: Research and Development.