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LOWER-DIVISION

1 Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice.  A three-quarter foundation sequence introducing students to a broad range of contemporary art, media, and practices in relation to their twentieth-century cultural and historical antecedents.

1A Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice (4) F. Deals specifically with contemporary painting and photography. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

1B Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice (4) W. Deals with film/video/performance. Concerned with the development of modern/contemporary film, video, and performance, with a focus on experimental and avant-garde production from the early twentieth-century to today. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

1C Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice (4) S. Deals specifically with space and cyberspace. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

9 Contemporary Art and Visual Culture

9A Media, Art, and Technology (4) F. Examines creative activities in all spheres of life, as well as the “artistic” impulses that dwell in each of us. Culture is addressed in broad terms of the many institutions and cultural forces that shape everyday activities of listening, seeing, doing. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

9B A Culture Divided (4) W. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s controversies flourished in the mainstream media over purportedly obscene art, anti-American writing, and moral decay, among other issues. Examines these new conflicts as they manifest themselves in public life and everyday experience. (IV)

9C Thematic Investigation (4) S. Considers a broad range of concerns and questions raised by various acts of appropriation in contemporary art and visual culture, such as originality, authenticity, authorship, translation, audience and aesthetics, temporal dimensions of a work, and context. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

11A History of Contemporary Art (4) S. Surveys critical thought that has influenced twentieth-century art production, preparing the student to engage contemporary art with a critical eye, specifically addressing aesthetic and political debates of the historical avant-garde, the neo-avant garde, and postmodern culture. Prerequisite: Art 9A. (IV)

11B Media Art and Design History (4). Survey of the roots of modern techno-media arts in both the history of visual arts and the history of devices such as automata, animatronics, robots, miniature theatres, optical machines, communications technologies, calculators, and computers.

20A Basic Drawing I (4). Encourages an investigation of the premises and limits of drawing, primarily, but not inevitably, as a two-dimensional medium. Includes slide presentations and discussions of the historical uses of a wide range of drawing. (IX)

20B Basic Drawing II (4). Continuation of the investigation initiated in Studio Art 20A, with an emphasis on experimentation, personal investigation, and the development of conceptual working premises, as well as the acquisition of necessary skills. Group discussion and critique are emphasized. Prerequisite: 20A. May be taken for credit twice.

30A Basic Painting I (4). Examination of the fundamental components of painting: color, form, space, surface, scale, and content. Studio work, slide presentations, and critiques of student work. Open to Art majors only. (IX)

30B Basic Painting II (4). Continuation of the investigation initiated in Studio Art 30A, with an emphasis on experimentation, personal investigation, development of conceptual working premises, as well as the acquisition of necessary skills. Group discussion and critique are emphasized. Prerequisite: Art 30A. May be taken for credit twice.

40 Basic Sculpture (4). The practice of sculpture in the contemporary arts; inclusion of spatial interventions, site-specific and environmental design, appropriation of found materials; techniques in cutting, joining, and assembly of wood, metals, and plastics. May include casting, welding, and ceramics. Materials fee. (IX)

51 Basic Ceramic Sculpture (4). Exploration of use of clay as sculptural basis with an emphasis on development of an idea and its relation to contemporary and experimental art practice. Hand-building, glazing, finishing processes, and use of other structural materials. Materials fee. (IX)

65A Foundations in Media Design (4). Provides an overview of media design in the digital age, covering principles of design for different media (2D, time-based, interactive); history of relationship between art and design; and practice in working with different design approaches. Materials fee.

65B Foundations in Internet Art and Design (4). Introduction to creating art for the Internet, covering history and structure of networks; key types of net-based interactivity; basics of Web design and scripting. Prerequisites: Art 65A, 11B (recommended). Materials fee.

71A Introduction to Photography I (4). Introduction to technical underpinnings emphasizing photography as a contemporary art practice. Topics include 35 mm. non-automatic camera operation, exposure and lighting, black and white printing, introduction to digital photography, discussion of critical and historical issues. Materials fee. (IX)

71B Introduction to Photography II (4). Techniques covered include: medium and large format cameras, digital photography, studio lighting, digital and analog color printing, mural room. Conceptual direction is developed through critiques, critical readings, discussions, slide lectures. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art 71A. (IX)

81A Video Production (4). Introduction to the three production stages of video making. Study of the narrative structure of cinema and acquisition of video production skills in camera, lighting, sound, and editing. Production work, readings, and screenings outside of class are assigned. Materials fee. (IX)

81B Video Stage Production (4). Focuses on video production, technical skills including: camera operation, stage lighting, sound recording, and construction of basic scenic elements. Emphasis is placed on the function and responsibilities of the production crew and proper working and safety procedures. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art 81A. (IX)

91 Basic Performance Art (4). Exploration of objects, gesture, action, text, image, and media to create narrative or non-narrative works. Elements of theory and history of performance art are discussed to illustrate techniques and styles. The goal is to understand, identify, and articulate your artistic vision and voice. May be taken for credit twice. (IX)

UPPER-DIVISION

100 Special Topics in Art (4). Prerequisite: Art 9A. May be taken for credit six times as topics vary. Materials fee, topic dependent.

101W Artists as Writers (4). Contemporary art practice involves text, as final form or an integral element. Many contemporary artists consider writing as essential to their practice. Covers historical and contemporary uses of text and image as well as artists' writings. Prerequisites: Art 9A and 11A, or consent of instructor; and, when offered for upper-division writing: satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement.

104 Intermediate Sculpture (4). Investigation of three-dimensional space, including the construction of objects and the manipulation of the environment. Students define personal projects and translate personal, social, and political experience into visual meaning. Range of artists' works introduced. Group discussion and critiques. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 1A-B-C and 40 or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice.

105 Intermediate Ceramic Sculpture (4). Further investigation of the use of clay as a medium, with emphasis on experimental practice and the relationship to contemporary visual art. Emphasizes discussion of ideas, and provides information on clay body, fabrication, glazing, and firing. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 1A-B-C and 51 or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice.

106A Programming for Artists (4). Covers programming as a means to create interactive artworks with an emphasis on the integration of video, sound, text, and stills. Topics include basic concepts in programming, understanding the limits of code, working with video and audio files, interface design. Prerequisite: Art 65B, 11B (recommended). May be taken for credit twice.

106B Game Studies (4). Critical analysis of various genres of computer games and gaming theory and practice through playing, writing, and discussion. The focus is on creating a Design Document for the student's own gaming environment using gaming metaphors, design principles, and technologies. Prerequisite: Art 65A, 11B (recommended).

106C Design for Print (4). Investigates the use of print for communication as an artist. Covers the fundamentals of print design and output using digital media. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art 65A, 11B (recommended); or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice.

107 Intermediate Projects in Photography (4). Students begin learning how to develop photographic projects of their own making. Focuses on employing and expanding upon previously learned technical and critical skills specific to students' individual interests and ideas. Critiques, readings, lectures, labs. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 1A-B-C, and 71A-B. May be taken for credit twice.

108 Intermediate Video Projects (4). Students learn how to conceive, develop, and produce original video works building directly upon previously learned skills. Use of the video stage and post-production editing facilities. Lectures on video and film subjects, production strategies, readings, screening, field trips, and group critiques. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 81A-B; senior Art majors only. May be taken for credit twice.

109 Intermediate Performance Art (4). Continued investigation of the concepts and history of experimental performance art, including its relation to contemporary artistic practice. Continues to refine technical skills, as well as space, audiences, and cultural connections. Prerequisites: Art 1B and 91, or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice.

110A Mechatronic Art I (4). Introduces students to the practice and theory of analog electronics, emphasizing the design and development of simple interactive systems and the integration of such systems into real-world contexts of performance, installation, sculpture, and automated artifacts.

110B Mechatronic Art II (4). Introduces students to the practice and theory of embedded microcontrollers, digital electronics, coding, sensor interfacing, motor control and output stages along with mechanical and electromechanical design and construction, emphasizing the integration of such systems into real-world contexts of performance, installation, sculpture, and automated artifacts. Prerequisite: Art 110A.

110C Mechatronic Art III (4). As the capstone to the Mechatronic Art series, this course permits students to develop major projects utilizing electronics, microcontrollers, sensors, and electromechanical devices, in a methodical and supervised context, with technical, design, and aesthetic advice and critique. Prerequisites: Art 110A and 110B.

111 3D Methods and Materials (4). Presents a wide variety of concepts, materials, tools, and fabrication techniques vital to art production. Wood tools, clay, castable rubber, urethane foam, fiberglass, plaster, steel, and welding are introduced. Student projects are based on conceptual problems incorporating these materials. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 1A-B-C. May be taken for credit twice.

116 Feminist Issues in Studio Art (4). Feminist perspectives and topics in relation to cultural production. Feminist debates on sexuality, perspectives on women of color, on race and gender, feminist film criticism, histories of the first and second waves of feminism, histories of feminist art. Prerequisites: Art 9A. May be taken for credit twice.

117 Issues in Popular Culture (4). In-depth investigation of the relationship between visual art practices and popular culture. Prerequisite: Art 9A. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

119 Issues in Contemporary Painting (4). Investigation of issues in modern and contemporary art work and criticism, wherein an assessment of Modernist influences is followed by the examination of contemporary painting as a cross-disciplinary practice employing popular culture, "high art," theory, and new technology. Prerequisite: Art 9A. May be taken for credit twice.

120 Issues in Narrative (4). Emphasizes the construction of narratives in different media—painting, photography, sculpture, video. Particular attention paid to the development of personal and community histories as a working base. Prerequisite: Art 9A. May be taken for credit twice.

121 Issues in Race and Representation (4). Emphasizes the construction of racial difference and stereotyping in the visual and performing arts, and on the histories of cultures and artists who functioned outside the contemporary mainstream. Readings assigned. Prerequisite: Art 9A. May be taken for credit twice.

121A, B Afro-futurism (4, 4). Futuristic artistic visions of black film, video, and cyberspace which create Afro-futurism. African American diasporic cultural retention in modern techno-culture; digital activism; and dreams of designing technology based on African aesthetic principles are addressed. Prerequisite: Art 9A.

123A Issues in the New Culture Wars (4). The term "culture wars" originally described Reagan/Bush era political efforts launched over matters like abortion, religion, gay rights, school curricula. Such controversies provided motivation and content for many artists. Addresses new culture wars emerging since 9/11 over privacy, technology globalization, terrorism. Prerequisite: Art 9A.

123B Issues in Media, Violence, and Fear (4). Violence has been a key ingredient in story-telling throughout history in art, literature, religion, and entertainment. The continuing presence of media violence has provoked debates among parents, politicians, media producers, and academics. Examines history, theory, aesthetics, economics, and politics of violent representation. Prerequisite: Art 9A.

125 Issues in Photography (4). Rigorous investigation of photographic practices and critical writings, the relationship of photography to the construction and maintenance of cultural institutions, the circulation of photographic ideas in society, and photography and technology. Prerequisites: Art 9A. May be taken for credit twice.

126 Issues in Media and Migration: Asia (4). Media and migration are profound, twinned influences on contemporary globalized experience. A discourse on Asian cultural production and of its transnational dimensions. Students explore migration in its multiple facets to include migrations of people, ideas, and technologies.  Prerequisite: Art 9A.

126A Tactical Media (4). Overview of tactical media as a practice and its theoretical influences. Emerged in post-Cold War Europe in early 1990s. Tactical use of media and activism are point of reference for tactical media groups worldwide.

126B Issues in Techno-Arts (4). Addresses issues related to artmaking practices that emerge in tandem with new technologies. Topics include sociopolitical contexts of techno-art; utopic/dystopic framings; key moments in the history of techno-arts. Prerequisite: Art 9A, 11B (recommended).

127A Issues in Video History and Criticism (4). Investigation of historical development of video as an artistic practice. Topics include relationships between art and video technology, artists' critiques of television, experimentation with image processing and synthesis, performances designed for video, experiments in documentary representation, video installation. Readings and screenings assigned. Prerequisite: Art 9A. Materials fee.

127B Issues in Experimental Film History (4). A critical study of experimental film/video art genres and production techniques considering their narrative, structural, iconographic, and cultural aspects. Hollywood narrative, Nouvelle Vague, American Independent, and Video Art are compared in terms of production innovation, design, and conceptual content. Prerequisite: Art 9A. Materials fee.

128 Issues in New Genres (4). Investigates issues in post-studio practices, including concepts of time, relational aesthetics, site-specificity, institutional critique, and the post-medium condition. Prerequisite: Art 9A. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

130A Projects in New Technologies (4). Working with media such as electronic still cameras, desktop publishing, faxes, satellites, virtual reality, digitized imaging. Cultural issues pertinent to the emergence of new technology (e.g., ethical concerns, social impact, copyright laws, nontraditional approaches to distribution, cyberpunk, global markets). Prerequisites: Art 65A; 11B (recommended); Art 106A (strongly recommended). May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

130B Topics in Game Design (4). Investigates interaction paradigms, game mechanics, game development processes, and methods for analysis and critique of games; and provides opportunities for experimental game design. Prerequisite: Art 106B.

130C World Building (4). Interdisciplinary approaches to working across the digital/nondigital boundary to create an alternative universe. Emphasis is on critical thinking, comprehensive planning, integration of multiple media, and narrative development. Prerequisites: Art 65A; 11B (recommended); 106A (strongly recommended). May be taken for credit twice.

131 Projects in Installation (4). Investigates interior installation in particular spaces. Working in teams, students install, discuss, and remove projects. Technical information and hands-on experience with various media is provided. Prerequisites: two intermediate courses or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Materials fee.

132A Projects in Video Pre-Production (4). Examines the preparatory and planning stages of video production, including script writing, story boarding, location scouting, script breakdown, and budgeting. Projects may encompass one or more of these stages which will be explored through readings, discussions, and demonstrations. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 81A-B. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

132B Projects in Video Post-Production (4). Examines procedures and techniques utilized in video production after principal shooting is completed, including effects processing, composting, sound design, and DVD authoring. Projects focus on one or more of these processes, which will be explored through readings, discussions, and demonstrations. Prerequisites: Art 81A-B. May be taken for credit twice. Materials fee.

141 Projects in Video Installation (4). Incorporating narrative structures in a multi-screen context. Students design and produce an active space in which activities will move from one screen to another. May be taken for credit twice. Prerequisites: Art 81A-B. Materials fee.

143 Projects in Computer Painting (4). Study and utilization of the computer as a digital sketchbook and design tool for the creation of paintings. Discussion of the issues related to benefits and limitations of new technology in the art-making process. Prerequisite: Art 1A-B-C, 30A, and 30B, or consent of instructor.

146 The Artist in the Archive (4). Considers data storage, retrieval systems, technology, secrets, disparate collections, and forgetting. Focuses on artists who prefer their information in quantity and who use or construct databases to structure and/or generate their work. Prerequisites: Art 1A-B-C, 9A, and11A.

149 Multimedia and the Arts in the Multicultural Classroom (4) F, W, S. Multiculturalism and underrepresented U.S. minorities and the visual and performing arts: perspectives in artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing, and media literacy in the interpretation and production of multimedia arts products and applications for K-12 classrooms. Same as Education 104E. (VII)

150 Advanced Studio Topics/Painting (4). Provides an intensive and specialized working environment. Thematic issues and material strategies explored. Prerequisites: Art 30A-B, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

150C Advanced Drawing (4). Advanced studio problems for visual exploration. Students pursue individual solutions to self-defined and presubscribed projects. Techniques/materials are individual choice. Continual analysis of the personal process. Prerequisite: Art 20B. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

150F Advanced Figure Drawing (4). Students develop technical skills in rendering the figure. Live model sessions and an introduction to anatomy. Also investigates use of the figure in contemporary art. Prerequisite: Art 20B. May be taken for credit twice. Materials fee.

151 Advanced Studio Topics/Sculpture (4). Provides an intensive and specialized working environment. Thematic issues and material strategies will be explored. Prerequisites: two intermediate courses and consent of instructor. Prerequisites: Art 40, or consent of instructor. Materials fee. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

152A Advanced Studio Topics/Photography (4). Focused investigation of a range of issues in photographic practice, with an emphasis on developing individual student projects, refining critical thinking, and conceptual framing, Technical topics covered as required. Readings, lectures, critiques, labs. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 71A-B. May be repeated for credit.

152B Documentary Photography (4). Documentary practice is examined through the realization of photo-based projects. Thematic focus of student's choosing is refined through lectures, discussions, technical demonstrations, field trips, labs, and individual meetings. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 71A-B, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

152C The Public Image (4). Strategies for artistic intervention in the public circulation of images are examined alongside the role images play in constructing public identity. Individual or collaborative student projects are directed around course themes. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 71A-B, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

152D The Photographic Tableau (4). Examines and develops photographic projects intended for traditional artistic venues (i.e., galleries and museums). In addition to exploring appropriate techniques and presentation strategies, students consider the interdependency between construction of images and semantic shaping of traditional art venues. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 71A-B, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

152E The Constructed Image (4). A studio investigation of theoretical ideas, critical possibilities, historical precedents, and various techniques involving the production of fabricated images. Techniques may include montage, digital, chemical and in-camera manipulations, studio constructions, appropriations, performance, and projected images. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 71A-B, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

152F Seminar Production Component (4). Photographic and/or inter-media production course tied to a specific Issues course (for example, Issues in Photography, Issues in Feminism, Issues in Urban Space). Critiques, labs, field trips, discussion, demonstrations. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 71A-B, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

153 Advanced Studio Topics/Video (4). The class will be directed to the production of individual or collaborative videotapes, using studio, portable camera, and editing facilities and sound and computer elements. Emphasis will be on individually initiated projects. Readings and screenings are assigned. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 81A-B, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

154 Advanced Studio Topics/Performance (4). An intensive investigation of the practice of performance art, with an emphasis on th development of individual projects, and the refinement of various technical skills, as well as audiences, spaces, and cultural connections. Prerequisite: Art 91, or 109, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

156 Advanced Studio Topics/Ceramic Sculpture (4). Discussion of ideas, techniques, and personal control of form. Clay body, fabrication, glazing, and firing. Emphasis on development of personal direction. Prerequisite: Art 51, or consent of instructor. Materials fee. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

166A Advanced Collaborative Projects in Video (4). Original video projects produced in collaborative teams combining advanced video students with teams of students from other areas of study, including Drama, Dance, and Music. Shoots may be carried out on the video stage as well as field locations. Prerequisites: Art 81A-B, or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice.

190 Senior Project and Critique (4). Directed-study critique class in preparation for final project and life after graduation; documentation and portfolio preparation for graduate school. Investigation of exhibition spaces and funding opportunities, participation in artists' communities outside the university, artists' rights issues. Prerequisite: senior standing. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

190B Senior Projects and Critique in Photography (4). Directed group study focused on production of photographic projects of significant scope and ambition. Emphasis on preparation for continued study and/or practice in photography in advanced settings beyond the undergraduate university experience. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Art 1A-B-C, 71A-B, and senior standing.

190C Senior Projects and Critique in Video (4). Directed group study focused on production and exhibition of individual video projects of significant scope and ambition. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation. Assignments include work documentation, preparation for graduate school, and investigation of future opportunities outside the University. Prerequisites: Art 81A-B, and senior standing. May be taken for credit twice.

191 Studio Problems: Methods and Materials (4). An open media discussion and critique course emphasizing the development of working ideas and the execution of projects in all media. Readings assigned as required; field trips, slide and film/video presentations are integral. Prerequisites: two intermediate courses. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

197 Studio Art Internship (1 to 4). Under faculty supervision, students participate directly in a variety of art institution settings, including museums, galleries, and nonprofit organizations. Pass/Not Pass only. Prerequisites: junior standing, consent of instructor, and consent of department chair. May be taken for credit twice.

198 Senior Exhibition (4). Preparation, installation, and participation in the annual senior exhibition. Pass/Not Pass only. Prerequisite: senior Art majors only.

199 Independent Study (1 to 4). Individual study or directed creative projects as arranged with faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Materials fee, topic dependent.