Students apply critical thinking and writing techniques while examining the role of various theories of aesthetics in the criticism of contemporary art.
Students examine the role of post-colonialism, globalization, and the phenomenon of the global mega biennial marketplace in the context of contemporary art.
Students explore strategies for using painting and drawing, motion arts, photography and graphic design to create experiential contexts for their work.
Students apply the fundamental skills of marketing, self promotion and professional development as it applies to artists in today’s professional milieu.
Drawing upon modern and postmodern approaches to representation, students develop abstract sensibilities within their emphasis.
Students examine how collaboration has emerged in contemporary media independently of traditional organizational structures. The pros and cons of new media’s defining features will be evaluated.
Students explore the principles and tools necessary tocreate emotionally packed graphic design, photography, motion arts and photography that resonate with audiences. Emphasis is placed on combining structures that make the visual expression compelling.
Students investigate the cultural movement of Post-modernism from its origins in the late 20th century to understand its implications for recent historical and contemporary art practices.
Students explore Joseph Campbell’s theory of the “monomyth” which argues that important myths from around the world all share a fundamental structure. Campbell’s understanding of myth in history is synthesized as a practical source of wisdom in life and creativity.
Students investigate the cultural movement of Modernism from its origins in the late 19th century through the mid 20th century to understand its implications for historical and contemporary art practices.
Students explore the question of how dominant themes and images in art history are being and interpreted relaying their research and its application to their own work.
Students examine the use of technology among contemporary artists while exploring the many possibilities digital technologies offer their own work.
Students distill theoretical ideas applied to photography, motion arts and graphic design. All major canons of criticisms are thoroughly discussed and applied to the students emphasis.
Students explore the limits and possibilities of size and scale. Critical emphasis is given to content/format correlation and juxtaposition. The course culminates in an exhibition or portfolio integrating relevant and unique presentation methods.
A teaching-practicum/seminar addressing how Fine Art educators must rapidly adapt curriculum based on commercially mandated platforms, material quality improvements, and unexpected forms and venue for production. Under guidance from faculty, students research and teach new technologies and classroom methods appropriate to time and place.
Students examine the role of collage in contemporary art, especially that found in digital art creation. This understanding is combined with subjects such as theft, copyright, copyleft and fair use that have proven essential to development and progress in contemporary art and technology.