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New and Notable Courses for Spring 2020

CRN: 35623, 35624
Course Name: ST: History of Comics
Instructor: Hilary Chute
Day and Time: MR 11:45 am-1:25pm

Course Description:

The word-and-image medium of comics as a narrative form.  How to read comics—and what they teach us about reading—in addition to the creative practices that go into making them.  We will examine antecedents including “engraved novels,” newspaper comic strips, “wordless novels,” underground comic books, and punk fanzines to understand the graphic novel’s rise in the 1970s in addition to exploring current directions.  Authors include Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Keiji Nakazawa, and Marjane Satrapi, among others. 


CRN: 35625
Course Name: ST: Feminism & Visual Culture-ARTH 5902 Section 2
Instructor: Hilary Chute
Day and Time: M 1:35pm-5:05pm

Course Description:

This interdisciplinary course explores a range of creative forms, including but not limited to: comics and graphic novels, film, painting, performance art, theater, photography, propaganda, television, digital projects, videos.
Establishes a critical trajectory by reading historically important works of theory and criticism alongside additional feminist and visual theory.
Focuses on frameworks for understanding varieties of feminist cultural production that exist in the realm of visual culture-and that themselves shape what “visual culture” means.
Offers a grounding in key concepts driving feminist cultural production, and in debates about visual culture, including around issues such as embodiment, subjectivity, spectatorship, and desire. What does the visual accomplish for differently conceived feminisms?


CRN: 36253/36254
Course Name: ST: Assistive Design-ARTE 3901 Section 2 & ARTE 5901 Section 5
Instructor: Ben Caras
Day and Time: ARTE 3901 & ARTE 5901: R 1:35pm-5:05pm

Course Description:

This course is intended to expose students to new materials and techniques that, when implemented thoughtfully, can improve the lives of disabled people.  Our aim is to identify specific physiological deficiencies and formulate solutions that can be easily and inexpensively produced.  Through ideation, iteration, prototyping and finish models, students will produce artifacts that extend mobility.  Students will be trained in the safe use of power equipment and digital fabrication equipment in the makerspace. Students will receive basic training in 3D design software and extensive training in digital fabrication equipment and techniques. Along with the design and building of artifacts, students will research and present topics related to cutting edge prosthetic technology, material science, design and engineering within the scope of our capabilities in the CAMD Makerspace. 


CRN: 37773
Course Name: Sculpture Basics
Instructor: Ben Caras
Day and Time: ARTS 2300 W 1:35pm-5:05pm

Course Description:

Sculpture Basics offers a studio course with an in-depth exploration into the process of creating sculpture. Builds on the introductory experience of ARTF 1124, 3D Fundamentals with more advanced 3D concepts, materials, tools, and techniques. Emphasizes personal exploration, concept development, and creative innovation. Exposes students to sculpture through lectures, demonstrations, critiques, and hands-on assignments.

Prerequisites:  ARTF 1124: 3D Foundation or permission of instructor

Course Content:

  • Concept development through a variety of work processes
  • Subtractive, Additive, or Constructivist methodologies for making objects
  • Introduction to safe and proper use of shop equipment and tools
  • Understanding of physical connections and structure
  • Fundamental hand skills and standards for quality and craftsmanship
  • Effective and consistent work habits
  • Formal vocabulary for describing Sculpture
  • Competency in 3D form analysis and verbalization
  • Historical context for contemporary sculpture and 3D design

CRN: 35618
Course Name: Information Visualization Principles and Practices  
Instructor: Kate Terrado
Date and Time: Online with an on-campus critique component

Course Description

An online survey course of information visualization with an on-campus critique component. Start sketching with data and apply flexible visualization technologies to real-world datasets. All disciplines welcome; no pre-requisites.


CRN: 38058
ARTH 5901: Artificial Intelligence for Creativity and Design 
Instructor:  Mauro Martino
Date and Time: W 6:00 – 9:30

Course Description   Explore Artificial Intelligence and Computational Creativity Design.