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Pre-College in Baltimore Curriculum - Core Studio Courses

Gaming, Special Effects and Animation

Introduces the possibilities of creating art through time-base technology used in film and video gaming industries;  explores the enormous creative capabilities of 3D Studio Max. Using this tool, students learn to visualize, plan, and model in three dimensional space and to explore its animation potential.
Estimated materials cost: $250.

Creative Digital Photography and Imaging

Moves away from the traditional darkroom into the alternate realm of digital imaging. Emphasizes the creation of well rendered still images using digital techniques while promoting the exploration of creative and experimental possibilities available through digitally manipulating imagery. Using Adobe
Photoshop to manipulate photographs on the Macintosh, students retouch, color-correct, and output images by working with layers, channels, color adjustments, masks and filters, while also utilizing scanners and printers for creative effect. Also covers photographic aesthetics and vision. Photographic aesthetics and vision are also covered.

Note: Students should bring their own digital camera that has at least 5 megapixels resolution and optical zoom. A 35-millimeter film SLR camera is optional. If you choose this core studio, do not select the video or photography workshop.  Estimated materials cost (not including camera): $350.

Architecture: Building the Future

Introduces design principles and representation conventions of architecture. Teaches students to think critically about design by focusing on conceptual ideas in architecture. Students learn techniques in model-making and drafting with an emphasis on physical models and hand-drawn plans as well as sections and extruded isometrics. Projects allow students to address proportion, scale, materials, and other important factors in the design process. Explore new and important architectural works on class field trips. Estimated materials cost: $300.

Drawing and Painting the Figure A: Acrylic 

Drawing and Painting the Figure B: Oil

Focuses on building proficiency in drawing and painting thehuman figure, increasing understanding of the human form, and building confidence in expressively rendering the figure in two dimensions. Working from a live model, students learn proportion and anatomy as well as formal elements of drawing and painting such as composition and color, and gain a solid foundation in both drawing and their selected painting medium and a rich understanding of the structural, psychological, and emotional aspects of the human form.  Note: If you choose this core studio, do not select the Strictly Figure workshop.  Estimated materials cost: $500.

Explorations in Darkroom Photography

Hands-on exploration of the basics of black-and-white photography. Covers technical skills including camera functions, exposure, black-and-white development, fine art printing in the darkroom, and portfolio presentation. Builds a strong foundation of technical and aesthetic knowledge that enables
students to create work reflecting an artistic understanding of the medium. By the end of the course, students create a portfolio of final photographs. Note: A manual 35-millimeter film SLR camera that allows for manual control of aperture, shutter speeds, and light metering is required. If you choose this core studio, do not select the video or photography workshop. Estimatedmaterials cost (not including camera): $350.

Fiber: Fashioning Art

Explores the potential of fiber media in creating three dimensional sculpture and wearable art. Students use textiles and fiber media to respond to the challenge of creating lightweight, flexible art that can stand alone as a sculptural work or potentially be worn as a garment. Communication of design ideas through drawing and sketching is an integral part of the student’s process. Experimentation with fiber media is encouraged as students investigate the possibilities available for their creations. Note: If you choose this core studio, do not select the fiber workshop. Estimated materials cost: $200.

Graphic Design: Shaping Visual Culture

An introduction to the basic concepts and tools for design and visual communication. Students learn the elements of effective design as they focus on the meaning and impact of books, magazines, web sites, CD covers, posters, advertisements, logos, and countless other media. Working in MICA’s Macintosh based
graphic design labs with the latest software, students complete assignments that emphasize the use of symbols, sequential design, the integration of imagery and typography, and conceptual thinking.  Note: If you choose this core studio, do not select the graphic design workshop.  Digital camera is required.  Estimated materials cost (not including camera): $200.

Illustration: Image and Idea

Engages students in the communication of concepts through visual means. Students are challenged with the types of assignments that professional illustrators may encounter. Through various digital and traditional media, students learn to employ different techniques in the service of their developing style. Students gain understanding of how to sift through information in order to come up with the kernel of
the illustration concept. An awareness of client/illustrator relationship and methods of creating a portfolio of work will be addressed in this course. Note: If you choose this core studio, do not
select the illustration workshop. Estimated materials cost: $200.

Sculpture: Mold Making, Cold Casting, and New Media

Emphasizes techniques for solving age-old problems in three-dimensional art-making. Students learn techniques of mold-making and casting in plaster and concrete to investigate the breadth of contemporary sculptural approaches, including the use of alternative materials and found objects. Note: If you choose this core studio, do not select the sculpture workshop. Estimated materials cost: $400.

Video: Lighting, Editing, Sound and Special Effects

Explores the distinctive expressive capacity of moving images. Students learn video methods and concepts and create narratives to express ideas through their own personal artistic voice as
spoken through the lens of a video camera combined with computer editing. Video is explored as entertainment, art, and documentary method for social and intellectual inquiry. Note: A video camera is required or may be signed out each day of class. If you choose this core studio, do not select the video workshop. Estimated materials cost (not including video camera): $150.