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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
AH 201 Modernism & After 3 credits William Bourland $1590

Section A Meets 5/20/2015 to 6/22/2015 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Offers a survey of avant-garde European and American art from the mid-19th century to the present. Some of the many artistic movements covered include Realism, Impressionism, post-Impressionism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, de Stijl, early American Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and post-Modernism. Prerequisite: AH 100.
AH 367 Women as Creators 3 credits Kimberly Anderson $1590

Section A Meets 5/20/2015 to 6/18/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

This course explores the contributions of women to the world of art as creators of both traditional fine arts and crafts. This is a broad chronological study that surveys the artistic creations of women from a global perspective.
AH 490A History of Garden and Landscape Design 3 credits Mohammad Gharipour $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/25/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

This course includes a survey of the history of garden and landscape design from prehistory to the 20th century. It explores the relationship among gardens, buildings, and human beings throughout history from ancient Mesopotamia to contemporary America. Putting equal emphasis on eastern and western traditions of the garden design, it discusses interactions among different civilizations and their impact on the design of gardens and pavilions. This course also examines contemporary approaches in studying gardens through landscape, architectural, and artistic lenses. It examines the cultural, political, social, metaphysical, and materialistic context of gardens and explores the relationship between solid and void in the history of landscape and garden design. (Please Note: No Class May 27)
AN 202 Introduction to 2D Animation 3 credits - TBA $1590

Section A Meets 5/21/2015 to 6/25/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

This introduction to the art of 2D hand-drawn animation familiarizes students with the principles of animation and teaches them to create strong believable animations by developing a sense of observation, timing, and motion. A good understanding of how to represent movement is an important foundation for using computers and technology to their full potential. This class also emphasizes artistic and aesthetic creativity, intending to push the boundaries of the imagination, to think out of the box and to familiarize students with storytelling.
CE 309 Anagama Kiln Firing 3 credits Sarah Barnes $1790

Section A Meets 5/20/2015 to 6/19/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This course is a unique opportunity for students to fire in an Anagama - a traditional, Japanese style, wood burning kiln. In the first half of the class, held in MICAs ceramics studio, students create the unfinished forms that are best fired in the Anagama kiln atmosphere. In class work is supplemented by slide lectures and demonstrations. Unfired pieces are packed and readied for transport to the kiln. In the second half of the class, students reside in scenic Pennsylvania to begin the five day firing cycle. Hands on work allows students to participate in each stage of the firing process, including cutting and stacking six cords of wood. Pieces cool for one week. Students then return to the kiln to unload and and critique the finished work. Prerequisites: Ceramics experience is required. Note: Materials, kiln fees, wood, transportation to the kiln in Pennsylvania, cabin rental (located a short distance from the kiln in Lake Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown, PA) and food during the week of the firing are included in the price of the class. The final class is a requirement. This date, in which students return to Pennsylvania, will be determined in class. No class on May 25.
CSPH 220 The Threaded Image: Photography and the Book 3 credits Christopher Saah $1590

Section A Meets 5/27/2015 to 6/24/2015 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

This course is designed for students interested in using the book as a platform for stretching photographic images across time and space. Throughout the semester we will explore linear strategies and techniques for developing a variety of book structures, while considering ways in which these structures influence the development of a photographic series. Assignments will focus on book structures, book binding, image sequencing, and page layout.
DR 252 Life Drawing 3 credits Mark Tennant $1590

Section A Meets 5/27/2015 to 6/24/2015 on Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

An intensive study of the nude. Issues of form, structure, volume, movement, composition, and expressive possibilities are explored and practiced. Recommended sophomore course.
DR 392 Watercolor Drawing 3 credits Randi Reiss-McCormack $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/23/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Varied approaches to watercolor as drawing medium. Emphasis on handling of wash areas and brush strokes in traditional and experimental ways; on use of color, on representation of volumes and spaces, and on techniques unique to watercolor medium.
ENV 231 Furniture Design: Seating 3 credits Malcolm Majer $1590

Section A Meets 5/27/2015 to 6/26/2015 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

In this course we will explore the possibilities of providing accommodation for the human body in a seated posture. The course will consist of a research and development portion, briefly covering the history of seating with an emphasis on some notable developments of the last 50 years. This will lead to an accelerated design phase consisting of 2d design and model-making, mocking up of components or entire pieces, and finally a construction phase leading to a working prototype. The studio will cover advanced woodworking techniques as well as the possibilities for outsourcing parts of the process. The goal is to go through a careful design and development process to get to a well refined working prototype.
FB 316 Growing and Using Natural Fibers and Dyes 3 credits Louise Wheatley $1590

Section A Meets 5/19/2015 to 6/10/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This course explores the growing, harvesting, processing and uses of natural dyes and fibers. Students will learn the basics of planting cotton, flax and indigo from seed, and forage for dog's bane and local dye plants. A variety of raw fibers will be twined into cordage, used for dyeing and spun into thread, then used to weave small four selvedge tapestries. The class will meet off-campus at the instructor's garden and studio in Joppa. Prerequisite: FB 200 or instructor's permission.
GD 201 Typography 1 3 credits - TBA $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/23/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Typography is the art of organizing letters in space and time. Students gain a familiarity with typographic terms and technologies, an understanding of classical and contemporary typographic forms, an ability to construct typographic compositions and systems, and an appreciation of typography as an expressive medium that conveys aesthetic, emotional and intellectual meaning. Students are introduced to digital typesetting and page layout software. Prerequisite: FF 100 (Elements of Visual Thinking I) and FF 199 (Drawing II)
GD 221 Typography 2 3 credits - TBA $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/23/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Building on the fundamentals of typographic form and function introduced in Typography 1, this course extends and applies basic vocabulary and understanding to more complex problems that address typographic hierarchy, context, sequence and gestalt. Through a focused series, students explore how typography behaves across media. Increasingly complex typographic systems are implemented in three-dimensional, sequential page or time-based projects. Prerequisite: GD 201 (Typography 1)
GD 360 Branding 3 credits - TBA $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/23/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Students explore the comprehensive branding process by creating functional design solutions. The student gains a new level of understanding of how design and communication can help define a organization’s message or product as well as engage how it performs. The course investigates the brand positioning process, strategic thinking, brand case studies, integrated brand communications, the launch of new products, target audiences, and a collaborative design process. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.
IA 202 Introduction to Sound 3 credits Erik Spangler $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/22/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

This course is designed to provide a basic framework for recording, editing, and composing with sound in a variety of media. No prior production knowledge is assumed. Classes will focus on creative projects, while establishing a common technical and aesthetic vocabulary through in-class demonstrations and discussions. Sound processing, editing, and performance software such as Reason, Ableton Live, audiomulch, and turntables will be covered.
IL 228 Character Design 3 credits James Giegerich $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/23/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Students will delve into a universe where character is king, and where good character design is taught through an emphasis on idea, shape, structure, and fun factor. The goal: to create characters that captivate the eye, provoke the mind, and pull the viewer into their world. Students will learn how to breathe life into their characters though drawing from the model, studying the anatomy, and observing movement. These ideals will be reinforced by watching them in action through inspiring art presentations, animated films/shorts and video games.
IL 247 Concept Art 3 credits Matthew Heuston $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/22/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

The origins and multiple applications of Concept Art, from its origins in Scenography, Production Design and Costume Design to its current forms for Film, Television, Animation and Video Games are investigated along with the confluence of the Visual Arts and the Performing or Movement Based Arts. Students learn the basics of this practice through assignments that involve a variety of stylistic approaches.
IS 316 Baltimore Urban Farming 3 credits Hugh Pocock $1590

Section A Meets 5/22/2015 to 6/22/2015 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

This class will focus on the artistic, social, political and ecological issues of growing food in the city. We will start in mid winter by preparing seeds indoors and conducting a seminar on historical and present day issues of food production. We will look at how this activity has been approached by artists historically and look at the vast amount of new work in this area. This will be a project-based class and students will be asked to respond to this information with either a single or series of projects. We will partner with 6-8 urban farms where students will have an opportunity to learn practical gardening skills and each farms unique strengths and challenges.
IS 321 Introduction to Rhino CAD 3 credits Rachel Timmins $1590

Section A Meets 5/27/2015 to 6/24/2015 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Rhino CAD For 3D Printing is an introductory level course that will cover basic modeling in Rhino CAD (Computer Aided Design). Students will learn multiple ways to create an object in digital space through techniques like extrusion, Booleon functions, joining, bending, lofting, and checking for naked edges. Each student will be equipped with enough basic knowledge to continue using Rhino CAD as both a design tool and as a method of creating three-dimensional objects. Prerequisite: FF 101 (Sculptural Forms).
LIT 364-TH Reading Freud 3 credits Firmin DeBrabander $1590

Section A Meets 5/20/2015 to 6/11/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Offers a chance for in-depth study of a seminal 20th-century thinker. Texts (sometimes excerpts and sometimes entire works) include: The Interpretation of Dreams, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, Moses and Monotheism, Totem and Taboo, and Beyond the Pleasure Principle. Prerequisites: One IH1 and one IH2 course.
PR 218 Screenprinting 3 credits Robert Tillman $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/11/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Explores the different possibilities of water-based screen-printing in a professional print shop atmosphere. Students can gain a solid working knowledge of screenprinting, employing both traditional and contemporary methods of stencil making, film preparation and printing methods on various papers, as well as alternative surfaces and materials. Techniques such as digital film outputting, mixing gradations with ink, multi-color registration, and fourcolor process printing are demonstrated and employed. Through independent projects, demonstrations, and critiques, students are encouraged to create a cohesive body of work and utilize the medium for their own individual artistic needs. Prerequisites: FF 100 and FF 198. Suggested for all printmaking majors in their sophomore or junior year. May not be repeated for credit.
PT 200 Painting II 3 credits Andrew Karnes $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/12/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Consolidates concepts and methods from FF 150 Painting I and leads students to expanded perceptual awareness. Projects may include still life, landscape, and the figure, as well as abstract and conceptual concerns to enhance each student's formal and personal development. There is ongoing concern with painting materials and techniques. May not be repeated for credit.
PT 300 Painting:Personal Directions 3 credits James Condron $1590

Section A Meets 5/27/2015 to 6/24/2015 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

This course is geared to intermediate/advanced-level students who have a sense of commitment to painting and seek a personal direction that fulfills their identity as painters. Focusing on developing each student's artistic identity, this course has no in-class studio experiences; rather, it focuses on group and individual critiques. Work is done outside of class. There are no restrictions on medium, form or subject (abstract or representational). Class size is limited.