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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 332 History of Photography 3 credits William Bourland $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/25/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Surveys of the development of photography from its prehistory through the present day. It includes an examination of the interrelationships between photography and other arts, the effect of technology on the photographic image, the tradition of the popular photograph, as well as the study of major photographers and photographic movements. Prerequisites: AH 201 Preference is given to photography majors.
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 375 Arts of Native America 3 credits Katharine Fernstrom $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/24/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Explores prehistoric through contemporary art of North American native peoples. Focus is on the perspective of the artists and their culture. Prerequisites: AH 201.
AH 490A History of Garden and Landscape Design 3 credits Mohammad Gharipour $1590

Section A Meets 5/20/2015 to 6/23/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

AN 202 Introduction to 2D Animation 3 credits Juliana Chen $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 Threading Images: Photography and the Book 1.5 credits Christopher Saah $795

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. Students 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. Note: No class on November 25.
DR 252 Life Drawing 3 credits Andrew Karnes $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.

FF 150 Painting I 3 credits LaToya Hobbs $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.

Presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting. Through a wide range of problems, students learn about preparation of various supports, use of painting tools, color mixing, and analyzing surface qualities. Integration of drawing and design concepts are emphasized as students investigate color-value connections, articulation of form, composition, and spatial relationships. Working primarily from observation, students explore subjects ranging from still life, interiors, landscapes, and cityscapes, to self-portraits and the figure.
GD 201 Typography 1 3 credits Maureen Weiss $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 Maureen Weiss $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 347 Design for User Experience 3 credits Benjamin Kutil $1590

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

In this course, explore the process for developing digital products that serve users' needs. Students will prototype screen-based experiences that are empathetic to the needs of the end user. Students will develop design concepts that mediate relationships between people and products, environments, and services. Key concepts might include content strategy, navigation structures, usability principles, personas, and wireframes. Prerequisite: GD 220
GD 360 Branding 3 credits Isaac Gertman $1590

Section A Meets 5/26/2015 to 6/23/2015 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday 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 Kevin Gift $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 285 Metal Fabrication 3 credits Peter Karis $1590

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

The emphasis of this course is to introduce students to various metal working processes and materials. In this course students will develop their technique by exploring steel fabrication, welding, and various other hot and cold metal working skills. It is expected that through mastery and the application of these processes as a means to an end, students will combine formal and conceptual subject matter to articulate their own artistic direction. For students enrolled in a second or thrid instance, it is an expansion upon the knowledge and techniques learned during their first completion of the course. Students become an integral part of the studio and are expected to work toward developing a more cohesive body of work through more specific investigation and research.
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 LaToya Hobbs $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.