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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
AH 100 Art Matters 3.00 credits Raél Salley $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/16/2017 to 6/8/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

A first-year foundation experience, this course introduces students to the interpretation of art, architecture, and design. The course is not a survey class. Rather, it focuses on teaching students how historians, curators, and critics approach the study of art, architecture, and design in context – the types of questions they ask and the methods they use to answer those questions. Different sections of this course will focus on specific themes that will guide the content of each section. When registering, students will have the opportunity to list their order of preference for the themes offered each semester. Students in all sections will complete a common series of art-historical writing assignments and will receive instruction in library use and research.
AH 201 Modernism & After 3.00 credits William Bourland $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/17/2017 to 6/19/2017 on Monday,Wednesday,Thursday 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 3.00 credits Kimberly Anderson $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/17/2017 to 6/19/2017 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 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 3.00 credits Katharine Fernstrom $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/22/2017 to 6/21/2017 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 490 Topics in World Art and Architecture: Gardens 3.00 credits Mohammad Gharipour $1620.00

Section A Meets 6/27/2017 to 7/31/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

This course 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, 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 also covers the cultural, political, social, metaphysical, and materialistic context of gardens. Prerequisite: AH 201.
CE 309 Anagama Kiln Firing 3.00 credits Sarah Barnes $1820.00

Section A Meets 5/17/2017 to 6/16/2017 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.
CWRT 410 Reading and Writing Graphic Narratives 3.00 credits Sara Lautman $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/17/2017 to 6/19/2017 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

This advanced course is designed for students who are interested in contemporary literature that uses both words and pictures. Students will use the class as a seminar to discuss assigned works and a lab to create and workshop their own process-driven comics. Readings will include five full-length comics including work by Lynda Barry, Mark Beyer, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Gabrielle Bell, Ulli Lust and Howard Cruse. These works are chosen specifically to depart from graphic novels, while representing a range of formats present in the last 30 years of comics publishing. We’ll also look at cultural criticism and comics theory as it applies to our texts. Some questions we’ll ask: How do the formats of these works serve (or undermine) their goals? How does each artist use (or reject) conventions of comics art to tell a story? What is uniquely possible in the medium of comics that isn’t in other art forms? This course requires drawing, but does not require advanced illustration skills.
DR 252 Life Drawing 3.00 credits Daniel Perkins $1620.00

Section A Meets 6/5/2017 to 6/21/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This intensive study of the nude explores issues of form, structure, volume, movement, and composition. Expressive possibilities are also explored and practiced. Prerequisites: FF 198 and FF 199. Recommended sophomore course
DR 298X Studio Drawing: Painterly 3.00 credits James Condron $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/23/2017 to 6/20/2017 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This course emphasizes issues of representational drawing and draftsmanship that reach beyond their most familiar and traditional linear expression to incorporate greater range of mark-making and media as in works of such artists as Rembrandt, Boya, Tiepolo, and Diebenkorn. Students explore relationships between line and mass, observation, and experimentation. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.
FF 150 Painting I 3.00 credits Caleb Kortokrax $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/22/2017 to 6/21/2017 on Monday,Wednesday,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.
FILM 220 Explorations in 16MM: Theory and Practice 3.00 credits Margaret Rorison $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/17/2017 to 6/22/2017 on Monday,Wednesday,Thursday from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

This course is open to beginners as well as filmmakers who have had experience but want to explore new ways of thinking and working with the medium. There will be an emphasis on experimentation and exploration of the tactile and unique nature of the medium. We will go over hand processing, projection and shooting techniques. We will focus on various movements of avant-garde cinema and contemporary artist run movements around the world, including DIY and innovative ways in which people are working with 16mm film today. We will watch a variety of 16mm films and read writings on and by filmmakers who work with 16mm. Students will be working with the hand-cranked 16mm Bolex Reflex cameras and the Steenbeck flatbed editing machines to create and explore their own ideas.
FILM 240 Intro to Video Production 3.00 credits Ben O'Brien $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/18/2017 to 6/26/2017 on Monday,Wednesday,Thursday from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
Section A Meets 5/18/2017 to 6/26/2017 on Monday,Wednesday,Thursday from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

This intensive course introduces students to a core of fundamental skills for the production of video and time-based media art. Students will learn essential skills regarding camera usage, lighting, and sound recording. Students will also learn advanced editing practices in Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. Throughout the semester, we will discuss a wide range of integral and experimental practices employed by classic cinema visionaries and contemporary video artists.
GD 216 Summer Typography Intensive 3.00 credits Maureen Weiss $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/22/2017 to 6/20/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Designed for introductory students who have either completed previous Type 1 courses or have the desire for an accelerated introduction to the subject, this course offers an intensive study of typography from the basics to the finer points. Including more complex problems that address typographic hierarchy, context, sequence, systems, and gestalt. Note: Students can apply to receive credits towards MICA’s Type 1 *or* Type 2 courses with permission.
GD 360 Branding 3.00 credits Jeffrey Glendenning $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/22/2017 to 6/20/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,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 3.00 credits Kevin Gift $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/22/2017 to 6/18/2017 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 3.00 credits James Giegerich $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/23/2017 to 6/20/2017 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.
IS 321 Introduction to Rhino CAD 3.00 credits Kevin Cook $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/23/2017 to 6/20/2017 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This course covers basic modeling in Rhino CAD (Computer-Aided Design). Students will learn multiple ways to create an object in digital space through techniques like extrusion, Boolean functions, joining, bending, lofting, and checking for naked edges. With basic knowledge, students will be able to continue using Rhino CAD as both a design tool and as a method of creating three-dimensional objects. Prerequisite: FF 101.
LIT 391 Novel Sexualities 3.00 credits Katherine Costello $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/17/2017 to 6/16/2017 on Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Have heterosexuality and homosexuality always existed? If not, when and how did they emerge and what is meant exactly by these terms? What role might novels play in registering, shaping, defining and even producing certain forms of sexuality? In order to address these questions, the course will pair key moments in the history of sexuality in the United States and Western Europe from the 19th century to the present with landmark novels. In addition to novels, we will read medical, legal and theoretical texts, as well as magazine and newspaper articles. We will end with a contemporary unit that asks what role popular culture might now play in the generation of new forms of sexuality. Through such inquiries, students will learn to historically ground their reasoning, acquire a critical understanding of sexuality and explore the relationship between novels and the production of sexuality.
PT 200 Painting II 3.00 credits Caleb Kortokrax $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/22/2017 to 6/21/2017 on Monday,Wednesday,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 3.00 credits Dominic Terlizzi $1620.00

Section A Meets 5/22/2017 to 6/21/2017 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 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.