Introduction to photographic tools and methods. The balance between self-inquiry and the importance of process and materials as vehicles of meaning. Theory explored through class critiques and slide presentations. Photography examined and discussed both from a personal point of view and in its wider cultural context.
Studio. For intermediate and advanced students interested in making a transition from known and seen objects and figures toward a freer and more imaginative concept and statement. The use of drawing media such as ink, crayon, collage, watercolor. Figure drawing, still life, landscape, and interior problems. Materials list given in class.
Compositional exploration, evolving personal imagery and advanced techniques in various media. Thematic development and the pursuit of individual attitudes and ideas stressed.
Digital media is a key creative tool for artists and designers. Lectures, readings, and tutorials introduce students to contemporary design practice, including: digital typography, page design and layout, vector based graphics, and design for the screen. Design projects range from purely textual, single and multi-page document design, to problems that require the successful integration of typography, image, and basic interaction. Students explore how context and form affect meaning and message through the creation of conceptual solutions. Assignments and exercises assist in developing fluency in creative problem-solving and visual communications using desktop publishing and computer graphics software.