Course Information

 

for Fine Arts Department


Curatorial Practice (CR202)

Credits:3

Curating or organizing exhibitions is an activity that, while related to artmaking, requires other skillsets and preparation. Curating contemporary art can be a specific field of research that emerges from an academic background but recent art history is filled with examples of artists-as-curators or artists who help to organize and bring context to the work of other artists. This course will use the current exhibition season (Open Source) at The Carnegie as the basis to engage in the conceptual and practical aspects of curating an exhibition. Students will study examples of artist-curated shows and artist-run spaces; learn the various types of exhibition spaces (traditional and non-traditional) available in this region and beyond; participate in studio visits as a foundational building block toward an exhibition; using the work on view at The Carnegie, create a theoretical exhibition including checklist, wall labels, curatorial statement, layout/floor plan and additional collateral materials.

Social Practice in the Arts (CR203)

Credits:3

What role should artists and designers play in affecting change in society? How can artists and designers impact their communities and neighborhoods? This course introduces students to socially engaged art, and its many forms, where spectacle, collaboration, community, social justice, artist and audience intersect. Students will learn the historical and theoretical influences of social practice in addition to the new “toolkit” necessary for artists to work in and engage communities and neighborhoods in a meaningful way. Through experiential learning, collaborative activities, readings, guest artists, students will expand their dialogue and understanding of interaction and engagement in the public space and the role of the artist in the social process and ultimately, social change.

Art and the Moving Image (FA211)

Credits:3

Students will use video and moving imagery to make creative and artistic work. The course will cover basic video production from phones, DSLR cameras and found footage. Students will be instructed on basic editing techniques as well as a context for video art in today's world. Software such as Adobe Premiere will be used to edit and complete assignments.

Video Documentary (FA212)

Credits:3

Students will be instructed on, and create visual story telling in a documentary style. Group and independent projects will be assigned with focus on research, planning, technique and most importantly, creative vision. Digital cameras are available on a checkout basis. Software such as Adobe Premiere will be used to edit and complete assignments.

Studio Video Art and Interdisciplinary Arts (FA213)

Credits:3

This video course will focus on video combined with other art forms such as sculpture, painting, photography, design, illustration and others. Students will use the language of video arts in a variety of interdisciplinary methods with projection, small screens, internet and others. Equipment such as projectors, computers, TV screens and cameras are available for checkout on a limited basis. Software such as Adobe Premiere will be used to edit and complete assignments.

Garment Design and Fabrication (FA214)

Credits:3

Students in this course will develop garment creation skills including sewing, pattern making, draping, textile manipulation and DIY dress forms as applicable to contemporary art and design practice. Students will explore and discuss theories of fashion vs. art, the body and movement, and the role of the garment in installation and performance art.

Exhibition Studio (FA290)

Credits:3

This studio course is devoted to the creation of a small body of work and a culminating exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati. Participants will engage in a rigorous regimen of critical thinking, working process, research, writing and critique. Participants will develop necessary professional materials such as a website, resume, and artist statement. Participants will study components of exhibition, including application, curating, installation and presentation.

Contemporary Practices Workshop (FA310)

Credits:3

This course is divided into three distinct sections taught by a guest artist with professional expertise in a relevant contemporary topic. Topic areas and guest artists change each semester that the course is offered. Students are challenged to use their developing vision and voice to address issues and processes at the forefront of contemporary artistic discourse in Sculpture, Print Media, Painting and Drawing. Students will do self-directed work while utilizing a multiplicity of viewpoints through field trips, lectures, discussions, and critiques.

Artists' Books (FA312)

Credits:3

This course will include a study of book forms and basic bookbinding approaches through demonstration, research, and investigation of contemporary artists’ books; exploration of the relationship between text and image, and the design of the book using letterpress, digital output, xerography, photo, and additional print and drawing media; experimentation with altered and deconstructed books. Students will work from a technical base to create books, one-of-a kind works and limited editions, which reflect personal subject matter and exploration of contemporary and historical directions in artist’s books. Classes will consist of demonstrations, discussions, book projects, studio time, in-progress and group critiques, field trips, and/or visiting artists.

Experimental Publications (FA313)

Credits:3

Experimental Publications utilizes the process of “publishing” as a catalyst for discovering alternative ways of being public with our work that exist outside of the art institution (galleries/museums). Students will be asked to explore the limitless possibilities of dissemination through creative exercises involving photo/photocopy, writing, video, performance, and lecture. We will read and discuss essays regarding theory and practice, meet with visiting artists and examine how our work relates to the world, untethered to the art institution, and the community it takes to sustain it.

Sound and the Moving Image (FA314)

Credits:3

Students will learn about sound and its use in the arts. Whether combining sound with imagery, installation, other art forms or using it as a medium alone, sound is an important part of artmaking. Software such as Garage Band and Audition will be used to edit sound and be available for student use. A variety of microphones and sound recording devices are available for student use and checkout as well as a Foley sound capture studio.

Motion Graphics, Authoring & Special FX (FA315)

Credits:3

Students will learn the use of Motion Graphics along with Special Audio and Visual Effects to give a professional finish to student final mastered video form. The advanced techniques of animating designs, titling, tracking layer compositing and advanced visual and audio correction will be covered. Software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, media Encoder and Encore will be available to students.

Advanced Garment Design and Fabrication (FA324)

Credits:3