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BFA Course Schedule: Fall 2020

BFA Course Schedule: Spring 2021

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    DR 100

    DR 100 Introduction to Drawing

    This course introduces drawing from perception, including techniques for measurement, contour, massing, volume, and rendering illumination through value. Compositional skills such as placement and figure/ground interaction are stressed. Drawing materials include vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, stamp, and india ink; subject matter includes still life, interior, landscape, and the figure. Required: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    DR 110

    DR 110 Honors: Introduction to Drawing

    The honors section of Introduction to Drawing is a rigorous and demanding course designed for the advanced student. Students with a portfolio score of 4 or 5 may choose to sign up for DR110. This course introduces drawing from perception, including techniques for measurement, contour, massing, volume, and rendering illumination through value. Compositional skills such as placement and figure/ground interaction are stressed. Drawing materials include vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, stamp, and India ink; subject matter includes still life, interior, landscape, and the figure. Required: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Portfolio score of 4 or 5 required.

    3 credits
    DR 225

    DR 225 Into the Wild: Landscape Drawing

    Views of the landscape have provided artists with inspiration for many hundreds of years. There is something primordial about locating oneself in space, declaring through an image, “I AM HERE” and “I am here at this particular moment in time”. This course will give students an opportunity to experiment and investigate representations of landscape through a variety of cultural constructs, not just Western pictorial space. We will play with spacial devices such as linear and atmospheric perspective, mapping, diagramming time and space through alternate forms of sequencing. Students will develop a body of work from drawing on site from perception, and also from imagination, using research and multiple references. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : DR 100

    3 credits
    DR 227

    DR 227 Anatomical Drawing

    This class is an in-depth study of the internal structure of the human figure as it affects the external form, allowing students to develop a working vocabulary of surface muscle groups and skeletal landmarks as they apply to drawing the figure. Students complete weekly research projects designed to compliment classroom topics. Class time is used primarily for study from the live model and critique. Application of knowledge gained throughout the course to individual aesthetic and conceptual concerns is encouraged. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : DR 100

    3 credits
    DR 228

    DR 228 Figure Drawing

    This introductory life drawing course is structured around the premise that working from observation leads to a deeper understanding of the elements of drawing and to a more personal expressive vision. Students investigate a broad range of conceptual and historical drawing practices related to the human figure while building knowledge of basic human anatomy and exploring the variety of material and means available to describe complex form in illuminated space. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : DR 100

    3 credits
    DR 234

    DR 234 Contemporary Drawing Practices

    From a beautifully drawn graphic novel, to a car tire that has been covered with paint and driven along a piece of paper, to a line of yarn knit into a sculptural object, to a scrawled message on brick wall, drawing has persevered and expanded as a both a process and a discipline for artists and designers. Contemporary artistic and design practices have widened into a variety of possibilities that have redefined the role of drawing. This course embraces this broad approach to drawing. Expect to bring in and build off of your own interests, while also examining and experimenting with drawing through the historical precedents of Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Process Art, Graffiti, Performance, Post Modernism and Installation Art. This is a great course for majors, and non-majors, looking to experiment with drawing and inform the work in their studio major. Elective: 3 credits/ semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : DR 100

    3 credits
    FN 101

    FN 101 Foundations Of Digital Imaging

    This course covers the basics of digital imaging through lectures, demonstrations, and tutorials. Although this course covers material of a technical nature it is designed to work in conjunction with the design & compositional objectives at the core of MECA’s Foundation Program. Required: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Students can choose from the following: FN 101-B Digital Imaging: Basics This section is designed for students with little or no, or minimal, experience in working digitally. Assignments will cover the basics. FN 101-DP Digital Imaging: Drawing & Painting This section is designed for students who have experience working digitally. Course projects will explore drawing and painting fundamentals with Adobe Photoshop. A pen tablet is required for this course. You may use your own or it can be checked out from school. FN 101-PH Digital Imaging: Photography This section is designed for students who have experience working digitally. Students will explore the fundamentals of Digital Photography. A digital camera is required for this course.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    FN 109

    FN 109 3D: Materiality

    This course investigates three-dimensional phenomena and cultivates an understanding of design and composition in three dimensions. This course equips students with the ability to create and discuss three-dimensional work with intention and precision. Through the choice of paired 7-week mini courses, students will gain an applied understanding of the principles and elements of Three- Dimensional Design while acquiring an understanding of specific materials and fabrication techniques. The course works in conjunction with all Foundation studio, Liberal Arts and Art History courses. Required: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite. Students can choose from the following:
    Woodworking - Textile & Fashion Design Sculpture - Metals Ceramics - Woodworking Metals - Ceramics Sculpture - Textiles & Fashion Design

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    FN 110

    FN 110 4D: Space & Temporality

    This course investigates modes of practice beyond the creation of objects. Space and Temporality focuses on verbs; process as opposed to product. Space & Temporality cultivates an understanding of design and composition within time and space. The class explores these principles through developing an understanding of the body as a dynamic object in time and space, lens-based seeing, light, audio, sequential and process-based drawing, and the moving image. Processes and materials include both conventional and digital approaches. The course blends multiple working methodologies, strategies and tools to emphasize the specific learning objectives. The course works in conjunction with all Foundation studio, Liberal Arts and Art History courses. Required: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    FN 113

    FN 113 Two-Dimensional Design

    Two-Dimensional Design investigates the organization of form and color on a flat surface or a two-dimensional space to produce meaning and expression. Two-Dimensional Design concentrates on composition and design; aiming to equip students with the ability to create and discuss two-dimensional work with intention and precision. This course works in conjunction with all foundation studio requirements; and in conjunction with Art History, Liberal Arts courses and The First Year Initiative to provide a foundation for all further study in Art and Design. Required: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisite.

    3 credits