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BFA Spring 2020 – Course Catalog

    IL 110

    Methods and Media in Illustration

    Students learn and build technical skills using a variety of water based materials such as acrylic, gouache, and watercolor as they apply to illustration. Students will gain an understanding of the effective use of color through painting and color mixing exercises. Focus on representational and observation. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : None

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    IL 212

    Illustration in Context

    An introduction to illustration as a profession. Students do a variety of illustration assignments including editorial, book, and product illustration. Students learn illustration terminology and the beginnings of professionalism. Departmental Requirement for incoming majors: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: Any l00 level Illustration elective and either DR 228 or DR 120 or permission of the instructor.

    Prerequisites : Any 100 IL, and DR 228 or DR 120

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    IL 275

    Hand Lettering and Word Marks

    This course provides training in hand lettering styles, calligraphy and the creation of word marks. Students begin a study of hand lettering and learn the processes that (with dedication) will eventually lead to mastery. There will also be an optional component focused on lettering coordinated to hand-drawn images. This course serves all disciplines in the college that can include lettering as an artistic component, and provides all students with an intensive study of the visual aspect of written communication.

    Prerequisites : None

    3 credits
    IL 322

    Illustration Majors Studio

    Students strengthen and refine skill sets, further developing research methods, practicing self-critique, meeting deadlines, and locating their personal voice and interests. Third-year students continue to work with shorter-term assignment-based illustration projects and focus on certain methods with faculty support. Seniors build a cohesive, portfolio-ready body of work consisting of both short-term and long-term projects where skill, research, and personal voice are concrete and visible. Guest illustrators, studio visits, critiques, field trips, and readings continue to support and broaden their experience and understanding of the field, presentation, and professional practices.

    Prerequisites : Major standing – IL 321

    3 credits
    IL 323

    Advanced Pen and Ink

    This course builds upon students’ experience in earlier illustration classes by exploring a variety of nibs with dip pens, brushes and experimental techniques. Students will try out new techniques and styles and hone their craft in individual styles and examine a wide array of pen and ink artists throughout art history. Students will explore how mark-making matters in revealing form, structure, texture and tone well as in communicating a specific message or mood when composing a complete illustration. Techniques used in illustration in order to jumpstart their affinity, competency and eventual mastery of ink, and approaches and styles with this medium.

    Prerequisites : IL104 or permission of the instructor

    3 credits
    IL 423

    Illustration Majors Studio

    This course is devoted to an instructor-facilitated independent project (thesis). Students will create professional level illustrations and establish a body of work for portfolio presentation and for inclusion in the senior thesis BFA display. Students will write papers to their thesis elaborating on influences, materials, contexts, and connections.

    Prerequisites : Major standing – IL 421.

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    Senior Synthesis

    This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits. Major requirement: 3 credits/ 6 hours per semester.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits