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BFA Spring 2020 – Course Catalog

    SC 102

    Introduction to Video

    Video plays a major role in the delivery of information. Through experimentation, performance, conceptual development, technological innovations, and the use of mixed-media, students will become familiar with this ever expanding medium. This course is an exploration of time-based work that utilizes video, and will cover the basic skills of acquiring video, software for video production, post-production, and display. Through demonstrations, in-class exercises, lectures, readings, discussions, case studies, individual projects and group critiques, we will investigate the formal and conceptual aspects of video. We will look at many examples of editing, camera work, narrative and non-narrative content development. Students will complete several projects utilizing video cameras and editing software. Note: The course is ideal for STP, Photo, Design, and Game Art Majors.

    Prerequisites : None

    Additional Notes : The course is ideal for STP, Photo, Design, and Game Art Majors.

    3 credits
    SC 106

    Sculpture in Context: Installation, Multiples, Land Art

    This course is an introduction to the basic techniques involved in the creation of multiples & editions, installation, and land art. We will investigate the materials, methods, and concepts that serve as the foundation for creating three- dimensional artworks. Through weekly assignments, lectures, demonstrations, and discussions we will explore traditional and experimental approaches to the theory and practice involved in making sculpture. In each of the assignments we will study the historical, cultural, and contemporary applications and implications of these given sculptural techniques. However, the subject matter for all assignments is open to your individual interpretation. Students will learn how to identify materials, proper material usage, learn tools and safety within the Sculpture area, create finished works, and learn articulation of these materials (both physically and audibly) via critiques of finished works. The primary objective for this course is to develop the skills needed to interpret and articulate contemporary modes of creating sculpture that students will encounter as professional artists and creative problem solvers. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : None. Required to major in Painting

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    SC 112

    The Expressive Figure

    The sculpted figure is employed as a means to convey social, cultural, and personal content. It can be made as a component for performance, an interactive work, installation or intervention, and made as unique sculptural objects. Symbolism, allegory, metaphor, narrative, the material processes are determined by student practice and research. Representational and abstract figural works are made. Students learn skills to integrate compositional, conceptual and physical components in their figure work. Learning to design armatures enables works to be self-supporting or provides means of attachment to architectural elements. Armature construction in cardboard, wood, metal screen, bound or welded metals are utilized. Diverse applied surfaces may include paper maché, plaster, polyurethane foam, fibers, cloth and paint. Slide lectures develop a sense of figural sculpture from earliest to present time.

    Prerequisites : FN 115 or prior figure sculpture experience.

    3 credits
    SC 226

    Sculpture: Fabrication

    Every material possesses unique qualities that shape our strategies for fabrication. These qualities not only impose logistical and practical challenges, they can also drive content. In this course, we will approach each project as an opportunity to learn a different fabrication technique. Each assignment will also maintain an eye on research and sensitivity to the history of each material. Each student will expand their skill set for strategizing and executing sculptural projects. Through each assignment, students will become acquainted with power tools including: welding MIG, TIG, ARC, and various wood working tools for construction.

    Prerequisites : FN 115

    3 credits
    SC 322

    Sculpture: Junior Major Studio 

    This course emphasizes the making of sculpture: inspiration, identifying material resources, developing technical skills, craftsmanship and critical awareness of visual and structural integrity. Four complete works and supporting material in the form of three-dimensional studies, experiments and drawings are expected. Students choose materials and subjective references, and works may incorporate resources and inspiration from other disciplines. Students develop productive work habits and learn to take charge of their direction and keep to a schedule. Technical assistance is available to help with new processes. Students work in all three studios of the department.

    Prerequisites : Two SC electives, preferably SC 105 and SC 106

    3 credits
    SC 421

    Sculpture: Senior Major Studio 

    This course equips students with the wherewithal to sustain artistic growth and emphasizes an independent and significant investigation of personal artistic interests and sensibilities. Students determine the nature of the work they produce, choosing technical means, materials, scale and context. Sculpture is approached as the perceptual and philosophical exploration of form and our interactions with it. Visual organization and craftsmanship, essential to making clear content, are stressed. Four complete works and supporting material in the form of three dimensional studies or experiments and drawings are expected, culminating in the presentation of a written thesis. Students work in all studios of the department.

    Prerequisites : SC 321-322

    3 credits
    SEM 353

    3YR Seminar: Fine Art Topics - Practice

    Fine Arts - Contemporary Topics and Practice is a studio/discussion course designed to provide historical ideas, context and ground for students to more clearly define their own studio work and relationship to art history. Group conversations, field trips, in-process critiques, workshops and/or visiting artists will assist students in establishing strategies for studio research in order to isolate, identify, and pursue a meaningful subject(s) within a personal and art historical context. Students will practice voicing their attitudes, opinions and conclusions about the topics discussed in seminar and gain more confidence talking about their own practice within larger issues of history, society, and culture outside of the art world. Scheduled concurrently with other sections of junior seminar, faculty and students will have the opportunity to meet as a larger group when appropriate.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    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