Thursday, September 20, 2012

Open Courseware

Some courses we thought you might like:

The Nature of Creativity

Course Description
This course is an introduction to problems about creativity as it pervades human experience and behavior. Questions about imagination and innovation are studied in relation to the history of philosophy as well as more recent work in philosophy, affective psychology, cognitive studies, and art theory. Readings and guidance are aligned with the student's focus of interest.

Media Art I 

Course Description
This course introduces students to time-based art practices, including sound, installation and video art, as they relate to the visual arts.  The objective is to provide students with hands-on production experience while familiarizing them with the various visual and textual discourses that surround contemporary time-based disciplines.

Media Art II

Course Description
This course continues the multi-disciplinary approach to art making developed in Media Art I.  Students learn black and white chemical photography, digital imaging, and new genre public art, as they relate to the visual arts.  These media are investigated through both studio production and academic research.  Throughout the course, students develop technical and conceptual skills for production and critical engagement.

Media Art III

Course Description
This course takes a more advanced approach to art production.  Students are introduced to digital sound, digital video art, and performance art, as they relate to the visual arts.  Students engage in comprehensive analysis of national and international media art practices while discussing and creating art from a critical perspective.  Conceptual strategies and technical skills are further developed enabling students to create and articulate from an informed position.

Media Art IV

Course Description
This course is intended to advance technical and conceptual development of Media Art practices and begin the development of independent art making, proposal writing and thematic art production.  Students create a project based on appropriation, while discussing issues of authorship, originality and the reinterpretation of history.  They go on to develop a self portrait in any of the disciplines covered in Media Art, and finally propose and create an independent project at the end of the term.

Studio Seminar in Public Art

Course Description
How do we define Public Art? This course focuses on the production of projects for public places. Public Art is a concept that is in constant discussion and revision, as much as the evolution and transformation of public spaces and cities are. Monuments are repositories of memory and historical presences with the expectation of being permanent. Public interventions are created not to impose and be temporary, but as forms intended to activate discourse and discussion. Considering the concept of a museum as a public device and how they are searching for new ways of avoiding generic identities, we will deal with the concept of the personal imaginary museum. It should be considered as a point of departure to propose a personal individual construction based on the concept of defining a personal imaginary museum - concept, program, collection, events, architecture, public diffusion, etc.

Special Topics in Multimedia Production: Experiences in Interactive Art

Course Description
This class deals with interactive art. Visiting artists will discuss their work from a theoretical and practical perspective. Discussions of the history of interactive digital art and contemporary issues in the field will take place. Students will develop an interactive art project for a final exhibition or submit a short paper.

The Gang at The Alexander 909 Gallery