Courses

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  • VART 1055 – Figure Drawing I
  • VART 1101 – Urbanism
  • VART 1124 – Photography I
  • VART 1128 – Digital Photography
  • VART 1135 – Visual Thinking
  • VART 1136 – Visual Thinking:Perspectives, Painting and Drawing
  • VART 1150 – Drawing I
  • VART 1160 – Architectural Language
  • VART 1161 – Form and Space
  • VART 1180 – Painting I
  • VART 1218 – Design and Sculpture
  • VART 1265 – Film/Video I
  • VART 2003 – Graphic Design and Digital Tools
  • VART 2050 – Designing the City
  • VART 2051 – Urban Design Analysis
  • VART 2055 – Environmental Design
  • VART 2070 – Architectural Design I
  • VART 2085 – Sustainable New York (summer)
  • VART 2105 – Graphic Design History
  • VART 2121 – Abstraction
  • VART 2130 – Painting II
  • VART 2140 – Collage and Mixed Media
  • VART 2150 – Drawing II
  • VART 2185 – Photography II
  • VART 2195 – The Photographic Book
  • VART 2196 – Large Format Photography
  • VART 2265 – Film/Video II
  • VART 2400 – Fundamentals Of Website Design
  • VART 2500 – Typography and Design
  • VART 2537 – Contemporary Issues in Photography
  • VART 2545 – Projects and Concepts
  • VART 2550 – Designing Books
  • VART 2600 – Graphic Design Concepts
  • VART 2700 – Logos, Branding, and Presentation
  • VART 2800 – Perspective on Graphic Design
  • VART 2999, 3999, 4999 – Tutorial in Visual Arts
  • VART 3001 – Documentary Photography: Japan
  • VART 3025 – Designing Books II
  • VART 3026 – History of Photography Books 1844–2004
  • VART 3030 – Art Design and Politics
  • VART 3055 – Ecology for Designers
  • VART 3056 – Urban Environmental Design
  • VART 3070 – Architectural Design II
  • VART 3072 – Film, Video and Dance
  • VART 3131 – Abstraction II
  • VART 3132 – Projects and Concepts II
  • VART 3134 – 20th Century Art: Modernism and Modernity
  • VART 3135 – Contemporary Art: Modernism and Its Aftermath
  • VART 3156 – Painting III
  • VART 3182 – Digital Photography II
  • VART 3186 – Photography III
  • VART 3250 – Design and the Web
  • VART 3257 – Seminar in Avant–Garde Film/Video
  • VART 3258 – Film/ Video Installation
  • VART 3261 – Documentary Film/Video Production
  • VART 3262 – Narrative Film/Video Production
  • VART 3266 – Experimental Film/Video Production
  • VART 3267 – Film and The City
  • VART 3268 – Film Video Animation
  • VART 3500 – Documentary Photography: Italy
  • VART 3541 – The Streets of New York
  • VART 3535 – History of Photography
  • VART 3800, 4800 – Internship
  • VART 3810 – Seminar Graphic Design
  • VART 4100 – Seminar ModernArt: Critical Perspectives
  • VART 4200 – Art and Ethics
  • VART 4090 – Senior Project Architecture
  • VART 4214 – Senior Project Drawing
  • VART 4215 – Senior Project Painting
  • VART 4216 – Senior Project Graphic Design
  • VART 4219 – Senior Project Film/Video
  • VART 4220 – Senior Project Photography
  • VART 4300 – Representation in Art
  • VART 4540 – Contemporary Design Practices
  • VART 4600 – Senior Seminar: Studio Art
  • VART 4999 – Tutorial in Visual Arts
  • VART 5555 – Film and The City (graduate section)
  • VART 5070 – Urban Architectural Design
  • ENVP 3070 – Green Architecture
  • URST 3070 – Urban Design

VART 1055 — FIGURE DRAWING I (4 credits)
The study of the figure through direct observation: various techniques of rendering and diverse media will be explored.

VART 1101 — URBANISM (3 credits)
A historical introduction to the issues, principles and processes of urban design in western societies. Lectures will trace the evolution of selected cities (from ancient Athens to contemporary Los Angeles) taking into consideration the design decisions that have affected our built environment and urban culture. Field Trips. (Satisfies Fine Arts core requirement).

VART 1124 — PHOTOGRAPHY I (4 credits)
Instruction is offered in basic camera and darkroom techniques of black–and–white photography. Class will also include critiques of students' work and discussions of aesthetic questions pertaining to photography. Students should have adjustable cameras. Additional darkroom hours required.

VART 1128 — DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (4 credits)
This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography. Assignments throughout the semester encourage students to explore some of the technical and aesthetic concerns of the medium. Photoshop is used as the primary editing tool. A 3.2 or higher megapixel camera is required.

VART 1135 — VISUAL THINKING I (4 credits)
A foundation course in visual communication. Focus is on basic formal principles such as composition and color, and on conceptual frameworks that can be applied across various visual arts disciplines.

VART 1150 — DRAWING I (4 credits)
Work in pencil, ink, charcoal, and other graphic media designed to involve students in various approaches and attitudes toward representation and expression in drawing.

VART 1160 — ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE (4 credits)
Architectural Design I – Introducing the basic language of 3D form and space making, this studio course involves students in the process of architectural vision, critique, analysis and creation. Emphasizing short, elementary in–class assignments, students learn to use the same tools ––sketching, diagramming, scale model making, and computer modeling and animation–– used by design professionals to shape our world. Lab fee. All are welcome.

VART 1161 — FORM AND SPACE (4 credits)
Introducing the basics of 3D form– and space–making and narrative exploration, this course will use the tools of sketching, diagramming, orthographic drafting (plan, section, elevation, isometric), scale model–making, and computer modeling and animation to explore design projects in space and time. Web applications. This course is intended for theatre/design and visual arts/architecture students, but is open to all. Offered at FCLC only.

VART 1180 — PAINTING I (4 credits)
An introductory course in painting, emphasizing basic formal and technical concerns. Acrylic paints will be used.

VART 1265 — FILM/VIDEO I (4 credits)
An introduction to film/video production techniques used to make short projects. Students will study composition, lighting, and editing in creating their own Super 8 mm film and digital video work.

VART 2003 — GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DIGITAL TOOLS (4 credits)
In this class students will be introduced to the language of graphic design and the nuances of visual communication. The course includes hands on assignments, tutorials, and discussions. Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign will be taught and used as digital tools.

VART 2050 — DESIGNING THE CITY (4 credits)
A hands–on course in the theory and practice of urban design, showing how a mixture of idealism and realism contributes to the design of more "live–able" cities. Theoretical models ( e.g. modernism, garden cities, suburban development urban renewal, and new urbanism) are presented in slide lectures. Students will design urban neighborhoods by computer modeling and animation. Formerly AR 3050 — Design and the City – a creative and practical course in urban design, focusing on the relationship between people and the built environment. Although urban design is a visual discipline, its roots and purposes are interdisciplinary, combining high ideals with hard realism. Readings, walking tours, and research examine the historical roots of current urban design problems and practices. Seminar discussions highlight the goals: regenerative neighborhoods and lively public places. Smart growth, sustainable communities, and new urbanism are contrasted with suburban sprawl and auto–centered development. Students use Mac–based CAD software to visualize great new public places in New York––practicing the imaginative are of the possible. Visits during office hours are recommended. Field trips and lab fee are required. Recommended to Urban and Environmental Studies students, but open to all.

VART 2051 — URBAN DESIGN ANALYSIS (4 credits)
This class will help students to understand the essentials of street, neighborhood, city, and region, through diagramming, captioning, drawing, information mapping and photo–annotation. These essentials include issues of morphology, scale, technology, repetition, transportation, resource, and geographic relation–– all of which may be evaluated according to selected readings in philosophy, nature, infrastructure, regulation, sustainability, demography, and urban and environmental politics.

VART 2055 — ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (4 credits)
This introductory course explores the physical relationship between mankind and nature. Slide presentations, field trips and readings will outline the histories and forms of settlement patterns, landscapes and gardens, and our increasing interest in sustainable development, renewable energy and conservation. Sketching, design and model–building in landscape settings. Intended for design, history and science students.

VART 2070 — ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I (4 credits)
A design studio course, synthesizing contextual, artistic, environmental and functional requirements in the design of public spaces, landscapes, furnishings, and buildings. A relatively simple term project, set in a landscape environment, is prefaced by exercises in analysis, skill building, theory, critique and fabrication. 

VART 2085 — SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK (3 credits)
An intensive summer workshop in big city "green" design. Intended for majors in visual arts, environmental studies, and/or urban studies, this course might interest anyone concerned about New York City's future in an era of rising energy costs and environmental risk. Walking tours; field trips; reading program and discussion; visits to buildings, parks, and construction sites; illustrated presentations; guest speakers from state and city agencies, NGOs, nonprofits, and private sector innovators. At least one day each week will be based at Solar One, located on the East River at 23rd Street, or the Science Barge in the Hudson River at 44th Street. By term's end, each student will present an independent research or design project.

VART 2105 — GRAPHIC DESIGN HISTORY (4 credits)
This course will explore through lectures, research assignments and discussion the history of graphic design from the Lascaux caves and medieval manuscripts to contemporary digital design. The focus will be on the development of graphic design as a profession, the influence of the modernist traditions on design today and how design history overlaps with the histories of art, photography and architecture.

VART 2121 — ABSTRACTION (4 credits)
We think abstractly and routinely navigate the complex abstract structures of our world. Abstract art– the major art form of the last century–has tried in many different ways to come to grips with this situation. This course rather than treating abstraction as a style considers it as a way of thinking visually as a structure for creativity and expression. Working across material disciplines, the course will employ painting, drawing, three dimensional

VART 2130 — PAINTING II (4 credits)
Intermediate instruction is offered in painting. Emphasis will be placed on developing individual approaches to the solving of creative problems within the context of 20th–century historical and critical concerns.

VART 2140 — COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA (4 credits)
A course emphasizing the formal, material and thematic exploration inherent in collage and mixed media techniques. Different visual disciplines and approaches will be combined to produce two– and three–dimensional work.

VART 2150 — DRAWING II (4 credits)
A workshop in various techniques and media. Field trips to museums and galleries.

VART 2185 — PHOTOGRAPHY II (4 credits)
This course is a continuation and expansion of the basic photographic methods acquired in Photography I. The technical aspects of exposure and printing will be further refined; however, the primary emphasis will focus on expanding student ability to articulate meaning photographically and the development of a refined photographic vision.

VART 2196 — LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY (4 credits)
Large format–view camera technique, which produces large negatives and permits extraordinary image control, will be taught along with medium photography in this intermediate to advanced level class. Students will work on short, specific technical assignments as well as a long–term individual project.

VART 2265 — FILM/VIDEO II (4 credits)
Advanced film/video production techniques will be explored as students complete several projects over the course of the semester. Students will shoot 16mm film and video and learn sound design and post–production digital effects.

VART 2400 — FUNDAMENTALS OF WEBSITE DESIGN (4 credits)
This class will introduce the key concepts in designing and building websites from an aesthetic and technical perspective. Through lecture, critical analysis and hands–on assignments students will learn how to design and build a creative and effective website. The focus of the class will be on presenting and exploring the fundamental industry standard programming language and website practice: HTML, CSS, Navigational Structures, interactivity and Information Architecture.

VART 2500 — TYPOGRAPHY AND DESIGN (4 credits)
Structured as a lab course, the history and the implementation of typography will be introduced through lectures and a series of set projects and exercises. The importance of typography in graphic design and how typography can be used as a graphic element is the main focus of the class. Through research, presentations and discussion students will explore how typography is used professionally and creatively.

VART 2537 — CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PHOTOGRAPHY (4 credits)
This course is a practical introduction to contemporary critical issues in photography. Students will generate a series of film based or digital projects informed by class readings and gallery visits. Class sessions will be comprised of regular critiques and discussions of theoretical readings.

VART 2545 — PROJECTS AND CONCEPTS (4 credits)
A multi–media studio course that emphasizes creative solutions to a varied series of visual problems. The student will be able to use painting, drawing , collage, photography, sculpture and video, as well as installation and performance to make artworks that "think out of the box."

VART 2550 — DESIGNING BOOKS (4 credits)
All students with an interest in self–publishing are welcome. The focus will be on the design, layout and production of a publication from cover to cover and everything in between. You will learn through lectures, assignments, demonstrations and readings the principles of designing for a printed page, typographic guidelines, vocabulary, structures, page formats and binding techniques. The book as an object and in digital formats will be critiqued. The final will include a self generated designed and produced book; an independent project.

VART 2600 — GRAPHIC DESIGN CONCEPTS (4 credits)
In this second level class the focus will be on both the practical and creative aspects of the graphic design process. In–depth assignments will be practical and conceptual. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, concept, the articulation of ideas, process, writing skills and preparation of files for output as well as presentation, craftsmanship and typography.

VART 2700 — LOGOS, BRANDING, AND PRESENTATION (4 credits)
This advanced–level class will focus on two main projects: the development of a graphic identity system for a product or company and information graphics, the visualization and design of data and information. The emphasis will be on research and learning to prepare and present a design brief.

VART 2800 — SEMINAR GRAPHIC DESIGN (4 credits)
This seminar course is open to all students interested in graphic design. Class will include visits to designers' studios, slide lectures, assigned readings and written essays. We will look at the role of the designer in society both in the past and present, and examine the art of graphic design. Social responsibility in the context of a design's ability to educate, inform or propagandize and deceive will also be examined.

VART 2999 — TUTORIAL (2 credits)
Independent research and readings with supervision from a faculty member.

VART 3001 — DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY:JAPAN (4 credits)
This intensive class is designed as a platform for intermediate and advanced level students to further develop their photographic production with an emphasis on generating documentary projects focusing on the people, culture, and architecture of Japan. The megacity of Tokyo will serve as the starting point for our investigations, as well as the catalyst for discussions addressing the historical significance of the documentary impulse. The course includes an excursion to Kyoto and concludes with the production of a book of student's photographic projects.

VART 3025 — DESIGNING BOOKS II (4 credits)
In this advanced level class the design and typographic principles, layouts, forms and guidelines of book design will be the focus while students embark on exploring the possibilities of the book as object and concept.

VART 3026 — HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOKS 1844–2004 (4 credits)
The class will survey the history of the publication of photography books from early works published in the mid–19th century, albums with tipped–in original photographs, through the invention of off–set reproduction at the turn of the 19th century and self–made digital books at the end of the 20th. Influential books and formats will be reviewed. The class will visit a museum collection to see examples of rare out–of–print and limited edition items such as Alexander Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War, William Bradford's Arctic Regions and others.

VART 3030 — ART DESIGN AND POLITICS (4 credits)
This class is open to all students who are interested in using visual communication as a tool to effect social and political change. Students will investigate how graphic design is used to educate, inform and persuade an audience through the use of visual language and a responsible, well–crafted message. Historic and contemporary examples of social and political art will be explored through research, lectures and discussions. Assignments include developing an independent project based on a student's choice of medium from research papers, advertising, media, public art, community service, activism to curating an exhibition.

VART 3055 — ECOLOGY FOR DESIGNERS (4 credits)
An introduction to functional ecosystems, and the application of that knowledge to the re–design of the urban built environment. Energy use patterns, resource management, water cycles, productivity, food production, systems integration will be inspected, leading to the proposition of a hypothetical urban ecosystem, which may include water re–cycling, habitat restoration, bio–mimicry, renewable energy, and vertical farming.

VART 3056 — URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (4 credits)
This studio design course explores sustainable design strategies for outdoor spaces and infrastructure at a range of scales. Individual and team studio assignments with introduce students to current "green" design practices in urban landscape architecture and urban and regional design, supplemented with readings, lectures, and field trips. Sketching, design, idea generation, modeling and computer graphic techniques are included. Intended for Visual Arts, Urban Studies, Environmental Policy and Science students, with VART 2055 or VART 3055 recommended in preparation, but not required.

VART 3070 — ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN II (4 credits)
An advanced studio in architectural design, with individualized instruction tailored to each student's major and/or design interests. Major design projects assigned may emphasize environmental design, interior design, landscape design, installation, urban design, furniture design or architectural design. Students in this class will assist in the critique of beginning students' work. Portfolio preparation. Field trips, lab fee, and office hours are required.

VART 3072 — FILM, VIDEO, AND DANCE (4 credits)
Students will use easily accessible technology to create and record images and movements that extend their expressive range. Seminal works of film, video and choreography that solved problems in original and unexpected ways will be studied. This course is designed for art enthusiasts as well as those with training in film, video and/or dance.

VART 3131 — ABSTRACTION II (4 credits)
An advanced class in abstraction. Painting, drawing, three–dimensional work, photography and video are used to investigate issues in abstraction.

VART 3132 — PROJECTS AND CONCEPTS II (4 credits)
An advanced multi–media studio course emphasizing creative solutions to a variety of visual and conceptual problems.

VART 3134 — 20TH CENTURY ART: MODERNISM AND MODERNITY (4 CREDITS)
A survey of the major developments of modern art from the late 19th century until today, with an emphasis on work done before 1940. This course will undertake the larger task of understanding modernism in art as a visual response to the conditions of modernity.

VART 3135 — CONTEMPORARY ART: MODERNISM AND ITS AFTERMATH (4 credits)
An overview of contemporary art, stressing work done since World War II, while also exploring the early 20th century roots of modern art and modernism. In addition, various post-modern approaches will be examined. We will pay particular attention to Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Post-minimalism (both American and European), Earth Art and Conceptual Art. 

VART 3156 — PAINTING III (4 credits)
Individual instruction is offered with group critiques and seminar discussions.

VART 3186 — PHOTOGRAPHY III (4 credits)
Continuation of studies in photography at the advanced level.

VART 3250 — DESIGN AND THE WEB (4 credits)
In this advanced–level class, students will learn how to develop and design for the web with an intent to maximize the fluidity and limitations of technology. The class will critically study the practice of design in digital communication, and explore the changing landscape.

VART 3257 — SEMINAR:AVANT GARDE FILM/VIDEO (4 credits)
This course will explore the practice of current avant–garde film and video from a visual arts perspective. Various artist strategies for creating challenging work will be considered, including the use of abstraction, appropriated imagery, autobiographical detail, disjunctive sound image relationships and other aesthetic choices. The course will include field trips to view current experimental films and videos at museums, film festivals and art galleries.

VART 3258 — FILM / VIDEO INSTALLATION (4 credits)
Students will create video installations for the gallery/museum context using multiple monitors, film loops and mixed sounds. We will consider historical background and how contemporary practitioners use multiple screens and sound to explore unexpected terrain. Students will present their video installation work in a Lipani Gallery show at the end of the semester.

VART 3261 — DOCUMENTARY FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION (4 credits)
In this course each student will complete several short nonfiction works. We'll talk about choosing a subject, doing relevant research and articulating an idea. Interviewing techniques and recording,mixing and sweetening sound in the documentary context will also be discussed. We’ll also talk about the use of archival material, and legal issues surrounding fair use and copyright infringement. In viewing films, completing sound/image exercises and critiquing each other's work, students will consider how best to approach challenging material.

VART 3262 — NARRATIVE FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION (4 credits)
This production course will explore various ways that cinematic stories can be told using images only or by directing actors to learn lines and follow a script. We’ll explore preproduction issues–– treatment and scriptwriting, as well as storyboarding,casting and planning. In terms of production, we’ll look at various techniques for directing actors, as well as in depth cinematography and lighting. We’ll also look at dialogue editing and compare versions of a given scene for narrative economy and rhythm. We’ll also delve into the intricacies of sound design, and investigate the dynamic relationship between sound and image. Students will complete two short fiction films in this course.

VART 3267 — FILM AND THE CITY (4 credits)
After looking at ways in which the city has been framed historically in films, students will pursue research in the city using video as their tool. Using interviews, screen text, voice over, and other documentary techniques, students will explore a project of interest to them and make a series of short films that reveal an aspect of the urban milieu. In class sessions and in one on one meetings with the professor, students will propose and refine their project and gather feedback about communicating in visual language on city issues.

VART 3268 — FILM/ VIDEO ANIMATION (4 credits)
This course will explore 2D and 3D film and video animation, as well as the use of appropriated images and computer technology. We’ll be making work shooting frame by frame on an animation stand and stage using and I Stop Motion and Dragonframe. We’ll talk about the aesthetics of animation, how constructed images can challenge live action material. The tension between planning and spontaneity, how to collect and organize your materials as well as the use of creative sound design will all be discussed. We’ll work on a few in–class projects, and you’ll make your own short films over the course of the semester.

VART 3500 — DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY: ITALY (4 credits)
This intensive class will introduce you to the basic and advanced techniques of image production with a major emphasis on generating documentary projects directly relating to the people, architecture and culture of Italy. The cosmopolitan city of Rome, rich in artistic history, will serve as the starting point for our photographic explorations, as well as the catalyst for discussions addressing the historical significance of the documentary impulse. The course concludes with the production of a book of student's photographic projects.

VART 3541 — THE STREETS OF NEW YORK (4 credits)
This course will use the streets of metropolitan New York as its classroom and laboratory. By studying the initial foundations, street layouts , building typologies, historical topology and geography of the region, with its architectural monuments and every-day street life, we will seek to understand this city's past — ecological, urban and architectural — and their implications for our shared future. Analytic components with Rome, Beijing, London, Mumbai, Paris, Sydney, LA and Chicago, with an emphasis on sustainability; walking tours and studio visits will be included.

VART 3800, 4800 — INTERNSHIP (3 credits)
Supervised placement for students interested in work experience.

VART 3810 — SEMINAR IN GRPAHIC DESIGN (4 credits)
This seminar course is open to all students interested in graphic design. Class will include visits to designers' studios, slide lectures, assigned readings, and written essays. We will look at the role of the designer in society, both in the past and the present, and examine the art of graphic design. Social responsibility in the context of a design's ability to educate, inform or propafandize and deceive will also be examined.

VART 4100 — SEMINAR MODERN ART: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES (4 credits)
A seminar class with readings, discussions, and presentations, emphasizing critical and historical trends in modern and contemporary art. Current museum and gallery exhibitions will be explored.

VART 4200 — ART AND ETHICS (4 credits)
Since the eighteenth century the arts have been separated from the social functions–such as religious worship and political display–they had in the past been associated with, and are thought of as ends in themselves. How are we to think about this? What could art for "art's sake" be? What gives art or artworks value? How do artistic goals relate to moral imperatives? This course is intended to explore these questions by looking at a number of ways they have been posed and answered. This course satisfies the senior values seminar requirement of the University core. It does not count as an elective for the Visual Arts major.

VART 4214 — SENIOR PROJECT DRAWING (4 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

VART 4215 — SENIOR PROJECT PAINTING (4 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

VART 4216 — SENIOR PROJECT GRAPHIC DESIGN (4 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

VART 4219 — SENIOR PROJECT FILM/VIDEO (4 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

VART 4220 — SENIOR PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY (4 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

VART 4300 — REPRESENTATION IN ART (4 credits)
Representation in Art: Film/Video, Photography and Painting will deal with the ethics of representation, and consider how art deals with depictions of people. What is an artist's responsibility to his/her subject? This seminar will offer ethical insight and consider social morality in regards to visual literacy and will encourage students to be critical, active and engaged artists and viewers.

VART 4540 — CONTEMPORARY DESIGN PRACTICES (4 credits)
A comparative case study approach to understanding contemporary practices in industrial design, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, and urban and regional planning. The great monuments in post–war design in these fields will be studied in terms of the individual and collective decision–making that brought them about. The interlocking roles of creativity, collaboration and consultancy; codes of ethics and safety; promotion and media; design tools, especially the computer and the web; client relations; scheduling and estimating; social responsibility; ecological and sustainable principles; contracts; research and development; business structures, profit and getting paid; and professional organizations in contemporary design processes will all be inspected. Guest lectures, tours of construction sites and/or design shops will supplement lectures, seminar sessions and student research. Seniors only.

VART 4600 — SENIOR SEMINAR: STUDIO ART (4 credits)
This is a course for senior visual arts students who wish to have a senior thesis exhibition. The seminar will discuss critical issues relating to the making, presentation, and interpretation of contemporary art. The course also includes a guest lecture series with working artists/designers, curators, art writers and other professionals in related fields.

VART 5070 — URBAN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (4 credits)
This is a creative studio course in urban architectural design. Students will synthesize contextual, artistic, environmental and functional requirements in the design of public spaces and buildings using models, sketches, diagrams and computer modeling. A term project–often related to the student's research interest–– is prefaced and interspersed with shorter exercises in contextual analysis, skill building, urban theory, and architectural critique. Field trips, workshops, lab fee, and office hours critiques are required.