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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Painting

FOUNDATIONS
Required Major Courses: Fallcredits
F100: Observational Drawing
In Observational Drawing the student is introduced to the visual language of drawing. How the parts of the drawing relate to each other and to the composition as a whole are explored. Each student strives to develop perceptual and representational skills. The student will primarily use black-and-white media, though color and digital experiences will also be introduced. The course places emphasis on depicting the human form in space using nude models and also places emphasis on depicting objects and on articulating space.

Observational Drawing is a course in which the student develops drawing and composition skills. While experimentation and imaginative probing are honest and expected aspects of the process, the main thrust of the course is analytical seeing and drawing with a range of media. Formal elements such as line, value, space, proportion and composition are employed for both representational and expressive purposes. The student begins to develop personal "voice" from the act of drawing, mark-making and composing. This exploration is designed to help the student use the language with purpose. The course encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in their work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F110: Visual & Color Dynamics
Visual & Color Dynamics is a problem-solving course in which the student investigates the dynamic visual forces involved in composing on a two-dimensional plane. Students explore the interrelationships of composition, process, perception, and intention. Color and light are also explored as a visual phenomenon, as a perceptual occurrence, as pigment with specific mixing properties, and as an element with powerful expressive and symbolic potential. Time, the fourth dimension, is investigated through problems dealing with simultaneity and sequentiality. The range of tools includes traditional materials/mediums and digital imaging. The course broadens the student’s skill level in idea development, research strategies, and technique through the exploration of the visual language in both a historical and contemporary context. Approximately one-half of the semester is spent working in a digital environment.

Visual & Color Dynamics examines the visual dynamics that influence and determine the impact of two- dimensional work. The problems assigned encourage inventive thinking through the implementation of a variety of ideation strategies. The theory and application of formal issues test the expressive potential of the visual language. This exploration is designed to help the student use the language with purpose, and with an understanding of the historical and contemporary context. It encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in the student’s work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

The additional application of color theories to studio problems allows the student to investigate the physical, perceptual, psychological, expressive, and organizational properties of color. The student will investigate both subtractive models and additive models of color. In increasingly complex problems, the student will also be introduced to time as a visual issue.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F120: Research, Practice and Methods
In Research, Practice, and Methods (R.P.M.) students investigate strategies for effective communication. Each course emphasizes process and creative problem solving – appropriately using subject matter and a variety of media as a means of examining conceptual goals. Students engage in critical inquiry and conduct in-depth research to promote the development of their own studio practice within a historical, cultural, and personal context. The student chooses selectives from a variety of offerings. 3 credits each. (May be repeated with change in topic for total of 6 credits.)

R.P.M. selectives deal with concepts fundamental to many disciplines. These courses focus on a specific theme or issue to contextualize the student’s learning and promote a deeper understanding of one’s personal creative process. Students actively engage in various research practices to develop critical thinking and nurture their commitment to communicating ideas in a substantive way. Form and media explored in R.P.M. courses vary depending on the Selective the student chooses.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F130: Space, Forms & Materials
Space, Form & Materials is comprised of three-dimensional visual experiences and investigation in the interaction of forms in space. The course broadens the student’s skill level in idea development, research strategies, and material technique through hands-on experiments, projects, and in-depth discussions. The course projects employ a variety of materials and media and emphasize the exploration of the visual language in both a historical and contemporary context. Within the course, students receive an orientation to MIAD's 3D lab, including instruction in the proper and safe use of hand tools and power equipment.

The course presents a progressive study in the terminology, principles, techniques, and materials in three-dimensional thinking. The projects assigned encourage inventive thinking through the implementation of a variety of ideation strategies. The theory and application of three dimensional design issues test the expressive and communicative potential of the visual language. This exploration is designed to help the student use the visual language with purpose and with an understanding of the historical and contemporary context. It encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in the student’s work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F140: Understanding the Visual I
In Understanding the Visual I, students will explore topics that are fundamental in all areas of art and design. Students will develop skills in research, presentation, critique and discussion that will foster critical thinking. Through initiating an historical and contemporary context for art and design, students will develop the ability to formulate arguments and defend positions relevant to today’s culture.

In Understanding the Visual I, students will consider the meanings of images and objects in their contemporary culture. Presentation skills will be developed through which students will be able to separate opinions from positions, and discover ways to defend specific selections and attending positions.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): None
1.5
Required Major Courses: Spring
F199: Intro to Advanced Study
Introduction to Advanced Study offers a unique and broad-based exposure in advanced-level art and design disciplines offered at MIAD. The philosophy behind Introduction to Advanced Study is to invite students to explore problem solving and ways of working within the majors. Students will be actively engaged in making as a mode of inquiry and will gain experience in both the conceptual basis for the disciplines as well as the practical processes of the disciplines studied. Faculty will offer a variety of course structures and themes.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F100, F110 & F130
3.0
F113/F115: Image & Drawing Concepts / Spatial Concepts
F113: Image & Drawing Concepts

In Image & Drawing Concepts, students further enhance the drawing and compositional skills that they began to develop in F100 and F110. The focus of the course is the investigation of visual language as they explore different ways to create images. Issues in sequence, seriality and time are examined. A variety of media is used as a way of broadening the understanding of drawing and image making.

As a continuation of the first semester 2D courses, Image & Drawing Concepts allows the student to explore multiple ways to create images. This is accomplished through the investigation of a variety of concepts, processes, and materials that include experimental use of media/methods. Traditional boundaries between drawing and other disciplines will be blurred. The contextual and expressive use of color is an integral component of the course. The course strives to make drawing and other image making relevant to real world applications in the contemporary design and fine art realms.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F110 and F100 (or advanced placement)


F115: Spatial Concepts

In
Spatial Concepts the student continues three-dimensional visual experiences and investigation in the interaction of forms in space. Idea development, research strategies, and material techniques are advanced through hands on experiments, projects, and in-depth discussions. The projects are designed to allow the student to engage in various design and fine art processes and critically examine the effectiveness of presentation.

Spatial Concepts is an exploratory studio class that develops an informed understanding of three- dimensional form. The course presents a progressive study in the terminology, principles, techniques, and materials used in the development and interaction of three-dimensional forms. It is the objective of the course to develop within each student a deeper understanding of the terms and principles defining the context of form and a proficiency in the application of those elements to the creation of three-dimensional form. It encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in the student’s work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F130
3.0
F121: Research, Practice and Methods
In Research, Practice, and Methods (R.P.M.) students investigate strategies for effective communication. Each course emphasizes process and creative problem solving – appropriately using subject matter and a variety of media as a means of examining conceptual goals. Students engage in critical inquiry and conduct in-depth research to promote the development of their own studio practice within a historical, cultural, and personal context. The student chooses selectives from a variety of offerings. 3 credits each. (May be repeated with change in topic for total of 6 credits.)

R.P.M. selectives deal with concepts fundamental to many disciplines. These courses focus on a specific theme or issue to contextualize the student’s learning and promote a deeper understanding of one’s personal creative process. Students actively engage in various research practices to develop critical thinking and nurture their commitment to communicating ideas in a substantive way. Form and media explored in R.P.M. courses vary depending on the Selective the student chooses.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F141: Understanding the Visual II
We live in an increasingly visual culture: what we see shapes how we think, and what we think shapes how we see. Understanding the Visual II will focus on how all images and objects comprise our visual culture, and how everything in visual culture is encoded with meaning, not only in its creation, but also from the context in which a viewer experiences it. Students will develop an understanding of how contemporary culture constructs, understands, and uses images and objects through an examination of contemporary art and design.

As an introductory exploration of contemporary visual culture, this course will prepare students to contextualize and apply critical standards to any image or object they encounter, including an examination of their own work through the development of a digital portfolio. Students will explore how visual culture is constantly changing and use this awareness as an opportunity to discuss their lives as creators and the future of art and design. They will also learn how to engage in critique as an example of a deeper mode of inquiry about their own work and the work of others.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): F140
1.5
Liberal Studies: Foundations
WR120: The Word and the World
The World and the Word course is an introduction to academic writing at the college level. Students will engage in an intensive practice of critical reading, thinking and writing through the examination of a variety of topics and genre in a collaborative atmosphere. Students will create a written self-assessment at the end of the semester.

In this course, students will use writing as a means by which to improve their ability to read meaningfully and to understand the profound connection between oral and written language and the world in which they live. Four parts of the writing and learning process are stressed: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students will read and write about subjects both academic and non-academic, and explore the various ways writers engage their audiences in particular contexts. In doing so, they will learn to see and evaluate their own rhetorical choices in a range of writing situations. Through the course of the semester, students write often and in many forms: in journals, online, formally and informally. Further, they will practice all steps of the writing process, including researching a topic, assessing the context and audience of a particular assignment, and developing early drafts into refined essays.

Speaking and listening are just as fundamental as reading and writing to the student-centered activities that form the core of this course. Students will practice articulating their ideas in class discussion and attending closely to those of their peers, further developing their own perspectives. Through workshops and writing groups, students will analyze one another’s writing and practice revision and editing. Students also participate in small group work, collaborative writing, conferences, and research. These activities stress how writing can be practiced in communities as well as on one's own; they will demonstrate that writing, like learning, is simultaneously solitary and social, private and public.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
AH151: Prehistory - 1900
Topics in Historical Art: Prehistory to 1900 is a course in which a number of themes in historical Western art are examined and addressed through east-west cultural connections and artistic exchanges. Key art objects in cultural periods from prehistoric times through the nineteenth century will be the focus of study. Through intensive reading, writing, and oral projects, students will learn to identify and discuss key works of art utilizing appropriate terminology by artistic, cultural, and critical criteria. In the course, students will engage in activities centering on inquiry, observation, description, analysis, and research of art objects.

AH151 is a topical study of art from prehistory through the nineteenth century, and will focus primarily on Western art, East- West cultural exchanges, and the influence of Non-Western art and ideas on the art in the west. Focus will center on art objects from different cultures and periods within this time frame and the historical contexts in which they were created. Because art and ideas are considered equally important, reading and analysis of primary and other texts, along with the study of images and original works are basic to AH151 coursework. The texts will help provide an aesthetic, social-cultural, and critical framework for studying these creators and their objects. As part of this course, students will have the opportunity to examine the lives of many significant creative figures, the influences of their personalities on the art of their time, and the artistic movements of which they were a part. In the course, students will utilize inquiry, observation, description, analysis, and research as key tools to engage specific works, historical periods, and cultural contexts.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
HU121: Human Thought and Action
Human Thought and Action introduces multiple ideas, disciplines, and forms of making meaning. It serves as an introduction to humanist inquiry, focusing on critical thinking, the analysis of ideas, formulating questions, and the interconnectedness of knowledge and the various disciplines.
The philosophical, historical, theological, psychological, and sociological narratives created by humans form the structure of our lives. Human Thought and Action investigates the human meaning-making impulse and the articulation of human ideas and experiences through various disciplines.

HU121 is an interdisciplinary inquiry into human thought, action and reaction. In this course, teachers and students will examine the way that humanist knowledge and processes have influenced humankind’s perception of self through millennia. As a prerequisite for the upper-level humanities courses, HU121 focuses on significant forms of knowledge and ontological questions. Students will be challenged to reflect upon and discuss definitions of group problem-solving activities, “community,” cultural literacy, and the importance of human action and witness to a culture.
Through study of specific texts, students will explore the way that humans have borne witness to their experiences and sought to find meaning in them in various ways. Students will explore different views on the human experience through familiar activities – close reading of primary and secondary texts, class discussions, inquiry journals and take-home essays and transactional writing, participation in public events in the MIAD community, field trips, and on-site research.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR111 or WR120
3.0
Students complete 16.5 credits each semester foundations year to complete degree requirements in four years33 CREDITS
SOPHOMORE
Required Major Courses: Fallcredits
FA220: Painting I
Painting I will introduce students to the materials, techniques and formal visual principles of oil painting. Students will work through a range of pictorial concepts and technical approaches while developing strong observational painting skills, a facility with the medium, and the ability to converse and think critically about it. Color, composition, and the translation through the painting process of three- dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface will be major areas of focus throughout the semester. Required readings, demonstrations, slide lectures, out of class work, and both group and individual critiques support studio assignments and instruction.

Paint is a medium rich in history that has gone through numerous incarnations. From the representational virtuosity of old master painters like Rembrandt, to the kinetic energy and tactile surface of abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, paint has been explored aesthetically, conceptually and technically.

In many ways, paint can be best understood in a dualistic manner. It can at once be ugly and beautiful, airy and dense, simple and complex, image and material. For the artist, painting can seem in turns both easy and frustrating. Through its various identities, at its core, painting is an activity that requires building a physical surface of pigment and medium. No matter the style of painting: abstract, representational or anything in-between, it is essential to understand the fundamental aspects of how to construct a painting technically and visually. This requires understanding the materials used in painting, as well as formal concepts such as light, value, surface, composition and color. Success in painting is not simply duplicating what we see, but using what we see as a starting point for creating a picture that may transcend conventions, convey specific thoughts and emotions, or open up a dialogue. The best painters are able to immerse themselves in the process and obtain unexpected results through continued experimentation and everyday practice.

This class will require students to be engaged in the process of creation, construction and experimentation. You will only learn to paint and have the best chance for success if you come to class with an open mind, ready to work and willing to engage. We will begin the semester focusing on the basics of color mixing and palette maintenance and, while working directly from observation from the still life, landscape, and figure, gradually open up to a more individualized investigation of painting’s different characteristics and possibilities.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115
3.0
FA224: Water Media I
Water Media I will provide an introduction to the materials, techniques and practice of transparent watercolor and acrylic painting. Working primarily from observation, students are introduced to formal visual principles emphasizing the language of color, composition and the articulation of space. Demonstrations, lectures and critiques will be supported by in-class painting, out-of-class assignments and a further investigation into historical and contemporary watercolor painting.

Watercolor is a fresh, lively, and luminescent medium; it is also challenging and unpredictable. Experimentation and spontaneity are crucial elements in practicing watercolor. Step out of your comfort zone and learn to embrace unexpected results. There is a very subtle balance of learning how to control the medium, yet at the same time allowing the process to take over. Lectures and demonstrations are designed to present important technical information along with an introduction into historical and contemporary examples of the use of watercolor. We will explore the versatility of watercolor in this course all the while focusing our attention towards the articulation of formal principles such as space, light, color, texture and composition through observational painting.

Watercolor has a rich history; a history which you will begin to engage with in this course through lectures, personal research in your sketchbook and assigned Watercolor Painting Studies/Analyses that you will complete over the semester. Although some may view these studies as tedious, I hope you will see these studies as an excellent opportunity for you to become familiar with the broad range of applications of watercolor throughout history and into contemporary painting. It is also a wonderful opportunity to get a better understanding of your own tastes/likes/dislikes in painting. This exercise and analysis of watercolor paintings will force you to slow down, look closely and observe thoughtfully. These exercises will help you decipher what elements come together to make a dynamic and successful painting. It is important to remember that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to interpret a painting. Remember to enjoy the process of looking and along the way you will be reminded of how you personally see things and what is important to you. In addition to drawing the particular watercolor that you will be studying, you will also be duplicating (using watercolor) a specific part of the painting (whichever part you find most interesting). Maybe it is a particular color or wash or texture that you want to figure out how to replicate. Translate any of this information you learn from these studies into your own work. On completion of each study it is likely you will know that particular painting forever because (instead of just being told by someone else)- you actually took the time to figure out what the painting means to you. Own this information and bring it into your own work when you see fit.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring
FA221: Painting II
Painting II will build on the materials, techniques and formal visual principles of oil painting that were presented in Painting I. Students will work through a range of pictorial concepts and technical approaches while developing strong observational painting skills, a facility with the medium, and the ability to converse and think critically about it. Color, composition, and the translation through the painting process of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface will be major areas of focus throughout the semester. Required readings, demonstrations, slide lectures by both the instructor and each of the students, out of class work, and both group and individual critiques support studio assignments and instruction.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA281
3.0
FA225: Water Media II
Water Media II will provide techniques and practice in gouache, watercolor, fluid acrylic painting, and mixed media. We will be exploring working from life in traditional and nontraditional ways through direct observation as well as developing a direct experiential practice that taps all the senses. We will be working with abstraction, expressive color/forms, painting into space, mixed media and experimenting with unique methods and materials. Students will reexamine and practice formal visual principles emphasizing the language of color, composition and the articulation of space. Demonstrations, lectures and critiques will be supported by in-class painting, out-of-class assignments and a further investigation into historical and contemporary works on paper.

In addition to in-class and out-of-class painting, students will be assigned artist presentations and personalized research throughout the semester. We will periodically discuss readings and research together as a class. Experimentation and spontaneity are crucial elements in practicing watercolor, fluid acrylics and gouache. Step out of your comfort zone and learn to embrace unexpected results. There is a very subtle balance of learning how to control the medium, yet at the same time allowing the process to take over. Lectures and demonstrations are designed to present important technical information along with an introduction into historical and contemporary examples of the use of watercolor, gouache, acrylic and mixed media. We will explore the versatility of water-based media in this course all the while focusing our attention towards the articulation of formal principles such as space, light, color, texture and composition through traditional and nontraditional painting.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA281
3.0
Studio Electives
Studio Elective
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Studio Elective
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Studio Elective
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Sophomore
WR200: Critical and Creative Forms
Critical and Creative Forms is an intermediate-level writing course that focuses on writing as a creative and critical form. Students will explore the formal qualities of a variety of “texts,” including visual and online texts, and expand their experience of writing analytically and creatively. It is an intensification of the processes introduced in WR120 with further emphasis on visual as well as verbal rhetorics and critical thinking.

In WR200, students will develop their ability to read and assess communication in various forms and genres, to write analytical and critical essays, to perform increasingly sophisticated research, and to experiment with communicative form themselves. WR200 focuses on the theme of “environments,” examining the idea or condition of “environment” through a variety of possible progressive lenses, including ecological, natural, cultural, sacred or built environments.

WR200 emphasizes writing-in-process and students are challenged to take progressively more individual responsibility for all phases of the process, from journaling to the composing of final manuscripts. Students will be expected to identify, research and articulate points of view with increasing sophistication and ease in order to engage in critical conversations. Students participate in writing workshops, writing groups, small group discussions and collaborative writing as well as complete individual writing assignments. Throughout, students will be required to demonstrate evolving critical judgment and self- reflection. Self-directed research and working proficiently with primary and secondary sources is also emphasized through assignments highlighting the research process and the creation of an annotated bibliography.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR120 or WR111
3.0
SC220: Intro to Biology
The Introduction to Natural Sciences is a sophomore level course required of all students for graduation. In this course students will study the nature of the scientific method and examine basic biological, ecological and environmental concepts. These examinations are broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments.

In SC220 students will study the nature of the scientific method and examine significant biological concepts. SC220 will explore science and natural world themes in order to:
1. Understand science as a way of questioning, testing, and explaining the world;
2. Science and technology as a reciprocal relationship that evolves through time;
3. Enable students to make educated decisions regarding biological and environmental issues;
4. Enable students to function as responsible citizens of the world.

This course is designed with the understanding that coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical thinking rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): none
3.0
AH212: History of Modernism - Fine Art
Primarily an object-driven course, History of Modern and Contemporary Art provides and in-depth study of modern and contemporary art makers and movements in the context of the critical, cultural and social issues surrounding them. Through intensive reading, writing, research, and oral assignments, students have the opportunity to study key figures, movements and theories. The course begins with a review of major trends in art since the end of the 19th century and follows with a closer examination of art from the 1960s through the present day.

In AH212 students will have the opportunity to examine the major aesthetic, philosophical, cultural and critical movements of the recent past and study closely the work of important figures in modern and contemporary art. The course begins with a review of later 19th century art and early 20th century European art and culture as an introduction to American art of the 1960s and 70s; the second half of the course centers on contemporary art from an international perspective. An important aspect of the course is the emerging importance of criticism and critical theory. Students will examine closely major critical and theoretical texts of this period.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): AH151 or equivalent
3.0
Students complete 15 credits each semester sophomore year to complete degree requirements in four years30 CREDITS
JUNIOR
Required Major Courses: Fallcredits
FA320: Painting III
Painting III continues the investigation of painting’s possibilities for expression and communication through a manifold examination of subject, technique and structure. Course assignments provide for individual interpretation and experimentation as students increase their intentionality and self- awareness as artists. Readings and written assignments further perceptual standards and modes of critical thinking. Students examine art-making philosophies through individual and group critiques, slide lectures, field trips and invited guests.

Using the formal skills learned in earlier painting classes as a starting point, this course will continue to focus on the unique processes and characteristics of the medium, while asking the student to look critically at both. The student’s individual practice, the development of a personal voice and emerging sensibility as an artist, are key concerns. The class will reference a broad discourse of both historical and contemporary painting, as we see and discuss how painters have perceived and approached their work in the past. We will also explore current trends in painting as we look to understand the concerns and critical issues of painters working today.

Becoming a better artist means finding better strategies to communicate with your audience. To that end, the relationship of process, technique, and subject to the work’s conceptual goals will be explored. We will examine ways of seeing and thinking about painting, not only inside the parameters of the work, but with an expanded focus that includes the context of the audience and the exhibition space. We will begin to look at painting’s relationship to other modes of cultural production including photography and cinema. Additionally, this course features an inquiry into content that is non-specific to “painting,” and the expanded possibility of working in mediums beyond oil and acrylic.

The process of painting has an unpredictable and alchemical nature. It has the ability to elicit surprising psychological and emotional responses from the viewer, and even the most accomplished painters produce work with unexpected results. The ability to “fail” productively or “learn from one’s mistakes” is more difficult and humbling than it sounds, but it is crucial. Success in this course will largely depend on your work ethic and willingness to experiment as you continually move forward both conceptually and technically. It’s important that you make lots of work to explore every possibility and elevate your practice to the next level.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA221
3.0
FA322: Figure Painting
The human figure is introduced in both theory and practice in Figure Painting. Working from direct observation, media, media application and technique options are explored and developed. Critiques, lectures and demonstrations augment studio instruction.

The course will begin with a practical emphasis on working observationally. This will develop in complexity as the course progresses. Each project builds a practical and conceptual platform for the next. The course will culminate in a particular focus on the contemporary practice of figure painting. The discussion centers on form (mainly the human form) and expressive content (psychological and cultural) consistently throughout the projects; regarding practical methods as well as moving beyond them.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA221
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring
FA321: Painting IV
Painting IV fosters the growth and development of a personally evolved pictorial philosophy and studio practice. With instructor consultation, students are required to propose a self-defined course of study. Concept and content are examined as requisite technical and theoretical components. Readings and written assignments further perceptual standards and modes of critical thinking. Students examine art-making philosophies through individual and group critiques, slide lectures, field trips and invited guests.

The focus of Painting IV is a continued involvement with the painting process and the unique characteristics of the medium, while increasing the student’s self-awareness and criticality. The student’s individual painting practice, as well as the development of a personal voice and emerging sensibility as an artist, is a key concern. The class will reference a broad discourse of both historical and contemporary painting, as we learn how painters have perceived and approached their work in the past. We will also explore current trends in painting as we look to understand the concerns and critical issues of painters working today.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA320
3.0
3cr Painting Elective
Each semester MIAD offers various special painting electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Studio Electives
Studio Elective
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Junior
WR300: The Creative Professional in Context
In The Creative Professional in Context, students explore the process of constructing a professional, public identity through written and verbal communication about their work in Fine Art and/or Design. They refine their skills in writing, speaking, and listening, and use writing as a means to examine the conceptual, critical, philosophical, and historical foundations of their emerging creative work within the broader contexts of their chosen fields and of visual culture broadly conceived.

In this course students learn to use writing as a means of effectively communicating ideas and information about their emerging professional identities. To these ends, students will write, edit and revise often; engage in self-directed research; analyze different rhetorical situations within the professional sphere; and refine their professional selves through both oral and written assignments. Instructors in WR300 employ frequent use of writing workshops and writing groups as well as individual writing assignments. Because the course is conducted in seminar fashion, students are expected to assume considerable responsibility for course materials and processes.

WR300 emphasizes the composition of polished, substantive written work, including description of studio work and processes, critical analysis of art/design texts, reflective writing, and communication with colleagues and peers. Assignments foster the development of a professional identity by engaging students in critical reading and discussion of key texts in visual culture and their major field, and identifying personal, cultural, and professional influences and connections that impact the student’s work. The course work will culminate in the creation of a substantive document representing a professional self, conceived in relation to these critical contexts.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200
3.0
AH318: Art History Elective
AH318 provides students the opportunity to give in-depth focus to a wide range of elective topics in Art History. Experience in the disciplines is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. Among the topics which students may choose to study are courses such as: 19th Century American Masters; Early Chinese Art; Women, Art, and Society; The Bauhaus; The History of Industrial Design; and others.

AH318 is an advanced-level elective course in Art History. In AH318 students will undertake an in-depth and systematic investigation of one area of study in Art History. This topic may focus on the art of a geographic area or culture, a particular movement in the history of art, or on the life and work of one artist or group of artists. In each case, the course of study will include an extensive analysis of individual works of art, the cultures from which these emerged, and the critical discourse that helps us understand this art more clearly.

As an advanced-level course, AH318 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will be presented with readings and lecture material from a variety of sources - and from a range of historic and critical literature on the topic under consideration. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200 and AH212/213 or its equivalences
3.0
SC320/350/321: Natural Science Elective
Topics in Natural Science

SC320 is an advanced-level course that examines one of the many fields of Natural Sciences. Topics in Natural Science will rotate on a semester basis. Students will study the nature of scientific inquiry, the methods, theories, discoveries, technology, and language important to the specific field of science of their choosing. As part of the course, students will also conduct an independent inquiry utilizing the basis of scientific inquiry and research.
As an advanced course, SC320 builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in SC220. It is designed with the understanding that the coursework will focus on interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than on mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will examine a field of natural science through readings and lecture material from a variety of sources and from a range of scientific and critical opinion. The material and assignments will vary depending upon the field of natural sciences taught.

This course can be retaken with change in topic for a 6 credits maximum.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): SC220
3.0
HU340/360 Topics in Cultural Studies
Topic in Cultural Studies offers students a range of topics in the interdisciplinary study of cultural phenomena in various societies. Courses may draw on or combine the methods and perspectives of an array of disciplines, including literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, psychology, museum studies, art history, and the history, philosophy or sociology of science. Experience in the topic is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. As an advanced-level course, HU360 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis, and critical method rather than mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods and contribute regularly to class discussions and/or oral collaborative efforts—such as focus groups and panel discussions—that relate to course material.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): HU121 and WR200
3.0
HU380: Service Learning
Service Learning is an interdisciplinary course with a service-learning component and is designed as the synthesis of a student’s four-year humanities and social science experience. In HU380 students will study a topic in-depth (i.e., cities, families, borders, aging, food) and be presented with many opportunities for interdisciplinary investigation. Through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments, students will analyze an issue in order to evaluate how social groups function and work towards resolution. Topics will be dealt with through scholarly and community investigations that may include sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, and history.

In HU380 students will have the opportunity to examine a social issue in depth, from a variety of perspectives. The coursework will focus on the historical and philosophical background of a given topic, as well as helping students to learn how to assess a variety of approaches to social systems through an examination of the nature of service in the community.

In the study of the social sciences, we examine patterns in our personal lives, the communities we live in, and a larger global context in order to see how they are connected. Through the in-depth study of a particular topic (i.e., food, cities, family, rivers, borders, aging), students will be able to analyze an issue in order to evaluate how social groups understand and work towards resolution. HU380 includes a service- learning component that is connected to the topic being studied. This will take place in the larger community, and it will allow students to examine the information they are learning through thinking and acting in a multicultural context.

Credits: 4
Prerequisite(s): HS121 and WR200 + Junior Standing
4.0
Students complete 15/16 {w/HU380} each semester junior year to complete degree requirements31 CREDITS
SENIOR
Required Major Courses: Fallcredits
FA420: Painting V
In this Senior Painting V course students continue to develop technical and philosophical skills within their work that demonstrate a high level of competence. Again, a proposal is required, as is an individual midterm and final critique. A focus on studies and personal research will be explored. Readings, seminar topics, field trips to museums/galleries, and an introduction to professional and post baccalaureate educational opportunities will aim to expand awareness and further individual goals.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA321
3.0
FA426: Painting Thesis
Thesis painting provides for the resolution of technical and philosophical skills essential to success as a professional, or as a basis for continued post baccalaureate study. Each student is required to demonstrate appropriate competence within an individually described program of study. This program will evidence artistic, cultural and scholastic competence culminating in next semester’s required thesis exhibition.

Painting has a unique expressive power and cultural lineage but also a reputation for being stodgy, backwards looking and conservative. To spend time producing images for a culture awash in them, the artist requires a light touch, a nimble and flexible approach, sensitivity, and an awareness of themselves and their surroundings. The contemporary painter must never close him or herself off, but rather be in constant conversation. With this in mind, we will examine how the artist must be involved in several conversations simultaneously and always thinking in “networks” rather than linearly.

A main topic for this course is “The Interview”. This semester we will be reading many artist interviews and conducting several of our own. The final interview assignment will be for you to do an interview with one of your favorite professional artists. We will focus on the interview for several reasons: to actively engage with multiple views of the art world; to close the gap, in a straight forward way, between internal and external dialogue; to become better writers and / or speakers; to learn to challenge ourselves and not be afraid to challenge others; to be introduced to our “persona”; to gain a functional and conversational knowledge of challenging art concepts; and to seek out, through continued practice, the language that best suits our aspirations. As the semester ends, we will use the connections formed to the concepts and language of our interviews in our artist statements. Ultimately, our writing projects, readings, field trips, and critiques will lead us to a comprehensive discussion about the role of the painter in contemporary culture and the diversity of models within that identity.

Thesis Painting requires production linked with analytical thinking. All of our written projects must be seen through the lens of a rich and prolific studio practice. The interviews you participate in, and the artist's statement you write, will evidence the nature and depth of your analytical thought relative to the work you produce, the research you conduct, and your evolving philosophy. Focused dialogue with faculty, visiting artists and fellow students in the form of weekly group and individual critiques will also play a critical part in the content of the course.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): Senior Standing in Painting
3.0
FA490: Senior Fine Arts Seminar
The Senior Fine Arts Seminar is a forum for addressing and engaging post MIAD possibilities and issues including graduate school, community opportunities, business concerns, and other matters important to Fine Arts students who are about to graduate. It is also a forum for students to discuss and determine Senior Show preparations. Application of learned principles and skills via hands-on experiences allow students to take the first steps toward a professional practice as a fine artist upon graduation. Field trips, guest speakers, and visiting artists will impart significant perspectives on the art world beyond the classroom.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): Senior Standing
1.5
Required Major Courses: Springcredits
FA421: Painting VI
In this Senior Painting VI course students work on self-defined projects and are expected to continue to develop a command of both technical and conceptual skills within their studio practice. Students are required to demonstrate motivation and a high level of competence within an appropriate personal aesthetic and vision. Readings, self-defined research, field trips to museums/galleries, and a continued examination into professional and post baccalaureate educational opportunities will aim to expand awareness and further individual goals. Career opportunities are discussed and examined in preparation for increased independence.

In addition to maintaining a rigorous studio practice including self-directed research, a crucial component of this course is an active participation in group and individual critiques as well as roundtable discussions. Students will have the opportunity to meet with Visiting Artists/Critics throughout the semester. There will be a mandatory combined Midterm Critique and a Final Critique. We will also hold two combined Junior/Senior Painting Critiques during the semester. Another important component of this course is bi-monthly art periodical roundtable discussions. Students will be assigned an art periodical and will be responsible to read and share your findings with the class. The purpose of this ongoing investigation into art periodicals is to become more familiar with the global contemporary art world and to become active participants by sharing and discussing our observations and thoughts gleaned from our sources.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA420
3.0
FA427: Painting Thesis
Thesis painting provides for the resolution of technical and philosophical skills essential to success as a professional, or as a basis for continued post baccalaureate study. Each student is required to demonstrate appropriate competence within an individually described program of study (the required proposal for Painting V, VI may be used). This program, (the proposal and the paintings) will evidence competence: artistic, cultural and scholastic; culminating in a required thesis exhibition. As part of the thesis exhibition, each student will present an artist statement.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FA426
3.0
FA491: Senior Fine Arts Seminar
The Senior Fine Arts Seminar is a forum for addressing and engaging post MIAD possibilities and issues including graduate school, community opportunities, business concerns, and other matters important to Fine Arts students who are about to graduate. It is also a forum for students to discuss and determine Senior Show preparations. Application of learned principles and skills via hands-on experiences allow students to take the first steps toward a professional practice as a fine artist upon graduation. Field trips, guest speakers, and visiting artists will impart significant perspectives on the art world beyond the classroom.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): FA490
1.5
Studio Electives
Studio Elective
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Studio Elective
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Senior
WR400: Senior Writing Seminar
Senior Writing Seminar is an intensive capstone writing course run as a seminar examining the making of meaning through narrative; specifically, exploring forms of Life Writing. Students will study the various forms of “life writing” including: autobiography, memoir, new journalism and creative nonfiction. Through weekly written explorations, students will explore and practice the different forms that the genre of “life writing” may take. Within the context of a growing public popularity of autobiographical writing and memoirs, students will explore possible social, political and rhetorical purposes for writing from life and will compose a final, capstone life writing project individually as means for practicing this form of writing.

WR 400 is a capstone writing course that introduces students to emerging hybrid and intermodal forms of personal writing and causes them to analyze the contexts within which it is occurring. Through formal and informal written exercises, students will explore the capacity of language to help shape and give meaning and form to personal experiences, influences, individuals, achievements or landscapes. This writing should provide a reflective springboard for looking backward or for facing the future and determining larger contexts and meanings for experiences. It should also cause students to continue to develop more sophisticated skills as writers.

The
nature and form of the writing that students produce will be various –individual writers will complete intensely reflective responses to readings and to one another’s writing. In an effort to identify past memories and influences, material choices and intentions, important events and people, composing short and long pieces about those issues and individuals.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s):
WR300 & Senior standing
3.0
AH318: AH Elective
AH318 provides students the opportunity to give in-depth focus to a wide range of elective topics in Art History. Experience in the disciplines is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. Among the topics which students may choose to study are courses such as: 19th Century American Masters; Early Chinese Art; Women, Art, and Society; The Bauhaus; The History of Industrial Design; and others.

AH318 is an advanced-level elective course in Art History. In AH318 students will undertake an in-depth and systematic investigation of one area of study in Art History. This topic may focus on the art of a geographic area or culture, a particular movement in the history of art, or on the life and work of one artist or group of artists. In each case, the course of study will include an extensive analysis of individual works of art, the cultures from which these emerged, and the critical discourse that helps us understand this art more clearly.

As an advanced-level course, AH318 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will be presented with readings and lecture material from a variety of sources - and from a range of historic and critical literature on the topic under consideration. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200 and AH212/213 or its equivalences
3.0
HU340/360 Topics in Cultural Studies
Topic in Cultural Studies offers students a range of topics in the interdisciplinary study of cultural phenomena in various societies. Courses may draw on or combine the methods and perspectives of an array of disciplines, including literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, psychology, museum studies, art history, and the history, philosophy or sociology of science. Experience in the topic is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. As an advanced-level course, HU360 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis, and critical method rather than mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods and contribute regularly to class discussions and/or oral collaborative efforts—such as focus groups and panel discussions—that relate to course material.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): HU121 and WR200
3.0
Students complete 16.5/13.5 credits each semester senior year to complete degree requirements30 CREDITS
124 credits minimum required to complete degree124 CREDITS TOTAL

Download the 2013-14 Program of Study Catalog, with every Major and all course descriptions.

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