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Art 380, 381, 382, Special Topics in Art and Visual Culture

Special topics courses are developed around a specific theme or medium not treated regularly in the Art Program curriculum.  Special topics courses may be developed in conjunction with the Jordan College of the Arts ArtsFest or other local events.

Select Special Topics Courses

Printmaking - offered Spring 2015

An introduction to printmaking materials and processes, including monotypes and monoprinting, woodcut relief, collographs, intaglio, and photographic processes. 

Revolution!!! - offered Spring 2013 in conjunction with ArtsFest

Study of the relationship of art and revolution, including used in the service of revolution (American and French Revolutions, Latin American Revolutions, Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Occupy Movement), revolutions in the making of art including media (the invention of photography, the invention of plastic, the discovery of the readymade), context (focusing most closely on the movements of Impressionism, Dada, Surrealism, Minimalism, Conceptual Art) and practices (deconstruction, hybridity). The course also addresses the personal/political through portraiture, icons of revolution  (Ché Guevara), manifestos and interventionism.

Art and Visual Rhetoric - offered Fall 2009

Study of visual rhetoric strategies in print and video advertising, film, television and popular culture. Rhetorical devices that appear in product design, fashion and computer games are studied. Students complete a research project on a topic of their choice and  a creative project in the medium of their choice.

Gender in Art - offered Spring 2008

Comparison of depictions of masculinity, femininity and visual representations based on sexual orientation. The relationship between art history and history, between art objects and key episodes in political, social, and intellectual history will provide a context for the works discussed.

History of Time-Based Media - offered Spring 2007

This course considers aesthetic and theoretical issues present in artistic work that references or appropriates television, film, animation, music videos, video games and the internet, and, conversely, references to art and art history present in those media. It is expressly designed to explore the relationship between the history, criticism and theory associated with "new media" art. The course is discussion-based and incorporates historical study, direct experience, critical analysis and research.