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Advanced Sculpture (ART-212)

This class focuses on the critique of an individual body of work created by students who are concerned with advanced concepts of sculpture and object making. The goal of this course is to develop an awareness of the critical implications of each student's individual project through peer and instructor analysis. May be repeated under different faculty and content.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Art & Photography (ART-273)

Photography reflects the illogic of defining present day art-making as media-specific; it is a "field" produced out of the intersections of digital-imaging, drawing, cinema, performance, sculpture, painting, and even sound. In turn, photography stands released, so to speak, from its responsibilities as document and representation. In this course will look at photography as invention, play and experience, which addresses what-is-photography, what-is-now in the 21st century. This course is project based, and includes lectures, readings and discussions, visiting artists/curators. Critiques and discussions will be planned for individual student projects, as well as the production of a student-curated exhibition and small exhibition catalog. Studio hours (3.00) (3.00 cr), Pre-requisite: ART-204

Prerequisite: Take FAR-204/ART-204, Art: Structure and Systems
Course Credit: 3

Art: Structure and Systems (ART-204)

This class will examine a variety of strategies that contemporary artists use to give their works structure and internal coherence. We will research a wide range of approaches with an emphasis on hybrid and experimental forms, but that nevertheless draws on each student's already existing practice. Art: Structure and Systems is a gateway to upper division studio courses, as well as a pre-requisite for the Artmatters Concentration.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-101/ART-101, Rethinking Art 1
Course Credit: 3

Artmatters Culminating Proj 1 (ART-361)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Artmatters Culminating Proj 2 (ART-362)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Contemporary Issues (ART-241)

This seminar for upper term and graduate students focuses on distinct contemporary issues adjoining concepts of fine art production. Students will be encouraged to better define their own art production in relationship to the historical and theoretical dialogue of the class.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-204/ART-204, Art: Structure and Systems
Course Credit: 3

Culture Online (ART-256)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Defining Your Work (ART-276)



Prerequisite: Take FAR-202/ART-202, Studio Practice Take FAR-204/ART-204, Art: Structure and Systems Take ART-305, One on One C Must complete a minimum of 30 credits
Course Credit: 3

Dialogues w/Visiting Artists (ART-352)

Two notable visiting artists teach seven-week sequential sections. Focus is on critical ideas and various media.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-204/ART-204, Art: Structure and Systems
Course Credit: 3

Drawing As Process (ART-171)

Explores the role of drawing in contemporary art through projects & lectures on subjects ranging from keeping a sketch book to drawing as installation & beyond. Learning Objectives: Develop & maintain a sketch book, understand the difference between drawing from direct observation & drawing from phtotgraphy, explore abstraction & nonobjective drawing as well as develop drawings for site specific projects.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Drawing As Process (ART-171X)

Explores the role of drawing in contemporary art through projects & lectures on subjects ranging from keeping a sketch book to drawing as installation & beyond. Learning Objectives: Develop & maintain a sketch book, understand the difference between drawing from direct observation & drawing from phtotgraphy, explore abstraction & nonobjective drawing as well as develop drawings for site specific projects. This course is part of Art Center's undergraduate Fine Art program. Enrollment for Art Center at Night students is limited. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prerequisite: ACN-166 Intermediate Figure Drawing or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 2

Fine Art Internship (ART-390)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Fine Art Internship (ART-490)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Fine Art Seminar (ART-381)

General Course Description: This seminar for upper term and graduate students focuses on distinct contemporary issues adjoining concepts of fine art production. Students will be encouraged to better define their own art production in relationship to the historical and theoretical dialogue of the class.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-204/ART-204, Art: Structure & Systems Take FAR-300, 5th Term Review or ART-300, Mid-Program Review
Course Credit: 3

Given Time (ART-375)

From historical influences to the duration involved in viewing a picture, time is the most influential yet most intangible component of our experience. Given Time is a class devoted to the exploration of time-based mediums, as well as various articulations of time in contemporary art. This class will offer a primer on moving picture history as well as a review of technological reproduction and its impact on art. Pertinent texts, movies and audio recordings will be examined and discussed along with a survey of various approaches to addressing time in artworks. Areas of investigation to be covered will include the work of music composers from Eric Satie to Steve Reich to Carl Craig of Detroit Techno fame, motion picture art from the films of Orson Welles to the film installations of Tacita Dean, the videos of Bruce Nauman, Dan Graham and Bill Viola, the paintings of Manet and David Reed as well as installation art from the work of Robert Smithson and Donald Judd to Roni Horn and Rudolf Stingel. Given Time will address time in various productions as a tool, as mechanics, and as subject.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-101/ART-101, Re-Thinking Art
Course Credit: 3

Guided Study (ART-496)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Guided Study (ART-396)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Installation Concepts (ART-231)

This class investigates everything outside the gallery, starting with the history of landscape painting. The relationship of site to the viewer is examined with regards to gardens, earthworks and performance. Issues of context and collaboration are explored through a curated show of site specific works.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-101/ART-101, Re-Thinking Art
Course Credit: 3

Installation Concepts (ART-231X)

This class investigates everything outside the gallery, starting with the history of landscape painting. The relationship of site to the viewer is examined with regards to gardens, earthworks and performance. Issues of context and collaboration are explored through a curated show of site specific works.

Prerequisite: Advanced coursework in sculpture or a B.F.A. in Art, or by permission of an Art Center advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Film & New Media (ART-271)

The course is a creative and critical exploration into the moving image in art and culture. Students learn basic skills of shooting and editing as well as the physical and structural elements in the development and construction of moving image projects. Students build their understanding of contemporary video by investigating historical precedences in film, art and culture, as well as delving into socio-political content, and inter-subjective relations at play in moving image works. Students expand their creative practice through the exploration and production of three video-based projects over the term. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Printmaking (ART-251)

This course introduces students to monoprint techniques, including wood block carving and printing, line egching, drypoint, and aquatint. High standards of craftsmanship, drawing, and the fundamentals of specific techniques are emphasized.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Materials of Art & Design (ART-158)

This foundation level class is dedicated to enhancing the student's understanding of the inherent characteristics of a variety of materials in order to explore their best applications for art or design projects. For this reason, assignments are experimental in an effort to discover innovative solutions to the development of form, structure and texture. Materials may include wood, plastics, plaster, metal and paper. Students broaden their understanding of creative problem-solving, originality, and analysis of visual information. Material covered includes the safe operation of woodworking and some metal-working machines, as well as techniques of mold-making, and material safety.

Prerequisite: Take FND/INT-102 Design 1 or INT-103
Course Credit: 3

Mid-Program Review (ART-300)

Mid-Program Review class is a preparation course to assist students for participating in their mid-program review. In Mid-Program Review, students will need to present a body of current work to Fine Art Department core faculty, write a statement about their work, and demonstrate an ability to discuss directions and issues within their own artistic production. This course acts as a departmental gate between lower division "foundation" courses and upper division level classes based on individual pursuits, including their Senior Projects graduation exhibition. Students between 72 and 108 completed units may take the Mid-Program Review. Since students develop their work at different levels, there is flexibility as to when each student feels prepared to take their mid-program review. Mid-Program Review is a required class because it is the pre-requisite for Senior Projects 1 and 2. Pre-requisite: Take ART-204, Art: Structure and Systems

Prerequisite: Take FAR-202/ART-202, Studio Practice Take FAR-204/ART-204, Art: Structures and Systems Must complete a minimum of 72 credits and prior to completing 108 credits.
Course Credit: 3

New Media Arts (ART-287)

This course examines the relationship of art to new digital media. Various aspects of new media such as the world wide web will be used to research and generate artist projects. Topics such as interactivity, digital sculpture, and time based arts will be explored.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

One on One (Upper Division) (ART-405)

Three upper division Fine Art faculty members conduct individual meetings with each student, a minimum of three times during the term. Effectively, students will meet once per week with a different faculty member to discuss the production and development of personal Fine Art projects. See Department Chair for details.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-300, 5th Term Review or ART-300, Mid-Program Review
Course Credit: 3

One on One A (ART-105)

In order to address our students educational and creative needs, we have revamped One on One by assigning all lower term (2-5) Fine Art students to core faculty advisors to meet three times a term to discuss issues ranging from curriculum development to educational experience. The new One on One will be taken terms two, three, four, and six, with a single faculty who will be responsible for monitoring your progress through the fine art program.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

One on One B (ART-205)

In order to address our students educational and creative needs, we have revamped One on One by assigning all lower term (2-5) Fine Art students to core faculty advisors to meet three times a term to discuss issues ranging from curriculum development to educational experience. The new One on One will be taken terms two, three, four, and six, with a single faculty who will be responsible for monitoring your progress through the fine art program.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-305 , One on One or ART-105, One on One A
Course Credit: 1

One on One C (ART-305)

In order to address our students educational and creative needs, we have revamped One on One by assigning all lower term (2-5) Fine Art students to core faculty advisors to meet three times a term to discuss issues ranging from curriculum development to educational experience. The new One on One will be taken terms two, three, four, and six, with a single faculty who will be responsible for monitoring your progress through the fine art program.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-305, One on One or ART-205, One on One B
Course Credit: 1

Painting Materials/Techniques (ART-261X)

What is painting now? This course examines opportunities for painting inthe 21st Century - looking at how artists make work now. With a focus on acrylic paint, this class offers a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and contemporary methods and materials used in painting. It provides a basic knowledge of application tools and brushes, preparation of grounds and surfaces, color and pigments, painting mediums and preservation strategies.Through an examination of both the process and effects of painting, including demonstrations and exercises, students learn to how to analyze and execute various painting techniques while developing an awareness of contemporary painting strategies.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Painting Strategies (ART-111X)

This class provides a rigorous introduction to both technical and formal problems in painting. Emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamentals of the painter146s craft through a range of available materials 150 including pigments and paints, structures, surfaces and grounds, brushes and tools, varnishes and preservation strategies. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of mediums. Subject matter is explored through traditional painting genres of still life, landscape, figure and portrait, symbol and allegory.

Prerequisite: ACN-020 Introduction to Painting or by permission of an Art Center advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Painting Strategies (ART-111)

This class provides a rigorous introduction to both technical and formal problems in painting. Emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamentals of the painter146s craft through a range of available materials 150 including pigments and paints, structures, surfaces and grounds, brushes and tools, varnishes and preservation strategies. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of mediums. Subject matter is explored through traditional painting genres of still life, landscape, figure and portrait, symbol and allegory.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Painting:Materials&Techniques (ART-261)

What is painting now? This course examines opportunities for painting inthe 21st Century - looking at how artists make work now. With a focus on acrylic paint, this class offers a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and contemporary methods and materials used in painting. It provides a basic knowledge of application tools and brushes, preparation of grounds and surfaces, color and pigments, painting mediums and preservation strategies.Through an examination of both the process and effects of painting, including demonstrations and exercises, students learn to how to analyze and execute various painting techniques while developing an awareness of contemporary painting strategies.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Passion for Painting (ART-161X)

This studio workshop examines issues confronting contemporary painting and is taught by a notable contemporary painter(s). Through lectures, readings and discussions, the class will explore contrasting values, methodologies and strategies for painting today. Students will work in class and explore various painting tools, mediums and techniques for painting. This course is part of Art Center's undergraduate Fine Art program; space for Art Center at Night students is limited.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Painting or Painting Strategies, or by permission of an Art Center advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Passion for Painting (ART-161)

A notable visiting artist will individually work with students in the development of their own unique visual language. This class can accommodate students from a variety of skill levels as long as they are committed to learning how to paint and are open to critiques addressing all aspect of painting including subject matter and content, formalism and history. Passion for Painting is a working studio class.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-304/ART-111, Painting Strategies
Course Credit: 3

Post Re-Thinking Art (ART-401)

Post Rethinking Art is a studio-seminar for advanced undergraduate students working in all mediums. The purpose of the class is to provide ample studio time for students to develop their individual studio projects in an open studio/seminar environment under faculty guidance. The studio aspect of the class will be enhanced by intensive weekly group critiques of new work or works-in-progress.

Prerequisite: FAR-204 or ART-204 Art: Structure and Systems FAR-300 or ART-300 5th Term Review/Mid-Program Review
Course Credit: 3

Pretty Hurts (ART-257)

Pretty Hurts. Beyonce is the contemporary heroine of feminism but sings about domestic violence with her pimp husband. How do you contextualize yourself as an artist in a world where definitions and boundaries are so easily manipulated, where everything means nothing and nothing means anything? Through the lens of feminism, students will critique contemporary culture and understand their proximity to the past in their present. Students will suspend the slippage of terms in order to definitively describe their own work in the context of contemporary art. All of the assignments in this course will be geared towards a reanalysis of students' work in their preferred discipline. Progressively, each assignment will deconstruct and reconstruct work in an aggressive effort to define and redefine students' visual language and formal decisions. What does it mean to make work that is too "pretty"? How do you call yourself a feminist today if the Beyonces of the world are hijacking the word? Does pretty hurt?

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Printmaking (ART-252)

This course introduces the basics of lithography and photographic printing processes. Manipulation of inks, media, types of print papers, and technical mastery are emphasized.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Re-Thinking Art (ART-101)

This course expands student awareness of contempory art activity through a selective examination of modern and post-modern values. Related projects explore critical issues in diverse mediums.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Re-Thinking Drawing (ART-102)

Finding ones true nature, the location of the self, requires the skill of reinvention. The art of Drawing from this uniquely interior space is to recognize and engage in the complexity of endlessly moving targets that typically evade and confound us. Learning to reinvent the process and the way we think about drawing, coupled with a focused practice, has the potential of capturing a surprising and satisfying result. Among other things, one must learn to value vulnerability over facility. This action inevitably generates an environment of risk as it runs contrary to popular notions about what makes "good" art. When at last facility and skill return in ones practice, the true quality of the work is redoubled. Several approaches to this way of "making" will be explored in order to reach the desired goal. This course consists of lectures and visual presentations, demonstrations, and one on one meetings. Students will be expected to work in and out of class. As much group critique time as possible will be given to each student.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Sculpture Society Express (ART-312)

"Sculpture Society Express" is an advance sculpture class that will look at sculptural and object-making practices, processes, approaches and techniques. This class is taught by two Los Angeles sculptors. They will teach seven weeks each. The split dynamic offers students the opportunity to get diverse opinions and critiques on the work produced in class. This studio is a project-based class.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-152, Studies in Contemporary Sculpture
Course Credit: 3

Senior Projects 1 (ART-451)

This is a the first class in a two-term course series that culminates the experience of the fine art major, and addresses relevant issues in preparation for a life in art after graduation. Seventh term students participate in group shows which they curate themselves.

Prerequisite: Take FAR 204/ART-204, Art: Structure and Systems Take FAR-300, 5th Term Review or ART-300, Mid-Program Review
Course Credit: 3

Senior Projects 2 (ART-452)

This is the second class in a two-term course series that culminates the experience of the fine art major, and addresses relevant issues in preparation for a life in art after graduation. Graduating students develop a cohesive body of individual work for their senior exhibition in the undergraduate gallery.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-402/ART-451, Senior Projects 1 Take FAR-300, 5th Term Review or ART-300, Mid-Program Review
Course Credit: 3

Studies-Contemporary Sculpture (ART-162X)

This class is for the student who wishes to explore other methods of art production and to expand their conceptual development, as well as technical skills, and awareness of contemporary sculpture. We will discuss a wide range of ideas that pertain to sculpture, its history and status as: object, materials, process, craft, space, the temporal, and the experiential. There will be three projects along with several homework assignments. The materials and processes we will focus on are: wood, steel, plaster, sheet metal, and plexiglass. Other materials such as fiberglass, clay, fabric, found objects, etc. and other media are also available for any of the projects. Each project will be guided in regard to the required materials (wood, steel, plastic) but will allow for an expanded application of craft, spatial exploration, and conceptual issues. The idea of this class is to engage you with the subject of sculpture for the entire term and to use the full range of facilities that are available here at Art Center. We will use the room 106 as a classroom for lectures, crits, and general working and storage. This will be augmented by the usage of the technical studios: such as the woodshop, plaster room, spray booth, plastics and vacuum-forming studio and welding shop and computer labs. Think of the shops and labs as your workspaces and as an extension of this classroom. The shops are staffed with highly skilled technicians who are available to assist you with the technical aspects of your projects. The class discussions will play a crucial role in contextualizing the projects and will be motivated from the readings of "Passages in Modern Sculpture" by Rosalind Krauss. Other reading assignments will be in handout format that might include current reviews of exhibitions, artist interviews, and technical overviews. "Passages in Modern Sculpture"" is available in the ACCD bookstore.

Prerequisite: Either FAR-152X Studies in Contemporary Sculpture, FAR-253X Installation Concepts, or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Studies-Contemporary Sculpture (ART-162)

The Basics of Sculpture course is comprised from a selection of diverse concepts, materials and processes that are associated with the subject of contemporary sculpture. This class is for the student who wishes to explore other methods of art production and to expand their conceptual development, as well as technical skills, and awareness of contemporary sculpture. We will discuss a wide range of ideas that pertain to sculpture, its history and status as: object, materials, process, craft, space, the temporal, and the experiential. There will be three projects along with several homework assignments. The materials and processes we will focus on are: wood, steel, plaster, sheet metal, and plexiglass. Other materials such as fiberglass, clay, fabric, found objects, etc. and other media are also available for any of the projects. Each project will be guided in regard to the required materials (wood, steel, plastic) but will allow for an expanded application of craft, spatial exploration, and conceptual issues. The idea of this class is to engage you with the subject of sculpture for the entire term and to use the full range of facilities that are available here at Art Center. We will use the room 106 as a classroom for lectures, crits, and general working and storage. This will be augmented by the usage of the technical studios: such as the woodshop, plaster room, spray booth, plastics and vacuum-forming studio and welding shop and computer labs. Think of the shops and labs as your workspaces and as an extension of this classroom. The shops are staffed with highly skilled technicians who are available to assist you with the technical aspects of your projects. The class discussions will play a crucial role in contextualizing the projects and will be motivated from the readings of "Passages in Modern Sculpture" by Rosalind Krauss. Other reading assignments will be in handout format that might include current reviews of exhibitions, artist interviews, and technical overviews. "Passages in Modern Sculpture"" is available in the ACCD bookstore.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (ART-395)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (ART-495)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Practice (ART-202)

This course examines current issues in contemporary art making at the end of the millennium. By working on assigned projects outside of class, students will develop an understanding of the connection between ideas that are at work in contemporary art and their own studio practice.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-101/ART-101, Rethinking Art 1
Course Credit: 3

Studio Visits (ART-325)

Working artists in and around Los Angeles open their studios and allow students to witness the activity of art fabrication while engaging in critical dialogue about the content of the work.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-204/ART-204, Art: Structure and Systems
Course Credit: 3

Tool Kit: Places/Sitns/Ecol (ART-236)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Tool Kit:Stories/Cnvrstns/His (ART-286)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar (ART-454)

The Undergraduate/Graduate Art Seminar offers advanced Fine Art degree students an opportunity to participate in the AGA-554 Graduate Art seminar. Enrollment is granted by petition through the Fine Art Undergraduate Chair. "AGA-554 "Graduate Art Seminar". This course is a visiting lecture series held weekly in the evening in conjunction with the Graduate Fine Art program. Guests include internationally recognized artists, critics, art historians, architects, filmmakers, writers from Los Angles and around the globe." Students enrolled in this class will be required to attend all lectures plus have strong reading read and writing skills.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-402/ART-451, Senior Projects 1
Course Credit: 3

Visiting Artist Workshop (ART-351)

Intermediate and upper term workshop, taught by a different Visiting Artist each term, focusing on art issues that have fueled each artist's respective studio practice. Martin Kersels, Liz Larner, Jason Rhodes, Lyle Ashton Harris, Jennifer Pastor, Richard Hawkins, Toba Khedoori, Sam Durant, Amy Adler and Jim Shaw are recent visiting artists. Topics have included: autobiography and representation - constructions of the self; enigmas of race; the art of autobiography and lying; the body as metaphor; form and context.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-101/ART-101, Re-Thinking Art
Course Credit: 3

   
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