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5th Term Review (FAR-300)

This is a review preparation course to assist students for their 5th term review. In 5th term review students 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 will work with students as they prepare for this important review.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-202 Studio Practice Take FAR-204 Art: Structures and Systems
Course Credit: 3

Advanced Sculpture (FAR-203X)

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. This course is part of Art Center's undergraduate Fine Art program; space for Art Center at Night students is limited. Prerequisite: FAR-152X Studies in Contemporary Sculpture.

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

Advanced Sculpture (FAR-203)

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: Take FAR-151
Course Credit: 3

Art & Photography (FAR-205)

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: FAR 204

Prerequisite: Take FAR-204
Course Credit: 3

Art: Structure and Systems (FAR-204)

This class will examine a variety of strategies which contemporary artists use to give their works structure and internal coherence. We will investigate strategies employed in a wide range of media with an emphasis on sculpture, installation, photography, performance, social interventions and other hybrid and experimental forms. We will also discuss how subject matter, audience and context impact the consequential meaning of work.

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

Contemporary Issues (FAR-451)

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: Structure and Systems
Course Credit: 3

Contemporary Issues (FAR-451X)

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: ACN-169 Collage and Assemblage or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Defining Your Work (FAR-200)



Prerequisite: Take FAR-202 Studio Practice Take FAR-204 Art: Structures and Systems
Course Credit: 3

Dialogues w/Visiting Artists (FAR-352)

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

Prerequisite: Take FAR-204 Art: Structures & Systems
Course Credit: 3

Drawing As Process (FAR-154X)

Explore the role of drawing in contemporary art through abstraction and non-objective drawing, as well as projects and lectures on subjects ranging from sketchbooks to drawings for site-specific projects. Students will develop and maintain a sketchbook and learn the difference between drawing from direct observation and drawing from photographs. 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

Drawing As Process (FAR-154)

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

Fine Art Internship (FAR-900)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Fine Art Seminar (FAR-403)

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: Structure & Systems Take FAR-300 5th Term Review
Course Credit: 3

Fine Art Seminar: Hand Made (FAR-403X)

This course will explore the terrain of the hand-made, with a starting point of contemporary ventures expanding traditional craft. Radical craft made by individual artists, designers and collectives will be explored. The focus of the course will shift across the lines of art and design until it blurs, tracing histories from Ruskin and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Industrial Revolution London, to the present. Sustainability and environmental considerations will be linked to these practices. The interdependence of hand-craft and technology will be considered. While current hand-craft endeavors can be partially understood as a reaction to our culture's predominant and impersonal corporate design, at the same time craft communities are brought together via blogs, Facebook and Twitter. This project-based studio seminar emphasizes learning through making and focuses on creating work using particular hand-making skills such as knitting and sewing, ceramics and pottery, and woodworking and metalworking, among others. Lectures, readings and presentations by visiting artists and shop faculty will add to your knowledge of the hand-made. 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-169 Collage and Assemblage or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Given Time (FAR-240)

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
Course Credit: 3

Installation Concepts (FAR-253X)

In this course, students will make artwork intended to be experienced as an integrated part of a space, rather than viewed singularly on a wall or pedestal. Assigned readings, research assignments and participation in class discussions and critiques will help you develop the lines of thought and art-making methods that will culminate in your projects. Assignments will be geared towards enhancing your understanding of the practice of installation. Students will work in a variety of media; all disciplines are welcome. This course is part of Art Center's undergraduate Fine Art program; space for Art Center at Night students is limited.

Prerequisite: Advanced coursework in sculpture or a B.F.A. in Art, or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 2

Installation Concepts (FAR-253)

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 Rethinking Art 1
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Printmaking (FAR-254)

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

Intro to Video & Film (FAR-155)

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

New Media Arts (FAR-219)

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 (FAR-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: n/a
Course Credit: 1

One on One (Upper Division) (FAR-301)

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
Course Credit: 3

Painting Strategies (FAR-304)

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 Strategies (FAR-304X)

This class provides a rigorous introduction to both technical and formal problems in painting. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of mediums. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the fundamentals of the painter's craft through a range of available materials, including pigments, paints, structures, surfaces, grounds, brushes, tools and varnishes. Subject matter will be explored by studying the traditional painting genres-still life, landscape, figure and portrait-as well as symbols and allegories. 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-020 Introduction to Painting or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 2

Painting Techniques (FAR-288X)

What is painting now? This course examines how artists make work today and explores opportunities for painting in the 21st. With a focus on acrylic paint, this class offers a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and contemporary methods and materials used in painting. The class 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 how to analyze and execute various painting techniques while developing an awareness of contemporary painting strategies.

Prerequisite: ACN-020 Introduction to Painting or by permission of an Art Center advisor.
Course Credit: 2

Painting: Materials&techniques (FAR-288)

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 (FAR-172X)

This studio workshop examines issues confronting contemporary painting and is divided into two seven-week sessions, each taught by a notable contemporary painter. Through lectures, readings and discussions, the two instructors express 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: ACN-153 Composition and Painting or FAR-304X Painting Strategies, or by permission of an ACN advisor.
Course Credit: 2

Passion for Painting (FAR-172)

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 Painting Strategies
Course Credit: 3

Printmaking (FAR-255)

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 Drawing (FAR-104)

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

Rethinking Art 1 (FAR-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

Sculpture Society Express (FAR-350X)

This class offers you a rare opportunity to work with two artists whose main practice is sculpture, and to explore that medium from a varied range of experiences. Each artist will bring their own approach, both as practicing artist and as a teacher, using lectures, field trips, in-class projects and critiques, to provide you with a view into contemporary sculpture and insight into your own work.

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

Sculpture Society Express (FAR-350)

"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 (FAR-402)

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-300 5th Term Review Take FAR 204 Art: Structure and Systems
Course Credit: 3

Senior Projects 2 (FAR-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 Senior Projects 1 Take FAR-300 5th Term Review
Course Credit: 3

Sr Proj 3: Professnl Practices (FAR-453)

Success as an artist, and "making it" in the art world, are not necessarily the same thing, and the pursuit of art today can sometimes seem like a capricious and daunting endeavor. There is clearly no one path or plan that serves all artist's aspirations or guarantees success. One chooses a life in art invariably because it is an extraordinarily gratifying enterprise. This course presents practical advice for artists that can aid one in achieving the various satisfactions derived from a life in art. Some of the topics explored include: appropriate tools for documenting your achievements and assessing your objectives; choosing a graduate school; setting up a studio; putting together a professional portfolio & resume; project proposals & artist statements; foundations, grants, & Artist-In-Residence programs; legal Issues, contracts & copyrights; finances, accounting & bookkeeping for artists; the marketplace, art sales, commissions, art consultants, consignments, representation & galleries; exhibition opportunities, alternative spaces & museums; critics, curators & collectors; art teaching & academia; and what skills you will need for various art related employment options. Class discussions will also touch on how best to deal with the inevitable challenges of being a working artist - pressures, motivation, competition and rejection. This course will present an overview of the numerous opportunities that exist today for artists, and strategies for accomplishing your dreams. Prereqs: Take HMN-100 Writing Studio, HMN-101 Writing Studio Intensive or Passed Writing Prof Test, FAR 300 5th Term Review.

Prerequisite: Take FAR-300 5th Term Review;
Course Credit: 3

Studies-Contemporary Sculpture (FAR-152X)

Explore a selection of diverse concepts, materials and processes associated with contemporary sculpture. This class is for students interested in exploring alternative methods of art production and expanding their conceptual development, as well as for students interested in furthering their technical skills and awareness of contemporary sculpture. Discussions will cover a wide range of ideas pertaining to sculpture: its history and status as object; materials; process; craft; space; the temporal; and the experiential. The course will focus on use of wood, steel, plaster, sheet metal and Plexiglas. Other materials such as fiberglass, clay, fabric, found objects and other media may also be used for some projects. Each project will be guided by the required materials but will allow for an expanded application of craft, spatial exploration and conceptual issues. This course is part of Art Center's undergraduate Fine Art program; space for Art Center at Night students is limited.

Prerequisite: Take ACN-076 Intro to I.D. Modeling or FND-158X Materials of Art and Design or by permission of an Art Center advisor.
Course Credit: 3

Studies-Contemporary Sculpture (FAR-152)

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 Practice (FAR-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 Rethinking Art 1
Course Credit: 3

Studio Visits 1 (FAR-351)

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: Structures & Systems
Course Credit: 3

Studio Visits 1 (FAR-351X)

Visiting artists in their studios can provide invaluable insight into understanding both the creative process and the internal workings of the art world. In addition to being able to informally chat with them about their "calling" and how they view their work in relation to larger issues, these visits provide opportunities to ask them more particular questions about the technical aspects of their practice and how they have structured their lives in order to create their work.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 2

Visiting Artist Workshop 1 (FAR-252)

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: FAR-101 Visiting Artist Workshop
Course Credit: 3

   
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