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ARTS and TECH COURSES
VSAR 102 (3) - The Computer and the Visual Arts
Introduces the student to the computer as a tool for making art. Includes elementary two-dimensional design principles. Students will evaluate the work of contemporary artists utilizing the computer and digital imagery in a variety of formats. Students will create work utilizing text and image in a number of art projects. Two hours of lecture and two hours laboratory.
VSAR 110 (3) - Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to the fundamental principles of three-dimensional design. Includes a brief survey of traditional and contemporary media, ideas, history and sculpture as a means of cultural expression. A variety of techniques and materials are used. Includes training with basic tools and equipment in a wood and metal shop. Emphasis on development of the ideas and methods of art expression. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory.
VSAR 120 (3) - Introduction to Visual Arts
Introduction to the language of the visual arts through a comparative study of various artistic styles, cultures and ways of seeing. Emphasis on sculpture, painting, installation art, photography, architecture, film and multi-media, and their cultural contexts. Explores art from across the globe, including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Through various participatory visual and written exercises in class and visits to art sites, students will learn the fundamentals of the visual arts and how the arts relate to their lives.
VSAR 130 (3) - Visual Arts Fundamentals
Introduction to the fundamentals of design in the visual arts with a focus on two dimensional design. Students create projects that allow first-hand exploration of basic elements of design, such as line, shape, balance, texture, scale, and proportion. While intended to build basic skills and develop problem solving strategies, this course will also emphasize the way in which the fundamentals of design contribute to the overall content and meaning of visual works. Through slide lectures, readings, and field-trips students will be exposed to historical and contemporary examples of how the principles of design play out in a wide variety of art including film, video, and new media. Fieldtrips outside of class may be required.
VSAR 131 (3) - Drawing I
Focuses on developing drawing skills and the application of these skills to conceptually more complex projects. The first part of the course will emphasize practicing the ability to see and to render observations with the help of line, value, and other visual elements. As students develop these skills, they will be encouraged to reach beyond traditional drawing methods into areas of collage, mixed media and narrative media. It is recommended that students complete VSAR 130 before enrolling in VSAR 131.
VSAR 222 (3) - Survey of World Cinema
Introduces the student to a diverse selection of film, video and digital media from around the world. Covers such subjects as indigenous aesthetics, the political and social force of Third Cinema within revolutionary societies, changing ethnographic cinematic practice, and various approaches to narrative structures within particular cultures. Questions the ethical implications of a Hollywood-dominated film industry. Addresses how particular countries under-take production and distribution with their economies.
VSAR 293 (3) - Studio Art Instruction
Private or small group instruction in studio art. Prerequisites: Normally open only to Visual and Performing Arts Art Track students with less than one year of lower-division studio art study or who are placed at this level through a portfolio review. Students approved for VSAR 293 must be enrolled in appropriate lower-division art courses. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units.
VSAR 301 (3) - Materials and Structure of Art
Advanced work in the analysis of the visual arts and the application of current and historical theories of art. A study of the elements, genre and structures using examples drawn from a broad historical and cultural spectrum to be taken concurrently with VPA 302. Prerequisite: Completion of twenty-one (21) units of lower-division art courses or consent of instructor.
VSAR 302 (3) - The Computer and the Visual Arts
Designed to allow the student to explore the computer as a tool for making art. Includes information about contemporary artists and their use of the computer in the creation of artists’ books, wall pieces, sculptural and installation works, socially interactive net-works, and other art forms. Students will create work utilizing text and image in a number of individual and collaborative projects. Includes a segment on computer ethics, and utilizes word processing and two other applications pertinent to the arts. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.
VSAR 303 (3) - Introduction to Video Arts
Introduction to video art practice and theory. All phases of videotape production from conception to finished product utilizing experimental, narrative and documentary techniques. Includes digital and electronic time-based video production, video installation art, field production, non-linear computer based editing, lighting and sound design. Lectures, demonstrations, hands-on projects, video screenings, discussions, research and field trips. Public screening of work. Two hours of lecture and two hours laboratory.
VSAR 304 (3) - Advanced Video Production
Offers students the opportunity to continue to develop and hone skills in video production and post-production including narrative, experimental, documentary and installation utilizing digital audio and video tools and software. Includes lectures, screening, and lab. Development of practical and critical skills through the study and analysis of current issues surrounding the production, interpretation and dissemination of video in relation to visual arts. Public screening of work. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory. May be repeated for a total of six (6) units. Prerequisite: VSAR 303, 305 or 306 or consent of instructor.
VSAR 305 (3) - Art and Digital Video for the Web
Designed for those interested in experimenting with streaming media including video, audio and other moving images on the web within theoretical and practical contexts of artmaking. Covers basic desktop digital video and audio applications, video and audio streaming and basic web design. Integrates reading and writing on various aspects of new media within the context of art and society, including self-publishing, game theory, gender and cyberspace, copyright issues, narrative, and interactivity. Final production results in public presentation of live internet video or radio performance, and public web site. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory. Recommended, but not required: COMM 370, VSAR 302, 303, 304, 405.
VSAR 306 (3) Video in the Community
Explores video, art, activism and community service. Students learn the latest in video production technology while using video within the community as a tool for social or political change, indigenous expression, cultural understanding, community organization, or advancement of social causes. Video projects relevant to communities will be identified, developed, and produced by the students in collaboration with members of that community and faculty. Public screening or broadcast of work. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory. May be repeated for a total of six (6) units.
VSAR 307 (3) Holocaust Art, Photography and Film
Interdisciplinary course confronts the problems and promises involved in artistic, photographic and filmic attempts to represent the European Holocaust during WWII. Investigates artworks and artifacts (i.e., family photos and museum displays) from the 1940s to contemporary work, focusing on aesthetic, documentary, memorial and political approaches to representing the history and memories of the Holocaust. Offers a theoretical and visual foundation to approaching and researching the representation of other traumatic historical events. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for ID 360A.
VSAR 308 (3) Audio Art and Sound Design
Audio Art and Sound Design An introductory studio course in sound art from the 19th century to present day computer-based experiments in audio. Investigates audio art and sound design as it relates to public space and performance arts, and integrates sculpture, audio electronics, video and sound design software. Hands-on projects may include audio for sculptural installations, sound design for theater or performance, surround sound design for video or film, and computer/ electronic interactive audio art. No musical experience necessary. Public exhibition, screening or performance of work. Two hours of lecture and three hours laboratory. May be repeated for a total of six (6) units.
VSAR 309 (3) Generating Narrative in Video and New Media
A studio course explores narrative or storytelling structures in video and new media through hands-on research and writing projects. Projects may include creating a narrative video, rich media web project, an interactive CD or DVD, an internet radio show, or an interactive 3-D art installation. Sound, video, web or multimedia applications and technologies will be covered, as well as methods and theories of story structures across cultures. Results in public presentation of student work. Two hours of lecture and three hours laboratory.
VSAR 310 (3) Chicano Art in the Border Region
An introductory studio course in performance art. Emphasis will be placed on, the body as the primary medium of performance, improvisational structures, site-specific performances, and creating performances from a cross disciplinary perspective. This theory and practice course will consist of intensive practical experience, critiques of student work, and lectures and class discussions on contemporary and historical practices in performance art. The structure of the course is assignment-based with one public performance planned at the end of the semester. Two hours of lecture and two hours laboratory.
VSAR 311 (3) Drawing II
An in-depth exploration of drawing as a medium of observation, expression and narrative. Provides exposure to historical and contemporary examples of drawing. Students will enhance their drawing skills and learn to experiment with the medium through hands-on studio practice. Development of conceptually strong and layered work is emphasized. Recommended Preparation: VSAR 130 and/or VSAR 131. Fieldtrips outside of class may be required. Course meets for four hours per week.
VSAR 312 (3) Sculpture II
Provides exposure to historical and contemporary examples of sculpture and an understanding of three-dimensional language as a medium of communication and expression. Students will expand their knowledge of sculptural techniques and engage in experimentation in order to explore the vocabulary of materials, space, and time. Students will be challenged to develop conceptually layered work and encouraged to try mixed media. Recommended Preparation: VSAR 110 and/or VSAR 131. Fieldtrips outside of class may be required. Course meets for four hours per week.
VSAR 320 (3) - Public Expression in the Arts
Examines public art, government funding for the arts, the First Amendment, and censorship. Subject matter will be explored in both a historical and social context through various case studies.
VSAR 322 (3) - Women Artists in the 20th Century
Examines issues crucial to women as visual artists. Subject matter includes: How women use art as a means of self-expression and as a strategy for examining cultural values; the relationship between artistic production and women’s traditional acts of reproduction; society’s perception of women as artists; and provocative debates introduced into feminist thinking and art by reconsiderations of the charged arena of sexual difference.
VSAR 323 (3) - Chicano Art in the Border Region
Survey of Chicano and Chicano-inspired art along the U.S.-Mexico border. Examines recent art forms and practices as represented in the work of individual artists, as well as cultural groups and organizations. Looks at the influences which have inspired the invention of Chicano art within a community context.
VSAR 324 (3) - Critical History of Twentieth Century Art and Theory
Examines crucial artistic production and debates that developed in the 20th Century in areas including the United States, Europe and Mexico through a re-examination of the traditional concept of the static "art object." Explores the provocative intersections between supposed high art and other visual forms of culture including cartoons, film, design, advertising and museum display. Focused consideration of gender, cultural, political and artistic issues that involve the relationship of the avant-garde to everyday life, changing concepts of modernism in contest with developing technologies, and the interconnections between dominant "art movements," little-studied examples of artistic production, developments in the larger visual culture and which peoples' histories are left out of the frame of art history. Course is based on discussions, lectures, on-site critical viewing, research papers and collaborative projects.
VSAR 325 (3) - Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Art and Society
Examines Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican art as it reflects social, structure, religion, social roles, ideology, economic and political organization, world view, and the family. The course will cover the preclassic, classic, and postclassic periods, focusing on four main cultural areas: the Olmec, the Maya, the Zapotec, Teotihuacan and Classic central Mexico, and the Aztec and Mixteca-Puebla style of highland Mexico.
VSAR 326 (3) - Feminist Art and Motherhood
Critically examines what has been the taboo relationship of motherhood to feminist art and theory as they have developed during the last 20th Century. This interdisciplinary course focuses on the various ways feminist artists, writers, philosophers and other cultural theorists are addressing the dilemmas of representing feminist motherhood and how these approaches are interpreted in contemporary visual culture. Previous historical limitations and mutual exclusivities for women as mothers will be analyzed in relation to new revisionings of motherhood by women and men who have different ethnicity's, classes and other varied life experiences.
VSAR 327 (3) - Modern and Contemporary Art Movements
Covers the modern and contemporary movement in visual, performance, time-based and audio art, including Russian, Futurism, European Dada and Surrealism, International Fluxus, Experimental Cinema and video and performance art globally. Seeks for understanding of these are movements within their social, political, historical, and cultural contexts. Emphasis is on the experimental, revolutionary and transformative effects of these movements. Students will attend performances, film and art events, as well as create works of art.
VSAR 328 (3) - Video Art History and Theory
Covers the history and theory of video as a global art form while linking it to other significant art movements in painting, sculpture, music and performance art. Includes understanding video genres such as narrative, experimental, documentary, installation, web-based and commercial. Analyzes the relation of counter-culture media to television and mainstream film. Screenings, discussion, research and hands-on projects.
VSAR 393 (2) - Advanced Studio Art Instruction
Private or small group instruction in studio art. May be repeated for maximum of eight (8) units. Prerequisites: Open only to Visual and Performing Arts Art Track students with at least one year of lower-division studio art study, and consent of instructor.
VSAR 403 (3) - Interactive Multimedia
Studio-oriented discussions offering advanced skills development in the use of interactive multimedia production tools, utilizing audio, video, and computer technologies. Covers the theory and practice of integrated audio, video and computer media production, including all phases of multimedia production from conception to finished product. Course includes: lectures, demonstrations, hands-on skills training, multimedia presentations, discussions, research papers, and field trips. Two hours of lecture and two hours laboratory. Prerequisites: Completion of Computer Competency Requirement or enrollment in CS 301, or MUSC 30,2 or PSYC 300, or VSAR 302 or 303.
VSAR 404 (3) - Art and Web Design
Designed to allow the student to explore the Internet and to use the Internet as a resource – graphic, audio, video, and textual – for the production of art projects. Students will create on-line sites for their work which will be available to other university students, and they will be involved in curating virtual exhibitions. Explores the ethical and social implications of the information superhighway and examines the impact of the Internet on the arts. Includes lectures, demonstrations, hands-on training, discussions, and research papers. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory.
VSAR 405 (3)- Critical Theories of the Arts in Cyberspace
Explores the impact of the rapidly developing information technologies of the arts – film, video, literature, music, performance, and visual art. Examines the breakdown of disciplinary boundaries as the interactive multimedia technologies combine video, text, audio and graphic images. Also explores the social and ethical implications of the new technologies and their relationship to the arts. Students will study artists whose work has been shaped by information technologies and who are helping to define the electronic interfaces and virtual worlds of the future. Includes lectures, demonstrations, hands-no training, discussions, and research papers.
VSAR 406(3) Installation Art
Installation art creates meaning throughthe interaction of various elements (objects, images, projections, etc.) with each other and their surrounding place. This hands-on studio course serves as an introduction to the history of installation and site-specific art. Students will be encouraged to experiment with multimedia approaches often employed in contemporary installations. At least one lower-division and one upper-division course in studio art and/or art and technology is recommended. Fieldtrips outside of clas may be required. Course meets for four hours per week.
VSAR 420 (3) - Contemporary Artists
A survey examining the multiple worlds of the contemporary art world. Current issues, ideas, and intuitions which contribute to the shaping of today's art are analyzed through the individual and collaborative works of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Chicanos, feminists, gays and lesbians, "the mainstream," and other artists. Cross-influ-ences, dialogue and debates of the last 40 years will be emphasized. Lectures and discussions will be supplemented with field trips to museum exhibitions, public art sites, private collections, and artists' studios.
VSAR 422 (3) - Art and Technology of the Moving Image
Hands-on survey of the history and theory of filmmaking, video production, new media, and the moving image. The parallel developments of projected imagery and animation from the 16th Century through contemporary practices utilizing computer technologies will be covered. Students will acquire practical and critical skills through studying and analyzing the development of theoretical discourses that frame past and current issues surrounding the production and interpretation of the moving image. Films and videotapes addressing diverse cultural, ethnic, and social concerns throughout the world will be screened, analyzed, compared, and contrasted.
VSAR 423 (3) -Critical History of Photography
Designed to allow students to critically examine the early modern development of photography and the medium’s contemporary usages. Cultural meanings and contested histories. Focuses on the intersections between the photograph as art object, historical record, advertising image and cultural histories and identities. Also considers new artistic approaches to redefining the documentary tradition, especially in light of the relationships between photography and new media technologies. Course is based on discussions, lectures, on-site critical viewing, research papers and collaborative projects.
VSAR 440 (3) - Advanced Computer Art
Presentation of projects that are characterized by the combination of traditionally discrete artistic disciplines in combination with computer-generated texts and images. Emphasis on manifestation of ideas through class discussion and critique of presented work. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: VSAR 302 or consent of instructor.
VSAR 480 (3) - Art Activities for Children and Adults
Explores various media in the visual arts. No background in the visual arts is required. Emphasis will be placed on arts activities that require few materials and that can be applied to the K-12 classroom. Satisfies the Liberal Studies requirement for work in the Fine Arts, and Humanities (Studio Arts). Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.
VSAR 495A (1) 495B (2) 495 (3) - Internship
Intended to enable eligible students to work directly with selected and approved individual artist or group of artists in creative and/or studio environment. May be repeated for total of six (6) units. Graded Credit/No Credit. Prerequisites: Consent of supervising faculty member or faculty advisor.
VSAR 498A (1) 498B (2) 498 (3) - Independent Study
Designed for students who have completed upper-division courses in this major area of study. Special topic(s) must be approved by the Visual and Performing Arts Independent Study Committee. May be repeated for a total of six (6) units. Prerequisite: Consent of faculty advisor.
VSAR 499A (1) 499B (2) 499 (3) - Independent Research
Designed for students with demonstrated capacity for independent research, field creative and studio work. May be repeated for a total six (6) units. Prerequisites: Consent of faculty committee and academic advisor.