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  • VSAR 123 (3) Introduction to the History of Photography

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  • 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 320 (3) - Public Expression in the Arts

    Examines public art, government funding for the arts, the First Amendment, and censorship. Students consider case studies on murals, monuments and memorials, fine art, public sculpture, performance art, graffiti and street art to explore artistic conflicts and controversies in freedom of expression.May include guest speakers and visits to local public art sites.
  • 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 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 333 (3) – Visual Culture Studies

    An introduction to theories of visual culture studies, ways of seeing, and practices of looking, focusing on objects of visual culture that include art and everyday objects and images. Using an interdisciplinary perspective, students explore their own visual media literacy and consider how cultural representations play important roles in developing a sense of self and subject position in global context. Students learn to critically analyze images as important cultural texts.
  • VSAR 361 (3) - New Documentary Film

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  • 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-influences, 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 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.
  • VSAR460 (3) – Art & Social Change

    Explores how the desire for social change has led modern and contemporary artists and art movements to align with political and social causes. Students read an international selection of theoretical texts, artists’ proposals and manifestos, and case studies in arts and political engagement. Students consider their own capacities for leadership and arguments, motivations, and actions that allow them to practice personal leadership through participating in service learning or a community based class project.
  • 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.


  • VPA 302 (3) - The Process of Art I

     The first of a two-semester sequence exploring the elements, forms, functions, and meaning of the visual and performing arts in their socio-cultural context. Examines how artistic forms interact with each other and with other cultural elements to contribute to the shaping of a society¿s development. Case studies will utilize classical art traditions and traditional and folk art forms representing many different cultures from throughout the world. Students will be exposed to a comparative view of the various ways that cultures around the globe (including the United States) express the meaning and value of life. Prerequisites: Completion of twenty-one (21) lower-division units sequence in the arts and consent of instructor.
  • VPA 425 (3) Capstone Workshop

    Workshop/class designed for Visual & Performing Arts graduating seniors who will be working on their culminating projects. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for VPA380K.
  • 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 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 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 406(3) Installation Art

    Installation art creates meaning through the 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 class may be required. Course meets for four hours per week.