Visual Arts Classes Spring 2016
VIS 41: Design Communication
The course provides students with an overview of the key tools of visual computing. It integrates important perspectives from art practice and art history to provide basic literacy and vocabulary of effective visual communication regardless of student major. Students are taught (1) essential conceptual and technical principles of the digital imaging in various forms and format, (2) critical terms and criteria for visual literacy, criticism and social analysis of visual digital culture, and (3) integrated fluency in the foundational tool-sets for visual computing communication, from basic 2D image-making to 3D digital video compositing. Given the survey nature of the course, students will learn to use a variety of platforms with confidence, preparing them for upper division course work in a variety of areas.
VIS 203: Working Critique “THE METHODS OF YOUR MADNESS”
This class is focused on looking at and critiquing each other’s work. Two sub-topics will frame these conversations – an exploration of theories of imagination and an overview of new means of fabrication which are part of the new EnVision maker studio. By broadly construing the relationship between imagining and making, we will forefront considerations of how different forms of practice change the nature of art and the types of questions that are asked. Students working in all media are encouraged to participate.
Experience Engineering Initiative
The EnVision Maker Studio is a key component of the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Experience Engineering Initiative, a school-wide project which aims to give every engineering and computer science undergraduate student a hands-on or experiential engineering course or lab each and every year — starting freshman year.