AT1010 Visual Culture Foundations
This course introduces the student to Visual Culture as an interdisciplinary field intrinsic to the Art Department’s curriculum. In this course the student gains awareness of the department’s curriculum, its conceptual outlook and its focus areas. The students will gain familiarity with the multiplicity of concepts, strategies, materials and issues available to the contemporary artist.Students will produce two class presentations discussing possible conceptual and production avenues for future research and practice. The content of the course will be delivered through selected readings, lectures, handouts, Moodle resources and a variety of AV modes.
AT1011 2-D Design Foundations
This course introduces students to the principles of visual organization and color theory. Through a series of design assignments, students explore the relationships among point, line, shape, value, texture, and color and learn to arrange these elements to create an aesthetic gestalt. Students investigate natural and geometric systems of organization to inform and inspire their designs. They conduct studio experiments that stimulate creativity and they learn to follow a creative process that includes stages for planning, exploring, executing, evaluating, and revising their designs. Through participation in critiques, students learn to respond to works of art through intuitive contemplation and explicit analysis. Students complete a portfolio of design projects of increasing complexity and participate in a student exhibit.
AT1019 Art and Culture Intersections
The primary goal of this course will be to help students understand and experience the link between the culture and art of a particular country. After an initial grounding in some core background knowledge on local culture and history, and key theories of the inextricability of art and culture, students will immerse themselves in the culture to which they’ve traveled. They will quickly build their understanding of the art and culture of the particular country via direct experience, observations, and reflection, as well as via seminars, lectures, and readings. As their time in the country progresses, students will move steadily to examine and connect how these precepts are manifested in the art of the country and finally to examples of ways in which art has shaped or will shape the culture of the country.
AT1071 Designing for the Web
AT1081 Digital Foundations
The Digital Foundations course introduces the student to digital art through a sequential exposure to a variety of software interfaces in photography, video, sound and design. The course explores the concept of image and sound editing as forms of language construction where meaning is produced through the historical and current conventions of the particular medium.The student will be expected to articulate, compare and critique her/his own production as well as participate in the critique of others. The content of the course will be delivered through an assigned text, tutorials, lectures, demonstrations, Moodle resources and a variety of AV modes.
AT1091 Contemporary Art Foundations
This course will introduce the student to contemporary art and some of its practitioners. The course will seek to explain contemporary art in terms of the cultural and historical conditions determining its production. Art will be presented as a series of trajectories and discourses to which artists have historically reacted or contributed. Through classroom discussions, exams and presentations students will be encouraged to articulate, analyze, critique and compare the diverse modes of production explored by contemporary artists in the context of the social and political conditions from where they emerge.
AT1111 Drawing Foundations
This course introduces students to drawing skills through close examination of natural form, texture, objects, landscapes and the human form. Students explore line as outline, contour and gesture, and tone as variation in surface light. Through works of master artists, as well as through their own work, students will study composition, point of view, and critical perspective. Student-directed critiques after each rigorous drawing unit will assist in furthering appreciation for different ways of seeing. A final project, developed by the student to demonstrate expression of line and application of drawing skills, culminates in a student exhibit.
AT1211 3-D Foundations
This introductory, hands-on studio course explores the materials and conceptual processes involved in the organization of matter and space. The parallel objectives of the course are the creation of compelling and poetic three-dimensional objects and the development of each student's powers of observation, evaluation, and expression. Through an integrated series of problem-solving assignments, instructions, technical demonstrations, and discussions, students will explore the unique physical potential and limitations of various materials including clay, wire, paper, wood, and found objects. Students will produce a portfolio of projects and exhibit work in the student art show.
AT1221 Ceramics I
This course will ground students in the fundamentals of ceramics and introduce them to clay techniques, tools, materials, and visual language as experienced through hand building and wheel throwing. Students will explore several significant genres such as Japanese ceramics, Bennington potters, and pottery of the Southwest, as well as exploring contemporary artists working in the medium. Students will also take advantage of the rich resource of potters in Windham County by visiting other studios and hearing guest lectures from established potters. Students will develop individual goals in formal and non-traditional approaches, with guidance from the instructors. A major component of the course is for students to take responsible ownership of the studio space, expressed through student commitments to work independently, to honor all safety procedures, and to keep the space in good condition.
AT1311 Black and White Photography I
This beginning black and white photography course is designed for students who have little or no experience in the art of photography. Through instructor demonstration and field and darkroom experience, students will master the skills of basic camera operation, film processing, and print development. In addition, by completing structured photography assignments and participating in critique sessions, students will learn techniques to help them select and compose their subjects and control their shooting, processing, and printing to enhance the aesthetic qualities of their prints. In a final photographic essay project, students will begin to investigate how visual interpretation can guide them to deeper language comprehension and expression. Prerequisites: None
AT1321 Digital Photography I
In this introductory course, students will explore the medium of digital photography. Course content includes learning how to use the manual settings of a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, using Mac OS based photographic software, becoming familiar with basic photographic terminology and technique, learning how to edit a group of photographs based on a set of criteria, and printing images, as well as thinking about the work produced in class within the context of contemporary art and other forms of photography. Students must have a 8-megapixel (or larger) digital camera.
AT1411 Video I
This course provides an introduction to the medium of video through an art context. Students will learn to operate digital video cameras as well as utilize nonlinear editing in Final Cut Pro. The class is structured around technical demonstrations, in-class and location shoots, editing tutorials, screenings, and regular critiques of student videos. Students are encouraged to develop their own imagery and production techniques.
AT1500 Portfolio Preparation Seminar
This one-credit course is a venue for students to develop a portfolio of artwork. Students will have the opportunity to create new work in the medium of their choice, participate in critiques, review portfolio requirements, survey art schools, explore professional options in the arts, and build a portfolio. Each semester, students will determine their current priorities and establish individual and group goals. Due to the individual nature of the class, students will have the opportunity to enroll in AT1500 for up to 3 semesters as they build a body of work and develop their final portfolios. Students who are applying to an art school or an arts program should take this seminar the semester before their applications are due.
AT1600 Play Performance
Students who participate in the student play receive one credit for their work. To qualify, students must audition for a role in the play or a position in the tech crew. Those who are granted roles or positions and complete their obligations by attending scheduled rehearsals and performances, and who meet the expectations of their positions, will receive one credit for their participation.
AT1611 Acting I
A beginning course focusing on the fundamentals of acting, including action, objective, character, physical life, listening, and language. Students will act in exercises, monologues, and short scenes that will encourage them to explore the actor's craft. Students will also read plays to begin fostering a knowledge of both scene study and interpretation. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class, and to keep an acting journal during the semester.
AT1710 Chamber Ensemble
Students with proficiency on their instruments may participate in the Chamber Ensemble. The emphasis of this course is on learning fundamental music reading skills and musical interpretation. Students are required to attend one rehearsal per week and to participate in four to five performances during a semester.
AT1711 Music Theory I
This course will explore fundamental musical concepts and related symbols in a practical manner, as they are used in performance and composition. Students will apply the concepts of musical structure via the use of keyboard instruments. Music notation and compositions will be created with the use of MIDI technology, as well as by traditional techniques. The course is open to all students. No prior musical experience is necessary. College-level analytical skills are required.
AT1720 Jazz Ensemble
Students with proficiency on their instruments may participate in the Jazz Ensemble during a semester when they are not enrolled in the accompanying course. This course emphasizes learning fundamental music-reading skills and developing improvisational solos. Students are required to attend one rehearsal per week and to participate in four to five performances during a semester.
This course gives students the opportunity to perform and study vocal music from many diverse genres. Music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and from classical, folk and popular styles is included. Students will develop their ability to read music, to sing in ensemble and to perform in public. No previous musical experience is necessary.
AT1731 Basic Musicianship
This course will survey fundamental musical concepts (including beat, pulse, meter, and rhythm) and related symbols. Students will be introduced to written and aural music skills, including the ability to translate sounds into musical notation, to translate musical notation into sound (solfeggio/sight singing), and to understand rhythmic patterns in music. Through this work, students will begin to develop the skills to analyze music and its structures, and to write music. This course serves as a foundation for future studies in music. No prior musical experience is necessary.
AT1732 Basic Piano
This course is designed for students who wish to learn basic piano skills in a group setting, with group as well as individual instruction. Students will learn to decipher and use, through performing, the basic elements of music such as key signatures, scales, arpeggios, note values, rests, pitches, intervals, chords and their progressions, clefs, dynamics, and tempo markings. They will learn to play melodies with harmonization and simple counterpoint. Students will also compose short 4- and 8-bar pieces. The ability to write music down will help students read music and hence improve their ability to play music.
AT1751 Music Recording and Editing
In this course, students use Pro Tools software to learn to record and edit music using professional techniques. Through instructor demonstrations, live audio recording experiences, structured music recording assignments, and critique sessions, students learn techniques to help them select and arrange their music and control their recording, as well as computer editing and playing to enhance the aesthetic qualities of their recording. The class is designed for students who have little or no experience in music, but who are comfortable working with computers. The software allows students to manipulate waveform objects in a visually oriented, computer-based environment. Students are required to purchase a pair of headphones to use for the course work.
AT1761 Electronic Music
This course explores the history and creation of electronic music. It includes directed listening exercises, music studio techniques, and basic "hands-on" electronic music production. Students will be introduced to a basic overview of the skills necessary for creating music with advanced computer software. Areas addressed include fundamentals of sound and acoustics, an historical overview of electronic music's developments and developers, learning about and using software synthesizers, digital processing, computer-assisted composition, and directed listening of works in relation to the periods that they represent. The course includes the creation of student works to be presented in peer-critique sessions and public concerts. Basic computer literacy is a prerequisite for this course. Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy.
AT1910 Chamber II
This course is offered to students who have passed AT1710 in order to further their skills in performing chamber music from many diverse styles and eras.
Repertoire will be different from their experience in AT1710. The emphasis in this course is on refining and continuing to develop music reading, performance and musical interpretation skills. Students will play one of the instrumental lines in the Chamber Music Repertoire’s compositions or arrangements. Students are required to attend one rehearsal per week, learn their musical part and to participate in several performances during a semester. Prerequisite: AT1710.
AT1920 Chamber III
This course is offered to students who have passed AT1710 and AT1910 in order to develop their skills in performing chamber music from many diverse styles and eras. Repertoire will be different from their experience in AT1710 or AT1910. Students will synthesize and exhibit the skill sets necessary to read music, to play in an ensemble setting and to perform in public. The emphasis in this course is on refining and continuing to develop music reading, performance and musical interpretation skills. Students will play one of the instrumental lines in the Chamber Music Repertoire’s compositions or arrangements. Students are required to attend one rehearsal per week and to participate in campus performances during the semester. Prerequisites: AT1710 and AT1910.
AT1930 Jazz Band II
This course is offered to students who have passed AT1720 in order to further study and perform in the various jazz idioms. This course will focus on refinement of music reading skills, performance, improvisation, and musical interpretation.Repertoire will be different from their experience in AT1720. Students will play and improvise in one of the instrumental lines in the Jazz Ensemble’s arrangements which consist of 1) Melody 2) Harmony 3) Chord Changes 4) Bass or 5) Percussion. Students are required to attend one rehearsal per week, improve their improvisation skills, and participate in campus performances during the semester. Prerequisite: AT1720.
AT1940 Jazz Band III
This course is offered to students who have passed AT1720 and AT1930 in order to further study and perform in the various jazz idioms. This course will focus on refinement and amalgamation of music reading, performance, improvisation, and musical interpretation skills. Repertoire will be different from their experience in AT1720 and AT1930. Students will improvise and play one of the instrumental lines in the Jazz Ensemble’s arrangements which consist of 1) Melody 2) Harmony 3) Chord Changes 4) Bass or 5) Percussion. Students are required to attend one rehearsal per week, improve their improvisation skills, and participate in campus performances during the semester. Prerequisites: AT1720 and AT1930.
AT1950 Chorus II
This course is offered to students who have passed AT1730 in order to study and perform vocal music from many diverse genres. Music from the Renaissance to the twentieth century and from classical, folk and popular styles are included. Repertoire will be different from their experience in AT1730. Students will expand on and refine their ability to read music, to sing in ensemble and to perform in public. Students are required to attend one rehearsal per week and to participate in several performances during a semester. Prerequisite: AT1730.
AT1960 Chorus III
This course is offered to students who have passed AT1730 and AT1950 in order to study and perform vocal music from many diverse genres. Music from the Renaissance to the twentieth century and from classical, folk and popular styles are included. Repertoire will be different from students’ experience in AT1730 or AT1950. Students will synthesize and exhibit the skill sets necessary to read music, to sing in ensemble and to perform in public. Students are required to attend one rehearsal per week and to participate in several performances during a semester. Prerequisite: AT1730 and AT1950.
AT2051 Graphic Design I
In this course, students will be introduced to the art of visual communication—the combining of images, typography, and layout to inform, persuade, and entice an audience. The course is designed to enhance students' awareness of the visual environment in which they live and to teach them to create effective graphic designs. The course follows a hands-on, process-oriented approach that emphasizes both practical and conceptual skills. Students will learn to use two software programs that are industry standards: Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Students will complete exercises and projects that stimulate their imaginations, develop their critical thinking skills, and enhance their use of the creative process. Prerequisites: AT1011 or AT2061.
AT2111 Life Drawing
From the earliest times, the human figure has been a frequent and important subject in works of art. This course introduces students to the human figure. Students study the human form in three ways: through anatomical studies of the skeletal and muscular structure, through drawing sessions with a nude model, and through action studies of both nude and clothed figures. They use a variety of techniques, including contour, gesture, and modeled drawing, and a variety of materials, including pencil, charcoal, crayon, and ink. Areas of focus include light and shade, point of view, and composition. Through observation and analysis of the works of master artists and through critiques of their own work, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the use of the human figure in art. Each student produces a final project that demonstrates his or her unique understanding and expression of the concepts studied in the course. At the end of the semester, students participate in a student exhibit. Prerequisite: AT1111,
AT2151 Painting I
This course presents an introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of painting. Through a variety of experiential projects, students gain a practical understanding of the use of painting tools, color mixing and theory, as well as critical discourse. Students explore a range of subjects and visual strategies, including still life, landscape, and the figure, as well as abstract and conceptual problems to strengthen each student's formal and personal development. Projects are contextualized and linked through the integrated study of art historical movements and contemporary artists engaging in the dialog of painting. Emphasis will be on the development of core skills in the discipline, exploration of materials and methods, knowledge of contemporary and historical precedents, presentation of work, and critique.
AT2221 Ceramics II
This course will be a refinement of the fundamental skills learned in AT1221, with a heightened emphasis on the ability to gain technical mastery over core forms, and to critique work with clearly developed criteria. Students will be expected to create more complex and challenging functional and sculptural pieces, including vessels and forms with handles, lids, and spouts. In addition, students will work with different clay bodies, and explore more advanced surface treatments such as sgraffito, the use of stains, underglazes, slips and engobes.. A major component of the course is the expectation that students will spend time in the studio outside class on a regular basis to complete their work and to advance their skills and ideas. Students in this course will be expected to serve as mentors to students in the studio who are just beginning to work in clay, and to set a standard with their work. All students in Ceramics II will also be expected to show their work in the student art show at the end of the term in a way that reflects the care they have taken to present their work as professionally as possible. Students will be expected to do regular research and exploration into ceramics forms, processes, and contemporary practices, including ceramic installations. Prerequisite: AT1221 or by permission of the instructor.
AT2311 Black and White Photography II
This second semester photography course promotes refinement of camera and printing skills and emphasizes the application of photographic art to various fields of expression through the development of photographic essays. The use of split-printing techniques are used to foster technical ability, visual development, and a deeper understanding of light in the photographic medium. Alternative photographic process such as toning, cyanotype, and hand-coloring are also explored. Prerequisite: AT1311.
AT2321 Digital Photo II
Students will build upon skills they acquired in AT1321 and further explore the medium of digital photography. Course content includes the continued use of a DSLR, more advanced usage of Mac OS based photographic software, and building a larger lexicon of photographic terminology and technique to critique and contextualize photographic imagery. Through production, reading, and some writing, students will learn to ground their own images within the context of contemporary art and other facets of photography. Students must have a 8-megapixel (or larger) digital camera. Prerequisite: AT1321.
AT2411 Video II
This course introduces the student to Video Art as a form of self-expression. Through the use of experimental and conventional techniques the student learns to use video as an art form to explore personal mythologies, socio/cultural issues, or for the creation of short narrative-style movies. Through this course, the student is introduced to the recent history of video as an art form distinct from film in concept, methodology, and production. The student will be introduced to contemporary video artists such as Bill Viola, Coco Fusco, Martha Rosler, and Matthew Barney. This course also seeks to further expand the technical and conceptual knowledge gathered in the introductory course, Video I. Students will learn more sophisticated shooting and editing strategies using professional cameras and the Final Cut X editing software. Prerequisite: AT1411.
AT2451 Film, Culture, and Identity
This course will examine the cultural implications of film form and style by observing, discussing, and writing about cinema in its aesthetic forms, its narrative tactics, and its patterns of production and reception. The course will also investigate how film manifests cultural, political, and economic power dynamics. Students will explore the ways that film shapes and orders our perceptions by determining how we engage with art as well as life. For example, students will analyze the ways that films reflect as well as influence our understanding of class, gender and ethnicity. It is the intention of the course to create and encourage modes of inquiry that allow students to critically evaluate their aesthetic and conceptual responses to film. Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001.
AT2611 Acting II
This course continues the study of acting by introducing students to the processes of writing and directing scenes themselves. Calling upon students' experiences of themselves as learners, the course will encourage students to use their personal knowledge, acting expertise, and a sense of direction to write, direct, and perform scenes for an audience. Prerequisite: AT1611.
AT2711 Introduction to Songwriting Techniques
This course is designed for students who wish to learn how to create their own song compositions in various forms and styles. Students will learn to compose lyrics through the use of different narrative strategies incorporating: evocative imagery, figurative language, rhythmic verbal patterns, and engaging ideas. Lyrics, in combination with melody and basic harmony, will result in cohesive and organic structures. Students will work individually and collaboratively. Frequent workshops and discussions of student works in progress will provide a forum for students to develop analytical and creative skills. Prerequisites: AT1710 or AT1731, EN106 is a suggested but not essential prerequisite/or by permission by the instructor.
AT2761 Electronic Music Special Projects
This course is designed for students interested in creating a series of electronic compositions that trace the historical trajectory and development of electronic music. Movements and developments studied may include, but are not limited to, Musique Concrete, the Studio Tape Music movement, synthesizers and sequencers, Krautrock, samples, Ambient, Electronica, and Industrial genres. Members of the class will use a hands-on, process oriented approach to generate, produce, and evaluate original musical works. We will use an analog modeling and the Moog Voyager synthesizer as well as software-based synthesizers, sequencers, and audio editing software to create our audio projects. Prerequisite: AT1761.
AT2900 Individual Projects in Studio Art
This course allows a student who has successfully completed an intermediate course in a particular art medium to design and pursue a personal project in that medium which incorporates the student’s chosen techniques, styles, equipment, subject matter, and presentation methods. Successful completion of two courses in the medium of choice, as well as the approval of the professor and the Art Department Chair in consultation with the student’s advisor, are required. Students can enroll in this course for a maximum of three semesters. Course designations will reflect the number of semesters that students have been enrolled (AT2901, AT2902, AT2903). This supervised independent project integrates student-initiated studies with media-based skill acquisition through reading, writing, content-based inquiry, and studio practice. The student will synthesize these ideas into a portfolio, presented at the end of the semester. Should the student choose to enroll in subsequent semesters of this course, their work will reflect a progression in their studio practice and conceptual framework implicit in the work. Course objectives mirror this progression respectively by building on knowledge acquired in former semesters. Prerequisite: Completion of a 2000-level course in the specific area of the intended project, plus approval of the Instructor and Art Department Chair.
AT3001 Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar
This interdisciplinary seminar incorporates themes and texts from a variety of disciplines with an emphasis on the arts.The seminar seeks to explore the different models that have historically determined the questions with which we construct and understand the concepts of ‘self’ and ‘knowledge.’ We will specifically look at important changes in art, philosophy, and psychoanalytic theory taking place during the 20th century.Through the examination of works of art, readings in cultural theory, class discussions, and student presentations, the seminar will explore the progression from a modern world defined by the Age of Enlightenment towards a postmodern world shaped and informed by cultural studies, an emphasis on difference, and the generative effects of crosspollinations among the disciplines. Prerequisites: Completion of three 2000 level courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Prerequisites may be waived by discretion of the instructor.
AT3151 Painting II
Painting II expands and builds upon the principles and techniques introduced in Painting I (AT2151), with a heightened emphasis on a critical understanding of painting as a conceptual practice and the further development of technical core skills. In this advanced painting course students will produce a painting portfolio exploring a variety of visual strategies, media, methods and subjects. Students will gain feedback on their work through individual and group critiques. Students will complete and present a PowerPoint, Final Project researching historical and contemporary painting models and practitioners. Prerequisites: AT2151, AT1111, and completion of three 2000-level courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Prerequisites may be waived by discretion of the instructor.
AT3331 Photography and the Ideal of Painting
This course explores a specific relationship between color photography and painting that arose in the 1970’s and continues today. Students will study the history of photography, with a special emphasis on color photography, in order to understand where certain precedents of subject matter, composition, scale, and presentation originate. Students will also be introduced to contemporary and postmodern artists working in photography, and to the creation of content through re-appropriation of imagery. Prerequisites: AT1321, AT2321, and completion of three 2000-level courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Prerequisites can be waived by discretion of the instructor.
AT 3412 Writing for the Screen
This course familiarizes students with Screenwriting for documentaries, multimedia, and movies. Students will study character development, narrative strategies, plot rhythms, patterns of dialogue, choosing settings, creating environments, and genre variation. Students will also read screenplays and cinematic criticism outside of class to foster knowledge of both effective writing and interpretation. Movies and videos will be analyzed as models for screen writing projects. Prerequisites: EN 1021 and completion of three 2000-level courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Prerequisites can be waived by discretion of the instructor.
AT 4451 World Cinema
This interdisciplinary course will examine diverse forms of contemporary cultural commentary arising from world cinema. Building on the foundation of AT 2451 Film Culture and Identity, the course will continue to examine how film as an art form is particularly suited as a tool for cultural critique. In World Cinema the student will experience the intersection of discourses arising from history, sociology, cultural studies, art, literature and a multiplicity of other fields of inquiry. The course will particularly focus on the cinema of minorities, women and marginalized people throughout the world. Students will screen and discuss in class a variety of world films. Students will be expected to write three critical essays and do a final presentation deconstructing two films of their choice. Prerequisites: AT 2451; Students must have successfully completed, with a grade of C or better, two particular 3000-level courses: Interdisciplinary Studies 3001 (the department code changes by semester the course is offered in) and Advanced Writing EN3011. On occasion, a department chair may grant exceptions to this rule.
Chair, Art Department