Course Descriptions

AT1019: Art and Culture Intersections

Credits: 3.000 - 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.  Prerequisites:  None, other than being in good standing at Landmark College, and prepared to be open and flexible in entering another culture different from their own.

AT1011: Two-Dimensional Design

Credits: 3.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1071: Designing for the Web
Credits: 3.000 - This course is a hands-on introduction to building web sites. Students will learn to use Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash to build web sites that include standard HTML, images, JavaScript, multimedia, and Flash elements. Students will also study visual elements and design principles to help them create effective layouts and designs for the sites they build. Prerequisites: None

AT1111: Drawing I
Credits: 3.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1211: Sculpture I
Credits: 3.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1221: Ceramics I                                                                                                
Credits: 3.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

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AT1311:  Black and White Photography I
Credits: 3.000 - 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                                                                                                                                                        Credits: 3.000 – 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.  Prerequisites: None.

AT1411: Video I
Credits: 3.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1500: Portfolio Preparation Seminar
Credits: 1.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1600: Play Performance
Credits: 1.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1611: Acting I
Credits: 3.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1710: Chamber Ensemble

Credits: 1.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1711: Music Theory I
Credits: 3.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

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AT1720: Jazz Ensemble
Credits: 1.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1730: Chorus                               

Credits: 1.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1731: Basic Musicianship
Credits: 3.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1732: Basic Piano
Credits: 3.000 - 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.

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AT1751: Music Recording and Editing
Credits: 3.000 - 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. Prerequisites: None

AT1761: Electronic Music
Credits: 3.000 - 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: None, other than basic computer literacy

AT1811: Dance I
Credits: 3.000 - This course will explore dance as an art form that uses the body and movement as its medium. We will experience movement/dance in the context of personal expression, historical dance styles, cultural movements, social interaction, and spiritual practice. The goals of this course are: to experience a deep body-level understanding of movement; to develop a language to experience, observe and describe movement; to explore the expressive and creative potential of movement, both personally and in groups; and to look at and experience how dance has evolved in several specific forms and cultural contexts. Some of the dance forms may include modern, jazz, hip hop, African, and Tai Chi. No formal dance training is required. Course work will include movement practice in most class meetings, periodic master classes in different dance styles, video and live-concert viewing, experience with improvisation and choreography, and some readings on the aesthetic and cultural contexts of different dance traditions. Prerequisites: None



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AT2051: Graphic Design I
Credits: 3.000 - 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
Credits: 3.000 - 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                                                                                                   
Credits: 3.000 - 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. No Prerequisite.

AT2221: Ceramics II
Credits: 3.000 - This course will be a refinement of the fundamental skills learned in AT1221 /Ceramics I, 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
Credits: 3.000 - 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
Credits: 3.000 - 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: AT 1321

AT2411: Video II
Credits: 3.000 - 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 Pro editing software. Prerequisite: AT1411

AT2451: Film, Culture, and Identity
Credits: 3.000 - 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

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AT2611: Acting II
Credits: 3.000 - 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
Credits: 3.000 - 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
Credits: 3.000 - 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 (Electronic Music)

AT2900: Individual Projects in Studio Art                      
Credits: 1.000 -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.

AT2909: Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar
Credits: 3.000 - 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.

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, Digital Photography I and AT2321, Digital Photography II; 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
Credits: 3.000 - 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; Completion of three 2000-level courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better; Prerequisites can be waived by discretion of the instructor.

Questions?

Humberto Ramirez
Chair, Art Department
802-387-6738
humbertoramirez@landmark.edu