A RT The visual arts program emphasizes artistic thinking and the development of creative thinking in relation to the techniques of a medium, history of visual ideas, and expressive potential of one’s own experience and culture. Students have the opportunity to explore particular areas in depth on both the introductory and advanced levels. Diploma Requirements in Art • Entering Juniors must earn no fewer than a total of four credits in art, music, and theatre and dance, with at least one credit each in art and music. Those who enter as Juniors should complete one credit in music and one credit in art by the end of their junior year. • New Lowers must earn no fewer than three credits in art, music, and theatre and dance, with at least one credit each in art and music. • New Uppers must take at least one term of either art or music. • New Seniors have no diploma requirement in music, but are encouraged to take at least one term of art, music, or theatre. Art Placements • Students who matriculated as Juniors should take ART225 by the end of junior year, which qualifies them for any 300-level art elective. Juniors with a strong background in art may seek permission from the department chair to enroll directly in a 300-level art elective chosen in consultation with the chair. Placement in 300-level courses are granted on the basis of a student’s previous coursework and a portfolio of recent art. • Students who matriculated as Lowers should enroll in a 300-level art elective during their lower year to fulfill the diploma requirement. • Students who matriculated as Uppers can fulfill their diploma requirement in the visual and performing arts by completing a 300-level art elective. Moving directly into 500-level electives requires the permission of the instructor and the department chair. Permission is granted on the basis of a student’s previous coursework and a portfolio of recent art. • Entering Seniors and PGs have no diploma requirement in art. They may take any 300- or 400-level elective (excluding ART410, Photographic Truths and Fictions) or ART506 (Film Photography). Moving directly into other 500-level electives requires the permission of the instructor and the department chair. Permission is granted on the basis of a student’s previous coursework and a portfolio of recent art. • Entering students considering ART600 (Advanced Studio Art) should check prerequisites or consult with the department chair and their advisor to plan a program that includes at least two art electives beyond the diploma requirement, for a total of three studio art classes. Students who are not able to complete all three studio prerequisites can request permission from the instructor and the department chair to enroll in the class. Permission will be granted on the basis of a student’s previous coursework, a portfolio of recent work, and evidence of ability to work independently.
Visual Studies for Juniors Visual Studies ART225 (T1, T2, T3)
For Juniors. Visual Studies focuses on artistic thinking, visual vocabulary, visual literacy, and the relationship of making and thinking. Why do humans create? And how? Projects, discussions, and visits to the Addison Gallery of American Art and Peabody Museum of Archaeology focus students on their own creative work and what they perceive in the world around them. Students use a range of media (such as drawing, collage, photography, video, or clay) to expand their perceptual, conceptual, and technical skills, and develop the visual language needed to communicate their experiences and ideas. Juniors who complete ART225 are eligible to take any of the 300-level art electives.
300-Level Electives Students who have successfully completed a 300-level elective are eligible to take other 300-level electives or the corresponding 500-level elective.
Architecture I ART301 (T1, T3)
This course will introduce the basic principles of architectural design through a sequence of related projects in drawing, site analysis, and research into precedent, culminating in the design of a space or structure. The design projects will change from Term 1 to Term 3 and will address architectural design in different contexts so that a student wishing to continue with architecture at the 500-level can work with a variety of design issues. With hands-on sketches, drawings, and models, students will explore the issues of a well-planned structure and learn to see the environment in terms of human scale, materials, and the organization of space. Class time will include discussions and demonstrations as well as studio time. There will be a required evening lab. Students often find that this class requires more than the usual amount of homework time. Students who complete ART301 are eligible to take other 300-level art electives or ART501. (Mr. Lawson) Prerequisite: Juniors must have completed ART225.
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