Visual Studies (VISST)Arts and Sciences

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VISST 1101

DEA 1101 is an introductory design studio.  The primary course objective is to introduce principles of visual literacy as it pertains to two-dimensional and three-dimensional issues in design at all scales.  ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: DEA 1101

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6472VISST 1101  STU 501

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  • Permission of instructor is required for non-DEA majors. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Priority given to DEA majors. Cost of materials: approx. $200.

VISST 2511

Weekly assignments in basic elements of choreography. Students compose and present short studies that are discussed and reworked. Problems are defined and explored through class improvisations. Informal ... view course details

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VISST 2645

A survey of European art from 1400-1750, including all arts but emphasizing painting and analysis of the works of such major artists as Jan van Eyck, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Velazquez, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ARTH 2400

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8014VISST 2645  LEC 001

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  •  8015VISST 2645  DIS 201

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  •  8016VISST 2645  DIS 202

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  •  8017VISST 2645  DIS 203

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  •  8018VISST 2645  DIS 204

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VISST 2744

An introduction to Indonesia through its arts. The course combines hands-on instruction in the performance of gamelan music and the academic study of a broader range of Indonesian music in its sociocultural ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 2245MUSIC 1341

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6487VISST 2744  LEC 001

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VISST 3010

Who are 'the poor' in the United States? Who are the largest recipients of federal welfare and entitlement spending? Why is there an unprecedented simultaneous increase in wealth and poverty in the United ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AMST 3010ARTH 3010

  • 4 Credits Grade(GRV)

  • 16616VISST 3010  SEM 101

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VISST 3175

Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PMA 3550PMA 6550

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8460VISST 3175  LEC 001

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VISST 3342

Our present technology allows us to transmit and display information through a variety of media. To make the most of these media channels, it is important to consider the limitations and abilities of the ... view course details

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  •  6474VISST 3342  LEC 001

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  • Recommended prerequisite: PSYCH 2050. 4-credit option is by permission of faculty.

VISST 3505

Blaxploitation films of the 1970s are remembered for their gigantic Afros, enormous guns, slammin' soundtracks, sex, drugs, nudity, and violence. Never before or since have so many African American performers ... view course details

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  • 16350VISST 3505  LEC 001

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VISST 3620

The theory and practice of lighting design as a medium for artistic expression. This course explores the aesthetic and mechanical aspects of light and their application in a variety of disciplines. Emphasis ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PMA 3620

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6632VISST 3620  STU 501

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VISST 3650

In this course students will examine the role of mechanical, electronic and digital technologies in the arts of the late 20th and early 21st centuries with emphasis on Europe and North America. Beginning ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 3650INFO 3660

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16323VISST 3650  LEC 001

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VISST 3670

Visualizing El Barrio immerses students in a semester-long contemplation and class project that integrates artistic praxis with art history and literary studies to document the historical murals of East ... view course details

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  • 16462VISST 3670  LEC 001

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VISST 3798

Focused, practical exercises teach the student fundamental staging techniques that bring written text to theatrical life. A core objective is to increase the student's awareness of why and how certain ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PMA 3880

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16636VISST 3798  SEM 101

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VISST 4154

In this seminar students will investigate the emergence of feminism in art and theory and subsequent reactions of relevant artists and theorists to that movement. These developments will be discussed in ... view course details

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  • 16397VISST 4154  SEM 101

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VISST 4161

This seminar focuses on visual and performative cultures of the Andes from the Inca empire (ca. 1438-1534) to the present day. It traces the modalities of culture, power, and representation in the framing ... view course details

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  • 16543VISST 4161  SEM 101

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VISST 4176

The language of "capture" left hunting and military idioms at the end of the 19th century to pervade today's aesthetic, scientific, technological and critical lexicons. This course examines how this leap ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 4176ROMS 4176

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17169VISST 4176  SEM 101

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VISST 4200

Works of art have always engendered political, social, and cultural meanings. This seminar presents an introduction to the methods used by art historians and the objects and ideas that constitute ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 4100

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9249VISST 4200  SEM 101

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VISST 4210

Advanced and pre-professional Western classical dance. A continuation of and supplement to PMA 3210. view course details

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  •  6832VISST 4210  STU 501

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VISST 4220

Advanced and pre-professional Modern technique. A continuation of and supplement to PMA 3220. view course details

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VISST 4350

The installation and dissemination of portraits of living political leaders ("rulers") is frequently perceived as a hallmark of twentieth-century regimes, especially those labeled as "totalitarian" or ... view course details

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  • 16386VISST 4350  SEM 101

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VISST 4445

This seminar will examine cultural understandings of nature in early modern Europe, especially Italy, including the notions of "second nature," "cultural landscape," and "pastoral." While agricultural ... view course details

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  • 16340VISST 4445  SEM 101

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VISST 4545

Examines the play as the central, essential source for production decisions made by the actor, the director, the designer, and the dramaturg. Students "present" their conclusions about the performance ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4450PMA 4650

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 15855VISST 4545  SEM 101

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VISST 4770

Intensive course in 16mm filmmaking and digital video in which each student develops a significant documentary or experimental project both critically and creatively. view course details

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  •   Combined with: PMA 4570

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9075VISST 4770  STU 501

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VISST 4840

Contemporary Taiwanese Art is defined in this course as the art of Taiwan since the 1980s. The 1980s was a crucial transformative period in Taiwan's history when the island underwent major social and political ... view course details

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  • 16357VISST 4840  SEM 101

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VISST 4860

The sizzling hiss of white-hot iron plunged in water, the slap and punch required to put a hole in a solid wad of clay on a kick-wheel, the whirring of a drop spindle in motion. Can we capture or theorize ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 4860ARTH 6860

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16566VISST 4860  SEM 101

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VISST 4945

The course examines how postcolonial African writers and filmmakers engage with and revise controversial images of bodies and sexuality-genital cursing, same-sex desire, HIV/AIDS, genital surgeries, etc. ... view course details

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  • 17064VISST 4945  SEM 101

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  • Limited to 15 students.

VISST 4996

A graduate level discussion of the role of sensation in philosophy of art, and its relation to conceptions of objectivity and perfection. We'll aim to transform our understanding of a range of issues raised ... view course details

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  • 16956VISST 4996  SEM 101

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VISST 6445

This seminar will examine cultural understandings of nature in early modern Europe, especially Italy, including the notions of "second nature," "cultural landscape," and "pastoral." While agricultural ... view course details

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  • 16342VISST 6445  SEM 101

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VISST 6500

After having been reduced to a mere ideological formation of bourgeois origin, aesthetics has recently made a strong comeback in the field of theory. This course probes the reasons for this historical ... view course details

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  • 16216VISST 6500  SEM 101

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VISST 6945

The course examines how postcolonial African writers and filmmakers engage with and revise controversial images of bodies and sexuality-genital cursing, same-sex desire, HIV/AIDS, genital surgeries, etc. ... view course details

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  • 17068VISST 6945  SEM 101

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  • Limited to 15 students.

VISST 6965

What is the relation of the theory and archival practice of the 'digital turn' to the overall question of the humanities? The course will consider a range of critical pressure points that have been central ... view course details

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  • 17013VISST 6965  SEM 101

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