Visual Studies (VISST)Arts and Sciences

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VISST 2000

This course will introduce you to the field of Visual Studies.  Visual Studies seeks to define and improve our visual relationship to nature and culture after the modern surge in technology and knowledge.  ... view course details

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VISST 2174

Intensive consideration of the ways films generate meaning and of the ways we attribute meaning and value to films. Discussion ranges over commercial narrative, art cinema, documentary, and personal film ... view course details

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  •  7725VISST 2174  LEC 001

VISST 2190

Borrowing its title from a formulation of Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch, and beginning from the "forays of demoralization" instigated by the Dadas, who bequeathed to surrealism the precious ... view course details

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  •  8566VISST 2190  SEM 101

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

  •  5506VISST 2744  LEC 001

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 GradeNoAud

  •  8907VISST 3010  SEM 101

VISST 3176

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 3551PMA 6551

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

VISST 3443

Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael transformed the art of their time. Leonardo was an extraordinary thinker, scientist, and engineer as well as artist. Michelangelo invented grandiose projects for ambitious ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 3440

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16256VISST 3443  LEC 001

VISST 3522

This course examines the origins, evolution, and contemporary resonance of film noir. Beginning with a look at expressionist and crime films of Weimar Germany, we will then examine a body of classic films ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GERST 3522PMA 3522

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16476VISST 3522  SEM 101

VISST 3560

Computers are powerful tools for working, playing, thinking, and living. Laptops, PDAs, webcams, cell phones, and iPods are not just devices, they also provide narratives, metaphors, and ways of seeing ... view course details

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  •  7327VISST 3560  LEC 001

VISST 3600

This course discusses new art practices since the 1960s. Although numerous artistic experiments took place during the first half of the twentieth century, it was with the declining importance of modernist ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 3600

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16258VISST 3600  LEC 001

VISST 3758

Formally titled "technosomakinesics," this class works to expand the specific aesthetics related to dance as embodied performance. Included in the process is the analysis of built environments that both ... view course details

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VISST 3765

This course traces the exchanges between spectacular entertainments and avant-garde art that shaped late nineteenth-century European visual culture, and gave rise to collective spectatorship transgressing ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 3765FREN 3765

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16391VISST 3765  LEC 001

VISST 4210

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

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  •  5367VISST 4210  STU 501

  • Course fee of $40.

VISST 4220

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

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  •  7131VISST 4220  STU 501

  • Course fee of $40.

VISST 4436

The course will treat various aspects of Indian film, with focal topics to vary from year to year.  These topics will include religion in Indian film, Indian art films, and the golden age of Indian film.  ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 4436

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16611VISST 4436  SEM 101

VISST 4441

This course will examine intersections of film history and the environment. Using German cinema as a case study, we will look at how moving image media have negotiated ecological issues from the early ... view course details

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  • 16478VISST 4441  SEM 101

  • Weekly film screening, TBA.

VISST 4546

Examines how collaboration among stage directors, designers, and actors leads to differing interpretations of plays. The course focuses on how the texts themselves are blueprints for productions with particular ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4210PMA 4675

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17472VISST 4546  SEM 101

VISST 4563

Concentrates on designing lighting for different genres of performance in various venues. Emphasis is placed on developing both the visual sophistication and the technical artistry of the lighting designer. ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PMA 4620

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

VISST 4577

The aim of this course is to present a map of theories and artistic strategies in order to better understand the validity of the anachronism and obsolescence in today's culture. During recent years, artists ... view course details

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  • 17489VISST 4577  SEM 101

VISST 4604

This course evaluates the immense popularity of 17th-century Dutch artists Rembrandt and Vermeer. Together these two great exponents of the Golden Age span three-quarters of their century, from ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 4604ARTH 6604

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16384VISST 4604  SEM 101

VISST 4758

Continuation of PMA 3350. PMA 4350 expands on principles explored in PMA 3350 using more complex and interactive software and spatialities. Students must create work utilizing projections and built objects ... view course details

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VISST 4761

Seminar topics rotate each semester. view course details

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  • Topic: Mass Culture in the Great Depression

  •  7129VISST 4761  SEM 101

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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  • 18175VISST 4770  STU 501

VISST 4793

Intensive filmmaking/media production course in which students focus on developing and producing an accomplished creative project over the semester (16mm, HD, sound art, and multi-media are all options). ... view course details

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  • 18177VISST 4793  STU 501

VISST 4835

An understanding of performance as object and lens, modality and method, is integral to scholarship and research across the humanities and social sciences. Charting the advent and defining principles of ... view course details

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VISST 6174

Intensive consideration of the ways films generate meaning and of the ways we attribute meaning and value to films. Discussion ranges over commercial narrative, documentary, and personal film modes. Graduate ... view course details

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  •  7727VISST 6174  LEC 001