Writing for Artists

Writing is performance. Visual artists, designers, musicians, writers, dancers, filmmakers, actors, artists of every kind come together in a supportive workshop environment to develop their writing skills. Students practice the skills of argumentation, research, and clarity of expression that benefit critical pieces as well as the kinds of writing they are likely to have to produce as professional artists or critics in the field. In the first half of the class, students learn the craft of cr...
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Arts Management: An Entrepreneurial Approach

We examine the tensions between artistic integrity, economic viability, and stakeholder benefit in arts management. Readings and case studies foster student understanding of the economic and social importance of the arts. Students also acquire practical skills--organizational, financial, strategic, and promotional--applicable to day-to-day and long-term management of nonprofit and commercial ventures in the arts. The backgrounds and interests of the students enrolled help the instructor determ...
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Fine Arts Portfolio

What should an artist’s portfolio look like in 2014? Does a website showcase your work best or is it important to show artwork on site? In this course, you learn how to assemble a cohesive portfolio by first reviewingthe work you have and identifying any gaps. Class discussions cover options for having your work professionally photographed versus shooting it yourself as well as preparinga digital portfolio to present to potential clients. A class trip to meet gallery curators and directors b...
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Project Studio

In this studio intermediate to advanced students complete self-directed projects in media including drawing, painting, sculpture, photo, video, and animation as well as create interdisciplinary work. Students plan, develop, and produce a project or series of their own design with the technical and critical support of the instructor. The emphasis is on articulating a personal approach to the chosen medium. This course helps you create a cohesive series of pieces, build your portfolio for gradua...
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Woodcut, Etching and Collagraph

Study basic intaglio methods (etching, aqua- tint, and soft ground), relief printing (B&W and color woodcut), and experimental work with the collagraph, building a surface for printing with cardboard and other textural two-dimensional objects. Freedom and flex- ibility are emphasized as students learn to use drawing and cutting tools while mastering printing and registration techniques. Design, drawing, and color are stressed, with attention given to developing each student’s personal aesthe...
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Silk Screen Printing

Screenprinting is one of the simplest and most direct ways to create multiple-color images. Using hand-drawn, digital, and photographic sources, students learn to construct images on almost any flat surface. All printing is water-based. This class develops skills that can support other artistic techniques. Limited to 12. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Etching and Engraving

This course introduces all forms of intaglio printing, including drypoint, engraving, aquatint, softground, and mezzotint.Color printing includes demonstrations in multicolor plates, stencil, and viscosity. Students work with halftone film and line drawings, translating these into photo-etchings, and explore printing with copper and zinc metal plates. Limited to 12. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Introduction to Printmaking

Beginning students explore printmaking media including etching, monotypes, and collagraphy. This workshop enables students to develop their own personal vision. This course covers conventional techniques and introduces students to experimental methods. Limited to 12. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Mixed Media: Contemporary Fusion

Unlock ways of creating unique images and expressing personal vision using mixed media. Create artwork that brings together photo imagery and the transparent textures of painting techniques. Use the juxtaposition of found images with the processes of art materials to connect personal content with elements from the environment. The relationship between personal expression and cultural images is explored. A variety of processes may be used: water soluble pencils, acrylic paints, inks, layering o...
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Drawing in New York City

This course gets you out into the city drawing at indoor and outdoor locations. You’ll learn how to depict a landscape or interior in an expressive and cohesive composition that captures value, space, form, and movement. Beginning and advanced students draw using their own approach while remaining aware of the solutions reached by successful artists throughout history. Critiques and discussion help students develop analytic and evaluative skills. Instruction will be one-on-one and geared to ...
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Watercolor

Beginning and advanced students explore all facets of watercolor painting and develop their technical ability and creativity. A variety of styles and approaches are demonstrated, including wet-on-wet, glaze and washes. Subjects covered include landscapes, flowers and buildings with an emphasis on design and color. The development of a student’s personal vision is encouraged. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Life Painting

Using live models as subject matter, students explore fundamental concepts of painting using close observation of color, form, and light and dark to compose paintings of the human figure occupying space. Both ac- curacy and expressiveness are addressed and encouraged. This course is recommended for students who have taken at least one previous life drawing class. Bring vine charcoal and an 18”x24” newsprint pad to the first session. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Stud...
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The Portrait

The Portrait is a course about a tradition thousands of years old. Students acquire knowledge-based ways of seeing and learn to apply authentic perceptual principles to their own work without losing their unique form of expression. Students follow a sequential program designed to familiarize them with the essential skill of seeing using oils, pastel, or charcoal. Shape recognition, edges, light values, atmospheric perspective, and color temperature as applied to portraiture are covered. Issues...
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Painting I

This basic painting studio begins with an examination of the use of color, composition, spatial structure, and transition. Students work with a variety of observed sources, including the figure model, while receiving guidance on issues they are struggling with. Art history and contemporary art are incorporated. Bring to the first class a small tube of ivory black oil paint, a small tube of Titanium white oil paint, a small can of Turpenoid or odorless turpentine, a paper palette pad, a small j...
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Photography Portfolio

What should a photographer’s portfolio look like today? Is a website the best way to show your work to prospective clients, or is it better to present printed photographs in a portfolio in person? In this course, you learn how to assemble a cohesive portfolio by first identifying your market and current trends for presenting work to your chosen segment of the industry. Format options for portfolio presentation are discussed and reviewed. The course features guest lecturers, a field trip, and...
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Professional Practices: Photography

Learn about the world of professional photography in New York City and developing a business as a working photographer. This course is designed for those who intend to start a full-time or part-time career in commercial, advertising, travel, wedding, portrait, or fine art photography or photojournalism. Students receive guidance on aspects of launching a professional business, including identifying your market, the use and importance of copyright, business practices, and options for self-promo...
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Available Light Photography

Getting great shots in extreme conditions like harsh sunlight or the street at night is a challenge. This course shows you how to work with any kind of light at any time. The class works with the methods required in difficult conditions, including dim lighting. Students expand their vision and technical ability as they translate light, color, and ideas into powerful images. Special software, processes, equipment, and camera techniques and their use in creating evocative images are demonstrated...
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New York City Street Photography

Photograph New York City using only technique and the simplest of equipment. You learn how to use landscape, form, and existing light to master the photographic resources on hand. Each week, you explore various New York neighborhoods as a class and then capture your own striking, low-budget images. The use of point-and-shoot digital cameras, simple 35mm film cameras, and even disposable cameras is encouraged to help you develop a unique photographic vision. Beginners are welcome. Bring your ca...
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The Photographic Portrait

Since Leonardo da Vinci painted Mona Lisa, the portrait has been a favorite genre for artists and photographers. Whether you choose to photograph your family, capture strangers on the street, or set up a formal portrait, this course gives you the technical and conceptual skills you need to make a successful picture. Camera use, lighting, composition, personal vision, and point of view are discussed. You can shoot work in black and white or color using analog or digital cameras. A darkroom is n...
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Using Your Digital SLR

Learn how to use a digital SLR camera in this two-day hands-on course. Topics covered include formatting and choosing file formats, using and downloading memory cards, making decisions about lens and shutter speed settings, using light metering patterns and modes, focusing, exposure overrides, manipulating image parameters, and working with the many forms of imagery the camera’s processor is capable of creating. You also receive a short introduction to image processing. Bring to class your d...
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Introduction to Digital Photography

This lecture/demonstration course introduces you to the fundamentals of digital photography. You emerge from the class with a new sense of the power of photography and confidence in using a camera without focusing excessively on the technical details of the medium. Topics covered include different types of cameras, how to choose a camera, and how to hold the camera to ensure sharp photographs. You also learn about aperture opening (f-stop) and shutter speed in detail so that you can control ho...
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Collage

Collage is the integration of painting, handmade surfaces, three-dimensional objects, and photographs to create multiple layers of visual meaning. It offers an ideal mediumfor personal and autobiographical work, storytelling, and visual narratives. Students develop their design ideas and technical skills by creating color compositions using digital inkjet prints, art papers, fabrics, and photos. Classes include demonstrations of transfers from laser prints and newspapers, the use of specialty ...
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Color Theory

Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations. Online students must have access to a scanner. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Life Drawing

Discover aspects of drawing by working from the live model. Study master drawings and develop an understanding of structure to cultivate elements of draftsmanship. Bring to first class an 18 ̋ × 24 ̋ newsprint pad and vine charcoal. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Drawing II

This class is geared to students who wish to build upon basic drawing skills. Selective observation, including working from the figure, is emphasized in order to develop an understanding of structure and form. Students explore composition, line quality, and spatial relationships while developing a personal form of expression. References to art history and contemporary art, one-on- one instruction, and demonstrations aid the learning process. Prerequisite: Drawing I or equivalent experience. ...
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Acrylic Painting Basics

Limited to 16. In this introductory class, students gain an understanding of the qualities of acrylic paint. Learn how to control and mix acrylics and discover how the paint responds to canvas, paper, and other materials. Projects originate from found images as well as still lifes and encourage experimentation. The archival nature of the medium and artists primarily working in acrylic are also discussed. Prerequisite: Drawing I or the equivalent. For a list of materials to bring to the first c...
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Oil Painting Basics

Explore color and form by painting from the live model and still life setups. Gain a basic understanding of the use of oil paints, mediums, and brushes while developing painting skills and learning techniques specific to these materials and the surfaces on which they are painted. Prerequisite: Drawing I or equivalent. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Drawing I

For those who have never picked up a pencil and beginners who prefer sticking to the basics. The class discusses form, drawing materials, line, and shading. Students learn about perspective, foreshortening, gesture, drapery, and portraiture. The class includes some life drawing from the model. Bringto first class: vine charcoal, a pencil, an eraser, and an 18 ̋ × 24 ̋ newsprint pad. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of pro...
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Drawing Basics

This course explores both traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing with using a variety of materials. Through a series of assignments with still-life arrangements and live models, students learn the importance of seeing form as well as the basic principles of drawing. Critiques and discussion help students develop analytic and evaluative skills. Instruction is one- on-one and is geared to the needs of individual students. Bring an 18”x24” newsprint pad (100 sheets), a woodless gr...
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Rhino I

Learn 3D modeling techniques using Rhino 3D—a powerful, versatile modeling software program applicable to design disciplines including architecture, sculpture, and interior, furniture, product, and jewelry design. Rhino is fast, intuitive, easy to learn, and compatible with many other software packages. A wide array of plug-ins also enables you to perform an impressive and ever-evolving range of functions with Rhino. Projects help you acquire the fundamentals of digital design along with ski...
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AutoCAD

For architects and interior and product designers. Learn the basics, including drawing, editing, dimensioning, output, and presentation. Gain a practical understanding of AutoCAD’s relevance to professional practice. Take a project from sketch development and produce professional drawings. Prerequisite: Basic drafting skills and familiarity with Windows, or equivalent. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Digital Layout with Adobe InDesign

In this class, students explore the fundamentals of InDesign, including all aspects of the page-layout process. Importing, creating type, and working with imagery are covered extensively. Production shortcuts for print, PDF, and the Web are discussed. Prerequisite: Mac Basics or equivalent. Online students must have InDesign CS or higher (Mac or Windows platform). Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Interior Design

Explore the design process by developing a commercial or residential project in a studio environment. Begin from a concept and develop your idea into a coherent interior space, exploring issues of spatial layout and significance, materials and finishes, lighting, and furniture. Present your final project, complete with rendered drawings and a materials board. Prerequisite: Basic Drafting, Basic Interior Space Planning, or equivalent experience. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certif...
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Interior Lighting

An introduction to theory, technique, and creative lighting concepts basic to all interiors. Study materials, color, luminaires, luminaire selection, layout, and approaches to various building types. Prerequisite: Basic Drafting or the equivalent. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Model Design Studio

New technologies have been developed for taking design projects from concept to prototype, but design studios continue to build models and prototypes by hand. Models, mock-ups, and prototypes are among the most effective tools designers use for studying and developing design concepts before actual construction begins. The special skills required for this kind of work are important for any designer who plans to work in interior design, architecture, or product design. Students work on a range o...
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Furniture Design

Students investigate all aspects of furniture design, including materials, fabrication techniques, form, style, drawing, and production. Emphasis is placed on scale, human factors and industrial application. This course also covers the relationship of interior space, structure, and product purpose to object design. This is not a studio fabrication course, although scaled prototypes may be produced. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permi...
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Perspective Drawing for Interiors

Learn the mechanical skills needed to visually communicate spatial concepts. Develop the ability to translate floor plans into three-dimensional interiors by exploring the principles of one- and two-point perspective drawing. Learn about isometric views, plan and section perspective, introductory pencil rendering, and concepts of light and shadow. Bring to the first class an 11 ̋ × 14 ̋ drawing pad, a pencil, and a ruler. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open t...
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Interior Rendering

Learn about rendering materials, methods, and techniques. Use watercolor, marker, pencil, ink, and mixed media to learn color mixing and color theory, as well as shade and shadow. Apply rendering techniques to room drawings, plans, and elevations. Make media comparisons to determine the best use for each finish based on your abilities. Use what you’ve learned to create presentations using color and materials boards. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degre...
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Basic Drafting

An introduction to the preparation of drawings for architectural purposes. Topics include identification and use of drafting equipment, drafting in scale, basic lettering, line weights, and standard notation conventions. The emphasis is on orthographic projections related to floor plans, elevations, and ceiling plans. Trade information related to the practice of architectural and interior design is integrated throughout the curriculum. Gain the skills and techniques necessary to express any de...
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Basic Interior Space Planning

This is an introduction to planning inte-rior spaces for students without drafting skills. Learn what it means to be an interior designer and apply conceptual approaches to interior design problems. Through sessions on color, scale and proportion, lighting, furniture arrangement, floor and wall treatments, and client psychology, learn to conceptualize and plan creative solutions for interior spaces. Master freehand drawing of floor plans. Complete one interior design project, from beginning ...
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Graphic Design II

Students develop their conceptual and technical skills through sessions in both a nondigital studio and a digital lab. They work on projects that incorporate research, illustrations, and graphics and represent a range of ideas- literal and abstract, metaphorical and symbolic. Discussion of professional practices and class critiques strengthen students’ ability to present a total graphic concept. Prerequisite: Graphic Design I and working knowledge of Illustrator and InDesign. Limited to 16...
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Professional Practices: Graphic Design

Through lectures, demonstrations, research and studio work, this course presents an in- depth exploration of the business of graphic design and related professional practices. Whether you intend to freelance, work ina small boutique office, or design at a large corporation, this course will help you understand what to expect. The course focuses on common design problems, including pricing, estimates, invoices, client relations, and professional conduct. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and...
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Graphic Design Portfolio

Through lectures, demonstrations, and studio work, you learn to build an original, effective graphic design portfolio to present to potential employers and undergraduate and graduate admission counselors. You refine existing projects and are guided to undertake new projects to fill gaps in your portfolio. You research, develop, and refine your presentation skills using both digital and traditional paper portfolio formats. This class is also ideal for professionals who are seeking to reawaken t...
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Graphic Design History

This course covers the history of graphic design from the mid-19th century through the digital revolution. Influential movements are examined, including arts and crafts, art nouveau, Dada, Bauhaus, Neue Grafik,and DIY punk. Students explore the evolu- tion of the discipline from typesetting to lithography to digital design and investigate the relationship of the discipline to propaganda, advertising, corporate branding, and social networking. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certi...
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The Graphic Novel

This course is an introduction to the graphic novel, sequential art, and other narrative and text-based art forms. Over the course of the semester, each student develops a complete section of a graphic novel. We discuss sources of inspiration, the combination of image and text, the way time and space function within the medium, and a variety of media and formal possibilities. Emphasis is placed on development of visual storytelling skills; we also look at a wide variety of work by artists work...
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Communication and Promotional Design

The most challenging and innovative designs often fall under promotional design. Assignments include self-promotion and client promotional pieces, including flip- books, posters, announcements, brochures, stationery, and packaging. Use of original graphics, folds, structures, and die-cuts is encouraged. Whether rubber-stamped on newspaper or lavishly produced, the concept is always stressed, and the sky’s the limit. Flex your creative muscles and make something great for yourself and others....
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Greeting Card Design

Designing greeting cards is an excellent way for artists, writers, illustrators, photographers, and graphic designers to supplement their income. Learn to design, write, and market greeting cards. At the end of the course, you will have a professional-quality greeting card portfolio, suitable for presentation to greeting card companies. Writing, art, illustration, graphic or computer design, and photography skills are helpful. Computer and color printer experience is helpful, but not necessary...
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Print Production and Process

A must for every graphic designer, this course guides students through the changing landscape of digital and conventional printing techniques. Specifically created for design students and marketing professionals, this hands-on class explores state-of-the-art printing techniques as well as traditional methods, including offset, screen, and letterpress. Field trips in and around Manhattan enable students to gain a better understanding of the process. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Cert...
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