Special Topics

A variety of courses are taught as Special Topics courses.

Special Topics Courses

SART 17.08 - Digital Drawing
This class will explore the connection of hand drawing and digital drawing to create original images. Students will explore the implications, opportunities and technical issues of using the computer as a drawing tool and combine computer-generated drawings with those done by hand. Drawings may combine layering, collaging and converting 3D form to 2D hand drawings using PhotoShop, Illustrator and Rhino software, among others.

SART 17.13 - Drawing with Van Gogh
Students learn to draw as Vincent Van Gogh did throughout various stages of his life, with similar instruction, purpose and drawing materials.  The class will see and draw from the art that influenced him, work from subject matter similar to his, and experiment with his particular techniques.  Students will copy a range of Van Gogh drawings, draw directly from life as he did, and read many of his extraordinary letters.  At the end of the term, each student will develop a suite of drawings, embodying their own idea of how Van Gogh's work might have further evolved.  Supplemental course fee required. All levels of drawing experience welcome.

SART 17.14 - Reinventing Architecture: Design and Social Action
By thinking more broadly about the populations served and more expansively about collaborative initiatives, designers can take on an important role in addressing the significant challenges we face in a rapidly changing and developing world. This course will include a series of drawing/media/design assignments that will serve as concentrated exercises in the investigation of architectural and spatial concepts and projects for challenged communities on the local, national and international levels. A wide array of design tools will be utilized and students will work both individually and collaboratively with classmates.  Course requirements will consist of the completion of drawing, model making and analysis assignments associated with each of the phases of the course. A substantial part of many class sessions will be dedicated to working on these assignments in the studio, thus attendance will be critical to the successful completion of the course. There will be a time commitment required outside of class to complete most assignments and additional assignments will also be made explicitly for completion outside of class. Field trips, site visits and visiting experts will be an integral component of the course.

SART 17.15 - 3D Design and Digital Fabrication
This course is an introduction to basic three dimensional design principles and the relationship between structure and space. Students will learn fundamentals of design ideologies to design and construct objects and structures that use cutting edge computer modeling and 3D fabrication processes to create forms ranging from everyday utilitarian objects to structures for specific sites on campus. Material investigations and problem solving skills to design innovative solutions to real world problems will be undertaken. Computer drawing and fabrication using the program Illustrator, and 3D modeling with Rhino, 3D Printers and CNC Routers will be taught and used. Students will develop skills needed to communicate design concepts and develop personal approaches to design as well as to construct them. The projects include forms based on aesthetic as utilitarian design.