ARTV 101 - Fundamentals of Drawing
Introduction to the fundamental elements and principles of drawing. Exploration of a variety of dry and wet media. Primary emphasis on developing the student’s perceptual capabilities and representational skills. Required for Art majors.
ARTV 103 - Design Foundations
Study of two-dimensional design principles stressing the dynamics of line, shape, value, texture, color, spatial relationships, and composition. This course introduces the students to the basics of visual communications. Required for Art majors.
ARTV 104 - Foundations in Form, Space, and Time
A critical exploration of how we as artists relate to the material world, and how that world in turn influences the work we make. Students will investigate a variety of media and artistic practices through projects, readings, slide presentations, and discussions. The class will examine social, cultural, and environmental issues, and their impact on meaning and perception in art.
ARTV 105 - Introduction to Sculpture
This studio course is an introductory exploration of the media and methods (traditional and experimental) that form the basis of an ongoing dialogue between object and artist. Students will investigate sculptural form as a means of expression through technical exercises, studio projects, readings, slide lectures, and discussions.
ARTV 108 - Introduction to Film/Video Art
This is the gateway course to the Film/Video emphasis within the Visual Arts major. It welcomes students who have little or no art background, as well as students who are majors. The course examines artwork that is time-based and is an introduction to concepts of time and duration in contemporary art contexts. By looking at a variety of films and texts, students synthesize ideas of how artists have used time as a tool and conceptual framework for making art. Students learn to create video projects through assignments and tutorials, using cameras, audio equipment and editing software. The techniques and strategies highlighted in the assignments below are important and complex facets in any time-based artwork.
ARTV 160 - Photography
An introductory lecture and laboratory course that stresses black and white camera technique and darkroom procedures. The course encourages the student to investigate photography as a medium of personal expression. Studetns must have access to a traditional film camera and purchase listed materials for the course as required.
ARTV 275 - Study Abroad in Visual Arts
An investigation of site-specific issues or topics in visual arts, offered by a USD affiliated program abroad. Can be repeated once for credit. Two sections of ARTV 275 can be taken concurrently during a study abroad semester or summer.
ARTV 300 - Visual Communications
Study of design concepts, form analysis, and development of visual thinking for creative problem solving. Lectures, discussions, and class presentations explore historical, cultural, and contemporary issues and practices in visual communications. May be taken concurrently with ARTV 108. May be repeated for credit
ARTV 302 - Intermediate Drawing
The primary objective of this course is to investigate the intimate relationship between form and content in the creation of images. Drawing projecs, lectures, and critiques will stress the organization of the pictorial field and the technical manipulation of the material as means for identifying and articulating the artist's intentions. Students will be guided through the process of developing visually compelling drawings that are technically and conceptually sophisticated. Required for Art majors selecting a specialization in Drawing or Painting. Prerequisite: ARTV 101.
ARTV 304 - Introduction to Printmaking/Book Arts
Basic techniques and expressive possibilities of intaglio and relief printmaking and their application to artists' books. Consideration of word/image relationships, image sequencing, and final presentation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: ARTV 101.
ARTV 306 - Special Topics in the Visual Arts
An in-depth investigation in a studio setting of selected topics in the Visual Arts. Issues of current and historical interests, methods, and techniques are addressed. May be repeated when topic changes. Consent of instructor or coordinator is required.
ARTV 308 - Film/Video Art: Site and Screen
This course considers the body in new media art. Texts and screenings relate to how artists craft a physical experience of video art installations, and how they render the disembodied space of virtual realms. Students produce moving image projects along these themes. Prerequisite: ARTV 108.
ARTV 320 - Film/VideoArt: The Cinematic
This course addresses video in light of narrative, cinema theory and art practice. The class examines ideas of spectatorship and subjectivity, spectacle and simulacra, appropriation and remix as important influences on the moving image in contemporary art. Students learn production methods relevant to contemporary critical dialogues such as greenscreen compositing, appropriation techniques and text/image interplay. Assignments engage specific strategies and genres of the moving image, covering some major themes in film, art and media scholarship. Prerequisite: ARTV 108 or permission of instructor.
ARTV 324 - Film/VideoArt: Advanced Studies
Advanced studies in selected themes and strategies in the medium through discussions, screenings and individual projects. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ARTV 108 or permission of instructor.
ARTV 328 - Fundamentals of Painting
Introduction to the fundamental principals, tools and techniques necessary for successful expression through the language of painting. The primary emphasis throughout the semester will be on developing the student’s technical proficiency with the medium of painting and enhancing eye/hand coordination. The majority of paintings will be developed from direct observation, with a few projects exploring the artist’s subjective interests. May be repeated for credit when ARTV 429 is not offered. Prerequisite: ARTV 101.
ARTV 344 - Figure Drawing
A studio course emphasizing the structure and anatomy of the human figure. A variety of drawing techniques and media will be utilized to depict the live model. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: ARTV 101.
ARTV 350 - Art Fundamentals
A study of the fundamentals of art as they relate to creative and mental growth. Emphasis is placed on the stages of development from preschool through junior high school. Hands-on experience with appropriate media and techniques, combined with motivational topics that help in establishing the creative atmosphere which stimulates growth of visual expression. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Intended for Liberal Studies majors of with permission of instructor.
ARTV 353 - Color Photography
An introduction to the aesthetic and technical considerations of color photography. The course covers basic camera operation, techniques for exposing and processing strategies for color positive film, and the development of critical issues of color photography. The class includes an introduction to digital imaging, including image scanning and storage strategies, image manipulation, color correction, and digital photographic printing. All prints will be made digitally in the computer lab.
ARTV 354 - Photo Strategies
In this course photographs are made in an attempt to discover one's unique voice by building upon the foundation laid by exemplary photographers. The study of artists selected by the student is encouraged through assigned readings, discussions, lectures, and writing assignments. Photographs are made in color and black and white, with both digital and traditional media. Students must have access to a traditional film camera and purchase listed materials for the course as required.
ARTV 361 - Advanced Photography
Advanced lecture and laboratory course that continues to develop technical skills and encourage the growth of personal aesthetic in photography. Advanced topics include the 4X5 camera, kodalith, and non-silver printing, Polaroid print transfers, and special topics of student interest.
ARTV 362 - Portraits in Photography
This course engages the student in making portraits in color and black and white photographic media. Students are required to complete a body of work reflecting the concerns of portraiture within a fine arts context. A camera is required. Materials not included.
ARTV 364 - Introduction to Sculpture: Form, Content, Context
A preliminary exploration of media and methods that will form the basis of an ongoing dialogue betweenobject and artist. Students will investigate sculptural form as a means of expression through projects, readings, slide presentations, and discussions. Prerequisite: ARTV 104.
ARTV 366 - 3D Ceramics Studio
A studio course at the intermediate or advanced level focused on the exploration of ceramics as a sculptural medium. Students will be introduced to basic hand building techniques and glaze theory related to sculptural form. Slide lectures, readings, and class discussions will supplement studio work. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ARTV 104.
ARTV 367 - 3D Metalworking Studio
A studio course at the intermediate level focused on the exploration of metal as a sculptural medium. Students will investigate traditional and contemporary approaches to materials through assignments, readings, projects, and class discussions. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Visual Arts 104.
ARTV 368 - 3D Concrete Studio
A studio course at the intermediate or advanced level focused on the exploration of concrete as a sculptural medium. Students will investigate traditional and contemporary approaches to this material through assignments, readings, projects, and class discussions. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ARTV 104.
ARTV 369 - Intermediate / Advanced Sculpture
A multi-level studio course designed to advance students’ technical and conceptual skills through a series of sculptural problems beyond the introductory level. Studio projects, technical demonstrations, lectures, readings and filed trips create context within the history and practice of contemporary sculpture, expanding students’ knowledge of traditional and experimental approaches to sculpture, while aiding the development (particularly at the advanced level) of a personal body of work. Prerequisite: ARTV 104 or 105, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
ARTV 370 - Designing for Social Space
This studio seminar considers a constellation of artistic developments of the last 40 years that employ social space and activity as important artistic venues or materials. The class will examine the impulse towards social engagement in art: the desire to make art beyond the gallery, to facilitate collective change, to practice a form of creativity beyond individual authorship, or to avoid the market’s hold on art. Through experiments, exercises and art projects, readings and lectures students will explore site-specific sculpture and installation, social sculpture, collaborations and artistic interactivity.
ARTV 371 - Sculpture / Landscape
A studio seminar course organized around the overlapping topics of landscape, sculpture and land art, Sculpture/Landscape is designed to offer intermediate and advanced Visual Arts students an opportunity to continue developing technical and conceptual skills in sculpture while also providing motivated students without experience an exciting entry to the discipline. Through technical exercises, studio projects, field trips, lectures, readings and discussions we will explore contemporary sculpture and installation practice in relation to the land and historical and contemporary ideas about land, all while taking advantage of San Diego’s year-round growing season, diverse micro-climates and post-modern botanical vocabulary.
ARTV 375 - Study Abroad in Visual Arts
An investigation of site-specific issues or topics in visual arts, offered by a USD affiliated program abroad. Can be repeated once for credit. Two sections of ARTV 375 can be taken concurrently during a study abroad semester or summer.
ARTV 382 - Public Art Studio Seminar
This course focuses on the role of the artist outside of the gallery/museum context. Tangential to this investigation will be discussions that engage social, political, and urban issues relevant to this expanded public context. Traditional approaches of enhancement and commemoration will be examined in light of more temporal and ciritcal methodologies. Historical examples will be studied and discussed, including the Soviet Constructivist experiments, the Situationists, Conceptual art, and more recent interventionist strategies.
ARTV 401 - Advanced Visual Communications
Advanced problem solving, further analysis of form and meaning, and continued exploration of the historical and cultural issues in contemporary visual communications. Projects emphasize creative thinking and require the students to place greater emphasis on research, exploration, and preparation of work for final presentation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: ARTV 103, 108, 300.
ARTV 403 - Advanced Drawing Seminar
This course is designed to challenge students who have already demonstrated an intermediate level of proficiency in drawing. Lectures, reading discussions, and drawing projects will unfold throughout the semester around a single unified topic, resulting in a cohesive portfolio for the student. The course’s central topic will change every semester, enabling students to repeat the course without repeating its content. The following is a partial list of the topics that will be explored: Representation, Identity, and the Narrative Portrait; Informed By Nature: The Landscape from the Panoramic to the Microscopic; The Expressionist Voice; Techniques of the Old Masters; Drawing the Artists’ Book. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: ARTV 101, 302.
ARTV 420 - Digital Audio Composition
Analysis of historical and contemporary experimental music and sound provides the foundation for structured and creative composition using digitized sound. Includes an introduction to sampling, recording techniques, digital audio editing, effects processing, and mixing using Digital Performer and related software. Workshop format includes critique of work-in-progress and opportunities for public performance. Cross-listed as MUSC 420. Prerequisite: ARTH 109/MUSC 109 recommended, but not required. Prior musical experience not required.
ARTV 421- Interactive Digital Music/Arts
A workshop on the creation of interactive digital works of sound art or music using state-of-the-art hardware and software, focusing on Max/MSP/Jitter. Includes the study of theoretical, aesthetic, philosophical and historical background in computer-human interaction and the arts, basic tenets of programming, and practical exercises in programming interactive computer multimedia art. Cross-listed as MUSC 421. Prerequisite: MUSC 420/ARTV420.
ARTV 424 - Art and the Soundscape
We explore the soundscape – the sounds around us –through focused listening, experimentation, and journal writing. These investigations provide the foundation for artistic work in a variety of media involving the experience and transformation of the sonic environment and its social and political implications. Research and creative work are required in media of the students’ choice. Cross-listed as MUSC 424. Prerequisite: ARTH 109/MUSC 109.
ARTV 429 - Intermediate/Advanced Painting
A multi-level course designed to refine the technical skills of intermediate and advanced students, while developing their individual concerns through a cohesive series of paintings. Assignments, presentations, and readings will challenge the student to consider a variety of thematic and stylistic approaches to the art of painting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ARTV 328.
ARTV 478 - Senior Thesis Seminar
A studio-seminar course designed for Visual Art majors in their senior year to help prepare them for ARTV 495 – Senior Thesis. Students will develop a mature body of work in their selected discipline(s) and formulate critical positions on their work through readings, lectures, and cross-disciplinary discussions pertaining to a range of creative practices. Required for all Visual Art majors in their senior year.
ARTV 495 - Senior Thesis
Visual Arts: This course requires the Art major with a Visual Arts emphasis to mount an exhibition of his or her most significant art work carried out during undergraduate education; present a written thesis that analyzes the development of, and influences on his/her work; and participate in an oral defense of that thesis with the art faculty and their peers. Senior Thesis should be taken in the final semester of the senior year.
ARTV 498 - Studio Internship
The practice of the specialized skills, tools, basic materials, and production techniques at local professional art and design studios under the direct supervision of their senior staff. Students will present a written report to the faculty. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor prior to registration.
ARTV 499 - Independent Study
A project developed by the student in coordination with an instructor. The project should investigate in-depth a field of interest to the student not covered by established Visual Arts courses. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
ARTH 101 - Introduction to the History of Art
This course is an introduction to many of the theories and methods that have been used by art historians. The visual foci will include conventional works of art as well as a variety of other visual media, including the museum setting and its strategies of display.
ARTH 109 - Introduction to Sound Art
A survey of the natural, cultural, historical, and artistic experience of sound with an emphasis on the use of sound in artistic and critical engagements with the world. Topics include: acoustic ecology, philosophy of music, musical instrument technology, scientific and mathematical application of sound, radical challenges to musical traditions in the 20th century, including electronic, experimental and improvised musics, installations and sound sculpture, technologies of sound reproduction, copyright and technological change, sampling, and DJ culture. Cross-listed as MUSC 109.
ARTH 135 - Introduction to Modern Architecture
A survey of the intellectual origins, artistic concerns, and utopian programs of the Modern Movement in architecture. Focusing on the years between 1870 and 1950, we will investigate and number of issues including the relations of architecture to modernism in art (especially painting and sculpture), and the common responses of artists and architects to the industrialization and mechanization of Western society. The last section of the course will focus on the postwar American architecture, the International style, and on the dissemination and transformation of modernist art in the developing world outside Europe and the United States. Cross-listed as ARCH 121.
ARTH 136 - The Year 1500: A Global History of Art and Architecture
This survey introduces students to the art and architecture of some of the many cultures that flourished around the year 1500: Italy and the Netherlands, the Ottoman empire, the Safavid dynasty in Iran, the rising Mughals in India, the Ming dynasty in China, and the Muromachi shogunate in Japan. The class discusses these artistic traditions in their own right, while at the same time emphasizing thematic and stylistic relationships and cross-cultural influences. In so doing, the survey challenges the primacy of European artistic norms, and invites instead the students to experience the diversity and complexity of the definition of art in the age of exploration.
ARTH 138 - Art and Visual Culture
This introductory is designed to introduce students to the questions and debates that propel art history and the methodologies that have shaped its unfolding shifts in strategy. While topics will vary from year to year, the central focus of the course will be constant: to equip students to look purposefully, critically, and contextually at images, mindful of the ways that meaning is produced and perceived.
ARTH 140 - The Buddhist Temple
This course considers the forms and roles taken by temples as they followed the spread of Buddhism across Asia and, more recently, into America. We will pay close attention to the ways that Buddhist communities have struggled to find a balance between tradition and acculturation as they establish new American temples. Do immigrants, old-line Asian-American Buddhists and new converts interact differently with sacred space and religious art? In addition to important temples in Asia, the course will introduce students to thriving Buddhist institutions much closer at hand, many in California, and will even venture into virtual reality.
ARTH 275 - Study Abroad in Art History
An investigation of site-specific issues or topics in art history, offered by a USD affiliated program abroad. Can be repeated once for credit. Two sections of ARTH 275 can be taken concurrently during a study abroad semester or summer.
ARTH 333 - Modern Art 1780-1920
This course will examine the emergence of modern art in western Europe during the years of radical transformation bracketed by the French Revolution and the First World War: from Jacques-Louis David's images of Revolution and Empire and Goya's dissonant revelations of human irrationality, to the fragmentation of Cubism, irony of Dafa, and subjectively of Surrealism.
ARTH 334 - Art of the Twentieth Century in Europe and the Americas
From World War I to the close of the Cold War, from the advent of the movies to the electronic promiscuities of the World Wide Web, the unities of the modern world have dissolved into the multiplicities of postmodernity. The ways that art has intersected with the momentous shifts in life will be considered. In the utopian dreams of Constructivism, philosophical reveries of Cubism, subversions of Dada, and introversions of Surrealism and Expressionism, and in the low-brow allusion of Pop Art, unboundedness of Performance Art, and media-mimicking interventions of the 1990s, artists have probed the meaning of human experience and action in the 20th century.
ARTH 336 - History and Theory of Photography
This course surveys the history if photography from its origins in the early 19th century to the present. Students will explore historical debates about photography's status as a fine art, as well as current issues in photographic theory.
ARTH 338 W - City and Utopia: Introduction of History of Urbanism
This course surveys the relation between social and physical space in the formation of modern cities, as well as in the formation of modern disciplines, city planning, and urban design. In PArt I, we will investigate of the new social ideas resulted in the birth of architectural/urban typologies in the 18th century such as the colony, the clinic, the prison, and the panorama. In Part II, we will study how the projects of social reform and political control shaped the grand urban projects and the "master plans" of the 19th and 20th century. This course is intended to introduce students to a history of ideas in modern urbanism and enhance their understanding of the city as a symbolic form. Cross-listed as ARCH 321.
ARTH 339 - Museum Studies
An examination of the history, structure, philosophy, and roles of museums, alternative spaces, and public art programs. The class will meet with a number of area museums professionals.
ARTH 340 - Curatorial Practice
An introduction to the practical skills, ethics, and history of museums curatorship. Students gain direct experience working with objects and exhibitions planning in Founders Gallery. May be repeated for credit.
ARTH 341 - Exhibition Design
An introduction to the practical skills, ethics, and history of museums curatorship. Students gain direct experience working with objects and exhibitions planning in Founders Gallery. May be repeated for credit.
ARTH 342 - Contemporary Architecture
This course aims at a synoptic view of architectural theory in the 1970's and 1980's in order to offer an understanding of the present predicament of architecture and the city. We will discuss the "postmodern condition" as a global socioeconomic phenomenon and how a select group of architects and thinkers responded to this condition in the recent past. Cross-listed as ARCH 322.
ARTH 343 - Memory, Monument, Museum: Studies in Historic Preservation
This class introduces students to the contemporary debates and practices in art, museology, and historic preservation by focusing on the changing definitions of the monument, the souvenir, collecting memory, and the museum. Cross-listed as ARCH 323.
ARTH 344 - Biographies of World Cities
This course is a focused survey of the arts and architecture of a great city throughout history. It examines how shifting social contexts and patronage shaped the monuments of art and architecture; how the function and meaning of these monuments have changed in subsequent stages of the city’s history; how the traces of past architecture—the archaeological strata—structure the city’s present form; and how the monuments record the individual experiences and collective memory of a city’s inhabitants. Students will learn to analyze art and architecture based on firsthand experience, field surveys, and faculty-guided research. Offered mainly as a study abroad course by the USD faculty during winter Intercession or summer programs. Cities may include Rome, Istanbul, Madrid, Paris, London, Mexico City, and Los Angeles, among others. Cross-listed as ARCH 340.
ARTH 345 - The Avant-Garde and Mass Culture: Art and Politics
This course will examine the intersections between mass culture and the artistic movements in the first decades of the 20th century which came to be known as the "historical avant-garde." class discussions will focus on the question of aesthetic autonomy versus the social/political engagement of art. We will investigate the way technologies of modern communication and mass media which made art available to a larger public at the beginning of the century - photographic reproduction, cinema, and, more recently, television - have transformed the production and reception of art.
ARTH 354 - Art Since 1960
This course examines art of the past four decades in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Moving from Pop, Conceptual, and Performance Art of the 1960's to installation, public intervention, and Internet art of the 1990's, the class will consider the ways that artistic strategies forge meaning within the frame of historical circumstance.
ARTH 355 - The City in Art and Film
This course will examine representations of the city in 20th and 21st century art and film. From the science fiction presentiments of Metropolis, Alphaville, and Blade Runner, to the suburban dystopia of American Beauty, the rhapsodic romanticism of Manhattan, and the engulfing megalopolis of Salaam Bombay, the city has figured as a powerful force and subject within film. So, too, artists have tackled the city not only as subject matter but as an arena in which to act. from the frenetic manifestations of the Futurists to the pointed interventions of Krzysztof Wodiczko, Jenny Holzer, and Robert Irwin, artists have moved into the real space of the world.
ARTH 356 - Race, Ethnicity, Art, and Film
This course examines representations of race and ethnicity in art and film. Focusing on work of the 20th and 21st century in the United States, students will consider the ways that theoretical perspectives and lived experience are articulated in art and film.
ARTH 375 - Study Abroad in Art History
An investigation of site-specific issues or topics in art history, offered by a USD affiliated program abroad. Can be repeated once for credit. Two sections of ARTH 375 can be taken concurrently during a study abroad semester or summer.
ARTH 382 - Public Art Studio Seminar
This course focuses on the role of the artist, outside of the gallery/museum context. Tangential to this investigation will be discussions that engage social, political, and urban issues relevant to this expanded public context. Traditional approaches of enhancement and commemoration will be examined in light of more temporal and critical methodologies. historical examples will be studied and discussed, including the Soviet Constructivist experiments, the Situationists, Conceptual art, and more recent interventionist strategies.
ARTH 393 - Critical Methods in the Analysis of Visual Culture
An advanced seminar exploring current art historical debates, with special emphasis on the impact of critical theories (e.g., feminism, psychoanalysis, marxism, deconstruction) on the practices of creating, looking at, and writing about works of art. Topics may vary. May be repeated for credit.
ARTH 394 - Seminar
Discussion, research, and writing focus in-depth on topics which shift each semester. Recent topics have included: Ends of Art: Histories of the Fin de Siecle; Colonialism and Art History; The American Home, 1850-1950; Art and Film; Race and Ethnicity in Art; Image World/Written Word: Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Prerequisites: Any two art history course and consent of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Art History majors are encouraged to take Art History 394 concurrent with Art History 495 during their senior year.
ARTH 395 - Methods in Art History
This seminar introduces art history students to some of the methods and theories that shape the interpretation of works of art. The course is based on the close reading and discussion of art historical texts that have influenced the development, aims, and practice of the discipline. Through a series of writing assignments, students will gain familiarity with various interpretative and analytical strategies, and be able to distinguish between different kinds of readings of artworks. Required for all Art History Majors. Prerequisites: Nine units in Art History. Art History students are strongly advised to enroll in this course during their junior year.
ARTH 495 - Senior Thesis
Each senior will conceive a research project drawing on historical, theoretical, and critical strategies. Students are encouraged to take Art History 394 concurrent with Art History 495.
ARTH 498 - Museum Internship
Working firsthand with curators, exhibition designers, and registrars, in education programs, and in outreach and development offices at area museums, students gather crucial practical experience in the field. Prerequisites: Art History 133, 134, and at least one upper-division art history course as well as consent of the instructor.
ARTH 499 - Independent Study
A project developed by the student in coordination with an instructor. the project should investigate in-depth a field of interest to the student not covered by established Visual Arts courses. Consent of instructor and coordinator.