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APPPHYS 10AX: The Expressive Vessel: An Immersive Introduction to Clay

Students learn to make and to analyze functional ceramic forms with a focus on wheel-thrown pottery. Studio time dedicated to the acquisition and refinement of shaping, marking/glazing and finishing skills; supplementary lectures and discussions to explore contemporary studio ceramics and major historical traditions. No prior experience necessary; instructors will tailor assignments for students at all levels of ability.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Mabuchi, H. (PI)

ARTSTUDI 18AX: The Self in Portrait Photography

For students interested in the history and contemporary practice of portrait photography. At a time when pictures are being produced and disseminated in unprecedented proliferation, and the 'selfie' has become a key part of popular photographic discourse, we will look at the complexities of portraiture in terms of skill sets and processes, aesthetics and styles, ideology and identity. The course is a hybrid of black & white and digital photography, and will engage with such dualities as private/public, professional/amateur and traditional/innovative in the pursuit of capturing the self through the looking glass, beyond pose and persona. Assignments will include working individually and collaboratively with black & white film as well as digital equipment, experimenting with different lights and lighting techniques, and research into resources ranging from personal family portraits to the Cantor Museum archives.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Calm, J. (PI)

FILMPROD 12AX: Write and Shoot: Narrative Filmmaking

Write and Shoot: Narrative Filmmaking is a hybrid writing/production course that guides students through the process of completing a 2-3 minute narrative film. Students will write scripts for short fiction films, and then, by filming them, learn to apply the fundamentals of digital video production. Initial classwork will include visual writing exercises, DSLR cinematography instruction, script work, and basic fiction film production. Students will continue on in groups of three to develop, film, edit, and critique 2-3 minute narrative films based on a shared class theme or narrative premise. This course is truly INTENSIVE and requires a significant amount of work (including nights and weekends) outside of class and daily deadlines for submission of creative work.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

ME 12AX: Painting Engaging Stories

This course is an introduction to the practice of fine art as the catalyst for engaging in your everyday story. Using watercolor techniques students will investigate how the practice of fine art enhances your capacity to refocus and amplifies your ability to engage in the artistic expression of your story and the stories around you.

nDiscover how to apply painting techniques to make your observations and reflections a daily commitment through the studio driven methods of art and psychology. This course is designed to introduce students to multiple practices in the fine art of painting, using media such as water color, ink, and painting transfers. With an emphasis on aesthetics and the applied psychology of everyday experience, students will have the opportunity to increase their creative confidence. Work is designed to enhance your attention and sensory appreciation to everyday experiences, in-class and during short field trips.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Karanian, B. (PI)

MUSIC 10AX: Science of Sound

Science of Sound will explore sound and sound-related technology from the perspectives of mathematics, physics, and acoustics. Scientists and engineers will have a chance to apply their technical knowledge to the field of music while musicians will learn how sound behaves physically and how it can be recorded, processed, and reproduced. Using the newly opened Bing Concert Hall as a focal point, we will study the science of sound recording, room acoustics, and multi-channel mixing and playback. Students will use what they learn to create short multi-channel compositions using special techniques to place sounds spatially. These pieces will be performed during the annual outdoor Summer CCRMA Transitions concert and again during the Fall 2014 CCRMA concert at Bing Concert Hall. We will use the textbook by Jay Kadis entitled Science of Sound Recording as our primary text and incorporate plenty of hands-on experience with sound equipment and electronics.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit


This course is intended for all singers: from the experienced to the vocally curious. Each student will have an opportunity to learn the basics of singing through voice lessons, vocal coachings, workshops and performances. In this intensive course, students will gain a better understanding of their voice and sing with confidence as a soloist. Pianists interested in collaborative piano are also encouraged to apply! Student pianists will develop accompanying skills required of a collaborative pianist working as an accompanist or as a rehearsal pianist. Pianists will study the original score, learn what to play, what to omit, what should be added to support singers' strengths, and most importantly enhance the overall ensemble. Learning to read a conductor's signals will be developed. In addition, pianists will learn the skills of a vocal coach and music director.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

TAPS 16AX: Personal Narrative: Crafting Performances from the Material of Your Life

In Personal Narrative, students will gain their own rigorous training in storytelling techniques, while both engaging in the New York theater community's deep and rich reservoir of personal storytellers and exploring the ways in which stories from their own lives can become powerful performances. Seminar discussions inspired by encounters with other artists' approaches to storytelling will set the stage for guided technical exercises, which will in turn introduce new questions for reading and analysis. In addition to readings, viewings, field trips, and exercise participation, students will be keep a journal reflecting on each day's work and the process of creating their personal narrative pieces. The Intensive will culminate in 1) a performance showcasing the original, fully crafted personal stories of all the participants, 2) the written text of each student's piece for future development, and 3) a short essay reflecting on the process of developing a personal narrative performance and critically assessing the different tools, techniques, and influences that helped in that journey.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Taubman, G. (PI)
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