Painting and Drawing

PAD 5150: Advanced Painting

Students work independently, choosing their subjects and approach to painting under the guidance of a faculty member. Critical thinking is promoted in critiques and discussion of readings. Students’ work is considered in the context of contemporary painting as they attempt to define their individual sensibility and concerns in preparation for (or in complement to) the MFA graduate project.

Credits: 3

Department: Painting and Drawing

Printmaking

PRT 5000: The Animated Print

Students explore ways in which print media can be integrated with time-based (4-D) media and animation. Using the cross-disciplinary potential of printmaking and its inclination toward variation, alteration, and seriality as a starting point, students learn methods of analog and digital animation to make works that move their ideas to the dynamic, temporal space that 4-D media occupies.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5002: Travel Study in Print Media

An intensive, weeklong off-campus course that takes place on the occasion of a professional conference or residency offered at different national or international locales each year. With the goal of providing professional opportunities and meaningful connections to the broader printmaking/art community, students participate in the full scope of events available: demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, portfolio exchanges, and exhibitions.

Credits: 1

Department: Printmaking
PRT 5003: Concepts in Print Media

The field of printmaking is an ongoing negotiation between artists and historic processes, commercial technologies, and social structures. Weekly topics—the multiple, the copy, aura, simulacra, repetition, mechanical reproduction, the human touch, technical or historical determinism, chance operations, process art, the image, appropriation, and sampling—are coupled with studio research to explore how concepts from contemporary art intersect with printmaking.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5005: The Machine in the Ghost: Expanded Digital Hybrid Practices in Print Media

Digital tools offer ways of making between image and object, lens and plate, screen and paper. Expanding their skills, students translate work into digital print forms. Technical skills include wide-format printing and hybrid printmaking techniques employing laser engraver, vinyl cutter, CNC router, and 3-D printers to produce works or matrices for traditional relief, intaglio, and screen printing.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 5225: Lithography

Lithography is the closest printmaking technique to direct drawing. Students are taught how to create images on lithographic stones, aluminum plates, and photolithography plates. The goal is for students to develop a series of personal images that emphasize the graphic potential inherent in lithography. Individual and group critiques challenge students’ methods and ideas while aiming to improve their skills.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 5230: Woodcut

Woodcutting is the oldest printmaking technique and considered the most direct of the printmaking processes. Using wood and linoleum, students learn the varied techniques of relief printmaking. They explore a variety of carving methods, print by hand and on press, and register multiple-layer prints. Reduction, multiblock techniques, color, and digital techniques are covered. Experimentation and combining approaches are encouraged.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 5240: Screen Print

Screen printing, also known as serigraphy, is valued for its versatility, ease of working on a large scale, quality of color, and ability to integrate hand-drawn, photographic, and digital imagery. In this course, students learn a variety of techniques for creating layered images on paper, fabric, and other surfaces. They are challenged to create expressive works in new ways, bringing complexity, depth, and refinement to their imagery.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 5250: Papermaking

Papermaking is a particularly flexible and adaptable medium that blends aspects of printmaking, painting, and sculpture. In this course, paper is explored in both its flat, two-dimensional aspect and as a three-dimensional sculptural object. Students learn how paper is made by viewing demonstrations of pulping, dying, pressing, pouring, casting, and spraying paper pulp

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5300: Drawing Through Paint

Explores the use of printmaking and drawing techniques to create unique works while allowing experimentation and a more open adaptation of printmaking. Students are introduced to such techniques as monotype, stencil, photo transfer, collage, collograph, chine collé, and embossing. Assignments help students develop the ability to use drawing and printmaking as tools for inquiry and studio experimentation.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5320: Intaglio

From Rembrandt to Kiki Smith, artists have used intaglio processes to generate marks ranging from the precise and detailed to the physical and expressive. Students explore such techniques as engraving, etching, aquatint, drypoint, and photo transfer. Independent projects, demonstrations, and critiques guide students toward creating a body of prints that deploy these various media to shape their creative ideas.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 5330: Printmaking Now

In preparation for the professional world, students are exposed to contemporary practices in printmaking and to the New York art world through visits to museum study rooms, artists’ studios, print workshops, publishers, artists’ collectives, and other venues. Topics include portfolio development, résumé writing, artists’ statements, applying for grants, project proposals, and looking at ways that one’s work overlaps and intersects with the larger context of printmaking and contemporary art. Student-funded travel required.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5335: Printmaking Studio

Students are challenged to contextualize their printmaking skills within contemporary conceptual practices. A series of weekly critical theory readings, seminars, and slide lectures introduces how printmaking today functions as an artistic strategy beyond the traditional boundaries of the medium. Studio assignments requiring advanced research follow in tandem with the critical issues explored.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5380: Large-Scale Prints

Explores large-scale and monumental works that expand the definition of printmaking. Such projects as installations, interventions, and site-specific works are made within the framework of print-based concepts and methods. Students are introduced to oversize printing techniques, repeat imagery for large-scale works, and unconventional printing surfaces.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5425: Japanese Woodblock

Covers the traditional methods of Japanese water-based woodblock prints, known for their subtle tonal variations, blending of colors, and color intensity. All aspects of the process are covered, including proper care and use of the carving tools, preparing and carving wood blocks, hand-printing using the baren, Japanese papers, water-based pigments, and the kento registration system.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 5500: The History of Printmaking

In this survey of the historical significance of printmaking, the focus is on understanding the history of print media and its influence on culture in Europe, Asia, and the New World. Students explore both the history of printmaking and its intertwined relationship to the history of art. Of prime concern are the unique and distinct characteristics of each printmaking process.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 5550: The Monotype

Monotype is a bridge between painting and printmaking. Students use brushes, paints, inks, rollers, and drawing implements to create unique prints from a Plexiglas or metal plate. The nature of the process allows students the freedom to work in a direct, spontaneous manner leading to gestural images and textured surfaces.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5555: Printmaking Into Painting

An exploration of the numerous processes that form a bridge between painting and printmaking. This course begins with the basic monotype on paper through brushes, rollers, plates, and basic ink chemistry. The toolkit is then expanded to include stencil, collage, inkjet, and mixed media techniques on paper, panel, and canvas.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking
PRT 5670: Art of the Book

All aspects of the limited-edition artist’s book are explored. Students are taught that, by the act of turning pages, they can express the continuity of an idea flowing through a near-cinematic continuum. Students realize the potential of narrative, sequence, and pacing, together with the importance of combining word and image. Discussions include letterpress, binding, other bookmaking techniques, and printmaking media.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5720: Book Arts: Visual Narrative

Focuses on the development of the student’s narrative voice through word and image. Students learn basic bookbinding with an emphasis on development of subject matter and ways of storytelling. Rhythm and timing are examined as components of narrative structure. Unique works, small editions, and collaborative projects are made, using media chosen by each student.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5725: Book Arts: Expanded Forms

With the dual goal of developing content while pushing to the boundary of the medium, students learn to use experimental structures and a variety of media in the making of their own artist’s book. Experience is gained in book forms ranging in scale from intimate to grand, and with making sculptural books and books as installation.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5730: Book Arts: Time, Space, Structure

The artist’s book is a time-based medium that occupies three-dimensional space. In this course, students learn how to approach the structured use of time in the book form and incorporate book structures and image-making techniques in their own content for artists’ books. Bookbinding demonstrations, critiques, readings, and field trips are important components of the course.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
PRT 5850: Professional Practice

Covers practical knowledge to prepare students for a professional career in printmaking and the fine arts. Different aspects of a studio career are covered, including résumés, artists’ statements, documenting work, grants, residencies, artists’ taxes, exhibition planning, graduate school applications, and creating a Web presence. Students create a professional file, apply for grants and/or residencies, and conduct research on artistic opportunities.

Credits: 3

Department: Printmaking

General Visual Arts

VIS 5005: MFA Thesis Tutorial

Students meet weekly with a writing professional to develop their graduate theses, developing working bibliographies and submitting regular assignments and drafts of the final project.

Credits: 2

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5050: Visiting Artist Studio

Three visiting artists are featured each semester. Each artist meets individually and in groups with graduate students, focusing on areas of interest to both the students and artist. Activities include studio work and critiques, field trips, and lectures. Through direct work with these artists, students become engaged with current trends in the New York City art community. For information on the artist(s) and subjects covered, contact the School of Art+Design main office.

Credits: 4

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5150: College Pedagogy

Provides pedagogical methods for the graduate teaching assistantship experience. Students examine different approaches to the teaching of art through readings, discussions, and research. Topics and activities include syllabi formatting, common teaching problems, role-playing classroom situations, and course development.

Credits: 2

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5210: Professional Practices: Artists

Faculty members bring students to the studios of artists in New York City in order to gain an understanding of varieties of individual creative practices. Addressing their background and training, artists demonstrate ways of surviving in today’s challenging art world. Readings and writing complement the visits, helping students to assimilate and process their experience in the field.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5220: Professional Practices: Institutions

Students visit a variety of professionals—dealers, curators, editors, grant-writing specialists, et al.—at their home bases in galleries, museums, nonprofits, publications, foundations, and other institutions to learn about how the art world functions. Readings and writing complement the visits, helping students to assimilate and process their experience in the field.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5720: Graduate Studio Critiques I

Students engage in intensive weekly group critiques with a full-time faculty member. Critiques are based on students’ evolving practices and are intended to hone both their artistic development and ability to articulate and communicate their observations on their own and their classmates’ endeavors. Throughout the semester, visiting artists, critics, and curators provide additional individual critiques.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5730: Graduate Studio Critiques II

Students engage in intensive weekly group critiques with a full-time faculty member. Critiques are based on students’ evolving practices and are intended to hone both their artistic development and ability to articulate and communicate their observations on their own and their classmates’ endeavors. Throughout the semester, visiting artists, critics, and curators provide additional individual critiques.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5740: Graduate Studio Critique III

Students engage in intensive weekly group critiques with a full-time faculty member. Critiques are based on students’ evolving practices and are intended to hone both their artistic development and ability to articulate and communicate their observations on their own and their classmates’ endeavors. Throughout the semester, visiting artists, critics, and curators provide additional individual critiques.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5750: Graduate Studio Critique IV

Students engage in intensive weekly group critiques with a full-time faculty member. Critiques are based on students’ evolving practices and are intended to hone both their artistic development and ability to articulate and communicate their observations on their own and their classmates’ endeavors. Throughout the semester, visiting artists, critics, and curators provide additional individual critiques.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5755: Special Topics in Studio Art

An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in the studio arts. Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5760: Graduate Critical Topics I

A reading and writing seminar designed to complement and enrich studio practice and group critiques. Students are expected to fully participate in classroom discussions based on critical and theoretical reading on topics determined by the instructor.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5770: Graduate Critical Topics II

A reading and writing seminar designed to complement and enrich studio practice and group critiques. Students are expected to fully participate in classroom discussions based on critical and theoretical reading on topics determined by the instructor.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5780: Graduate Critical Topics III

A reading and writing seminar designed to complement and enrich studio practice and group critiques. Students are expected to fully participate in classroom discussions based on critical and theoretical reading on topics determined by the instructor.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5790: Graduate Critical Topics IV

A reading and writing seminar designed to complement and enrich studio practice and group critiques. Students are expected to fully participate in classroom discussions based on critical and theoretical reading on topics determined by the instructor.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5801: Independent Graduate Studio I

Each MFA student meets regularly with a studio sponsor. All MFA students work independently in semiprivate studio spaces and have access to the majority of the school’s facilities. During the academic year, graduate students have 24-hour access to their studios. Successful completion of each graduate studio is a prerequisite for the following semester’s graduate studio.

Credits: 3

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5802: Independent Graduate Studio II

Each MFA student meets regularly with a studio sponsor. All MFA students work independently in semiprivate studio spaces and have access to the majority of the school’s facilities. During the academic year, graduate students have 24-hour access to their studios. Successful completion of each graduate studio is a prerequisite for the following semester’s graduate studio.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS5801

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5803: Independent Graduate Studio III

Each MFA student meets regularly with a studio sponsor. All MFA students work independently in semiprivate studio spaces and have access to the majority of the school’s facilities. During the academic year, graduate students have 24-hour access to their studios. Successful completion of each graduate studio is a prerequisite for the following semester’s graduate studio.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS5802

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5804: Graduate Studio Capstone

Each MFA student meets regularly with a studio sponsor. All MFA students work independently in semiprivate studio spaces and have access to the majority of the school’s facilities. During the academic year, graduate students have 24-hour access to their studios. Successful completion of each graduate studio is a prerequisite for the following semester’s graduate studio.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VIS5803

Department: Art + Design
VIS 5870: Graduate Teaching Assistant

Students assist faculty members with the delivery of an undergraduate studio course. Duties include grading, critiques, lecture/demonstrations, and other tasks assigned by the faculty sponsor. Graduate students interested in teaching must participate as a teaching assistant and take VIS 5150 at least once before being allowed to independently teach a course.

Credits: 2

PREREQ: VIS5150

Department: Art + Design