These courses, offered by the School of Art+Design, are open to students in all disciplines (excluding visual arts majors, unless otherwise noted). Additional courses may be added each semester. For the current (or upcoming) semester schedule, search the schedule of classes at my.purchase.edu.
SOA 4240 Refer to VDE 4790 in Design Courses for description.
Introduction to Drawing
SOA 1010 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A basic introduction to drawing for students from other disciplines. Focus is placed on becoming familiar with the elements of 2-D design and on strengthening observational skills. A variety of drawing techniques and materials are used to explore both representational and nonrepresentational image making.
Introduction to Painting
SOA 1030 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A basic introduction to painting for students from other disciplines. Focus is placed on becoming familiar with the materials and methods of painting. A variety of techniques and materials are used to explore both representational and nonrepresentational image making.
Prerequisite: SOA 1010
Tibetan Thangka Painting
SOA 2155 / 2 credits / Summer (in India)
Students start with foundational drawing techniques and learn some of the figures, images, and symbols of the Tibetan iconographic tradition. Topics include preparing canvas and preparing natural vegetable and mineral sources of pigments for painting. Students work under the close supervision of a master Thangka painter and his assistants.
SOA 2165 / 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly, summer, in France)
Students learn to observe critically as they discover and record the distinctiveness of the region’s culture, landscape, and architecture through drawings and a visual journal. They also learn to identify, couple, and build on the similarities (e.g., translation, idiom, syntax) of the two new languages being studied—one spoken, the other visual. Readings, lectures, and field trips to world-class museums and various physical sites enrich the experience.
Landscape: Practice and History
SOA 3130 / 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly, summer, in Italy)
To develop perception from direct observation, students study the history of landscape drawing and painting through on-site studio practice, using Pisciotta as the subject. Readings and discussions focus on major figures and periods in Western landscape painting. Students learn to use wet and/or dry media to capture a motif and the artist’s relationship to landscape and the site.
Prerequisite: Some experience in art history or art-making processes
Introduction to Visual Communication
SOA 1020 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An introduction to digital visual communications and basic creative software applications used by professionals outside of the visual arts. The course focuses on building a digital and visual vocabulary and developing skills within the Mac iLife suite and Photoshop. Concepts include basic design principles, resolution, printing, scanning, optical media, and multimedia presentations. Digital literacy is promoted through observation, discussion, workshops, tutorials, exercises, collaborative work, reading, writing, and small projects. Coursework is designed to integrate the student’s field of study with digital visual communications.
Special Topics in Visual Arts: India/Tibet
SOA 1240 / Variable credits
Special topic (offered irregularly, summer, in India)
Students explore various art-making processes through the unique lens of the cultures of India and Tibet. Readings, lectures, writing, and studio work are combined with locally developed research to form projects that focus on themes established by the instructor.
SOA 2010 Refer to VIS 2110 in the General (VIS) section for description.
SOA 2020 Refer to VIS 2200 in the General (VIS) section for description.
The Photographic Artist’s Book
SOA 2025 Refer to VIS 2025 in the General (VIS) section for description.
Theme and Variations
SOA 2030 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students research, investigate, and comment on the architecture at Purchase College, using the Visual Arts Building as a focal point to investigate both 2-D and 3-D methods of site-specific art. Projects may include site drawings, temporary interventions with interior and exterior architecture, and object-based installations. All media and backgrounds are welcome.
Crossover I and II
SOA 2040 and 3040 Refer to VIS 2120 and 3120 in the General (VIS) section for description.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novel
SOA 2050 Refer to VIS 2050 in the General (VIS) section for description.
Art in the Age of Electronic Media
SOA 3001 Refer to VIS 3000 in the General (VIS) section for description.
Special Topic Colloquium
SOA 3170 Refer to VIS 3470 in the General (VIS) section for description.
Contemporary Art Theory
SOA 3200 Refer to VIS 3400 in the General (VIS) section for description.
The Arts for Social Change
SOA 3237 Refer to VIS 3500 in the General (VIS) section for description.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
Introduction to Digital Photography
SOA 1100 / 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of digital photography. Exposure, composition, color, retouching, resolution, and preparation of image files for on-screen and print use are among the techniques covered. Assignments include both technical and aesthetic concerns. Students must own a digital SLR camera that can save RAW images; contact the School of Art+Design for specifications. Also offered as NME 1100.
Prerequisite: Some photographic experience
Introduction to Color Photography
SOA 1105 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An introduction to the creative use of color in digital photography, beginning with image capture using a digital camera and ending with the production of inkjet prints using Adobe Photoshop. Students create original work with a digital camera in response to a series of lectures and assignments. Includes hands-on work and an introduction to the history of color photography. Students must own a digital camera.
SOA 1110 Refer to VPH 1010 in Photography Courses for description.
SOA 2110 Refer to VPH 2030 in Photography Courses for description.
Exchange and Pictorial Language
SOA 2120 / 4 credits
Special topic (offered irregularly, summer, in Spain)
This digital photography course explores the student’s relationship to light and color and how these subtle nuances can be used to create visually exciting images that relate directly to a specific region. The final result will be a combination of photography, found imagery, and cultural collage presented in class for discussion and critique. Students must bring their own digital camera (with at least six-megapixel resolution).
Looking at Photographs
SOA 2130 Refer to VPH 2320 in Photography Courses for description.
Introduction to Printmaking
SOA 1150 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An introductory course in printmaking for students from other disciplines. Focus is placed on becoming familiar with basic processes like intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, and woodcut.
Tibetan Carving/Block Printing
SOA 2150 / 2 credits / Summer (in India)
Students learn to draw iconographic symbols and how to make and maintain their set of tools. Carved objects may include a plain altar, small folding tables, photo frames, small plain boxes, and blocks for printing.
Direct Metal I
SOA 2080 Refer to VSC 2080 in Sculpture Courses for description.
Materials and Methods
SOA 2121 Refer to VSC 2120 in Sculpture Courses for description. There is no prerequisite for SOA 2121.
Introduction to Wood
SOA 2151 Refer to VSC 2150 in Sculpture Courses for description.
SOA 2160 Refer to VSC 2160 in Sculpture Courses for description.
SOA 2220 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Blending electronics, sound, and sculpture, this course focuses on the creation of simple analog audio circuits for artistic expression. Starting with basic concepts, the creation and modulation of sound are studied with an emphasis on craft and experimentation.
Introduction to Video Art
SOA 3000 / 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
In this introduction to the discipline of video art, students expand their knowledge of nonlinear editing as it pertains to the exhibition of video. Conceptual approaches may include non-narrative structures, installation art, and performance art as they relate to the moving image.
Note: Students must have access to and be able to use a DV camcorder, webcam, camera phone, or other video-recording device that can capture moving images of decent quality and upload them to a computer for editing.
Prerequisite: Experience in shooting and editing digital video
Public Art: Making a Proposal
SOA 3150 Refer to VSC 3350 in Sculpture Courses for description.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Multiples: Methods for Making
SOA 3180 Refer to VSC 3480 in Sculpture Courses for description.
Shelters and Structures
SOA 3190 Refer to VSC 3190 in Sculpture Courses for description.
Sound/Interactive Media I
SOA 3210 Refer to VSC 3630 in Sculpture Courses for description.
Sound/Interactive Media II
SOA 3220 Refer to VSC 3640 in Sculpture Courses for description.
Prerequisite: SOA 3210
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