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ART 504 Collections Management (A). Provides an overview of the function of registration and cataloguing staff; developing cataloguing systems; collection management procedures; insurance; and condition reports. Students will learn cataloguing and the use of a collection database; the guiding principles of stewardship and collection management; explore various legal and ethical issues museum professionals face; examine the regulatory system designed to uphold the integrity of collection care and manage liability exposure associated with a broad range of collection activities. 3 Cr. Fall.

ART 513 Visual Studies Core: Media (A). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Multiple workshops that introduce students to the intersection of photography, film, video, audio, and digital media as well as historical and contemporary concepts of moving media. Requires students to plan and produce several moving media pieces. 3 Cr. Fall.

ART 515 16mm Film I (B). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Introduces the student to independent 16 mm film production. Focuses on individual expression through scriptwriting, production and postproduction. Sessions include the history of film, camera operation, use of light meters, lighting, composition, directing actors, and the principles and techniques of editing. 3 Cr.

ART 516 16mm Film II (B). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Provides students with advanced aesthetics needed to work with 16 mm film. Covers synch soundtrack, advanced editing techniques, working with a film crew and budgeting. Requires students to produce a film project with soundtrack by the end of the semester. 3 Cr.

ART 519 Practices of Teaching Art on the Elementary Level (A). Course fee. Prerequisite: ART 417. Expects students in this graduate-level course to create individual or partner-based Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE). Requires students to make presentations instead of groupbased work, do research and write an accelerated and longer length art-therapy paper, develop a more involved Multiple Intelligences Project, and accomplish advanced art assignments. 3 Cr.

ART 531 Historical Photographic Processes (A). Introduces and applies several historic photographic processes used in the 19th century. Hands-on experience provides historical background in addition to a deep understanding and appreciation for these processes. Discussions include contemporary issues and artists currently using any one or combination of historical techniques. 3 Cr.

ART 532 Visual Studies Core: Photography (A). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Workshops that examine contemporary photography in the broadest possible sense. Investigates the act of making images and their social and psychological contexts. Requires students to produce a body of photographic work and to understand the effects of different visual strategies as well as physical material choices for images. 3 Cr. Fall.

ART 534 Advanced Problems in Photography (A). (Taught at Brockport Campus and Visual Studies Workshop.) Structured for students to gain independence in their working methods. Expects students to locate an area of interest and create a substantial project that reflects a thoughtful and developed investigation. Requires conceptual and technical readings to supplement their work. 3 Cr.

ART 535 Exhibitions Management (A). Provides an overview of the function of visual art exhibitions and curatorial work. Exhibitions research, checklist creation, unpacking and object handling, gallery preparations, design, fabrications, installation, lighting, and labeling are all covered in the class. Students will learn the above skills through hands-on work in Visual Studies Workshop's gallery exhibitions program and through site visits to other exhibition spaces and museums in Rochester, NY. 3 Cr.

ART 540 Core Seminar in Visual Studies (A). This studio/seminar course provides a core introduction to studio practices, research methodologies and contemporary issues in photography, visual books, and moving images. It examines current and historical models as well as the overlaps of these media. 3 Cr. Fall.

ART 555 Visual Studies Core: Books (A). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Workshops that examine contemporary uses of image juxtapositions in series, sequence, text and image relationships, and the various printing, materials, and conceptual concerns that come together in the book as an art form. Requires students to plan and produce several books and to understand the material book as a metaphor that creates meaning in the work. 3 Cr. Fall.

ART 568 Working with Visual Information (A). (Taught at the Visual Studies Workshop). Using the substantial visual resources of the Visual Studies Workshop, provides the fundamentals of working with visual information in a special collections context. Introduces basic database concepts, analysis and current archival/museum best practices (name authorities, exhibition and bibcitation). Practical emphasis is on the use of FileMaker database software for its ease of use, low cost and power. Other systems are surveyed including the potential of the internet for expanded access. Teaches how to use visual information more effectively for research and how to craft effective structures of visual data. 3 Cr.

ART 574 Advanced Problems in Ceramics (A). Provides for individualized, advanced projects, and discussion of theory and criticism applied to the art of ceramics. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.

ART 599 Independent Study in Visual Studies (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Permits students to pursue in greater depth topics studied previously. Designed individually through consultation between student and instructor to suit the needs of the student and the special competence of the instructor. 1-6 Cr.

ART 617 Advanced Studio Problems in Electronic Media (A). Course fee. Prerequisites: ART 513 and ART 514. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) An independent study course. Investigates the intersection of photography, sound, and the computer. Designed by the student in consultation with the instructor based on a project proposal submitted the prior semester. Requires the student to meet bi-weekly with the instructor and present the project at the end of the semester as an exhibition, screening, or lecture. 1-5 Cr.

ART 636 Critical Writing (A). Course fee. Prerequisite: ART 532. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Provides an overview of current writing strategies and styles for artists, curators, and critics. Examines the role of research in writing as well as the technical requirements for professional documentation of research. 3 Cr. Fall.

ART 640 Visual Studies Studio Critique I (A). Course fee. Examines studio work through experimenting with materials, subject matter, and production techniques that are new to the student in addition to continuing to develop ongoing bodies of work. Weekly critiques are by peer review, led by the instructor, with several visiting artist critiques in the term. The culminating event for the course is the Work Share critique. 3-6 Cr. Spring.

ART 641 Visual Studies Studio Critique II (A). Course fee. Examines studio work through experimenting with materials, subject matter, and production techniques that are new to the student in addition to continuing to develop ongoing bodies of work. Weekly critiques are by peer review, led by the instructor, with several visiting artist critiques in the term. The culminating event for the course is the Work Share critique. 3-6 Cr. Fall.

ART 642 Visual Studies Studio Critique III (A). Course fee. Examines studio work through experimenting with materials, subject matter, and production techniques that are new to the student in addition to continuing to develop ongoing bodies of work. Weekly critiques are by peer review, led by the instructor, with several visiting artist critiques in the term. The culminating event for the course is the Work Share critique. 3-6 Cr. Spring.

ART 643 Visual Studies Studio Critique IV (A). Course fee. Examines studio work through experimenting with materials, subject matter, and production techniques that are new to the student in addition to continuing to develop ongoing bodies of work. Weekly critiques are by peer review, led by the instructor, with several visiting artist critiques in the term. The culminating event for the course is the Work Share critique. 3-6 Cr. Fall.

ART 657 Advanced Studio Problems in Imaging Systems (A). Course fee. Prerequisite: ART 556. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) An independent study for students with a good working background in imaging systems, visual books, and offset lithography. Requires a suitable independent study project such as the design, printing, and binding of an editioned bookwork or print portfolio, a series of one-of-a-kind books, or an environmental book. 1-5 Cr.

ART 658 Structure of the Visual Book (A). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Requires students to conceive, construct, and bind several books to gain a better understanding of the book format as an art form, rather than a reproduction of pre-existing work. Includes lectures on and discussion of prime examples of current books. 3 Cr.

ART 735 Art Organization Practicum (A). Course fee. As an in-house internship, a practicum that provides the opportunity to gain first-hand experience and working knowledge of one of VSW's program areas: collections, exhibitions, press, and other public programs. Requires students to work under the direction of a program coordinator and make active contributions to advancing the program's goals. Allows students to gain inside experience of an art organization in learning particular professional skills. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

ART 790 Internship (A). Course fee. Designed to benefit students' work by providing experience in the field. Involves the commitment of one semester's time within an active, professional learning situation. Examples include an apprenticeship with an artist, assisting a curator, setting up and teaching evening courses in a remote area, helping design an innovative method of visual text distribution on the Internet. Culminates in a report including documentation and evaluation letters. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

ART 797 Visual Studies Thesis I (A). Course fee. Lays the practical and conceptual groundwork for the final thesis project, a public presentation and contribution to the field of visual studies in the form of a gallery show, media art project, screening, or publication. Focuses on issues of professional practice in writing artists' statements, public speaking about work, display alternatives, etc. Culminates in the Graduate Review, which is a requirement to work independently on the final thesis. 3 Cr. Spring.

ART 798 Visual Studies Thesis II (A). Course fee. Prerequisite: ART 797 and Graduate Review. Requires a final thesis project that leads to a public presentation and contribution to the field of visual studies in the form of a gallery show, media art project, screening, or publication. Requires that the public project be available to the community for at least one week. Two faculty members and one outside advisor act as advisors to the project. A final presentation and discussion results in vote to recommend the acceptance or resubmission of the thesis project. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

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