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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 Digital Media I (A). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Introduces students to an intersection of photography, video, sound and new media. All production and postproduction is done outside of class time, and students meet as a group for discussions and screenings of work. 3 Cr.

ART 514 Digital Media II (A). Course fee. Prerequisite: ART 513. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Allows students to continue to investigate the intersection of photography, video, sound and new media, and work on individual projects, meeting as a group for discussions and screenings of work. Also provides an introduction to the history of independent media arts. 3 Cr.

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 Advanced Photography I: Interpretive Strategies (A). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Is based on the broadest possible conception of photography as the present technology of visual language. Treats the camera much as one would a pencil, and asks the many questions raised by the mere act of making a picture: What is meant by speaking in visual, as opposed to verbal, terms? What is the impact of social and psychological circumstances on the visual message? What is the effect of visual media on their audiences? How, eventually, will a record of visual artifacts be interpreted? 3 Cr.

ART 533 Advanced Photography II (A). Course fee. Prerequisite: ART 532. Defines a context for developing a personal system of working and decision making that stresses self-criticism and the ability to become aware of directions in the student's own work and the work of others. Strengthens concepts of seeing and sequencing presentation, exhibition format and printing standards. 3 Cr.

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 Imaging Systems I (A). Course fee. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Provides an introduction to visual books and alternative photographic processes, that, as physical time-based media, stand between photography and electronic imaging. Explores book structures as a means of organizing visual/textual material. Introduces a variety of alternative processes (cyanotype, gum bichromate, etc.) in which photographic images are produced on plain paper and other surfaces using large-scale negatives and contact printing. 3 Cr.

ART 556 Imaging Systems II (Bookworks) (A). Course fee. Prerequisite: ART 555. (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Examines contemporary use of text/image relationships, as well as historical traditions in visual arts and media as the basis for artists' bookworks. Requires students to plan and produce an editioned book. Emphasizes the translation of a series of pages through the use of offset lithography as a printmaking process. 3 Cr.

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 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 Arts Organization Practicum (A). 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: Afterimage journal, Research Center, and other public programs. Requires students to work under the direction of director and/or 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.

ART 790 Internship (A). 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.

ART 797 Graduate Project I - Research Seminar (A). 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, understanding the art market, etc. Culminates in the Graduate Review, which is a requirement for Graduate Project II. 3 Cr.

ART 798 Graduate Project II - Final Project (A). 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. 1-3 Cr.

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