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ART HISTORY

Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

Course Code: PICA385
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

This course provides an in-depth study and pictorial survey if Impressionism, its origins and its legacy presented from a general overview of the evolution of painting, with a focus on key elements in the Impressionist movement such as composition, color and style; a study of the aesthetic evolution of Impressionism through the works of the movement’s forerunners, artists who constitute the core group and their immediate descendants; and a study of the Impressionist movement’s effects on 20th century art and the ways in which today’s artists reaffirm the legacy by using elements that gave the movement its vitality and energy.

Students will study works from the following artists: Courbet, Millet, Turner, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Seurat, Cezanne, and Gauguin. The course is made up of lectures illustrated by slides and group discussion. Visits will be made to local museums such as the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Musee Rodin to view the art studied in the classroom.

History of Fashion

Course Code:PICA389
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

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Art & Architecture in Paris

Course Code:PICA381
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

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History of Photography

Course Code: PICA383
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

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Contemporary Art History

Course Code:PICA384
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

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History of French Cinema

 

Course Code: PICA111
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

A general survey of major French cinematic trends from the earliest examples (Melies, Lumiere) through the classic period (Carne, Renoir, Clouzot(, the New Wave (Truffat, Resnais, Godard, etc.) and on to more recent French film history (with a discussion of the historical, social, political, aesthetic, and literary contexts). The class serves as an introduction to the study of cinema, to its forms, its inter-relations with literature as well as political and social changes happening in French and European society throughout the 20th century. Students will study readings and analysis of scripts as well as historical and critical materials in addition to seeing a cross-section of important films from the history of French Cinema during and outside of class time.

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Modernism: Art in Paris in the 20th Century

Course Code: PICA382
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

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LITERATURE AND CREATIVE WRITING

The Goddess through Literature and Gender Studies

Course Code: PICA315
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

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20th Century French Literature

Course Code: PICA358
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

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Creative Writing I

Course Code: PICA201
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

A practical and workshop class that introduces writers to the elements of poetry, fiction and drama, this course is open to beginning and continuing writers. Class work will include reading the work of established writers in three different genres, studying the craft of writing, and will involve considerable creative writing within and outside the boundaries of those genres. Students in this course will participate in a variety of possible activities, including but not limited to: in-class writing, group writing, workshop, technique-specific practices, reading and group discussion, and more. These activities are meant to support the purpose of the class, which is to familiarize the student with the techniques of writing poetry, fiction and drama. Due to time constraints, we will be focusing primarily on fiction and poetry.

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Creative Writing II

Course Code: PICA301
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

This class will explore the craft of fiction in three different ways. The first will be brief talks that address a different element of craft in each class. The second will be by reading and dissecting (like writers!) a broad range of contemporary fiction writing in a range of different styles. The third and most important component of the class will be an intense focus on evaluating each student’s work with this question in mind: where do I think this writer/story is trying to go? We will tailor our critiques of other student’s work with the goal of helping the writer move toward the strongest realization of their particular way of seeing the world and expressing it through their writing style. We will eschew the idea that there is one way to write fiction. We will seek our personal voices in our writing and try to help others to find and refine their own personal vision as expressed in writing.

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FRENCH LANGUAGE

French Language - Beginner

Course Code: PICA100
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

French Language - Intermediate

Course Code: PICA200
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

French Language - Advanced

Course Code: PICA300
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

STUDIO ARTS

Black & White Photography I

Course Code: PICA132
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Paris is unique to the world. Universally loved for its beauty, Paris is a photographer’s delight. As the birthplace of photography, Paris continues to show its love for photography in an endless parade of gallery and museum exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography—making it one of the ideal locations for studying photography! This class will help students develop a mastery of their film cameras, learning to manipulate the dials and switches to insure good quality images working with the age-old techniques of black and white photography while they explore and discover the many hidden facets of Paris, its neighborhoods, parks and its people. Students will be encouraged to get off the beaten path and discover the lesser known neighborhoods and, above all, to strive to powerfully capture their own experience of Paris. We’ll discuss at length all the aesthetic tools at our disposal—depth of field, composition, lighting, perspective and others–to allow each student to capture his/her own unique vision of time spent in Paris. Projects will have students study the Urban Landscape, Environmental Portraiture as well as a final project of their own design. Class time will include visits to museums and galleries, field trips, technical demonstrations, darkroom work and group critiques. The course is open to all students with all levels of photographic experience. All students must have a 35mm film camera which functions in manual mode. Beginning students will master the basics of camera usage, film development and black and white printing. The more advanced students will be encouraged to expand their personal photographic vision and skills through creating a portfolio of photographs based on their experiences in Paris.

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Black & White Photography II

Course Code: PICA232
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite:  Black & White Photography I

Following up on the first semester of the Black and White Photo I class, this semester will continue students’ development of their technical and critical skills as related to photography. While continuing to refine skills in picture taking (mastery of composition, film exposure and development as well as enlargements), we will add in additional elements and approaches. There will be a greater investigation of different types of films and film developers as well as methods of developing film, different photographic papers will be experimented with and we will begin to investigate some alternative techniques and methods of making photographs. One of the prime focuses of the class will be to develop in the students a level of mastery in the darkroom with all of the various technical processes. Simultaneous with these technical investigations, the class will continue to expose students to a wide range photographic practice to help develop students’ awareness of the history of photography as well as to strengthen their critical and analytical skills as related to photography and art.

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Bookmaking I

Course Code: PICA376
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

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Bookmaking II

Course Code: PICA376
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite: Bookmaking I

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Digital Imaging I

Course Code: PICA131
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Designed for students with little or no previous experience creating computer graphics who wish to learn about the possibilities of digital image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop CS5 software.

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Digital Photography

Course Code: PICA231
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Paris remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Around every corner is another striking vision. Historically, Paris is the birthplace of photography and it continues to honor photography through a steady stream of excellent gallery and museum exhibitions devoted to photography. Working with digital cameras, students will be set the task of discovering a deeper and more profound Paris that goes beyond the standard tourist sites and shots. Working digitally will allow us the freedom to shoot large quantities of images so students can truly develop their own personal vision of Paris that goes beyond the clichés. In addition to discussing at length the foundations of how one makes visually striking images through mastery of apertures, shutter speeds, light and composition, we will spend much class time out in the city discovering different neighborhoods that students new to Paris might not always discover on their own. Rather than simply trying to capture photos which record some of the famous sites and monuments, students will be asked to push further and capture their own experience as foreigners discovering the people and places of Paris. Projects will ask students to examine the city and its structure—narrow Medieval streets in some neighborhoods, elegant and wide boulevards in others—as well as the people and how they interact with one another and with their city. Aesthetics will play an important role in the images students make but they must also look at the city from other perspectives (as an architect, an anthropologist, a historian, maybe even as a psychologist!). Paris is unlike any North American city. How do its unique qualities—a great public transportation system, generally smaller scale architecture than other major cities, a fresh bakery around every corner, and so many other differences—contribute to make Parisians different from North Americans (for better and for worse!). We will look at such unique qualities found in Paris to try to understand what makes Paris the magnificent city it is.

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Alternative Photography Techniques

Course Code: PICA235
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite:  Black & White Photography I

This class will bring students back to the origins of photography where they can investigate some of the earliest photo processes and techniques (cyanotypes, calotypes, photograms, pinhole cameras). Mixing our own emulsions, building one or more of our own cameras, we’ll gain a sense of early photography which was part alchemy and science and part painting and drawing. We will likely also use some contemporary equipment (digital cameras, scanners and inkjet or laser printers) but ultimately this course is about the artists’ hand being central to the photographs created (something we see much less of in the typical contemporary practice of photography). Students will, of necessity, need to adjust their rhythm and approach to making photographs as these techniques are more time-consuming and more process-oriented given that we must mix up the emulsions and coat papers before we can make photographs. By stepping away from prepared emulsions and already existing, mass-produced cameras, students will be able to personalize their choices and can, in this way, have full control of the images they present and how they look.

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Figure Drawing

Course Code: PICA341
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

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Printmaking I

Course Code: PICA271
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

This course teaches the basic traditional techniques used to make prints. No prior experience is needed to learn how to make multiple, identical images. Students will be taught how to print by hand and with printing presses to create small editions of their work. Materials ranging from wood to metal to plastic will be carved, cut, etched, and assembled to allow each student to discover the many ways of obtaining images that have radically different “looks” and styles. Experimentation is encouraged so that each student can understand how to best exploit the different methods available in order to successfully translate a sketch into a powerful printed document.

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Printmaking II

Course Code: PICA371
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite: Printmaking I

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Sketchbook Drawing in Paris

Course Code: PICA141
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

The exceptional setting and architecture of Paris has inspired artists for centuries. Basic drawing skills will be taught at the university but the student will be expected to apply what he or she learns in class to draw some of the major architectural monuments of the city. The wealth of images of the buildings and layout of Paris created by artists and architects throughout the centuries will also be studied to better understand how to depict architecture through drawing. Experimentation with different media including photography will be encouraged. Initially, techniques to convey space, light, and volume will be stressed. Progressively, the student will be asked to draw in a more personal manner. Individual and group critiques will be a regular part of this class. Class work and homework are the main components of one’s performance in this course and no previous knowledge/experience in drawing is expected. The grade achieved will reflect the understanding of the techniques and concepts introduced as well as the way the concepts are put to use. The student must be self- motivated, as much of the work is done outside of class. There must be a demonstration of responsibility toward attendance, punctuality, and seriousness of effort. Students are expected to be set up and ready to work at the beginning of each class in the location decided upon in the previous session. Assigned homework is to be presented on time and in a state of completion. Class participation is an important aspect of course evaluation.

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Sculpture I

Course Code: PICA261
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Along with analyzing and experimenting with three-dimensional design elements, students will be given a brief history in contemporary sculpture. Students will have the opportunity to gain appreciation of sculptural form through hands-on projects, lectures and critiques. Elements of design, line, shape, size, texture, color and value as well as the principles of design, balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity will be discussed within the context of sculpture. Through artistic exploration, students will understand the importance of concept, context and material. Symbolism through material and form will be expected.

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Sculpture II

Course Code: PICA361
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite: Sculpture I or equivalent

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ART HISTORY

Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

Course Code: PICA385
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

This course provides an in-depth study and pictorial survey if Impressionism, its origins and its legacy presented from a general overview of the evolution of painting, with a focus on key elements in the Impressionist movement such as composition, color and style; a study of the aesthetic evolution of Impressionism through the works of the movement’s forerunners, artists who constitute the core group and their immediate descendants; and a study of the Impressionist movement’s effects on 20th century art and the ways in which today’s artists reaffirm the legacy by using elements that gave the movement its vitality and energy.

Students will study works from the following artists: Courbet, Millet, Turner, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Seurat, Cezanne, and Gauguin. The course is made up of lectures illustrated by slides and group discussion. Visits will be made to local museums such as the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Musee Rodin to view the art studied in the classroom.

History of Fashion

Course Code:PICA389
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

View Syllabus

Art & Architecture in Paris

Course Code:PICA381
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

View Syllabus

History of Photography

Course Code: PICA383
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

View Syllabus

Contemporary Art History

Course Code:PICA384
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

View Syllabus

History of French Cinema

 

Course Code: PICA111
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

A general survey of major French cinematic trends from the earliest examples (Melies, Lumiere) through the classic period (Carne, Renoir, Clouzot(, the New Wave (Truffat, Resnais, Godard, etc.) and on to more recent French film history (with a discussion of the historical, social, political, aesthetic, and literary contexts). The class serves as an introduction to the study of cinema, to its forms, its inter-relations with literature as well as political and social changes happening in French and European society throughout the 20th century. Students will study readings and analysis of scripts as well as historical and critical materials in addition to seeing a cross-section of important films from the history of French Cinema during and outside of class time.

View Syllabus

Modernism: Art in Paris in the 20th Century

Course Code: PICA382
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

View Syllabus

LITERATURE AND CREATIVE WRITING

The Goddess through Literature and Gender Studies

Course Code: PICA315
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

View Syllabus

20th Century French Literature

Course Code: PICA358
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

View Syllabus

Creative Writing I

Course Code: PICA201
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

A practical and workshop class that introduces writers to the elements of poetry, fiction and drama, this course is open to beginning and continuing writers. Class work will include reading the work of established writers in three different genres, studying the craft of writing, and will involve considerable creative writing within and outside the boundaries of those genres. Students in this course will participate in a variety of possible activities, including but not limited to: in-class writing, group writing, workshop, technique-specific practices, reading and group discussion, and more. These activities are meant to support the purpose of the class, which is to familiarize the student with the techniques of writing poetry, fiction and drama. Due to time constraints, we will be focusing primarily on fiction and poetry.

View Syllabus

Creative Writing II

Course Code: PICA301
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

This class will explore the craft of fiction in three different ways. The first will be brief talks that address a different element of craft in each class. The second will be by reading and dissecting (like writers!) a broad range of contemporary fiction writing in a range of different styles. The third and most important component of the class will be an intense focus on evaluating each student’s work with this question in mind: where do I think this writer/story is trying to go? We will tailor our critiques of other student’s work with the goal of helping the writer move toward the strongest realization of their particular way of seeing the world and expressing it through their writing style. We will eschew the idea that there is one way to write fiction. We will seek our personal voices in our writing and try to help others to find and refine their own personal vision as expressed in writing.

View Syllabus

FRENCH LANGUAGE

French Language - Beginner

Course Code: PICA100
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

French Language - Intermediate

Course Code: PICA200
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

French Language - Advanced

Course Code: PICA300
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

STUDIO ARTS

Black & White Photography I

Course Code: PICA132
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Paris is unique to the world. Universally loved for its beauty, Paris is a photographer’s delight. As the birthplace of photography, Paris continues to show its love for photography in an endless parade of gallery and museum exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography—making it one of the ideal locations for studying photography! This class will help students develop a mastery of their film cameras, learning to manipulate the dials and switches to insure good quality images working with the age-old techniques of black and white photography while they explore and discover the many hidden facets of Paris, its neighborhoods, parks and its people. Students will be encouraged to get off the beaten path and discover the lesser known neighborhoods and, above all, to strive to powerfully capture their own experience of Paris. We’ll discuss at length all the aesthetic tools at our disposal—depth of field, composition, lighting, perspective and others–to allow each student to capture his/her own unique vision of time spent in Paris. Projects will have students study the Urban Landscape, Environmental Portraiture as well as a final project of their own design. Class time will include visits to museums and galleries, field trips, technical demonstrations, darkroom work and group critiques. The course is open to all students with all levels of photographic experience. All students must have a 35mm film camera which functions in manual mode. Beginning students will master the basics of camera usage, film development and black and white printing. The more advanced students will be encouraged to expand their personal photographic vision and skills through creating a portfolio of photographs based on their experiences in Paris.

View Syllabus

Black & White Photography II

Course Code: PICA232
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite:  Black & White Photography I

Following up on the first semester of the Black and White Photo I class, this semester will continue students’ development of their technical and critical skills as related to photography. While continuing to refine skills in picture taking (mastery of composition, film exposure and development as well as enlargements), we will add in additional elements and approaches. There will be a greater investigation of different types of films and film developers as well as methods of developing film, different photographic papers will be experimented with and we will begin to investigate some alternative techniques and methods of making photographs. One of the prime focuses of the class will be to develop in the students a level of mastery in the darkroom with all of the various technical processes. Simultaneous with these technical investigations, the class will continue to expose students to a wide range photographic practice to help develop students’ awareness of the history of photography as well as to strengthen their critical and analytical skills as related to photography and art.

View Syllabus

Bookmaking I

Course Code: PICA376
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

View Syllabus

Bookmaking II

Course Code: PICA376
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite: Bookmaking I

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Digital Imaging I

Course Code: PICA131
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Designed for students with little or no previous experience creating computer graphics who wish to learn about the possibilities of digital image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop CS5 software.

View Syllabus

Digital Photography

Course Code: PICA231
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Paris remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Around every corner is another striking vision. Historically, Paris is the birthplace of photography and it continues to honor photography through a steady stream of excellent gallery and museum exhibitions devoted to photography. Working with digital cameras, students will be set the task of discovering a deeper and more profound Paris that goes beyond the standard tourist sites and shots. Working digitally will allow us the freedom to shoot large quantities of images so students can truly develop their own personal vision of Paris that goes beyond the clichés. In addition to discussing at length the foundations of how one makes visually striking images through mastery of apertures, shutter speeds, light and composition, we will spend much class time out in the city discovering different neighborhoods that students new to Paris might not always discover on their own. Rather than simply trying to capture photos which record some of the famous sites and monuments, students will be asked to push further and capture their own experience as foreigners discovering the people and places of Paris. Projects will ask students to examine the city and its structure—narrow Medieval streets in some neighborhoods, elegant and wide boulevards in others—as well as the people and how they interact with one another and with their city. Aesthetics will play an important role in the images students make but they must also look at the city from other perspectives (as an architect, an anthropologist, a historian, maybe even as a psychologist!). Paris is unlike any North American city. How do its unique qualities—a great public transportation system, generally smaller scale architecture than other major cities, a fresh bakery around every corner, and so many other differences—contribute to make Parisians different from North Americans (for better and for worse!). We will look at such unique qualities found in Paris to try to understand what makes Paris the magnificent city it is.

View Syllabus

Alternative Photography Techniques

Course Code: PICA235
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite:  Black & White Photography I

This class will bring students back to the origins of photography where they can investigate some of the earliest photo processes and techniques (cyanotypes, calotypes, photograms, pinhole cameras). Mixing our own emulsions, building one or more of our own cameras, we’ll gain a sense of early photography which was part alchemy and science and part painting and drawing. We will likely also use some contemporary equipment (digital cameras, scanners and inkjet or laser printers) but ultimately this course is about the artists’ hand being central to the photographs created (something we see much less of in the typical contemporary practice of photography). Students will, of necessity, need to adjust their rhythm and approach to making photographs as these techniques are more time-consuming and more process-oriented given that we must mix up the emulsions and coat papers before we can make photographs. By stepping away from prepared emulsions and already existing, mass-produced cameras, students will be able to personalize their choices and can, in this way, have full control of the images they present and how they look.

View Syllabus

Figure Drawing

Course Code: PICA341
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

View Syllabus

Printmaking I

Course Code: PICA271
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

This course teaches the basic traditional techniques used to make prints. No prior experience is needed to learn how to make multiple, identical images. Students will be taught how to print by hand and with printing presses to create small editions of their work. Materials ranging from wood to metal to plastic will be carved, cut, etched, and assembled to allow each student to discover the many ways of obtaining images that have radically different “looks” and styles. Experimentation is encouraged so that each student can understand how to best exploit the different methods available in order to successfully translate a sketch into a powerful printed document.

View Syllabus 

Printmaking II

Course Code: PICA371
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite: Printmaking I

View Syllabus

Sketchbook Drawing in Paris

Course Code: PICA141
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

The exceptional setting and architecture of Paris has inspired artists for centuries. Basic drawing skills will be taught at the university but the student will be expected to apply what he or she learns in class to draw some of the major architectural monuments of the city. The wealth of images of the buildings and layout of Paris created by artists and architects throughout the centuries will also be studied to better understand how to depict architecture through drawing. Experimentation with different media including photography will be encouraged. Initially, techniques to convey space, light, and volume will be stressed. Progressively, the student will be asked to draw in a more personal manner. Individual and group critiques will be a regular part of this class. Class work and homework are the main components of one’s performance in this course and no previous knowledge/experience in drawing is expected. The grade achieved will reflect the understanding of the techniques and concepts introduced as well as the way the concepts are put to use. The student must be self- motivated, as much of the work is done outside of class. There must be a demonstration of responsibility toward attendance, punctuality, and seriousness of effort. Students are expected to be set up and ready to work at the beginning of each class in the location decided upon in the previous session. Assigned homework is to be presented on time and in a state of completion. Class participation is an important aspect of course evaluation.

View Syllabus

Sculpture I

Course Code: PICA261
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Along with analyzing and experimenting with three-dimensional design elements, students will be given a brief history in contemporary sculpture. Students will have the opportunity to gain appreciation of sculptural form through hands-on projects, lectures and critiques. Elements of design, line, shape, size, texture, color and value as well as the principles of design, balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity will be discussed within the context of sculpture. Through artistic exploration, students will understand the importance of concept, context and material. Symbolism through material and form will be expected.

View Syllabus

Sculpture II

Course Code: PICA361
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Pre-requisite: Sculpture I or equivalent

View Syllabus

ART HISTORY

Art & Architecture in Paris

Course Code:PICA381
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

View Syllabus

FRENCH LANGUAGE

French Language - Beginner

Course Code: PICA100
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

French Language - Intermediate

Course Code: PICA200
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

French Language - Advanced

Course Code: PICA300
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

STUDIO ART

Digital Imaging I

Course Code: PICA131
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Designed for students with little or no previous experience creating computer graphics who wish to learn about the possibilities of digital image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop CS5 software.

View Syllabus

Digital Photography

Course Code: PICA231
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits: 3

Paris remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Around every corner is another striking vision. Historically, Paris is the birthplace of photography and it continues to honor photography through a steady stream of excellent gallery and museum exhibitions devoted to photography. Working with digital cameras, students will be set the task of discovering a deeper and more profound Paris that goes beyond the standard tourist sites and shots. Working digitally will allow us the freedom to shoot large quantities of images so students can truly develop their own personal vision of Paris that goes beyond the clichés. In addition to discussing at length the foundations of how one makes visually striking images through mastery of apertures, shutter speeds, light and composition, we will spend much class time out in the city discovering different neighborhoods that students new to Paris might not always discover on their own. Rather than simply trying to capture photos which record some of the famous sites and monuments, students will be asked to push further and capture their own experience as foreigners discovering the people and places of Paris. Projects will ask students to examine the city and its structure—narrow Medieval streets in some neighborhoods, elegant and wide boulevards in others—as well as the people and how they interact with one another and with their city. Aesthetics will play an important role in the images students make but they must also look at the city from other perspectives (as an architect, an anthropologist, a historian, maybe even as a psychologist!). Paris is unlike any North American city. How do its unique qualities—a great public transportation system, generally smaller scale architecture than other major cities, a fresh bakery around every corner, and so many other differences—contribute to make Parisians different from North Americans (for better and for worse!). We will look at such unique qualities found in Paris to try to understand what makes Paris the magnificent city it is.

View Syllabus

Discovering Paris Through Photography

Course Code:PICA335
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

Students will explore the visual language of photography using Paris as their inspiration and backdrop. The course will examine such topics as Urban Landscape, Portraiture, Time and Memory and Purpose of Place. These topics are structured to take full advantage of the experience of being in Paris. Class time will include visits to museums and galleries, field trips, technical demonstrations, lab work and group critiques. The course is open to all students with all levels of photographic experience. All students must have a manually adjustable 35mm film or digital camera. Beginning students will master the basics of camera usage (managing aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings with the light meter) to make good quality exposures while developing their aesthetic skills in making compositions, dealing with the quality of light, etc. The more advanced students will be encouraged to expand their personal photographic vision and skills through creating a portfolio of photographs based on their experiences in Paris.

ART HISTORY

Art & Architecture in Paris

Course Code:PICA381
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

View Syllabus

STUDIO ARTS

Discovering Paris Through Photography

Course Code:PICA335
Contact Hours:45
US Credits:3

Students will explore the visual language of photography using Paris as their inspiration and backdrop. The course will examine such topics as Urban Landscape, Portraiture, Time and Memory and Purpose of Place. These topics are structured to take full advantage of the experience of being in Paris. Class time will include visits to museums and galleries, field trips, technical demonstrations, lab work and group critiques. The course is open to all students with all levels of photographic experience. All students must have a manually adjustable 35mm film or digital camera. Beginning students will master the basics of camera usage (managing aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings with the light meter) to make good quality exposures while developing their aesthetic skills in making compositions, dealing with the quality of light, etc. The more advanced students will be encouraged to expand their personal photographic vision and skills through creating a portfolio of photographs based on their experiences in Paris.

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