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Program in Visual Arts

Director

Joseph S. Scanlan

Executive Committee

Jill S. Dolan, English, Lewis Center for the Arts, Theater

Jeffrey Eugenides, Lewis Center for the Arts, Creative Writing

Su Friedrich, Lewis Center for the Arts

Chang-rae Lee, Lewis Center for the Arts, Creative Writing

Susan Marshall, Lewis Center for the Arts, Dance

Paul B. Muldoon, Lewis Center for the Arts, Creative Writing

Joyce Carol Oates, Lewis Center for the Arts, Creative Writing

James Richardson, English, Lewis Center for the Arts, Creative Writing

Joseph S. Scanlan, Lewis Center for the Arts

P. Adams Sitney, Lewis Center for the Arts

Edmund V. White, Lewis Center for the Arts, Creative Writing

Susan Wheeler, Lewis Center for the Arts, Creative Writing

Stacy E. Wolf, Lewis Center for the Arts, Theater

Professor

Su Friedrich, also Lewis Center for the Arts

Joseph S. Scanlan, also Lewis Center for the Arts

P. Adams Sitney, also Lewis Center for the Arts

Senior Lecturer

Eve M. Aschheim, also Lewis Center for the Arts


The Program in Visual Arts, part of the Lewis Center for the Arts, allows interested undergraduates to explore visual art and media and to develop their creative skills in connection with a general program of humanistic education. Courses are offered in photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, film and video production, and film history and criticism. Studio courses emphasize direct, hands-on art-making under the guidance of practicing visual arts professionals.

All courses in the program are open to all students at Princeton. A few courses are by application only. The courses are letter-graded (not pass/D/fail) and may be taken in fulfillment of the distribution requirement in LA (Literature and Arts). Summer courses and study abroad are accepted for Program 2 and certificate students only. AP credit is not accepted.

For students interested in pursuing studio arts, there are two options. The first is Program 2, the concentration offered by the Department of Art and Archaeology in cooperation with the Program in Visual Arts that focuses on the visual/studio arts with an art history component. The second option is a visual arts certificate done in addition to a student's departmental concentration. Students wishing either to study film history/theory or do film/video production may pursue this track within the visual arts certificate program in collaboration with departments that accept a creative or written thesis in film.

Admission to the Program

Admission to both Program 2 in art and archaeology and the visual arts certificate program is selective. By the second Tuesday following spring break, students submit an application and a portfolio of creative work (or an essay on cinema in the case of those applying for the track in film and video) to the Lewis Center for the Arts administrative office. The admissions committee will notify students accepted into the program by early April. For specific prerequisites, please see the individual areas below.

Program of Study

Program 2: History of Art and Visual Arts

Program 2 is a concentration in the visual arts that combines studio art and art history, and culminates in a creative senior thesis. For program requirements, see the Program 2 description under the Department of Art and Archaeology.

The Visual Arts Certificate

Overview. A certificate in visual arts will be awarded to students who successfully complete a substantial program of studio work and other requirements, as summarized below, while concentrating in another academic department. Students interested in a certificate in visual arts should submit a portfolio in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Normally students must complete two of the required visual arts courses before being admitted to the program. One course in art and archaeology is also recommended.

Course Requirements. A total of eight courses combined from the Program in Visual Arts and from the Department of Art and Archaeology, as follows:

a) Four visual arts courses, which must include studio courses in at least two different media, and at least two 300- or 400-level studio courses.

b) VIS 392 Issues in Contemporary Art or a cognate. This course is strongly recommended for studio artists, for whom it has been specifically designed. However, it is possible to substitute a relevant 300- or 400-level seminar directly related to the medium a student practices with the prior permission of the director of the program.

c) VIS 416 Senior Thesis Seminar. This course provides a formal structure in which Program 2 and certificate students will present, discuss, and develop ideas for their visual thesis exhibitions.

d) Two art and archaeology courses, one of which must be in the modern period (19th century to the present).

Junior Independent Work. In the fall, students select two advisers from the Program in Visual Arts and complete the Certificate Adviser Approval Form. The junior independent work is done in consultation with the student's advisers, and also with the general visual arts faculty in "open studio" meetings. The advisers' spring-term grade for the junior independent work represents an evaluation of the entire year's studio work. The junior independent work is exhibited in a group show at the beginning of the senior fall semester.

Senior Independent Work--The Creative Thesis. In the fall, students enroll in VIS 416 Senior Thesis Seminar, select two advisers from the Program in Visual Arts, and complete the Certificate Adviser Approval Form. The creative thesis studio work is done in consultation with the student's advisers, and also with the general visual arts faculty in "open studio" meetings. Students present their work in an exhibition during the spring term, usually in a two-person show with another certificate or Program 2 student. The grade for the senior independent work represents an evaluation of the entire year's studio work and is the average of two grades: (1) the average of the grades given by the student's two advisers and (2) the average of the grades given by the rest of the visual arts faculty who view the senior exhibition.

Track in Film and Video

Students interested in film and video production or criticism and analysis may pursue the film and video track within the visual arts certificate program while concentrating in another academic department. Requirements for this track are summarized below. To enter this track, students must have the approval of their department of concentration to submit a written critical/historical thesis on a film-related topic or present a creative film work in fulfillment of the senior thesis. Normally students in this track must complete a production course and a course in film history or theory before being admitted to the program.

The five visual arts courses that students in the film and video track take must include:

a) One course in film/video production (VIS 261/262, VIS 361/362, VIS 462)

b) Two courses in film history (any course listed by the Committee for Film Studies) and one visual arts seminar in film theory or history.

c) At least two other courses (either in film production or academic courses in film history).

Please note: Three cognates are accepted within the above group. Independent work requirements for the track in film and video are consistent with those set forth for the visual arts certificate program. Junior projects and senior theses may be submitted as historical or theoretical essays or as creative works in film, video, or an installation based on either or both media. Where these projects can fulfill the requirements of the visual arts certificate and the student's department of concentration, they will be jointly advised by faculty members from the program and the student's home department. Where the independent work is not completed in conjunction with requirements for the student's home department, the work will be supervised by two faculty members from the Program in Visual Arts.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who fulfill the requirements of the program receive a certificate of proficiency in visual arts upon graduation.


Courses


VIS 201 Introductory Drawing (also ARC 201)   Fall LA

This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing. Students will be introduced to a range of drawing issues, as well as a variety of media, including charcoal, graphite, ink, and oil stick. Subject matter includes still life, the figure, landscape, and architecture. Representation, abstraction, and working from imagination will be explored. A structured independent project will be completed at the end of the term. Two three-hour studio classes. E. Aschheim, J. O'Connor

VIS 202 Introductory Drawing (also ARC 202)   Spring LA

This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing. Students will be introduced to a range of drawing issues, as well as a variety of media, including charcoal, graphite, ink, and oil stick. Subject matter includes still life, the figure, landscape, and architecture. Representation, abstraction, and working from imagination will be explored. A structured independent project will be completed at the end of the term. Two three-hour studio classes. E. Aschheim, N. Carter

VIS 203 Introductory Painting (also ARC 327)   Fall LA

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting. The areas to be covered are color and its interaction, the use of form and scale, painting from a model, painting objects with a concern for their mass, and interaction with light. Two three-hour studio classes. E. Aschheim, K. Kauper

VIS 204 Introductory Painting (also ARC 328)   Spring LA

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting. The areas to be covered are color and its interaction, the use of form and scale, painting from a model, painting objects with a concern for their mass, and interaction with light. Two three-hour studio classes. B. Jermusyk, D. Clements

VIS 211 Introductory Photography   Fall, Spring LA

An introduction to the processes of photography through a series of problems directed toward the handling of light-sensitive material, camera, and printing. Weekly laboratory sessions will explore the critical issues of the medium in relation to both student work and the work of guest photographers. One three-hour class and three hours of independent laboratory. Prerequisite: instructor's permission. A. Shepp

VIS 212 Introductory Photography   Spring LA

An introduction to the processes of photography through a series of problems directed toward the handling of light-sensitive material, camera, and printing. Weekly laboratory sessions will explore the critical issues of the medium in relation to both student work and the work of guest photographers. One three-hour class and three hours of independent laboratory. Prerequisite: instructor's permission. A. Macintyre

VIS 215 Graphic Design (also ARC 215/CWR 215)   Fall LA

This studio course will introduce students to the essential aspects and skills of graphic design, and will analyze and discuss the increasingly vital role that non-verbal, graphic information plays in all areas of professional life, from fine art and book design to social networking and the Internet. Students in the course will explore visual organization through a series of focused, interrelated assignments dealing with composition, page layout, type design, and image. Hands on production will include an array of do-it-yourself printing and distribution technologies, from letterpress and mimeograph to photocopying and websites. Staff

VIS 221 Introductory Sculpture   Fall, Spring LA

A studio introduction to sculpture, particularly the study of form, space, and the influence of a wide variety of materials and processes on the visual properties of sculpture. Students will develop an understanding of contemporary sculpture and a basic technical facility in a variety of materials and processes. Two three-hour studio classes. M. Friedman

VIS 222 Introductory Sculpture   Spring LA

A studio introduction to sculpture, particularly the study of form, space, and the influence of a wide variety of materials and processes on the visual properties of sculpture. Students will develop an understanding of contemporary sculpture and a basic technical facility in a variety of materials and processes. Two three-hour studio classes. J. Scanlan

VIS 231 Ceramics/Sculpture   Fall LA

An introductory-level course designed for students interested in learning the fundamentals of working with clay. A wide variety of hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques will be taught, enabling students to make utilitarian vessels as well as sculptural forms. Students will learn about glazing and colored engobe application methods and how to operate electric and gas kilns. Studio work will be complemented by readings, field trips, and slide presentations. Two three-hour studio classes. Staff

VIS 232 Ceramics/Sculpture   Spring LA

An introductory-level course designed for students interested in learning the fundamentals of working with clay. A wide variety of hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques will be taught, enabling students to make utilitarian vessels as well as sculptural forms. Students will learn about glazing and colored engobe application methods and how to operate electric and gas kilns. Studio work will be complemented by readings, field trips, and slide presentations. Two three-hour studio classes. A. Agee

VIS 242 Film Genres: The First Five Decades of Cinema   Not offered this year LA

A historical examination of a film genre--e.g., comedy, documentary, detective film (also called film noir). The object of the course will be the understanding of the uniquely cinematic aspects of each genre, studied against the backdrop of parallel literary genres (e.g., comedy from Aristophanes to Beckett; documentary fiction and essays; 19th- and 20th-century detective fiction). One genre will be the topic of the course each year. Two 90-minute classes, one film screening. P. Sitney

VIS 261 Introductory Video and Film Production   Fall LA

A film/video course introducing the techniques of shooting and editing digital video. Works of film/video art are analyzed in order to explore the development of, and innovations in, cinematic language. Production is oriented toward film/video as a visual art, including narrative, documentary, and experimental genres. Several short video projects produced during the semester. Two three-hour classes. Prerequisite: instructor's permission. K. Sanborn

VIS 262 Introductory Video and Film Production   Spring LA

A film/video course introducing the techniques of shooting and editing digital video. Works of film/video art are analyzed in order to explore the development of, and innovations in, cinematic language. Production is oriented toward film/video as a visual art, including narrative, documentary, and experimental genres. Several short video projects produced during the semester. Two three-hour classes. Prerequisite: instructor's permission. K. Sanborn

VIS 303 Intermediate Painting   LA

This course is designed to allow students to explore more deeply the process and meaning of painting. Students will complete a set of structured assignments and are encouraged to develop an independent direction. Contemporary critical theory is integrated into the course. Two three-hour studio classes. Prerequisite: 203, 204 and instructor's permission. E. Aschheim

VIS 304 Intermediate Painting   Spring LA

This course is designed to allow students to explore more deeply the process and meaning of painting. Students will complete a set of structured assignments and are encouraged to develop an independent direction. Contemporary critical theory is integrated into the course. Two three-hour studio classes. Prerequisite: 203, 204 and instructor's permission. E. Aschheim

VIS 309 The Handprinted Image: Intaglio and Lithography   Spring LA

An introduction to fundamental techniques of copper plate etching, lithography, and relief printing. Assignments focus on applications of various printmaking techniques, while encouraging independent development of subject matter. Critiques will occur throughout the term. Students are encouraged to draw regularly outside of class to cultivate themes and content applicable to their prints. Field trips to the University's museum and the library's graphics collection will complement class work. Two three-hour classes. D. Heyman

VIS 312 Introduction to Color Photography   Fall, Spring LA

Theory, processes, and applications of color photography as an artistic medium, exploring camera technique, color film, and darkroom printing methods. Students investigate the formal issues presented by color as an element of the medium and analyze visual content in the broader project of photographic image-making. Prerequisite: 211 or 212 and instructor's permission. One three-hour class. J. Lee

VIS 313 Intermediate Photography   Not offered this year LA

A continuation of 211 or 212, this course focuses on photo chemistry, printmaking methods, and the view camera. The connections between traditions of art, philosophy, science, and photography will continue to be important. One three-hour class and three hours of independent laboratory. Prerequisites: 211, 212, or equivalent experience and instructor's permission. Staff

VIS 315 Digital Photography   Fall, Spring LA

An advanced seminar and lab that explores the aesthetic and theoretical implications of digital technology in relation to photography. The emphasis is on making the photographic print in the digital work space. Class will consist of both independent and collaborative projects. One three-hour class, one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: 211 or 212, or instructor's permission. D. Oliver

VIS 316 Contemporary Practices in Photography   Spring

This is a project-driven course for the intermediate or advanced studio student. This course explores the variety of ways contemporary artists have used photography since the 1950s, including but not limited to, documentary, conceptual, alternative processes and experimental methods, installation, narrative fiction or directional, collage, and serial images, as well as traditional modernist methods. Each student will produce two independent projects that are intended to emulate the methodology and practice of a chosen contemporary artist. J. Lee

VIS 341 Women and Film (see WOM 306)

VIS 342 The Cinema from World War II until the Present (also COM 361)   Not offered this year LA

The history of sound and color film produced since World War II. Emphasis on Italian neorealism, French New Wave, American avant-garde, and the accomplishments of such major filmmakers as Bergman, Hitchcock, Bresson, and Antonioni. Modernism in film will be a central consideration. One three-hour class, weekly film screenings. P. Sitney

VIS 343 Major Filmmakers   Fall LA

This seminar will treat in depth the work of two or three filmmakers of major importance. Specific subjects will vary. P. Sitney

VIS 344 Special Topics in Film History   LA

This seminar will deal in some detail with an aspect of film history, focusing on an important movement or exploring a significant issue. Specific topics and prerequisities will vary. Staff

VIS 346 Brazilian Cinema (see POR 319)

VIS 347 Topics in French Cinema (see FRE 391)

VIS 348 Screenwriting I: Screenwriting as a Visual Medium (see CWR 348)

VIS 361 Intermediate Video and Film Production   LA

A second-level film/video workshop focusing on digital media production. Short works of film/video art will be analyzed in class as a guide to the issues of aesthetic choice, editing structure, and challenging one's audience. Students complete two short videos and a longer final project, and view one film each week outside of class time. Prerequisites: 261 or 262 and instructor's permission. One three-hour seminar. K. Sanborn

VIS 362 Intermediate Video and Film Production   Spring LA

A second-level film/video workshop focusing on digital media production. Short works of film/video art will be analyzed in class as a guide to the issues of aesthetic choice, editing structure, and challenging one's audience. Students complete two short videos and a longer final project, and view one film each week outside of class time. Prerequisites: 261 or 262 and instructor's permission. One three-hour seminar. S. Friedrich

VIS 372 Theatrical Design (see THR 317)

VIS 392 Issues in Contemporary Art (also ART 392)   Fall LA

A required seminar for art and archaeology Program 2 majors and visual arts certificate students emphasizing contemporary art practices and ideas. The course addresses current issues in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video, photography, and ceramics. It includes a visiting artist lecture series, critiques of students' work, and excursions to galleries, museums, and artists' studios. One three-hour class. J. Scanlan

VIS 401 Advanced Drawing   Fall LA

A studio course in which students are encouraged to develop an independent direction while being challenged with projects on issues such as: narrative, abstraction, conceptual strategies, collage, computer-aided drawing, and drawing-based installation. Sources include photography, drawing from life, and utilizing one's own imagination. Study of developments in contemporary drawing will parallel the course projects. Prerequisites: 201, 202, and instructor's permission. Two three-hour classes. N. Carter

VIS 403 Advanced Painting   LA

A studio course focused on advanced problems in painting practice, including pictorial structure in abstraction and representation, color in relationship to space and light, working process, and materials. This course, although structured, encourages development of independent work. Group critiques will be conducted. Students gain awareness of historical models as well as contemporary art, as they build and analyze the relationship between student work and contemporary painting culture. Two three-hour studio classes. Prerequisites: 303 or 304 and instructor's permission. Staff

VIS 404 Advanced Painting   Spring LA

A studio course focused on advanced problems in painting practice, including pictorial structure in abstraction and representation, color in relationship to space and light, working process, and materials. This course, although structured, encourages development of independent work. Group critiques will be conducted. Students gain awareness of historical models as well as contemporary art, as they build and analyze the relationship between student work and contemporary painting culture. Two three-hour studio classes. Prerequisites: 303 or 304 and instructor's permission. K. Kauper

VIS 411 Advanced Problems in Photography   Spring LA

Student-initiated problems in photography will be explored in close working relationship with the instructor. Emphasis will be on integrating practice and critical thought. One three-hour class, three hours of independent laboratory. Prerequisites: 211 or 212, and/or 313, and instructor's permission. Staff

VIS 416 Senior Thesis Seminar   LA

This seminar will give senior Program 2 concentrators in art and archaeology and certificate students in the visual arts a more structured and collegial environment for developing their thesis exhibitions. Over the course of the semester students will research and develop their art, their influences, and their aesthetic underpinnings to be presented as a formal proposal for their thesis project for group discussion. Material choices, exhibition design, and publicity strategies also will be addressed. Assigned readings will support and challenge received ideas of what art is and what the form and content of an art exhibition might entail. J. Scanlan

VIS 421 Advanced Sculpture   Spring LA

A studio course in which formal problems are raised and explored through a range of materials. The central focus is on analysis and exploration of the nature of sculptural space. Two three-hour studio classes. Prerequisites: 221 or 222 and instructor's permission. M. Friedman

VIS 442 Film Theory   Not offered this year LA

An examination of the central texts and abiding issues of the theory of cinema. Properties of the shot as a unit of film construction and its relationship to the space of reality are analyzed. Different kinds of film structures and their theoretical underpinnings are studied. P. Sitney

VIS 443 Topics in Modern Italian Cinema (see ITA 310)

VIS 444 Cinema and the Related Arts (also COM 444)   Fall LA

A seminar examining the ways in which filmmakers have used one of the other arts as part of the self-definition of cinema as an autonomous art. One or two such interactions will be the focus of the course, and will vary by term (e.g., painting, architecture, poetry, narrative fiction). P. Sitney

VIS 445 Fascism in Italian Cinema (see ITA 312)

VIS 446 Marxism in Italian Cinema (see ITA 313)

VIS 448 Screenwriting II: Adaptation (see CWR 448)

VIS 462 Advanced Video and Film Production   Spring LA

A third-level film/video course to further develop video production skills. Students have the option of spending the term either creating a single long work or a series of short pieces. Short weekly shooting exercises. Students view one film each week outside of class time. Two three-hour classes. Prerequisite: 361 or 362 and instructor's permission S. Friedrich

VIS 471 Special Topics in Visual Arts   LA

Advanced work in special areas of the various visual media or in areas where the traditional media intersect (for example, typography, video, photoprintmaking). Specific topics will change from year to year, and prerequisites will vary. Staff

VIS 472 Special Topics in Visual Arts   Spring LA

Advanced work in special areas of the various visual media or in areas where the traditional media intersect (for example, typography, video, photoprintmaking). Specific topics will change from year to year, and prerequisites will vary. Staff