Colloquium: Text and Image (first semester)
The focus is on the development of the student’s sensitivity to language and verbal constructs and an understanding of the relation of text to image and structure. The course also supports the development of the student’s creative writing, in particular in the context of artists’ books.
Colloquium: The Artist’s Book (first semester)
Semester 1. The student is introduced to the history of the artist’s book and investigates the artist’s book as a complex art form. Classes consist of discussing readings and examining artists’ books in Special Collections in various libraries and institutions.
Colloquium: History of the Book (second semester)
This course provides hands-on study of rare books and manuscripts from antiquity to the present, with discussions dealing with their structural, historical, and artistic significance. The class meets at the Library Company of Philadelphia, with field trips to local Special Collections.
Colloquium: Professional Practices (third and fourth semesters)
In the first semester, professional practices and issues related to the fields of printmaking and book and publication arts are explored through visiting lecturers, discussions, and field trips. In the second semester the course focuses on the completion of the student’s professional portfolio.
University Seminar: Structure and Metaphor (second semester)
In this interdisciplinary seminar students from the various graduate programs examine theoretical issues of structure and metaphor in relation to art and design.
University Seminar: Art and Design in Society (third semester)
In this second interdisciplinary course students from all the graduate programs examine theoretical issues relating to the place of art and design in society.
University Seminar: Criticism (fourth semester)
Advanced graduate students from the various disciplines in the visual arts further examine the nature of image-making with particular attention to the theories and applications of criticism.