Fine Arts (FA)

FA-105  Introduction to Photography  (3 credits)  

Intended for the beginner, this course teaches principles of design in composition, printing and display. Topics include camera handling, lighting, film and film development. Ownership of a camera is required.

FA-123  Art and Anatomy  (3 credits)  

FA-205  Drawing  (3 credits)  

This basic course emphasizes the elements and principles of design and composition as applied to a variety of drawing techniques. It is a studio course that uses a variety of media including still life, nature and the human figure.

FA-210  Design  (3 credits)  

This introduction to the study and application of design in the visual arts: focuses on problem solving and using principles of two- and three-dimensional design.

FA-218  History of Western Art  (3 credits)  

This course studies the major trends in the visual arts of Europe from antiquity to the present. Forms, symbols and images of the artistic styles will be illustrated on selected works of each historical period.

FA-231  Field Work: the Art of Reading and Writing Nature  (3 credits)  

This course is designed for students interested in understanding and participating in the exploratory, reflective and/or activist tradition of nature writing at a moment in the 21st century when the very concept of "nature" has been irreversibly changed. Students will gain an historical, ethical, literary and writerly grounding in this nonfiction tradition/genre by examining a wide array of techniques and processes, from the scientific to the spiritual, employed in works of nature writing. Students will apply and practice the processes and techniques of effective nature writing by discovering and tracing their own literary paths into an original landscape and by articulating a personal poetics of emplacement. While we will meet in the virtual world, this class is also conceived as a field course, providing students the opportunity to study and learn outside. In addition to producing a body of individual writings, students will work collaboratively to imagine and design a green space/community garden on D'Youville's campus or on Buffalo's west side. This course is crosslisted with ENG-231.

FA-232  Introduction to Creative Writing  (3 credits)  

This course provides a foundation for creative writing across a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction writing. Students will become familiar, through readings, writing projects, peer critique, and in-class writing, with the fundamental elements of each genre. Students will develop a practical and critical knowledge of the construction of contemporary creative writing in terms of language, genre, form, metrics, narrative, character, and description, and of representative examples of published writers. This fulfills the humanities core requirement as a fine arts course.

FA-235  Digital Storytelling  (3 credits)  

This course will explore the new frontiers of writing and the range of cultural competencies necessary to fully participate in the global digital future. Students will develop digital and information literacies as well as the foundational elements of strong, clear, precise writing while becoming fluent in emerging communication practices. Students will learn to produce texts in multimedia digital environments, producing new media writing projects such as blogs, wikis, websites, social networking sites, audio, video, and other converged and hybrid media. The course will also focus on helping students to develop critical media literacy skills; students will learn to apply rigorous critical analysis of the media that they consume.

FA-236  Writing for Social Justice  (3 credits)  

This course explores writing as a powerful tool for community activism and political action. Students will read, discuss, and write a variety of genres explicitly connected to social and political progressivism, including: personal narratives, letters to the editor, op-ed columns, videos, debate arguments, interviews, blogs, Twitter feed, Facebook pages, online petitions, interactive media projects, etc. The course will also explore the role of DIY art, film, and performance, digital activism, and social media as vehicles of participatory social and political action. Assignments will be designed to foster both expressive and critical thinking and writing skills, problem-solving, the ability to research, organize, and synthesize material, and to generate writing that will deeply explore and interrogate social and political systems, particularly those that produce and perpetuate injustices.

FA-302  Screenwriting Playwriting Workshop  (3 credits)  

This course will focus on honing the screen and/or playwriting skills of students to help them develop a greater creative, critical, and aesthetic understanding of these genres. A variety of dramatic forms will be investigated, with an emphasis on the formal elements of plot, character, dialogue, setting, figurative language,etc. Through reading assignments, writing exercises, and critique of student work, students will hone the techniques of storytelling for film and/or theater and become familiar with a wide range of models and formal strategies for constructing and analyzing scripts. This fulfills the humanities core requirement as a fine arts course.

FA-303  Poetry Workshop  (3 credits)  

This course will focus on honing the poetry writing skills of students and to help them develop a greater creative, critical, and aesthetic understanding of this genre. A variety of poetic formats and forms will be investigated, with an emphasis on the formal elements of prosody, metaphor, imagery, language, structure, syntax, patterns, etc. Through reading assignments, writing exercises, and critique of student work, students will become familiar with a wide range of models and formal strategies for constructing and analyzing poetry. This fulfills the humanities core requirement as a fine arts course.

FA-304  Fiction Workshop  (3 credits)  

This course will focus on honing the fiction writing skills of students and to help them develop a greater creative, critical, and aesthetic understanding of this genre. A variety of short fiction formats and forms will be investigated, with an emphasis on the formal elements of plot, character, dialogue, setting, point of view, tone, imagery, figurative language, etc. Through reading assignments, writing exercises, and critique of student work, students will become familiar with a wide range of models and formal strategies for constructing and analyzing short fiction. This fulfills the humanities core requirement as a fine arts course.

FA-305  Painting  (3 credits)  

This course is an introduction to oil painting, with emphasis on understanding color, paint handling and observation. Attention is given to the approach of painters, both past and present, through periodic slide presentations.

FA-306  Screening Consciousness: Time, Memory, And Mind in the Movies  (3 credits)  

The flickering images playing across the cinema screen are the closest thing to our own dreams that humans have created. As the nature of consciousness becomes both more elusive in some ways and better understood in others, its presence as a topic in popular culture has become more and more dominant. This course will focus on the multiple and complex relationships between consciousness, memory, identity, and our perceptions and theories of time, investigating the ways that we choose to represent these relationships in the cinema. We will study films and television series that investigate questions about the nature and limits of human-and non-human-consciousness. We will pay special attention to the intersection of these questions with theories of time, memory, and identity, from the perspective of physics, psychology, and poetics. Students will apply what they observe through the creation of their own media projects focused on memory, time, and consciousness.

FA-314  Art of the Film  (3 credits)  

This introduction to the elements of filmmaking includes screenwriting, camera and lighting, performance, music and sound, editing and the role of the director. Feature films are used to study elements.

FA-320  History of Visual Arts in America  (3 credits)  

This is a survey of painting, sculpture and architecture of the United States from the colonial period to the present with emphasis on the evolution of styles of the 19th and 20th centuries. Offered as needed.

FA-327  Modern Art  (3 credits)  

The development of major European and American styles in architecture, painting and sculpture in the last two centuries, from neoclassicism to contemporary trends, is studied.

FA-328  Art & the Everyday  (3 credits)  

This course combines an art-historical overview of contemporary artists using performance, happenings, action-based art, with influential critics, writers and photography with hands-on studio art-making.

FA-330  Frank Lloyd Wright & Amer Architecture  (3 credits)  

The architecture of Wright in the historical context of modern American architecture is examined. The course explores his precursors and his impact on and debate with future tendencies.

FA-331  Media and Culture  (3 credits)  

Technologies from the invention of writing to the inception of social media have influenced politics, journalism, andculltural production. As they explore aesthetic strategies and techniques in various media, students will engage with the material through both scholarship and practice. Selected readings from scholars, artists, and media activists will provide background and analysis of the history, theory, politics, and methods of participatory media. Students will critically analyze the relationships between media, audience, information, and power and consider the relationship between a participatory democracy and alternative media sources. Students will investigate the politics of representation and will learn to identify bias and manipulation and to recognize and analyze visual and textual systems of cultural codes at work in mass media. In their own projects, they will make use of this knowledge to create their own media messages to work most effectively within the visual and cultural codes they are challenging.

FA-348  Visionaries of Film  (3 credits)  

This course examines the art of an influential creator of film by offering an in-depth of the work of one major director,cinematographer, editor, or screenwriter. While examining the filmmaker's style and technique, we will investigate her or his philosophical approach to the visual representation of human experience. The historical and socio-political context of the films, along with their reception by viewers, are also considered in our study of the film maker's creative vision. This courses fulfills the humanities core requirement as a fine arts course.

FA-349  Themes in Film  (3 credits)  

This course will focus on a particular movement, style, genre, or cultural ,political, or aesthetic theme within the medium of film. A careful study of films and filmmakers within a particular movement or theme will emphasize the relationship of cinematic forma and content with special attention to the techniques,expressive strategies, and historical, cultural,and socio-political context of the films and their makers.

FA-389  Special Topics  (3.00000 credits)  

FA-390  Special Topics  (3 credits)  

Special Topics

FA-479  Advanced Black & White Methods  (3 credits)  

Advanced Black & White Methods

FA-489  Study Abroad  (3 credits)