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2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Art and Design


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Stephanie James, Director Department of Art
102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-4613
http://vpa.syr.edu/academics/art/

James Fathers, Director Department of Design
The Warehouse, 315-443-2455
http://vpa.syr.edu/academics/design/

Heath Hanlin, Chair Department of Transmedia
102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-1033
http://vpa.syr.edu/academics/transmedia/

The School of Art and Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, has a long tradition of offering students the opportunity to develop their artistic talents and obtain a broad liberal arts education. Students learn from faculty members who are not only teachers, but also practicing artists and designers, with work in major museums, international exhibitions, and professional commercial venues. The school offers programs of study at the undergraduate level in art, design, and transmedia; it also maintains study programs in Florence, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; and London, England. In addition, the school works in cooperation with the SU Art Galleries, Syracuse University Library’s Special Collections Resource Center; LightWork; and the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection.

As a professional school within a major university, the School of Art and Design offers a wealth of academic resources and endless opportunities and activities. Students are actively involved in mastering their chosen discipline and receive a liberal education that is integral to the development of artists and designers. They have one-on-one interaction with the school’s active, professional faculty and numerous visiting artists.

The School of Art and Design has a tradition of excellence that goes back more than 130 years; in fact, Syracuse University was the first university in the country to grant a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree. Within its three departments (art, design, and transmedia), the school offers 17 majors that lead to a B.F.A. degree: art education, art photography, art video, ceramics, communications design, computer art, fashion design, film, history of art, illustration, environmental and interior design, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. It also offers a program leading to a bachelor of industrial design (B.I.D.) degree in industrial and interaction design.

Department of Art

Contact

Stephanie James, Director
102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-4613
http://vpa.syr.edu/academics/art/

The Department of Art offers an exciting, energetic culture of students who are encouraged to cross conventional boundaries with their work. They are motivated, curious, and committed to artistic growth. The department takes a genuine interest in teaching students what being a professional artist means so that they are prepared for the future. Curricula are designed to allow students to take classes within the larger University, which gives students exposure to the liberal arts as well as courses in business and entrepreneurship. All programs have student organizations that participate in community service projects and the selection of visiting artists, who are a critical component of the department. The department also engages in numerous educational partnerships with Syracuse schools and agencies.

Study abroad opportunities are available (and encouraged) in Florence, London, Istanbul, Santiago, and Strasbourg, and World Partners. This educational experiences draw upon the rich resources of these cities’ museums, architectural monuments, and cultural offerings. Students may take either a semester- or a year-long program that includes six to nine credits of studio work each semester. Short-term opportunities for study abroad over the summer or school breaks are also available to a variety of places around the world. Contact SUAbroad at 315-443-3471, or online at suabroad.syr.edu for details about the programs. Students who elect to spend a semester abroad may find that some program adjustments are necessary. Students should discuss these opportunities well in advance with their academic advisors and contact the Office of Student Affairs, 200 Crouse College, 315-443-2517.

Department of Design

Contact

James Fathers, Director
The Warehouse, First Floor, 315-443-2455
http://vpa.syr.edu/academics/design/

In the Department of Design, located in the School of Art and Design, faculty and students form an inquisitive and intelligent community that is concerned with the world around it. Many of the departments’ professionally oriented programs are top-ranked in the United States and have a long history at Syracuse University. The diverse programs in the department share a commitment to professional excellence and use of socially conscious and sustainable design practices. The department maintains a special relationship with the Syracuse community through the activities of its various student groups–including chapters of professional design organizations–that continually work on projects with not-for-profit agencies as well as funded research design collaborations. All of the departments programs are housed in The Warehouse in downtown Syracuse that allows students and faculty to benefit from a city atmosphere and interactions with local design firms.

Design students enrolled in one of the B.F.A. programs or the B.I.D. program may study abroad for a semester in our specially designed Spring semester-long experiences at SU London, open to all students during their junior year (fourth year for students in industrial and interaction design.) Courses offered are designed to take the place of required courses in Syracuse. A combination of studio, art history and academic courses is available for each major. A direct placement program with the London College of Fashion offers students majoring in the B.F.A. program in fashion design a professional semester in London during their junior year. In addition to classes they would normally take on the SU campus, students may take courses in such areas as millinery design, shoe design, and electronic machine embroidery. All of the students have internships with English designers and are immersed in the London fashion scene. Other opportunities include Istanbul, Santiago, and other World Partners locations. Short-term opportunities for study abroad over the summer or school breaks are also available to a variety of places around the world. Contact SUAbroad at 315-443-3471, or online at suabroad.syr.edu for details about the programs. Students who elect to spend a semester abroad may find that some program adjustments are necessary. Students should discuss these opportunities well in advance with their academic advisors and contact the Office of Student Affairs, 200 Crouse College, 315-443-2517.

Department of Transmedia

Contact

Heath Hanlin, Chair
102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-1033
http://vpa.syr.edu/academics/transmedia/

Students in the School of Art and Designís Department of Transmedia forge a strong vision and the capacity to act intelligently as an artist. The department is committed to providing a meaningful exploration of media arts with strong, professional artistic practice. Each curriculum in the department is shaped to offer greater flexibility for unique academic experiences, including core courses in transmedia theory and practices. Faculty encourage students to exhibit work on and off campus and arrange for visiting artists to give lectures and critiques. They are also actively involved in the Syracuse community, organizing screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions, which give students additional opportunities for creative exploration and involvement.

Students majoring in one of the B.F.A. programs may study abroad for a semester in London, Florence, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Santiago, and Prague. Abroad programs are designed to fulfill some studio and academic requirements. The film program offers both semester-long and short-term study with FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic. Students must obtain departmental approval to participate. Short-term opportunities for study abroad over the summer or school breaks are also available to a variety of places around the world. Contact SUAbroad at 315-443-3471, or online at suabroad.syr.edu for details about the programs. Students who elect to spend a semester abroad may find that some program adjustments are necessary. Students should discuss these opportunities well in advance with their academic advisors and contact the Office of Student Affairs, 200 Crouse College, 315-443-2517.

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