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FA 3a Introduction to Drawing I 

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Beginning-level course. No previous drawing experience necessary. Preference to first-year students and sophomores. May be repeated once for credit if taught by different instructors. Studio fee: $75 per semester. 

A studio class that introduces a range of drawing materials and methods, intended for both studio majors and non-majors. Students will draw from direct observation of still-life, landscape, and the human figure. Drawing media may include graphite, charcoal, ink, and collage, as well as watercolor and pastel. The drawings of great artists throughout history will be studied to provide examples of what is possible within this broad and expressive visual language.
 Usually offered every fall.
Mr. Downey, Mr. Gisholt, Ms. Lichtman, and Mr. Wardwell

FA 3b Introduction to Drawing II
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Beginning-level course. No previous drawing experience necessary. Preference to first-year students and sophomores. May be repeated once for credit if taught by different instructors. Studio fee: $75 per semester. 

An introduction to the materials and methods of drawing, intended for both studio majors and non-majors. A topics-based course. Each section will offer basic drawing instruction through focus on a particular theme, such as figure drawing, watercolor, or printmaking.
 Usually offered every spring.
Mr. Downey, Mr. Gisholt, Ms. Lichtman, and Mr. Wardwell

FA 4a Sculpture Foundation: 3-D Design I 

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Beginning-level course. Preference to first-year students and sophomores. May be repeated once for credit if taught by different instructors. Studio fee: $75 per semester.

Exploration of three-dimensional aspects of form, space, and composition utilizing a variety of materials and sculptural techniques. Emphasizes students' inventing of images through the use of modern materials and contemporary ideas about sculpture. Assignments are based on abstract thought and problem solving. The intent of this course is to give students a rich studio experience and promote a fresh and meaningful approach to visual concepts. Usually offered every fall. 

Ms. Fair and Mr. Frost

FA 4b Sculpture Foundation: 3-D Design II 

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Beginning-level course. Preference to first-year students and sophomores. May be repeated once for credit if taught by different instructors. Studio fee: $75 per semester.

See FA 4a for course description. Usually offered every spring. 

Ms. Fair and Mr. Frost

FA 5b Sculpture: Blurring the Boundaries 

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Studio fee: $75 per semester.

This studio course is an opportunity to work both in painting and in sculpture. Students are expected to create a dialogue between methods of collage, drawing, monotype, painting, and methods of constructing three-dimensional objects, including mixed media and installation. We use paintings as a source for sculpture, and sculpture as a source for painting. There will be an additional two hours of monitored shop time that students are required to attend weekly outside of scheduled class time. Usually offered every year.

Ms. Fair and Mr. Frost 

FA 6a Sculpture: Body as Source 

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Studio fee: $75 per semester.

Explores how the body can be involved in the subject of making sculpture. Examines different ways in which the body is used as a source, including observation, process, fragmentation, narrative, and performance. Projects are introduced through slides from contemporary artists implementing the concepts put forth. Usually offered every year.

Ms. Fair

FA 9a Introduction to Digital Photography

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Prerequisite: One Brandeis studio art course. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75. per semester.

An introduction to the visual forms and concepts of the photographic image. A range of digital techniques is covered along with aspects of the history of photography. Students must provide their own digital camera. Field trips and image presentations supplement the studio aspect of the course. Usually offered every semester.

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FA 10a Intermediate Digital Photography: Constructing Imagery
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Prerequisite: FA 9a. Studio fee: $75 per semester.
Constructing photographic imagery concerns the arrangement and fabrication of materials to be represented as a 2-dimensional object frozen in time. This course explores how constructing photographs can be accomplished most effectively using studio lighting, still life practices using 3D printing software and hardware, cinematic lighting, digital scanners, and a variety of digital techniques using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Usually offered every year.
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FA 10b Intermediate Digital Media and Installation: Image/Object/Place
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Prerequisite: FA 4a, 4b, 9a or permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 10a in prior years.
Studies the installation of objects in 3-dimensional space as a common art practice and refers generally to an artist's arrangement of aesthetic material to create a theatrical experience for its viewing subject. The goal of this class is to produce installations using image-based and sculptural practices. Field trips and image presentations supplement the studio aspect of the course. Usually offered every year.
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FA 11a Beginning Painting
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Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 107a in prior years.

FA 11a and FA 11b are two parts of a year-long experience, intended to begin in the fall and continue in the spring. This is a six-hour per week studio class recommended for sophomore studio art majors or other students desiring an in-depth painting course. Color theory and various methods of oil painting will be introduced while working from landscape, still life, and the figure. Museum trips and slide lectures will augment studio work.
 Usually offered every fall.
Mr. Downey, Mr. Gisholt, and Ms. Lichtman 

FA 11b Beginning Painting II 

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Prerequisite: FA 11a or permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 107b in prior years. FA 11a and FA 11b are two parts of a year-long experience, intended to begin in the fall and continue in the spring. This is a six-hour per week studio class recommended for sophomore studio art majors or other students desiring an in-depth painting course. Color theory and various methods of oil painting will be introduced while working from landscape, still life, and the figure. Museum trips and slide lectures will augment studio work.
 Usually offered every spring.
Mr. Downey, Mr. Gisholt, and Ms. Lichtman 

FA 12a Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio
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Prerequisite: Experience in drawing is strongly recommended. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 105a in prior years.

Using the etching press in the Printmaking Studio, this course is an introduction to basic intaglio processes of drypoint and etching as well as monotype, carborundum prints and collograph. Students will work on metal, plastic or cardboard plates and make experimental, painterly images in both black and white, and color. 
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FA 12b Introduction to Printmaking: Woodcut and Relief 

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Prerequisite: Experience in drawing is strongly recommended. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 105b in prior years.

Introduction to relief printmaking using linoleum and woodblock. Students become familiar with working in a print shop, how to use color in printmaking, planning images, direct drawing on wood, and how to critique printmaking in a group setting. Usually offered every second year.

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FA 13a Intermediate Drawing I 

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Recommended for students who have had previous drawing experience. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 103a in prior years.

Intended for students seeking drawing experience beyond FA 3a and for studio art majors. Various materials and methods of drawing are used, as historical and contemporary works are studied through slides and museum strips. Students hone basic skills and use drawing as an increasingly personal language.
 Usually offered every fall.
Mr. Gisholt

FA 13b Intermediate Drawing II 

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Recommended for students who have had previous drawing experience. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 103b in prior years.

See FA 13a.
 Usually offered every spring.
Mr. Gisholt

FA 14a Intermediate Painting
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Prerequisites: FA 11a and FA 11b or permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 108a in prior years.

An intermediate-level painting course emphasizing the plastic and formal means necessary to create work that will become an increasingly personal statement. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Lichtman

FA 14b Intermediate Painting II 

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Prerequisite: FA 14a or permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 108b in prior years.

An intermediate-level painting course emphasizing the plastic and formal means necessary to create work that will become an increasingly personal statement. Usually offered every year.

Ms. Lichtman

FA 15a Intermediate Printmaking 

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Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 116a in prior years.

Seeks to develop a contemporary attitude toward printmaking. Familiarizes the intermediate printmaker with a range of printmaking techniques, such as intaglio, collagraph, relief, and lithography. Traditional and digital techniques are discussed. Intended for students who have taken FA 12a or b or post baccalaureate students in studio art. Usually offered every year.
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FA 16a Intermediate Sculpture 

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Prerequisite: FA 4a or FA 4b or permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May be repeated once for credit. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 112a in prior years.

Offers an in-depth examination of sculptural concepts ranging from objects to installations, site-specific works, and more. Students will be encouraged to develop their own visual vocabulary and to understand their ideas in the context of contemporary sculpture.
 Usually offered every year.
Ms. Fair and Mr. Frost

FA 16b Intermediate Sculpture II 

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Prerequisite: FA 16a. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May be repeated once for credit. May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 112b in prior years.

Exploration of diverse sculptural concepts utilizing various materials and techniques. Emphasis on personal motivation and development. 
Ms. Fair and Mr. Frost

FA 23b Architectural Drawing and Design 

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Studio fee: $75 per semester.

Teaches basic architectural drawing, drafting, and modeling skills under the umbrella of a unifying theory and/or theme. It is structured as an introductory studio course requiring no previous knowledge or background in architectural design. Students learn how to build models, execute architectural drawings, and to approach architectural design problems. Usually offered every year.

Mr. Abrams

FA 28a Painting Siena 

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Prerequisite: One Fine Arts studio course. One painting course is recommended. 
Explores the unique cultural and artistic contributions of Siena, Italy. Students will study and practice traditional and contemporary painting techniques with excursions to visit masterworks and experience the cultural life of the medieval city. Offered as part of Brandeis Siena Study Abroad program.

Mr. Wardwell

FA 92a Internship and Analysis in Studio Art 

Usually offered every year.

Staff

FA 98a Independent Study in Studio Art

Prerequisites: Normally open only to studio majors in their junior and senior years. As the number of times FA 98a may be taken is limited by department regulations, the interested student should consult the department studio advising head and his or her adviser. 
Usually offered every year. 

Staff

FA 99a Senior Research in Studio Art

Prerequisites: A GPA in fine arts courses of 3.00. 
Usually offered every year.

Staff

FA 99b Senior Research in Studio Art

Prerequisites: A GPA in fine arts courses of 3.00. Interested studio students must take FA 99a in the fall semester of their senior year, in addition to FA 110a and 110b. At the beginning of the spring semester, students wishing to pursue honors will have their artwork reviewed by studio faculty. Based on this review, eligible students will be given permission to enroll in FA 99b for the spring semester. 
Usually offered every year.

Staff

FA 104a Advanced Drawing I 

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Prerequisites: FA 13a and FA 13b or permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May be repeated once for credit.

Offers a wide range of experience in drawing. Perceptual and conceptual issues will be pursued, and students will be encouraged to concentrate on the more complex personal and creative aspects of drawing. Usually offered every fall.

Mr. Wardwell

FA 104b Advanced Drawing II

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Prerequisites: FA 13a and FA 13b or permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75 per semester. May be repeated once for credit. 

See FA 104a for course description. A continuation of FA 104a. Usually offered every spring. 

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FA 110a Senior Studio 

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Prerequisites: FA 14a and b, FA 16a and b, or permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75 per semester.

FA 110a and FA 110b are considered two halves of a full-year experience required for studio art majors. Heuristic in nature, this course culminates in a final studio faculty review of the work produced. Review will take the form of an exhibition. Student work can be undertaken in sculpture or painting or a combination of both. Usually offered every fall.

Mr. Wardwell and Staff

FA 110b Senior Studio II 

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Prerequisites: FA 14a and b, FA 16a and b, or permission of the instructor. Studio fee: $75 per semester.

FA 110a and FA 110b are considered two halves of a full-year experience required for studio art majors. Heuristic in nature, this course culminates in a final studio faculty review of the work produced. Review will take the form of an exhibition. Student work can be undertaken in sculpture or painting or a combination of both. Usually offered every spring. 

Mr. Wardwell and Staff