Required courses include:
- One semester: FA 120a Post-Bacc Studio Critique - crucial facets of a successful discussion and critique practice that happen concurrently, and in dialogue with art making. Communication will be explored as ways of bolstering students' understanding of their own studio practice within the wider history of art and particularly within the context of contemporary art. This course provides a forum for the student lead discussion about each other’s work - to look closely, to analyze, and make suggestions for possible moves forward. This process of peer review - the group critique- is fundamental to studio pedagogy. Usually offered every year in the Fall.
- One semester: FA 119b Professional Practice in Art - this writing intensive course focuses on grant writing and other related elements of professional development for visual artists. Usually offered every year in the Spring.
- Two semesters: FA 110 Senior Studio - this course is heuristic in nature and is scheduled time for students to be in their studios with access to the two senior studio faculty for questions during class time. Students are encouraged to explore their practice and the materials they are using.
In consultation with faculty, students may choose any course in the department, or in the university for elective credit.
Potential Elective Coures
FA5a Sculpture: Utilizing Waste Stream Materials
This course encourages students to consider their studio practice through the lens of sustainability. Through out the semester, we will collaborate with the waste stream culture on campus to access materials for fabricating sculptural ideas and installations. Projects will be introduced through images and videos from contemporary artists that help inspire conversations as we move through the semester. A significant part of the course is participating in critique and trying to articulate what we see. Your skills will advance as a maker, and also as a more informed viewer. Usually offered every year.
FA 5b Sculpture: Blurring the Boundaries
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.
FA 6a Sculpture: Body as Source
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.
FA8a Introduction to Video Art
This course is for students interested in producing moving images as fine art. While a basic overview of Adobe Premiere software is offered, emphasis is on conceptual framework and cultivating methodologies that best suit ideas. Students will experiment with materials, modes of production (performance, experimental documentation, appropriation, non-linear narrative), and exhibition (video monitors, projection, theatrical, installation, Internet) in order to consider the effect of these decisions on generating meaning and to better communicate one's statement through the genre. Usually offered every year.
FA 9a Introduction to Digital Photography: Ethics of Photography
Prerequisite: One Brandeis studio art course. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.
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.
FA 12a Printmaking: Intaglio
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. Usually offered every year.
FA 12b Printmaking: Woodcut and Relief
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 year.
FA 13a Intermediate Drawing
Previous drawing experience recommended.
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.
FA 13b Drawing: Advanced Visual Concepts
Previous drawing experience recommended.
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 spring.
FA 16b Sculpture: Object in Clay
With clay as the focused material, this course offers an in-depth examination of sculptural concepts ranging from object-making to site-specific works. Numerous techniques and processes will be introduced including hand-building, wheel-throwing, and working from the figure. 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.
FA17a Printmaking: Monotypes
This course offers a hands-on experimentation with Monotype Printing. Monotypes are unique images produced using a plate/matrix. Monotypes can be created on metal, glass, plexiglass or cardboard using subtractive, additive or a combination of multiple processes. Students will also explore collagraphs; a collagraph print is made from a collage of various materials glued together and inked, using relief, intaglio and embossing printing techniques on an etching press, creating dimensional prints. Usually offered every second year.
FA17b Printmaking: Silkscreen
Explores silkscreen using photographic stencil techniques. Students learn how to create stencils that are handmade and computer-generated. The relationship between fine art and commercial printing is discussed. Usually offered every second year.
FA27a - Fabric Workshop
The course offers a hands-on exploration of fibers and fabrics within the disciplines of printmaking, painting and installation. It proposes an understanding of the media related to women’s work through a provoking feminist lenses, including readings that discuss terms such as ornament, decoration and pattern. Usually offered every year.
FA 27b — Book Arts and Editions
Hands-on exploration of the book format and artist book editions, including a brief introduction to the history and aesthetics of bookmaking. Students will learn about the form and structure of the book, sequencing, page layout and binding techniques, by doing their own books in class. The class includes demonstrations of various techniques, adhesive and non-adhesive bindings, sewn binding (single/multiple structures), experimental object-book formats and the preparation/layout of a book editions. No previous experience required. Usually offered every year.
FA 118a Studio Seminar
Introduces students to crucial facets of a successful studio practice that happen concurrently, and in dialogue with art making. Writing, reading, communication, and professional practices will be explored as ways of bolstering students' understanding of their own studio practice within the wider history of art and particularly within the context of contemporary art. Usually offered every year.
Length of Residency
There is a minimum one-year residency requirement. On completing the first year, students can apply for a second year in the program. Upon completion of a one or two-year residency, students will receive a transcript of all course work.