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  •  HUA 101 - Introduction to Art

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course is designed to develop the students' ability "to see," while it examines the fundamental nature, meaning and humanistic value of art. Attention will be given to an examination of the creative process and to the role of the spectator as an active participant in the understanding of Art. Relevant readings will be discussed in relation to specific works of Art. The function of basic compositional elements will be examined.
     

    CUNY Pathways: Flexible Core-Creative Expression
    Pre-requisites of CSE 99 or CUNY Reading exemption AND ENG/C 101 placement or pre/co-requisite of ENG 99 or CUNY Writing Exemption are required

     HUA 103 - Beginning Drawing

    3 credits; 3 hours 
     

    This course is an introduction to drawing through basic examination of the visual fundamentals of line, texture, value, space and form. Problems in descriptive drawing will be explored. There will be individual and group criticism. Sketchbooks are required.
     

    Pre- or Corequisite: ESL099/ESR099

     HUA 104 - Introduction to Design

     3 credits; 3 hours 
     

    This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of design through an investigation of visual elements such as line, shape and composition. Students will develop designs in two dimensional form. The design principles will be discussed and illustrated as they relate to a number of visual arts forms.
     

    Prerequisite: CSE099
    Pre- or Corequisite: ESL099/ESR099

     HUA 106 - Three-Dimensional Design

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course examines the principles of three-dimensional design. Students will develop individual designs based on formal elements such as line, shape mass and volume. Techniques in construction and carving will be demonstrated and developed in plaster, wood cardboard and metal.
     

    Prerequisite: CSE099 
    Pre- or Corequisite: ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, MAT095

     HUA 107 - Form & Structure

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course will study the structural logic found in nature and how it relates to a man-made objects based on observation. Class projects will be creative interpretations in both two and three dimensions and will include an introduction to drawing and model building techniques. Drawing methods based on sighting, perspective and proportion will be taught so that what is seen can be drawn and interpreted accurately. The relationship between concept, structure, form and its function will be explored.
     

    Prerequisite: HUA103

     HUA 109 - SolidWorks Essentials
    3 credits; 3 hours
     HUA 110 - Beginning Painting

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course is an introduction to painting techniques related to landscape, still life and abstract composition. Emphasis will be on color expression and color mixing. There will be individual and group critiques. 
     

    Pre- or Corequisite: ESL099/ESR099

     HUA 115 - Color Theory

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course is an introduction to the theory and application of color in two dimensional design. The basic principles of design will be demonstrated in relation to the interaction of colors. Students will develop two dimensional designs through techniques in color mixing and collage.
     

    Pre- or Corequisite: ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, MAT095

     HUA 116 - Introduction to Woodworking

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course covers the safe and proper use of power and hand woodworking tools. Procedures for sharpening, maintenance, and adjustment of tools are stressed. Rough wood stock is milled and basic practice on making proper wood joints is provided. Several projects will be required to be fabricated to show the student's understanding of measurement, joint utilization aesthetics and safety procedures.

     HUA 120 - Beginning Sculpture

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    Problems in three-dimensional form will be examined through projects in clay and plaster. There will be group and individual criticism.
     

    Pre- or Corequisite: ESL099/ESR099

     HUA 125 - Introduction to Computer Art

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course provides an introduction to all phases of computer graphics applications, including draft and paint modes, fills, textures, brushes, graphic tools, and color blending through exercises in drawing, painting, graphic design, illustration and advertising techniques. Electronic publishing and software design will also be presented through field trips and video tapes. Students will have hands-on experience with microcomputers utilizing graphics, draw and paint software programs.
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 AND MAT/USM 95 or MAT/USM 96 OR exemptions on the Reading, Writing & Math tests are required

     HUA 126 - Computer Art 2

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course is a higher level extension of Computer Art I (HUA 125). Through a deeper examination of visual design and graphics software principles students will solve more challenging graphic and product design problems. Both MAC and Windows OS?s will be utilized in order to explore their relationship and synergy. Field trips to museums and design studios. E-portfolio will be employed.
     

    Pre-requisite of HUA 125 is required

     HUA 150 - Beg Printmaking

    3 credits; 3 hours 

     HUA 165 - Art History: Prehistoric through Gothic

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This survey of art from pre-history to the late Middle Ages builds visual understanding through close study of individual works of art in various media, including painting, sculpture and architecture. Connections between art works and their cultural contexts are emphasized, as are the cross-cultural exchanges which have enriched the diverse artistic traditions of Europe and the Americas. 
 
CUNY Pathways: Flexible Core-Creative Expression
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 OR exemptions on the Reading & Writing tests are required

     HUA 166 - Art History: Renaissance through Modern

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This survey of art from the Renaissance to the present builds visual understanding through close study of individual works of art in various media, including painting, sculpture, architecture and photography. Connections between art works and their cultural contexts are emphasized, as are the cross cultural exchanges which have enriched the diverse artistic traditions of Europe and the Americas. 
 
CUNY Pathways: Flexible Core-Creative Expression
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 OR exemptions on the Reading & Writing tests are required

     HUA 167 - Introduction to African Art

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course will explore various styles - primarily from Western Africa - including urban, rural and royal works of art. The main emphasis of the course will be the way these works of art have been and continue to be used in everyday activities and their importance in community life. Contact and cross-influences with Islam, Europe and the Americas will be discussed.
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 OR exemptions on the Reading & Writing tests are required

     HUA 180 - Life Drawing

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course is an introduction to drawing the human figure. Techniques in line and value and proportion will be developed. Textbook readings, studies in human anatomy and sketchbooks will be required.
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 OR exemptions on the Reading & Writing tests are required

     HUA 185 – Illustration

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course examines the interrelation of visual imagery and verbal themes. Students will develop individual portfolios as they solve illustration problems focused on the abstract, formal elements and representational imagery. Such media as watercolor, pen and ink and pastel will be explored.
     

    Pre-requisite of HUA 103 is required

     HUA 190 - Technical Drawing

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This drawing course is designed to meet the needs of both art and pre-engineering students. It begins with the concept that technical drawing is a communicative tool and proceeds to explore the major areas of drafting. Students taking this course will develop a proficiency in multi-view projection and pictorial drawing by learning the proper use of basic drafting equipment.
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 AND MAT/USM 95 or MAT/USM 96 OR exemptions on the Reading, Writing & Math tests are required

     HUA 191 - The Art of Eastern Asia

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    A comparative study of the artistic traditions of India, China and Japan, from their Stone Age beginnings to recent trends. The class will focus on the visual relationships of works of art to Confucianism, Buddhism, Kami-no-michi and Taoism
     

    Prerequisite: MAT095

    Pre-corequisite: ENC/G101

     HUA 200 - Art of the Twentieth Century

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course explores the history of various styles and forms of Western painting and sculpture from the Impressionist period to the present. Such diverse styles of Modern Art as Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, Expressionism and the more recent styles of Pop and Conceptual Art, will be examined and discussed. Consideration will be given to the understanding of abstract and non-objective art as well as the influences which African and Eastern art have had on the development of modern art styles. Illustrated with slides. Museum visits required. 
 
CUNY Pathways: Flexible Core-Creative Expression
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 OR exemptions on the Reading & Writing tests are required

     HUA 203 - Intermediate Drawing

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course further explores the drawing techniques established in Beginning Drawing. Students will concentrate on drawing objects and spaces from life and from the imagination. Individual drawing assignments and the development of a final portfolio and sketchbook will be emphasized. Fields trips are usually required.
     

    Pre-requisite of HUA 103 is required

     HUA 207 - Modelmaking

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This is a hands-on course in how an idea is developed from a sketch to a fully realized prototype model. Fabrication strategies for overcoming material limitations and exploiting their strengths will be emphasized. In addition, students will be expected to control and critique their ideas, as well as develop a professional approach to craftsmanship and communicating those ideas. Industrial design as related to architecture and interior and product design will be introduced. Industry standard software, such as Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, will be utilized in this course.
     

    Prerequisite: HUA106

     HUA 210 - Intermediate Painting

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course is a continuation of the investigations of landscape and still life and their implicit abstract qualities. A special emphasis will be placed on the function of surface, color saturation, scale and multiple relations in contemporary painting. Projects will include finished paintings and sketchbooks. Studio projects will be analyzed and evaluated.
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA 99 or CUNY Writing exemption AND CSE 99 or CUNY Reading exemption AND HUA 110 are required

     HUA 212 - History of Design

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This is an introduction to the history of design as a major independent element of visual arts, and the ways in which intentionally produced objects, environments and experiences both shape and reflect their historical moment. The course will investigate how good design is expressed in architecture, household objects, crafts, tools and transportation. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of social, political and cultural factors and the role they play in how objects and structures are made, and why they look the way they do. Museum visits will be required.
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 OR exemptions on the Reading & Writing tests are required

     HUA 285 - Graphic Narrative

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course further develops the students' drawing and design drawing skills, and introduces them to the interaction of visual imagery and verbal themes. Students will develop individual portfolios in specific sequential art fields, e.g., book illustration, comics, the graphic novel and editorial illustration. Class lectures and related reading will focus on the highlights of classic to contemporary illustration and graphic narratives.
     

    Pre-requisite of HUA 103 or HUA 104 or HUA 180 is required

     HUA 289 - Art and Design Seminar

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    Students will engage in self-directed research in the form of written, and creative projects specific to their discipline: Fine Art, Design Art History, or Graphic Illustration. These projects will develop in consultation with the Instructor. Students will develop oral and visual presentations, and participate in class critiques. Art majors will finalize their portfolios, and E-portfolios, made up of representative examples of studio work. As the capstone course in art, this workshop is both writing and reading intensive.
     

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 OR exemptions on the Reading & Writing tests are required

     HUN 192 - Art and Society

    3 credits; 3 hours
     

    This course examines the relationships among various art forms and the societies out of which they arise. The focus is to establish the connection between the human drive to create and the social attitudes which influence that creation and provide it with a context. Using the rich cultural resources of New York City, students will have the opportunity to explore characteristics and functions of art in other historical and cultural settings. Field trips to various art institutes in the city will constitute a significant part of this course.
     

    
CUNY Pathways: Flexible Core-World Cultures & Global Issues

    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 OR exemptions on the Reading Writing tests are required

     HUN 195 - Art in New York

     3 credits; 3 hours
     

    Through first-hand experience using the museums, galleries, critics, and collectors of New York City, students will examine the form and content of a multicultural range of painting, drawing, outsider art, craft, and sculpture. Museum and gallery
    visits, as well as a visit to a working artist’s studio, will comprise major portions of this course. The class will discuss and write about the exhibits to explore the nature of art criticism.
     

    CUNY Pathways: Flexible Core-Creative Expression
    Pre-requisites of ENG/ENA/ESA/USW 99 or ENG/ENC 101 AND CSE/USR 99 OR exemptions on the Reading & Writing tests are required

     HUA 215 - Art of the Renaissance in Italy
    3 credits; 3 hours

    The painting, sculpture, and architecture of Renaissance Italy will be examined for humanistic content as well as for the visual qualities of composition, style and technique. Works of art will be discussed within the historical context of the Renaissance. Such renowned works as Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling and Leonardo's Last Supper will be compared to earlier styles. Renaissance Art as a foundation of Modernism will also be discussed.

    Pre-requisite of CSE 99 or CUNY Reading Exemption AND pre/co-requisite of ENG 101 are required
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