Location: E202 Phone: (718) 482-5690
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. Museum visits are required.
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101
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. Museum visits are required.
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. Museum visits are required.
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. Two
museum trips are required.
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 relationship of works of art
to Confucianism, Buddhism, Kami-no-michi, and Taoism.
Prerequisite: MAT095Pre-corequisite: ENC/G101
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 are required.
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
Prerequisite: CSE099Pre- or Corequisite: ENC/ENG101.
This course further develops the students’ drawing & 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.
Prerequisite: HUA103 or HUA104 or HUA180
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
ePortfolios, made up of representative examples of studio work.
As the capstone course in art, this workshop is both writing and
Pre- or Corequisite: Any intermediate studio art course: HUA126, HUA166, HUA203, HUA207, HUA210, HUA220, HUA230, HUA285
3 credits; 3 hours (2 lecture, 1 lab)
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 videotapes.
Students will have hands-on experience with microcomputers
utilizing graphics, draw and paint software programs. No
previous experience with computers or graphics is necessary.
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, MAT095
3 credits; 4 hours (3 lecture, 1 lab)
This course is a higher level extension of Computer Art I
(HUA125). 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. ePortfolio
will be employed.
This course is a high-level continuation of Computer Art 2
(HUA126) and will focus on more sophisticated graphic design problems utilizing visual design principles. Students will examine
more advanced levels of QuarkXPress, Photoshop, and
Illustrator. Both Mac and Windows operating systems will be
examined. Students will be introduced to the animation
programs, Flash, AfterEffects, and Dreamweaver as used in
website design. Field trips are designed to increase the students’
understanding of the workings of this dynamic and rapidly
changing field. Students will produce a portfolio of original
design in both “hard” and “soft” media.
This introductory Cooperative Education course will help
students evaluate career and educational plans, develop
professional literacy, and synthesize connections between
coursework and professional opportunities. Theories of
experiential learning and an overview of career planning will
be introduced. Web-based activities, online reading and writing
assignments and a pre-internship project will culminate in the
development of a professional ePortfolio. This course is a
prerequisite for internship placement for students who are in
a First Year Academy.
Pre- or Corequisites: For All Academies: CSE099, ESL099
For Technology Academy: BTC100 or MAC101
For Business Academy: BTM101
For Liberal Arts or Allied Health Academy: SSS100 or SSY101
3 credits; 1 seminar hour; 25-40 internship work hours
The internship provides students with an experienced-based
learning opportunity to explore or confirm career interests and
plans; apply classroom learning to real world settings; and
practice and strengthen core competencies. During the Co-op
cycle, the number of hours required is set by the internship site,
but a minimum of 15 hours a week is required. The internship is
accompanied by a concurrent seminar which provides students a
framework for analyzing and evaluating their internship
Prerequisites: CEP121, CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, MAT096, Students must have completed all basic skills and at least 24 credits. Students must also have at least a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. and permission from a faculty advisor.
1 credit; 2 hours
This course will assist students to develop a portfolio that
provides a description of life/workplace experiences and learning
accomplishments as they relate to the objectives of a college
credit course. As a process for reflective learning and
professional development, it will require students to design
and create an ePortfolio that contains evidence of, and reflection
on, curricular, co-curricular and personal accomplishments. A
request for additional credit through various departments is
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
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.
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
This course traces the historical development of such mass
media as radio, television, newspapers, recordings and film, and
examines the functions and limitations of each medium. Special
attention is given both to the role of mass communication in
reflecting and projecting society, and to the form and functions
of mass media systems of the future.
This course critically analyzes selected issues in mass
communication. Possible topics include: media violence and
pornography; media stereotyping; comics and political cartoons;
hidden persuaders; editorial policies; media bias; censorship;
press freedom and responsibility. Students projects may vary
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101; HUC120 recommended but not required.
3 credits; 4 hours
This course introduces students to film theory, criticism, and
aesthetics. Screenings represent major movements in world
cinema, considered in relation to their diverse cultural contexts.
Students analyze differences between film styles, such as
expessionism, montage, realism, and modernism. Topics include
the notion of “truth” in cinema, the digital revolution, and
globalization. Students are introduced to critical models that
are used to discriminate between “good” films and “bad” films.
This course will explore major films which have reflected and
helped to define the concept of “supernatural horror” in Western
culture. The films will be related to the themes in folklore and
fiction that inspired their scripts. Students will learn to identify
the basic themes in supernatural film and fiction and will acquire
the basic methodology required to analyze these films as
unconscious reflections and/or semi-unconscious projections of
archetypal fears. The student should expect to pay for film
This is a course in the art and craft of writing a fictional
narrative for the screen. Screenwriting genres and applications
vary widely, yet every one reaches its audience through
storytelling. Students examine the ways cinematic narratives
show, rather than tell. Students then create their own 10-minute
movie script. They explore scene and act structure, character development, dialogue, description, etc. Students learn
professional standards for writing for the screen and how to
use screenplay software.
This course introduces the student to the theory, vocabulary,
and production techniques of the video medium. Students,
functioning as a production team, create, and produce short
video projects during the session which culminate in a final
production created, organized, and produced by the class.
Students are assigned, on a rotating basis, specific production
roles such as director, switcher, camera operator, floor manager,
audio technician, production assistant or VCR operator. Projects
vary from term to term as deemed appropriate by the instructor.
HUC241 gives students the opportunity to produce individual
video projects which may serve as a “reel” for transfer or for
employment in crafts and creative positions in production. The
emphasis is on production of image and sound. Students learn
standard formats such as narrative, documentary, music video
and TV commercials, and learn how to use the tools and
techniques of video production to express their personal visions.
Students apply established models for continuity editing and the
principles of montage. Students and faculty participate in critical
analysis of students’ work-in-progress and finished projects.
Pre- or Corequisite: HUC150
This course is a survey of artistic, technological and industrial
development of cinema in America. The films screened are
representative of major developments in American film history:
technological, aesthetic, industrial and socio-cultural. Through
readings and screenings, the student considers such topics as:
major genres that reflect and project American attitudes and
values, the work of the great American film artists, and the role
of films by black Americans. The student should expect to pay
for film screenings.
This course studies the similarities and differences between
literature and film. By comparing and contrasting literary works
(complete and excerpts) with films, the course illuminates the
methods, structures and contents of the two media, as well as
their interrelationship. Writers to be considered may include
Shakespeare, Keats, Dickens, Dickinson, Wright, and West;
films to be viewed may include those made by Griffith, Chaplin,
Riefenstahl, Flaherty and Resnais.
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENG102, HUC150 or HUC270
This course surveys American film comedy through the study of
comic performers and comic styles of filmmaking. It explores
such areas as the difference between physical and verbal comedy
and why we laugh at slapstick. The course includes in- class
screenings and discussions. Contributions by comedians from a
variety of ethnic backgrounds are highlighted. Suggested comic
artists include Charlie Chaplin, Bill Cosby, W.C. Fields, the Marx
Brothers and Mae West. The student should expect to pay for
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENC/ENG101
Students will identify and examine the concepts and connections
among the various disciplines within the humanities such as:
philosophy, art, music, theatre, language and literature. They
will do so through a series of readings, observations and
museum/theatre visits and apply basic principles of aesthetics
This course will examine the development of photography as an
art form. Beginning with the introduction of the camera in the
19th century, the course will focus on early photographic
experimentation and its effects on painting. Accordingly,
students will then be introduced to the work of great
photographers from Nadar to Stieglitz, and to the effects of their
work on the development and refinement of the photographic
form. An overview of photography in the modern age will
conclude the course.
3 credits; 4 hours (1 lecture, 3 labs)
This course is an introduction to photography covering the 35
mm camera, lighting, exposure, processing, printing, film
scanning and basic Photoshop techniques. The creative use of
photographic techniques as they relate to individual expression
will be considered. Special projects and a final portfolio are
required. Students must have a manually operated 35mm
camera and should expect to pay for additional materials for
this course. Beginning Photography is a hybrid of analog and
Pre- or Corequisite: MAT095, ESL099/ESR099
Note: An additional hour of lab is required per week so that
students may practice technique in the darkroom. Proficiency in
basic photography developing and printing is the goal of this
scheduling. The additional lab hour is supervised by a college
This course is designed to introduce students to the hardware
and software utilized in capturing digital images (i.e., input). It
will include use of digital cameras, analog cameras, scanners,
and the downloading of images from the Internet. Students will
be introduced to software such as Adobe Photoshop and
QuarkXPress, and they will explore their interface with the
Macintosh and Windows operating systems. A portfolio presented in “soft” media form will be created.
Pre- or Corequisite: HUA125
3 credits; 4 hours (3 lecture, I lab)
This course introduces the students to studio photography.
Professional equipment, including the 4 x 5 view camera, 35mm
camera, and studio tungsten lighting, will be utilized. Basic
studio lighting techniques will be addressed in “table top” (still
life) situations. Most assignments will be in black & white;
students’ ability to produce commercial-quality black-&-white
negatives and prints will be emphasized. Students must have a
35mm camera, and should expect to pay for additional materials
for this course.
Instruction and practice in the operation and use of the view
camera and its equipment including: lenses, swings, tilts,
perspective control and correction, and enlarging and printing
large format negatives will be provided. Students will work
primarily with the 4” x 5”, and receive experience with the 8” x
10”, and learn how the view camera is used in architecture,
studio photography and for flatwork. Students should expect to
pay for additional materials, equipment and supplies.
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, HUA130
3 credits; 4 hours (1 lecture, 3 lab)
An intermediate course in photographic instruction, darkroom
technique and aesthetics. Students will be exposed to classic
examples of photojournalism, and instructed in appropriate
techniques in each area. Students will begin to build a portfolio
in a chosen area. Each person will be expected to have a camera.
This course is an extension of Digital Photography I, focusing
primarily on the software and some hardware required for the
output of digital images. Adobe Photoshop and QuarkXPress
are the software that will be emphasized. Adobe Illustrator will
also be introduced and some output devices such as inkjet and
laser printers will be explored. Storage media such as the
writeable CD, DVD and the ZIP disk will serve as “working
portfolios” from which the final portfolio of manipulated digital
images will be printed.
Pre- or Corequisite: HUA131
3 credits; 4 hours (2 lecture, 2 lab)
This course covers the theory and use of color film and digital
capture as they apply to color photography. The psychological
and aesthetic effects of color will be investigated, and the student will learn to manipulate color through an understanding
of various light sources, the use of filters and white balance. The
student will learn how to operate the Dichroic color enlarger to
create and color correct prints. Students must have a 35 mm
camera and should expect to pay for additional materials for
This course covers the processing of positive photographic film
(slides) and color photographic papers (prints). Chemical
processes and photographic emulsions will be described and
utilized. The student will learn how to operate the dichroic color
enlarger and the universal film and print processor. This course
is offered in conjunction with Color Photography. Students
should expect to pay for additional materials for this course.
Prerequisite: HUA230, Corequisite: HUA2340
3 credits: 4 hours (3 lecture, 1 lab)
This course explores a variety of alternative photographic
processes and manipulated imagery techniques such as handcoloring
and gum bichromate printing. The incorporation of
these processes with collage, printing, drawing, and
photographic darkroom techniques, solarization, negative
sandwiching and rayogramming will be taught. Students will
utilize these techniques in a series of assignments. There will be a
gallery/museum trip, a paper and presentations by professional
photographers. Student should expect to pay for additional
materials for this course.
Prerequisite: HUA104, HUA130
This course introduces the students to techniques in portraiture
and fashion photography using electronic flash. Students will
continue “tabletop” photography using the 4x5 view camera.
Assignments will be in black-and-white as well as color;
emphasis will be placed on exposure of color transparency film
with tungsten and flash illumination. A unit in architectural
photography is included. Students must have 35mm equipment
and should expect to pay for additional materials for this
This is the most advanced course in the Commercial
Photography curriculum. The student will explore and analyze
the creative and logistic problems encountered during all stages
of a commercial photography assignment. Using standard preand
post-production procedures, as well as photographic
techniques learned in previous classes, the student will produce
three photographic projects consisting of 5 to 10 images for each. Students should expect to pay for additional materials for
Prerequisite: ENC/ENG101, HUA245
This course introduces the students to the day-to-day operations
and business practices of the photographic industry. The
professional responsibilities of photographers and
photographers’ assistants will be explored in detail. Commercial
self-promotion, including the creation of an appropriate
portfolio, business card, and resume will be covered. The
business, legal, and ethical dimensions of everyday activities
within the industry will be discussed.
Prerequisite: ENC/ENG101, HUA145, HUA230
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
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 twodimensional
form. The design principles will be discussed and
illustrated as they relate to a number of visual arts forms.
Pre- or Corequisite: ESL099/ESR099
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.
Pre- or Corequisite: ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, MAT095
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.
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
Problems in three-dimensional form will be examined through
projects in clay and plaster. There will be group and individual
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.
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101
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. Class
lectures and related readings will focus on the history of
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.
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, MAT095
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. Instead of a textbook, students should expect
to pay for art supplies for this course.
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.
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, HUA110
This course is a continuation of problems in three-dimensional
form related to the human figure, portraiture and their abstract
qualities. Emphasis will be placed on individual expression and
the development of technical skills in plaster and clay.
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, HUA120
The course introduces students to the dynamics of intercultural
communications and enables them to communicate more
effectively in multicultural settings. Through field trips, cultural
research and role plays, students develop the skills needed to
look objectively at other cultures. Using New York City as a
laboratory, they gain experience identifying and analyzing
dominant cultural patterns, thus improving their ability to
understand the often perplexing behavior of people from
cultures other than our own.
Prerequisite: ENC/ENG101, HUC101, and one Social Science
elective from the list on page 174. This is a Writing Intensive course.
This course will explore photography as a journalistic tool,
emphasizing the photograph as a recorder of newsworthy
events. Students will be given assignments to use the photodocument
as a narrative tool. The use of text as a complement to
the images will be explored. The primary focus of investigation
will be the multi-cultural urban center of New York City.
Shooting assignments, field trips, a research paper, additional
writing assignments required. 35mm camera or digital camera,
additional materials required.
Pre- or Corequisite: ENC/ENG101. This is a Writing Intensive course.
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.
Prerequisite: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101. This is a Writing Intensive course.
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.
This course analyzes the various cultural, historical, ethnic, class,
and artistic dimensions of New York in feature films such as
Musketeers of Pig Alley, Hester Street and Do the Right Thing,
as well as in selected documentary and experimental films. The
course also situates New York City within the corporate
production and exhibition histories of American film. Particular
attention is given to films produced in New York over the last
two decades and the images of the city they project.
Prerequisite: ENC/ENG101. This is a Writing Intensive course.
3 credits; 4 hours (3 lectures, 1 lab-out-of-class theatre experiences)
This course involves the study of current professional and semiprofessional
theatre in New York City. Students will be required
to attend a series of Broadway, Off Broadway, and Off Off
Broadway plays in order to compare their content, underlying
aesthetic concepts and production techniques. (Plays may be
seen on weekday evenings or weekend/weekday matinees.)
Students should expect to pay for theatre tickets, tours, lectures,
and workshops with theatre professionals and post-performance