Academics

Media and Fine Arts (MFA)      

MFA 110. Introduction to Design and Careers in the Fine Arts
3 hours
This introductory course exposes students to a variety of art materials and techniques through an exploration of right-brain activities and the fundamentals of two and three dimensional design. Topics include: unity, balance, rhythm; line, form, color; focal point and illusion of space. Students apply design principles to the interpretation, analysis and critique of artworks. Students also learn about career opportunities and resources.
Laboratory fee: See current fee schedule.

MFA 111. Introduction to Mass Media
3 hours
This course gives students an increased understanding of the historical development and present day transitioning of mass media. Students learn about behind-the-scenes operations, job opportunities, and explore issues involving books, magazines, newspapers, radio, television, film, public relations, advertising and the Internet.
Cross-listed with COM 111.

MFA 200. Introduction to the Performing Arts
3 hours
This course integrates music and theater, examining both in a social and historical context and drawing connections with other arts. Students study important elements, forms and styles, including some examples from non-Western cultures. Attendance at live performances is required. Discounted student admission is usually available.

MFA 240. Performance and Stagecraft
1-3 hours
Students participate in various elements (acting, production staff) of one or more theater productions at CCSJ. (May be taken up to six times for six credit hours with approval of program director or designee.)
Cross-listed with ENGL 240.

MFA 270. Introduction to the Visual Arts
3 hours
This course presents an historical overview of the visual arts from classical Greek to contemporary, including examples from non-Western cultures. Topics include art and society, visual perception, and interpretation, analysis and evaluation of artworks. Field trips are an integral course component.

MFA 280. History of Art I
3 hours
This course presents a survey of visual expression from Pre-History to the Renaissance including examples from Non-Western traditions. Students gain insight into the nature of these art forms through a study of aesthetic thought, the elements and techniques of art, and the relationship of the artist to society. Students interpret, analyze and evaluate artworks according to their content, historical context and the students' own perspectives.

MFA 281. History of Art II
3 hours
This course continues the survey of visual expression from the Renaissance to the present day. Students gain insight into the nature of these art forms through a study of aesthetic thought, the elements and techniques of art, and the relationship of the artist to society. Students interpret, analyze and evaluate artworks according to their content, historical context and the students' own perspectives.

MFA 310. Printmaking
3 hours
Students learn and apply traditional and non-traditional relief printing techniques using linoleum, woods, cardboard, and found textured materials. Students also apply principles to the interpretation, analysis and critique of artworks.
Prerequisites: MFA 110 or consent of instructor.
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.

MFA 330. Sculpture
3 hours
This introduction to sculpture explores how creation of new forms is affected by characteristics and qualities of different materials such as found objects, plaster, wire and paper maché. Students begin to develop intellectual processes that aid them in converting abstract ideas into three-dimensional objects. Students also apply principles and techniques to the interpretation, analysis and critique of artworks. Prerequisites: MFA 110 or consent of instructor.
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.

MFA 335. Ceramics
3 hours
Students study major developments in the history of pottery and learn about different types of clay and the steps involved in the transformation of a lump of clay into a glazed object. Students then apply this knowledge to the creation of a pinch pot and other types of construction such as a coil pot and slab.
Prerequisites: MFA 110 or consent of instructor.
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.

MFA 336. Advanced Ceramics
3 hours
Building upon techniques from Ceramics, students work on larger and more complex projects, with more experimentation in different glazing techniques, according to their own interests and personal goals.
Prerequisite: MFA 335
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.

MFA 350. Painting
3 hours
This introductory course familiarizes students with a variety of paints (such as tempera, acrylics and oils) and surfaces (such as canvas, illustration board and papers). Students learn color theory, mixing of colors and various applications. Students apply principles of form, light and composition to projects such as still life, landscape and portrait, and to the interpretation, analysis and critique of artworks.
Prerequisites: MFA 110 and 270, or consent of instructor
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.

MFA 355. Multimedia/ Computer Graphics I
3 hours
Students explore computer-aided design media and various applications. Working with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, students learn the fundamentals of multimedia development and presentation and complete a series of projects.
Prerequisite: MFA 110 and CMIS 115, or consent of instructor.

MFA 360. Drawing
3 hours
Students learn to observe, distinguish and develop sensitivity to a variety of drawing materials through an exploration of: form, value, volume, line, texture, perspective and composition. Students will work with various media such as graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, and apply principles and techniques to interpretation, analysis and critique of artworks.
Prerequisites: MFA 110 or consent of instructor.
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.

MFA 361. Advanced Drawing
3 hours
Building upon principles and techniques from MFA 360, students engage in further experimentation with various media such as conté crayons and pastels, with emphasis on creative image manipulation and content development. Students continue to build skills in interpreting, analyzing and critiquing artworks.
Prerequisite: MFA 360 or consent of instructor.
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.
(may be repeated)

MFA 370. Video Production I
3 hours
Students study the history of video as an art form and as a tool for effective communication. Students also gain experience in all practical aspects of studio/video pre-production, production, and post-production.

MFA 371. Video Production II
3 hours
Building upon skills, interests and goals, students gain further knowledge and skills in studio/video operations.
(may be repeated)

MFA 373. American Cinema
3 hours
This course presents an overview of the history of American film and selected genres. Students study classical Hollywood style, the star system, film techniques and language, the structure of the film industry, and explore social commentary. Students view films in connection with each unit of the Study Guide and experience a live play for media comparison.

MFA 375. Animation
3 hours
After learning how to perform various applications in Flash, using images imported from Photoshop, students go on to create a series of Web-based videos, beginning with a 10-second ad with moving pictures and culminating with a one-minute (or longer) video incorporating sound, multiple animations and at least three scenes.
Prerequisites: MFA 110 and 355, or consent of instructor

MFA 390. Advanced Design
3 hours
Building upon basic design principles from MFA 110, students engage in more complex two- and three-dimensional projects according to individual interests. Students also gain additional practice interpreting, analyzing and critiquing artworks.
Prerequisites: MFA 110 or consent of instructor. Laboratory fee: See current fee schedule. (may be repeated)

MFA 410. Advanced Printmaking
3 hours
Building upon basic principles and techniques from MFA 310, students engage in more complex linoleum and wood block techniques with a focus on multiple color printing and greater development of image. Students also work with etching, silk screen and lithography. Students get further opportunities to interpret, analyze and critique artworks.
Prerequisite: MFA 310 or consent of instructor.Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.
(may be repeated)

MFA 415. Screen Writing
3 hours
Students learn basic format concepts for writing for the stage, screen, television commercials, documentaries and radio, from starting with the idea to the treatment, synopsis and script. Students write a script of their choice and complete a package for submission for production consideration.

MFA 430. Advanced Sculpture
3 hours
Students continue investigation into the nature of various materials and processes and how the qualities of each affect creation of new forms, with a greater focus on the development of ideas and technique. Students also engage in more complex processes such as bronze-casting and welding, and gain further practice in interpreting, analyzing and critiquing artworks.
Prerequisite: MFA 330 or consent of instructor.
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.
(may be repeated)

MFA 450. Advanced Painting
3 hours
Building upon principles and techniques from MFA 350, students engage in larger projects using their choice of medium and style, and continue to interpret, analyze and critique artworks.
Prerequisite: MFA 350 or consent of instructor.
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.
(may be repeated)

MFA 455. Video Editing
3 hours
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to work with Adobe Premiere Pro software to create a video, incorporating transitions, text, audio and some special effects Students complete a series of projects using videos supplied with the text and videos they produce.
Pre-requisites: CMIS 115 and MFA 355 or consent of instructor

MFA 463. Black and White Photography
3 hours
Students study principles of black and white photography, such as composition, lighting and style, and gain practical experience in the use of a 35mm camera, film processing, projection printing, and other elements and techniques of successful photography. Students apply their knowledge of principles to the interpretation, analysis of artworks. This course may be scheduled simultaneously with MFA 464.
Laboratory fee: See current fee schedule.

MFA 464. Advanced Photography
3 hours
This course takes students beyond the basic principles of black and white photography to new techniques, such as picture and film manipulation and presentation of artworks, to enhance and refine their photographic skills. Within the purpose and framework of each assignment, students are free to explore and choose their own type of photographic papers and films, and methods of presentation.
Prerequisite: MFA 463 or consent of instructor.
Laboratory Fee: See current schedule.

MFA 465. Studio Photography
3 hours
This course presents with the black and white photographic composition and lighting techniques needed for studio and on-location work. Students use the 35mm camera and 4x5 view camera to complete assignments from still life and portraits, with emphasis on lighting techniques and composition.
Prerequisite: MFA 463 or consent of instructor
Laboratory Fee: See current fee schedule.

MFA 466. Photojournalism
3 hours
Students study various aspects of photojournalism, including history, principles, ethical and legal issues. Students then go on to plan, take and edit news pictures, write cutlines and captions, and prepare picture stories.
Prerequisites: MFA 110 and CMIS 115, or consent of instructor.

MFA 475. Digital Photography
3 hours
Students study principles of digital photography and gain practical experience in the operation of a digital camera, scanning, basic manipulation using Photoshop, and printing. Students apply principles of composition, lighting, and digital techniques to the interpretation, analysis and critique of artworks.
Prerequisites: MFA 110 and CMIS 115, or consent of instructor.

MFA 495. Internship
3 hours
Students gain work experience in a Media and Fine Arts area. Requirements include practicum time, supervisor evaluation and a reflective paper. Permission of the program director required.

MFA 496. Topics in Media and Fine Arts
1-3 hours
This course will examine topics of special interest in Media and Fine Arts, such as American Cinema II, DVD Creation, Watercolor Techniques, Acting, Directing,Technical Dance and Movement, Color Photography and Photography without Technology.

MFA 497. Research in Media and Fine Arts
3 hours
Students design, implement and construct a formal report on a research topic. This course requires senior status, a cumulative 3.25 index in the major, and the approval of the program director.

MFA 499. Integrated Project
3 hours
In consultation with the Media and Fine Arts program director, students put together a project that incorporates and furthers their creative and technical achievements. The project includes a written description/analysis, an oral presentation, and a media/fine arts component. Students also complete their portfolios, prepare a resume, and write a self-assessment of their strengths and areas for growth.