Course Description for Minors

For Description of Art & Design Foundation (ADF) Courses

ARC 031 Digital Modeling (1,4;3 cr.)

This course centers on advanced 3-D CAD, including surface and solid modeling, application of digital materials and lights, in addition to shading and ray-trace rendering.

ARC 032 AEC Packages (1,4;3 cr.)

This course exposes students to advanced CAD and AEC software packages including Architectural Desktop. Emphasis is on parametric and object-oriented tools that help in the digital design process.

ARC 033 GIS Technology (1,4;3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and terminology and the role of GIS in business, government, surveying, and natural resources. The course will cover the collection, management, analysis and presentation of spatial data. Additional topics will include concepts of database systems, data modeling, and digital mapping. At the end of this course, the student should be able to create data in ArcView, to query and manipulate data, geocode addresses, perform spatial analysis, and produce map outputs and charts.

ARC 041 Smart Buildings (3,0;3 cr.)

The course explores the impact of networks, ubiquitous computing, and always-on connectivity within the design of everyday things, architecture and the city. Included are the basics of network theory, the social dimension of technological advances, and innovation in design and services.

GRA 031 Digital Animation (0,6;3 cr.)

This course focuses on the concepts, aesthetics, processes, and practice of 3-D computer animation. Theory and techniques of cinematography, video production, and traditional animation relating to 3-D computer animation are introduced.

GRA 032 Programming for Web Design (0,6;3 cr.)

This course will introduce students to the programming world that lies behind the field of web design. Students will learn computer languages (html, java, and action scripting for flash) to help them apply and build their web designs and ideas by themselves.

ARC 021 The Architecture of Tripoli (3,0;3 cr.)

The course covers an in-depth investigation of the architectural and urban forms and meanings in Tripoli, Lebanon, past and present. After a historical survey, typological case studies are addressed including field trips and site documentation exercises.

ARC 022 Islamic Architecture (3,0;3 cr.)

The course is a survey of the architectural heritage of the Islamic world from the early caliphate to the era of the Muslim superpowers in the pre-modern times. It traces the most significant and influential edifices of the Muslim world from Spain in the West to India in the East. Monuments will be studied and analyzed in their political, religious, socio-economic, cultural and aesthetic contexts. The course will also examine the evolution of building types such as mosques, madrasas, mausoleums, caravanserais and palaces.

ARC 023 The Islamic City (3,0;3 cr.)

This seminar is a quest for a historical framework for the Islamic City both as an urban phenomenon and as a modern analytical concept. It proposes an approach based on the relationship between architectural typology and urban form for the investigation of the morphology and sociology of cities in Islamic history. Through analysis of texts and architectural/archaeological data, the course will try to identify and examine the leading factors in shaping civic forms and structures in several model cities in the Islamic world from the Medina of the Prophet to pre-modern times.

ART 023 Islamic Art (3,0;3 cr.)

This is a survey of art associated with the rise of Islam. Factors that distinguish one region from another and give unique form to the art of Iran, Syria, Turkey, Mesopotamia, Egypt, North Africa and parts of Spain are considered in relation to the idea of faith as a unifying conceptual influence and of Kufi script as unifying influences upon art and design.

ART 041 Islamic Ornamental Patterns (1,4;3 cr.)

The course provides a study of the use of geometric strategies and symmetry structures in the analysis of historical ornamental patterns of the Islamic culture. Emphasis, however, will be on the development of strategies and guidelines that act as educational tools for students, craftsmen and even industries involved in the production of new designs that might be applied in architecture floor tiling and wall finishing and in furniture.

ART 042 Arabic Calligraphy (1,4;3 cr.)

This course aims to study the aesthetic unity of Arabic letters and the rules of their writing, and their uses according to the various kinds of Arabic calligraphy.

FUR 223 History of Furniture Design (3,0;3 cr.)

This course is a survey of the development of furniture and a critical assessment of styles of each period. Emphasis is on modern and post-modern issues and approaches. The course will include lecture, papers, field trips, and exams.

FUR 241 Furniture Design Language (1,4;3 cr.)

The course is a series of exercises and projects to explore techniques in form and idea generation and to encourage students to develop a personal strategy for creative thinking through the use of a variety of media. It provides an opportunity to analyze existing furniture/products/structures to explore contexts, backgrounds and principles, and to apply this knowledge in practical design tasks.

FUR 242 Furniture and Human Studies (1,4;3 cr.)

The course revolves around exercises and tasks that encourage an awareness of the ways people respond to form, furniture, products and spaces through direct use, and the application of this in developing appropriate visual imagery in 3-D form. It provides an opportunity to learn, through practical exercises and experiments, the basics of anthropometrics, ergonomics appropriate to furniture design, and in particular, the design requirements of good seating posture.

FUR 013 Cabinet Design (1,4;3 cr.)

Through lectures, demonstrations and critiques, students are expected to move into a high level of design and construction methodology. Advanced furniture construction techniques are introduced and applied toward the design and fabrication of a cabinet with a door and a drawer.

FUR 014 Seating Design (1,4;3 cr.)

This course explores the complex process of seating design and addresses issues of comfort, aesthetics and structure, in addition to the contextual and social elements of seating design. The use of models and full-scale mock-ups is instrumental as students develop and execute their designs.

INT 041 Lighting Design (2,2;3 cr.)

This is an in-depth course covering basic wiring techniques with different types of light sources, in a workshop setting. Blending these technologies with function, proportion and scale, students will develop and produce a minimum of three different fixtures, based on different bulb types. Current market research will be required, as well as a research project on contemporary modern lighting.

ART 021 Aesthetic Appreciation (3,0;3 cr.)

This course presents a number of subjects that are concerned with aesthetic literature and appreciation, such as the definition, stages, and theories of aesthetics, art, and the creative process. It also studies methods of the ever changing artistic appreciation.

PHO 223 History of Photography (3,0;3 cr.)

The first part of the course examines the medium from its prehistory through the photo-secession and World War I. The use of photography as a commercial enterprise, a documentary tool, a cultural force and a means of personal expression is explored. The second part examines the major issues and artists in photography from the early 20th century to the present. Although the emphasis is on photography as a fine art and its relationship to the other arts, topics include documentary photography and photojournalism, fashion and portraiture, and the use of photography in mass media.

PHO 202 Photography II (0,6;3 cr.)

This course explores intermediate techniques of exposure, development and printing of small- and medium-format black-and-white film and print materials, with special emphasis on tonal control through the creative application of the zone system. Emphasis is placed on aspects of design, composition, perception and content in black-and-white photographs. Prerequisites: ADF 214

PHO 203 Color Photography (0,6;3 cr.)

This course explores the use of color as an aesthetic tool in the hands of the creative commercial or expressive photographer. While the emphasis is on the use of negative, reversal and Polaroid films and print materials, attention is also paid to color theory, perception, aesthetics and the use of alternative color processes. Prerequisites: PHO 202

PHO 241 Digital Imaging (1,4;3 cr.)

This course introduces photographic image modification through the use of computer technology. Topics include scanners and other input devices, image editing software and various output options, as well as the commercial and aesthetic potential and application of digital imagery.

PHO 251 Studio Lighting (1,4;3 cr.)

This course introduces the use of artificial lighting to create photographic illustrations in a controlled environment. Lighting techniques are demonstrated and applied in a series of photographic exercises with tabletop still life and portraiture. Both “hot lights” and electronic flash are used to achieve total control of composition, color, contrast and reflection. Emphasis is placed on the technical mastery of complex equipment, coupled with an aesthetic understanding of the physical principles of light.

ART 021 Aesthetic Appreciation (3,0;3 cr.)

In this course, students undergo an advanced study and execution of ceramic murals and sculpture for indoor and outdoor architectural spaces. They get involved in extensive technical research, including special cutting techniques, laboratory tests of clay glazes, and firings.

ART 214 Drawing III (0,6;3 cr.)

This course involves a study and application of master drawing techniques, an investigation of perspective and anatomy, and an emphasis on the conceptual development of a personal style. Prerequisites: ADF 112

ART 202 Painting I (0,6;3 cr.)

Students focus on the technical and perceptual skills that are the foundation of visual expression. Beginning projects start with a simple introduction to the mechanics of paint handling: how to begin a painting, how to apply paint and how to model form. Students then explore value, line, color and abstraction. The second half of Painting I continues with the critical issue of abstraction as students learn how to view the world in two-dimensional terms. Finally, they address paint quality and gesture as they work from the human form. Prerequisites: ADF 101

ART 203 Painting II (0,6;3 cr.)

As students proceed to advanced work based on models and still life, they also begin painting outdoors and exploring landscape. Building on the skills acquired in Painting I, students concentrate on how images become vital through the qualities inherent to the painting medium. Throughout Painting II, students test the balance of abstraction and naturalism using both direct and indirect techniques. This challenge will culminate in projects that stress an empirical problem solving processes. Prerequisites: ART 202

ART 241 Ceramics I (0,6;3 cr.)

The course explores pinch, coil, slab, hump and press mold, paddling and hollow techniques, development of cylindrical and open forms, trimming, reduction and oxidation kiln firing, and clay and glaze making.

ART 251 Sculpture I (0,6;3 cr.)

This course covers a basic study of design and fabrication of sculpture, and basic sculptural techniques for media, including clay, plaster, stone, and wood.