FALL 2022 COURSES

The following courses are offered Fall 2022 in Fine Arts and Digital Media. Advisors are ready to assist you with choosing the most appropriate class for you. If you have specific questions about course content, please contact Sarah Stolar, Department Chair - sstolar@unm.edu, or the instructor for the course directly. Faculty bios and emails can be found here.

Contact an advisor directly at (575) 737-3698 or click HERE to register.

Under certain circumstances, prerequisites may be waived. You must contact an advisor directly to facilitate this request.

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FALL 2022 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The 2022 Fall session runs August 22nd through December 17th
 

Art Practices I - ARTS 1220
w/ Sarah Stolar
Live - Wednesdays, 9-2:30pm

This course introduces the exploration of processes, ideas, and diverse media of visual arts. It addresses the thematic concepts that are central to the nature of art making today, with emphasis given to issues of LIGHT, FRAME, and MARK while developing an understanding of the elements and principles of design.

Art Practices I is an interdisciplinary foundations course exploring the diverse processes, ideas, and materials of visual art. Students will work from a variety of approaches including (but not limited to) drawing, painting, sculpture, 2-D design, digital, and time-based media. They will address thematic concepts that are central to the nature of art today while also learning hands-on technical skills, craft, and presentation of finished artworks. Focusing on three distinct topics – Light, Frame, and Mark – students will engage in visual and conceptual problem solving, collaboration, and personal exploration of individual practice. Readings, writings, slide lectures, and videos on relevant artists and periods in art history will be assigned and presented throughout the semester in conjunction with each project.

Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design (Core)

Drawing I - ARTS 1610-800
w/ Gary Cook
Live - Thursdays, 9-2:30pm

Drawing I introduces the basic principles, materials, and skills of observational drawing. Emphasis is placed on rendering a 3-D subject on a 2-D surface with visual accuracy. Other topics include historical and contemporary references as well as an investigation of linear perspective, line, value, shape, space & composition. 

This course is a survey of the basic techniques, materials, theory, vocabulary, and overall practice of observational drawing. Because abstraction is an exaggeration or alteration of reality, it is important to first learn to draw from life; therefore, the projects will be interpreted from a variety of natural forms including interior/exterior space, still-life, self-portrait, the skeleton, and an artist copy. These drawings will be executed using a variety of traditional drawing materials such as charcoal, pastel, Conté, pencil, and ink. With these materials, students will develop an understanding of technical variety in mark-making using perspective, proportion, scale, volume, texture, contrast, value, line and shade. Toward the end of the semester, students will be introduced to color and collage and create more experimental works on paper. Each session will be devoted to studio work with some art historical discussion and/or critique. 

Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design (Core)

Drawing II - ARTS 2010
w/ Sarah Stolar
Live - Fridays, 12-5:30pm
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610

Further concentration on basic drawing concepts with a greater emphasis on descriptive and perceptual drawing skills using both dry and wet media. Students are expected to utilize the traditional and observational skills learned in Drawing I, as well as investigate experimentation with abstraction. Color is introduced both formally and expressively. Students are encouraged to approach drawing in a variety of non-traditional ways including alternative mark-making, incorporation of text, drawing as documentation, ephemeral drawings, and combining performative action with drawing. In addition, students will be given a series of theoretical problems to solve and/or incorporate into each assignment as a guide to discovering multiple perspectives in drawing. Class projects and critiques will be focused on providing a continuation of observational and technical drawing skills, an introduction of new ideas and experimentation, and insight into discovering one’s own personal voice.

Painting I - ARTS 1630
w/ Sarah Stolar
Live - Mondays, 9-2:30pm

Painting I introduces the tradition of painting as a medium for artistic expression. Students will investigate materials, tools, techniques, history and concepts of painting. Emphasis is placed on developing descriptive and perceptual skills, color theory, and composition.  

This course introduces basic concepts and develops technical and perceptual skills using acrylic or oil (preferred). Students will learn the fundamentals of observational oil painting, focusing on representational paintings of a variety of subjects including still-life, landscape, and self-portrait. We will discuss the visual information in painting, the dialogue surrounding painting and its formulas, and when it is appropriate to abandon those formulas. Students will make several short-session paintings throughout the semester, rather than focusing on one or two highly polished works, and learn of a variety of techniques accumulating in a confident, contemporary painting style.​

Painting II - ARTS 2630
w/ Gary Cook
Live - Tuesdays, 9am-2:30pm
Prerequisite: ARTS 1630

This course focuses on the expressive and conceptual aspects of painting, building on the observational, compositional, technical, and critical skills gained previously. Students will investigate a variety of approaches to subject matter, materials, and creative processes through in-class projects, related out-of-class assignments, library research or museum/gallery attendance, written responses, and critiques. 

Painting II continues exploration of the painting concepts and techniques presented in Painting I. Working from imagination as well as observation, emphasizing the expressive potential of the medium. Course objectives include increasing ones visual vocabulary, seeing skills, and resolving visual images in the form of paintings. Noting that this is not an introduction class, the primary goal of the class is to further develop ones understanding of visual phenomena, surface development and composition as expressive tools. Assignments will be executed in medium to large scale painting formats. This course explores ideas on creativity and consciousness as they relates to knowing and conceptualizing ideas.

Introduction to Ceramics - ARTS 1310
w/ Lee Akins
Live - Tuesdays, 9-2:30pm

This course introduces the technical processes and conceptual concerns of working with ceramic material. Various methods of forming functional and expressive works out of clay are explored. Methods used include hand building and throwing, basic clay bodies, slip and glaze, and atmospheric firing.

Terminology, concepts, historical and technical information will be presented. Techniques will include the hand building techniques of pinch, coil, slab and molding. Wheel projects will include cylinders, bowls and mugs. Individual creative development is encouraged. There will be both self-selected and assigned projects.

Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design (Core)

Ceramics I - ARTS 1320
w/ Lee Akins
Live - Thursdays, 9-2:30pm
Prerequisite: ARTS 1310

An introduction to the medium of clay incorporating hand building and wheel throwing to introduce the student to both the sculptural and utilitarian uses of clay. The student will also be introduced to a variety of glazing and firing techniques. 

Continuation of Arts 1310 with an emphasis placed on the mastery of forming, surfacing, and firing processes. Intermediate hand building and wheel throwing techniques will include projects with lids, spouts and decorating. Making and formulating glazes, as well as variety of firing techniques will also be presented. Expanded critical awareness and the development of a personal aesthetic will be encouraged. There will be both self-selected and assigned projects. 

Intro to Printmaking - ARTS 1710
w/ Gary Cook
Live - Wednesdays, 9-2:30pm
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610

This course provides direct experience of exploring basic printmaking processes, including relief, intaglio, and monoprint processes, as well as the investigation of materials/media, tools, techniques, history, and concepts of printmaking. Emphasis is given to solving problems through thematic development while producing a portfolio of prints. 

Fundamental techniques in Introduction to Printmaking are presented and practiced in a survey format. Methods and expressive potentials of the major printmaking processes are taught. Instruction includes lecture, demonstrations, practice, and critique. At the conclusion of this course, the student will develop awareness of the unique properties of a wide variety of print processes and the historical development of printmaking and it’s influences on contemporary works; develop technique and the proper use of tools and materials within the print shop as a collaborative working space; Utilize a journal/sketchbook as a documentation process, to develop concepts, generate source material and aid in self-criticism and exploration; increase understanding of his/her own aesthetic aspirations and how these objectives can be expressed using the print media; and create a foundation for more advanced study of print media. 

Shop Foundations - ARTS 1830
w/ Mario Vargas
Live - Wednesdays, 9-2:30pm
Prerequisite: ARTS 1610

This course provides an introduction to the proper use of shop facilities with an emphasis on the safety procedures required for their proper use. The course will provide the student with a foundation of technical skills for use in the production of their work in subsequent classes. Offered on a CR/NC basis only.

Students will receive an introduction of all power machinery and hand held tools within a wood shop facility along with description and demonstration of safety for proper use of all equipment in a shared working environment. The course will build a foundation of technical and professional skills in the production of their work in subsequent classes. Equipment used are the following: Table saw, Band saw, Wood jointer, Wood planer, Radial arm saw, Router Table, Power combination sander, Drill Press etc. Which will all be demonstrated in class in person by the instructor. Students will also learn about : Project layout & Design, Lumber education, Cost configuration for materials, How to read a tape measure 1/16 of inch scale. The outcome of the course will teach traditional and modern woodworking skills and techniques from beginning to finish.

Sculpture I - ARTS 1840
w/ Lee Akins
Live - Wednesdays, 9-2:30pm

Sculpture I introduces the student to a working knowledge of the medium and techniques used in the creation of ceramic sculpture; along with the historic, conceptual, and aesthetic foundations of the sculptural process. Projects will include bas-relief, plaster molds, organic, geometric, bust, figure and mixed media. Each session will include a presentation/ demonstration with both historical and contemporary examples. Students will demonstrate the ability to experience and analyze a sculpture, and how to communicate those analyses in a comprehensible manner. They will produce objects and analyses that demonstrate a cursory knowledge of historic, and contemporary art practices. Students will begin to define their own personal vocabulary in the visual language through the creation of a body of work. A minimum of 7 finished sculptures will be required. 

Jewelry & Small Metal Construction - ARTS 1810
w/ Kimberly Thompson
Live - Tuesdays, 9-2:30pm

This course introduces the basic techniques, materials, and tools traditionally used in the creation of jewelry and/or small-scale sculptural objects.  Students will explore fundamental fabrication practices and demonstrate proficiency in skills and a comprehension of visual vocabulary. Coursework will include examination of the history and practices of jewelry-making and metal casting within a global perspective.  Techniques covered may include soldering, stone setting, lapidary, and casting. 

Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design.

Intro to Photography - ARTS 1410
w/ Johanna Case-Hofmeister
Online, asynchronous 

This course introduces the making of photographic images from a broad viewpoint to consider both as an art practice and as a cultural practice. The course covers basic technical information in camera use and functionality, composition, and visual design, digital workflow, editing, manipulating, and enhancing images correctly and effectively. 

 

Demonstrations, artist talks, assignments, and critiques will give students the beginning tools for creative exploration and expression in the medium of photography. Course content is created to get students thinking about the meaning of photographic images in history, culture, and in their own experiences. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to demonstrate visual voice through photography and competency in basic camera functions and composition.

Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design (Core)

 

Introduction to Photoshop - DMA 165
w/ Johanna Case-Hofmeister
Online, asynchronous 

This course introduces students to computer graphics on the Macintosh computer using Adobe Photoshop. Students will create, modify, prepare, and produce a variety of digital artwork. 

 

In this course, students will learn how to use the tools in Adobe Photoshop to create new images and edit existing images. Tools used will include selections, layers, and adjustments, among other pixel editing tools. Basic composition and output will be emphasized in all projects.

Introduction to 3D Modeling - FDMA 2534
w/ Dave Mansfield
Live - Fridays, 9-11:30pm

This course will introduce 3D modeling methods and current practices. Students will learn preliminary and detailed modeling techniques using industry standard software. Methods will emphasize formal and functional aspects of modeling as they apply to mechanical, organic, and sculpted topology for application in animation, games, and information media.

Introduction to Digital Media - FDMA 1520
w/ Peter Walker
Live - Tuesdays, 9-11am

This course is designed to provide students with a survey of the histories, innovative concepts, and creative possibilities of digital media. Additionally, students will learn fundamental skills in teamwork, storytelling, and design.

 

Students will be immersed in the development of the visual story through the study of The Cast of Visual Characters; Seven Basic Components; Space, Line, Shape, Tone, Color, Movement, and Rhythm; The Real World & the Screen World. This course dives into film history starting with the concept of movie magic and the first inventors of cinema to contemporary filmmaking. This course also focuses on diversity in storytelling introducing new perspectives and representation in filmmaking. Students will create original image sequences based on topics and themes each week.  Students will learn how to give their peers feedback to create a fun and dynamic learning environment.

Post Production Editing - FDMA 1996
w/ Peter Walker
Live - Wednesdays, 1-3:30pm

A comprehensive introduction to the basics of editing short films, documentaries and commercials. This class takes you through each step of the post-production process, from easy, entry-level editing skills to advanced topics like multi-cam editing, sound editing, graphics, visual effects, and color. Each week, students will edit short projects in our new mac lab, while learning how to develop a reel of their work. This course is part of both the Film Technician Certificate and DMA Associates Degree Program.  

Digital Foundations - DMA 102
w/ Peter Walker
Live - Wednesdays, 9-11:30am

The Media Industry in New Mexico is booming! Digital foundation skills are the stepping-stone for career opportunities! This course is designed for students interested in developing a range of skills including; storytelling, media production techniques, and an entrepreneurial mindset. Each week’s class will introduce new elements, concepts and skills that are then practiced by creating a media project which will be shown and discussed in class. This course leads to an Associates Degree in DMA. 

 Introduction to Cinematography - FDMA 2520
w/ Peter Walker
Live - Thursdays, 9-11:30am 

The Director of Photography (or Cinematographer), in close collaboration with the Director and Production Designer, helps determine the look of a film. This course is designed to introduce students to the technical and aesthetic fundamentals of creating, developing, and collaborating on the visual elements of storytelling, using camera framing, lensing, and lighting fundamentals such as shadows, light and color.

Students will have the opportunity to practice their filmmaking skills using professional cameras, lenses and sliders. This course is part of the Film Technician Certificate and DMA Associates Program. 

Introduction to Film Studies - FDMA 2210
w/ Kelly Clement
Online, asynchronous 

Analysis of film as a unique art, and a survey of main trends in film history. Screenings and critical study of major films.

 

This course is designed to provide you with a foundation for future film study; to expose you to a wide range of cinematic styles and approaches; and to move you from a passive viewer to an active “reader” of film. You will learn the basic elements of cinematic language (including narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, acting, editing, and sound) and will use that knowledge to analyze the way filmmakers convey information, story, and meaning, develop style, and elicit audience response within a single scene and over the course of an entire feature film. We’ll explore the central critical approaches to the study of cinema, and examine a wide range of film styles and movements. There are no prerequisites for taking this class. Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design.

Beyond Hollywood - FDMA 2195
w/ Kelly Clement
Online, asynchronous 

An introduction to cinemas outside of the Hollywood studio system with screenings of major works.

 

The goal of this class is to familiarize students with documentary history, theory, criticism, and practice. The course is designed to challenge you to develop a critical eye, and to deepen your appreciation of the many different modes of documentary film and video. We will consider the documentary as an art form, a cultural artifact, a vehicle for political expression and social change, and as a means for representing cultures. Through weekly screenings we will explore a wide variety of films that will survey the range of documentary expression, from the classics, to the new independent and experimental forms, and everything in-between. There are no prerequisites for taking this class.

Introduction to Art - ARTH 1120
w/ Paula King
Online, asynchronous 

This foundation course introduces and explores the visual arts on a personal, societal, cultural, and historical level. An excellent course for someone new to the study of art or the experienced artist, students learn about all art-making processes, art materials, and techniques used by artists, designers, and architects. Studies feature iconic artists throughout history and major art movements. Students will build on a broad knowledge base to practice the skill of formal analysis, in order to expand an art appreciation and grow a personal aesthetic. The course offers a creative project using basic photography.

 

Canvas Online Course. This course is completed 100% online, therefore access to a computer and the internet are required. Designed with Quality Matters Standards, ARTH 1120 provides an excellent learning experience and offers flexibility for busy students. Support with the technology of the course is provided on campus, by email, and by phone by the HELP support staff of UNM. Pacing may be accelerated for early completion.

 

Inclusive Access for this course: This course has been set up for inclusive access delivery, this means your materials will be accessible through UNM Learn when classes begin. You do not need to shop for the ‘title of the book’ ahead of time. You do not need to pay by credit card or any other method, you should not see a prompt for payment at all when using the inclusive access materials. Your specially discounted price will be billed to your UNM Bursar Account AFTER the add/drop deadline. Additionally, McGraw-Hill Connect Access will be required (includes ebook, Smartbook, course learning activities, and exams).

Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design

Art History I - ARTH 2110
w/ Paula King
Online, asynchronous 

This survey course explores the art and architecture of ancient pre-historic cultures through the end of the fourteenth century. While focused primarily on the art of the Western civilizations, this course will also provide insights into the works of other major cultures in order to provide alternate views of art and history. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of artworks to political, social, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural movements that affect and are affected by their creation and development. The course offers a creative project using basic photography.

 

Canvas Online Course. This course is completed 100% online, therefore access to a computer and the internet are required. Designed with Quality Matters Standards, ARTH 2110 provides an excellent learning experience and offers flexibility to Learners. Support with the technology of the course is provided on campus, by email, and by phone by the HELP support staff of UNM. Pacing may be accelerated for early completion.

 

Inclusive Access for this course: This course has been set up for inclusive access delivery, this means your materials will be accessible through UNM Learn when classes begin. You do not need to shop for the ‘title of the book’ ahead of time. You do not need to pay by credit card or any other method, you should not see a prompt for payment at all when using the inclusive access materials. Your specially discounted price will be billed to your UNM Bursar Account AFTER the add/drop deadline.

​Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design