Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Division in the School of the Arts offers courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Departmental Office: 310 Dodge
212-854-4065
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Directory of Classes

The course information displayed on this page relies on an external system and may be incomplete. Please visit Visual Arts on the Directory of Classes for complete course information.

After finding your course in the Directory of Classes, click on the section number to open an expanded view. The "Open To" field will indicate whether the course is open to School of Professional Studies students. If School of Professional Studies is not included in the field, students may still be able to cross-register for the course by obtaining permission after being admitted to an academic program.


VIAR GU4400 Advanced Printmaking. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R2420, or VIAR R2430.

(Formerly R3415) Designed for students who have already taken one semester of a printmaking course and are interested in continuing on an upper level. Students are encouraged to work in all areas, separate or combined, using their own vocabulary and imagery to create a body of work by the end of the semester. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR GU4400
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 4400 001/66771 F 10:00am - 4:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Sarah Sze 3 10/14

VIAR Q3101 Painting II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1000, and VIAR R2100.

(Formerly R3202) Painting II: Extension of VIAR R2100 with greater emphasis on notions of meaning and context in work, as well as more speculative aspects of image-making and structure (again using historical precedents as examples) and an increased range of personal choice and expression in the execution of classroom assignments. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Fall 2017: VIAR Q3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3101 002/12397 W 10:00am - 4:00pm
401 Dodge Building
3 5/16

VIAR Q3201 Ceramics II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R2200.

(Formerly R3131) This course will focus on using ceramics as a primary art making machine by breaking out of the constraints wedded to this traditional material. Building on the foundation set in VIAR R2200 Ceramics I, this course will delve further into the technical and historical aspects of the ceramic process. Students will learn advanced construction techniques and finishing processes, including an introduction to mixing raw ceramic materials to create custom clay and glazes. The class will center around real world issues in the art world; this will happen with visiting artist lectures, gallery and museum visits, as well as artists' studio visits. An essential part to working with ceramics successfully is an understanding of its history, both where it comes from and how it has been used over the ages. Lectures and readings on these areas will be given throughout the course. Students will use a self-directed working process to facilitate the incorporation of ceramic materials into their existing art practice while allowing them room to go in their own conceptual direction. Rigorous group and individual critiques will be held on a regular basis. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR Q3411 Printmaking I: Graphic Novel. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R2420, or VIAR R2430.

(Formerly R3416) The objective of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary link between drawing, printmaking, and graphic narrative. The course will probe the relation of language to image through three projects: an intensive drawing project, a "zine", and finally, a graphic novel. The course work will guide students through a natural progression beginning with pure image (drawing), transitioning to non-narrative linkage text (the graphic novel). We will primarily explore the graphic novel as a medium for creating art. While graphic novel can certainly be used to tell a simple story, there are many other ways in which an artist can use the medium to convey complex ideas and to create and share their own world. In this course, students will develop and refine their drawing sensibility, and are encouraged to experiment with various forms of non-traditional printmaking. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR Q4702 Photography: Advanced Photo III Seminar. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1700.

(Formerly R4710) The photo book as a central medium of contemporary photographic practice is explored in this course. Students are exposed to a variety of approaches and viewpoints through presentations by guest photographers, curators, critics, editors, graphic designers, etc... Students will cooperatively shoot 8mm movie films to explore issues of narrative and timing. Each student will propose, develop, and produce a maquette of their work as a final project. Note: Due to the necessity of placing a cap on the number of students who can register for our photography courses, the department provides a wait list to identify and give priority to students interested in openings that become available on the first day of class. If the class is full, sign up for the wait list at http://arts.columbia.edu/photolist.

VIAR R1001 Basic Drawing. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The fundamentals of visual vocabulary. Students work from observation using still-life objects and the human figure. The relationship of lines and forms to each other and to the picture format is emphasized. Materials used: vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, pencil, pen, ink, and brushes. Class assignments are accompanied by discussions and critiques. Portfolio required at the end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R1401 Introduction To Printmaking. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Fundamentals of printmaking techniques introduced to individuals who have little or no prior experience. Individual and group critiques; portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R2020 Figure Drawing I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1000.

(Formerly R3021) An exploration of a wide range of drawing experiences. Moves sequentially, engaging problems of line and mass; volume; chiaroscuro; figure/ground; one, two, and axonometric perspective in pictorial observation and improvisation. Classes focus on specific drawing issues engaging art-historical and contemporary methods and techniques. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at the end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R2440 Printmaking I: Silkscreen. 3 points.

(Formerly R3413) Printmaking I: Silkscreen introduces silkscreen and other silkscreen techniques. Given the direct quality of the process, the class focuses on the student's personal vision through experimentation with this print medium. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3001 Drawing II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1001.

DRAWING II Course Description: Examines the potential of drawing as an expressive tool elaborating on the concepts and techniques presented in VIAR R1001. Studio practice emphasizes individual attitudes toward drawing while acquiring knowledge and skills from historical and cultural precedents. Portfolio required at the end. DRAWING II - Mixed Media Course Description: This course approaches drawing as an experimental and expressive tool. Students will be encouraged to push the parameters of drawing. Collage, assemblage, and photomontage will be used in combination with more traditional appraches to drawing. The class will explore the role of the imagination, memory, language, mapping, and text in drawing. Field trips will play an important role in the course. The course will culminate in a final project in which each student will choose one or more of the themes explored during the semester and create a drawing or series of drawing. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3006 Concepts in Visual Arts: Performance. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course explores strategies in the production of performance art, using the signifying system of the body as a conceptual framework for a series of workshops that give students tools to develop their own performance projects over the course of the semester. Students will engage with discourses of performance, from theatrical and choreographic models to social and relational practices, and become familiar with strategies for constructing and determining the role of the audience.  With attention to site- and situation-specificity, this course offers instruction in a variety of technical aspects of performance, such as the use of body, architecture, sound, light, costume, prop, sculpture, video, and methods of collaboration. The class includes group critique of performances presented in class, as well as the opportunity to workshop developing works with the support of the group. Students will become familiar with venues for performance, and the artists who are redefining performance in the art world today. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3021 Figure Drawing I. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1001.

An exploration of a wide range of drawing experiences. Moves sequentially, engaging problems of line and mass; volume; chiaroscuro; figure/ground; one, two, and axonometric perspective in pictorial observation and improvisation. Classes focus on specific drawing issues engaging art-historical and contemporary methods and techniques. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at the end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3022 Figure Drawing II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1001.

An exploration of a wide range of drawing experiences. Moves sequentially, engaging problems of line and mass; volume; chiaroscuro; figure/ground; one, two, and axonometric perspective in pictorial observation and improvisation. Classes focus on specific drawing issues engaging art-historical and contemporary methods and techniques. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at the end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3110 Plein Air Painting. 3 points.

Enrollment limited to 12.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1000 and VIAR R2100.

(Formerly R3220) Each class students will set up easels and paint outside in various locations in the city and environs. The class will also include on-site painting in public interior spaces. The world is the painter's studio. Painting "in the open air" was first popularized in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century, when tubed paint became easily available. At the time, this avant garde practice brought to life some of the greatest works of art and histories most cherished paintings. The act of Plein Air painting is a physical one; it challenges and invigorates any painter's practice, resulting in a fine tuned eye, better skilled hands and a deeper awareness of space. The painter, immersed in nature must shift the painting process, in a situation where the subject is no longer fixed, the painter must bend, making the divide between eye and object clear. It is a fascinating process with results unlike any other artistic practice. It brings a single moment into focus with such clarity that one's relationship to time shifts. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3130 Ceramics I. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This studio course will provide the students with a foundation in the ceramic process, its history, and its relevance to contemporary art making. The course is structured in two parts. The first centers on the fundamental and technical aspects of the material. Students will learn construction techniques, glazing and finishing methods, and particulars about firing procedures. This part of the course will move quickly in order to expose the students to a variety of ceramic processes. Weekly assignments, demonstrations, and lectures will be given. The second centers on the issue of how to integrate ceramics into the students' current practice. Asking the question of why we use ceramics as a material and, further, why we choose the materials we do to make art. Rigorous group and individual critiques focusing on the above questions will be held. The goal of this course is to supply the students with the knowledge and skill necessary to work in ceramics and enough proficiency and understanding of the material to enable them to successfully incorporate it into their practice. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3131 Ceramics II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3130.

This course will focus on using ceramics as a primary art making machine by breaking out of the constraints wedded to this traditional material. Building on the foundation set in VIAR R3130 Ceramics I, this course will delve further into the technical and historical aspects of the ceramic process. Students will learn advanced construction techniques and finishing processes, including an introduction to mixing raw ceramic materials to create custom clay and glazes. The class will center around real world issues in the art world; this will happen with visiting artist lectures, gallery and museum visits, as well as artists' studio visits. An essential part to working with ceramics successfully is an understanding of its history, both where it comes from and how it has been used over the ages. Lectures and readings on these areas will be given throughout the course. Students will use a self-directed working process to facilitate the incorporation of ceramic materials into their existing art practice while allowing them room to go in their own conceptual direction. Rigorous group and individual critiques will be held on a regular basis. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3201 Painting I. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1001.

Introduction of the fundamental skills and concepts involved in painting. Problems are structured to provide students with a knowledge of visual language along with a development of expressive content. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3202 Painting II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1001, and VIAR R3201.

Spring Semester Painting II: Representation Into Abstraction - This new offering by the director of painting will explore the transition of representational form towards abstraction in the early 20th century (Cubism) with full consideration to recent movements such as geometric abstraction, organic abstraction, gestural abstraction, color field and pattern painting. Students will be encouraged to find dynamic approaches to these classic tropes of 20th and 21st century abstraction.

VIAR R3203 Painting III. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1001, VIAR R3201, and VIAR R3202.

An advanced painting course that explores issues in contemporary painting and provides exposure to the most recent theoretical and technical applications of painting. Investigations into subject, scale, and materials are encouraged. Portfolio and term paper required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3210 Figure Painting. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1001 and VIAR R3201.

Course provides the experience of employing a wide range of figurative applications that serve as useful tools for the contemporary artist. Non-Western applications, icon painting, and the European/American traditions are presented. Individual and group critiques.Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3220 Plein Air Painting. 3 points.

Enrollment limited to 12.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1001 and VIAR R3201.

Each class students will set up easels and paint outside in various locations in the city and environs. The class will also include on-site painting in public interior spaces. The world is the painter's studio. Painting "in the open air" was first popularized in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century, when tubed paint became easily available. At the time, this avant garde practice brought to life some of the greatest works of art and histories most cherished paintings. The act of Plein Air painting is a physical one; it challenges and invigorates any painter's practice, resulting in a fine tuned eye, better skilled hands and a deeper awareness of space. The painter, immersed in nature must shift the painting process, in a situation where the subject is no longer fixed, the painter must bend, making the divide between eye and object clear. It is a fascinating process with results unlike any other artistic practice. It brings a single moment into focus with such clarity that one's relationship to time shifts. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3312 Sculpture II: Mixed Media. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will use the urban environment of New York City as its catalyst. The focus will be on the “undocumented architecture” surrounding us – construction barriers, traffic cones, construction machinery, scaffolding, building sites – and the temporary landscapes it creates.  The aim of the course is to explore the relation between the creative process in art and the makeshift nature of seemingly orderly things, their precariousness and fragility.  All media are welcome with emphasis on drawing, sculpture, installation, and photography.  Field trips and films will also play an important role in this course. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3330 Sculpture I. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The fundamentals of sculpture are investigated through a series of conceptual and technical projects. Three material processes are introduced, including wood, metal, and paster casting. Issues pertinent to contemporary sculpture are introduced through lectures, group critiques, discussions, and field trips that accompany class assignments. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3331 Sculpture II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3330 or the department's permission.

Continuation of VIAR R3330. The objective of the class is to engage in in-depth research and hands on studio projects related to a specific theme to be determined by each student. Each student is expected to complete class with four fully realized and thematically linked works. Wood, metal, and plaster will be provided for this class but video, sound, performance and various mixed media approaches are highly encouraged. In addition, lecture and field trips will be part of the course. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3332 Sculpture III. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3330.

Spring Semester SCULPTURE III: This course explores multi-media installation art methodologies, including digital and analog solutions for creating sound, light and mechanical components. We will use technology as a common theme as we explore contemporary and historical multi-media artworks and learn the tools and techniques needed to integrate the strategies into our own work. The projects are expected to have an engagement with technology that is physical, not purely virtual. We will cover theoretical and historical materials as well as practical, hands-on topics. If the class is full, please visit: arts.columbia.edu/registration_info

VIAR R3401 Printmaking I: Intaglio. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Enables the student to realize concepts and visual ideas in a printed form. Basic techniques are introduced and utilized: the history and development of the intaglio process; demonstrations and instruction in line etching, relief, and dry point. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3402 Printmaking II: Intaglio. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3401.

Continues instruction and demonstration of further techniques in intaglio. Encourages students to think visually more in the character of the medium, and personal development is stressed. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3411 Printmaking I: Relief. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Printmaking I: Relief introduces woodcut and other relief techniques. Given the direct quality of the process, the class focuses on the student's personal vision through experimentation with this print medium. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3413 Printmaking I: Silkscreen. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Printmaking I: Silkscreen introduces silkscreen and other silkscreen techniques. Given the direct quality of the process, the class focuses on the student's personal vision through experimentation with this print medium. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3414 Printmaking II: Silkscreen. 0 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3413.

Printmaking II: Silkscreen continues instruction and demonstration of further techniques in silkscreen. Encourages students to think visually more in the character of the medium, and personal development is stressed. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3415 Advanced Printmaking. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3040, VIAR R3401, or VIAR R3411.

Designed for students who have already taken one semester of a printmaking course and are interested in continuing on an upper level. Students are encouraged to work in all areas, separate or combined, using their own vocabulary and imagery to create a body of work by the end of the semester. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3416 Printmaking I: Graphic Novel. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3040, VIAR R3401, or VIAR R3411.

The objective of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary link between drawing, printmaking, and graphic narrative. The course will probe the relation of language to image through three projects: an intensive drawing project, a "zine", and finally, a graphic novel. The course work will guide students through a natural progression beginning with pure image (drawing), transitioning to non-narrative linkage text (the graphic novel). We will primarily explore the graphic novel as a medium for creating art. While graphic novel can certainly be used to tell a simple story, there are many other ways in which an artist can use the medium to convey complex ideas and to create and share their own world. In this course, students will develop and refine their drawing sensibility, and are encouraged to experiment with various forms of non-traditional printmaking. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3417 Printmaking I: Photogravure. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1401, VIAR R3401, or VIAR R3701.

A concise study and application of the copper plate photogravure process. Usage of current available resources substituting for materials that are no longer available for photogravure. This is a 19th century obsolete photomechanical reproduction process that is constantly challenging the ingenuity of it's practitioners to keep it alive and a viable technique in the 21st century.  The course objectives are understanding and demonstrating proficiency in the photogravure process and creation of finished printed images from the process learned. It is important for the future of this process that the students understand not only the "how", but the "why" of going through all of these procedures. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3420 Drawing into Print. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3040, VIAR R3401, or VIAR R3411.

The objective of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary link between drawing, photography and printmaking through an integrated studio project. Students will use drawing, printmaking and collage to create a body of work to be presented in a folio format. In the course, students develop and refine their drawing sensibility, and are encouraged to experiment with various forms of non-traditional printmaking. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3441 Printmaking II: Silkscreen. 0 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R2440.

(Formerly R3414) Printmaking II: Silkscreen continues instruction and demonstration of further techniques in silkscreen. Encourages students to think visually more in the character of the medium, and personal development is stressed. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3503 Beginning Video. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Beginning Video is an introductory class on the production and editing of digital video. Designed as an intensive hands-on production/post-production workshop, the apprehension of technical and aesthetic skills in shooting, sound and editing will be emphasized. Assignments are developed to allow students to deepen their familiarity with the language of the moving image medium. Over the course of the term, the class will explore the language and syntax of the moving image, including fiction, documentary and experimental and experimental approaches. Importance will be placed on the decision making behind the production of a work; why it was conceived of, shot, and edited in a certain way. Class time will be divided between technical workshops, viewing and discussing films and videos by independent producers/artists and discussing and critiquing students projects. Readings will be assigned on technical, aesthetic and theoretical issues. Only one section offered per semester. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R3701 Photography: Photo I. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

An introductory course in black-and-white photography, Photography I is required for admission to all other photo classes. Students are initially instructed in proper camera use and basic film exposure and development. Then the twice weekly meetings are divided into lab days where students learn and master the fundamental tools and techniques of traditional darkroom work used in 8x10 print production and classroom days where students present their work and through the language of photo criticism gain an understanding of photography as a medium of expression. Admitted students must obtain a manually focusing 35mm camera with adjustable f/stops and shutter speeds. No prior photography experience is required. Due to the necessity of placing a cap on the number of students who can register for our photography courses, the department provides a wait list to identify and give priority to students interested in openings that become available on the first day of class. If the class is full, sign up for the wait list at http://arts.columbia.edu/photolist.

VIAR R3702 Photography: Photo II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3701.

This course expands on concerns first encountered in Photography I and addresses aspects of creative photography through project development and advanced camera and lab techniques. Over the course of the semester students are introduced to color photography, the use of medium format cameras, pinhole cameras, flash and studio lighting in addition to emphasizing the refinement of black-and-white printing: contrast control, burning and dodging, and the production of larger prints. Note: Due to the necessity of placing a cap on the number of students who can register for our photography courses, the department provides a wait list to identify and give priority to students interested in openings that become available on the first day of class. If the class is full, sign up for the wait list at http://arts.columbia.edu/photolist.

VIAR R4005 Problems in Drawing: Cast Drawing. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1001.

Students will connect with the very heart of the Western Art tradition, engaging in this critical activity that was the pillar of draftsmanship training from the Renaissance on through the early Modern Era. This pursuit is the common thread that links artists from Michelangelo and Rubens to Van Gogh and Picasso. Rigorous studies will be executed from plaster casts of antique sculptures, and pedagogical engravings. Students will confront foundational issues of academic training; assessing proportion and tonal value, structure and form. Hours will be spent on a single drawing pushing to the highest degree of accuracy in order develop a means for looking at nature. There is a focus on precision and gaining a thorough understanding of the interaction between light and a surface. This approach emphasizes drawing by understanding the subject and the physical world that defines it. While this training has allowed great representational artists of the past to unlock the poetry from the world around them and continues to inspire a surging new realist movement, it can also serve as a new way of seeing and a launching point for achieving creative goals. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R4510 Advanced Video. 3 points.

Advanced Video is a full day class 10:00am- 4:00pm.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3503 Beginning Video or prior experience in video or film production.

Advanced Video is an advanced, intensive project-based class on the production of digital video. The class is designed for advanced students to develop an ambitious project or series of projects during the course of the semester. Through this production, students will fine-tune shooting and editing skills as well as become more sophisticated in terms of their aesthetic and theoretical approach to the moving image. The class will follow each student through proposal, dailies, rough-cut and fine cut stage. The course is organized for knowledge to be shared and accumulated, so that each student will learn both from her/his own process, as well as the processes of all the other students. Additional screenings and readings will be organized around the history of video art and the problematics of the moving image in general, as well as particular issues that are raised by individual student projects. NOTE: There is only one section offered per semester. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R4600 Concepts in Visual Arts: Performance. 3 points.

(Formerly R3006) This course explores strategies in the production of performance art, using the signifying system of the body as a conceptual framework for a series of workshops that give students tools to develop their own performance projects over the course of the semester. Students will engage with discourses of performance, from theatrical and choreographic models to social and relational practices, and become familiar with strategies for constructing and determining the role of the audience.  With attention to site- and situation-specificity, this course offers instruction in a variety of technical aspects of performance, such as the use of body, architecture, sound, light, costume, prop, sculpture, video, and methods of collaboration. The class includes group critique of performances presented in class, as well as the opportunity to workshop developing works with the support of the group. Students will become familiar with venues for performance, and the artists who are redefining performance in the art world today. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R4601 Seminar in Contemporary Art Practice. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

New York City is the most abundant visual arts resource in the world. Visits to museums, galleries, and studios on a weekly basis. Students encounter a broad cross-section of art and are encouraged to develop ideas about what is seen. The seminar is led by a practicing artist and utilizes this perspective. Columbia College and General Studies Visual Arts Majors must take this class during their junior year. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

VIAR R4710 Photography: Advanced Photo III Seminar. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: VIAR R3701.

The photo book as a central medium of contemporary photographic practice is explored in this course. Students are exposed to a variety of approaches and viewpoints through presentations by guest photographers, curators, critics, editors, graphic designers, etc... Students will cooperatively shoot 8mm movie films to explore issues of narrative and timing. Each student will propose, develop, and produce a maquette of their work as a final project. Note: Due to the necessity of placing a cap on the number of students who can register for our photography courses, the department provides a wait list to identify and give priority to students interested in openings that become available on the first day of class. If the class is full, sign up for the wait list at http://arts.columbia.edu/photolist.

VIAR UN1000 Basic Drawing. 3 points.

(Formerly R1001) The fundamentals of visual vocabulary. Students work from observation using still-life objects and the human figure. The relationship of lines and forms to each other and to the picture format is emphasized. Materials used: vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, pencil, pen, ink, and brushes. Class assignments are accompanied by discussions and critiques. Portfolio required at the end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN1000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 1000 001/74905 M W 9:30am - 12:00pm
501 Dodge Building
Aurelien Couput 3 17/19
VIAR 1000 002/28203 M W 1:00pm - 3:30pm
501 Dodge Building
Guy Ben-Ari 3 18/19
VIAR 1000 003/19457 F 10:00am - 4:00pm
501 Dodge Building
Lisa Cobbe 3 15/19
VIAR 1000 004/61811 Th 10:00am - 4:00pm
501 Dodge Building
Diana Cooper 3 15/19
Fall 2017: VIAR UN1000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 1000 001/80279 M W 9:30am - 12:00pm
501 Dodge Building
Stephen Jackson 3 15/15
VIAR 1000 002/81530 M W 1:00pm - 3:30pm
501 Dodge Building
3 15/15
VIAR 1000 003/82783 Th 10:00am - 4:00pm
501 Dodge Building
3 9/15

VIAR UN1700 Photography: Photo I. 3 points.

(Formerly R3701) An introductory course in black-and-white photography, Photography I is required for admission to all other photo classes. Students are initially instructed in proper camera use and basic film exposure and development. Then the twice weekly meetings are divided into lab days where students learn and master the fundamental tools and techniques of traditional darkroom work used in 8x10 print production and classroom days where students present their work and through the language of photo criticism gain an understanding of photography as a medium of expression. Admitted students must obtain a manually focusing 35mm camera with adjustable f/stops and shutter speeds. No prior photography experience is required. Due to the necessity of placing a cap on the number of students who can register for our photography courses, the department provides a wait list to identify and give priority to students interested in openings that become available on the first day of class. If the class is full, sign up for the wait list at http://arts.columbia.edu/photolist.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN1700
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 1700 001/21946 M W 10:30am - 1:00pm
212 Dodge Building
Thomas Roma 3 28/25
VIAR 1700 002/26899 M W 2:30pm - 5:00pm
212 Dodge Building
Patrice Helmar 3 13/20
VIAR 1700 003/27297 T Th 9:30am - 12:00pm
212 Dodge Building
Kim Hoeckele 3 17/20
Fall 2017: VIAR UN1700
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 1700 001/84780 M W 10:30am - 1:00pm
212 Dodge Building
Thomas Roma 3 25/25
VIAR 1700 002/86029 M W 2:30pm - 5:00pm
212 Dodge Building
Thomas Roma 3 25/25
VIAR 1700 003/87282 T Th 9:30am - 12:00pm
212 Dodge Building
Patrice Helmar 3 20/20

VIAR UN2100 Painting I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1000.

(Formerly R3201) Introduction of the fundamental skills and concepts involved in painting. Problems are structured to provide students with a knowledge of visual language along with a development of expressive content. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN2100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2100 001/14933 M 10:00am - 4:00pm
401 Dodge Building
Jomar Statkun 3 13/16
VIAR 2100 002/67286 T 10:00am - 4:00pm
401 Dodge Building
Caitlin Cherry 3 14/16
Fall 2017: VIAR UN2100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2100 001/73442 M 10:00am - 4:00pm
401 Dodge Building
Van Hanos 3 16/16
VIAR 2100 002/78442 T 10:00am - 4:00pm
401 Dodge Building
Pablo Montealegre 3 12/16

VIAR UN2200 Ceramics I. 3 points.

(Formerly R3130) This studio course will provide the students with a foundation in the ceramic process, its history, and its relevance to contemporary art making. The course is structured in two parts. The first centers on the fundamental and technical aspects of the material. Students will learn construction techniques, glazing and finishing methods, and particulars about firing procedures. This part of the course will move quickly in order to expose the students to a variety of ceramic processes. Weekly assignments, demonstrations, and lectures will be given. The second centers on the issue of how to integrate ceramics into the students' current practice. Asking the question of why we use ceramics as a material and, further, why we choose the materials we do to make art. Rigorous group and individual critiques focusing on the above questions will be held. The goal of this course is to supply the students with the knowledge and skill necessary to work in ceramics and enough proficiency and understanding of the material to enable them to successfully incorporate it into their practice. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN2200
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2200 001/13805 Th 10:00am - 4:00pm
315 Prentis Hall
Leah Wolff 3 4/9
Fall 2017: VIAR UN2200
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2200 001/92193 Th 10:00am - 4:00pm
315 Prentis Hall
Joseph Peet 3 9/9

VIAR UN2300 Sculpture I. 3 points.

(Formerly R3330) The fundamentals of sculpture are investigated through a series of conceptual and technical projects. Three material processes are introduced, including wood, metal, and paster casting. Issues pertinent to contemporary sculpture are introduced through lectures, group critiques, discussions, and field trips that accompany class assignments. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN2300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2300 001/72832 F 10:00am - 4:00pm
315 Prentis Hall
Jon Kessler 3 13/16
VIAR 2300 002/62487 M 10:00am - 4:00pm
315 Prentis Hall
Pooneh Maghazehe 3 7/16
Fall 2017: VIAR UN2300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2300 001/97191 F 10:00am - 4:00pm
315 Prentis Hall
Jon Kessler 3 12/12
VIAR 2300 002/75505 T 10:00am - 4:00pm
315 Prentis Hall
Sanford Biggers 3 10/10

VIAR UN2420 Printmaking I: Intaglio. 3 points.

(Formerly R3401) Enables the student to realize concepts and visual ideas in a printed form. Basic techniques are introduced and utilized: the history and development of the intaglio process; demonstrations and instruction in line etching, relief, and dry point. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN2420
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2420 001/26541 M W 9:30am - 12:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Tomas Vu Daniel 3 12/10
Fall 2017: VIAR UN2420
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2420 001/11030 M W 2:30pm - 5:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Devra Fox 3 12/12

VIAR UN2430 Printmaking I: Relief. 3 points.

(Formerly R3411) Printmaking I: Relief introduces woodcut and other relief techniques. Given the direct quality of the process, the class focuses on the student's personal vision through experimentation with this print medium. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Fall 2017: VIAR UN2430
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2430 001/11781 M W 9:30am - 12:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Nathan Catlin 3 12/12

VIAR UN2701 Photography: Photo II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1700.

(Formerly R3702) This course expands on concerns first encountered in Photography I and addresses aspects of creative photography through project development and advanced camera and lab techniques. Over the course of the semester students are introduced to color photography, the use of medium format cameras, pinhole cameras, flash and studio lighting in addition to emphasizing the refinement of black-and-white printing: contrast control, burning and dodging, and the production of larger prints. Note: Due to the necessity of placing a cap on the number of students who can register for our photography courses, the department provides a wait list to identify and give priority to students interested in openings that become available on the first day of class. If the class is full, sign up for the wait list at http://arts.columbia.edu/photolist.

Fall 2017: VIAR UN2701
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 2701 001/14283 T Th 1:00pm - 3:30pm
212 Dodge Building
Kai McBride 3 12/20

VIAR UN3010 Collage: Mixed Media. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1000.

(Formerly R3515) This course approaches drawing as an experimental and expressive tool. Students will explore the boundaries between drawing and sculpture and will be encouraged to push the parameters of drawing. Collage, assemblage and photomontage will be used in combination with more traditional approaches to drawing. The class will explore the role of the imagination, improvisation, 3-dimensional forms, observation, memory, language, mapping, and text. Field trips to artists’ studios as well as critiques will play an important role in the course. The course will culminate in a final project in which each student will choose one or more of the themes explored during the semester and create a series of artworks. This course is often taught under the nomenclature Drawing II - Mixed Media.

Fall 2017: VIAR UN3010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3010 001/10998 T 10:00am - 4:00pm
501 Dodge Building
Diana Cooper 3 7/16

VIAR UN3120 Figure Painting. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1000 and VIAR R2100.

(Formerly R3210) Course provides the experience of employing a wide range of figurative applications that serve as useful tools for the contemporary artist. Non-Western applications, icon painting, and the European/American traditions are presented. Individual and group critiques.Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN3120
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3120 001/63080 Th 10:00am - 4:00pm
401 Dodge Building
Anna Glantz 3 13/16

VIAR UN3302 Sculpture III. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R2300.

(Formerly R3332) Sculpture III is an invitation for immersive sculpting. The class will explore the idea of experiences and construction of contexts as central research topics. The class becomes a laboratory space to explore various techniques to heighten body awareness and spatial sensibility. Through assignments and workshops, the students will practice how to digest these sensory experiences through their studio practice. Historical precedents for art outside the usual mediums and venues will be our reference points to investigate how our own work may take part in a generative process that evolves the definition of sculpture. The assignments in the first half of the semester point the students to performance, site specificity, and sound, that utilize New York City's odd spots and professionals. While building such common experiential platforms, the class will also build language for a dialogic space, through weekly in-class discussions lead by the instructor, guests, and rotating panels of the students. As the semester progresses, the emphasis will gradually be shifted from experiential learning to intensive studio work on a final project, where the students are asked to pay close attention to how various methods and fields of subjects combine. The resulting project has to be the best work you have ever done. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Fall 2017: VIAR UN3302
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3302 001/16897 M 10:00am - 4:00pm
315 Prentis Hall
Rirkrit Tiravanija 3 6/16

VIAR UN3410 Printmaking I: Photogravure. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R1400, VIAR R2420, or VIAR R1700.

(Formerly R3417) A concise study and application of the copper plate photogravure process. Usage of current available resources substituting for materials that are no longer available for photogravure. This is a 19th century obsolete photomechanical reproduction process that is constantly challenging the ingenuity of it's practitioners to keep it alive and a viable technique in the 21st century.  The course objectives are understanding and demonstrating proficiency in the photogravure process and creation of finished printed images from the process learned. It is important for the future of this process that the students understand not only the "how", but the "why" of going through all of these procedures. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Fall 2017: VIAR UN3410
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3410 001/17397 Th 10:00am - 4:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Craig Zammiello 3 3/14

VIAR UN3412 Printmaking: Drawing Into Print. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R2420, or VIAR R2430. (Formerly R3420) The objective of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary link between drawing, photography and printmaking through an integrated studio project. Students will use drawing, printmaking and collage to create a body of work to be presented in a folio format. In the course, students develop and refine their drawing sensibility, and are encouraged to experiment with various forms of non-traditional printmaking. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN3412
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3412 001/62549 M W 2:30pm - 5:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Tomas Vu Daniel 3 13/14
Fall 2017: VIAR UN3412
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3412 001/17847 T 10:00am - 4:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Tomas Vu Daniel 3 7/14

VIAR UN3421 Printmaking II: Intaglio. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R2420.

(Formerly R3402) Continues instruction and demonstration of further techniques in intaglio. Encourages students to think visually more in the character of the medium, and personal development is stressed. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN3421
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3421 001/15016 M W 9:30am - 12:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Tomas Vu Daniel 3 3/4
Fall 2017: VIAR UN3421
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3421 001/21046 M W 2:30pm - 5:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Devra Fox 3 1/2

VIAR UN3431 Printmaking II: Relief. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR R2430.

(Formerly R3412) Printmaking II: Relief continues instruction and demonstration of further techniques in woodcut. Encourages students to think visually more in the character of the medium, and personal development is stressed. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Fall 2017: VIAR UN3431
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3431 001/21597 M W 9:30am - 12:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Nathan Catlin 3 2/2

VIAR UN3500 Beginning Video. 3 points.

Beginning Video is an introductory class on the production and editing of digital video. Designed as an intensive hands-on production/post-production workshop, the apprehension of technical and aesthetic skills in shooting, sound and editing will be emphasized. Assignments are developed to allow students to deepen their familiarity with the language of the moving image medium. Over the course of the term, the class will explore the language and syntax of the moving image, including fiction, documentary and experimental approaches. Importance will be placed on the decision making behind the production of a work; why it was conceived of, shot, and edited in a certain way. Class time will be divided between technical workshops, viewing and discussing films and videos by independent producers/artists and discussing and critiquing students projects. Readings will be assigned on technical, aesthetic and theoretical issues. Only one section offered per semester. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN3500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3500 001/62145 T 10:00am - 1:00pm
101 Prentis Hall
Shelly Silver 3 12/12
VIAR 3500 001/62145 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
558 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Shelly Silver 3 12/12
Fall 2017: VIAR UN3500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3500 001/21846 Th 10:00am - 1:00pm
558 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Kambui Olujimi 3 12/12
VIAR 3500 001/21846 Th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
101 Prentis Hall
Kambui Olujimi 3 12/12

VIAR UN3710 Digital Documentary Photography. 3 points.

(Formerly R4702) The goal of the course is for each student to create small-scale documentary projects using photography and writing with an eye towards web publishing. Taking advantage of the ease and speed of image production and distribution, students will propose and workshop projects that can be quickly completed and uploaded to a class website. Assignments, readings and discussions will focus on the role of the documentary tradition in the history of photographic art practice. Students must provide their own laptop and digital camera. If the class is full, sign up for the wait list at http://arts.columbia.edu/photolist.

Spring 2017: VIAR UN3710
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3710 001/75054 T 1:00pm - 3:30pm
212 Dodge Building
Kai McBride 3 19/20
VIAR 3710 001/75054 Th 1:00pm - 3:30pm
109 Watson Hall
Kai McBride 3 19/20

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.