Theory of Art: This course aims to expose students to the ideas and beliefs of other artists in order to help clarify their sense of what it means to be an artist today, and to further enlighten the daily work done in the studio by enabling students to develop their own critical and theoretical points of view. Students will learn to sharpen the verbal, analytical, and presentation skills needed to present one’s ideas and work and/or pursue a concurrent career in museum or gallery work, writing criticism, collecting or cataloguing artworks, or teaching art history. Methods used will include a teacher/student collaborative investigation into why different artists structure their vision the way they do, and an in-depth exploration of artists’ perceptions of their own work, through autobiographical writings, films, and music. Discussion sessions will also center on the personal themes and beliefs that each student feels are central to their own art. 3 credits.
Literature: Modern Writers in Greece: This course focuses on those works of certain modern writers in which the idea of inquiry into the shifting nature of “truth,” “reality,” and in particular the writer’s grappling with the sense of individual destiny as inextricably linked with artistic exploration is paramount. Intensive examination of the texts in both lecture and seminars, as well as encouraging the students to simultaneously explore their own artistic leanings within the unique setting of Paros (whether as a writer or in a different area), will hopefully impart a greater appreciation of the link between place and artistic output. 3 credits.
Film Studies: Four Directors: This course is designed to move the student forward from undergraduate film survey into a close analysis of the work of four important directors of differing national traditions and with different focus and historical significance: Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Eric Rohmer, and Luis Bunel. Individual selected films and oeuvres as a whole are considered for their cinematic concerns as well as influence on other filmmakers in order to give the student a strong sense of the significance of each auteur within the scope of film history as well as within an intellectual, social, and technical context. Filmmakers will be discussed in terms of their own development as well, and attention will be given to genre and the evolution of critical approaches to their work. Analysis, group discussions, and individual student presentations will accompany each film, along with readings from course texts. 3 credits.
—And advanced classes in addition to core classes
Creative Writing – Advanced: This course is an intensive workshop in creative prose, traditional and non-traditional, centered on student work and with special consideration of the interests and academic and professional goals of the workshop members. Course work will concentrate on the writing and editing of student work with a view to increasing the length and complexity of prose pieces towards the goal of the novel. Risk-taking is encouraged, as well as serious self-reflection on writing content and design. The aim is to produce already maturely scrutinized works that can be presented to agents and publishers with some confidence, and a positive attitude towards rejection, revision and criticism. 3 credits.
Art Workshop: Advanced Painting (2D): This studio course is designed for students who have a solid grounding in drawing and painting, in both the theory and practical aspects of visual art, and who want to develop and produce a researched and coherent body of work. The course will help students develop work which addresses in an incisive and in-depth manner the fundamental plastic properties of 2D art as well as the theoretical, aesthetic issues painters face today. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal point of view fusing an exploration and understanding of methods and materials with a philosophical, aesthetic position. The importance of research and development, leading to in-depth studio work, will also be emphasized, as will an understanding of the differences and similarities between North American and European contemporary art and culture, plus how American students in Europe are influenced by and position themselves within that polarization in the case of Study Abroad students. 3 credits.
Digital Imaging Advanced: This course is designed for students who have previous experience in photography and digital imaging, and who wish to further develop digital imaging techniques to produce a researched and coherent body of work in artistic digital photography. The course will enhance students' skills in using various procedures related to new technology and equipment including digital photography and digital manipulations, input and output options, Photoshop and video editing software, all of which are covered in the first semester course, Digital Imaging – Beginner. Students are also required to show some ability in manipulating their images using the technical illusions of movement and animation. 3 credits.