Laguna College of Art and Design

Course Listings

Rethink: Survey of the Overlooked

Course ID: AH502
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course will explore a wide range of less-familiar visual arts. Crossing the boundaries of time, culture, class, geography, and intent, students will be encouraged to find relevance within the overlooked. Some areas of focus include; Tribal Art, Abstraction, Photography, Comic Books, Film, Propaganda, Illustration, Folk Art, and Craft.

Historical Context of Figurative Art

Course ID: AH510
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is designed to be an historical and chronological analysis of influential painters from the Proto-Renaissance to the 19th century. Rather than a survey of many artists, this course takes an in-depth look at a more exclusive number of influential artists and their times. Cultural context as well as iconographic, formal and technical concerns will be addressed and discussed.

Mentor Studio 1

Course ID: FA500
Course Credits: 9
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is dedicated principally to identifying and exploring directions the student's work may take, including such aspects as subject matter, content, style, as well as technical considerations. Reference to possible historical and contemporary influences, and issues of personal import or special relevance such as race, gender, or ethnic identification may be considered/discussed as themes or as inspiration. Preparatory material may take the form of written notes and drawn or painted sketches, including possibly photos, to be kept in a dedicated journal or portfolio. Projects at this stage are understood to be largely preliminary in nature, enabling the student sufficient breadth for exploration.

Private Expression/Public Exposure

Course ID: FA501
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
In this studio course will explore and develop personal content and examine the ramifications of public exposure. Research and strategies for connecting the intensely private and the universally accessible will be examined. Approaches will include content layering, developing personal narratives and mythologies, metaphorical disguise, and the psychology of composition. Learning to identify one's own internal dialogue, clarify the psychological threads, and discovering the best means to deliver that meaning constitute the intellectual component of this studio course.

Studio Production Intensive

Course ID: FA502
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This studio course is tailored to the student who wants to maximize productive work and seriously curtail procrastination. Heightened accountability, time management, breaking large projects into reasonable tasks, and clarification of one's goals are integral parts of this focused course. The projects will be self-selected and likely aimed at one's thesis body of work. This course is ideal for anyone in their last semester preparing for their thesis show, but students at any level are welcome.

Concepts of Narrative Figure Composition

Course ID: FA504
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course draws on contemporary and classical sources, both literary and visual, to create narrative works. Lessons in constructing narrative compositions will be drawn from old masters and current practitioners, and readings from pertinent texts will supplement and inform the strategies for placing the historical, psychological, and personal narratives into a contemporary visual translation.

Contemporary Issues: Methods + Meanings

Course ID: FA505
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This graduate level studio course is designed to explore and enhance the connection between materials, methods and the resultant meaning of the artwork. Different representational genres will be introduced with specific challenges tailored to expand artistic options and identify methods most appropriate for one's intentions. While this course is designed for new students, it will benefit returning students equally.

The Filtered Photo

Course ID: FA507
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
The Filtered Photo is a 3 unit MFA Studio class is focused on skillful incorporation of photography involved in the development of a work of art. What makes it unique is that several guest artists will work along side the students while they, demonstrate, lecture and critique. The selected artists will each have their own unique _filter? or approach and the students will experience, first hand, the steps taken and results achieved. The course will expand awareness of the options and approaches to representational art. It is intended that a variety of materials, mindsets, and methodology will be introduced.

Cont Issues: Influential Dev't of World

Course ID: FA526
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This flexible format studio/seminar course is offered to address the changing needs of the students and the talents of LCAD's pool of instructors.

Creative Investigation

Course ID: FA527
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Creative Investigation is a three unit Graduate level studio class designed to expand the options and approaches to representational art, foster creativity, learn valuable new skills, generate authentic ideas, and enhance intellectual engagement. A variety of materials, mindsets, and challenges will be introduced. While this course is specifically designed for new MFA students, it will also provide stimulating content for returning students.

The Filtered Figure

Course ID: FA528
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
The live human figure will be the constant theme of this 3 unit MFA studio class. A variety of accomplished guest artists will teach while they paint the figure along with the students. Every few weeks a new guest artist will direct the class and share their own _filter? on how they approach this timeless subject in a personal and relevant way leading to a finished work of Art. Multiple visiting artists will insure diversity while continuity will be provided by MFA Chairman Peter Zokosky.

Mentor Studio 2

Course ID: FA550
Course Credits: 9
Pre-Requisite: FA500
Requirement: R
Course Description:
In this course, the student continues the work begun in Mentor Studio 1, producing more resolved, focused studies based on the previous semester's investigations.

Mentor Studio 3

Course ID: FA600
Course Credits: 9
Pre-Requisite: FA550
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is concerned with further clarifying the formal and conceptual direction the graduate's work is to take through the planning and execution of a series of developed works. The completion of a body of paintings evidencing a rigorous, sustained effort that effectively achieves the stated project objectives.

Color: Composition and Psychology

Course ID: FA616
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course guides students in producing and assembling a body of work that is cohesive in methodology and concept and exemplifies the student's direction or focus in fine arts. Under faculty supervision, the student first develops a proposal that defines the parameters of the project, such as the number of pieces, conceptual concerns, stylistic direction, and technical scope. Students are then guided in preparing a body of work based upon personal choice, strengths, and interests. Individual and group critiques are scheduled with LCAD faculty and guest artists throughout the semester. Most Fine Arts seniors have an opportunity to work independently in the Fine Arts Senior Studio.

Mentor Studio 4

Course ID: FA650
Course Credits: 11
Pre-Requisite: FA600
Requirement: R
Course Description:
Mentor Studio 4 culminates with the student's graduate exhibition.

Contemporary Issues in Painting

Course ID: LA515
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is less a reading colloquium than a critical discussion seminar, consisting primarily of visits to exhibitions in the Los Angeles area pertinent to the subject of "contemporary realism," including discussions with some of the exhibiting artists and other local curatorial and critical commentators. These visits are bracketed first and last sessions with class crits of individual class members' work; in the last session the class members will be expected to discuss the evolution of their work in relation to at least some of what they had seen during the course itself.

Focused Topics

Course ID: LA516
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course explores specific art and critical theory issues in depth. On a semester basis, topics will be offered according to the needs and interests of the MFA students. Potential areas of examination might include: Identity issues related to race, class, and/or gender; feminism and post-feminist theory; focused topics related to post-modernism; surrealist past and present; post-modern and contemporary portraiture, genre scenes, or landscape painting; or the confluence of art, science, the study of perception, and Neuroaesthetics.

Figuration & Modernism

Course ID: LA520
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course traces the major movements and canonical figures of Modernism from 1850-1960. The theoretical underpinnings of Modernism are examined through selected readings. The course will follow the path of representational art and how it was influenced by Modernist theories and processes throughout the first half of the 20th century.

Theory & Criticism

Course ID: LA522
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course examines contemporary representational art in galleries and museums of the greater Los Angeles area. Noted art writer John Seed leads classes through current exhibitions with critical examination of the work on view. Theory and Criticism also includes writing assignments on contemporary artists and group critiques of student work.

Figuration and Postmodernism

Course ID: LA530
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course traces the development of representational art since 1960 and coordinates it with the major changes in the art world during this period. Attention will be given to the influence of late Modernism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Process Art and Photorealism, and other significant movements on representational painting and drawing. Along with the imagery of this period, the course will trace the important theoretical bases of Postmodernism including Structuralism and Deconstruction. The course will also address contemporary representation and its connection to past developments.

Contemporary Issues in Painting 2

Course ID: LA615
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA515
Requirement: E
Course Description:
The course is a critical discussion seminar, consisting primarily of visits to exhibitions in the Los Angeles area pertinent to the subject of "contemporary realism," including discussions with some of the exhibiting artists and other local curatorial and critical commentators. These visits are bracketed -- first and last sessions -- with class crits of individual class members work. In the last session students will be expected to discuss the evolution of their work in relation to at least some of what they had seen during the course itself.

Pedagogy + Professional Studies

Course ID: LA617
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is designed to prepare students for careers as professional artists and college-level educators. The course will also serve to inform students experiences as teaching assistants during graduate study. Students will receive instruction on developing syllabi, structuring class time and delivering lecture material. Other sections of the course will detail the process of creating presentation materials to museums, galleries and alternative spaces for exhibition. The course will also focus on professional applications and interviewing strategies for academic appointments.

The Writing Artist

Course ID: LA620
Course Credits: 1
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course examines the writing of other visual artists from a variety of mediums and reviews the fundamentals of English grammar and composition. The course will focus on the development of an authentic academic voice, providing the syntactical tools and rhetorical strategies necessary to describe artistic content and process. Course work will include grammar exercises designed for the adult, artistic scholar to facilitate the drafting of the Thesis document.

MFA Thesis 1

Course ID: LA621
Course Credits: 1
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This specialized course is designed to develop the MFA Thesis: a substantial summative statement analyzing and explaining the student's final studio work in the MFA program. More than a mere artist statement, the writing is to be a formal academic analysis (of approximately 8,000 words), which will be submitted at the end of the final semester of study to stand in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts. This MFA Thesis will describe the studio project fully, integrate the student's understanding of historical and contemporary issues with themes that the student is exploring in her or his studio practice, explain the research and methodology behind the creation of the art itself, describe any self-imposed limitations, and present a sufficiently developed justification of the artwork.

MFA Thesis 2

Course ID: LA622
Course Credits: 1
Pre-Requisite: LA621
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This specialized course is designed to develop the MFA Thesis: a substantial summative statement analyzing and explaining the student's final studio work in the MFA program. More than a mere artist statement, the writing is to be a formal academic analysis (of approximately 8,000 words), which will be submitted at the end of the final semester of study to stand in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts. This MFA Thesis will describe the studio project fully, integrate the student's understanding of historical and contemporary issues with themes that the student is exploring in her or his studio practice, explain the research and methodology behind the creation of the art itself, describe any self-imposed limitations, and present a sufficiently developed justification of the artwork.

MFA Thesis 3

Course ID: LA623
Course Credits: 1
Pre-Requisite: LA622
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This specialized course is designed to develop the MFA Thesis: a substantial summative statement analyzing and explaining the student's final studio work in the MFA program. More than a mere artist statement, the writing is to be a formal academic analysis (of approximately 8,000 words), which will be submitted at the end of the final semester of study to stand in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts. This MFA Thesis will describe the studio project fully, integrate the student's understanding of historical and contemporary issues with themes that the student is exploring in her or his studio practice, explain the research and methodology behind the creation of the art itself, describe any self-imposed limitations, and present a sufficiently developed justification of the artwork.