Laguna College of Art and Design

Course Listings

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.

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.

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.