Prerequisites: No Prerequisites.
This lecture and discussion course aims to achieve three main goals: first, to introduce students to key framing concepts and topics in contemporary design and art; second, to use these concepts to analyze case studies in contemporary art and design; and third, to enable students to employ these concepts and topics to place their own work and that of others in appropriate critical contexts. Lectures, readings, exercises, and discussions challenge students to apprehend correlations between specific case studies drawn from contemporary culture (images, objects, media, and events), the issues associated with them, and the social, political, and cultural contexts in which they exist. Students learn about the complex network of people, ideas, things, and histories in which works of art and design communicate and exist. Frequency:
This course is typically offered in the fall term of every academic year, though scheduling may vary according to future term circumstances.