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Writing in Art and Design

ARTDES 399 .1


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: 0
Instructor(s): Metsker, Jennifer
Schedule: MonWed 12:30p-2:00p
Modality: Virtual


Fall 2021

In this course stu­dents prac­tice the skills required to write specif­i­cally in the fields of art and design. Writ­ing in visual fields requires a unique set of skills in order to clearly artic­u­late the con­cepts and con­texts that are impor­tant to an artist’s work. This course chal­lenges stu­dents to inves­ti­gate their own cre­ative inter­ests, the work of artists and design­ers who have influ­enced them, and top­ics from other fields that are rel­e­vant to their prac­tice. The course cov­ers impor­tant gen­res in art and design writ­ing, includ­ing reflec­tion, crit­i­cal analy­sis, research writ­ing, grant pro­pos­als, and that inescapable doc­u­ment: the state­ment. In the inter­est of mak­ing these tasks more man­age­able, stu­dents pro­ceed from the per­spec­tive that writ­ing is an art in itself with its own artis­tic ele­ments that can be mas­tered. Just as stu­dents develop a lan­guage for dis­cussing com­po­si­tion, color, line, and so forth, they learn to break down the for­mal val­ues of writ­ing, such as descrip­tion, analy­sis, word choice, argu­ment, etc. FRE­QUENCY OF OFFER­ING: This course is typ­i­cally offered in both the fall and win­ter terms of every aca­d­e­mic year, though sched­ul­ing may vary accord­ing to future term circumstances.
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