Exciting NEW courses offered at SACI beginning Fall 2014

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Beginning in the Fall 2014 term, Studio Art Centers International in Florence is introducing four new exciting courses: Florence: The Body Archives / Special Topics in Studio Art, Architectural Drawing, Web Design, and Introduction to Literature. For more information about all studio and academic courses offered at SACI, see SACI Courses.

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FLORENCE: THE BODY ARCHIVES

ARTS(FB)400 FLORENCE: THE BODY ARCHIVES / SPECIAL TOPICS IN STUDIO ART

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: None
All cultures and époques have produced their own scientific, aesthetic or symbolic image of the human body and Florence has given some important contributions to the history of its representation. This course is based on observation, study and creative response to the body-related iconographic context in Florence. It proposes an introduction to scientific museum collections that, since the 1700s, formed our ideas about body and identity that had its consequences throughout the 20th century and in our time. Through lectures, field trips and studio time, the tasks of the course will be the gaining of a specific knowledge, creating a direct theme-based contact with the city, and the production of practical work. The field trips include visits and talks as well as specific assignments inside the museums of Natural History, Anthropology and others. The methods of work may include a variety of media – drawing, painting, collage, photography, video, sound, and the keeping of a “visual diary.” The course is offered to students at all levels of study who are open to explore a diversity of methods, iconographies and displays in search of the “body of our time.”

 

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ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING

ARCH105 ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING I

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisite: None
Architectural drawing is an international communication language that has its own rules and grammar. It makes connections and exchanges possible between people working in different geographical areas and different cultural contexts. This course addresses the question of how we have to draw as well aswhy we draw as we do. It explores hand-drawing and digital approaches to both abstract representation and simulation of visual perception. Students learn computer-aided drafting that is appropriate for presentation drawings and free-hand drawing as a quicker and more expressive way to outline study sketches, conceptual diagrams, and travel sketches. Lessons and exercises address: plan, section, and façade in 2D representation; axonometric drawing in 3D representation; free-hand sketching; the use of AutoCAD for computer-aided drawing; and basic digital solid modeling.

Course Syllabus Fall 2014 (Sylvie Duvernoy)

ARCH205 ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING II

Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisite: Architectural Drawing I
Students increase their knowledge of representation theory and learn more advanced representation practices. Exercises in free-hand drawing alternate with exercises in computer-aided drawing. In addition to the topics already studied in the previous course, lessons and coursework address: use of perspective in 3D representation; color theory and color practice; shade and shadows; advanced solid modeling; and the use of Photoshop for basic rendering techniques.

 

CS314 WEB DESIGN I

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisite: None

This course provides a theoretical and practical approach to design aimed at creating websites that meet the needs of modern communication.  Students are introduced to the basics of designing and building a website through the stages of briefing, analysis, creativity, and management of HTML5 and CSS3 languages.  Practical examples and exercises enable students to analyze the purpose of a project and to find creative ways to achieve the most effective solutions.  They acquire the skills necessary to build static, dynamic and responsive websites and learn to create graphics optimized for the web and to implement them within a website by using software such as Photoshop and Fireworks. They are also introduced to the practical use of software for the creation of websites such as Dreamweaver and RapidWeaver and they learn how to use HTML5 and CSS3 as a basis for modification of codes.
Course Syllabus Fall 2014 (Raffaele Cingottini)

CS314 WEB DESIGN II

Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisite: Web Design I
This course provides an advanced approach to design of modern websites.  Students achieve a deeper knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3 languages so that they can optimize graphics and projects. They are introduced to ways of finding and implementing solutions in order to add modern functionalities.  These include advanced menu navigations (nested menus, anchors, etc.) and fonts management (web fonts), use of third-party services (Google Calendar, Google Maps, forms, APIs), and connecting to social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.)  Practical exercises and examples train students to “read” external services and libraries so that they can locate and utilize the best ones available for building a more complete website. Software used includes TextWrangler, CSS Art Text, Web Form Builder Lite, and CSS Gradient Editor.

 

ENG(F)200 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE I

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisite: None
This course will introduce general, non-specialist students to various thematic topics in primarily American and European realist and modernist literature in a seminar context. Students will focus on the primary modes of textual interpretation with attention to all three forms of fiction (short stories, poetry, and novels) and to essential literary terminology and critical practice. In an effort to hone interpretive and critical skills, besides the requisite reading and discussions of the texts, the course will feature extensive expository writing.

Course Syllabus Fall 2014 (Lee Foust)

ENG(S)200 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE II

Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisite: None
This course will introduce general, non-specialist students to various thematic topics in primarily American and European realist and modernist literature in a seminar context. Students will focus on the primary modes of textual interpretation with attention to all three forms of fiction (short stories, poetry, and novels) and to essential literary terminology and critical practice. In an effort to hone interpretive and critical skills, besides the requisite reading and discussions of the texts, the course will feature extensive expository writing. Although following a similar approach to Introduction to Literature I, this course will focus on different, and slightly more extended texts than those studied in the Fall. Therefore Introduction to Literature I is not a prerequisite for this course.

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All courses are taught in English. Read more about additional new courses offered at SACI: Contemporary Art Theory & Criticism, Digital Approaches for 2D Artists, Installation & Performance Art, Communication Design, and Infographics.

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About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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