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Attendance and active participation - 30%
Work done in class - 40%
midterm and final exams - 30%
The course aims to render freshmen students from all disciplines conscious of their sensory perception regarding, primarily, bodily reactions to the environment and regarding environmental qualities. In this respect, the familiarity and understanding of art and aesthetics will play an important role. Focusing on visual art (painting, sculpture, building and industrial design, and the urban environment) different cultural forms will be introduced to deepen a comprehensive aesthetic sensitivity. Through short lectures, discussions and design/art exercises students will be familiarized with the world of art and aesthetics.
Each two 2-hour session will comprise of a short lecture introducing a concept/style/example of art questioning aesthetic qualities and making comparisons amongst different art examples/styles/forms, trying to understand their relation to culture, environment, historical heritage, ideologies. The short lecture and visual introduction will be followed with class discussion encouraging active participation; students will be expected to formulate their own thoughts on the subject through short essays. The second two-hour session will be devoted to practical exercises done in two or three-dimensional forms. Each week students will be asked to bring necessary materials. As the class progresses other forms of art and culture will also be introduced to potentiate a deeper and comprehensive understanding of aesthetic qualities and the synesthetic relationships between sensory modes.
In the study and analysis of art and cultural forms, during the two-hour applied-work session, students will be asked to create forms according to certain design-form concepts and examples. In analyzing photographs, film and or other forms of cultural creations such as urban forms the understanding of design-content in cultural expressions will be a subject of focus.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. understand his experiences and perception of art, to interpret and evaluate art and cultural forms, to develop an aesthetic sensitivity, and be creative with forms in various visual, auditory, kina aesthetic sensory modes, be more perceptive of environmental, urban, architectural qualities.