Spring 2015 Cross-Disciplinary Courses

Published on October 2, 2014

All of these courses can be found here under ‘ARTS Cross-Disciplinary’ here at the schedule of classes.  Questions?  Please touch base with the instructors directly.

Sustainable Materials
SCPT 491 006, CRN 32022: F 12:00 pm – 1:50 pm, 1 credit
1/23/15 – 2/20/15
Open to all studio arts majors
Instructor: Anthony BroznaThis five-week course presents a value system for selecting environmentally preferable materials and serves as an introduction to green building.  Students will learn where to source sustainable building materials and how to ensure the most non-toxic application.  The course will cover topics such as life-cycle analysis, cost, sourcing, energy efficiency, off-gassing, green specifications, value engineering, and third-party certifications.  It will include a mix of demonstrations, lectures and hands on training.  This class is open to undergraduates and graduates alike.

THEA 491-002 Devised Theatre: A Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

Tara Weintraub


F 1-4pm

Performing Arts Building room 53

During this course, students will create new works using Tectonic Theatre Project’s Moment Work, as well as implementing other devised theatre techniques. Student actors, directors, designers, visual artists, musicians, and dancers will join forces to become a part of a cross-disciplinary, ensemble-based exploration. Using the elements of Sound, Movement, Music, Light, and Body, the roles of director, actor, playwright and designer will be examined and reimagined during the course. The class will culminate in short, devised pieces, created and performed by the students.
Please email Tara Weintraub at helrichtb@vcu.edu, if you are interested in taking the class.


ARTS 291-004 CompThink

Andrew Ilnicki


M/W 12-1:50

Depot room 2003

Computational thinking and programming for the creation of interactive websites and other applications for artists and designers. Course will cover current and emerging technologies.


ARTS 391 Introductory Programming for Artists

Dan Resler and Peter Baldes


T/Th 9-11:50am

Depot second floor

This will be an introductory course teaching computer programming and computational thinking using the Processing language. The course will be a combined lecture and studio course with critiques, projects, and quizzes. The course will be team-taught by Dan Resler (Computer Engineering) and Peter Baldes (Painting & Printmaking)


ARTS 491 Interdisciplinary Web Design

Andrew Ilnicki


M/W 2-3:50

Depot second floor

Students gain exposure to web design / development professional best practices. Technologies addressed include HTML5, CSS, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, PHP, MySQL, WordPress, Phone Gap, and advanced mobile development research, strategies, techniques, and experiences.


ARTS 491 3D Printing for Fashion & Design

Donna Reamy, Matt Walin


T/Th 9am-11:20

Pollak 419

Associate Professor Matt Wallin (Communication Arts) will team-teach this course with Associate Professor Donna Reamy (Fashion Design & Merchandising). Students will learn to work with 3D design software(s), including SketchUp, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox, Meshmixer & Sculptris to execute their design and bring them to completion using 3D printing technology. Students have the possibility to create jewelry, shoes, clothing, or just about anything you can think of through the use of the software and the 3-D printer.


ARTS 491 Synesthesia

Lea Marshall, Judith Steel, Cynthia Henebry


Tuesday 4-6:30

Dance Center Basement

This course will investigate and reveal commonalities in the creative process for choreographers, visual artists, and poets. Ideas to be explored include the ways in which creative work is rooted in culture & history; the ways in which creative work embodies its own essence and meaning; and the ways in which that essence and meaning is experienced by creators and viewers. Students will engage in cognitive and embodied exercises across disciplines, complete creative assignments that may bridge disciplines, and workshop their creative endeavors together.


ARTS 491 Art as Activism: New Currents in Socially Engaged Art

Mark Strandquist


Thursdays 3:30-6:30

Pollak room 305

Students will immerse themselves in the history of socially engaged art [performance, installation, design, community based practices] while collectively producing a city-wide multidisciplinary project in order to put their research into practice. Students will not only explore a spectrum of how artists are increasingly blurring the line of art and civic engagement, but will further develop the skills, networks, and ethical/artistic frameworks to produce their own challenging projects.


During the course, students will collaborate to co-produce the public project, Performing Statistics, New Monuments. The project will bring students together with prisoners, at-risk youth, professional artists, designers, curators, art educators, community activists, and policy advocates to generate a series of media campaigns, public performances, and interactive installations. The goals of the project will be to showcase how art, collaboration, and creative engagement can not only generate powerful media and experiences (fostering empathy and understanding) but how ‘art’ itself can be a vehicle for bringing communities together in challenging ways.


ARTS 391 Intermixture

Sarah Mizer


M/W 12-1:30pm

Depot second floor

(Five weeks only, 1 credit)

Five-week workshop smorgasbord: sampling mixed methods, memes and modes across the School of the Arts. Open and encouraged for all students within the School of the Arts for the exploration of personal practice as it relates to the larger whole as well as group collective project to mark the occasion.


ARTS 391 Motion Capture

John Henry Blatter


M/W 12:30-2:50pm

Depot sound stage

(Five weeks only, one credit)

This 5-week course trains students in the use of a Vicon motion capture system and Blade software to record movement and animation in three-dimensional space.  Students will learn how to adjust and focus the system’s cameras, calibrate the system with the software, create a rigged skeleton that attaches in real-time to the virtual representation of an actor, record a take, and apply the recorded motion to models in Motion Builder.  The course will also cover the theoretical principles behind tracking points in 3D space, how to correct faulty tracking data when errors occur, and creating props for actors to manipulate.


ARTS 493 CoLab (Creative Entrepreneurship Course)
Instructors: Matt Woolman (mwoolman@vcu.edu) and Andrew Ilnicki (ilnickiap@vcu.edu)
Day/time TBD, Location TBD
This internship course can be taken for 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits.

To learn more please go here.