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  • Alice Konitz

    Sep 18| Lectures
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    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Alice Konitz.

    Thursday, September 18th 11:115am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

    Image from alicekonitz.com

     

  • High&Low Bureau is a curatorial duo composed of Yael Messer and Gilad Reich. They curate exhibitions, film programs, performative events and publications, while engaging with a plethora of disciplines, media and modes of artistic expression.Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on, and suggest alternatives to, specific social-political conditions.

  • Los Angeles is a city often described as having no center. Its art community has turned that "disadvantage" into an advantage and given itself a license for adventure. Organizations, galleries, and artists find decentralization to be an exciting option and they establish their addresses in unexpected neighborhoods and zones in the city and even beyond, in other cities and states. What are the challenges and advantages of this programmatic and conceptual strategy? What are the risks, to organization and audience alike? Is this necessary, and if so, is it sustainable?

  • Fritz Haeg

    Sep 25| Lectures
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    Image: Fritz Haeg, working to install the Edible Estate #12 garden in Budapest, 2012. Photo: Andras Kare.

    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Fritz Haeg.

    Thursday, September 25th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

  • David Schafer

    Sep 30| Lectures
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    David Schafer is a visual and sound artist working in sculpture, sound, sound, performance, and works on paper. His work is concerned with the structures, translation, and intelligibility, of language and architecture. Schafer has shown nationally and internationally and has received several public commissions. Most recently he has had one-person shows at Studio10 gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, and Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA.

  • Sarah Manguso

    Oct 01| Lectures
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    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Jennifer Steinkamp.

    Thursday, October 2nd 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

     

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Social Science

Social Science
SSCI210*

 

This course may be taken in either fall or spring semester.

Students may select from the following LAS Natural Science Courses listed below:

 

Social Science

SSCI210 — 3 credits
Toy Design and the ACT Program offer Social Science courses that are specific to their curricula. All other majors choose one course from the following offerings: 
 
Engaging Cultures
SSCI210 — 3 credits
Ideas regarding the taking, owning, or occupying of space by different cultural groups are discussed. This course addresses theories about permanent, ephemeral, and existential cultural spaces in art and culture. Field exposure and field trips are included. There will be a number of different topics explored as designated by theme.
 
Cultural Anthropology
SSCI210 — 3 credits
This introductory social science course is a tool kit for looking at universal patterns and infinite variations of the human response. Course objectives are to introduce students to contemporary theories of anthropology, including Marxist, feminist, critical, and aesthetic points of view, and to prepare them for field research. 
 
The Origins of African American Music
SSCI210 — 3 credits
From its earliest forms to today’s top ten, this course examines African American popular music in terms of its social and cultural significance. The main goal is to foster an understanding of how social conditions and music intersect in African American communities. 
 
Science Fiction in Literature, Film, and Culture
SSCI210 — 3 credits
Science fiction stories, novels, and films are perused and analyzed to understand their influences and development. Science fiction inspired culture groups, their behaviors, and materials are discussed. The course emphasizes various perspectives regarding media and popular culture and their symbiotic relationships with culture and traditional folklore.
 
 
Video Game History and Culture
SSCI210 — 3 credits
The course examines the world of computer and video games through a sociocultural lens. From the earliest experiments to the current hot sellers, including all major game genres and platforms, students delve into the images, symbolism, and narratives that shape the video game universe and captivate its visitors.
 
The Creative Process
SSCI210 — 3 credits
This course introduces students to interdisciplinary theories of creativity. Students examine the lives of highly innovative thinkers to determine individual traits and environmental conditions that stimulate groundbreaking work, while gaining practical experience generating ideas in group and individual settings through in-class exercises and outside assignments.
 
Child Psychology
SSCI211 — 3 credits
A comprehensive overview of child development from conception to adolescence, including developmental stages, critical periods, effects of early stimulation, environmental enrichment, and how to apply this information when designing children’s toys, books, games, products, and entertainment. Special attention is given to toy design issues of aesthetics, safety, age-relevance, sociocultural parameters, marketability, and characteristics of successful toys.
Required for Toy Design majors.
 
Introduction to Psychology
SSCI210 — 3 credits
This class will provide a foundation for understanding theories and basic concepts in psychology. The course will increase comprehension of the various applications of psychology to everyday life.