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Affinity Sections 2019

Welcome to Otis College and to the Foundation (first year) program. You are about to begin your professional training in art & design. To prepare for your course advising session, please read through the Course and Section descriptions and preview the Section schedules and faculty bios provided below

Foundation Courses and “Sections”

Students enrolled in the Foundation program take their studio courses with a section, or group of students who, as a learning community, share the same weekly schedule, faculty, projects, and assignments. Sections allow students to bond well with their classmates and learn quickly in a familiar environment.

Decision One: Choose Life Drawing I or Creative Practices I

The first decision for you to make is whether to take Life Drawing I or Creative Practice I—this will determine which sections are available to you.

Life Drawing I is the course in which you learn to draw the human figure from a live model. Learning to draw the human figure from observation has a long tradition in the study of art and design, and here at Otis College. We are renowned for our ability to teach students how to draw the human figure with excellence. This course is highly recommended for students who are considering entering Digital Media, Toy Design, Illustration or Fashion Design—as drawing the figure is an essential skill in those fields.

The Creative Practices I course provides instruction in observational drawing for ideation, experimentation, and includes the use of a broad range of methods and materials including photography, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional making, and investigations into time and movement. Projects are based on student’s interests in concept, material and media. This course is recommended for students who are considering entering Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors or Product Design.

Decision Two: Choose an Affinity theme

Foundation sections are created around broadly transferrable making and thinking skills and themes or skill-bases that some students might find particularly interesting, or share an affinity for. Each Section’s name indicates its identifying theme or topic, which inform select learning experiences unique to that section throughout the school year.

Decision Three: Choose a Section

As part of registration, you will select a Foundation section. In choosing a section, consider both its theme/topic and the faculty members involved. Faculty members’ biographical statements are provided to inform you about their practices and interests, some of which may overlap with your own.

It is important to select a section that will help you both to develop your current interests and support your curiosity about things that you’re less familiar or comfortable with.

As you read through the section descriptions, below, think about your future as an art/design professional and ask yourself if there is some aspect of art and/or design that you might like to emphasize. No matter which section you choose, you will be mastering foundational skills, learning about cognitive and visual organization, participating in insightful critiques, and developing your inquisitive minds as a vital step toward college—and professional—success.

Sections for Creative Practices I

Made by hand—1 schedule available (Section P)

Students enrolled in this section approach each class project with an emphasis on broad, transferable traditional and progressive art and design skill-building as well as enhancing their personal creative practice. Inventiveness is emphasized by discussion, demonstration, and the introduction of exemplars.

Section P—Nichols, Kang, De Marco, Kintisch

Making Through Technologies—1 schedule available (Section F)

The Technology section includes additional instruction in photography, Photoshop, and Illustrator in the courses Principles of Design and Connections through Color and Design. In these courses, students have weekly access to computer labs and mobile computing stations in both semesters.

Section F—James, Nichols, Kang, Kemp

Sections for Life Drawing I

Made by hand—7 schedules available (Sections A, B, E, H, K, L, M)

Students enrolled in this section approach each class project with an emphasis on broad, transferable traditional and progressive art and design skill-building as well as enhancing their personal creative practice. Inventiveness is emphasized by discussion, demonstration, and the introduction of exemplars.

Section A—Schmeltz, Roske, Warner, Swanson
Section B—Lightbody, Bledsoe, Roske, Nurenberg
Section E—Nurenberg, Roske, Warner, Bendett
Section H—Bendett, Kang, Nichols, Hormozi
Section K—Swanson, Roske, Nurenberg, Eckert
Section L—Turner, Kang, Thais, Lightbody
Section M—Koak, Feldman, Plakos, Oxley
Making Meaning Matter—1 schedule available (Section G)

Do you enjoy researching and discussing ideas? This section's Principles of Design class will emphasize critical thinking as a tool for exploratory design and visual organization. Through active inquiry and deep reflection, this section promotes an engagement with conceptual thinking and analytical investigation.

Section G—Kang, Turner, Kemp, Warner

Making it Write—1 schedule available (Section J)

FNDT 115 linked with ENGL 107

In the first semester, in this Affinity Section, Principles of Design and Writing in the Digital Age are taught by the same instructor who has degrees in both Art & Design and Writing. Students will explore the overlaps and divergences of both disciplines, analyzing visual material and creative concepts both verbally and in writing.

Section J—Kemp, Geraths, Hormozi, Den Hartog

Making Through Technologies—6 schedules available (Section D, I, N, Q, R)

The Technology section includes additional instruction in photography, Photoshop, and Illustrator in the courses Principles of Design and Connections through Color and Design. In these courses, students have weekly access to computer labs and mobile computing stations in both semesters.

Section D—Bledsoe, Lightfoot, Oxley, Plakos
Section I—Hormozi, Den Hartog, Turner, Feldman
Section N—Navarro, Geraths, Nurenberg, Roske
Section Q—James, Oxley, Schmeltz, Zaragoza
Section R—Turner, Koak, Sabo

Art, Design, & Language—1 schedule available (Section C)

In this section, students will be encouraged to explore the relationships between art, design and culture, while acclimating to the Otis College curriculum and its surroundings. This section will align with the Developmental English I/II class

Section C—Roske, Schmeltz, Lightfoot, Bledsoe