Art & Design
Foundations of Graphic Design
22-0410, 3 credit hours
This course introduces students to graphic design as a form of visual communication through the use of type, image, form, and color. Projects explore design processes, visual identity and communication, thematic structure and hierarchy, creative problem solving, and basic design practice of critiques and discussion.
Fine Art Mixed Media
22-0440, 3 credit hours
This course introduces material, techniques, and conceptual methods to develop students' art-making practices. Artists as visual communicators use many approaches and attitudes to articulate and disseminate ideas. Exercises, projects, and collaborative class work lead through concept development, choice-making, execution, presentation, and critique. Students will consider their own role regarding contemporary issues of audience, artistic attitude, desired mission, and social awareness as they develop their studio practice.
22-0445, 3 credit hours
This is an art appreciation course utilizing Chicago's wealth of museums, architecture, and public art. By examining broad themes such as art and the self, art and power, art and the invisible, students gain the vocabulary, visual analysis skills, and historical background to understand many kinds of art. Slide lectures and class discussions provide the background for field trips to view art in person. Students must purchase the textbook Looking at Art and pay some museum admission fees.
Introduction to Printmaking
22-0450, 3 credit hours
This course teaches a broad range of basic traditional and innovative printmaking techniques and the use of these skills to produce independent work within the context of contemporary art and design. Students will be introduced to skills and techniques, experiment with the medium, and think creatively and critically.
Foundations of Digital Art
22-0460, 3 credit hours
This course investigates issues of art and technology and introduces digital devices and the processes necessary to their art practice as creative tools. Course will introduce digital art making, and students will become familiar with a wide variety of digital tools and approaches.
Arts, Entertainment and Media Management
Fundamentals of Recorded Music
28-0410, 3 credit hours
This course for high school students defines and develops the field of record production. The subject matter includes recording concepts, studio nomenclature, recording techniques, music and marketing trends, studio selection, relationships between artist and producer, budget, marketing, promotion, and sales as they affect the producer. The course also discusses how to begin your own record label. Prerequisite: A curiosity for the recording process.
Behind the Scenes: The Music Industry and Arts Management in Action
28-0810, 3 credit hours
This course introduces students to the realities, inner-workings and business practices of various entertainment industries (digital media, live and performing arts, music business, sports management, visual arts). Students explore core business fundamentals, industry trends, marketing, technological innovations and emerging markets within these disciplines. Students also investigate career opportunities within their area of interest.
American Sign Language
Visual and Nonverbal Communication
37-0172, 3 credit hours
This course serves as a precursor to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture courses, by immersing the students into a nonverbal environment. This allows students to begin thinking in terms of visual reception and expression; to break away from the linear structures of spoken language. This will allow students to understand the fundamentals of communication based in constructed action, facial expressions, characterization and role shifting, all of which are building blocks of American Sign Language. Students will also learn how to navigate a visually rich environment and experience cultural norms within the Deaf community that develop from greater visual perception use. Some basic American Sign Language vocabulary will also be incorporated.
Cinema Art + Science
Introduction to Cinema Production
24-0410, 3 credit hours
This course is an introduction to the visual art of filmmaking. Through the conceptual processes of screenwriting and storyboarding, students will learn to communicate an idea visually. Production logistics will be taught, culminating with an end project, the trailer to the movie students have created in the course. Equipment is provided throughout production week.
Fiction Writing Workshop I
55-0410, 3 credit hours
This beginning level Story Workshop® class will use a wide range of exercises and activities to help students develop their voice in oral and written storytelling. Point-of-view, seeing-in-the-mind, gesture, audience, and other aspects of story in various media will be emphasized so that students learn to incorporate basic storytelling principles, forms, and techniques into their own writing.
Dance Workshop: Half Day
33-0920, 3 credit hours
This intensive workshop, which emphasizes Modern Dance technique and improvisation/choreography, culminates in a showing of student and faculty created work. In addition to a daily Modern Dance technique class, students will take classes in related styles and forms of dance such as ballet and hip-hop. Through the improvisation and choreography classes students will develop their performance and problem-solving skills as well as their ability to collaborate effectively. Dancers must have ballet shoes, appropriate dancewear: tights, leotard and warm-ups, and be ready to dance on the first day. Dancers may receive a DVD copy of their own performance in the final concert. There will be approximately 3 hours of outside work related to class studies (journal writing, practice, composition studies).
The Art of Teaching Young Children
38-0410, 3 credit hours
This course provides an introduction to early childhood education with an opportunity for students to gain exposure to current issues in the field; career possibilities; and the responsibilities, challenges, and rewards encountered by those who work with young children. Discussions and reading topics include underlying beliefs and principles that guide the wide variety of programs currently available to families for the care and education of their children and a brief overview of normal child development from birth through age eight. Beginning from the perspective of their own lives, members will consider the impact that caretaking relationships and environments have on various domains of development. The role that the arts might play in teaching young children will be considered with a special emphasis placed on the medium of picture books. We will explore the ways in which teachers can embrace and make use of difference to help all children grow strong in knowing themselves and others as they learn new skills, explore new ideas, and create possible worlds in their play and studies at school.
Fashion Design Basics
27-0401, 3 credit hours
This course introduces students to the basics of fashion drawing, developing themes, color palettes and trend research towards designing their own fashion collections. The course also includes in-class assignments that enhance creative experimentation through exploration of various fashion silhouettes, clothing styles and materials that aide the design process.
Chicago Fashion Industry
27-0910, 3 credit hours
This course provides an exciting overview of the fashion industry. The principles of teamwork, decision-making, project management and creativity are heavily emphasized. Field trips to top retailers, plus class visitations by experts in the local fashion business are vital parts of this program. Students design and produce a garment regardless of their level of expertise. They then style their own photo shoot featuring their designed items. This course is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in pursuing any aspect of fashion as a career.
Interactive Arts & Media
Games for Change
36-0410, 3 credit hours
Working hands-on and in small teams, students will create playable video games for social impact using a user-friendly but robust game development platform. As a dynamic learning lab, participants work together to research, play and discuss a wide range of alternative games on topics such as equity, global human rights and youth issues. Students actively investigate emerging trends in mobile/social gaming, transmedia, ARGS and direct action gaming in order to conceptualize and create their own game for change.
36-0412, 3 credit hours
Game artists use a variety of tools and techniques in their work yet the process always begins with a desire to extend one’s artistic talent through technology. This class will introduce students to the practice of making 3D asseets such as models, animations and backgrounds for the video game. Students will learn how to export assets into a game engine and become acquainted with the game production pipeline. Photoshop experience highly recommended. Familiarity with 3D packages (Maya, 3ds Max, Softimage, Blender) would be a plus.
Reporting Entertainment News
53-0825, 3 credit hours
From neighborhood festivals to street performers, Chicago comes alive each summer. Students in this course will report and write about these events and more as they move out and about the city.
Reporting, Producing & Anchoring for TV News
53-0821, 3 credit hours
Students learn the basics of broadcast news gathering, writing, reporting and anchoring, including an emphasis on script formats, shooting and editing, and on-camera experience using a teleprompter. Each student will produce a webcast that showcases skills learned in this class. This class meets in the state-of-the-art Convergence Newsroom in the Journalism Department. Students must purchase a reporter's checklist and notebook, and a broadcast news handbook.
54-0446, 3 credit hours
The Consumer today is, in fact, thousands of different consumers. It is possible to segment an unlimited number of distinct niche markets. We'll explore a dozen of these market segments, and get new insights into the people worldwide for whom products and services are developed, and to whom marketing, advertising and public relations communications are directed.
Theory: Music and How to Read It
32-0101, 3 credit hours
A fundamental course in music literacy covering the basic concepts of notation, rhythm, tonality, and harmony, emphasizing a firm grasp of intervals, triads, major scales, duple and triple meters, sight singing, and dictation.
32-0210, 3 credit hours
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of music composition, including rhythmic patterns, melody, harmony, notation techniques, and choice of instruments. Student work is performed by the class on available instruments and voices.
The Singer Prepares
32-0520, 3 credit hours
This class addresses the fundamentals of singing performance with special attention given to stage awareness, microphone technique, preparation of material, and the reduction of stage fright, culminating in a student showcase performance. Students must provide sheet music for at least four songs. Prerequisite: Participation in school or church choral ensemble, or in community theater.
32-0820, 3 credit hours
This class for instrumentalists centers on pop music, particularly the various “grooves” of rock and roll, culminating in a student showcase performance. Students must provide their own instruments for each class session. Keyboards and drums are provided. Prerequisite: Two years of instrumental instruction
32-0921, 3 credit hours
This course introduces students to the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and to MIDI sequencing using computer software and synthesizers. The course focuses on essential concepts of computer assisted music production and teaches practical aspects of MIDI in a hands-on environment, following current trends. Knowledge of music theory or music composition is not required. Prerequisite: Computer experience
Basic Digital Photography and Visual Language
23-0210, 3 credit hours
This course introduces students to basic concepts of photography and photographic language through the medium of digital photography. Through hands-on activities in the digital computer labs and lighting studio, students will produce photographic prints and explore basic elements of the medium. Assignments are designed to develop skill with basic techniques and to expand the photographer’s creative horizons. On Fridays, students in both the Darkroom and Digital Photography classes will meet for collaborative field trips and onsite discussions designed to expand on their classroom experiences. Students will be challenged to engage with the present range and uses of photography and their own creative ideas. All materials are provided.
Basic Dark Room Photography and Visual Language
23-0110, 3 credit hours
This course introduces students to basic concepts of photography and photographic language through the medium of Black and White film photography and basic darkroom techniques. Through hands-on activities in the darkrooms and the lighting studio, students will produce Black and White darkroom prints and explore basic elements of the medium. Assignments are designed to develop skill with basic techniques and to expand the photographer’s creative horizons. On Fridays, students in both the Darkroom and Digital Photography classes will meet for collaborative field trips and onsite discussions designed to expand on their classroom experience. Students will be challenged to engage with the present range and uses of photography and their own creative ideas. All materials are provided.
Radio: Talent and Production
41-0417 3 credit hours
Radio: Talent and Production is a three-week, half-day intensive course that combines both the traditional applications of radio with emerging technologies for Internet broadcast. Students will gain hands-on experience with the effective performance tools for on-air talent; the basics of digital audio production, using Garage Band, Adobe Audition & Pro Tools software. The final week of camp, students apply what they've learned by collaborating as a broadcast production team, creating multimedia content for the Internet and our on-line radio station.
Social Media for Radio
41-0227 3 credit hours
Students brainstorm, write, edit, direct and produce audio content for access on a cell phone app, internet podcast, web page, blog, audio webisode (mobisode) using readily available freeware from the internet. The audio piece may take the form of a documentary, researched commentary/reporting on a specific current topic (entertainment, sports, news, etc.) drama/comedy, dramacomedy miniseries, docudrama, produced fiction, produced poetry or sound art.
Introduction to Club DJ and Beat Making
41-0317 3 credit hours
HSSI students will experience a condensed immersion into the Art of Club/Mobile DJing and creating contemporary “beats” using a combination of hands-on instruction and basic software operation in a collaborative setting to produce content for live DJ performance. Evaluation will be based on hands-on live DJ execution and a prerecorded final “beat” project.
Advanced Television Production: Directing the Webisode
40-0401 3 credit hours
The internet and mobile modes of distribution have created a space for a new form of episodic content: The Webisode. This course will focus on all aspects of directing and production as they pertain specifically to the webisodic series. Students will create a web series during the course of this class.
Advanced Television Production: Field & Editing
40-0402 3 credit hours
Students will learn pre-production planning and the aesthetics of composition and shot selection. They will become proficient in the use of professional video cameras, sound and lighting equipment used in field production. In addition they will learn to work cooperatively as part of a production team to shoot and edit video projects from conception to completion.
Theatre Performance Intensive
31-0610, 6 credit hours
Theatre Intensive is a five-day, three-week intensive experience in acting where students will learn voice, movement, stage makeup or design, and stage combat skills. The course culminates in a showcase on the last day of class. Students will attend special workshops, rehearse materials, perform/present and see Chicago theatre.
Musical Theatre Performance Intensive
31-0620, 6 credit hours
In this three week, five day per week intensive class, students will practice integrative learning as they learn the skills and performance values necessary for a career in musical theatre (acting, dance, singing, and other specialized skills), and the applied skills that transfer to everyday activities and other course options - focus, concentration, commitment, energy, collaboration. The class ends with a performance showcase.