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Art and Art Professions

Department of Art and Art Professions

Fall 2020 Featured Courses 

We will share updated featured course offerings throughout the summer as we make schedule accommodations for social distance guidelines. For questions and registration information, please reach out to Julia Olson,


ARCS-UE 1088 Fashion in Context

Why do fashion designers and brands exert such influence in contemporary society? What explains the trajectory from The House of Worth to Chanel to this season’s hottest label? This course investigates the interlocking forces shaping fashion: the designer system, celebrities, technology, politics, the arts and media. Through lectures and film viewings, readings, discussions, and individual research, students explore fashion as a crucial aspect of culture and how the fashion system evolved from roots in Parisian couture to become a global phenomenon. Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Expressive Cultures 

4 units | Section 800 Class#: 14137, Section 801 Class#: 14165  | 09/02/2020 - 12/13/2020 | 

ONLINE with Cole, Daniel


ARTED-GE 2015 Race, Education and the Politics of Visual Representation

This course addresses philosophical, historical, socio-political contexts of multiculturalism in the United States, with an emphasis on relationship to critical pedagogy and contemporary art practices. Current ideas about representation and identity will be considered specifically in relation to a critique of mainstream notions of multiculturalism and art. Topics may include the history of race in the United States, the role of ethnicity and class in shaping identity, and feminism and multiculturalism. The course addresses pedagogy and curriculum in a variety of educational settings, including schools, museums, and alternative spaces. 

3 - 4 units | Class#: 5742 | Session: 1 09/02/2020 - 12/13/2020 | Section: 001 

Mon 4.30 PM - 6.30 PM at TBD with Desai, Dipti/Hamlin, Jessica


ARVA-GE 2927 VAA Topics: Art in the Time of Crisis

This course reviews artists' responses during times of crisis. Whether floods, war, racial, ethnic and gender violence or pandemics of catastrophic dimensions, artists respond in thoughtful and powerful ways, creating work that emblematizes the horrors, and provides places of mourning, memory and healing. This course overviews contemporary art of the past several decades, showing critical turning points when such crises resulted in major cultural change. The ideas and aesthetics of the artists’ work selected for study show persistent social conscience and humanism. 

3 units | Class#: 23467 | 09/02/2020 - 12/13/2020 | Section: 001

Tue 10.00 AM - 12.00 PM at TBD with Goldberg, Roselee