Overview

Innovative minds have always found a home at The New School.

Forward-thinking educators founded The New School in 1919 to defy the intellectual constraints of traditional college education. As The New School approaches its centennial, it remains on the cutting edge—attracting active scholars, artists, and pacesetters who deploy creativity and innovation to challenge the status quo.

In New York City, Paris, and online, The New School enrolls 10,000 degree-seeking students in more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs focused on collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary learning. Education is driven by open discussion in small classes and a human-centered approach to problem solving, combining design thinking and social research to address the complex issues of our time.

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3D Modeling Fundamentals

This course is an introduction to computer graphics for 3D modeling, animation, and 3D printing exploration. Students developa solid understanding of the basic concepts underlying 3D software and learn how to apply concepts to create quality imagesand assets. Basic animation techniques are introduced, but modeling is the focus. The primary software used is Maya. Students can use either Mac or PC...
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Academic Writing

Writing well is the key to success in college. This course teaches students the foundations of academic writing: the nature of research; the skills of criticism, analysis, and argumentation; the process of revision; and the basics of correct grammar and American English usage. Note: Students for whom English is a foreign language should take ESL Academic Writing instead of this course.
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Acrylic Painting Basics

Limited to 16. In this introductory class, students gain an understanding of the qualities of acrylic paint. Learn how to control and mix acrylics and discover how the paint responds to canvas, paper, and other materials. Projects originate from found images as well as still lifes and encourage experimentation. The archival nature of the medium and artists primarily working in acrylic are also d...
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Advanced Fiction Writing: Revise and Polish

The workshop is an opportunity for writers to speed their creative and technical maturation. This course is for students who are beyond introductory courses and are ready to take their writing to a higher level. Workshop time is dedicated primarily to student work; assignments look toward and initiate tasks commonly encountered by aspiring writers. The intention of the course is to help individu...
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All About Advertising

Advertising is changing before our eyes. This course explores mobile media, social networks, viral and experiential campaigns, and user-generated, stealth, and guerilla marketing. We define psychographics, in-your-face appeals, behavioral targeting, and extreme imagery and language, as well as the newer advertising paradigms of Facebook, Twitter, and mobile device applications. This course featu...
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American Sign Language 3


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American Sign Language as Art Form

Theater, concerts, festivals, and Broadway have opened their stages to American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. The interpretation of music and lyrics in ASL is an art form that requires special awareness and training. This class focuses on the difference between "conversational" ASL and ASL techniques used to express lyrics set to rhyme and music. The course includes a history and discussion ...
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American Sign Language: Level 1

This is a beginner's course in the system of American Sign Language (ASL), a form of communication used by thousands of deaf Americans and Canadians. ASL is an expressive, versatile, full-fledged language and not a hodgepodge of charades and hand movements. It has its own grammar, poetry, and puns. Students learn the techniques essential to basic ASL conversations, including finger spelling and ...
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Arabic Intro Intensive

This accelerated first course integrates Modern Standard Arabic (Fus-ha) and Levantine Arabic, introducing the Arabic alphabet and sound system along with basic conversational skills in Levantine. Students learn to engage in simple conversations and write short compositions about themselves, their families, and other familiar topics. This course is for beginners who would like to progress rapidly.
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Arabic Level 2

Students who have completed Level 1 expand their vocabulary and improve their grammar skills. More complex topics of conversation are introduced. Arabic is the main medium of instruction. Prerequisite: Arabic Level 1, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
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Arabic on the Go: Level 1

Before traveling to the Middle East, stop at The New School for a weekend immersion in Levantine Arabic. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Levantine Arabic. Level 1 is for complete beginners. No prior knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic is required. Since the focus of this ...
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Arabic on the Go: Level 2

Before traveling to the Middle East, stop at The New School for a weekend immersion in Levantine Arabic. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Levantine Arabic. Level 1 is for complete beginners. No prior knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic is required. Since the focus of this ...
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Arranging

Effective instrumental and vocal arrangements are critical to the success of a song (or composition.) Thru weekly writing assignments, students will learn how to enhance their songs and compositions with various instrumentations, and also what accompaniments will elicit the best performance from the singer or soloist. Ability to read bass and treble clef required.
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Arts Management: An Entrepreneurial Approach

We examine the tensions between artistic integrity, economic viability, and stakeholder benefit in arts management. Readings and case studies foster student understanding of the economic and social importance of the arts. Students also acquire practical skills--organizational, financial, strategic, and promotional--applicable to day-to-day and long-term management of nonprofit and commercial ven...
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AutoCAD

For architects and interior and product designers. Learn the basics, including drawing, editing, dimensioning, output, and presentation. Gain a practical understanding of AutoCAD’s relevance to professional practice. Take a project from sketch development and produce professional drawings. Prerequisite: Basic drafting skills and familiarity with Windows, or equivalent. Limited to 16. Ope...
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Available Light Photography

Getting great shots in extreme conditions like harsh sunlight or the street at night is a challenge. This course shows you how to work with any kind of light at any time. The class works with the methods required in difficult conditions, including dim lighting. Students expand their vision and technical ability as they translate light, color, and ideas into powerful images. Special software, pro...
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Basic Drafting

An introduction to the preparation of drawings for architectural purposes. Topics include identification and use of drafting equipment, drafting in scale, basic lettering, line weights, and standard notation conventions. The emphasis is on orthographic projections related to floor plans, elevations, and ceiling plans. Trade information related to the practice of architectural and interior design...
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Basic Interior Space Planning

This is an introduction to planning inte-rior spaces for students without drafting skills. Learn what it means to be an interior designer and apply conceptual approaches to interior design problems. Through sessions on color, scale and proportion, lighting, furniture arrangement, floor and wall treatments, and client psychology, learn to conceptualize and plan creative solutions for interior s...
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Beginning Composition

Have you ever wondered how great music was written---was it pure magic effortlessly spun from the minds of genius? Or just plain old nose to the grindstone hard work …perspiration over inspiration so to speak. Beginning Composition seeks to demystify the “magic” behind that most abstract, complex and arguably most beautiful and highest of all art forms. Starting with the premise that...
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Beginning Poetry Workshop

"A poem," said William Carlos Williams, "is a small (or large) machine made of words--efficient, with no unnecessary parts, doing important work." In this workshop, students learn how to build verse, from the individual word through lines and stanzas to the finished, polished poem. Poetic inspiration is explored: what activities can summon it and how to use it when it happens. Writing exercises ...
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Beginning the Novel

In a relaxed and supportive but intellectually rigorous atmosphere, this beginner's course explores the delicate alchemy that produces excellent fiction. In our attempt to pinpoint exactly why we feel certain works are successful, we scrutinize character, tone, point of view, setting, plot, and dialogue, with a focus on the metaphor as a resonant thematic pattern. Close attention is paid to craf...
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BIM/Revit I

Revit is a tool that enables you to communicate ideas in three dimensions. Learn the basics of Revit Architecture software and its role in BIM (Building Information Modeling) through project creation beginning with an architectural model and development of 3D interior designs and annotation. Intended for architects and interior designers, this course provides an overview of model creation and do...
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Brand Strategy and Accessory Design

Develop, design, and realize a collection of accessories. Then learn how to make your line of products a brand by bringing to life its unique message. Learn how to sketch your ideas to industry standards. Explore who the customer is, determine the sales channels, and define a unique brand identity for your products. Use current technology to makea final PowerPoint “deck” and real-time inform...
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Brazilian Portuguese Level 2

This course, designed for students with elementary knowledge of Portuguese, begins with a review of simple grammar (present, past, and future tenses) and then introduces more complex grammatical and syntactical elements. Students expand their vocabulary and knowledge of Brazilian culture in a setting that emphasizes communication skills. Prerequisite: Portuguese Level 1, the equivalent, or permi...
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Building the Sentence

Good writing is the sum of its verbs, and every writer who wants his or her words on the page to be taken seriously must master certain skills. In this short course, students focus on two essential components of composition that trip up even seasoned writers: verb use and syntax. Exercises illustrate the correct use of the past and future tenses and the conditional as well as common mistakes in ...
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Business Basics: Entrepreneurship

In the current economic climate, as companies downsize, you may want to consider becoming your own boss. Use the key steps and techniques of business thinking to define, test, and present your concept like a pro. Develop an understanding of strategy, competition, market research, and analysis. Lessons, which build on one another, cover the skills needed to prepare a winning business plan. Assign...
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Business Basics: Intellectual Property and Licensing

Protect your ideas, designs, and creative works. Gain an understanding of intellectual property law and learn to identify and protect copyright, trademark, patent, and domain rights. Learn how to use licensing to turn intellectual property into money. Explore key topics using a variety of realistic case studies and your own concepts. Examine the roles of creator, licensor, agent, and licensee. D...
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Business Chinese Level 1


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Chekhov and the Birth of the Modern Theater

In addition to Chekhov’s four full-length plays, we will read closely, discuss and analyze representative works by the major European creators of the Modern Theater - Ibsen, Strindberg, Brecht, Pirandello, Beckett, Stoppard and others. Our discussions will be informed by secondary readings in the history of the theater from Realism and Naturalism to Symbolism, Agit-theater and the Theater of t...
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Children's Book Illustration and Writing

In this course, each student develops a children's book from an initial concept to a "dummy" ready for submission to a publisher. The class explores the entire production process, including searching for ideas, writing a first draft, making sketches and character studies, editing, creating finished artwork and dummies, and writing cover letters and submitting a finished work to publishers. Writi...
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Chinese Introductory Intensive

This is an accelerated course for beginners with no or little knowledge of Chinese. Students learn the fundamentals of the Chinese language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing, including tones, elementary Chinese characters (writing), vocabulary, and grammatical functions such as affirmative and negative, asking questions, and expressing past and future. The course follows a whol...
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Chinese Level 2

This course is for students with elementary knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. Students expand their vocabulary and learn new sentence patterns in the context of practical communication. Reading and writing of Chinese characters receives increased attention as students develop their listening and speaking abilities throughout the semester. Prerequisite: Chinese Level 1, the equivalent, or permission...
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Chinese Level 4

This course centers on developing communicative competence and a deeper understanding of Chinese language and culture. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to 1) listen and speak using intermediate-level grammar and vocabulary in context; 2) read and write longer paragraphs and essays in Chinese characters; 3) understand important aspects of Chinese culture, lifestyles, and soc...
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Collage

Collage is the integration of painting, handmade surfaces, three-dimensional objects, and photographs to create multiple layers of visual meaning. It offers an ideal mediumfor personal and autobiographical work, storytelling, and visual narratives. Students develop their design ideas and technical skills by creating color compositions using digital inkjet prints, art papers, fabrics, and photos....
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Color Theory

Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations. Online students must have access to a scanner. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Communication and Promotional Design

The most challenging and innovative designs often fall under promotional design. Assignments include self-promotion and client promotional pieces, including flip- books, posters, announcements, brochures, stationery, and packaging. Use of original graphics, folds, structures, and die-cuts is encouraged. Whether rubber-stamped on newspaper or lavishly produced, the concept is always stressed, and...
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Consumer Behavior

Today’s competitive marketing climate has led many companies to explore theories of consumer behavior. This course focuses on the profile of the consumer-psychographics and demographics- and consumer interests, with an emphasis on generational marketing. Segmented and niche markets and their development are also discussed. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to ...
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Costume Design and History

An introduction to costume design and history for theater and design students, fashionistas, and vintage clothing lovers. Each student works on an individual project, designing the costumes for the main characters in a classic play. The goal is to produce a look book worthy of being shown to a director or producer. Lectures and demonstrations provide instruction in the stages of the design proce...
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Creating a Retail Store Image

Create a retailing concept for a niche business, including name, logo, service mark, 
and marketing tag line. Choose appropriate colors and advertising formats, spec typography, and design stationery, business cards, shopping bags, and gift wrap. Devise a design scheme for the store, from exterior to interior, including signage, window display, floor plan, traffic pattern, lighting design, dis...
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Dangerous Liaisons: Love in French Literature

The greatness of French classical literature lies in its treatment of human passions, as Albert Camus proclaimed. In this course, we study masterpieces illustrating various aspects of love and literary expression through the centuries. Passionate love, whether platonic or overtly sexual, is an enduring theme in French literature, from the 17th-century novel The Princess of Clèves to Duras...
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Design Sketching II

This course covers advanced figure sketching, the influence of fabric textures on the design of a garment, and the choice of art medium to best illustrate different types of garments and fabrics. Advanced techniques for rendering embroidery, knitwear, furs, and transparent fabrics are covered. Students work on design projects with an emphasis on rendering and illustration. Development of a coher...
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Digital Graphics with Illustrator I

This course is for the design student who needs a comprehensive and intensive introduction to Illustrator. Learn to draw, delineate, and design electronically withthis standard vector-based illustration and graphic design program. Create curves,lines, and shapes to make objects that can be colored, manipulated, moved, duplicated, scaled, and rotated, generating smooth-lined, clean, scalable grap...
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Digital Imaging with Photoshop I

Acquire a working knowledge of this industry-standard software used for print, Web pages, animation, presentation, video production, and enhancement of traditional and digital photography. Explore scanning and color correction, tools and layers for image compositing, elemental retouching, and type treatments. Prerequisite: Mac Basics, Photoshop Basics, or equivalent. Online students must have P...
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Digital Layout with Adobe InDesign

In this class, students explore the fundamentals of InDesign, including all aspects of the page-layout process. Importing, creating type, and working with imagery are covered extensively. Production shortcuts for print, PDF, and the Web are discussed. Prerequisite: Mac Basics or equivalent. Online students must have InDesign CS or higher (Mac or Windows platform). Limited to 16. Open to Non-Cr...
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Digital Sketching I

A basic course in making a designer’s sketch. Using a live model, draw and render designs with emphasis on the figure. Bring to the first class an 18 ̋ × 24 ̋ newsprint pad and soft charcoal or charcoal pencils. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Drawing Basics

This course explores both traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing with using a variety of materials. Through a series of assignments with still-life arrangements and live models, students learn the importance of seeing form as well as the basic principles of drawing. Critiques and discussion help students develop analytic and evaluative skills. Instruction is one- on-one and is geared...
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Drawing I

For those who have never picked up a pencil and beginners who prefer sticking to the basics. The class discusses form, drawing materials, line, and shading. Students learn about perspective, foreshortening, gesture, drapery, and portraiture. The class includes some life drawing from the model. Bringto first class: vine charcoal, a pencil, an eraser, and an 18 ̋ × 24 ̋ newsprint pad. Limited ...
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Drawing II

This class is geared to students who wish to build upon basic drawing skills. Selective observation, including working from the figure, is emphasized in order to develop an understanding of structure and form. Students explore composition, line quality, and spatial relationships while developing a personal form of expression. References to art history and contemporary art, one-on- one instructio...
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Drawing in New York City

This course gets you out into the city drawing at indoor and outdoor locations. You’ll learn how to depict a landscape or interior in an expressive and cohesive composition that captures value, space, form, and movement. Beginning and advanced students draw using their own approach while remaining aware of the solutions reached by successful artists throughout history. Critiques and discussion...
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Eau là là: Perfume & Culture

In this course, students will explore perfume and French culture from sociological, economic, historical, literary and olfactory perspectives, with particular emphasis on how France came to dominate the luxury fragrance market and influence global tastes. We will learn about the history of perfume and discuss issues concerning consumer behavior, market trends, tradition and memory. Using an “o...
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Essay Writing in a Changing World

The world of writing and reading is changing rapidly, in large part because of changing technology. This writing course is designed for students eager to use new technologies to write and publish personal essays, including autobiographical essays, arts and cultural criticism, and pieces about race and ethnicity and social and political change. Assignments draw attention to the connections and te...
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Etching and Engraving

This course introduces all forms of intaglio printing, including drypoint, engraving, aquatint, softground, and mezzotint.Color printing includes demonstrations in multicolor plates, stencil, and viscosity. Students work with halftone film and line drawings, translating these into photo-etchings, and explore printing with copper and zinc metal plates. Limited to 12. Open to Non-Credit and Cer...
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Fabric Selection and Design Style

Explore fabric research and color theory before drawing your own design. Develop color swatch boards like thoseused by designers to present their season collections. Discuss inspiration and personal style while selecting fabric swatches. As a final step, create an original finished design, sure to be a colorful addition to your portfolio. Three sessions of this course meet during daytime hours a...
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Fashion Entrepreneurship

Students aspiring to become entrepreneurs in the fashion industry examine the skills needed to conceive, finance, open, and operate a successful fashion business. Through collaborative research and hands-on practice, students learn the elements of opening a business and navigating the complexities of working with a team. Students learn to create business models and structure legal business organ...
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Fashion Flats

Flat sketching is an essential part of garment production. It communicates details in the design and construction of a garment, from concept to marketing. This course introduces the professional techniques used to create fashion flats, ranging from traditional hand sketching to the use of Adobe Illustrator to produce sketches digitally in a vector format. Prerequisite: Mac Basics or equivalent;...
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Fashion Industry Profile: New York City

Delve into the business of fashion in New York City, one of the world’s most important global fashion capitals. You are given an overview of New York City’s industry structure across primary, secondary, and auxiliary markets and explore the interrelationships between design, production, and marketing as they are practiced here. You discuss recent developments in local production, within and ...
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Fashion Marketing in a Global Environment

This course provides a foundation in fashion marketing strategy within a global context. Students learn marketing terminology and concepts through analysis of target markets, the global marketplace, branding communication, and the development of integrated marketing programs within the fashion industry. Students investigate the theoretical and practical underpinnings of marketing design and lear...
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Fashion Merchandising

Study the fundamentals of merchandising: market research, planning and control, product development, promotion, and presentation. Analyze case studies outlining strategies used by manufacturers and retailers. Study the impact of consumer behavior, its relationship to forecasting, and the importance of “global merchandising.” Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open...
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Fashion Portfolio

A strong portfolio is essential to success in a competitive industry like fashion. Learn to communicate your skills to potential employers, whether your focus is fashion design, illustration, textile design, merchandising, or buying. In this course, you are guided to edit your work—done for school assignments or as a working professional—to build a portfolio that accurately tells the story o...
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Fashion Trends

What is the fashion news? This course examines significant cultural phenomena that shape the new sensibilities in fashion. Among the components of the historically based slide lectures are the themes of revolution, music, cosmopolitanism, film, the influence of couture, memory, and the ensuing acquisition of the look. This class incorporates roundtable discussions and viewings of current collect...
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Fashion, Pop Culture and the 20th Century

From Victorian conflicts over the decency of women’s dress at the turn of the century to 1990’s school board rulings banning certain “gang-related” items of clothing, fashion was a loaded subject throughout the 20th century. This class discusses the parallel paths of fashion and popular culture as they relate to the politics, economics, gender issues, health concerns, and high art expres...
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Fiction Writing

This course acquaints students with aspects of fiction-writing technique. It is designed for students trying to develop a project or find the approach with which they can best express themselves. The instructor discusses viewpoint, mood, characterization, dialogue, plot, and story. Readings from the works of Joyce, Hemingway, Sterne, and D. H. Lawrence demonstrate these elements. During the earl...
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Fiction Writing: Memory, Imagination, Desire

Fiction, though we write it to share with the world, comes from a place within us that is a private, interior alembic in which memory and imagination, heated by desire, mix. This course helps students discover this special place and the voices that arise from it and learn how to draw these voices into a well-written story. We ponder the essential mystery of putting words on paper--how to discove...
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Fine Arts Portfolio

What should an artist’s portfolio look like in 2014? Does a website showcase your work best or is it important to show artwork on site? In this course, you learn how to assemble a cohesive portfolio by first reviewingthe work you have and identifying any gaps. Class discussions cover options for having your work professionally photographed versus shooting it yourself as well as preparinga digi...
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Food Narratives

Food, glorious food! Is food a source of pleasure or anxiety? What did you have for dinner last night or for breakfast this morning? How did you decide what to eat and how to prepare it? Do you long for the food of your childhood? Does your religion and spiritual life guide your food choices? How would you describe the flavors of last night's meal to your best friend? These are the sorts of que...
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French Introductory Intensive 1

This is an accelerated course for beginners with little or no knowledge of French. Students learn the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They acquire elementary grammar skills (present and past tenses, pronouns), learn how to express negation and ask questions, and practice by conversing and writing about university life, friends and family, ho...
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French Introductory Intensive 2

This accelerated course is a continuation of Introductory Intensive and concludes the study of the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students continue the study of elementary grammar (present and past tenses, expressing negation, asking questions, and using pronouns). They practice by conversing and writing about shopping, food, daily life, he...
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French Level 1

This is the first course of a three-term sequence that introduces the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students acquire elementary grammar (present tense), learn to express negation and ask questions, and practice by conversing and writing about university life, hobbies, friends, and family. They learn about France and the Francophone world w...
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French Level 2

This is the second course of a three-term sequence that introduces students to the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They continue to study elementary grammar (irregular present tenses, past tense, pronouns) and practice by conversing and writing about leisure, celebrations, holidays, and travel. They continue to learn about French and Francop...
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French Level 3

This is the last part of a three-course elementary sequence that introduces the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students conclude their study of elementary grammar (the conditional mood, reflexive verbs, and relative pronouns) and practice by communicating about shopping, food, daily life, health, technology, and ecology. While enhancing the...
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French Level 4

Students begin intermediate-level study of French. Review and reinforcement of some of the more complex grammatical structures of the language is combined with cultural readings and viewings of short films and online materials. Students refine their writing and verbal skills through brief compositions, class presentations, and sustained classroom conversation in French. Prerequisite: French Leve...
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French Level 5

This course is the second course of the Intermediate-level French sequence. Continued review and reinforcement of complex grammatical structures of the language are combined with the study of cultural readings, shorts films and online materials. Students refine their writing and verbal skills through brief compositions, class presentations, and sustained conversation in French. Prerequisite: Fre...
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French on the Go: Level 1

Before traveling to France or another country where French is commonly spoken, stop at The New School for an immersion in the French language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in French. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements o...
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French on the Go: Level 2

Before traveling to France or another country where French is commonly spoken, stop at The New School for an immersion in the French language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in French. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements o...
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French on the Go: Level 3

Before traveling to France or another country where French is commonly spoken, stop at The New School for an immersion in the French language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in French. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements o...
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French on the Go: Level 4

Before traveling to France or another country where French is commonly spoken, stop at The New School for an immersion in the French language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in French. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements o...
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From Silence to Poem

Beginning and advanced writers work on dismantling silences in their lives and generating poems from personal experience. We work in a safe, functional community to open hidden places within ourselves. The heretical Gospel According to Thomas says, "If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will destroy you. If you bring forth that which is within you, that whi...
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Furniture Design

Students investigate all aspects of furniture design, including materials, fabrication techniques, form, style, drawing, and production. Emphasis is placed on scale, human factors and industrial application. This course also covers the relationship of interior space, structure, and product purpose to object design. This is not a studio fabrication course, although scaled prototypes may be produc...
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German Conversation

Students who have mastered the fundamentals of German vocabulary and grammar develop their conversational skills in this class by reading and discussing short texts and viewing and discussing movies. The emphasis is on expanding vocabulary and using more complex sentence structures. This class is conducted entirely in German. Prerequisite: German Level 3, the equivalent, or permission of the ins...
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German Intermediate Intensive

This is a sequel to the accelerated introductory course. Familiarity with basic grammatical structures is assumed. Students read cultural texts and acquire the knowledge to meet most practical writing needs (brief descriptive paragraphs, simple letters, summaries of day-to-day activities). Special attention is given to improving students' ability to understand spoken German and to hold sustained...
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German Level 1

A first course in German for those with no previous knowledge of the language. Students learn basic speaking, reading, and writing skills while discovering aspects of German culture. Class activities include interactive exercises and role-playing. Principles of grammar and syntax are introduced as students become more comfortable with the spoken language.
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German Level 2

Designed for students with elementary knowledge of German, this course reviews simple grammar and introduces more complex grammatical and syntactical elements of the language. Students expand their vocabulary and knowledge of German culture in a context that emphasizes communication skills. Prerequisite: German Level 1, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
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Grammaire/Composition I

This one-credit workshop offers a comprehensive French grammar review for students who have completed one or two years of French, or the equivalent. It meant for those who have already acquired a foundation in French, but who need to review and expand upon what they already know. It offers a thorough review of the basic points of French grammar accompanied by contextualized activities that rev...
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Grammaire/Composition II

This one-credit workshop offers a comprehensive French grammar review for students who have completed two or more years of college-level French or the equivalent. It helps students improve their grammar and perfect their writing and reading skills, especially as a preparation for taking advanced literature or civilization courses, or studying in a francophone country. Stress is on grammatical ...
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Graphic Design History

This course covers the history of graphic design from the mid-19th century through the digital revolution. Influential movements are examined, including arts and crafts, art nouveau, Dada, Bauhaus, Neue Grafik,and DIY punk. Students explore the evolu- tion of the discipline from typesetting to lithography to digital design and investigate the relationship of the discipline to propaganda, adver...
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Graphic Design I

Learn design fundamentals and concept development as they relate to typography, composition, and color. Discover what makes the difference between ordinary images and powerful, effective graphics. Strengthen your design communication skills, and develop your style and vision as you transform your concepts into finished designs. Online section requires access to a scanner. Limited to 16. Open to...
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Graphic Design II

Students develop their conceptual and technical skills through sessions in both a nondigital studio and a digital lab. They work on projects that incorporate research, illustrations, and graphics and represent a range of ideas- literal and abstract, metaphorical and symbolic. Discussion of professional practices and class critiques strengthen students’ ability to present a total graphic concep...
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Graphic Design Portfolio

Through lectures, demonstrations, and studio work, you learn to build an original, effective graphic design portfolio to present to potential employers and undergraduate and graduate admission counselors. You refine existing projects and are guided to undertake new projects to fill gaps in your portfolio. You research, develop, and refine your presentation skills using both digital and tradition...
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Greeting Card Design

Designing greeting cards is an excellent way for artists, writers, illustrators, photographers, and graphic designers to supplement their income. Learn to design, write, and market greeting cards. At the end of the course, you will have a professional-quality greeting card portfolio, suitable for presentation to greeting card companies. Writing, art, illustration, graphic or computer design, and...
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Hand Embroidery and Applique Beading

The technique of combining embroidery appliqué and beading on fabric allows you to develop designs to create garments, scarves, bags, etc. Seed beads, sequins, bugle beads, fabric appliqués, pearls, and faux gems are applied to a variety of fabrics. No previous sewing skills are required. Bring to the first class a quarter kilo of seed beads, a spool of 100 percent cotton thread, a general-use...
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History of Music 2

Do you ever wonder why music sounds the way it does? Take a look at the fascinating and complex history of music. History of Music 2 will survey the music of European courts, churches, and theaters from 1600 to 1800. Special attention will attention be given to the development of opera from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo to Mozart’sLe Nozze di Figaro. Lectures will be supported by recorded musical e...
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History of Music 4

Music History 4, the final course in the sequence, is a survey of music in the 20th and early-21st centuries. Students will be given listening, reading and brief writing assignments, and there will be a midterm and final exam.
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How to Convince with Numbers

The Internet, libraries, and government documents can provide you with the data you need to make a convincing presentation, whether you are proposing a new project or method at your job, pitching your startup company to potential investors, selecting the best use of your nonprofits funding, or supporting your research findings. Drawing on elements of statistics and research methods, students lea...
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Illustrator Basics

Learn the fundamentals of this powerful vector-based illustration and graphic design program. Draw and design using the basic tools and features. Create curves, lines, and shapes to make objects. Manipulate, copy, and color your objects and arrange them into smooth-lined, clean, scalable graphics or artwork for both print and Web. Prerequisite: Mac Basics, or equivalent. Online students must hav...
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Interior Design

Explore the design process by developing a commercial or residential project in a studio environment. Begin from a concept and develop your idea into a coherent interior space, exploring issues of spatial layout and significance, materials and finishes, lighting, and furniture. Present your final project, complete with rendered drawings and a materials board. Prerequisite: Basic Drafting, Basic...
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Interior Lighting

An introduction to theory, technique, and creative lighting concepts basic to all interiors. Study materials, color, luminaires, luminaire selection, layout, and approaches to various building types. Prerequisite: Basic Drafting or the equivalent. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Interior Rendering

Learn about rendering materials, methods, and techniques. Use watercolor, marker, pencil, ink, and mixed media to learn color mixing and color theory, as well as shade and shadow. Apply rendering techniques to room drawings, plans, and elevations. Make media comparisons to determine the best use for each finish based on your abilities. Use what you’ve learned to create presentations using colo...
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Intermediate Composition

Musical creativity - sharing ideas from one’s imagination and re-working them to fine tune one’s conception– can be a rewarding process. Intended for students who have had some experience composing, this course continues Basic Composition at a more advanced level. Students will experiment with different scales and rhythms and formal structures. Time will also be spent listening to music a...
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Intermediate Fiction Workshop

This workshop is designed for students who have writing experience or life experience that puts them beyond the beginner level. Class exercises develop writing skills and broaden students' awareness of creative possibilities. Readings on structure and technique by Madison Smartt Bell and Joyce Carol Oates guide the class's thinking and discussions. Selected works by contemporary authors, coupled...
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Intro. to Non-Profit Management

Nonprofit organizations have grown in number and importance over the last several years. In New York City, the nonprofit sector employs more people than the garment and financial services industries combined. This course introduces the principal theories of not-for-profit enterprise and the implications of various management practices for nonprofit organizations. Topics include the history and s...
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Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

This workshop is for serious beginners as well as more experienced writers who want to delve into the still-evolving genre of creative nonfiction, which includes personal essay, memoir, documentary, and literary journalism. Through in-class writing and weekly assignments, students develop the skills to build a narrative frame around real-life events and situations. Student work is read and discu...
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Introduction to Digital Photography

This lecture/demonstration course introduces you to the fundamentals of digital photography. You emerge from the class with a new sense of the power of photography and confidence in using a camera without focusing excessively on the technical details of the medium. Topics covered include different types of cameras, how to choose a camera, and how to hold the camera to ensure sharp photographs. Y...
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Introduction to Fiction

This course is intended to encourage and guide students who are starting to explore the many creative possibilities fiction affords. Through reading assignments, writing exercises, and discussions, we consider character development, dialogue, point of view, and significant detail. Attention is also paid to recognizing good ideas, developing stories, finding the best structure, and honing one's o...
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Introduction to Management

This is a skill-building course for people whose job responsibilities or career interests require knowledge of basic management principles. We study concepts of organization, communication, decision making, planning, motivating, group dynamics, leadership, and change. Examples of common day-to-day management and supervisory problems provide realistic case studies.
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Introduction to Printmaking

Beginning students explore printmaking media including etching, monotypes, and collagraphy. This workshop enables students to develop their own personal vision. This course covers conventional techniques and introduces students to experimental methods. Limited to 12. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Introduction to Sign Language

The totally visual language of deaf people is now the third most commonly used language in the United States. This course introduces the culture and communication methods of the contemporary deaf community, focusing on the experience of navigating social interactions using signs, gestures, and visual cues. Topics explored and practiced include the psychology of deafness, finger spelling, the art...
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Introductory Finance for Management

This course introduces financial statements and concepts and is designed for students with no prior knowledge of the subject. We look at how statements (profit and loss, balance sheet, cash flow, income statement etc.) are used in the operations of for-profit and not-for profit enterprises, how enterprises of various sizes and purposes finance their growth, and how governance practices affect fi...
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Isaac Babel: A "Soviet Tolstoy"

“Isaac Babel writes in the same tone about the stars and gonorrhea,” Viktor Shklovsky once observed. This seminar explores the work of Odessan author Isaac Babel (1894-1940), the Jewish Russian master of the short story. The course will include close readings of his texts, with attention to his contexts and legacy beyond Russian letters. Students will also engage with an exhibit on Babel and...
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Italian Introductory Intensive

This is an accelerated course for beginners with little or no knowledge of Italian. Students learn the fundamentals of the Italian language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They acquire elementary grammar (present and past and future tenses of regular and irregular verbs, reflexive verbs, giving commands, using pronouns). They practice by conversing and writing about living s...
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Italian Level 1

This is the first course of a three-term sequence that introduces students to the fundamentals of the Italian language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students acquire elementary grammar skills (present and past tenses of regular and irregular verbs) and practice by conversing and writing about themselves, friends, family, hobbies, and university and professional life. They le...
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Italian Level 2

This is the second course of a three-term sequence that introduces students to the fundamentals of the Italian language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students acquire elementary grammar (present and past tense of regular and irregular verbs) and practice by conversing and writing about themselves, friends, family, hobbies, and university and professional life. They learn abo...
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Italian Level 3

This is the last part of a three-course sequence that introduces the fundamentals of the Italian language through speaking, listening, reading and writing. In Level 3, students complete the study of essential grammar by learning more complex structures (subjunctive, historical past tense, expressing hypothetical situations and obligation). While enhancing their communicative skills, students acq...
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Italian on the Go: Level 1

Before traveling to Italy, stop at The New School for an immersion in the Italian language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Italian. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is an intermediate-level c...
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Japanese Level 1

A first course in Japanese for those with no previous knowledge of the language. Students acquire basic speaking skills and are introduced to reading and writing hiragana and katakana while learning about Japanese culture. Class activities include interactive exercises and role-playing. Principles of grammar and syntax are introduced as students become more comfortable with the spoken language.
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Jazz Piano for Pianists

Designed for pianists with some experience but with little or no prior jazz experience. Topics include jazz terminology and notation, jazz scales, chord voicings, blues and song forms.
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Journalism Basics

Writing a well-structured, high-quality newspaper or magazine story is not easy. Students interested in journalism are challenged to write clear, evocative, and compelling prose with exercises, assignments and deadlines, specific tips, and plenty of encouragement. Students examine contemporary newspaper and magazine writing, including current stories in the New York Times, Newsday, and the Washi...
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Korean Level 1

A beginning course in the national language of Korea. Emphasis is on learning to speak Korean. Reading and writing of Korean characters is introduced. All communication skills are taught in a cultural context.
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Korean Level 2

Fundamental skills in speaking Korean are reinforced. Reading and writing of Korean characters receives added attention as students' speaking abilities develop. Korean Level 1, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
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Korean on the Go: Level 1

Before traveling to Korea, stop at The New School for an immersion in the Korean language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Korean. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is an intermediate-level cou...
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Korean on the Go: Level 2

Before traveling to Korea, stop at The New School for an immersion in the Korean language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Korean. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is an intermediate-level cou...
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Latin: Empire and Decay

The strong parallels between Rome and America make the collapse of the Roman Republic into Empire of particular relevance. This period of chaos and its aftermath formed the greatest poets, historians, and satirists of Latin literature: Cicero, Livy, Horace, Ovid and Petronius . This course, intended for both beginning and advanced Latin students, will move through this period power and political...
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Latinoamérica bajo la lupa

Latin America is undergoing an extraordinary period of political, social and economic changes, and this course is designed to explore them and to dispel outdated notions surrounding the complex reality of this region today. We will take up a thematic approach, covering such topics as (in)equality, gender and gender violence, education, the environment and conservation, public health, economic o...
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Life Drawing

Discover aspects of drawing by working from the live model. Study master drawings and develop an understanding of structure to cultivate elements of draftsmanship. Bring to first class an 18 ̋ × 24 ̋ newsprint pad and vine charcoal. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Life Painting

Using live models as subject matter, students explore fundamental concepts of painting using close observation of color, form, and light and dark to compose paintings of the human figure occupying space. Both ac- curacy and expressiveness are addressed and encouraged. This course is recommended for students who have taken at least one previous life drawing class. Bring vine charcoal and an 18”...
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Literary Laurels

This course features recent recipients of prestigious national and global literary awards, including the Nobel Prize, Impac Award, Pulitzer Price, Prix Goncourt, Booker Prize, Pen-Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, MacArthur Award. This is an opportunity to explore the best in postmodern literature in a global context, including major authors from the United States, Canada, Nig...
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Macintosh Basics

Proficiency with the Macintosh Operating System is necessary for most of the computer courses that follow. This course is for those with little or no previous experience on the Mac. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Making Poems: An Advanced Workshop

Permission required. “Good poets borrow; great poets steal.” Poetry in English is a storehouse we can raid at will. The focus in this workshop for experienced writers is discussion of student poems, but we also explore ways to make creative use of other poems, from the most recent innovations to the poetry of the Middle Ages. Each week, suggested assignments, illustrated by a wide range of m...
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Meditation and Writing

This five-week course offers a haven for creative people in the midst of our noisy, screen-filled city. In the quiet of the Rubin Museum, we meditate and develop our ability to notice more and to stay open to all that arises. We bring attention to our breath, to the Himalayan art, to texts, and to our own words. As we practice not judging, we make room for our writing to surprise us. As poet Den...
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Memoir Writing

“The memoir is the novel of the 21st century,” writes Susan Cheever. This contemporary art form holds a prominent place in today’s literary world. Editors respond to voice and tone, where writers capture the story, transport readers to another place, and convey honest feelings. Memoirs range from the humorous style of David Sedaris, to the stark minimalism of Joan Didion and Nick Flynn,...
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Mixed Media: Contemporary Fusion

Unlock ways of creating unique images and expressing personal vision using mixed media. Create artwork that brings together photo imagery and the transparent textures of painting techniques. Use the juxtaposition of found images with the processes of art materials to connect personal content with elements from the environment. The relationship between personal expression and cultural images is e...
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Model Design Studio

New technologies have been developed for taking design projects from concept to prototype, but design studios continue to build models and prototypes by hand. Models, mock-ups, and prototypes are among the most effective tools designers use for studying and developing design concepts before actual construction begins. The special skills required for this kind of work are important for any design...
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Nabokov's Lolita

This mini-course is devoted to one of the most famous, influential, and controversial American novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. In addition to a close reading of the novel, we will also read about and discuss the following issues: the novel's place in Nabokov's oeuvre as well as in contemporary American literature; literary censorship and the notion of the obscene in...
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New Media Journalism

No longer limited to once-a-day deadlines and publications, journalists are now required to know how to deliver accurate news reports using a variety of media formats. Students learn to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to crowd source ideas, connect with interview subjects, and break stories in real time. Emphasis is on writing well-crafted stories. Projects include live reporting a...
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New York City Street Photography

Photograph New York City using only technique and the simplest of equipment. You learn how to use landscape, form, and existing light to master the photographic resources on hand. Each week, you explore various New York neighborhoods as a class and then capture your own striking, low-budget images. The use of point-and-shoot digital cameras, simple 35mm film cameras, and even disposable cameras ...
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Oil Painting Basics

Explore color and form by painting from the live model and still life setups. Gain a basic understanding of the use of oil paints, mediums, and brushes while developing painting skills and learning techniques specific to these materials and the surfaces on which they are painted. Prerequisite: Drawing I or equivalent. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Deg...
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Online Retailing

This course introduces students to the online retailing environment and examines a variety of retail models, from the multichannel strategies of large retailers to small niche concepts. Students learn the retail terminology of the online fashion marketplace and compare Web and traditional brick-and-mortar or catalog retail formats. Special attention is paid to online consumers’ unique shopping...
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Orchestration 1

Skilled orchestrators are a hot commodity in modern times. Whether your interest is in improving your compositions or to give yourself versatility and an edge in today’s competitive market, orchestration is an important and highly sought after skill. Students will learn to arrange a piece of music for performance by instrumental ensembles. Students will engage in a series of exercises in ord...
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Orchestration 2

Continuation of Orchestration 1. Instructor permission required. Students will be asked to orchestrate pieces for diverse ensembles. Students will learn the basic ranges and techniques of wind, brass, string, harp, pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. Students will be assigned pieces to orchestrate from standard classical repertoire. At Mannes College, 150 W. 85th St, 212.580.0210...
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Other Worlds: Exploring the Critical Realms of Science Fiction

The development of science fiction as a literary genre is closely connected to the history of colonialism and anthropological projects documenting contact with so-called primitive cultures. We examine literary and filmic narratives involving other worlds, bodies, and technologies within this historical legacy. In particular, we discuss how science fiction writers explore systems of oppression wh...
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Painting I

This basic painting studio begins with an examination of the use of color, composition, spatial structure, and transition. Students work with a variety of observed sources, including the figure model, while receiving guidance on issues they are struggling with. Art history and contemporary art are incorporated. Bring to the first class a small tube of ivory black oil paint, a small tube of Titan...
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Patternmaking

Learn the fundamentals of design room patternmaking using basic body slopers. Become familiar with all areas of basic styling, including body slopers, skirts, bodices, collars, sleeves, and dresses. Develop paper patterns and make a fabric sample that demonstrates proper fit. Bring to the first class a #4 pencil, pins and paper scissors. Limited to 14. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Stude...
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Perspective Drawing for Interiors

Learn the mechanical skills needed to visually communicate spatial concepts. Develop the ability to translate floor plans into three-dimensional interiors by exploring the principles of one- and two-point perspective drawing. Learn about isometric views, plan and section perspective, introductory pencil rendering, and concepts of light and shadow. Bring to the first class an 11 ̋ × 14 ̋ drawi...
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Photography Portfolio

What should a photographer’s portfolio look like today? Is a website the best way to show your work to prospective clients, or is it better to present printed photographs in a portfolio in person? In this course, you learn how to assemble a cohesive portfolio by first identifying your market and current trends for presenting work to your chosen segment of the industry. Format options for portf...
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Photoshop Basics

Learn the fundamentals of this digital image manipulation software application. Acquaint yourself with the intuitive interface, features and tools. Customize palettes, control layers, tweak scans, and master selections to create the look you want.Prerequisite: Mac Basics or equivalent. Online students must have Photoshop CS or higher (Mac or Windows platform). Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit...
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Playwriting

An introduction to the basics of drama, including story, character, conflict, scene construction, and overall plotting. Students also consider issues such as drama as metaphor, realities of staging, and production problems. The course is geared to the theatrical experience of each student, with readings and writing exercises suggested when appropriate. Feedback from classmates approximates an au...
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Playwriting from Personal Experience

How do you start writing a play? In this workshop, students use personal experience as a springboard for generating original characters, stories, and imagery for the stage. Basic elements of playwriting are explored through in-class writing exercises and weekly writing assignments. We experiment with the possibilities of dramatic storytelling, with an emphasis on fictionalizing and transforming ...
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Poetry: The Language of Music

This study of musical poetics focuses on the buried linguistic and musical structures of poetry and on the way these structures create voice and meaning in a poem. We discuss the way music serves as a muse for the poet and creates a relationship between form and content. Some class time is devoted to close reading of established and younger poets representing different poetic styles, and to clos...
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Port. for Spanish Speakers

This is a beginner's Portuguese course for students with a strong Spanish language background and little or no knowledge of Portuguese. They learn to use their knowledge of Spanish to gain competency and confidence in speaking Portuguese. They learn to minimize the confusions that can result from the similarities of the languages. The emphasis is on eliminating Spanish phonetics, vocabulary, and...
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Portuguese Introductory Intensive

This is an accelerated course for highly motivated beginners who wish to progress rapidly in learning Brazilian Portuguese. Students acquire basic speaking, reading, and writing skills while learning about Brazilian culture. Emphasis is on developing communication skills. (0 or 4 credits)
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Print media is on the decline and may well be on the way out, but readers continue to flock to the Internet to get their fill of media. What does this mean for aspiring journalists and authors? How ca

Print media is on the decline and may well be on the way out, but readers continue to flock to the Internet to get their fill of media. What does this mean for aspiring journalists and authors? How can they prepare for the brave new world of Web reporting, blogging, and multimedia journalism and still be true to their dreams of creating great nonfiction writing? The simple truths of communicatin...
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Print Production and Process

A must for every graphic designer, this course guides students through the changing landscape of digital and conventional printing techniques. Specifically created for design students and marketing professionals, this hands-on class explores state-of-the-art printing techniques as well as traditional methods, including offset, screen, and letterpress. Field trips in and around Manhattan enable s...
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Professional Practices: Fashion

This course introduces you to working in the fashion industry, whether your focus is fashion design, illustration, textile design, buying, or merchandising. Through lectures, research, visiting professionals, and field trips, you are familiarized with current models of practice and study the various roles involved in shaping a contemporary fashion business. Whether you intend to freelance or int...
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Professional Practices: Fine Arts

Through lectures, demonstrations, field trips, and research, this course offers you 
an in-depth look at the business aspects of being a fine artist. What part does a gallery owner, art collector, artist’s representative, consultant, or curator play in an artist’s professional life? What kind of promotion is appropriate and effective for your artwork? You explore topics including art prici...
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Professional Practices: Graphic Design

Through lectures, demonstrations, research and studio work, this course presents an in- depth exploration of the business of graphic design and related professional practices. Whether you intend to freelance, work ina small boutique office, or design at a large corporation, this course will help you understand what to expect. The course focuses on common design problems, including pricing, estim...
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Professional Practices: Photography

Learn about the world of professional photography in New York City and developing a business as a working photographer. This course is designed for those who intend to start a full-time or part-time career in commercial, advertising, travel, wedding, portrait, or fine art photography or photojournalism. Students receive guidance on aspects of launching a professional business, including identify...
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Project Studio

In this studio intermediate to advanced students complete self-directed projects in media including drawing, painting, sculpture, photo, video, and animation as well as create interdisciplinary work. Students plan, develop, and produce a project or series of their own design with the technical and critical support of the instructor. The emphasis is on articulating a personal approach to the chos...
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Public Relations: Practice and Critique

Students learn practical skills for conducting public relations campaigns through traditional and online outlets. They also explore theories of human behavior that help PR specialists develop campaigns and understand a campaign's effectiveness. Other readings compare public relations to propaganda campaigns and ethical issues of using information to manipulate behavior.
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Punctuation

Second-guess yourself no more. This course provides a supportive structure for mastering proper punctuation. No punctuation mark is left unturned as students learn the use of the comma, the semicolon, apostrophes, quotation marks, em and en dashes, the colon, parentheses, ellipses, question marks and, happily, exclamation points. Each week, students write short essays in which they practice punc...
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Radical Generation

Using experiments, tricks, prompts, and forms from masters of radical generation, we flip the usual model of the workshop to produce, in class, the maximum amount of writing possible in ten weeks. Unlike in traditional workshop settings, editing happens outside of class. Across genres we study the methods of both radically prolific writers as well as writers whose content was radical in the cont...
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Rendez-Vous en Francais

This course focuses on the dynamics of everyday speech, formal and informal. Students practice listening and speaking through structured dialogues, oral presentations, and topical conversations. The course materials include various media (newspapers, magazines, movies, etc.) selected to build vocabulary and encourage students to speak spontaneously on a variety of topics. Prerequisite: French Le...
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Responsive Design for Digital Layouts

Using practices related to flexible Web design, students create designs for the Web and its various screen formats (laptops,large desktop monitors, tablets, and mobile phones) and orientation style shifts. Projects focus on producing design solutions that emphasize the principles of Web design and Web-based typography in elastic and liquid layouts. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certif...
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Retail Buying

Learn to work with a retail buyer or become one yourself. This course is essential for managers, retail business owners, and all manufacturer’s account representatives. Topics include open to buys, cumulative markups, shortages, vendor analysis, and stock sales. Students learn to buy or communicate with buyers on their level and complete practical and realistic assignments. Bring a calculator ...
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Rhino I

Learn 3D modeling techniques using Rhino 3D—a powerful, versatile modeling software program applicable to design disciplines including architecture, sculpture, and interior, furniture, product, and jewelry design. Rhino is fast, intuitive, easy to learn, and compatible with many other software packages. A wide array of plug-ins also enables you to perform an impressive and ever-evolving range ...
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Russian Level 2

Designed for students with elementary knowledge of Russian, this course reviews simple elements of grammar (present, past, and future tenses) and introduces new grammatical and syntactical elements. Students expand their vocabulary and knowledge of Russian culture in a classroom setting that emphasizes communication skills. Prerequisite: Russian Level 1, the equivalent, or permission of the inst...
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Secrets of the Blues

The Blues began as an underground railroad of sound and poetics that conveyed Black Americans’ experiences of joy, suffering, longing, and spirituality. Its secluded origins in the Southern United States grew into an internationally acclaimed phenomenon. Secrets of the Blues will study how metaphorically veiled messages helped a segregated culture hone its self-definition and maintain inner st...
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Self and Craft Creative Writing

This exploration of the craft of fiction and of expressive, personal nonfiction (essays, memoirs, reminiscences, humor, travel sketches) balances technical concerns with awareness of how the writing process engages and transforms the writer's self. The "process" approach to writing, which recognizes that imaginative work often discovers its true subject, style, and form in the course of several ...
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Sewing

Learn to sew simple garments using industrial equipment. Acquire the basic skills of cutting, construction, and finishing using a commercial pattern. Learn about fabric selection and practice hand sewing techniques. You will need a home sewing machine to complete homework assignments. Bring to the first class a half yard of muslin, cotton thread, a tape measure, scissors, a needle,and a ruler. ...
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Silk Screen Printing

Screenprinting is one of the simplest and most direct ways to create multiple-color images. Using hand-drawn, digital, and photographic sources, students learn to construct images on almost any flat surface. All printing is water-based. This class develops skills that can support other artistic techniques. Limited to 12. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students wit...
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Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is a new field that blurs the lines between the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. It has emerged in response to the inability of government and philanthropy to alleviate the world's social ills, focusing on market-based solutions to problems such as hunger, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and global warming. This course examines the three primary models currently being used: nonprofit...
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Songwriting

This course is intended for composers or students interested in learning more about how to be effective in the popular songwriting genre. Orchestration will be discussed as well as the business of copyrighting and working with performers. The goal of the course is to hone your skill in crafting songs in many styles and for many kinds of singers. This course will focus on lyric-writing, text-...
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Spanish Introductory Intensive 1

This is an accelerated course for beginners with little or no knowledge of Spanish. Students learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They acquire a wide range of elementary communicative competencies such as using the present, past, and future tenses; expressing likes and dislikes; describing things; and asking questions. They practice co...
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Spanish Introductory Intensive 2

This accelerated course is the continuation of Introductory Intensive and completes the study of the fundamentals of the Spanish language. Students extend their knowledge of essential grammar, learning how to express opinions (past and present subjunctive), and make conjectures (conditional and future). They continue learning about Spanish and Latin American cultures while developing communicati...
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Spanish Level 1

This is the first course of a four-term sequence that introduces the fundamentals of the Spanish language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students acquire elementary grammar (present and future tenses), learn to ask questions, and practice by conversing and writing about family members, school and leisure activities, likes and dislikes, time, and weather. They learn about Span...
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Spanish Level 2

This is the second course of a four-term sequence that introduces the fundamentals of the Spanish language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students continue using the basic grammatical structures learned in Level 1 and learn new ones, such as past tenses, pronouns, reflexive constructions, and demonstratives. They practice by conversing and writing about topics such as food, d...
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Spanish Level 3

This is the third course in a four-term sequence that introduces the fundamentals of the Spanish language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students build on the basic grammar learned in previous courses and go on to learn the different uses of past tenses, combinations of pronouns, and the various forms of commands while learning to construct complex sentences. They practice by...
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Spanish Level 4

This is the last course in a four-term sequence that introduces the fundamentals of the Spanish language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Grammar instruction focuses on uses of the subjunctive and expressing conditions and hypotheses. Topics of classroom conversation and writing assignments include the environment, city life, personal well-being, and household chores. Students ...
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Spanish Level 5

This intermediate-level course assumes familiarity with basic Spanish grammar. The class reviews the most commonly used grammatical structures to build fluency. Students practice expressing themselves clearly and correctly using present, past, and future tenses. They also review and practice the subjunctive, the conditional, and compound tenses. They are expected to construct complex sentences a...
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Spanish on the Go: Level 1

Before traveling to Spain or Latin America, stop at The New School for a weekend immersion in the Spanish language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Spanish. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is...
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Spanish on the Go: Level 2

Before traveling to Spain or Latin America, stop at The New School for a weekend immersion in the Spanish language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Spanish. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is...
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Spanish on the Go: Level 3

Before traveling to Spain or Latin America, stop at The New School for a weekend immersion in the Spanish language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Spanish. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is...
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Spanish on the Go: Level 4

Before traveling to Spain or Latin America, stop at The New School for a weekend immersion in the Spanish language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Spanish. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is...
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Streetwise: Writing from NYC Street Art

Street Art and Hip-Hop originated in The Bronx and became a global influence, even playing an essential role in the fall of the Berlin Wall. It continues to mirror the population's direct needs and opinions and in New York City there are as many opinions as there are New Yorkers. This course sets out to visit Street Art's visual neighborhoods: East Village's ABC City, Chelsea and the High Line,...
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Style and Effectiveness

It's how you say it. In this short course, students consider the elements that work together to create stylish and effective prose, by dissecting the choices every writer makes that add up to style. The class reads examples of effective prose by best-selling authors, including Toni Cade Bambara, Garrett Hongo, and Amy Tan, and students write short pieces inspired by the readings and workshop the...
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Summer Writers Colony:Fiction

Workshop classes are limited to 12 students. The writing workshop is the core of this intensive curriculum. An experienced writer-teacher focuses on students' manuscripts, guiding students in the creative acts of revision and self-editing through class exercises and private conferences. To register for the Summer Writers Colony, select the workshop you would like to attend. Note: After you have ...
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Summer Writers Colony:Nonfict

Workshop classes are limited to 12 students. The writing workshop is the core of this intensive curriculum. An experienced writer-teacher focuses on students' manuscripts, guiding students in the creative acts of revision and self-editing through class exercises and private conferences. To register for the Summer Writers Colony, select the workshop you would like to attend. Note: After you have ...
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Summer Writers Colony:Poetry

Workshop classes are limited to 12 students. The writing workshop is the core of this intensive curriculum. An experienced writer-teacher focuses on students' manuscripts, guiding students in the creative acts of revision and self-editing through class exercises and private conferences. To register for the Summer Writers Colony, select the workshop you would like to attend. Note: After you have ...
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Survey of Post-Genre Music

Post-genre music represents a fundamental shift in the way music is categorized and talked about. Rather than viewing music as having a fixed purpose and a collective sense of progress, post-genre music defines musical creation an individual effort guided by hyper-personal experience and interests. In other words, post-genre is NOT, itself, a genre - but a refutation of the very notion of genre....
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The Basics of Investing

Did you ever wonder what the Dow actually measures? What a Hedge Fund is? When should you prefer stocks to bonds? How to allocate your savings to various financial investments, and what difference will it make when you retire? This course will cover the basics: the difference between financial assets and real assets, between stocks and bonds. It will describe how financial markets work, various ...
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The Experimental Essay

The experimental essay trespasses on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. It evolves from trials, impulses, longings, and risks—often culminating in a form that is both surprising and inventive. It is a genre in which, as Emerson says, "everything is admissible, philosophy, ethics, divinity, criticism, poetry, humor, fun, mimicry, anecdotes, jokes, ventriloquism." We read a variety of experime...
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The Folk Process: American Folk Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Try to define "Folk Music" and you will find as many answers as there are questions. Is Folk Music defined by its sound? Its instrumentation? Or is it rather a process by which we share, learn, and participate in music? This class will focus on the latter path of investigation, exploring the oral traditions of American folk music, tracing themes, narratives, rhythms and melodies from the early ...
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The Graphic Novel

This course is an introduction to the graphic novel, sequential art, and other narrative and text-based art forms. Over the course of the semester, each student develops a complete section of a graphic novel. We discuss sources of inspiration, the combination of image and text, the way time and space function within the medium, and a variety of media and formal possibilities. Emphasis is placed ...
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The Mechanics of Writing

The study of effective English prose makes the sentence its principal focus. In this course, designed to meet the needs of beginning writers, we examine the sentence, looking at syntax, the parts of speech, and other aspects of grammar. Later we look ahead to considerations of effectiveness and style. Chapters from a grammar and style textbook are assigned. Students workshop short writing assign...
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The Medium of Fashion: Textiles, Structure, and Surface

A practical exploration of the materials, elements and techniques used in the modern apparel and fashion industry. Topics include natural and man-made fibers, yarns, textile structures such as knits and woven fabrics, garment structure, practical as well as decorative trims, along with surface design (printing, dyeing and embellishment). Geared to students of fashion design and design professio...
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The New School: The Soap Opera

In this one-of-a-kind cooperative effort with media studies, writers fashion and manufacture a multi-media, multi-cultural, multi-indy soap operatic event. We create a fictive world, write scripts, and launch a website with text artifacts and other extras from our "show." Readings explore the political structures of the soap opera, from the epic forms of myth and religion to the bougie forms o...
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The Novel Workshop

This workshop is for students who want to develop the discipline and skills needed to write a novel. Exercises keep the class writing at a fast clip and are aimed at developing facility with elements of the novel, such as character, story, plot, dialogue, and meaning. Students encounter different possibilities of form, style, and subject matter through close readings of historical and contempora...
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The Photographic Portrait

Since Leonardo da Vinci painted Mona Lisa, the portrait has been a favorite genre for artists and photographers. Whether you choose to photograph your family, capture strangers on the street, or set up a formal portrait, this course gives you the technical and conceptual skills you need to make a successful picture. Camera use, lighting, composition, personal vision, and point of view are discus...
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The Portrait

The Portrait is a course about a tradition thousands of years old. Students acquire knowledge-based ways of seeing and learn to apply authentic perceptual principles to their own work without losing their unique form of expression. Students follow a sequential program designed to familiarize them with the essential skill of seeing using oils, pastel, or charcoal. Shape recognition, edges, light ...
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Turkish Intro Intensive

This is a course for beginners who want to progress rapidly in learning standard Turkish. Students acquire basic speaking, reading, and writing skills while learning about Turkish culture. The emphasis is on developing communication skills.
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Typography I

A thorough understanding of typographic concepts and methods is essential for effective visual communication. Students examine the evolution of the alphabet and the history and basics of typographic style (with an emphasis on 20th-century type design and application). Projects help students understand the difference between legibility and readability and develop a discerning eye and the ability ...
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Using Your Digital SLR

Learn how to use a digital SLR camera in this two-day hands-on course. Topics covered include formatting and choosing file formats, using and downloading memory cards, making decisions about lens and shutter speed settings, using light metering patterns and modes, focusing, exposure overrides, manipulating image parameters, and working with the many forms of imagery the camera’s processor is c...
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Watercolor

Beginning and advanced students explore all facets of watercolor painting and develop their technical ability and creativity. A variety of styles and approaches are demonstrated, including wet-on-wet, glaze and washes. Subjects covered include landscapes, flowers and buildings with an emphasis on design and color. The development of a student’s personal vision is encouraged. Limited to 16. ...
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Web Design Basics

Create a Web presence using the basic structure of HTML5. Learn the basic rules of CSS3 and how to format text, optimize images, embed video and sound, create hyperlinks, and develop effective interface design and navigation. Aspects of web technology, such as hosting, domains, self-promotion, and content management systems (CMS) are discussed. Prerequisite: Mac Basics, Photoshop Basics, or equi...
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Web Design I

Students learn how to hand-code Web pages with HTML and Cascading Style Sheets. They discuss and master the elements of good Web design, the basics of user interface, and recommended standards. Toward the conclusion of the course, each student designs a cohesive website. Prerequisite: Mac Basicsor equivalent experience. Online class requires (free online) code editors such as TextWrangler for M...
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Window Display Design

Using their own clothing as “merchandise,” students learn basic elements of design and explore concepts such as repetition, rhythm, and negative space. A series of quickly executed displays are produced and documented, each addressing merchandising issues such as focus, interest, harmony, and humor. Color light is studied through direct observation and experimentation. The focus is on creati...
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Woodcut, Etching and Collagraph

Study basic intaglio methods (etching, aqua- tint, and soft ground), relief printing (B&W and color woodcut), and experimental work with the collagraph, building a surface for printing with cardboard and other textural two-dimensional objects. Freedom and flex- ibility are emphasized as students learn to use drawing and cutting tools while mastering printing and registration techniques. Design, ...
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Wordpress Basics

This course is an introduction to WordPress, a powerful open-source content management system. Learn how to use and customize this system to create dynamic websites. Students are introduced to the basics of CSS, HTML, and Javascript. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Worth to Westwood: Fashion from the 19th-21st Centuries

Students are introduced to Western fashion from the middle of the 19th century to the present day. Broad thematic considerations include the nature of fashion (what it is and what it does); its relationship to modernity; production and consumption; art; globalization and customization; and identity and the body. The class discusses the relationship of key designers, events and movements to these...
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Writing for Artists

Writing is performance. Visual artists, designers, musicians, writers, dancers, filmmakers, actors, artists of every kind come together in a supportive workshop environment to develop their writing skills. Students practice the skills of argumentation, research, and clarity of expression that benefit critical pieces as well as the kinds of writing they are likely to have to produce as professio...
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Writing for New York City Newspapers and Magazines

The New York Times, Daily News, Newsday, New York Post, and Wall Street Journal all use freelance writers for profiles, features, reviews, news stories, humor, and editorials. So do New York Magazine, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, and the New Yorker. Taught by a writer whose work has appeared in more than 100 publications, this course reveals the secrets of breaking in. Topics include ta...
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Writing Your Personal Story

This workshop teaches students methods of capturing their own memories, dreams, childhood experiences, and personal truths in a unique voice. They learn how to write with precision of thought and language, unimpeded by the inner critic. Exercises in class and weekly writing assignments help students establish disciplined work habits. The instructor critiques all student work, suggesting revision...
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