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foundation

as a first trimester student, you will take classes to understand the science behind art in conjunction with an "experiments in art-making" class in which you will focus on the process and practice rather than the product.

In these foundational classes you will learn to use the correct terminology to refer to referral. As you progress in your schooling, you will gain more freedom and will be able to take classes to specialize in a particular medium. If the medium you are interested doesn't already exist as a class, as long as you can find at least five other students who are interested in the same medium, you will be assigned a facilitator and may proceed in this medium. Along with your specialty medium class you will continue with your upper level foundation courses and will take paradoxes 101 in which you make pieces which address particular paradoxes. (foundation year covers patterns, rules and systems 

Patterns of Punctuation

this course continues to study patterns that manifest throughout daily life, highlighting an oft-present but oft-ignored phenomena: intentional misuse of punctuation and encourages students to construct their own carefully explained codification system of mis-punctuation, highlighting the benefits and detriments of their consistently incorrect grammar choices.

Playing With Value: the Art Object in Transit

this course continues to study patterns that manifest throughout daily life, highlighting an oft-present but oft-ignored phenomena: intentional misuse of punctuation and encourages students to construct their own carefully explained codification system of mis-punctuation, highlighting the benefits and detriments of their consistently incorrect grammar choices.

Reverse Progress: Re-Imagining the Digital Object as Non-Digital

Made for Mind: Re-Examining the Ritual

Based on Instrumental theology, this course redefines the category of rituals as an action whose purpose takes place in the mind, as compared to non-ritualistic actions, completed for an effect in the world. This course comes full circle in demanding a re-examination of what it means to act for the world versis to act for the mind.
this is a concept course to be taken concurrently with one or more studio courses to complete the required coursework.

impromptu games; suggesting systems

social interactions are often stilted and too often meaningless. Without acknowledging it, however, participants are reacting to social cues and changing their behavior accordingly to maintain a positive opinion in the minds of others. Unfortunately this involves a performative understanding of any given social situation, rather than one of cameraderie. One cure for this unnecessary performance is putting the ability to pick up on and react to social cues to an alternative usage. While never directly referencing the rules of the game or its existence at all, this course assists participants in understanding the potential for re-designing under-the-surface social discourse through subtle and not-so-subtle impromptu games.

people as paradoxes

paradox, insofar as it is thought of as the coexistence of opposites, exists naturally and in abundance in the human personality. Outward silliness hides inner seriousness and sadness and vice versa. This course discusses whether seemingly opposing persoanlity traits might stem from a self-awareness reaction to one’s natural way of being, or whether instead it is part of the natural state of these character traits. Course involves numerous case studies and requires individuals to provide course material for the class. This course must be taken concurrently with one or more studio courses.

promiscuity in modern dating: the art of the loose woman

at a time when the rules of modern dating are being altered on a large scale, this course discusses how these changes effect the paradox of the virgin and the madonna.

documenting and publicizing instances of synchronicity

synchronicity is all around us; all we have to do is look and categorize it as such. this course provides a host of techniques for documenting and publicizing instances of synchronicity through cards, charm bracelets, charts and more. Through non-judgmental documentation, we harness its power by acknowledging it as real and allow ourselves to be silent observers of little miracles, studying them with the care they deserve, while recognizing and respecting a phenomenon which is by definition sporadic, spontaneous and ultimately a private experience.

externalized decision making systems level I and II

this upper and lower level courses survey various methods for externalizing the decision-making process through color analysis, electrical impulse listening, advice interpretation .and invites participants to create their own external decision-making system to harness the power or miracles in daily life. A prerequisite to this course is the ability to surrender the ability to effect a particular outcome.

Booklet-making: an in depth look at the zine length book

Booklets are a useful, less time-consuming alternative to the novel or even novella-length book for the short-attention span. In this course we address several styles of booklet making, including various binding methods and sizes, all while utilizing the convenience of the form in finishing projects quickly.

meaning as an afterthought: grappling with the effects of retroactive pattern manipulation

This course addresses the ability for meaning to be constructed in the aftermath of a situation, object, or idea. We survey various situations in which meaning was reconstructed following the conclusion of the event and discuss how this meaning was created, why it replaced the former meaning, and what signs or signals might have hinted at the meaning beforehand, had we been aware of it.

Mechanisms of the Mind

this course explores the various mechanisms of the mind, asking its participants to envision their own mental processes as machines with clearly defined goals and mechanisms working to make them happen.