Spanish: Conversación y Composición

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Conversación y composición is designed for students who are interested in learning and practicing advanced-level Spanish reading and essay writing strategies. For the Spring quarter, students will read short plays from Latin American writers in Spanish. In addition to this, students are expected to actively participate in seminar-like activities talking about grammatical topics of interest as well as analyzing the play's form and content. Students will write several short response papers and a final essay and may be expected to act some of the play content. 

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Spanish - Second Year II

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Spanish Second Year II is designed for students with conversational Spanish language skills. Coursework focuses on intensive conversation, reading, and writing, as well as practice of selected grammatical structures. Review and use of the Subjunctive mode in the present and past tenses will be introduced using a series of writings and articles about Latin American societies and Hispanic cultures. Another goal is to build upon previous work to strengthen communication skills and fluency in Spanish.

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Chinese - First Year III

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This third course in the introductory Chinese series will continue to emphasize the mastery of standard Chinese pronunciation and the building of useful vocabularies. Students with some prior experience will learn to build on their knowledge of modern Mandarin Chinese through vigorous interactive practice and small group activities. The class is fast-paced with use of internet to accelerate the learning. Learning activities may also include speaker presentations and field trips. Chinese history and culture will be included as it relates to each language lesson.

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Chinese - First Year II

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This Chinese course will continue to emphasize the mastery of standard Chinese pronunciation and the building of useful vocabularies. Students with some prior experience will learn to build on their knowledge of modern Mandarin Chinese through vigorous interactive practice and small group activities. The class is fast-paced with use of internet to accelerate the learning. Learning activities may also include speaker presentations and field trips. Chinese history and culture will be included as it relates to each language lesson.

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Printmaking: Intaglio Impressions

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In this introductory course, students will gain hands-on experience and technical skills in the intaglio printmaking process. Students will create a body of print editions using a variety of technical processes including drypoint, soft-ground, aquatint, and photo-etching. Assignments will be exploratory in nature with some unpredicatbility of results; students will gain a strong understanding of the medium. In addition to the print work, students will be responsible for completing readings, concept drawings and lab notes.

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Printmaking: Photo Process in Printmaking

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In this advanced course, students will learn how to translate photo-based images into traditional printmaking processes. Students will learn simple and direct means of using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as a part of developing their finished work. This is a studio-based class in which students will explore screen-printing, etching, and dye sublimation transfer techniques. In addition to making art, students will create a technical journal documenting their discoveries and also develop a written artist statement.

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Printmaking: Print Stratum, Screen Printing and Collage

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In this intermediate course, students will push the boundaries of traditional techniques in screen-printing by applying alternative process to achieve unpredictable outcomes. Through experimentation of various approaches to this process, students will create a body of print editions and monotype suites. In addition to making art, students will apply critical thinking which is documented in a technical journal recording their observations. Throughout the quarter, students will present and participate in a group critique that investigates and support their accomplishments.

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Drawing: Foundations

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This course is an introduction to principles and techniques in fine art drawing. Emphasis will be on learning to draw what you see through close observation in still life studies. Students will be introduced to a variety techniques that include sighting and measurement, scale and perspective, value and composition. Students will develop a context for their work through readings and research projects about influential artists.

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Physics II: Electromagnetism

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What is electricity? We use it for all sorts of things, but where does it come from? This course provides an overview of the physics of electromagnetism. Topics will include electrical circuits, static electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetic interactions. Conceptual understanding will be emphasized with algebra and basic trigonometry as mathematical foundations. Laboratory exercises will involve some experimental design and will focus on developing skill in observation and analysis while reinforcing conceptual understanding.

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Physics III: Light

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Is light a wave? Or is it a particle? This is one of the central mysteries of physics and our physical world. This course provides an overview of the physics of light. Topics will include oscillations, waves, and optics as well as an introduction to modern physics. Conceptual understanding will be emphasized with algebra and basic trigonometry as mathematical foundations. Laboratory exercises will involve some experimental design and will focus on developing skill in observation and analysis while reinforcing conceptual understanding.

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