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Creating a Magazine: A Multimedia Approach

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number ARTS-UG1653
Section 001
Instructor Lise Friedman
Days M
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Units 4
Level U


Please note this course meets frequently with WRTNG-UG 1250 so that students may conceive, develop, and produce print and new media publications together. This course includes an additional, required meeting time (Friday, 11-12:15) for weekly work on class projects.


This pair of collaborative courses will enact Gallatin’s multidisciplinary, self-directed approach to learning, as students explore the potential of magazines as catalysts, cultural barometers, alternative communities, and forums for debate and new ideas. Through the discussion of critical texts about the history of publication, the analysis of various historical and contemporary magazines, and the development of new publications, students learn to communicate ideas through design, editorial, and medium-specific approaches; analyze and question the features of the codex, the page, and the screen; and play with how these features affect how we read and perceive art. In the advanced writing course, students concentrate on writing and editing for multiple platforms. In the arts workshop, students focus on print media and design. In addition, students in both classes have the opportunity to commission and edit both written text and art works from one another. Class meets once per week, with sessions split between discussions with designated professor and collaborative lab sessions with both classes and both professors. Lab sessions will be devoted to the conception, development, and production of publications that include a 32-page print prototype and new media elements. Lab days also enable students to meet with guest speakers from the worlds of publishing and design; and go on field trips to the offices of contemporary magazines and relevant institutions and archives.


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Course Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)