The course fulfills the Core Curriculum criteria for AUCC 3B through reading and writing assignments designed to help students to think critically about the significance and convergence of the visual arts and technology - both uniquely human expressions. Topics of these assignments will vary, based upon faculty specialties and student interests, but in all cases the course will focus on media-based arts in relation to the object, the artist, and the audience.
Progression through the chronological developments of technological and artistic practices during the modern periods (c. 1850 – present) will help students better understand the complex interrelationships between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). This allows students to investigate widespread patterns of human expression as they ponder similarities and differences among broad cultural spheres. Thematic topics will expand the scope of the course further, showing how media-based arts have played a role in larger aesthetic themes throughout the modern age and providing a psychological and sociological examination into the effects of new media on the artist and on the viewer. In addition, the coursework is designed to encourage students to explore images and ideas beyond the scope of the material covered in class discussions and the assigned readings. Prepared course materials are supplemented with the student’s own experiences and interests, which can be shared and discussed online in order to promote learning interactions within the group as a whole. If approved by the instructor, these topics can be integrated into the student’s graded research and writings.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Arts/Humanities (Category 3B).
Michael Fenton is an art historian who specializes in the interrelationships between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). He has been teaching courses on the subject for CSU’s Department of Art and Art History since 2006; courses which he has also offered internationally as part of the department’s study abroad program in Italy. Michael received his M.A and B.A. in Visual Arts from The University of Northern Colorado after receiving his A.A. in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Colorado. His current research focuses on the imagery and visual thinking used within the disciplines of science and mathematics (particularly in the fields of particle physics, cosmology, chaos theory, topology, and non-Euclidean geometry).