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Seminar at the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin with Geoff Lehman
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The Art and Aesthetics Concentration


The Art and Aesthetics concentration encompasses the study of art in all of its aspects: philosophical, practical, and historical. Foundational modules introduce the methods and traditions of art history, the disciplines of the studio and performing arts (photography, sculpture, painting, filmmaking, theater), and concepts of art and aesthetic experience, including film theory and interpretation. Advanced study in this concentration invites you to focus more closely on individual artists and movements, to refine skills and knowledge in your chosen area of artistic practice or scholarly investigation, and explore central debates and controversies concerning the development of art and its relationship to politics and society. Courses in the concentration are rooted in Berlin as an artist’s space, featuring internationally renowned guest faculty, the ‘factory’ arts building on campus, and site visits to artists’ collectives and galleries. The study of art history draws extensively on direct encounter with Berlin’s museums and collections. Students in this concentration may with the requisite preparation choose to pursue a thesis project that involves a practicing arts component. 
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The Art and Aesthetics modules cover three primary and interweaving touchstones: art history, art theory, and art practice. Students begin the program with foundational practicing arts and theory courses, before using this basis to undertake and develop a more advanced mode of thinking about, discussing, and making art. For any given module listed in the overview above, several courses may be offered that allow students to fulfill the requirement.
 
Sample Foundational Courses Sample Advanced Courses 
The Bauhaus: Origins and Legacies
Critical Acts: Introduction to Performance Studies
Found Fragments & Layered Lines: mixed-media techniques for drawing and collage
Beginners Black and White Photography
The Sky Is The Limit: Scale Models For The Artist 
Viral: Introduction to Film Studies
Game changers in 20th and 21st century Art
Self-Instructions: Creating Autobiographical Performance with She She Pop
Through the Looking Glass: Art and the Oneiric
Embody DIY Video
Advanced Painting
Photography and Social Practice


Study Abroad Opportunities

In their third year, Art and Aesthetics students can opt to spend one or two semesters abroad. Many of them choose to study at one of the Dutch University Colleges in Amsterdam, Leiden, or Utrecht, or at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, which offers a rich variety of both practical and theoretical arts courses.
 
Dr. Geoff Lehman

Dr. Geoff Lehman


Art History

USA
PhD in Art History
Columbia University
Prof. Dr. Aya Soika

Prof. Dr. Aya Soika


Art History

Germany
PhD in Art History
University of Cambridge
Prof. Dr. Nina Tecklenburg

Prof. Dr. Nina Tecklenburg


Theater and Performance

Germany
PhD in Theater Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
 
John von Bergen

John von Bergen


Director of Studio Arts

USA
BFA Degree with Honors
School of Visual Arts, NYC
Prof. Dr. Dorothea von Hantelmann

Prof. Dr. Dorothea von Hantelmann


Art and Society

Germany
PhD in Art History
Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Katalin Makkai

Prof. Dr. Katalin Makkai


Philosophy

Hungary/Canada
PhD in Philosophy
Harvard University