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Technology Guide

You are about to enter college as an BFA Art student! Over the coming years you will learn lots of new ways to be creative, some may be more familiar than others. For some, you have been using computers daily for art making for others this may be new ground. In the Foundation program, you will be asked to use a computer daily to check email, make a blog, print out images and a variety of other tasks. Towards that end, you will need to purchase a computer and other technology to support your learning. In an effort to help you in your search, we have provided the following Technology Guide.

For your first year of study, we highly recommend that you bring to school a Mac laptop computer, digital camera, and printer. A flash drive**, CD/DVD’s**, extra printer cartridges, and a variety of regular and photo paper** are also recommended. It is convenient to have them on hand and buying them ahead of time may be your cheapest option. We would suggest that you bring with you any of the following if you already OWN them, but they are not required for coursework: cell phone, ipod, digital recorder. (A note about cell phones: coverage is sometimes spotty in the region. Some carriers are better than others. Check out http://www.alfredwireless.com for discounts on phone service)

You may find that you already own some of the suggested items. If this is true for you, it is perfectly fine to start the year with what you have and see how they work for your specific needs. If you do need to purchase new, we have found that buying from a reputable online business is one of the most effective ways to get the most for your money. These sites also can provide product information and customer reviews that are very helpful in choosing the best model for your needs.

What model you select will depend on your individual needs, what you want to spend, and your areas of interest. For example, if you intend to study in the Expanded Media Division you may want to consider a more expansive computer or if you plan to study photography, a SLR or Digital SLR camera. Remember however that you may change your mind about what area of study interests you most!

Computer
You’ll use a computer most days at Alfred, from checking your email (a Foundations requirement) to researching and writing papers, to adjusting images and printing them. A computer is an expensive investment and should be bought according to your needs, so consider several things: where and when will you most likely use it, a Mac or a PC, a laptop or desk model, what level of computer you need, your future goals and how much money you want to spend.

• As a college student you are eligible for an education discount from Mac, Dell and Gateway. To find out more about this check the Alfred University site, go to http://my.alfred.edu/its/index.cfm/fuseaction/other.comppurch.cfm.
• While the university as a whole uses PCs, the School of Art + Design and most artists/designers use Macintosh.
• Many people find that a laptop is the best choice because you can bring it to class, the library or a coffee shop.
• Watch out for incentives, often you can get a printer or iPod with your computer purchase. Currently Apple has a great incentive along with an education discount for a laptop: Apple Offer

*One note, some of you may be considering purchasing an iPad, while this is a great tool, it does have limitations. Please be aware of the differences before you purchase.

Digital Camera
During the year you will be asked to use a camera for visual research and to document your work. Select a camera that fits your needs+ and budget. For most a compact model with at least 8 megapixels will work for most people. Since the quality of your images will be important, it is best to buy a good quality brand with the highest resolution you can afford. A couple good choices might be a Canon, Panasonic, Nikon, Olympus, or Sony.

You will find the best selection, lowest prices and most information by purchasing a digital camera online. Following are several reputable sites that faculty members have used over the years. You might start by checking the sites that provide a buying guide and reviews first (http://reviews.cnet.com/) and then look at Bizrate (www.bizrate.com), Epinions (http://www.epinions.com) or Price Grabber (http://www.pricegrabber.com) to see who offers the least expensive price after you have selected the model you desire. With a little research you can find an excellent resolution digital camera for a reasonable price.

You might also want to purchase additional storage for your camera. Most come with a CompactFlash, Smartmedia or other PC card, but usually this is not large enough to store many photos.

+Just a note, if you are planning on taking Photography courses you will need a SLR (single lens reflex) camera for Sophomore Photography and if you elect to take Digital Photography (junior) you will need a Digital SLR. If you do buy a SLR or DSLR you should consider purchasing a protective UV filter for your lens. Of course, these items do not need to be purchased for this school year.

Printer
Many times you will be asked to print out images from your digital camera or the internet and bring them to the class the next day. It is often difficult to find a color printer on campus for this purpose. We recommend that you purchase or bring with you a color inkjet printer that prints at least 8.5 x 11. Printers have come way down in price and sometimes are bundled with a computer purchase. You might also considering purchasing one together with your roommate. Excellent choices would be any inexpensive Canon, HP or Epson printer. For a good guide to printers check out: http://printers.bizrate.com/printers/buying_guides/basics.html
Remember to purchase extra cartridges, they are much cheaper online and you will run out!

USB Flash Drive or Thumb drive**
You will need to purchase a flash drive. These small devices make it easy to take your files to a printer or to share images. They hold lots of data and start at about $7 for a 4 Gigabit.

Things to remember
CDs/DVDs**
Printer cartridges (online is cheaper)
Inkjet Paper: photo, regular **
Extra storage card for your camera

**Note: Included in Art Kit.

Additional Art-making Tools (bring if you already own)

Cell phone
Ipod
Digital recorder
Sewing machine (spring)

Online Purchasing
Alfred, educational discount, (www.alfred.edu/its/index.cfm/fuseaction/other.comppurch.cfm)
Mac (www.apple.com)
Gateway (https://select.gateway.com)
MacWorld (www.macworld.com)
PCWorld (www.pcworld.com)
J&R (www.jr.com)
B&H (www.bhphotovideo.com)
Adorama (www.adorama.com)

Reviews +Price Comparison
Bizrate (www.bizrate.com)
Epinions (www.epinions.com)
Price Grabber (www.pricegrabber.com)

Better Photo (www.betterphoto.com)
Digital Photography Review (www.dpreview.com)
Digital Camera Review (www.digitalcamerareview.com)
Cnet reviews (reviews.cnet.com)
Consumer Reports (www.online.consumerreports.org)

Work + Schedule for Final Review

Click here to find a schedule for reviews next week. Remember you’re only required to be there for your review. Arrive 15 minutes early to set up your work in your designated space. Please bring the following work for your final reviews on Monday – Wednesday:

MakeLAB with Jason

  • Final Project + one other project from class

MakeLAB with Dawn + John

  • Final project or documentation of the final work

CoLAB

  • Semaphore Flag
  • T-Shirt
  • Their computer to show blog and other projects

SeeLAB with Scott and Kathy

  • Camera Obscura Drawings
  • First Digital Composite Print (1 Object)
  • White Object Still Life Drawing
  • 2nd Digital Composite Print (2 Spaces)

SeeLAB with Ted

  • 4 Black Compositions
  • Final Color Grids

FuseLAB with Patrick

  • Cut Up Painting
  • Hands Free Painting 
  • Paintless Painting

FuseLAB with Angie and Andrew

  • Video
  • Digital Prints

Materials List for B-Block

In preparation for coming back from Spring Break, please prepare yourself for your B-Block classes.

Click here to see a list of groups for Spring and here to find out 2014 Spring schedule. Click here to see the MakeLAB Materials List and the rest of the Spring Material Lists. This is a list of what you will need to bring back to campus.

Safe travels back to campus! Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Katie, Angie, and Ted

WELCOME BACK! Spring 2014 Important Information

Several things will be different in both the structure and the content of Foundations in the spring semester. Firstly I have re-assigned groups. There are 4 groups of approx. 25 students; they are called A, B, C and D Groups. Each group will be engaged in a series of 4 half semester workshop classes called LABs. The LABs continue and expand upon concepts that were introduced in the fall semester.

The first week back from break the whole class will be involved in a group activity you will be engaged in a bookmaking workshop that involves library research and the compilation of images and text. Click here to find a series of worksheets that will help you to gather information and materials for the workshop. We will meet in the Harder Hall studio at 8 am on Tuesday, January 21st please bring a notebook and your completed homework to class that day.

Click here to see a list of groups for Spring and here to find out 2014 Spring schedule. Click here to see the MAKE_student_materials_spring_2014 and the rest of the Spring 2014 Materials Lists. This is a list of what you will need to bring back to campus.

Safe travels back to campus! Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Katie, Angie, and Ted

Final Review Work List For Foundations Fall 2013

Below is the list of materials required for final reviews. Documentation for projects may be submitted as 8 x 10 color photographs or as images on your laptop. NO images on phones. You may bring your own lap top or use the ones provided in the studio.

Drawing: Observation
• Weekend Landscape
• Night Drawing
• Inkwash Collage
• Final Foam Letter Still Life

Drawing: Experiment
• Collages
• Final Portrait Project

Studio: Make
• Paper Mache Sculpture ( bring in actual project or documentation)

Studio: Research
• Blog
• Documentation of Final Project

Please click here to see your review time: Final Fall 2013.

Make a note of the day, time and number location of your final review — all reviews will take place in the Cohen Studio.  Before coming back from break assemble all of the required work and make sure that drawings are finished and clean and that your documentation is done. Remember that we will not be holding classes as usual and that your only responsibility is to show up for your final review during the week of Dec. 2nd.  Please arrange to arrive at the studio 15 mins before your review so that you have time to set up your work and be ready when your review time begins.  Remember, also, that missed reviews will not be rescheduled and that missed reviews will result in a lowering of your final semester grade.

All artwork and materials must be removed (unless you have made prior arrangments with your faculty) from both the Harder Hall and Cohen Studios by 6pm tomorrow evening.  Anything left over will be discarded. Foundations is officially over for the semester at 11:00  am on Thursday December 5th.  Please be aware of the final exam schedules for all of your other academic classes.

B-Block Classes: What to bring!

For Monday you will need the following:

A Group:  Will be meeting with Profs. Gill and Green in the Harder Hall studio. Please bring all materials as requested.  Please see blog for materials you were required to bring back after break.

B Group:  Will be meeting with Profs. Vajda and To on the main floor of the Cohen Studio.  Please bring all of your erasers and a package of charcoal and your drawing boards.  We will be drawing outside for part of the class period so please dress appropriately for the weather.

In Preparation for B Block

When you return from break next week make sure to replenish your art kits of materials you have used up during A block.  In addition the faculty have asked that:

A Group bring:
-Please see the attached list from Professors Green and Gill’s class
-Magazines, at least 3, they should be magazines that contain text and images.  Ie, Vogue, National Geographic, New Yorker etc..

B Group bring:

-A digital camera ( if you have one) that is not a cell phone
-a pair of good walking shoes.  i.e  hiking boots, rubber boots, etc
-appropriate clothing for being outside for extended periods of time as you will be taking a series of long walks
-large utility brush at least 3 –5 inches wide
-10 plastic cups
-glue stick

When we return from B Block you will be staying in the same groups as you were in during A Block.  The main difference is that you will be switching classes with the other group.  A Group will be taking the Studio:Make class with Professors Green and Gill on Monday and Tuesday while on Thursday and Friday they will be taking the Drawing:Experimentation class with Professors Morgan and Bennett.  B Group will be meeting with Professors To and Vajda for Drawing:Observation on Monday and Tuesday and on Thursday and Friday will be taking the Studio:Research class with Professors Hunter and Hargrave.

When we return from break on Wednesday Oct. 16th we will be meeting in the Cohen Studio at 9 am for an activity presented by the Graphic Design area.

Have a great break!

-Angie, Katie and Ted