Art School(ed): RISD’s Course Superlatives 2014-2015

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Art School(ed) returns with another round of Course Superlatives! Yes, BlogDailyHerald has already thoroughly explored Brown’s Fall 2014 courses, but today marks the first day of classes down the hill at the Rhode Island School of Design. If you’ve taken VISA 0100, you know the drill: you are free to peruse the artsy course selections available at RISD. This upcoming week allows Brown students the opportunity to cram a 5-hour studio class into an already-busy course load. Acknowledging the classic obstacles RISD will set before you (notoriously small class sizes, a neurotic premium on quality control, etc.), these Course Superlatives are here to help you navigate the art school’s course catalog and streamline your RISD assimilation process – in a format reminiscent of your high school yearbook. Without further ado, we present this year’s RISD Course Superlatives:

Punniest…

PAINTING 4406: PAINTING FOCUS: GO FIGURE

Most likely to improve your #TBT game…

PHOTOGRAPHY 5340: FAMILY ALBUM

Most useful for students who live off-campus…

CERAMICS 4122: TABLEWARE

Most alliterative…

HISTORY OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE H713: ART IN THE AGE OF ALEXANDER

LITERARY ARTS E326: BIRDS IN BOOKS

ILLUSTRATION 3048: VOICE + VISION

Most twinning…

HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES S597: PROPAGANDA

ILLUSTRATION 3024: PROPAGANDA

Most foot-centric…

APPAREL 3052: *ITALY: SHOE DESIGN PERCEPTION, HISTORY & PROTOTYPING

TEXTILES W470: THE WOVEN RUG

ILLUSTRATION 3700: THE TWO-LEGGED PRINT

Most fun to say aloud…

HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES C350: THIS IS THE WOONASQUATUCKET: STORIES OF A LIVING RIVER

LITERARY ARTS E289: THINGAMAJIGIRL: OBJECTS, HUMANS, FEMININITY

Most niche topic…

HISTORY OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE H791: JAPANESE UKIYO-E PRINTS

Most ethereal…

LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE 54: TIME, LIGHT AND SOUND

GLASS 2385: LIGHT, SHADOW, TRANSPARENCY

Most likely to be a Bon Iver song title…

FILM/ANIMATION/VIDEO W506: CREATURE-CREATION

Most overlap with a Biggie song title… 

HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES S734: SEMINAR: LOOT

Most likely to already be a Kanye West song title… 

PAINTING 4711: MONSTER

Most likely to teach you how to revive Tupac…

LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE LE14: OPTICS: MAKING HOLOGRAMS

Most site specific…

ILLUSTRATION 3016: NEW YORK, NEW YORK(ER)

Most that know that the best things come in three’s…

FURNITURE 2527: CABINETS, DOORS AND DRAWERS

ARCHITECTURE H652: SYNAGOGUES, CHURCHES, MOSQUES

HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES S444: WORKERS, CONSUMERS, AND HEALTH

ILLUSTRATION 3748: PEN, INK & SCRATCHBOARD

Fewest vowels necessary to indicate that a course revolves around gender constructs… 

ILLUSTRATION 3032: XX/XY

Most inquisitive…

ILLUSTRATION 3036: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Illustration course that sounds the most like a BEO class…

ILLUSTRATION 3504: THE ENTREPRENEUR

Illustration course that sounds the most like jockspeak…

ILLUSTRATION 3632: MAKING PLAY: GAMES

Course most easily confused with a RISD eatery

ILLUSTRATION 4012: THE PORTFOLIO

Course that covers the largest proportion of the world’s population…

HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES S519: WOMEN IN ASIA

Course that asks a question you’d think most RISD students would be able to answer by now…

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN 2015: WHAT IS GREEN?

Course that begs the most comparison to the Brown course of same title…

 HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES S156: THE MEANING OF LIFE

Most doable…

PHOTOGRAPHY 5341: FROM INSTAMATIC TO INSTAGRAM: PHOTOGRAPHIC PRACTICES IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Most ambiguous classes due to excessive wordplay in the course titles… 

GRAPHIC DESIGN 3117: UNFOLDING + ENFOLDING MEANING

GRAPHIC DESIGN 3265: TEXTperience/TEXTperiment

GRAPHIC DESIGN 3177: WORKSHOP: PHOTO/GRAPHIC

Most likely to be named after a store in the Providence Place Mall…

LITERARY ARTS E375: THE BODY SHOP

Most likely to remind you of the first time you saw Jack Nicholson naked in Something’s Gotta Give

APPAREL 3046: RESPONSIVE APPAREL DESIGN/ REDESIGNING THE HOSPITAL JOHNNY

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