via Programs — Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.
March 18, 2011
The Beaux-Arts Atelier is a non-accredited, one-year intensive program in the study of architectural design following in the method of the École des Beaux-Arts. Students will receive in-depth instruction in an atelier setting while also pursuing coursework in observational drawing, architectural drafting, systematic design methodology, the classical orders, geometry and proportion, traditional methods of architectural wash rendering and drawing, the history and theory of classical architecture, and modeling and sculpting. Students will also conduct detailed studies of New York City’s architectural masterpieces through on-site observation and field drawing. In addition, field trips will be conducted to leading architecture, decorating, and craftsman studios during each term.
The school year runs from September to June, and is divided into 5 six-week terms and a 2-week travel term in Rome.
Applications due May 15, 2011. Any application received after the deadline will be reviewed and processed within 2-3 weeks.
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The Design Studio is the heart of the program, where students integrate what they learn in other courses into a series of architectural compositions of increasing complexity. All coursework is related directly to the Design Studio, which meets 3 times per week. Crucial to the Design Studio’s approach is the imposition of time constraint in learning to design. This was a central precept of the École des Beaux-Arts method. Each six-week term begins with a new design problem followed by an intensive one-week exercise in establishing a ‘parti’ or preliminary design. The subsequent five weeks are dedicated to working with the studio instructors to develop the student’s design in detail and render it for presentation to an invited jury of distinguished practitioners. At the discretion of the jury, prizes are awarded at the end of each session to the top projects.
The curriculum is based on the following areas of study:
GEOMETRY AND PROPORTION
AWING AND DRAFTING
MODELING & SCULPTING
ANATOMY, FIGURE DRAWING & CAST DRAWING
ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING IN WASH
HISTORY AND THEORY OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE
STUDY OF NEW YORK BUILDINGS
Students must complete a series of courses in the above areas of study, each building upon the last in range and difficulty. Students will be expected to complete a specific set of drawings, models and sketchbooks for each of the courses. Certificate completion will rely upon the instructors’ evaluation of all required student work.
Each term also includes field trips and tours to local museums, traditional craft workshops, the city’s principal monuments, and local offices.
ROME TRAVEL TERM
All students are guaranteed a spot on the ICA&CA annual Rome Drawing Tour. This trip provides an invaluable completion to the students’ year of study. The experience of Rome is central to understanding the history of classical architecture as well as the inspiration for the great buildings of America, and will be a vital part of the students’ artistic and intellectual development.
All Atelier students are eligible for Rome program scholarships in addition to their existing scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded to students during the spring study term.
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