Picture Yourself in a Digital Photography class this summer with Scott Patrick Wiener

Summer is a great time to get your digital camera out and improve your photography skills, learning in a small group with an acclaimed professional. Professor Scott Patrick Wiener is offering an introductory course in digital photography at Brandeis this summer that fulfills the general University requirement in Creative Arts. Students will spend time discussing form and technique before shifting into conceptual content, the moment where the students photographic ‘voices’ become most pronounced and articulate.

“The photograph is a 2-dimensional surface that references the past as an object in the present.” – Scott Wiener

scott-wiener-brandeis-summer2015-faculty-digital-photographyScott earned his BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art, and went on to earn his Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he developed a more critical position toward the medium of photography and fell in love with teaching while working as a TA for his mentor, Claire Pentecost. He has been teaching at Brandeis for 5 years.

When Scott is not teaching he enjoys staying active in the Boston art community, and is looking forward to participating in a show at the Institute of Contemporary Art this June. His work has been profiled and reviewed in The Boston Globe, Temporary Land Bridge, Hyperallergic, Big Red & Shiny, ARTnews, TimeOut Chicago, and Paper & Carriage. Some of Scott’s work can be seen on his website.

Grand Canyon, Arizona in Violet (circa 1985-86) *detail Year: 2014 Medium: Sunlight, Inkjet Transparency, Construction Paper Dimensions: 9” x 12”
Northeast United States in Forest Green (circa 1975) *detail Year: 2013 Dimensions: 9” x 12” Medium: Sunlight, Inkjet Transparency, Construction Paper







Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to learn more about photography as an art form while developing your skills. Enroll today!

FA 9a – Introduction to Digital Photography

Summer Session I: June 1 to July 3, 2015

This is an experiential learning course. This course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.

This course is an introduction to the visual forms and concepts of the photographic image. A range of digital techniques are covered along with aspects of the history of photography. Students must provide their own digital camera. Field trips and image presentations also supplement the studio aspect of the course.

Italy in Blue (circa 1989) *detail Year: 2012 Dimensions: 9” x 24” Medium: Sunlight, Inkjet Transparency, Construction Paper


See How Summer School Gave Adam an Experience He will Never Forget

Adam Mandel of New York studies Health: Science, Society, & Policy (HSSP) at Brandeis. He began taking Summer School classes after his first year at Brandeis. In the summer of 2012  he took Prof. Elaine Lai’s BISC 4bj Food, Nutrition, and Health course. The following summer he enrolled in HSSP 100B Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Population Health, a required course for his major which is hard to get into because of its limited enrollment. Little did Adam know how this post-first year and post-sophomore summers would pave the way for his future.

Last year, after his third year at Brandeis, the soon-to-be graduate applied to the Food, Lifestyle, and Health Justice Brandeis Semester. Because he had completed Prof. Lai’s course in nutrition, Adam was able to replace that component of the Food Nutrition and Health JBS with an Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship. That role gave Adam invaluable insights and skills into working with his peers. He also met his HSSP internship requirement and was the recipient of several post-graduation job offers. “This course changed my life” he reports. “The entire experience left me with both the academic and personal abilities that will help me thrive in my career.”

Adam-Mandel-Brandeis-Summer-StudentAdam is a competitive fencer at Brandeis. As an athlete and HSSP major he has a strong interest in health promotion and disease prevention. Applying the nutritional knowledge he took away from his JBS courses, Adam was able to up his physical conditioning. He and his teammates went to NCAA Regionals and earned two medals at this year’s New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships.

You never know where summer courses at Brandeis can take you!

Check out what Brandeis summer course offerings are available.

Summer Session I Additions

If you chose your summer classes early, you may have missed these great options that were added after enrollment opened:

FA 3b – Introduction to Drawing II: Wet Media

Summer Session I: June 1 to July 2, 2015
This is an art course for beginners. This course may be repeated once for credit if offered by different instructors.

This art course is an introduction to the materials and methods of drawing. A topic based course, this section of FA 3b will offer basic drawing instruction through focus on a particular theme: drawing with the “wet media” of ink and watercolor. Students will work from still life, the figure and landscape, and will consider how pens and brushes can be used in expressive and inventive ways.

MATH 20a – Techniques of Calculus: Calculus of Several Variables

Summer Session I: June 1 to July 3, 2015
Prerequisites: MATH 10a and b or placement by examination. Students may take MATH 20a or 22b for credit, but not both. Students may not take MATH 10a or 10b concurrently with MATH 20a.

Among the topics treated are vectors and vector-valued functions, partial derivatives and multiple integrals, extremum problems, line and surface integrals, Green’s and Stokes’s theorems. Emphasis on techniques and applications.
If you are uncertain whether your previous mathematics study will prepare you for the courses you see listed here, please visit the Registrar’s website at: Mathematics Calculus Placement Testing and scroll down to “Mathematics” for a copy of the University’s Math placement exam. The exam is designed to be taken and graded by the student.

Don’t miss out. Enroll today!

Still Need to Complete Quantitative Reasoning Requirement?

General university requirements at Brandeis are intended to improve students’ abilities to integrate knowledge from different fields; provide opportunities for the acquisition and development of writing, oral communication, analytical, linguistic and quantitative skills.

Students outside of the sciences are often intimidated by the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. If you have been putting this off, summer is a great time to consider tackling a QR course without the usual full semester course load.

These great summer classes fulfill QR:
BIOL 14a – Genetics and Genomics
CHEM 11a-1 – General Chemistry I – Section 1 (Summer Ses. 1)
CHEM 11a-2 – General Chemistry I – Section 2 (Summer Ses. 2) CHEM 11b-1 – General Chemistry II – Section 1 (Summer Ses. 2)
ECON 10a – Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 83a – Statistics for Economic Analysis
MATH 8a – Introduction to Probability and Statistics
PHYS 10a – Introduction to Physical Laws and Phenomena I
PHYS 10b – Introduction to Physical Laws and Phenomena II
PSYC 51a – Statistics
PSYC 52a – Research Methods and Laboratory in Psychology
PSYC 140a – Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) Applications

Talk to an advisor today to see how Brandeis summer school can help bring you closer to completing your degree.

Enroll now.

Need to Meet your Non-Western and Comparative Studies Requirement?

On of Brandeis student biggest complaints is that though there are many courses designated as fulfilling the Non-Western and Comparative Studies requirement, there are a limited number of these offerings available each semester.   As student advance in their studies, making room for one of these courses become more difficult.

The Summer School has a great solution!  You can take HIST 56b from anywhere in the world if you have a internet connection because it’s offered on-line.   You can complete your requirement, you don’t have to be on-campus AND you won’t have to plan courses in your major around the Non-Western and Comparative offerings available during the Fall and Spring semesters.  So many good reasons to consider taking the course with the Summer School.

HIST 56b – World History to 1960
Extended Summer Session: June 1 to August 7, 2015
Survey of world history from 1450 to 1960. Topics include development of worldwide networks of economic and cultural exchange; the rise of modern political and industrial systems; colonialism, imperialism, and resistance; transformation of religious/philosophical systems and constructions of race and gender; environmental change.

Please note:Taking an online class differs greatly from taking a face-to-face class on campus. In order to receive the consent code necessary to enroll in an on-line class, students must arrange a conversation with the Summer School Director, Gwenn Smaxwill (781-736-3424), to discuss the differences between online course and face-to-face courses. At the conclusion of that conversation, students will receive a “Permission number” that will allow them to enroll in the course using the detailed registration steps found here. The “Permission Nbr” is used in Step #7 of the registration process.

Before your online class begins, students will be required to complete a self-paced LATTE tutorial to online learning. A student must have a UNET account and must be enrolled to access this tutorial which includes an overview of LATTE, the Brandeis course management website.

Enrollment is limited – early registration is highly recommended.

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