Academics

Course Descriptions

ART 101. Studio Art I. (3)

A studio course introducing a variety of materials and methods of artistic expression through studio experiences in drawing, printing, painting, and three-dimensional work. This course is designed as an introduction to art for the non-art major as well as the art major. Art 101 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Fine Arts, Area C-3. A $75 fee is charged for cost of materials. Offered every semester.

ART 102. Three Dimensional Design. (3*)

Basic concepts of three-dimensional art and design are investigated via problem solving projects employing a variety of materials, processes and tools. A $75 fee is charged for the cost of materials. Offered spring semester.

ART 131. Watercolor I. (3)

Methods and techniques designed to introduce the beginning student to watercolor as both a sketching, problem solving, planning medium for the artist, as well as a medium suitable for finished works.

A $75 fee is charged for the cost of materials. Offered fall semester.

ART 161. Computer Graphics I. (3)

An introduction to the fundamentals of computer graphics and graphic design. Design problems with an emphasis on building and developing the critical, aesthetic judgments employed by artists as related to composition, design, color, message, etc. Problems are explored within the context of computer software and graphic design. A fee of $85 is charged. Offered every semester.

ART 171. Clay Arts/Ceramics I. (3)

Introduction to ceramics including throwing techniques, hand building, and clay as a medium for sculpture. The history of ceramics is examined from its roots as craft or utilitarian vessels, its significance as a surface for decoration, and/or narrative images up to its elevation as a contemporary art form. A $75 fee is charged for cost of materials. Offered spring semester.

ART 181. Art Concepts and Techniques. (3)

An Art Appreciation Course. A lecture and studio course covering the techniques and concepts that artists employ including media, methods, theory, composition, style, and content presented within the context of the historical period that best represents the respective subject. Various concepts/exercises are explored up to Contemporary Art. ART 181 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Fine Arts, Area, C-3. A fee of $75 is charged for the cost of materials. Offered every semester.

ART 211. History of Western Art I. (3)
A Survey of Western Art through the Middle Ages
A slide /lecture, discussion, and introduction to the history of western art through the Middle Ages. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the visual arts through the examination of its nature, structure, criticism, cultural and historical context.
ART 211 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirements for Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered every semester

ART 212. History of Western Art II. (3)

A Survey of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. A slide /lecture, discussion, and introduction to the history of western art from the Renaissance to the present. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the visual arts through the examination of its nature, structure, criticism, cultural and historical context. ART 212 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirements for Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered every semester.

ART 220 (COM 220). Principles of Digital Photography. (3)

A basic course in capturing and manipulating still images using various techniques and technologies. This course is highly recommended for visual artists for understanding lighting, emotion, action, and storytelling in still media. This course will be offered as a course centered around digital photography and Photoshop software.  Recommended for Art majors. A $95 fee will be charged for this class. Offered spring semester.

ART 221. Drawing I. (3*)

Prerequisites: ART 101 or ART 181 or permission of instructor.

An introduction to basic drawing media and methods consisting of the study of the Masters‘ drawings, drawing from observation, and abstraction. Emphasis placed on technique, method, composition, abstract qualities, and content. A $75 fee is charged for cost of materials. Offered every semester.

ART 231. Painting I. (3*)

Prerequisites: ART 101 or ART 221 or permission of instructor.

An introduction to basic painting media and methods consisting of the study of old and contemporary Masters‘ works, color theory, composition, and technique. Subjects covered include landscape, still-life, the figure, and abstraction. A $75 fee is charged for cost of materials. Offered every semester.

ART 241. Printmaking I. (3)

Prerequisites: ART 101 or ART 221 or permission of instructor.

An introduction to relief, intaglio, and monotype processes. A $75 fee is charged for cost of materials. Offered at departmental discretion.

ART 242. Printmaking II. (3)

Prerequisite: ART 241.

Intermediate problems in intaglio. Emphasis is placed on new and experimental methods of printmaking, including intaglio, monotypes, plastic, copper plate etching and aquatints.

A $75 fee is charged for cost of materials. Offered at departmental discretion and taught in conjunction with ART 241.

ART 261. Graphic Design I/ Production Practices. (3)

Prerequisites: ART 161, ART 221.

Application of design principles covered in ART 161. Design elements used in identity and campaign research preparation using Photo-shop, Illustrator, Painter, Quark, and MAC applications. A fee of $85 is charged. Offered every semester.

ART 264. History of Graphic Design. (3)

A slide and lecture introduction to the history of graphic design. This class will cover graphic design starting with the invention of writing, the invention of the printing press to graphic design in the age of information. This course will be conducted in chronological order. Offered fall semester, alternate years.

ART 271. Clay Arts/Ceramics II. (3)

Prerequisite: ART 171.

Intermediate problems in ceramics including more advanced exploration of the clay arts form. Emphasis is placed on the production of larger scale, more finished pieces, and the development of individual concepts and techniques. A $75 fee is charged for cost of materials. Offered at departmental discretion and taught in conjunction with ART 171.

ART 274. Sculpture I. (3*)

Prerequisite: ART 102.

Introduction to sculpting techniques and construction techniques in a variety of media including welded steel, sandstone, clay, wood, and simple casting techniques. A $75 fee is charged for cost of materials. Offered at department discretion.

ART 320, Web Design. (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 112.

A course designed around the fundamentals of digital photography, manipulation of graphics, and Web design. This course will focus on two main topics: First, the use of digital photography and graphics in the mass media to provide students opportunities to use these skills in creating Web pages. Second, the theory and practice of Web design. Students will learn the art of writing for web pages as well as the aesthetic and theoretical foundations of Web page design. A $95 fee will be charged to cover the maintenance of the digital cameras and the costs for both the digital and graphic design programs. Offered spring semester.

ART 321. Drawing II/Life Drawing. (3*)

Prerequisite: ART 221.

Directed study with an introduction to various media. Emphasis placed on drawing from the live model and anatomy. A $75 fee is charged for the cost of materials. Offered at departmental discretion.

ART 331. Painting II/Life Painting. (3*)

Prerequisites: ART 221, 231.

Intermediate problems in painting with an emphasis on the exploration of media. Emphasis on painting from the live model and anatomy. A $75 fee is charged for the cost of materials. Offered at departmental discretion.

ART 342, 343. Printmaking III. (3*)

Prerequisite: ART 241.

Advanced problems in printmaking, with an emphasis on developing individual concepts and exploring complex and experimental methods. A $75 fee is charged for cost of materials. Offered at departmental discretion and taught in conjunction with ART 241.

ART 361. Graphic Design II. (3)

Prerequisite: ART 261.

Advanced design solutions and presentation techniques resulting in dynamic layout for print portfolio. The student works closely with professors to produce a Design Portfolio evaluated by a multi-member review panel. A fee of $85 is charged. Offered every semester.

ART 372. Art for Early Childhood/Elementary Teachers. (3)

An introduction to the materials and methods of organizing artistic activities for children, including teaching strategies, developmental theories, and historical bases, with studio experiences in art media for children. Required of all Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors. A $75 fee is charged for the cost of materials. Offered every semester.

ART 375, 376. Clay Arts III. (3*)

Prerequisite: ART 271.

Advanced problems in clay arts and ceramics, with an emphasis on the realization and production of a personal oeuvre and the exploration of complex and experimental techniques. The chemistry of glazes, clay bodies, and a variety of firing techniques will also be covered. A $75 fee is charged for the cost of materials. Offered at departmental discretion and taught in conjunction with ART 171.

ART 421, 422. Drawing III. (3*)

Prerequisite: ART 321.

Drawing for the advanced student with an emphasis on developing individual concepts and techniques.

A $75 fee is charged for the cost of materials. Offered at departmental discretion and taught in conjunction with ART 321.

ART 431, 432. Painting. (3*)

Prerequisite: ART 331.

Painting for the advanced student with an emphasis on individual concepts and techniques.

A $75 fee is charged for the cost of materials. Offered at departmental discretion and taught in conjunction with ART 331.

ART 461. Advanced Application of Computer. (3)

Advanced application of computer, Design elements will be used in identity and campaign research, development of visual collateral and publications using Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, and MAC applications. Further development of the student‘s portfolio will be done in this class. Budget and time constraints will be placed on students for them to have more practical experience. A fee of $85 is charged. Offered at departmental discretion.

ART 464. Senior Graphic Design Portfolio. (6)

Prerequisite: ART 361. (For graduating seniors—last semester.)

Comprehensive preparation for all graphic design students. Course will include weekly portfolio review, resume and cover letter preparation specifically geared towards the design industry, networking training and interview preparation. In addition, students will be required to visit various graphic design studios and advertising agencies (various field trips) to get more familiar with what is anticipated from them after graduation. A fee of $85 is charged. Offered at departmental discretion.

ART 490. Special Studies. (1-12)

Research, New, Experimental, or Collaborative Art Forms, Study Abroad, or topics that are not covered by the regular curriculum offered by the Department of Art. Proposals for Special Studies require the prior approval of the Chair of the Department and may require the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Additional costs may apply when studies involve travel or off-campus settings. This course is repeatable. Six hours required for Graphic Design majors.

ART 491, 492. Independent Study. (1-3, 1-3)

Self-directed study in a specialized area of art.

Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors with permission of Department Chair. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.

ART 495. Internship. (1-6)

Internships are directed learning in a professional work environment or non profits organization related to the Visual Arts field. Limited to Art majors and minors. Proposals for an Internship may require the prior approval of the Chair of the Department and may require the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Additional costs may apply when studies involve travel or off-campus settings. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.


(Each studio course designated with (3*) carries three semester hours credit and meets for four hours each week. Courses should be taken in numerical sequence in area of study.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Descriptions