ART COURSES



ART 100. 2D Design (4; F)
Six hours per week. An introductory course required for art majors. Course covers elements of design, color theory and applications, aesthetic theory and art criticism, as they pertain to two-dimensional art. Intensive work in various 2-D art media.

ART 101. 3D Design (4; S)
Six hours per week. An introductory course required for art majors. Course covers the principles and elements of design as they pertain to three-dimensional artwork. Art-historical study of 3-D art and projects in various 3-D art media.

ART 107. Drawing I (3; F)
Four hours per week. An introduction to basic drawing materials, principles of composition, perspective, traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing; and the aesthetics and history of drawing in art. Designed for non-majors as well as art majors.

ART 176. Special Topics in Studio Art (var. 1-4; AR)
Three hours per week. May be repeated for credit as content changes. Particular topics or themes in studio art.

ART 205. Introduction to Digital Photography (4; F, S)
Six hours per week. No prerequisite.  Introductory course in digital photography with an emphasis on the technical, conceptual and communicative characteristics as it evolves from traditional art. Learning will include lectures, demonstrations, discussions, critiques and laboratory work. Each student is required to have a digital camera with manual and/or icon functions meeting the approval of instructor. 

ART 206. Introduction to Film photography (4; S)
Six hours per week. No prerequisite. May be repeated once for credit. Study in film photography with an emphasis on the rudimentary technical, conceptual and communicative characteristics of B&W film photography as it evolves from traditional art. Learning will include lectures, demonstrations, discussions, critiques and laboratory work. Each student is required to have a film camera with manual functions meeting the approval of instructor. 

ART 207. Drawing II (3; AR)
Four hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 107. Further exploration of contemporary approaches to drawing, stressing the use of mixed materials for greater versatility of expressive ideas.

ART 209. Figure Drawing I (3; S)
Four hours per week. An intensive study of human anatomy, from life models, related to developing structural discipline and expressive freedom using a variety of drawing media.

ART 210. Introductory Painting (4; F, S)
Six hours per week. Instruction in the techniques of painting media, compositional methods, color and value with emphasis primarily upon traditional and early 20th-century approaches in painting.

ART 218. Printmaking (4; AR)
Six hours per week. Introduction to the four major printmaking processes: intaglio, relief, lithography and serigraphy. History and aesthetics of printmaking and the concept of multiple originals.

ART 223. Glass Art: Blowing I (4; F)
Six hours per week. Basic introduction of glass as an art form. Study of history, techniques and physical properties of glass. Students will participate in a variety of laboratory and classroom sessions exploring various applications of glass fabrication. Each student must have specific glass equipment.

ART 230. Introductory Sculpture (4; AR)
Six hours per week. An introduction to basic techniques of three-dimensional construction in a variety of materials. The application of design in three dimensions to sculptural form. The history of sculptural art.

ART 231. Clay Art: Fundamentals & Hand-building (4; F, S, AR)
Six hours per week. Introductory course in clay with emphasis on basic hand-building techniques (pinch, slab, coil and composite forming), conceptual concerns as they relate to elements of design and principals of organization, firing, glazing of ceramic clay as related to stoneware with low-fire surface treatments and aesthetic concerns of contemporary clay art. Each student should have clay tools recommended by instructor.

ART 251. Digital Art (4; F, S, AR)
Six hours per week. This class serves as an introduction to digital environments and their uses, both as tools and media. The instructor will cover technical operation of hardware and software and industry terminology. The class will cover illustration and digital photography techniques, design for publication, and use of input/output devices.

ART 252. Introduction to Typography (4; S)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 251. This course explores the basic concepts of typography with emphasis on type anatomy, type classification, terminology and using type as image. The objective of this course is to learn how to use type as expressive element that is more than just communicating information.

ART 262. Web-Based Design (4; F)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 251 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. In this course students learn how to design visually appealing, well-designed functional Web pages. Along with learning HTML, CSS coding and Dreamweaver programs, students are familiarized with important topics such as designing with web standards, usability, browser compatibility and accessibility. The projects are designed all the way from concept creation and planning stage to a fully functioning Web page.

ART 276. Special Topics in Studio Art (var. 1-4; AR)
Three hours per week. May be repeated for credit as content changes. Particular topics or themes in studio art.

ART 303. Studio Photography (4; max. 8; F)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 205, ART 206 or permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. The study and practice of studio photography, both artistic and commercial with an emphasis on digital color photography and artificial lighting. A digital SLR camera is highly recommended.

ART 304. Color Photography (4; max. 8; F)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 205, ART 206 or permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. Advanced work in color photography using film and digital media with an emphasis on color theory and color balancing.

ART 305. Alternative Processes in Photography (4; max. 8; S)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 205, ART 206 or permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. Exploration of non-silver and other non-traditional processes such as cyanotype, Van Dyke and other light-sensitive materials.

ART 306. Photojournalism (4; max. 8; F)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 205, ART 206 or permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. The study and practice of photography using the photo-essay method of visual communication. Coverage of historical, legal, ethical and stylistic aspects.

ART 308. Conceptual Drawing (3; AR)
Four hours per week. Exploration of drawing techniques and theories via a wide variety of materials and subjects. Emphasis on conceptualization, from creation of idea to execution.

ART 309. Figure Drawing II (3; S)
Four hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 209. Continued study of human anatomy, from life models, in a variety of drawing media with the focus on the relationship of the figure to its surroundings.

ART 310. Intermediate Painting (4; AR)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 210. May be repeated for credit as content changes. Continued exploration into painting practice. Emphasis is placed on pursuing individual direction in context of contemporary art & culture.

ART 311. Sculpture: The Human Figure (4; max. 8; AR)
Six hours per week. May be repeated once for credit. The anatomical structure of the human form will be studied through drawing and modeling in clay and on the computer. Lectures will present various philosophical renditions of the figure. Discussion of historical and social influences will preempt major personal projects to be executed throughout the course.

ART 318. Photographic Printmaking Processes (4; AR)
Six hours per week. May be repeated for credit as content changes. Study and application of the variety of photographic techniques as used by printmakers. Media, varying from semester to semester, to include digital prints, etching, lithography and screen-printing. Relationship to traditional photography emphasized.

ART 323. Glass Art: Blowing II (4; S, AR)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 223 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit as content changes. This course will focus on glassblowing skills and aesthetic development and will include graal, incalmo, cane work, and bit applications. Student must have specific personal equipment.

ART 324. Glass Art: Casting (4; S, AR)
Six hours per week. May be repeated for credit as content changes. This course will include pate-de-verre, cire perdue, sand-casting, fusing, and slumping. These techniques will involve work with kilns and glass shop equipment; a study of historical development of techniques; research and sampling for determining specific applications. Students must have specific personal equipment.

ART 331. Clay Art: Throwing I (4; F, S, AR)
Six hours per week. Introductory course in clay with emphasis on basic wheel-thrown techniques (cylinder, vessel form, table ware, and composite forming), conceptual concerns as they relate to use of the potter’s wheel, historical and contemporary approaches, firing, and glazing of ceramic clay as related to stoneware with high-fire surface treatments. Each student should have clay tools recommended by the instructor.

ART 332. Clay Art: Throwing II (4; AR)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 331 or permission of instructor. The study and practice of advanced wheel-throwing techniques, form versus function and aesthetic development. Course will focus on historical and contemporary issues as they relate to scale, functionality and surface aspects of wheel based art. Students should have specific personal equipment.

ART 333. Clay Art: Casting (4; AR)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 231 or permission of instructor. The study and practice of hand working processes with plaster molds and use of extended elements in the development of original works. Course will focus on press molding, slip casting and architectural tile works. Students participate in developing clays, glazes, an research pursuant to aesthetic concerns. Each student should have specific personal equipment.

ART 341. Children's Book Illustration (4; S, alternating years)
Six hours per week. A professional approach to creating artwork for childrens' books. A variety of media and techniques will be used. Appropriate color for young readers will be explored. Emphasis will be on conceptualization and media choice. Students are required to do research and present a self-written book. 

ART 350. Graphic Design (4; F)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 252 or permission of instructor. This studio class covers the fundamentals of graphic design and typography with special focus on their history, theory, practice and technology. An emphasis is placed upon the effect that other areas such as architecture, industrial design, art movements, literary criticism, philosophy and such had on graphic design. Along with learning the history of Graphic Design, students integrate what they have learned as influences in the projects they create in this class.

ART 353. Advanced Graphic Design (4; F)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 350 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit up to nine hours. The objective of this course is to apply the knowledge learned from previous courses (including typography, color, photography, illustration and theory) to a set of “real” problems. Necessary vehicles for information (booklet, brochure, identity, packaging, etc.) are developed from concept through production by using InDesign. This course is intended to duplicate closely the actual working context of a professional studio situation. Aspects of information design, visual narrative and semiotics will be explored in the context of both practice and theory.

ART 354. Graphic Art Portfolio (4; F)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 262 and ART 350, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit up to nine hours. In this course the students work on the development of their resume, physical portfolio, web portfolio and some self-promotional materials, while dealing with issues such as visual expression of their identity as a designer and how to prepare for job interviews, etc. 

ART 355. Illustration Methods (4; F)
Six hours per week. Presentation of various media and techniques and their application to reproduction in the commercial arena. Work with pencil, pen and ink, ink wash, opaque and transparent media, acrylics and collage. Emphasis on relationship between concept and medium.

ART 356. Editorial Illustration (4; S)
Six hours per week. Professional approach to contemporary illustration problems. Application of appropriate media choice, including traditional opaque and transparent media, as well as computer-imaging programs.

ART 376. Special Topics in Studio Art (var. 1-4; AR)
Three hours per week. May be repeated for credit as content changes. Particular topics or themes in studio art. 

ART 407. Advanced Drawing (3; AR)
Four hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 207. Advanced work in creative and technical aspects of drawing. Emphasis upon exploration of traditional and nontraditional media and ideas.

ART 410. Advanced Painting (4; AR)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 310. May be repeated for credit as content changes. Advanced creative work in acrylic and oil painting techniques and design.

ART 418. Advanced Printmaking (4; AR)
Six hours per week. May be repeated for credit as content changes. Advanced work in technical and creative aspects of one or more of the five major processes of printmaking (digital, intaglio, relief, lithography or serigraphy).

ART 423. Glass Art: Blowing III (4; AR)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 323. May be repeated once for credit. Advanced work in technical and creative forming of glass into sculptural forms.
 
ART 430. Advanced Sculpture (4; max 8; AR)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 230 and 311, or permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. Advanced work in technical and creative aspects of sculpture.

ART 431. Advanced Ceramics (4; AR)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 231, or ART 331, or permission of instructor. Further examination of aesthetic and conceptual applications of the ceramic medium. Development of individual concerns and vocabulary of form will be stressed. Students are responsible for developing clays, glazes and firing their work. Focus on historical and contemporary issues is pursuant to aesthetic concerns. Students should have specific personal equipment.

ART 450WI. Senior Seminar I: The Emerging Artist (3; F)
Three hours per week. Prerequisites: Senior classification in art major, completion of core classes, completion of at least 50 credit hours in the major and portfolio review by faculty. Satisfies University Core Curriculum requirement for writing-intensive course and required of all art majors. This course involves intensive development and enhancement of writing skills needed for art careers, including: position application cover letter, resume and artist’s statement, as well as written thesis.  Creation of cohesive body of artwork in support of thesis; expansion and presentation of portfolio in slides, CD, DVD, or other professional format. Planning of Spring BFA exhibition and post graduate career strategies.

ART 451SI. Senior Seminar II: Visual Presentations (3; S)
Three hours per week. Prerequisites: Senior classification in art major, successful completion of ART 450WI and successful completion of at least 50 credit hours in major. Satisfies University Core Curriculum requirement for speech-intensive course and required of all art majors. A continuation of Senior Seminar I; while focusing on development of public speaking skills. Students learn to deliver skillful visual-art presentations, in a range of speech formats, including demonstration, advocacy/sales, mock job interview, etc. Mounting of BFA exhibition and each student’s oral defense of completed thesis project.

ART 476. Special Topics in Studio Art ( var. 1-4; AR)
Three hours per week. May be repeated for credit as content changes. Particular topics or themes in studio art.

ART 480. Senior Studio (4; AR)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: Senior status and permission of division of visual arts. Students enrolled in this course will be working individually on personal art projects. A committee will be selected by the student to guide and critique the student’s progress.

ART 490. Art Internship (var. 3-6; AR)
Nine to 18 hours per week. This internship is designed for students majoring in computer art and design or studio art. The program will provide the student with an opportunity to participate in the work of an advertising agency, graphic design firm, or art studio. The student must file an application and necessary forms with the division chair no later than one month before the semester during which the internship is to begin.