Course Descriptons By Program
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ART106 - Art Appreciation
This course provides a very approachable and easy-to-understand guide to the key visual design building blocks, materials, processes, styles and history of the whole of Western Art. Students will also gain reference knowledge of the key timeline of the major artists, artworks and art processes from the past and present, and why art developed the way it did.
ART109 - Landmarks of World Art
Landmarks of World Art is an introduction to the defining monuments of world architecture from prehistory to the present.
ART110 - Drawing I
A beginning course in drawing skills and techniques stressing line, contour and value studies, and the study of linear perspective, this course stresses rendering techniques and the visual skills necessary for students to draw what they see.
ART112 - Introduction to New and Emerging Art Media
Many traditional mediums are offered in art. This studio course introduces the student to new and emerging art media from the late 19th century to the present dealing with themes such as collaboration, identity, appropriation, open sourcing, telepresence, surveillance, corporate parody, intervention and hacktivism, and social justice. These new art forms include digital painting, projection, animation, virtual art, interactive art, video games, 3D printing, and biotechnology.
ART118 - History of Making
This course studies the history of making art from antiquity to the modern period. It includes major artists, groups, and stylistic developments of specific time periods, exploring artists and works in their historical, cultural, and social contexts. It focuses on several forms of visual art/culture, including sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, jewelry, and includes on-site visits to museums and galleries, as well as the making of artistic objects.
ART119 - Design 2-D
This course is an examination of elements and principles used in two-dimensional visual composition. The student uses a variety of media to solve problems in the theory and practice of art fundamentals.
ART120 - Design 3-D
This course is an examination of elements and principles of three-dimensional visual composition. These include all the elements and principles used in two-dimensional design, as well as the concepts of mass and volume.
ART127 - Introduction to Graphic Design
This course provides a foundation in visual communication and an understanding of the major concepts of graphic design and how design relates to advertising and marketing, and introduces the computer as a production tool.
ART130 - Biological Illustration: Form and Function
An introductory course in biology and drawing with an emphasis on the relationship between form and function. Working with plants and animals, and using a combination of macroscopic and microscopic specimens, students will focus on the careful observation and interpretation of biological forms. Drawing instruction will focus on a variety of techniques commonly used in the biological sciences. Biology instruction will introduce students to basic scientific methodology, the diversity of living forms, the variety of ecological strategies related to those forms and their scientific classification. This is a team-taught lecture and studio course, with the class in biology lecture one day, and in the studio/lab instruction the second day.
ART165 - Artist's Workshop
Through contact with distinguished visiting artists, this course provides insight into the basic language elements, media, tools, techniques and principles of art production as a professional endeavor. (Variable crs.) Repeatable. As needed.
ART212 - Art History I
Art History I introduces students to the historical unfolding of the earliest significant ideas, images, events, artists and personalities involved with the visual arts - from cave art to the dawning of the Renaissance. The textual focus is upon these earliest visual arts from Europe, Asia and Northern Africa. Through lectures, visual aids and opportunities for study in the field, students with or without any prior knowledge of visual art will learn how to make the art of the period accessible and useful.
ART214 - Art History II
This course introduces students to the major monuments of art history from 1300 to the present. Significant artistic developments in painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance through the present are examined within their historical and cultural contexts. The course thus provides a lens through which to understand the formal characteristics, subject matter and meaning of art as it relates to its social-historical context.
ART215 - Digital Painting I
This is a first level digital painting studio course. It utilizes Photoshop and introduces basic principles and techniques towards using digital painting in the CGI fields. The focus will be on matte painting bases, art theory, and criticism used to produce successful digital art images.
ART216 - Introduction to Virtual Reality
This studio course is an introduction to the art and craft of Virtual Reality and its applications to the arts and entertainment fields. VR utilizes visualization, representation, human computer interaction to provide an instructional, immersive, aesthetic experience. This course will focus on student design of VR environments and on various practical and aesthetic issues in the application, design, and implementation of VR in various imaging industries including industrial design, architecture and medical fields.
ART227 - Graphic Design Studio 1
A progressive level of graphic design courses that will emphasize creative, visual problem solving; graphic design history, theory and criticism; and the creation of portfolio quality work, client relationships and professional practices.
ART233 - Natural Science Drawing
An introductory course in observational drawing from biological specimens and outdoor field studies. Working with plant, animal, and landscape subjects, students will focus on the careful observation of natural forms and phenomena. Students will practice methods of scientific illustration through detailed renderings of organisms from direct observation supplemented by visual research. Through slide lectures, students will be introduced to masterworks of natural science drawing, as well as the work of great landscape painters and animal artists. Outdoor field trips will include specimen-gathering and the sketching of landscapes with clouds, water, waves, and land forms. Advanced art students will have the option of working in color with oils or watercolor. Upper level science students may concentrate on drawing subjects that relate to their particular areas of interest. The course is repeatable.
ART243 - Introduction to Asian Art
This course is an introduction to the major artistic traditions of East Asia from prehistory to the present. Works of art from India, China, and Japan are considered in relationship to their social-historical contexts. The course material includes archeological sites such as tombs; images and architecture of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam; and issues of modernism in East Asian art.
ART261 - Typography
This course is designed to teach effective use of typography as it relates to graphic design. The course covers, in detail, fundamental studio elements along with historical perspectives to give the student deeper insight and understanding.
ART262 - Color Theory
The course is designed to teach the effective use of color across the areas of art and design. The course covers in detail fundamental studio elements along with historical perspective.
ART266 - Selected Topics
This course will provide material not covered in regular art studios or art history classes. It will provide faculty and students the opportunity to explore in depth new ideas and techniques on selected topics. (Variable crs.) Repeatable. As needed.
ART295 - Surface Design
Surface designs are everywhere we look: from clothing, to the interior and exterior coverings of where we live and work. In this course students discover how to identify and use the elements, principles in a variety of applications of surface design. Students also will explore a cursory history of materials and processes from around the world as they are applied to unique and patterned surface designs. Students will see what they are learning applied to several “field trips” to real-life places to identify and deconstruct specific surface design applications and design strategies.
ART308 - Art History: Ancient to Medieval
This course introduces students to the historical unfolding of the earliest significant ideas, images, events, artists and personalities involved with the visual arts — from cave art to the dawning of the Renaissance. The textual focus is upon these earliest visual arts from Europe, Asia and Northern Africa. Through lectures, visual aids and opportunities for study in the field, students with or without prior knowledge of visual art will learn how to make the art of this period accessible and useful.
ART310 - Advanced Drawing
This advanced drawing course explores expressive drawing techniques and drawing media and is a continuation of work to improve performance of academic drawing skills. Emphasis is placed on drawing from a model to develop a knowledge of human anatomy and to understand its effects on the surface information of the human form. Basic drawing skills are required.
ART311 - Medieval Art and Architecture
This course will chronologically examine the architecture, painting, sculpture and so-called “minor arts,” produced in Europe and the Byzantine Empire during the more than 1,000 years known as the Middle Ages. The works of art discussed in this course will be analyzed not only in terms of style, but they will also be set within their cultural, social and political environment for a deeper understanding of their important place in medieval life. Attention will also be given to patrons of the arts and the role, training, and status of the medieval artist, as well as the methods and materials artists employed.
ART316 - Art History: Renaissance Through Rococo
Art history from 1300 to 1750 surveys the major artists, styles and movements of the 14th to mid-18th centuries. Significant artistic developments are examined within their historical and cultural contexts. This course considers the art and art movements of Europe and the United States as well as the art of non-Western cultures. Through lectures, class discussions and opportunities for study in the field, students will learn how to make the art of this period accessible and meaningful and thus enhance their humanistic perspective.
ART317 - Art History: Neoclassicism Through the Present
The major movements and artists from the neoclassical through the postmodern periods form the basis for this survey of art history. Works of art are examined within the context of their cultural, political and historical milieux. The artistic production of both Western and non-Western cultures is considered. Primary texts are discussed as the course provides a foundation in the theory and criticism appropriate to these periods.
ART319 - Ancient Greek and Roman Art
Ancient Greek and Roman Art considers the major artistic achievements of the classical Mediterranean world. The course will include the study of Greek painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Cycladic to the Hellenistic period and an examination of Roman art from the Etruscan age through the beginning of Christian art. Emphasis is placed on the Greek Classical period and the Roman Imperial period.
ART323 - Women in Art
This course examines the art produced by women from the ancient world to today, focusing on the modern period. The course begins with an analysis of work by women in its social, political, cultural and economic context. Texts representative of critical trends in scholarship will be discussed and related to works by women.
ART324 - Modern Art
This course traces the development of modern painting, sculpture, photography, design and architecture from Neoclassicism to Abstract Expressionism with an emphasis on understanding the works within their specific social-historical contexts. Artists including Jacques-Louis David, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matiss, and Jackson Pollock will be discussed. While the course focuses primarily on modernity in the Western world, the question of multiple modernities in a global context will also be addressed.
ART326 - Contemporary Art
This course will consider developments in art objects and theory from the 1950s to the present with an emphasis on understanding examples of contemporary art within their specific social-historical contexts. The period is marked by dramatic changes in art and society that necessitate a consideration of art beyond the Western world to a global context. Artists including Robert Mapplethorpe, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Chris Ofili and Ai Weiwei, among many others, will be discussed.
ART327 - Graphic Design Studio II
A progressive level of graphic design courses that will emphasize creative, visual problem solving; graphic design history, theory and criticism; and the creation of portfolio quality work, client relationships and professional practices.
ART328 - Italian Renaissance Art
Italian Renaissance Art considers the art and architecture of Italy from the late 13th through the 16th century, featuring such artists as Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Titian. The course explores the variety of contexts in which the art was produced, the changing role of the artist, and the importance of patronage.
ART329 - Art Internship
Supervised experience provides the specific technical skills used in the art world outside the classroom and studio, e.g., mounting exhibits, techniques of art restoration, graphic arts production techniques, and promoting arts and cultural events. (Variable crs.) Fall and spring.
ART333 - American Art: European Settlement through 1918
This course will consider painting, sculpture and photography in America from the time of European settlement to 1918 with special attention given to political, social and cultural contexts. Course organization is both chronological and thematic. It emphasizes major figures, such as John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, but it also focuses on issues such as the construction of an American identity, the role of the fine arts in American society, and the tensions of class, gender, race and ethnicity in American art. Examination of key works of art will be accompanied by discussion of related readings in art theory.
ART345 - Methods of Art History
Methods of Art History is an introduction to the history of the art historical discipline and its research and interpretive methods. Rather than discuss the what of art history – that is, the major works and their histories - as most art history courses do, this course addresses the how of art history. We will consider various ways in which art historians interpret a work of art according to its specific and unique characteristics, the place and time period in which the work is created, and the changing nature of viewers' responses to it.
ART350 - Printmaking: Relief
This is a hands-on introduction to, and continued development of, the fundamental ideas, processes, practices, styles, methods, techniques and professional presentation of relief printmaking as an art form. The history, aesthetics and critical frontiers of relief printmaking as an art form will also be addressed throughout the course. This course may be repeated for additional credit.
ART351 - Printmaking: Intaglio
This is a hands-on introduction to, and continued development of, the fundamental ideas, processes, practices, styles, methods, techniques and professional presentation of intaglio printmaking as an art form. The history, aesthetics and critical frontiers of intaglio printmaking as an art form will also be addressed throughout the course. This course may be repeated for additional credit.
ART352 - Printmaking Processes
Printmaking Processes is a repeatable course that exposes students to all the major printmaking processes. Students learn to create in all the major “green” (safe) printmaking processes, at least half that can be made safely at home or in school. Students will be able to identify all of the major types of prints and printmaking processes used from the 1500's until now. Students will also be able to specifically design and create images for at least 5 different areas of printmaking processes, and professionally present their best work in an exhibition they organize at the end of the semester.
ART372 - Creatuve Arts for Elementary Education
This course provides a survey of concepts, theories, and experiences for integrating arts education into the elementary classroom curriculum. Students will have practical experiences in art, music and theatre along with arts and education theories. This course will enable future teachers to develop arts experiences and lesson plans for children.
ART376 - Jewelry-Metals: Casting
This course is designed to give the student a thorough introduction to the materials and processes used in the jewelry/metals medium with a specific emphasis on the casting process. Design issues as well as technical processes will be addressed through a variety of studio exercises and problems. Creativity, problem solving skills and craftsmanship will all be emphasized as well as an understanding of the cultural and historical aspects of this expressive medium. This course may be repeated for additional credit.
ART377 - Jewelry/Metals: Fabrication
This course is designed to give the student a thorough introduction to the materials and processes used in the jewelry/metals medium with a specific emphasis on the fabrication process. Design issues as well as technical processes will be addressed through a variety of studio exercises and problems. Creativity, problem solving skills and craftsmanship will all be emphasized as well as an understanding of the cultural and historical aspects of this expressive medium. This course may be repeated for additional credit.
ART382 - Ceramics Studio
In this introductory exploration of clay through hand-building techniques and the potter's wheel, students examine the various forms and functions of the ceramic vessel. The course focuses on forming processes and the glazing and firing of pieces made in the studio. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
ART383 - Painting Studio
An introduction to the fundamentals of painting, this course places emphasis on fundamental techniques of rendering, including the study of light and shadow, color, intensity control and projection, and recession of objects in space. Work and exercises are done primarily in oil paints. Work in watercolor or acrylic may be done with prior approval of the instructor. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
ART385 - Sculpture Studio
Introduction to the basic language, elements, media, tools, techniques, and principles of the organization of sculpture. The basic techniques and principles of manipulation, subtraction, substitution, and addition will be covered, involving different media and tools.
ART388 - Critical Writing in Art
This writing intensive course for Art and Design students prepares them for life as a professional artist or designer. Through analysis, deconstruction and personal investigation, students will develop necessary skills in writing about art and design.
ART410 - Teaching Visual Art in Pre-K Through Grade 8
This course is designed to prepare beginning teachers of visual art to effectively meet the diverse challenges of teaching at the Pre-K through grade 8 levels of learning. There is a distinct emphasis upon directing teachers of visual art to establish a safe, efficient, creative, classroom driven by a student-centered/ developmentally sound / standards-based curriculum that accounts for no child being left behind. Ways of finding and exploiting traditional and non traditional techniques and technologies in the visual arts will be exposed if not explored. Students will be required to work in the classroom, visit and use community resources, and develop an art education portfolio.
ART411 - Teaching Art in Grades 9-12
Teaching Art in Grades 9-12 is designed to prepare the k-12 art education specialist to be a more effective teacher of art students in grades 9-12 for the needs of the 21st century. Traditional and non-traditional materials and methods will be addressed in art production. In addition, art criticism, art history and aesthetics will be addressed in the context of a daily classroom expectation. Fine Art, Crafts and Visual Culture/Visual Literacy will be explored with a focus upon preparing teachers who are able to deliver a solid foundation in visual thinking and learning as well as help the more career-minded student.
ART420 - Contemporary Issues in Art
This course focuses on issues of contemporary concern in art history. The topics are faculty-selected and of contemporary consequence.
ART422 - Art History: The Art World After Modernism
Seminar in Art Theory: The Art World after Modernism is a discussion-based course which considers the theoretical concerns informing and shaping artistic production and dialogue in the late 20th and 21st centuries. The study of primary sources in the form of critical writings addressing late modern, postmodern, and contemporary art provides students with a thorough grounding in the bases for the development of the historical movements and the distinctive approaches to artistic production of the period. The course affords students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge of art history gleaned in survey courses with an extensive examination of salient art criticism and theory.
ART427 - Graphic Design Studio 3
In this course the student will create portfolio quality pieces which reflect current marketing and advertising strategies. Students will build upon their previous technical experience in QuarkXPress and Adobe Illustrator, while developing advanced technical experience with Adobe Photoshop.
ART428 - Graphic Design Studio 4
This course is designed to develop advanced graphic communication concepts and skills. Emphasis will be placed on client relationships and professional practices.
ART438 - Figure Drawing
This advanced level drawing course is a repeatable course which focuses on drawing from a model from life. Students work from live nude and clothed models to develop a high level of skill in drawing the human figure while exploring a wide variety of drawing media and techniques.
ART448 - Figure Molding
This advanced level sculpture course is a repeatable course which focuses on sculpting from a model from life. Students work from live nude and clothed models to develop a high level of skill in sculpting the human figure while exploring a wide variety of sculpture media and techniques.
ART458 - Figure Drawing and Modeling
This advanced level drawing course is a repeatable course which focuses on drawing and sculpting from a model from life. Students work from a live nude and clothed model to develop a high level of skill in drawing the human figure while exploring a wide variety of drawing media and techniques.
ART490 - Senior Studio Thesis
This course is a capstone course for BFA students which prepares them for life as a professional fine artist. This course culminates in a professional portfolio, including a resume, artist's statement, bio and website, a grant proposal, an action plan for employment or graduate studies, and a solo or two person gallery exhibition.
ART493 - Advanced Ceramics
An advanced course in ceramic skills and techniques on the potter's wheel and hand forming methods. Considerable emphasis will be placed on glazing and firing a body of work completed through an in-depth study area in clay.
ART496 - Advanced Painting
This course is a repeatable painting studio that works to develop proficiencies in painting techniques, rendering skills, and the visual analysis of forms. Students explore a variety of painting methods, subjects and themes toward the goal of improving technique and skills, and developing in each student a personal and unique approach to form and content.
ART498 - Advanced Sculpture
A repeatable studio course in sculpture designed to enable students who are seriously interested in sculpture, the opportunity to experiment with many type of media and to investigate other seasonable materials which can be used as sculpture. They will also be expected to impose on themselves problems which demonstrate critical thinking and analysis of materials.