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ART 1050 Fundamentals of Design (4)

Fundamentals of Design explores the basic foundations of design through a series of visual projects that explore the principles and elements of design. Students will work both with analog and digital media as they explore two-dimensional, three-dimensional design along with color theory.


ART 1060 Drawing (4)

This is a foundational drawing course from observation. It is an introduction to the structure and articulation of forms. Some or all of the media used that may be introduced are charcoal, pencil, conte crayon and wet media. The student will become familiar with fundamental techniques and competent at rendering a convincing drawing based on the observation of the underlying structure of objects with an understanding of composition.


ART 1100 Typography (4)

Typography is a study of the design and use of basic letter forms, typographic contrast, hierarchy of information, major type families and characteristics, history of design and typographic grids. Students build skills for the art of typesetting and typographic layout, and for expressive typography and conceptual thinking.


ART 2050 Digital Art and Design (4)

This course is an introduction to the use of a digital platform to explore the principles, elements, and theories of design. Students will be exposed to a variety of software programs as they create a wide range of design-based projects.


ART 2070 Integrated Art/Media Explorations (4)

This course introduces art education students to a variety of techniques and materials specific to the elementary and secondary art classroom. Students will research and create a variety of projects towards the goal of building proficiency with these materials and processes.


ART 2080 Introduction to Photography (4)

Introduction to Photography is an introduction to traditional darkroom techniques, camera controls, prominent photographers and design skills. The curriculum compares analog and digital photography in camera capture, exposure and output. The role of film in the 21st century is addressed in conjunction with the latest research on market trends in commercial, medical and fine art applications. This class emphasizes darkroom work and includes a text, lectures and tests. A 35mm SLR (single lens reflex) film camera with manual controls is required for the class. A list of supplies such as film and paper will be available before class begins. Prerequisites: ART-1050


ART 2090 Introduction to Ceramics (4)

This is a basic course in ceramics with an emphasis in hand-built forms. The methods of pinch, slab, coil, and hump will be used to familiarize the student with clay and clay building. Students will learn the language and terminology used in ceramics. Through various projects students will gain confidence with observational analysis; technical, interpretive, and inventive skills; self-expression; and personal interests. Students will learn the stages of clay from its origin in the ground through the firing and glazing stages. Group and individual critiques will be included in the course to increase awareness, questioning and self-evaluation. Through research, the student will demonstrate an awareness of and appreciation for the works of ceramic artists from our culture and other cultures. The student will develop knowledge about the early history of ceramics.


ART 2120 Art History I (4)

This course is a survey of the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistory to Giotto in relation to the cultural background in which it was shaped. Course material will be presented through lectures, assigned readings and in-class discussions. From this material, students will learn to think and speak critically about visual and textual material, as well as see art as a necessary part of human interaction.


ART 2150 History of Graphic Design (4)

The History of Graphic Design will trace the historical development of graphic design which includes illustration and the sequential arts. This course will examine graphic design as a component of society, culture and general history as well as present an overview of the first illustrators and designers (from cave art to illuminated manuscripts). Supplements lecture, theory, and audio visual with relevant creative projects.


ART 2220 Art History II (4)

This course is a survey of the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Giotto to Pollock in relation to the cultural background in which it was shaped. Course material will be presented through lectures, assigned readings and in-class discussions. From this material, students will learn to think and speak critically about visual and textual material, as well as see art as a necessary part of human interaction.


ART 2350 Three-Dimensional Design (4)

This course explores the principles and elements of design in a three-dimensional context. Prerequisites: ART-1050


ART 2550 Introduction to Graphic Design (4)

This course introduces the interaction of text and image and the fundamental components of graphic communication. Students will develop and hone skills in working with text and image as they create solutions to a series of design problems. Visual literacy will be increased through exposure to contemporary design issues and graphic design history. Students will be expected to expand their proficiency in all aspects of the design process, including the use of formal design principles, type as image, creative brainstorming, conceptualizing, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation. Prerequisites: ART-1050


ART 2888 Art in Europe (4)

Art in Europe is designed as a May Term course that integrates site-specific works of art from various locations in Europe with student research and collaboration. Students will participate by visiting works of art and experiencing architecture with the facilitating faculty member. Students will complete a series of research-based assignments and present them to their fellow classmates.


ART 2988 The Grand Tour: Drawing and Art, Learning from the Masters (4)

This is designed as a May Term course that allows students to experience a range of specific works of art and architecture from various locations in Italy. They will then create art in response to these masterworks. (See bulletin for more detail.)


ART 3050 History of Modern Art (4)

History of Modern Art introduces important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries in relation to the culture. The debate on the beginnings of Modern Art as the Renaissance is discussed yet the emphasis of the class is on the era beginning with Cubism. In addition to presenting the work and theories of prominent painters, sculptors and architects other artists such as photographers, performance artists, and electronic media artists are included. How Modern Artists shaped and mirrored certain aspects of the culture and environment will be a theme.


ART 3060 Life Drawing (4)

This advanced course in drawing from the figure explores the expressive potential of the human figure as subject matter. This will be discovered through an experience with models in a variety of figure-environment situations. The student will further develop their skills at observation based on an understanding of the human figure. Class will include gesture drawings, long and short poses and drawing in a variety of media. Prerequisites: ART-1060


ART 3090 Introduction to Sculpture (4)

Sculpture I is a beginning clay modeling course. It is an in-depth study of form based on observation. The course will include bas-relief and sculpture in-the-round using additive methods to observe forms such as the skull, portrait head, still life, and the figure. Students will build perceptual ability and skills through studio assignments and develop a language for form making. Students will research other sculptors to build their visual vocabulary. Group and individual critiques will be included in the course to increase awareness, questioning and self-evaluation. Prerequisites: ART-1060


ART 3150 History of American Art (4)

An introduction to the art and architecture of the United States from pre-colonial times through the present. This course will investigate the role of European influences and the evolution of uniquely American forms as artists respond to the social and political forces that shape this country.


ART 3160 Introduction to Painting (4)

This is an introduction to oil painting with an emphasis on obtaining a basic understanding of pictorial organization and critical dialogue. Basic techniques of monochromatic blocking in, mixing colors, blocking in the form with color and the proper application of oil paint are introduced. The use of color schemes will be explored by the student with the goal of understanding how these schemes work to create a convincing space and a sound composition. Prerequisites: ART-1060


ART 3190 Advanced Ceramics (4)

Advanced Ceramics develops technical throwing skills using the potter’s wheel and will provide an opportunity for students to develop personal direction and voice. Form and design will be emphasized. Glazing and decorating techniques as well as combining thrown and hand-built forms will be considered to further emphasize form and design. Students will increase awareness, questioning and self-evaluation through demos, group and individual critiques, and research of ceramic artists. Prerequisites: ART-2090


ART 3361 Motion Graphics (4)

This course focuses on the theory and practice of motion graphic design. Students will learn to create effective, efficient, and dynamic motion graphics for use in motion pictures, broadcast media and the web. Class time will be divided between screenings, discussions, exercises and lab time. (cross-listed with COM-3361) Prerequisites: ART-2050 or COM-1111


ART 3550 Art and Design for the Web (4)

This course introduces basic visual communication concepts that are critical to designing web pages and interactive media. Emphasis is placed on design, communication, information architecture, navigation, and authoring. Prerequisites: ART-2050


ART 3650 Advanced Concepts in Graphic Design (4)

Further emphasis will be placed on the relationship between text and image through a series of design-based problems. Continued emphasis will be placed on the use of formal design principles, type as image, creative brainstorming, conceptualizing, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation. Students will also research and investigate opportunities in careers related to graphic design. Prerequisites: ART-2550


ART 3680 Digital Photography and Imaging (4)

This course is an introduction to photographic digital imagery including the basic techniques of digital camera operation, image scanning devices and computer software editing. Throughout the course, technical skills and conceptual understanding will be major goals in the weekly hands-on assignments. Through lectures, presentations, reading, projects, discussions and portfolios students gain insight into contemporary theory and historical heritage of digital photography. Students must provide a digital camera.


ART 3850 History of Photography (4)

History of Photography is a survey of the key events and photographers since the invention of photography in the 1830s. The effect photography has had on portraiture, journalism, science, sociology, medicine, communications, movies, television, war documentation, and fine arts are among the important topics covered in this lecture/discussion class. Students will gain an awareness of the monumental impact that photography has had worldwide and realize the universal language photography provides. The class emphasizes the dedicated and fascinating people who devoted their lives to either document what would never have been seen or to invent techniques that made the processes beautiful and permanent.


ART 3950 Italian Renaissance 1226-1564 (4)

This course explores the Italian Renaissance, through its roots in 13th-century Florence and Siena to the art of 16th-c. Rome. With the “rebirth” of classical philosophy and continuous competition between cities and artists, significant innovations in painting, sculpture, and architecture abound. Students will research the revolutionary works of such artists as Duccio, Giotto, Donatello, Brunelleschi, and Michelangelo not only by formally analyzing images, but also by engaging critically with primary and secondary sources, both biographical, visual, and theoretical. Prerequisites: ART-2120 and ART-2220


ART 4060 Advanced Painting (4)

This is a continuation of Introduction to Painting with an emphasis on attention to the individual’s personal response to visual elements. Development of this particular response to the medium and keen observation by the student will be implemented. Students will further develop skills and techniques as related to oil painting from observation. More advanced techniques of glazing, impasto, and scumbling will be introduced along with alla prima and plein air. Prerequisites: ART-3160


ART 4080 Advanced Photography (4)

Advanced photography emphasizes techniques for fine art printing, exposure/development control and alternative processes such as cyanotype or van dyke brown. Students are introduced to a wide variety of photography theories and encouraged to define their own philosophy in a required set of theme-based photographs. The class maintains an ongoing discussion of 147digital versus film148 with advantages noted in each area. Digitizing negatives is one of the exercises covered in this discussion. The fine art printing techniques, which are the hallmark of this class, develops a students vision for any output from film to digital. Prerequisites: ART-2080


ART 4090 Advanced Sculpture (4)

Advanced Sculpture is a continuing in-depth study in observation with emphasis on individual expression and exploring the possibilities of clay. The course may include bas- relief and sculpture in-the-round using additive methods to observe forms such as the skull, portrait head, still life, and the figure. Mold-making and casting will be introduced. Subtractive method of carving may be introduced. Students will research other sculptors to build their visual vocabulary. Group and individual critiques will be included in the course to increase awareness, questioning and self-evaluation. Prerequisites: ART-3090


ART 4444 Independent Study (3)

Individual study and research under the guidance of a member of the department. One to four credits each semester.


ART 4999 Graphic Design Senior Seminar (4)

Senior Studio is a capstone course in graphic design where the student will create a finished portfolio of work. Faculty within the department will take on a mentoring role to guide the student towards synthesizing their experiences in the major. In addition to a portfolio requirement, students will also gain skills in writing and presentation of their work. Prerequisites: ART-3650


ART 2881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


ART 3881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


ART 4810-15 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

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