Art Department
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ART 104 ART APPRECIATION [-]
Wide-ranging introduction to the visual arts that focuses primarily on the art and architecture of Western Civilization. Topics include art theory, visual perception, subject matter and content, art-making media and techniques, the creative process and the relation of art to its historical and cultural context. Does not meet art major core requirements for art history. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
ART 121 DESIGN PRINCIPLES [-]
Introduction to and development of knowledge and comprehension of the underlying principles of visual composition, through the creation of designs. Bulk supplies are provided, but students need to furnish some materials. Major Corequisite: ART 130; no corequisite for non-majors. Six hours per week. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
ART 129 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY [-]
Introductory level course designed to explore fundamentals of composition using digital photography and related support technology. Stresses the application of the elements of design and the principles of composition through tranditional photographic assignments and is appropriate for non-art majors, art minors, and art majors in all tracks except photography. Instruction includes use of a digital camera and basic image manipulation programs. Students must provide their own camera. Prerequisite: ART 121 for B.A. and B.F.A. Six hours per week. Meets General Education III (Prior to Fall 2008 met General Education IB).
ART 130 DRAWING I [-]
Introduction to basic drawing principles, using a combination of black and white media in the exploration of linear and tonal elements. Students furnish their own materials. B.A. and B.F.A. core. Major Corequisite: ART 121; no corequisite for non-majors. Six hours per week. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
ART 201 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY [-]
Chronological survey of art and architecture in western civilization, from prehistory to the present. Considers the style, subject matter and purposes of art in relation to its historical time period or culture. B.A. and B.F.A. core. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008 Gen Ed IB).
ART 208 HISTORY OF BAROQUE AND ROCOCO ART [-]
Survey of the visual arts in Europe from the late 16th century to the end of the 18th century. Explores the work of the era’s major artists in relation to the larger historical, social and cultural contexts of their time. Emphasis on new developments in subject matter, patronage and art theory. Prerequisite: ART 201 for majors; no prerequisite for non-majors. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIB (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
ART 215 CERAMICS I [-]
Introduction to the art of making clay forms using methods of hand building, forming, glazing, decorating and firing. Students furnish their own materials. B.A. Core. Major Prerequisites: ART 121, 130; no prerequisites for non-majors. Six hours per week. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
ART 226 GRAPHIC DESIGN I [-]
Introduction to graphic design as a specialized arts medium that integrates text and images to communicate specific messages to diverse viewers. Covers the history of graphic design, principles of visual communication and image creation, and the use of specialized computer software to solve basic graphic design problems. Prerequisites: 121, 130, 201. Six hours per week.
ART 227 DIGITAL DESIGN & LAYOUT [-]
Introduction for non-graphic design majors to the principles of graphic design and layout, and to the basic software packages used in graphic design. Designed to help fine arts majors prepare and present images of their artwork in a professional manner, and should be taken in the junior or senior year. Major Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201 and either 129 or 229; no prerequisites for non-majors. Six hours per week.
ART 229 PHOTOGRAPHY I [-]
Introduction to basic elementary black and white photographic methods and darkroom procedures. Students furnish their own cameras, film, paper and developing tank. B.A. core. Major Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201; no prerequisites for non-majors. Six hours per week.
ART 230 DRAWING II [-]
Introduction to monochromatic and polychromatic drawing techniques using wet and dry media. Students furnish their own materials. B.F.A. core. B.A. Prerequisites: ART 121, 130. B.F.A. Prerequisite: ART 121, 130 , 201. Six hours per week.
ART 246 PAINTING I [-]
Introduction to techniques in oil, acrylics and watercolor. Students furnish their own materials. B.A. and B.F.A. core. Major Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201. Non-Major Prerequisite: ART 130. Six hours per week.
ART 261 SCULPTURE I [-]
Exploration of the expressive qualities of form using the subtractive and additive processes. Students furnish their own materials. Major Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201. Non-Major Prerequisite: ART 130. Six hours per week
ART 265 WOOD SCULPTURE [-]
Introduction to various woods, tools and sculpting techniques in a studio setting. Students must furnish materials. B.F.A. Prerequisite: ART 261. Six hours per week.
ART 271 GLASS I [-]
Introduction to basic glass-working techniques with a focus on glass blowing, glass solid sculpting and various cutting and finishing processes. Includes introduction to glass studio operations, including health and safety issues. Students must furnish safety apparel and any extra materials not covered by the lab fee. Major Prerequisites: ART 121, 130. Non-Major Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Six hours per week.
ART 280 NEW MEDIA I [-]
An integrated and cohesive approach to new media used in contemporary production environments. Includes a field trip to a contemporary art exhibition which focuses on time-based new media art. Major Prerequisite: ART 121; no prerequisite for non-majors. Six hours per week.
ART 299 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR [-]
A mid-career forum for student debate and discussion concerning plurality of style, content and formal issues important to contemporary art. Professional and studio practices of artists and designers are introduced, allowing student to make the most of upper-level courses later in their academic career. Prerequisites: Art majors only, sophomore standing or above. Three hours per week.
ART 300 HISTORY OF MODERN ART TO 1945 [-]
Survey of the principal movements comprising the modern tradition in art, including Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Abstract Art, Dada and Surrealism. Emphasis on new theories redefining the concept, form and purpose of art, the persona of the artist, and the relation of art to the social and political order. Major Prerequisite: ART 201; no prerequisite for non-majors. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ART 301 NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART [-]
Study of the art of Northern Europe, from the late 14th to the end of the 16th century, in relation to the larger historical, religious, social, economic and cultural contexts of this period. Focus is primarily on painting and printmaking. Prerequisites: B.A. and B.F.A. - ART 201; Non-majors - ART 104 or ART 201 or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ART 302 HISTORY OF AMERICAN ART: THE COLONIAL PERIOD TO 1900 [-]
Survey of American painting, sculpture and architecture from the Colonial period to the end of the 19th century. Topics include the historical, social and cultural contexts of American art, the work and ideas of major artists, the relationship of American to European art, and the development of a national identity in American art. B.A. and B.F.A Prerequisite: ART 201. Non-Major Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIB (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
ART 303 HISTORY OF AMERICAN ART: THE 20TH CENT [-]
Survey of the visual arts, primarily painting and sculpture, in the United States from the turn of the century to the present. Topics include the historical and social contexts of this art, the world and ideas of major artists, and the emergence of an American avant-garde after World War II. B. A. and B.F.A. Prerequisite: ART 201. Non-Major Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
ART 305 ART SINCE 1945 [-]
Survey of major art movements in the United States and Europe since World War II, including key theoretical writings by artists and critics. Topics include the public persona of the artist, new ideas about the concept, form, purpose and interpretation of art, its relation to other disciplines, and its legitimation through arts organizations and the marketplace. B.A. and B.F.A. Prerequisite: ART 201. Non-Major Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Three hours lecture per week with enhancement.
ART 306 HISTORY OF GREEK AND ROMAN ART [-]
Survey of ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture, beginning with the emergence of Greek civilization in the ninth century B.C. and ending with the fall of the Roman empire. Considers the style, subject matter and varied purposes of Greek and Roman art in relation to the changing hisotrical, social and cultural contexts of this era. B.A. and B.F.A. Prerequisite: ART 201. Non-majors Prerequisite: ART 104 or 201 or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ART 310 HISTORY OF ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART [-]
Survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in the principal art centers of Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries. Covers the work and influence of several generations of major artists in relation to the larger historical, social and cultural contexts of this era. B.A. and B.F.A. Prerequisite: ART 201. Non-Major Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Three hours lecture per week with enhancement.
ART 312 WWW WEB DESIGN [-]
Introduction to Web site design for creating visual materials on a microcomputer. Students create artistic “WWW pages,” work on group assignments and publish collective work as a hyperlink to the home pages of the Art Department and/or other campus offices. Major Prerequisites: ART 201 and 226 or 227. Non-Major Prerequisite: COSC 116 or permission of the instructor. Six hours per week.
ART 313 INTERACTIVE ANIMATION [-]
Introduction to interactive animation on a microcomputer. Learn to design animated, audiovisual content. Instruction in computer illustration and in the mechanics of motion graphics results in content suitable for publication on the Web and stand-alone presentation on compact disc. Major Prerequisites: ART 201 and 226 or 227. Non-Major Prerequisites: COSC 116 and permission of the instructor. Six hours per week.
ART 315 CERAMICS II [-]
Introduction to the elements and principles of designing and making pottery using the wheel throwing process. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisite: ART 215. Six hours per week.
ART 318 BOOK ARTS [-]
Introduction to the handmade, one-of-a-kind “artist’s book” as a sculptural medium and creative art form. Explores various bookbinding techniques and both traditional and nontraditional materials, including those used in other art media. Encourages students to draw upon their work in other art courses and fields of study in the design, structure and content of their books. Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201. Six hours per week.
ART 322 ARTS ADMINISTRATION [-]
Introduction to administrative skills for fine and performing arts: programming, budget, public relations, audience development, fund raising and case studies of art organizations. Prerequisite: Department chair approval. Three hours per week.
ART 326 GRAPHIC DESIGN II [-]
Introduction to historic and contemporary typographic forms and to the integration of print and interface design for aesthetic and expressive purposes. Using more advanced software, students learn to design direct mail campaigns and promotional materials to establish corporate or product identity. Prerequisite: ART 226. Six hours per week.
ART 328 ILLUSTRATION [-]
Students learn how to conceptualize and create images that communicate narrative or editorial content, using a variety of image-making techniques, including photo-imaging, computer-aided drawing, plus various traditional arts media. Prerequisite: ART 226 or 227. Six hours per week.
ART 329 PHOTOGRAPHY II [-]
Continuation of aesthetic and experimental photography. Expands lab and field processes learned in Photography I and emphasizes personal expression. Topics include filters, flash, studio and darkroom techniques, Kodalith and multiple image. Students furnish their own cameras, film, paper and filters. Prerequisite: ART 229. Six hours per week.
ART 335 WOMEN IN ART [-]
Study of the art of selected women artists in relation to the historical and social contexts in which they worked and the professional opportunities available to them. Also examines how women have been represented in art, and how these images shape, reinforce or challenge society’s beliefs about women and feminine gender roles. B.A. and B.F.A. Prerequisite: ART 201. Non-Major Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Three hours lecture per week with enhancement.
ART 336 HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN [-]
Comprehensive survey of graphic design history from prehistory to the present. Topics include the influence of social and political world events, changing technology, important innovators and media evolution on print communications. B.A. and B.F.A. Prerequisite: Art 201. Non-major Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ART 340 PAINTING II [-]
Study of selected media chosen by the student, with attention to special techniques and problems. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisite: ART 246. Six hours per week.
ART 345 ADVANCED COMPOSITION [-]
A process-oriented drawing course emphasizing increased levels of abstraction using a variety of media with special focus on formal issues. Prerequisites: ART 121, ART 130, ART 246. Six hours per week.
ART 350 PRINTMAKING: LITHOGRAPHY [-]
Introduction to the principles of lithographic printing through the study of historical elements and practical processes. Various monochromatic lithographic printing techniques explored. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201. Six hours per week.
ART 351 PRINTMAKING: ETCHING [-]
Introduction to the principles of the fine art methods of intaglio printing through the study of historical elements and practical processes. Various monochromatic etching techniques explored. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201. Six hours per week.
ART 352 PRINTMAKING: SILKSCREEN [-]
Introduction to the principles of serigraphic printing through the study of historical elements and practical processes. Various monochromatic and polychromatic silkscreen printing techniques explored. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201. Six hours per week.
ART 353 PRINTMAKING: RELIEF [-]
Introduction to the principles of relief printing through the study of historical elements and practical processes. Various monochromatic and polychromatic relief printing techniques explored. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201. Six hours per week.
ART 355 DIGITAL IMAGING [-]
Introduction to digital imaging software and processes. Students will use photographs as well as original works in other media to create high quality digital prints, from black and white to full color. Emphasis will be placed on esthetic content as well as technical proficiency. Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201. Six hours per week.
ART 359 ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY [-]
Upper level course that covers advanced projects in photography using digital technology. Students should have a basic understanding of photographic composition and of basic computer skills required for digital imaging. A digital camera is required. May be repeated once for a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisites: ART 129 or ART 229 or permission of instructor. Six hours per week.
ART 361 SCULPTURE II [-]
Study of the sculpture techniques of welding, casting and hand building. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisite: ART 261. Six hours per week.
ART 371 GLASS II [-]
Refinement of introductory glass-working techniques and processes, plus demonstrations of more advanced hot-glass processes, cold methods and color techniques. Focuses on studio maintenance and construction of equipment. Students must furnish safety apparel and any materials not covered by the lab fee. Prerequisite: ART 271. Six hours laboratory per week.
ART 380 NEW MEDIA II [-]
An intermediate introduction to videography, video editing, sound recording, surround sound mastering, storyboarding, scripting, and motion graphics. Includes a field trip to a contemporary art exhibition which focuses on New Media Art. Prerequisite: ART 280. Six hours per week.
ART 390 ADVANCED STUDY IN ART [-]
Advanced study in one or a combination of studio disciplines or art history. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201 and approval of department chair.
ART 391 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY [-]
Intensive study, including research, of a particular topic in art history. May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles. B.A. and B.F.A. Prerequisite: ART 201. Non-Major Prerequisite: ART 104 or ART 201 or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ART 395 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART [-]
Intensive study of a selected area in studio art that includes research. May be taken twice for credit with different subtitles. Students furnish their own materials. Major Prerequisites: ART 121, 130, 201. Non-Major Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Six hours per week.
ART 399 INTERNATIONAL FIELD STUDY [-]
Travel and study of art, geography, history and culture of selected countries. Pre-tour lectures and other activities required. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIB (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
ART 415 CERAMICS III [-]
Presentation of advanced techniques in wheel throwing, clay assembly and kiln firing. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisites: ART 315. Six hours per week.
ART 416 ADVANCED CERAMICS [-]
Surveys the history, theory and practice of ceramics in a studio setting. Each student investigates and presents a seminar report on an individually chosen area of ceramic art followed by the practical application of discoveries via individual art works. May be taken two times for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisite: ART 415. Six hours per week.
ART 420 PHOTOGRAPHY III [-]
Study of color photography using transparency (slide) film. Practical applications include film selection, exposure and use of color in composition. Discussions of various types of color films and processes and of the history of color. Students furnish their own cameras and most supplies. Prerequisite: ART 329. Six hours per week.
ART 422 INTERNSHIP IN ARTS ADMINISTRATION [-]
Training in local, regional or national arts organizations; selected areas of programming, budget, fund raising, audience development and public relations. May be taken one time for three credits, and a second time for up to six credits. Prerequisites: ART 322 and department chair approval. Ten to 30 hours per week. (P/F)
ART 426 GRAPHIC DESIGN III [-]
Using specialized software, students learn how to apply graphic design principles and techniques to the design of three-dimensional packages for consumer products. These package designs must also take into account specific marketing goals. B.A. Prerequisite: ART 326. B.F.A. Prerequisites: ART 326, completion of 24 hours of the B.F.A. core. Six hours per week.
ART 429 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY [-]
Study of advanced techniques to develop a personal aesthetic, artistic and professional style. Use of 4 x 5 view cameras and other advanced techniques. Projects of photo-essay form, designed to build students’ portfolios. Students furnish their own cameras, film and paper. May be taken two times for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisite: ART 329. Six hours per week.
ART 430 DRAWING IV [-]
Study of advanced monochromatic and polychromatic drawing techniques using wet and dry media with special attention given to ongoing thematic projects. Students furnish their own materials. B.A. Prerequisite: ART 330. B.F.A. Prerequisite: ART 330, completion of 24 hours of the B.F.A. core. Six hours per week.
ART 431 ADVANCED DRAWING [-]
Continued study in studio problems associated with drawing. Focus on the development of a portfolio and a series of papers based on a selected list of readings. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: ART 430. Six hours per week.
ART 440 PAINTING III [-]
Study of watercolor, oil, acrylic or media substitute. Focus on painting and critiques. Prerequisite: ART 340. Six hours per week.
ART 441 PAINTING IV [-]
Advanced experience requiring an individual theme and goals using one of the following media: watercolor, oil, acrylic or agreed upon substitute. Development of a professional portfolio. Sketch books and written papers required. Students furnish their own materials. Prerequisite: ART 440. Six hours per week.
ART 442 ADVANCED PAINTING [-]
Continued study in studio problems associated with painting. Focus on the development of a portfolio and a series of papers based on a selected list of readings. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: ART 441. Six hours per week.
ART 461 ADVANCED SCULPTURE [-]
Advanced experience of techniques and media. Students furnish their own materials. This course may be taken three times for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisite: ART 361. Six hours per week.
ART 471 ADVANCED GLASS [-]
Advanced studio practice in glass is a class for serious students. Continued training with tools and development of expertise in glass and glass equipment. Students work toward developing their own research projects and are expected to take on more responsibility for the running of the glass lab. Students must furnish safety apparel and any materials not covered by the lab fee. May be taken three times for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisites: ART 371, permission of instructor. Six hours per week.
ART 480 ADVANCED NEW MEDIA [-]
Using current software, achieve advanced proficiency in videography, video editing, sound mixing, surround-sound mastering, storyboarding, scripting and motion graphics. An analytical component focuses on the use(s) of time-based media by contemporary artists. Students must attend visiting artist lectures and exhibitions designed by the Electronic Gallery. May be taken three times for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisite: ART 380. Six hours per week.
ART 490 INDEPENDENT STUDY [-]
Directed study in one or a combination of studio disciplines. Students furnish their own materials. May be repeated once under different subtitle, for a total of no more than six credits. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisites: ART 390, approval of the department chair prior to registration.
ART 491 INTERNSHIP [-]
Supervised experiences in art-related work to provide students with an opportunity to use acquired knowledge and skills in a professional way. Prerequisites: Senior status, with 32 hours or more in ART, including 8 hours in program track. Six hours per week.
ART 495 GRAPHIC DESIGN AGENCY [-]
Students work collaboratively in a setting structured like a graphic design firm to complete job assignments for actual clients including the University, community, and non-profit organizations. Students also work on self-promotion. Prerequisite: ART 426. Six hours per week.
ART 497 GALLERY INTERNSHIP [-]
Supervised experience with an approved art gallery or museum, including hands-on participation in gallery/museum duties and an introduction to curatorial practices, gallery management and institutions of art. May be taken twice. Prerequisites: ART 121, 201. Three hours per week.
ART 499 SENIOR EXHIBITION [-]
Summary of the University art experience through active planning and execution of professionally oriented activities such as a group exhibit, professional portfolios and resumes. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
ART 500 SEMINAR: ISSUES IN ART [-]
Discussions and research concerning timely topics in art, including direct student participation and faculty lectures. Topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated once for degree credit under different course subtitle. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Four hours per week.
ART 590 INDEPENDENT STUDY [-]
Directed study in one or a combination of studio disciplines. Students furnish their own materials. May be repeated once under different subtitle, for a total of no more than six credits. May be offered for undergraduate or graduate credit. Prerequisites: ART 390, approval of the department chair prior to registration.