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Visual Art Undergraduate Course Descriptions

ART 101 Art Appreciation – 3hrs.  A general survey of the visual arts for non-art majors. Prerequisites: None.

 

ART 110 Fundamentals of Drawing – 3 hrs.  A beginning course investigation a variety of media, techniques and subjects as well as the development of visual vocabulary.

 

ART 111 Two Dimensional Design – 3 hrs.  An introduction to developing concise concepts of design with emphasis upon the elements and principles of visual art. 

 

ART 121 Three Dimensional Design – 3 hrs.  An introduction to three-dimensional design and the plastic arts, through the use of the elements introduced in ART 111.  Exposure to the elements of form and to a variety of approaches used by the contemporary sculptor is included. Various materials are employed. Prerequisites: ART 111 or consent of instructor. 

 

ART 202 Beginning Fibers – 3 hrs.  An introduction to basic fiber techniques employing both on-loom and off-loom methods. A functional understanding and developed appreciation of textiles are emphasized.  Students are expected to use these techniques in creating contemporary fiber forms. Prerequisites: (ART 110, 111) or consent of instructor.

 

ART 204 Advanced Fibers – 3 hrs. A continuation of ART 202. Students may select special areas of concentration. This course is designed for persons preparing for junior or senior levels. Prerequisites: (ART 110, 111, 202) or consent of instructor. 

 

ART 209 Composition with Drawing – 3 hrs. Emphasis on controlling the composition of a two dimensional surface. The abilities to both accurately represent and abstract from life are developed. Prerequisites: ART 110 or consent of instructor.

 

ART 211 Color in Design – 3 hrs. The examination and application of the various systems, theories, and consideration for the uses of color in visual expressions. Prerequisites: (ART 110, 111) or consent of instructor.

 

ART 220 History of Art I – 3 hrs. A survey of the history of art from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. This course presents a view of ancient, medieval and Renaissance art the world over. 

 

ART 221  History of Art II – 3 hrs. A survey of the history of art from Renaissance times to present. This course presents a view of Renaissance through modern art.

 

ART 230 Graphic Design I – 3 hrs. An introduction to the concept of graphic design as it evolves from verbal communication. This is a foundation course centered on the manipulation of the elements of art with the use of the computer. Students will explore the theories and principles involved in graphic design and build on this understanding using both traditional and contemporary industry standard digital techniques. For art majors and art minors only. Prerequisites: Art majors or minors, or permission of instructor.

 

ART 298 Introduction to Photography – 3 hrs. An introduction to the basic techniques of black and white photography, including the exposure and processing of film and the making of contact prints and enlargements. Students are required to have their own cameras and exposure meter.

 

ART 299 Photography II – 3 hrs.  Lectures and discussions of the history of still photography forming the basis for problems solved through  the use of  photographic media.  Emphasis is on composition and print quality as well as creative expression. Prerequisites: ART 298 or equivalent.

 

ART 300 Teaching Art in the Elementary School – 2 hrs. A course providing information and instruction which will enable the elementary teacher to plan and teach a meaningful art curriculum.  Teacher candidates will study basics of color and design, current art education theory, and teaching strategies for art learning.  Students will make art works with materials used in elementary classrooms. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 

ART 305 Ceramics I – 3 hrs.  Introductory study of clay as an artistic medium. Basic processes of building and glazing are explored. Prerequisites: None.

 

ART 306 Ceramics II – 3 hrs. Advanced study of clay as and artistic medium. Prerequisites: ART 305.

 

ART 307 Jewelry I – 3 hrs. A study of the methods, materials and processes of designing jewelry. The use of personal symbols, creativity, and techniques of metal fabrication by hand and machine tools is emphasized. Prerequisites: (ART 110, 121) or consent of instructor.

 

ART 308 Jewelry II – 3 hrs. A continuation of skills and techniques introduced in ART 307. Special emphasis is placed on lost wax casting and exploration and use of innovative materials in jewelry. Prerequisites: ART 307 or consent of instructor.

 

ART 309 Figure Drawing – 3 hrs. A continuation of the concepts learned in ART 110 and ART 209 with an emphasis on drawing the human figure. Prerequisites: (ART 110, 209) or consent of instructor.

 

ART 310 Teaching Art in the Elementary School – 3 hrs. The planning of art education programs to meet the needs of elementary schools. Provided are experiences with design and color, art materials and processes, and inquiry into child growth and development in art.  Lecture, discussion, reading, and individual teaching are considered.  Practicum is required. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 

ART 312 Painting I – 3 hrs.  An introduction to the methods and materials used in oil painting.  Classical and contemporary techniques will be explored. Prerequisites: ART 110 or consent of instructor.

 

ART 313 Watercolor Painting – 3 hrs. An introduction to watercolor techniques and studio exercises relating to the treatment of transparent watercolor. Prerequisites: ART 110 or consent of instructor.

 

ART 314 Painting II – 3 hrs. Continuation of ART 312 and/or 313; the student is expected to develop an individual style in his or her work and to relate it to his or her personal philosophy of art. Prerequisites: (ART 110, 209) or consent of instructor.

 

ART 315 Sculpture I – 3 hrs. The examination of concepts relating to three-dimensional design  beyond the introductory level. Students will be exposed to a variety of sculpture processes and materials. Prerequisites: (ART 110, 121, 209) or consent of instructor.

 

ART 316 Sculpture II – 3 hrs. Continuation of ART 315; the student will be expected to show an understanding of a variety of materials and processes. A degree of expertise is required in at least one process and related material (example:  welding metal) knowledge of three-dimensional design must be demonstrated. Prerequisites: (ART 110, 121,  315) or consent of instructor.

 

ART 317 Beginning Glassblowing – 3 hrs.  An introductory course in hot glass working, including studio exercises in blowing hollow glass ware; solid glass manipulation and finishing techniques; and exploration of glass colors, textures, form and functions. Prerequisites: (ART 110, 111) or consent of instructor.

 

ART 318 Advanced Glass Working – 3 hrs. A continuation of ART 317, with emphasis placed on glass as a sculptural medium. This course involves exploration of casting, fusing, and slumping techniques. Cold glasswork is introduced, and a brief survey of glass history with emphasis on American glass is also included. Prerequisites: (ART 317) or consent of instructor.

 

ART 320 Fundamentals of Printmaking: Relief and Intaglio – 3 hrs. A workshop which focuses on the many graphic techniques of relief and intaglio. Emphasis is on studio or fine arts graphics from a contemporary perspective. Prerequisites: None.

 

ART 321 Fundamentals of Printmaking:  Lithography and Serigraphy – 3 hrs.  A workshop in beginning studio training in lithography and silk-screen color printing for fine art use. The emphasis of this course is studio and fine art graphics from a contemporary perspective. Prerequisites: None.

 

ART 331 Graphic Design II – 3 hrs.  A continuation of Art 230 with an emphasis on contemporary graphic design production techniques, problems, and solutions. Students will continue to develop layout skills, learn effective methods in electronic pre-press print production, and effective software utilization. Prerequisites: ART 230.

 

ART 332 Graphic Design  III – 3 hrs.  The art of typography and its relationship to all print media.  The focus is on creating successful typographic oriented solutions.  This is an intermediate level course that teaches how to develop creative graphic design solutions to visual communication challenges. Prerequisites: ART 230.

 

ART 340 Introduction to Digital Imaging – 3 hrs. In this class, students will learn the basic working methods associated with the use of digital imaging. This includes use of digital cameras, scanners, computers and programs  – specifically Adobe Photoshop. The culmination of all the above will be evident in the students’ final portfolios. Prerequisites: None.

 

ART 341 Digital Imaging II – 3 hrs. In this class, students will learn advanced working methods associated with the use of digital imaging. This includes a vigorous study of digital cameras, scanners, computers and programs – specifically Adobe Photoshop. Specific attention will be placed on compositing images and readying them for output for the web and/or publishing. The culmination of all the above will be evident in the students’ final portfolios. Prerequisites: ART 340.

 

ART 400 Independent Art Investigation – 3 hrs. A course shall be available to all advanced art students who desire to continue work in any given area beyond the regular studio course offerings. It fulfills requirements for the Studio Art Option. Prerequisites: (Junior or Senior status) and written consent from major professor required.

 

ART 401 Advanced Technical Problems – 3 hrs.  A culminating studio course in art based on experiences and skills acquired during the first three years of formal study. Prerequisites: Senior status and written consent from major professor required.

 

ART 402 Senior Exhibition – 3 hrs. A professional presentation of the studio art major's cumulative art production with emphasis placed on the last three semesters of study. Prerequisites: Senior status and  written consent from major professor required.

 

ART 403 Classical Art – 3 hrs. A study of the art and architecture of ancient Greece and its influence on the development of the visual arts of the Roman Empire. Prerequisites: Consult advisor.

 

ART 404 Medieval Art – 3 hrs.  A study of the influence of Christianity on the art of the western world as expressed in early Christian, Romanesque, and Gothic architecture, sculpture, and painting. Prerequisites: Consult advisor.

 

ART 405 Renaissance Art – 3 hrs. A study of the visual arts of Italy from 1250 to 1550, taking into consideration the rise of the artist as a creative individual and his expanding role in society. Prerequisites: Consult advisor.

 

ART 406 Fashion Illustration – 3 hrs. A course focusing on developing originality and creative ability in the illustration of clothing with consideration of an individual’s personality, figure type, age and occasion for which the clothing is to be worn.  Prerequisites: (ART 110, 209, 309) or consent of instructor.  Only offered in odd years.

 

ART 407 Advertising Illustration – 3 hrs.  A course developing the conceptual design and drawing skills used by professional illustrators. Prerequisites: ART 110, 209, 309.

 

ART 408 Internship – 3 hrs. Resume and portfolio preparation, arranged actual work experiences in local businesses, billing procedures, and business etiquette. Prerequisites: Senior status.

 

ART 409 Primitive Art – 3 hrs. An examination of the art of preliterate cultures in several parts of the world and the cultural trait, complexes, and institutions associated with them. Prerequisites: Consult advisor.

 

ART 410 Teaching Art in the Secondary School – 3 hrs. An introduction to the basic selection of art materials and an analysis of methods appropriate to teaching art in the secondary level school program. Prerequisites: ART 110, 111, 209, 202, 305, 312, 320, and Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

 

ART 412 Origins in Modern Art – 3 hrs. A survey of the history of painting and sculpture in the nineteenth century with their immediate genesis in the late eighteenth and immediate continuations in the first decades of the twentieth. Prerequisites:  Consult advisor.

 

ART 414 African-American Art – 3 hrs. The study of major events, personalities and influences germane to the creation of art by blacks in America, including visual slave themes, Pan-African art, “Black art” and blacks in mainstream art.  Prerequisites: Consult advisor.

 

ART 420 Advertising Thesis – 3 hrs. Independent concepts are produced and developed by the student in conjunction with his or her major professor. Prerequisites: Senior status.

 

ART 430 Advanced Graphic Design I – 3 hrs. Advanced course of instructions for creating the components necessary for the full development of an advertising campaign. Graphic Design, illustration, and web site development will be taught utilizing the  most current industry software. The student will also learn to assemble web graphics through vector path applications. This course will emphasize the development of the student’s professional print/web portfolio. Prerequisites:  ART 331, 332.

 

ART 431 Advanced Graphic Design II – 3 hrs.  Advanced web design, web animation, and interactive media.  Methods of developing the student’s comprehensive interactive portfolio are explored. Prerequisites: ART 331, 332.

 

ART 495 Internship – 12 hrs. Fourteen weeks of full-time teaching under the immediate direction of supervising teachers in offcampus public schools. Upon return to the campus, students share their experiences, discuss problems, and develop new techniques in a professional seminar. Prerequisites:  Art Program approval; Senior classification; official admission to Teacher Education Program; minimum cumulative average of 2.50; “C” in all coursework completed, with no grade less than a “C” for professional courses; completion of all coursework in the program.