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Course Descriptions

Art Courses (Studio Art)

ART 105 Introduction to Studio Art (4) (A)

Introduces the basic studio materials and techniques for making art in a variety of media that may include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, crafts, fibers, and/or electronic technology. Includes lectures, demonstrations, studio participation, museum or artist studio visits, and and related historical information. Lab fee. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.

ART 204 Digital Art I (4) (A)

Explores the computer as an art-making tool. Includes practice exercises to learn software. Topics include photo manipulations, the use of color, typestyles, page design, and composition. Students apply these concepts and skills to original, digital artworks. . Lab fee. Offered each semester.

ART 205 Drawing I (4) (A)

Acquaints students with the basic concept of drawing with various media, including pencil, charcoal, chalk, and pen and ink. Experiences in skill-building exercises are emphasized, as well as their practical application. Offered each semester.

ART 206 Painting I (4) (A)

An examination of basic painting techniques. Students study and experiment with a variety of painting media, including watercolor, acrylics, and oil types. Numerous kinds of applications are employed on various working-surface materials. Students use these experiences to create their own pictorial interpretations. Offered each semester.

ART 207 Representations of Space (4) (A)

Uses studio exercises and group critiques of class projects to explore visual perception and two-dimensional representation of the world. Students explore traditional drawing techniques and photographic imagery to develop a repertoire of intellectual, visual, and graphic techniques. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.

ART 208 Photography I (4) (A)

Explores photography as an art form. Topics include the control of digital camera functions, composition, artistic techniques, and laws impacting the use of photos. Students must supply a digital camera and are responsible for the commercial development of all prints. Offered each semester.

ART 209 Sculpture I (4) (A)

Explores the possibilities of sculptural form and three-dimensional problem solving through materials such as cardboard, paper, clay, plaster, wood, wax, etc. Emphasis is placed on understanding three-dimensional concepts of relief and sculpture-in-the-round through carving, modeling, and constructing. Lab fee. Offered intermittenly.

ART 213 Ceramics I (4) (A)

Provides an introduction to ceramic art production, balanced with ceramic art history, criticism, and aesthetics. Includes techniques for hand-building and throwing on the potter's wheel, clay and glaze preparation, glazing, and kiln firing. Provides students of all skill levels with a solid foundation in ceramics. Lab fee. Offered each semester.

ART 220 Introduction to Glass (4) (A)

An introduction to making art with glass taught through a series of hands-on projects. In addition, the Chrysler Museum's extensive contemporary and historical glass collection and interaction with visiting and resident glass artists are utilized. Lab fee. Offered each spring.

ART 303 Graphic Design (4)

Introduction to the tools, methods, principles and practice of graphic design. Covers visual communication, the use of type, the importance of visual research, communicating with vendors, clients and audiences, and the efficient use of graphics software. Students create an entry-level, interview-quality portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 204 or consent. Lab fee.

ART 304 Digital Art II (4)

Explores digital tools for personal expression and art production. Concentrates on the effective use of composition and color. Covers intermediate software features, web-based portfolios, and animation. Lab fee. Prerequisite: ART 204 or consent.

ART 305 Drawing II (4)

An in-depth exploration of drawing techniques to include representational and expressive approaches in various media. This course builds on the tools of representational drawing from ART 205. Prerequisite: ART 205 or consent.

ART 306 Painting II (4)

An in-depth exploration of painting focused on realism but also exploring abstraction, and mixed media approaches. This course builds on concepts from ART 206. Prerequisite: ART 206 or consent.

ART 307 Travel Photography (4) (A)

Travel to specific regions or foreign countries for on-location photography. Students experience local arts and cultures, and create visual interpretations of travel experiences. Students must supply a digital camera. Travel may be physically demanding. Prerequisite: consent. Offered in selected Winter and Summer sessions.

ART 308 Photography II (4)

Intermediate exploration of digital photography. Emphasizes aesthetics and the development of personally meaningful portfolio projects. Topics include digital retouch and creative Photoshop techniques. Students must supply a digital camera and are responsible for the commercial-development of all prints. Prerequisite: ART 208 or consent. Offered intermittenly.

ART 309 Sculpture II (4)

A continuation of Sculpture I, with special emphasis on exploring material for sculpture as used in mobiles, constructions, installations, and environmental works. Prerequisite: ART 209 or consent. Lab fee.

ART 313 Ceramics II (4)

A continuation of ART 213, with special emphasis on wheel techniques and thrown forms. Students experiment with clays and glazes and have the opportunity to fire their own works. Prerequisite: ART 213 or consent. Lab fee.

ART 319 Studio Art Teaching Assistant (1)

Allows qualified students to assist art instructors in teaching their classes. Pass/fail grading. Prerequisite: consent. Offered each semester.

ART 350 Topics in Studio Art (4) (A)

Focused, in-depth study of one studio art medium, including related aesthetic and historical considerations. Topics may include: mixed media, jewelry, prints, fibers, public art, raku, glass, etc. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Lab fee. Offered each semester.

ART 404 Photo and Digital Art Lab (4)

Advanced studio art course designed for the student's continued growth and exploration of digital tools and techniques. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisites: ART 303, 304, 308 or consent. Offered intermittenly.

ART 406 Advanced Drawing and Painting Lab (4)

Advanced art and design course exploring two- dimensional image making in traditional and nontraditional drawing and painting media. Designed for continued growth and exploration of materials and concepts. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisite: ART 305 or 306 or consent. Offered intermittenly.

ART 409 Sculpture and Ceramics Lab (4)

Advanced studio art course designed for the student's continued growth and exploration of three-dimensional methods and materials. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisites: ART 309, 313 or consent. Lab fee. Offered intermittently.

ART 420 Advanced Topics (4)

Advanced, in-depth study of one studio art medium, developing content and technical skills in the context of aesthetic and historical considerations. Topics may include mixed media, jewelry, prints, fibers, public art, raku, glass, etc. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequistes: consent. Offered intermittenly.

ART 450 Senior Art Seminar (4) (I)

Requires the development of a studio research project. Students create artwork for exhibition, an explanatory paper, and an oral presentation while acquiring professional skills appropriate to arts-related careers. Prerequisite: Fall presentation of research topic and consent. Offered each spring.

ART EL1 Elective (0.1-10)

Art History Courses

ARTH 231 Ancient and Medieval Art History (4) (H)

A survey of the visual arts and how they functioned in culture, from prehistoric cave paintings to the art and architecture of late Medieval Europe. The course concentrates on the Western tradition of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Offered each fall.

ARTH 232 Renaissance to 20th-Century Art (4) (H)

A survey of the visual arts and their relationship to social, cultural, and political history from the Renaissance to the Modern era. Concentrates on the European tradition of painting, sculpture, and architecture especially the changing social role of artists and the development of modern definitions of "fine art." This course is a chronological continuation of ARTH 231, but the latter is not a prerequisite. Offered each spring.

ARTH 333 Art of Africa, Asia, and the Americas (4) (W)

Surveys the long-lived art traditions of diverse global cultures, including Africa, India, China, Japan, the Pacific, and Pre-Columbian and Native America. Prerequisite: successful completion of ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher.

ARTH 341 American Art (4) (H)

A history of the visual arts in America from pre-colonial to modern times. Particular attention is paid to the relationship of the visual arts to social and political history, and the issue of American identity in the arts.

ARTH 351 19th-Century Art History (4) (H)

A history of European and American art from the era of the French Revolution to the end of the nineteenth century. The works of major artists, such as David, Goya, Turner, Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, Munch, etc., are investigated within their historical contexts.

ARTH 352 20th-Century Art History (4) (W)

A history of artists, works,and movements of 20th century European and American art investigated within their historical contexts. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher.

ARTH 360 Topics in Art History (4)

An in-depth study of one period of art history or some disciplinary aspect or problem. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.

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