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Art Courses

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 and production, museum and/or artist studio visits, and related historical information. Studio course. 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. Studio course. 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. Studio course. Offered each fall.

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. Studio course. Offered each fall.

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 basic camera functions, digital media, composition, artistic techniques, and laws impacting the use of photos. Students must supply a digital camera with manual control options. Students are responsible for the commercial development of all prints. Studio course.

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. Studio course. Lab fee.

ART 213 Ceramics I (4) (A)

Structured to provide an introduction to ceramic art production, balanced with ceramic art history, criticism, and aesthetics. Course topics include the development of 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. Studio course. Lab fee. Offered each semester.

ART 303 Graphic Design (4)

Introduction to the tools, methods, principles and practice of graphic design. Topics include 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 101, 204, or consent. Lab fee.

ART 304 Digital Art II (4)

Explores the computer as a tool for personal expression and production of artworks. Projects concentrate on the effective use of composition and color in original digital works. Topics include intermediate software features, web-based portfolios, and animation. Lab fee. Prerequisite: ART 101, 204, or consent. Studio course. Lab fee.

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. Topics include improving photographic skills, experiencing local arts and cultures, and creating interpretations of travel experiences. Students must supply a digital camera. Travel may be physically demanding. May be repeated for credit as location varies. 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, printing, and creative computer techniques with Photoshop. Students must supply a digital camera with manual control options. Students are responsible for the commercial development of all prints. Prerequisite: ART 208, 225, or consent. Offered each spring.

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. Studio course. Lab fee.

ART 313 Ceramics II (4)

A continuation of Ceramics I, 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 117 or consent. Studio course. 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)

Offers the opportunity for focused, in-depth study of one studio art medium, including related aesthetic and historical considerations. Topics may include: mixed media, jewelry, prints, fibers, installations, environmental art, raku, glass, blacksmithing, etc. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent. Studio course. Lab fee. Offered each semester.

ART 404 Photo and Digital Art Lab (4)

An advanced art and design course exploring the digital media of photography and computer graphics. Technical exercises and projects utilizing both media prepare students to develop their own projects. Topics include creativity and inspiration, equipment, identifying audiences, and basic business practices for artists. Prerequisites: ART 304, ART 320, or ART 303 and consent. Offered each spring.

ART 406 Advanced Drawing and Painting Lab (4)

An advanced art and design course exploring two dimensional image making in traditional and nontraditional drawing and painting media. This course is designed for continued growth and exploration of materials and concepts. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisite: ART 305 or 306 or consent. Studio course meets 4 hours each week. Art fee.

ART 409 Sculpture and Ceramics Lab (4)

An 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 117, 209, 211, 212, 213, 313, or 309. Studio course. Lab fee. Offered intermittently.

ART 450 Senior Art Seminar (4) (I)

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

Art History Courses

ARTH 201 Music and Art in the Western World (4) (A)

Explores the traditions of music, painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Western world. Beginning with the Greeks and continuing through the present time, many individual works from important art periods are introduced. Discussions include how the arts reflect the sociocultural conditions of their time and place, how media are used, and how the elements in each art form contribute to the aesthetic response. Identical to MUS 201.

ARTH 225 The Photograph (4)

A history of photography from its invention in 1839 to the present. The course investigates within their historical context the major categories of photography, such as portraiture, documentation, photo-journalism, and art photography.

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 some particular period of art history or some disciplinary aspect or problem. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.

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