Undergraduate Studio Art +

Course Descriptions

These undergraduate courses are available for both the B.F.A. and the B.A. degrees.

Undergraduate Addendum to the Syllabi

ART 101

Basic Design I

3 sem. hrs.

This course is a lecture and laboratory course introducing the formal and communicative aspects of two-dimensional composition and design. The elements and principles of design are used to solve compositional problems and analyze works of art.

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ART 102

Basic Design II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 101

This course is a lecture and laboratory course in color theory that extends the topics and concepts introduced in ART 101. Exploration of the history and principles of color, as well as trends in contemporary art and design are used in creative problem solving, developing concept statements, and analyzing works of art.

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ART 103

Basic Design III

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 101

This course is a lecture and laboratory course designed to explore the visual, physical, material, and conceptual aspects of three-dimensional design. Concepts of the elements and principles of design will be applied to develop and analyze the constructional methods, aesthetics, and conceptual parameters of three-dimensional design in sculpture, ceramics, architecture, and product and industrial design. (Lab fee required).

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ART 125

Art Appreciation

3 sem. hrs.

General survey of the nature of art, art media, the visual elements, and the history of art. Focus is on the relationship of art to contemporary living. Satisfies the core curriculum fine arts requirement.

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ART 203

Drawing I

3 sem. hrs.

Introduction to freehand drawing techniques with emphasis on line, value, and texture using still-life and landscape subject matter.

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ART 204

Drawing II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 203

Problems in life drawing with emphasis on anatomy.

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ART 211

Painting I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 203

Application of design principles as they relate to various approaches to painting, with an emphasis on color theory. A synthesis of technique, skill development and creative expression.

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ART 212

Painting II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 203

Advanced application of design principles as they relate to various approaches to painting, with an emphasis on color theory. A synthesis of technique, skill development and creative expression.

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ART 303

Drawing III

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 204

Further study and experience in drawing with an emphasis on experimentation with drawing media and stylistic development.

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ART 304

Drawing IV

sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Art 303

Advanced exploration and experience in drawing with emphasis on form, content, and meaning.

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ART 318

Printmaking I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 203

Introduction to woodcuts, etching, engraving, and screen process. (Lab fee required).

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ART 320

Color and Lighting for Interior Environments

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 272

This course explores the use of color and lighting as design elements in the interior environment and how they apply to visual, psychological, technical, and functional aspects of lighting specification.

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ART 331

Sculpture I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Department Chair Approval

Introductory course implementing basic sculptural methods in clay with exploration of the human form, representation of non-figurative form, and principles of design. (Lab fee required).

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ART 332

Sculpture II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 331

Implementation of sculptural methods in pliable media dedicated to learning human anatomy and the expressive quality of the human form and underlying principles of design. Introduction to mold-making and casting, per student interest. (Lab fee required).

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ART 351

Ceramics I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Art Majors Only (Non-Art Majors must receive written permission from the Chair, Department of Art)

An introduction to basic ceramic construction techniques including slab, coil, and wheel-throwing methods. Includes study and experimentation with glazing and firing. (Lab fee required).

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ART 352

Ceramics II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 351

A continuation of ART 351, extending the creative activity into the development of skill at the potter’s wheel and further knowledge of firing, glazing, and hand-built methods. (Lab fee required).

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ART 399

The Business of Art

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Art Majors, Junior Standing

A course designed to better prepare the advanced art student for a professional career in studio art. Main topics of the course will deal with production, record keeping, and marketing works of art.

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ART 407

History of Art I

3 sem. hrs.

A study of art from the prehistoric period through the Medieval period, including utilitarian art, architecture, decorative arts, painting, and sculpture. This course is offered in both lecture and online formats.

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ART 408

History of Art II

3 sem. hrs.

Art from the Renaissance to the present including architecture, decorative arts, painting, and sculpture. Continuation of ART 407, but may be taken without prerequisite. This course is offered in both lecture and online formats.

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ART 431

Sculpture III

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 332

Explores sculpture in pliable media with representational figurative and non-figurative subjects as relief and free-standing sculpture, and includes mold-making and casting projects with underlying principles of design, per student interest. (Lab fee required).

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ART 432

Sculpture IV

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 431

Advanced sculpture in pliable media dedicated to learning human anatomy and the expressive quality of the human form and underlying principles of design. A continuation of ART 332 with relief and free-standing sculpture projects in addition to casting projects and welding instruction, per student interest. (Lab fee required).

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ART 435

Special Projects in Sculpture I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 432

This course is for the purpose of further directed experience in sculpture. This course is designed with flexibility whereby an advanced art student may continue an advanced level of work in projects determined according to individual need and specific area of interest. The student will submit a proposal that establishes specific goals and objectives, which must be approved and supervised by the professor of record. (Lab fee required).

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ART 436

Special Projects in Sculpture II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 432

This course is for the purpose of further directed experience in sculpture. This course is designed with flexibility whereby an advanced art student may continue an advanced level of work in projects determined according to individual need and specific area of interest. The student will submit a proposal that establishes specific goals and objectives, which must be approved and supervised by the professor of record. (Lab fee required).

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ART 437

Painting III

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 211 or ART 212

The study and practice of painting; emphasizing color and creative processes through use of techniques with selected media such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels. Development and visualization of painting concepts.

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ART 438

Painting IV

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 437

Advanced study and practice of painting in selected media such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels; seeking refinement of a personal esthetic direction.

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ART 451

Ceramics III

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 352

This class will explore advanced wheel-throwing techniques and hand-built methods of construction for ceramic forms, with continued experimentation with surface enrichment and firing process. (Lab fee required).

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ART 452

Ceramics IV

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 451

Emphasis is placed on aesthetic considerations of ceramic forms, wheel-thrown and hand-built, and appropriate application of surface enrichment and firing processes. (Lab fee required).

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ART 458

Special Projects in Painting I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 438

This course is for the purpose of further directed experience in an individually chosen medium with a stated goal or objective. Advanced level projects with consideration of the student’s possible career goals. A course with flexibility in which an advanced art student may continue a professional level of work in projects determined according to individual needs and specific area of interest.

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ART 459

Special Projects in Painting II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 438

This course is for the purpose of further directed experience in an individually chosen medium with a stated goal or objective. Advanced level projects with consideration of the student’s possible career goals. A course with flexibility in which an advanced art student may continue a professional level of work in projects determined according to individual needs and specific area of interest.

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ART 465

Special Projects in Ceramics I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 452

This course is for the purpose of further directed experience in an individually chosen medium with a stated goal or objective. Advanced level projects with consideration of the student’s possible career goals. A course with flexibility in which an advanced art student may continue a professional level of work in projects determined according to individual needs and specific area of interest. (Lab fee required).

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ART 466

Special Projects in Ceramics II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 452

This course is for the purpose of further directed experience in an individually chosen medium with a stated goal or objective. Advanced level projects with consideration of the student’s possible career goals. A course with flexibility in which an advanced art student may continue a professional level of work in projects determined according to individual needs and specific area of interest. (Lab fee required).

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ART 475

Aesthetics

3 sem. hrs.

Contemplative study of reactions to art based on value theories. Question-centered approach used to investigate assumptions about art and its role in society.

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ART 499

Professional Presentation, Exhibition and Portfolio Skills

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Senior Standing, required for graduation

Course dealing with the preparation of portfolio and exit show for art majors. (Lab fee required).

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ART 5431

Graduate Sculpture I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 431 & ART 432

This course consists of sustained practice and development of skill in modeling of sculptural form in pliable media such as ceramic clay and plasticine. Attention is given to both realistic and stylized approaches. (Lab fee required).

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