Chairperson:Professor Charles Wright
Office: Garwood Hall 32A
Faculty: Clough, Crouch, Czechowski, Eberhardt, Gettinger, Holz, Howard, Knavel, Ku, Mahoney, McArthur, Morgan, Myers, Palacios, Rathje, Schwartz, Waldrop, Walters, Wright.
In today's complex culture, the visual arts function in many ways. Contact with the traditional fine arts, the fields of design and production, and digital media expands the individual's potential for enrichment and enjoyment of life.
The Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Department of Art also offers minors in Art History and Studio Art.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree prepares students for careers as independent artists, as professionals employed in the art-related fields of advertising, communications and design, and for graduate art study. The degree stresses high standards of performance and concentrated curricular structure which creates and ensures quality in the undergraduate educational experience. Preparation includes the development of technical and creative skills, exposure to a broad range of media, and background in the historical study of art. The curriculum consists of foundation courses in drawing and design; specialized courses in areas ranging from sculpture and painting to printmaking, jewelry, graphic design, and computer imaging; entry and junior portfolio reviews; and a series of courses in the history of art, from ancient civilization through the modern age. Facilities on campus include buildings for two- and three-dimensional arts and a University Art Gallery featuring regional and national exhibitions throughout the school year.
The Bachelor of Arts in Art provides an ideal curriculum balance for art students with an interest in a second academic field. The Bachelor of Arts degree curriculum is similar to the Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum, but it requires fewer hours in the art core and fewer total art hours. The Bachelor of Arts degree also allows for the option of Teacher Certification. Selection of area interests in art education will be directed by the faculty adviser and tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. Certification to teach requires a broad exposure to art in order to qualify the student for employment in elementary, middle school (junior high), and secondary school programs. Other significant art education, or specialist, career possibilities exist in allied areas. The curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts with the Teacher Certification option consists of courses in art methods for elementary and secondary school teachers (including special education), theory and research in art education, and courses required in the College of Education and Human Services.
GradTrac is available to B.A. in Art majors. See more information about GradTrac.
Honors Curriculum — Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula see the Centennial Honors College section of the Catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website.
Students enrolling in programs offered by the College of Fine Arts must consult with the designated departmental adviser.
Of the total Art credits required for the Art major, at least half must be earned in WIU Art courses.
Admission: Art majors may request permission to enter the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program after taking four of the studio components in the art core (Art 101, 102, 140, 240). This request would usually be made after the end of the freshman year following the completion of 30 s.h. of earned credit. Students who have earned a grade point average of at least 2.50 in these four courses will be admitted into the program pending an entry review.
All students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art must complete I, II, III, IV, and V. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.
*May count toward the University General Education requirement.
†Art 394 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Art must complete I, II, and III.A. or III.B. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.
*May count toward the University General Education requirement.
†ArtH 394 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
1At least 6 s.h. must be taken in Studio II.
Minor in Art History: 18 s.h.
Minor in Studio Art: 18 s.h.
Minor in Fine Arts Technology and Design
001 Junior Portfolio Review. (0, repeatable) An assessment standard required of all students pursuing the BFA degree. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 102, 140, and 240; a minimum of sophomore standing; and a minimum of a 2.50 grade point average in Art. Graded S/U only. Students may re-enroll until “S” grade is attained.
199 (cross-listed with BC/MUS/THEA 199) Introduction to Arts Technology and Design. (3) Introductory survey of various arts technologies and practices as applied in art, broadcasting, music, theatre, and dance. Software will cover CAD (drawing, design, drafting), image manipulation, video and audio editing. Lecture/demonstration. Course cannot be counted toward a major in Art, Broadcasting, Music, Musical Theatre, or Theatre. Not open to students with credit in BC/MUS/THEA 199.
399 (cross-listed with BC/MUS/THEA 399) Arts Technology and Design Practicum. (1) Guided practicum in arts technology and design. Student must be accepted into a specific practicum experience related to one area of arts technology and design. Course cannot be counted toward a major in Art, Broadcasting, Music, Musical Theatre, or Theatre. Not open to students with credit in BC/MUS/THEA 399.
414 Internship. (1–12, repeatable to 12) Supervised work experience in graphic design with an approved employer. Written weekly reports required. Must be completed before entering last term on campus. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing; ARTS 314, 315, 316, 415; a minimum 2.00 GPA overall; a minimum 2.50 GPA in art courses within the major; and departmental approval. Graded S/U only.
101 Design I. (3) A foundation in the organization of two-dimensional visual concepts through design experiences with basic elements and principles of visual structure. A variety of materials are used.
140 Drawing I. (3) Fundamental concepts of drawing, including study of line, form, space, value, and composition in a variety of media.
215 Graphic Design I. (3) Introduction to the visual communication of graphic design. Typography and symbolic graphics stressed. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240, or permission of the instructor.
240 Drawing II. (3, repeatable to 6) Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in a variety of drawing media. Prerequisite: ARTS 140.
241 Life Drawing I. (3) Studio work in drawing the human figure with activities involving techniques, anatomy, and design in varied media. Prerequisites: ARTS 101 and 140. Fee.
246 Digital Art Photography I. (3) An introduction to digital photography as an artistic process. Topics include camera operation, composition, computer photo manipulation, creative expression, and output of digital images. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully expose, digitally manipulate, and print wellconceived artistic compositions.
314 Graphic Design Computer Art I. (3) A lab course that studies creative art illustration using Macintosh computer programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, and related graphic software. Prerequisite: ARTS 215. Fee.
315 Graphic Design II. (3) Problem solving utilizing methods, materials, and procedures learned in previous classes. Graphic presentation of ideas is stressed through creative image and layout. Magazine, newspaper, and corporate image are emphasized. Prerequisite: ARTS 215.
316 Graphic Design III. (3, repeatable to 6) Advanced production techniques are stressed to develop graphic design from idea to production-ready art. Computer and professional materials are utilized. Prerequisite: ARTS 315. Fee.
340 Intermediate Drawing. (3) In a studio environment, students will employ and build upon previously acquired drawing abilities and participate in group and individual critiques. Investigation of technique and the development of skills will be emphasized. Personal concept and process will be stressed. Prerequisite: ARTS 240.
341 Advanced Life Drawing. (3, repeatable to 9) Further study rendering the human figure with attention given to color and composition. Prerequisite: ARTS 241. Fee.
350 Painting I. (3) This studio course explores fundamentals of painting. Assignments given with an emphasis on an understanding of materials including paint, brushes, solvents, mediums, and support structures and their construction and preparation. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 140.
352 Airbrush. (3, repeatable to 6) An introduction to the use of the airbrush, utilizing this specialized medium for design and illustration relating to the graphic design field. Prerequisites: ARTS 215, 315, 316. Fee.
355 Intaglio I. (3) Studio work in the intaglio processes: engraving, drypoint, and etching on copper and zinc plates. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.
356 Intaglio II & III. (3, repeatable to 6) Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in intaglio processes. Prerequisite: ARTS 355. Fee.
365 Lithography I. (3) Introduction to the technical methods and aesthetic approaches to lithography as applied to stone work and plate work. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.
366 Lithography II & III. (3, repeatable to 6) Introduction to color printing and related problems. The use of transfer paper and the study of image reversal are other subjects covered. Prerequisite: ARTS 365. Fee.
368 Silkscreen I. (3) Introduction to silkscreen as a fine art print medium including basic photo-emulsion, drawing fluid and block-out techniques, computergenerated and hand-drawn processes. Students use non-toxic acrylic inks to produce a portfolio of editioned prints. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.
369 Silkscreen II & III. (3, repeatable to 6) Intermediate level silkscreen; students explore their own artistic voice through resolution of concept and imagery using hand-drawings and advanced digitigraphic processes. Students use non-toxic acrylic inks to produce a portfolio of editioned prints. Prerequisite: ARTS 368. Fee.
370 Watercolor I. (3) Techniques of transparent and opaque water soluble paints are explored. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.
371 Watercolor II & III. (3, repeatable to 6) Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in water soluble media. Prerequisite: ARTS 370. Fee.
400 Studio Problems. (3, repeatable to 9) Individual study of design experimentation bridging several art areas, including gallery/museum experience. Not open to freshmen or sophomores. Prerequisites: basic courses in areas of concern; written permission of instructor.
415 Graphic Design IV. (3, repeatable to 6) Exploration of skills using various media, resulting in the refinement of innovative pictorial or symbolic expression. Designing of commercial vehicles for graphic communication stressed. Prerequisite: ARTS 316.
416 Studio Problems in Graphic Design. (3) Concentration on finished products to exhibit learned skills as well as diversification of art work and portfolio formulation. Counterpart to ARTS 472. Prerequisite: for graphic design majors only.
440 Studio Problems in Drawing. (3, repeatable to 9) Individual problems in drawing selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisite: ARTS 240 or permission of instructor.
451 Painting II & III. (3, repeatable to 6) This course builds upon the skills learned in Painting I with continuing emphasis on materials techniques and formal problems. Assignments may expand beyond representational/objective painting and lead into more problem solving/critical thinking. Prerequisite: ARTS 350.
452 Studio Problems in Painting. (3, repeatable to 9) Assignments will be given individually based on previous efforts and will be directed toward the expansion of an idea and the content/subject matter. The course continues to investigate materials and techniques. Prerequisite: ARTS 451 or permission of instructor.
453 Non-Traditional Art. (3) Individual study and experimentation in new art materials and concepts in the visual arts. Assignments will be conceptual art, earth art, kinetic art, and newly emerging approaches to art. Prerequisites: study in three studio areas at 300 level or above.
455 Studio Problems in Intaglio. (3, repeatable to 9) Individual problems in a specific print-making medium selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisites: ARTS 356 and permission of instructor. Fee.
465 Studio Problems in Lithography. (3, repeatable to 9) Individual projects selected by the student in conference with the instructor. Prerequisite: ARTS 366, permission of instructor. Fee.
468 Studio Problems in Silkscreen. (3, repeatable to 9) Designed for intensive study in silkscreen. Emphasis is on individual research, self-guidance, thematic development, and personal aesthetic expression. Students use non-toxic acrylic inks to produce a portfolio of editioned prints. Prerequisite: ARTS 369, permission of instructor. Fee.
470 Studio Problems in Watercolor. (3, repeatable to 9) Selective experimentation with transparent and opaque water media. Prerequisite: ARTS 371 or permission of instructor.
472 Studio Comprehensive Exhibition. (3) Development of a quality exhibition of art works representing the student's achievement in the major and minor studio areas of the Studio Comprehensive Program. Prerequisite: for studio majors only with scheduled instructor.
102 Design II. (3) Introductory lab course in threedimensional design. Study includes experimentation with plastic relationships existing between design elements, materials, and the expression of ideas in threedimensional form. Fee.
320 Sculpture I. (3) Studio work in various sculptural processes. Large scale projects may include ceramic sculpture, bronze casting, wood carving, and other media. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 102, and 140. Fee.
321 Sculpture II & III. (3, repeatable to 6) Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in sculptural processes. Prerequisite: ARTS 320. Fee.
330 Ceramics I. (3) Introduction to clay as a medium for art expression. Instruction given in fundamentals of aesthetic form, techniques of hand forming, glaze design, and kiln firing. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 102, 140. Fee.
331 Ceramics II & III. (3, repeatable to 6) Pottery as aesthetic expression in clay. Emphasis is placed upon use of the potter’s wheel with related hand-building techniques as well as glaze design and kiln firing practices. Prerequisite: ARTS 330. Fee.
335 Art Metal and Jewelry I. (3) Studio experiences involving design and fabrication of 3-D forms in fine metals for jewelry and small sculpture. Students will be introduced to basic metal working techniques as applied to non-ferrous metals including sawing, riveting, shaping, and soldering. Prerequisite: ARTS 101. Fee.
336 Art Metal and Jewelry II & III. (3, repeatable to 6) Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in metal and jewelry processes. Prerequisite: ARTS 335. Fee.
421 Studio Problems in Sculpture. (3, repeatable to 9) Individual problems in sculpture selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisite: ARTS 321, permission of instructor. Fee.
430 Studio Problems in Ceramics. (3, repeatable to 9) Experimental studio projects reflecting a high level of technical, intuitive, and conceptual approaches. Prerequisite: ARTS 331, permission of instructor. Fee.
435 Studio Problems in Art Metal and Jewelry. (3, repeatable to 9) Individual problems in art metal and jewelry selected with the instructor. Prerequisite: ARTS 336, permission of instructor. Fee.
360 Methods in Elementary Art. (3) Experiments with art materials to gain insight into the values, curricula, and processes of art activities in the age levels from pre-school into the junior high. Prerequisite: EIS 201.
361 Introduction to Art Education. (3) An early orientation to the philosophies and theories of the profession of art education, museum/gallery experience, adult education, etc. Prerequisite: ARTS 101.
411 Arts and Institutions. (3) This course provides students with the opportunity to study the roles of visual arts and arts educational programs in various types of institutions, organizations, and agencies and to explore professional and vocational opportunities within the artworld. Prerequisite: ARTE 361 or permission of instructor.
437 Media, Methods, and Materials in Art Education. (3) An overview of media, processes, materials, techniques, and methods appropriate for elementary and secondary school classrooms. Content integrates studio courses with art historical and multicultural uses of traditional/non-traditional media, methods, and materials for producing works of visual art. Prerequisite: ARTE 360.
480 Student Teaching. (8) (Grades 6–12) See Educ 480, 482, (K–12 = 16 s.h.).
482 Student Teaching. (8) (Grades K–6).
439 High School Art Methods. (3) Students are
involved in selecting those learning objectives and
situations which emanate from a meaningful art
curriculum for the secondary school student. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 102; ARTE 361 or 360/460.
180 An Introduction to Art. (3) (General Education/ Fine Arts) Designed to help students understand our cultural background and the role art plays in contemporary life. The functions, styles, structure of art, and the interaction of medium and meaning. Contact with art forms, visual aids, and readings are utilized to stimulate student responses to aesthetic qualities in the visual arts. Does not count for art majors. IAI: F2 900.
282 History of Art: Ancient through Medieval. (3) (General Education/Fine Arts) A survey of art in the Western world from Prehistory through the Middle Ages. IAI: F2 901.
283 History of Art: Renaissance to 1900. (3) (General Education/Fine Arts) A survey of art in the Western world from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. IAI: F2 902.
388 History of Photography. (3) The study of photography from a historical point of view as well as the study of photographic styles and the works of photography artists.
394 History of Twentieth Century Art. (3) A survey of Western painting and sculpture from c. 1850 to c. 1945. All major stylistic movements will be examined. Emphasis will be placed upon interpretive issues; works will be examined not only in respect to their formal characteristics, but also as expressions of concurrent art theories and social, political, scientific, and philosophical developments. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: ENG 180 and 280.
395 American Art. (3) A survey of American art from colonial times to the beginning of the 20th century.
485 Research in Art History. (3, repeatable to 9) An intensive study of a special area of art history selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisites: 6 to 9 s.h. of Art History courses; ENG 180 and 280; and permission of the instructor.
The Art History courses listed below all have the following description: These courses in art history are designed to give students an opportunity for specialized study in specific areas of the history of art. Such courses may deal with a significant artist and his/her times, with a significant movement, or with significant developments in the history of art. Material covered may not be the same each time the course is offered. Instructors are assigned on the basis of their specialized knowledge. Students interested in enrolling in one of these courses can obtain specific information regarding content for a forthcoming semester from the instructor. These courses are repeatable, but with permission of the instructor to prevent duplication of coverage.
483 History of Architecture. (3, repeatable to 9) Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; upper division standing; permission of the instructor.
493 Nineteenth Century Art. (3, repeatable to 9) Prerequisites: upper division standing and permission of the instructor.
494 Twentieth Century Art. (3, repeatable to 9) Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; upper division standing; and permission of the instructor.
496 History of Contemporary Art. (3) A survey of post-WWII developments in the visual arts. The primary focus is upon Western art, but attention is also paid to stylistic developments in Asian, African, and Latin American countries. The central interpretive ideas and concerns for the course will be drawn from contemporary art theory and criticism. Prerequisite: ARTH 394 or permission of instructor; ENG 180 and 280.