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FOUNDATION (ARTS)

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 102 - Design II. (3)

    Introductory lab course in three-dimensional design. Study includes experimentation with plastic relationships existing between design three-dimensional form. Fee.

  • ARTS 140 - Drawing I. (3)

    Fundamental concepts of drawing, including study of line, form, space, value, and composition in a variety of media.

  • ARTS 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.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW (ARTS)

  • ARTS 210 - BFA Entry Portfolio Review. (0)

    An assessment standard required of all students entering the BFA degree program.
    Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240, declared BFA Art Major, and minimum 2.50 grade point average in Art. Graded S/U only.

  • ARTS 310 - (formerly ARTS 001) BFA Junior Portfolio Review. (0, repeatable)

    An assessment standard required of all students pursuing the BFA degree.
    Prerequisites: S grade in ARTS 210 and a minimum 2.50 grade point average in Art. Graded S/U only. Students may re-enroll until “S” grade is attained.

  • ARTS 410 - BFA Senior Exhibition. (1)

    Development and exhibition of a quality body of art works representing the student’s achievements in the major and minor studio areas.
    Prerequisite: S grade in ARTS 310 and minimum 2.50 grade point average in Art.

  • ARTS 495 - Professional Practices in the Arts. (3)

    A seminar capstone course devoted to the development of professional practices in preparation for entry into the contemporary art world.
    Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of the instructor.

ART EDUCATION (ARTE)

  • 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 preschool 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.

Art Education - (STCH)

  • 480 Student Teaching. (8) (Grades 6–12)

    See Educ 480, 482, (K–12 = 16 s.h.).

  • 482 Student Teaching. (8) (Grades K–6).

Art Education - (EDUC)

  • 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.

ART HISTORY (ARTH)

  • ARTH 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.

  • ARTH 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.

  • ARTH 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.

  • ARTH 284 - History of Non-Western Art. (3) (General Education/Fine Arts or Multicultural Studies)

    A survey of art and visual culture in the non-Western world.

  • ARTH 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.

  • ARTH 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.

  • ARTH 395 - American Art. (3)

    A survey of American art from colonial times to the beginning of the 20th century.

  • ARTH 397 - African Americans in Art. (3)

    The study of African Americans in art and visual culture produced in the United States from 1619 to the present day.
    Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

  • ARTH 483 - History of Architecture. (3, repeatable to 9 for different topics)

    Designed to give students an opportunity for specialized study in specific areas of the history of art. 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 can obtain specific information regarding content for a forthcoming semester from the instructor.
    Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; upper division standing; permission of the instructor.

  • ARTH 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.

  • ARTH 493 - Nineteenth Century Art. (3, repeatable to 9 for different topics)

    Designed to give students an opportunity for specialized study in specific areas of the history of art. 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 can obtain specific information regarding content for a forthcoming semester from the instructor. Prerequisites: upper division standing and permission of the instructor. 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.

GRAPHIC DESIGN (ARTS)

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 416 - Graphic Design Senior Portfolio. (1)

    Development and creation of a portfolio of art works representing the student’s achievements in the major and minor studio areas.
    Prerequisite: S grade in ARTS 310 and a minimum 2.50 grade point average in Art or permission of instructor.

STUDIO ART (ARTS)

  • ARTS 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.

Ceramics - 3D Area

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 331 - Ceramics II and 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.

  • ARTS 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.

Digital Photography—2D Area

  • ARTS 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 well conceived artistic compositions.

Drawing—2D Area

  • ARTS 140 - Drawing I. (3)

    See Foundation courses listed above.

  • ARTS 240 - Drawing II. (3, repeatable to 6)

    See Foundation courses listed above.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

Jewelry Design-Metals—3D Area (ARTS)

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

Non-Traditional Art—2D Area (ARTS)

  • ARTS 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.

Painting-Oil—2D Area (ARTS)

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

Painting-Watercolor—2D Area

  • ARTS 370 - Watercolor I. (3)

    Techniques of transparent and opaque water soluble paints are explored.
    Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 470 - Studio Problems in Watercolor. (3, repeatable to 9)

    Selective experimentation with transparent and opaque water media.
    Prerequisite: ARTS 371 or permission of instructor.

Printmaking-Intaglio—2D Area

  • ARTS 355 - Intaglio I. (3)

    Studio work in the intaglio processes: engraving, drypoint, and etching on copper and zinc plates.
    Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.

  • ARTS 356 - Intaglio II & III. (3, repeatable to 6)

    Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in intaglio processes.
    Prerequisite: ARTS 355. Fee.

  • ARTS 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.

Printmaking-Lithography—2D Area

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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. 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. (Printmaking-Silkscreen—2D Area)

Printmaking-Silkscreen—2D Area

  • ARTS 368 - Silkscreen I. (3)

    Introduction to silkscreen as a fine art print medium including basic photo-emulsion, drawing fluid and block-out techniques, computer-generated and hand-drawn processes. Students use non-toxic acrylic inks to produce a portfolio of editioned prints.
    Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.

  • ARTS 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.

  • ARTS 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.

Sculpture - 3D Area

  • 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.

  • 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.