Majors and Areas of Study
ART 101 Art History, Pre-History to 1800 (3 CH)
A chronological history of art
surveying the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and up to the beginning
of the 19th Century. Emphasis will be given to painting and sculpture with consideration
given to the influences of invention, technological advances, social structure and religion.
The course will include major contributions made by European and American cultures
with emphasis given to international aspects and cross-cultural influences such as
Japanese, African and Mexican. Offered fall term.
ART 110 Drawing I (4 CH)
This is a beginning drawing course designed to teach
students how to both draw, and most importantly how to see. This course will emphasize
drawing from observation. Concepts or themes to be investigated in this course include
line, shape, value, texture, 2-D composition and linear perspective. A variety of dry and
wet media will be explored throughout the course. (Lab fee) Offered every term.
ART 120 Painting I (4 CH)
This course is designed to introduce students to basic
painting skills and techniques. Elements and principles of design will be introduced as
they relate to the painting medium with emphasis placed on basic technical skills and
color theory and the development of personal style. The still life will be emphasized
along with an introduction to the figure. (No P although ART 110 is preferred.) (Lab fee)
Offered every term.
ART 130 Sculpture I (4 CH)
This course introduces beginning students to the visual,
material and conceptual concerns inherent to three dimensional design and sculpture.
Using a variety of materials including foam-core, wire, plaster and clay, students
will develop a greater familiarity with the creation of form and composition in three
dimensions and how to begin to relate these processes to the creation of sculpture. (Lab
fee) Offered every term.
ART 201 Art History, Modern Art History (3 CH)
An examination of the development
of modern art through the study of painting and sculpture beginning at the 19th Century
and continuing to the present time. The course will include major contributions made by
European and American cultures with emphasis given to international aspects and cross
cultural influences such as Japanese, African and Mexican. Offered spring terms.
ART 210 Drawing II (4 CH)
This course is intended to be a continuation of concepts and
techniques learned in ART 110–Drawing I. Drawing from observation will be emphasized.
The still life, landscape and figure will be explored with emphasis placed on the figure.
Students will also investigate drawing as a mode of expression through historical and
contemporary theory and practice. (P: ART 110) (Lab fee) Offered every term.
ART 220 Painting II (4 CH)
This course is designed to further the development of skills
and foundations presented in Art 120 Painting I including painting from observation,
color mixing, composition and craftsmanship. The course will also require the student to
investigate more complex issues such as developing a personal voice, analyzing content
and building a cohesive body of work. (P: ART 120) (Lab fee) Offered spring terms.
ART 230 Sculpture II (4 CH)
Building on themes learned in ART 130–Sculpture I, the
purpose of this course is to reinforce and develop the visual, material and conceptual
concerns inherent to sculpture and to introduce figurative concerns. Upon successful
completion of this course, students will have a foundational competency with the
conception and execution of sculptural compositions and the figure. (P: ART 130) (Lab
fee) Offered spring terms.
ART 240 Introduction to Graphic Design (4 CH)
This is a course intended to give
an introduction to computer graphics applications to the beginning art student. The
course will introduce applications of graphic design, the tools of the trade, and the
requirements of the industry. Emphasis will be placed on creative problem-solving skills,
concept development and traditional hand/board skills. The course will also introduce
page layout software. Special emphasis will be placed on the aesthetics and functionality
of the picture plane, as well as the basic types of images that are included in the
organization of a layout. Offered every term.
ART 250 19th Century Art (3 CH)
This course will focus on artists of the 19th Century
and explore how they reacted to cultural and social developments of their time. It is a
discussion-based class which will build on the fundamentals learned in Survey I and II.
However, unlike a survey class which covers many artists, ART 250 will study only a few
artists in-depth. Assigned readings will not only make up our basis of knowledge, but will
help cultivate an understanding of scholarly writing that will aid in the several writing
assignments on which the grade is based. (WIC) Offered fall every odd year.
ART 260 Printmaking (4 CH)
This is a course intended to give an introduction to
printmaking techniques to the beginning art student. The course will introduce methods
of printmaking including relief printing and intaglio. Emphasis will be placed on technical
proficiency and concept development. The course will also introduce multi-color and
edition printing. Special emphasis will be placed on studio practices required in a
communal working environment. The instructor will also introduce printmaking in an
historical context through slide lectures and demonstration presentations. (P: ART 110
or by consent of the professor) (Lab fee) Offered fall every odd year.
ART 270 Introduction to New Genre (4 CH)
This is an introductory course that
combines theory, history and practice of new genre. Students will explore various
new tendencies in media and art practice including games, internet art, experimental
film, sound art, video art, performance art or any genre that falls out of the context of
traditional art-making method and theory. (Lab fee)
ART 310 Drawing III (4 CH)
The course will require the student to investigate more
complex issues such as developing a personal voice, incorporating context and building
a cohesive body of work. Students will build on technical, material and conceptual issues
introduced in Art 210 Drawing II offering students an opportunity to develop a selfdirected portfolio of drawings. Emphasis will be placed on synthesis of form and content.
(P: ART 210) (Lab fee) Offered spring terms.
ART 312 Survey of American Art (3 CH)
This course is a study of American Art and
the political, social and cultural issues that were unique to the United States. We will
focus on major art works, including such media as painting, sculpture and architecture
from approximately 1700 to 1980. (P: ART 101, ART 201, or INDS 115) (WIC) Offered
ART 320 Painting III (4 CH)
Designed for advanced painting students, this course will
require the student to master technical and material concerns while investigating more
complex issues such as developing a personal voice, incorporating content and building
a cohesive body of work. Students will be required to develop a motif on their own with
the expectation that they are able to defend their position during group and individual
critiques. (P: ART 220) (Lab fee) Offered spring terms.
ART 330 Sculpture III (4 CH)
An upper-level course, Sculpture III is designed to
expand visual, material and conceptual skills developed in earlier sculpture courses.
Pursuing more individualized projects with the emphasis on content, students will study
more specialized sculpture methods including welding/fabrication, bronze casting and
multimedia/assemblage. Upon successful completion of this course students will have
a more advanced ability in the conception and execution of sculptural compositions. (P: ART 230) (Lab fee) Offered spring terms.
ART 391 Seminar in Art (1-2 CH)
A group of three or more upper-level students have
the opportunity to initiate a seminar designed to explore topics of special interest in art.
A faculty member or members works closely with the students in the planning, execution
and evaluation of the seminar. Open to students who have 1) demonstrated ability
for creative study or work, 2) prepared a written proposal for a seminar that includes
objectives, experiences, strategies and materials, and 3) obtained the consent of a faculty
member or members, who will supervise and assign letter grades. Each seminar proposal
must be approved by consensus of the art department faculty. Offered every term.
ART 401 Senior Seminar (4 CH)
Senior Seminar is intended to be a “capstone”
experience, this course is required for all art department majors and minors. Pursuing
demonstrated areas of interest, students will endeavor on individual projects, guided
readings and professional presentation in anticipation of the required Senior Exhibition.
Group and one-on-one critiques will focus on advanced compositional material and
technical concerns as they relate to more personal expression where successful “results”
must be based on stated “intentions.” A 15 to 20 page thesis statement generated in two
stages along with the work will help serve as the final assessment tool of the students’
success in synthesizing their arts experience. (P: open to senior art majors and minors or
by consent of the professor) Offered spring terms.
ART 406 Art Semester (1-16 CH)
The Art Semester is a special opportunity program
for qualified upper-level students to work on individualized study projects in art.
Programs may be pursued both on- and off-campus. On-campus Art Semester students
will carry out projects under the supervision of two instructors on an open studio basis.
Two or more instructors must agree to supervise and evaluate all work. An off-campus
Art Semester could include such programs as travel/research, work-study, apprenticeship
and study at both degree and non-degree granting institutions. Applicants for the Art
Semester must have: 1) a 3.0 GPA for all art courses completed, or 2) the permission of
the Art Department. All students must submit to the department a proposal for their
study that includes a rationale, study objectives, strategies and materials. Normally, the
maximum number of credits available would be 16. However, the program could be
extended in certain instances to one year for a maximum of 32 credits. Offered every
ART 455 Cooperative Education (CH Variable)
Offered every term.
ART 490 Extended Studies in Art (1-16 CH)
A course open to students who have
successfully completed a basic course in a given studio area or in art history, and who
wish to further their studies in that particular area. An upper-level student may elect
up to 16 credits of Extended Studies with written permission of the instructor. (Forms
available from the instructor.) Credits can be taken in one art area or in several; however,
the total cannot exceed 16. If any student desires to take additional credits beyond the
16-credit limit in Extended Studies, permission must be granted by the student’s adviser,
the chairperson of the Art Department, the instructor involved and the Academic Dean.
Offered every term.