2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Majors

Art Major

Digital Media Arts Major

Minors

Art Minor

Concentrations

Digital Media Concentration

Multimedia Authoring Concentration

Teacher Licensure

Endorsement in Visual Arts (PreK-12)

The Department of Art offers introductory and advanced courses in ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, videography and art history. All students, regardless of major, are welcome in art courses, as visual art is for and about everyone.

The art department offers two majors.

First, the traditional art major (studio focus) provides a concentrated hands-on experience that promotes deep learning in art and broad skill development across the college curriculum. Students majoring in art study a range of art media and processes while mastering at least one in depth. Flexibility is a crucial advantage of the art major's compact size, allowing and encouraging students to easily pursue second majors and minors in other disciplines.

Second, the Art Department also offers a major in Digital Media Arts. While introducing the world to the iPad2 in March 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs remarked, “Technology alone is not enough. It is technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities that yields the results that make our hearts sing.” Since the launch of Google (1998), Facebook (2004), Youtube (2005), Twitter (2006), iPhone (2008), and the iPad (2010), the need for experts in creating digital media content has dramatically increased. Today, we live in an age where nearly every type of organization needs employees who are skilled in the art of video production, photography, and web-design. The Digital Media Arts major teaches the theories and skills necessary for many of these types of careers. Students enrolled in this major often consider a second major in areas such as Professional Writing or Communication, Technology and Culture." 

The various art department programs support many student interests, including:

  • Visual art as a personal interest and commitment
  • Careers in teaching, visual communication and art
  • Graduate study in art and design
  • Study in art combined with career ambitions in other fields
  • Experimenting with art for the first time

Art Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Requires a bachelor of arts degree and consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours distributed as follows.

Note:  Students may not double major in Art and Digital Media Arts.

Foundation

Three courses (9 credits):

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

ART-130 Introduction to Drawing

Any digital media course at the 300-level

Art History

Three courses (9 credits):

ART-200W Survey of Art History (prehistory to 1400)

ART-201 Survey of Art History (1400 to Present)

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

-or-

ART-301W Perspectives on Contemporary Art

Studio Focus

Select four studio courses including at least one 400-level course from the following :

ART-310 Ceramic Sculpture

ART-311 Wheel Thrown Ceramics I

ART-315 Wood Sculpture

ART-316 Metal Sculpture

ART-322 Web Design and Development

ART-323 Graphic Design

ART-328 The Book Arts

ART-331 Collage and Assemblage

ART-332 Drawing Marathon

ART-335 Painting

ART-344 Photography

ART-346 Studio Photography

ART-347 Videography I

ART-411 Wheel Thrown Ceramics II

ART-415 Advanced Sculpture

ART-430 Advanced Drawing

ART-435 Advanced Painting

ART-444 Advanced Photography

ART-448X/DMS-548 Videography II

ART-470 Special Topics

ART-471 Special Topics in Photography

ART-490 Independent Study

Capstone

Two courses (6 credits):

ART-451 Senior Thesis

ART-461 Professional Practices

Digital Media Arts Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Requires a bachelor of arts degree and consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours distributed as follows.

Note:  Students majoring in Digital Media Arts may not major or minor in Art.

Foundation

Two courses (6 credits):

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

ART-130 Introduction to Drawing

Context

Three courses (9 credits):

COMM-240 Contemporary Media Industries

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

-or-

ART-301W Perspectives on Contemporary Art

COMM-410E Communication Law and Ethics in a Digital Age

-or-

PWR-319 Publishing and Marketing

Production

Student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the list below. At least one course must be at the 400-level or above.

ART-322 Web Design and Development

ART-323 Graphic Design

ART-328 The Book Arts

ART-344 Photography

ART-346 Studio Photography

ART-347 Videography I

ART-422/DMS-522 Web Design and Development II

ART-423/DMS-523 Graphic Design II

ART-444 Advanced Photography

ART-448X/DMS-548 Videography II

ART-471 Special Topics in Photography

COMM/MUS-309X/DMS-509 Audio Production

CSCI-105 Introduction to Programming

CSCI-240 Web API Programming Using Facebook

CSCI-305 Animation and 3D Programming

Capstone

Two courses (6 credits):

ART-451 Senior Thesis

ART-480 Internship

Art Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours distributed as follows:

Foundation

Two courses (6 credits):

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

ART-130 Introduction to Drawing

Art History

Select one course (3 credits):

ART-200W Survey of Art History (prehistory to 1400)

ART-201 Survey of Art History (1400 to Present)

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

ART-301W Perspectives on Contemporary Art

Studio Focus

Select two courses (6 credits):

ART-310 Ceramic Sculpture

ART-311 Wheel Thrown Ceramics I

ART-315 Wood Sculpture

ART-316 Metal Sculpture

ART-322 Web Design and Development

ART-323 Graphic Design

ART-328 The Book Arts

ART-331 Collage and Assemblage

ART-332 Drawing Marathon

ART-335 Painting

ART-344 Photography

ART-346 Studio Photography

ART-347 Videography I

ART-448X Videography II

Capstone

Select one course (3 credits):

ART-411 Wheel Thrown Ceramics II

ART-415 Advanced Sculpture

ART-430 Advanced Drawing

ART-435 Advanced Painting

ART-470 Special Topics

ART-471 Special Topics in Photography

ART-490 Independent Study

Digital Media Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

The Digital Media concentration consists of 12 credit hours and is designed for students in any major wishing to develop broad creative, visual and technical skills in photography, video, web design and graphic design. Introduction to Visual Design, while not a digital course, provides foundation skills in visual design essential to creating effective communication in any visual medium and is strongly recommended as a first course.

Required course (3 credits):

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

Select three courses (9 credits):

ART-322 Web Design and Development

ART-323 Graphic Design

ART-344 Photography

ART-347 Videography I

Multimedia Authoring Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

The Multimedia Authoring concentration consists of 12 credits and combines theory and practice in contemporary media writing and public relations with hands-on experience in photography, videography and design. This concentration is open to students in any major wishing to develop the skills to both author and produce effective multimedia communications in a new media journalism and public relations context.

Required course (3 credits):

COMM/ENG-255W Introduction to News Writing

Select one course (3 credits):

COMM/ENG-305 Multimedia Reporting and Writing

-or-

COMM-347 Strategic Public Relations

Select one course (3 credits):

ART-322 Web Design and Development

-or-

ART-323 Graphic Design

Select one course (3 credits):

ART-344 Photography

-or-

ART-347 Videography I

Endorsement in Visual Arts (PreK-12)

Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

Requires the same education course sequence as for secondary licensure.  Refer to the Teacher Education Program.

Courses

ART-115 Introduction to Sculpture

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

ART-130 Introduction to Drawing

ART-200W Survey of Art History (prehistory to 1400)

ART-201 Survey of Art History (1400 to Present)

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

ART-301W Perspectives on Contemporary Art

ART-305X Museums and Galleries

ART-307X Visual Arts of Spain

ART-309 The Artist's Studio & Society

ART-310 Ceramic Sculpture

ART-311 Wheel Thrown Ceramics I

ART-315 Wood Sculpture

ART-316 Metal Sculpture

ART-322 Web Design and Development

ART-323 Graphic Design

ART-328 The Book Arts

ART-331 Collage and Assemblage

ART-332 Drawing Marathon

ART-335 Painting

ART-344 Photography

ART-346 Studio Photography

ART-347 Videography I

ART-411 Wheel Thrown Ceramics II

ART-415 Advanced Sculpture

ART-422 Web Design and Development II

ART-423 Graphic Design II

ART-430 Advanced Drawing

ART-435 Advanced Painting

ART-444 Advanced Photography

ART-448X Videography II

ART-451 Senior Thesis

ART-461 Professional Practices

ART-470 Special Topics

ART-471 Special Topics in Photography

ART-480 Internship

ART-490 Independent Study

ART-491 Research

ART-499 Honors Project