Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Art Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

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

Foundation

Three courses (9 credits):

ART-120 Introduction to Visual Design

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

A studio project-based introduction to the elements and principles of 2-D and 3-D design in visual art and communication contexts. Emphasis is on visual problem solving, mastery of visual design principles, technical proficiency, and critical analysis of how visual images communicate. This course provides a foundation for students planning to take advanced courses in any art media and other fields in which visual imagery plays an important role. As a stand-alone course Art 120 provides critical and practical skills related to visual communication.

ART-130 Introduction to Drawing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

A studio based exploration of drawing from observation using basic materials like graphite and charcoal. This course investigates drawing as a process generating and critically evaluating visual ideas as well as producing visual imagery. Art 130 is a foundation course for students planning to take advanced art courses in any medium. As a stand-alone, this course builds practical and theoretical skills in seeing and making the 2-D images we call drawings. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: fine arts & music

Any digital media course at the 300-level

Art History

Three courses (9 credits):

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

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An overview of the history of art from the mysterious cave paintings and carvings of the Paleolithic to the towering structures of Gothic cathedrals. This course is a requirement for art majors and minors and is very highly recommended to other students as a visual approach to the study of history and society. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; ENG 110 FILA general Education: fine arts & music and writing intensive

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

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

An overview of the history of art from the Renaissance to the present. This course is a requirement for art majors and minors and is very highly recommended for other students as a visual approach to the study of history and society. Corequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general Education: fine arts & music

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Critical study of the visual arts of the last 100 years with emphasis on understanding the implications of the concepts we know as modernism and postmodernism. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; ENG 110 FILA general Education: fine arts & music and writing intensive

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ART-301W Perspectives on Contemporary Art

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

This course is a critical exploration into the views and theories shaping the production of art from the late 20th century into the early 21st century. Starting with an understanding of postmodernism in an art context, this course examines the impacts of globalization, identity, representation and environmental issues as major paradigms shaping contemporary art practice. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: fine arts & music and writing intensive

Studio Focus

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

ART-310 Ceramic Sculpture

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Studio course working with clay to create sculptural forms using coils, slabs and press molds. Corequisite: ENG-110 FILA general education: fine arts & music

ART-311 Wheel Thrown Ceramics I

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Studio introduction to the potter's wheel as a tool in the production of functional and sculptural clay forms. Corequisite: ENG-110 FILA general education: fine arts & music

ART-322 Web Design and Development

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Design and construct websites using current HTML and CSS standards and digital tools including Brackets, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Emphasis on design process, content development and professional workflows.

ART-323 Graphic Design

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

A studio based exploration into visual communication with typography and images using Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Emphasis is placed on the design process and creative thinking. Corequisite: ENG-110 FILA general education: fine arts and music

ART-328 The Book Arts

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An interdisciplinary hands-on workshop in creating artist's books-works of art conceived and produced in book form. Book binding techniques and experimental approaches to narrative, materials and form are emphasized.

ART-331 Collage and Assemblage

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Learn skills and concepts for collage and assemblage, the re-purposing of 2D and 3D found images and objects into unique works of fine art. This class will examine the history and evolution of collage and assemblage, and its place in the world of fine art, applied arts, and advertising. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, and ENG-110 FILA general education: fine arts & music

ART-332 Drawing Marathon

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

This intensive studio course will use drawing methods and materials to explore abstraction. Students begin by making drawings from observation, then collectively and collaboratively engage processes that move the drawings from representation to abstraction. Students are encouraged to be courageously curious and experimental in their work.

ART-335 Painting

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

A project based investigation of the materials, practices, and aesthetics of painting with emphasis on how these three elements work together to create compelling 2-D colored images. This course provides practical and theoretical foundations for four hundred-level courses in drawing and painting and for independent work in these media. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: fine arts and music

ART-344 Photography

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Learn to skillfully and confidently use digital cameras and software including Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to create compelling photographs. Emphasis is placed on composition, visual communication and creative process in a contemporary photography context. Note: Students must provide a digital camera capable of manual exposure and Raw image capture. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: fine arts and music

ART-346 Studio Photography

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Learn skills and concepts for studio lighting of portraits, objects and environments using continuous lights, strobes, on-camera lighting and special effects such as light painting. Note: Students must provide a digital camera capable of manual exposure and Raw image capture and shoe-mounted flash or speedlight. Prerequisites: ART-121 or ART-344

ART-347 Videography I

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Learn the fundamentals of video production including camera operation and control, stationary and moving camera techniques, audio recording, natural and artificial lighting, framing and shot structure, and use of nonlinear editing software. Students will complete hands-on exercises and assignments designed to build strong visual and technical skills needed to produce effective videos and short films. Corequisites: COMM-100, ENG-110, FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: fine arts and music

ART-348X Videography II

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Use skills gained in Art 347 to produce a short nonfiction video that promotes an idea, for example, a company profile, event promotion, advocacy or fundraising video, or mini-documentary. Topics will include treatments and proposals, planning, research and fact checking, interviewing, shot coverage, editing process, narrative structure and creative approach, and dissemination of the final product. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, ENG-110, COMM-100, and ART-347 or permission of instructor FILA general education: experiential learning

ART-411 Wheel Thrown Ceramics II

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

A continuation of ART 311, building more advanced forms including multiples, large-scale pieces, and sculptural forms. Emphasis is on personal experimentation and expression through aesthetic forms and advanced instruction in materials and surface techniques. Prerequisite: ART-311 or permission of department

ART-415 Advanced Sculpture

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An advanced course in which students develop a series of related sculptural forms in a specific medium. The focus is on in-depth exploration of materials, advanced techniques, and the development of individual working processes and creative voices. Knowledge of historical and contemporary sculpture is emphasized. Prerequisite: ART-115

ART-430 Advanced Drawing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An advanced-level studio course in drawing, exploring the potential of various drawing media. Emphasis on advanced mastery of drawing and composition skills and on the development of individual interests and concepts conveyed through drawing. Prerequisites: ART-130 or ART-335

ART-435 Advanced Painting

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An advanced-level studio course in painting, exploring the technical and conceptual potential media (oil, acrylic, other water-based paints, and mixed media/collage) and color composition. Emphasis on advanced mastery of painting and compositional skills and on the development of individual interests and concepts conveyed through painting. Prerequisites: ART-130 or ART-335

ART-470 Special Topics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

A study of specific topics related to studio art and art history. May be taken more than once provided different topics are covered.

ART-471 Special Topics in Photography

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

A study of specific topics related to photography including mixed media and alternative process, creating and publishing a photography book, and conservation photography. May be taken more than once provided different topics are covered. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor Corequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; and ENG-110

ART-490 Independent Study

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Upon approval of the department and the division head, a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the appropriate division head prior to the last day of the drop and add period for the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester, the supervising professor files with the registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.

Capstone

Two courses (6 credits):

ART-451 Senior Thesis

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

A senior capstone course in which students propose and produce a body of original creative work for a senior exhibition. Work is made independently with oversight provided by weekly critique sessions with classmates and the professor. Prerequisite: senior art majors

ART-461 Professional Practices

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Practical preparation for professional practice in art and the creative professions. Topics include but are not limited to careers, professional organizations, self-promotion, grants, fellowships and residencies, taxes, and preparing an exhibit. Prerequisite: senior art majors