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Past Course Descriptions

Art Course Listings - Spring 2013

ART 101A - Studio Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design
4 credit hours
Prebys - Koch Hall

No prerequisites.  This course is required for all art majors, but it is open to non-art majors.
Should be taken freshman year. Course will deal with the underlying principles basic to all visual experience.  The course will contain, but not be limited to, color theory, line, shape, visual perception and the nature of creativity.
This is a studio course that includes lectures on basic theory and production assignments that coincide with text material.
Course meets general education requirement in fine, performing and literary arts.

ART 103A - Studio Foundations: Three-Dimensional Design
4 credit hours
Charney - Koch Hall

No prerequisites. Open to non-art majors.
Required for all studio art majors. An exploration of the formal use of space as it is applied to three-dimensional form.  The student will be introduced to the elements of height, width, depth, volume and form.  Project research will be in the realm of non-objectivity, abstraction and reality.  Particular attention will be given to the techniques of drawing, model making and presentation of a final solution.  Emphasis will be placed on creative thinking and problem solving in the context of small-scale and larger projects.
It should be noted that this course requires extensive work beyond the regular class period, and no student should register for the class unless s/he has the time available for outside work.  A materials fee will be charged to cover supplies for the projects.

ART 120H  1W– Art History II
4 credit hours
Gimenez-Berger – Koch Hall

No prerequisite.
Art 120H offers a selective chronological survey of the arts of the Western world from the Renaissance through the Modern period.  This course traces the development of the pictorial traditions of the West by concentrating on the major artists and movements, beginning with the resurgence of classical antiquity in the Italian Renaissance, and culminating with the break from that tradition and the radical innovations of the 20th century.  The art of this period will be discussed in relation to historical circumstances and the original context of the work.

ART 121A - Basic Drawing
4 credit hours
Mann - Koch Hall

No prerequisite.  This course is required for all studio art majors, but is open to non-art majors.
Part of the first-year foundations sequence.  This course introduces the basic disciplines of drawing:  line, value, composition, etc.  Special emphasis on drawing as a tool for gathering ideas.

ART 130C 1W - Non-Western Art
4 credit hours
Glowski – Koch Hall

No prerequisite.
This course surveys visual culture generally classified as “non-Western art.”  The regions explored include Western and Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, the Pacific, Africa and the Americas.  The art historical periods studied range from those of the earliest visual evidence in the regions to the present day.  A study of “patronage, creation and use” serves as the comparative theme that threads together the contents’ significant breadth.  This class allows students to complete a Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum Module (CLAC) for an additional credit.  You will find more information on the CLAC program in the Language Department’s course descriptions.

ART 131A - Introduction to Painting
4 credit hours
Charney, Ed - Koch Hall

No prerequisites.
A survey of a variety of painting techniques and visual issues.  Emphasis is placed on creative expression and exploration with several painting styles and historical approaches to picture making.  Students will also learn about general historical contexts of painting from ancient through contemporary applications.
NO TEXT

ART 145A – Introduction to Computer Imaging
4 credit hours
McInnis – Koch Hall

No prerequisites. Open to non-art majors.
This course will act as a basis for students who wish to increase their skills in basic digital media.  As a partnered course with Studio Foundations 2D (ART 101A), this course will allow students to focus on application of the Adobe Creative Suite to their creative work.  Designed for art majors, art minors and students from other majors, the focus is on developing skills with image editing (Photoshop), digital illustration (Illustrator) and document layout (InDesign).  Other necessary topics covered are issues surrounding copyright, appropriation, and the ethical use of digital source material.  Other possible topics covered could be: basic typography, non-destructive editing, web design basics and basic motion graphics (Flash).
A $250.00 materials fee is required for the course.
NO TEXT

ART 151A - Introduction to Printmaking
4 credit hours
Mann - Koch Hall

No prerequisites.  Open to non-art majors.
A survey course in printmaking techniques designed to expose students to the possibilities of artistic expression through traditional, as well as recently developed, approaches to printing.
NO TEXT

ART 230H 1W– Baroque and Rococo Art
4 credit hours
Gimenez-Berger – Koch Hall

Prerequisites:  Art 110H or Art 120H or permission of instructor.
Surveys the art, architecture and sculpture produced during the Baroque and Rococo periods (ca. 1600-1800) in Western Europe.  Art objects and monuments will be discussed in context, with attention to individual artists, patrons, and religious and historical events.
This class allows students to complete a Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum Module (CLAC) for an additional credit.  You will find more information on the CLAC program in the Language Department’s course descriptions.

ART 241A - Introduction to Photography
4 credit hours
McInnis - Koch Hall

No prerequisite.
This course introduces students to traditional black and white photographic techniques.  Instruction covers the understanding and use of a 35mm SLR camera and its functions, the process of developing black and white negatives and creating black and white 8x10 prints.  Some areas of photographic capture covered:  depth of field control, motion control, portraiture and experimental approaches.  Basic digital image editing will also be explored.
This course is intended to be the introductory course to the photography concentration for the Department of Art.  It is also a course designed for students who want an introduction to the medium as part of a broad liberal arts experience.  A $250.00 chemistry/supplies fee and a $50.00 camera/tripod rental fee are required for the course.
TEXT:  Horenstein, Black & White Photography

ART 265A - Silver Jewelry I
4 credit hours
Charney - Koch Hall

No prerequisites.
This course will be devoted to designing and fabricating silver jewelry.  Simple cutting and forming of silver, plus the use of centrifugal casting will be introduced.  Strong emphasis will be placed upon creative designing for the various techniques which will be used.  It should be noted that this course will involve a certain amount of expense to the student due to the cost of the materials which must be purchased.  There will be a lab fee and additional materials costs charged for course expenses.
Silver Jewelry is a studio course, meeting three hours per day, two days per week.  Work outside of the actual class period will be necessary and expected.

ART 271 - Graphic Design
4 credit hours
Prebys – Koch Hall

Prerequisite:  Art 101A or permission of instructor.
The area we call Graphic Design is a rich and complex amalgam of more than one creative area.  Its practice includes the creation of many different kinds of signage, industrial products and packaging.  It also promotes effective and creative uses of typography.  Finally, it has truly become its own area of fine art expression, as proven by many recent designer/artists, who have pushed this craft in exciting and experimental directions.
            This course will attempt to touch on all the above areas as students explore how to communicate both aesthetically and purposefully using the visual language.  The student will apply the design process (which includes concept ideation through research, brainstorming, and drawing/sketching) to appropriately integrate two-dimensional design concepts with technological ingenuity.  The student will use digital media, including the Adobe Creative Suite programs, as tools for design refinement and production.  A $200 materials fee is required for the course.

ART 280C/R 1W –Topics: Buddhist Art of Asia
4 credit hours
Glowski – Koch Hall

No prerequisites.
This course surveys Buddhist art and architecture throughout Asia, including South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka), the Himalayas (Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan), and East Asia (China, Japan).  Art from Southeast Asia and other countries, such as Mongolia, Korea and the United States is considered briefly for comparative purposes.  As visual culture, the artwork is examined for its role in articulating Buddhist theories and practices within unique historical and cultural contexts.

ART 285A – Handbuilt Ceramics I
4 credit hours
Dooley – Koch Hall

No prerequisites.  Open to non-art majors.
This is a specialized course devoted to clay construction without the potter’s wheel.  Students will use slab, coil and pinch techniques to create projects.  Content of projects will range from functional pottery to sculpture.
It should be noted that this course requires extensive work beyond the regular class period, and no student should register for the class unless s/he has the time available for outside work.  Materials fee charged to cover glaze costs; students to purchase clay as needed.
SUGGESTED TEXTS: Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay or
Speight, Hands in Clay

ART 292A - Ceramics I
4 credit hours
Dooley  - Koch Hall

No prerequisites.  Open to non-art majors.
In Ceramics 292A emphasis is placed upon the use of the potter's wheel.  Throughout the term there will be lectures dealing with materials, decorative techniques, glazing and firing techniques.  The focus for the course is the creation of functional pottery.
It should be noted that this course requires extensive work beyond the regular class period, and no student should register for the class unless s/he has the time available for outside work.
There will be a materials fee for this course to cover glaze and firing costs; each student will be responsible for the purchase of clay throughout the term.
SUGGESTED TEXTS:   Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay or
Speight, Hands in Clay

ART 331 – Painting II
4 credit hours
Charney  – Koch Hall

Prerequisite: Art 231A and permission.
This course will build upon the foundations of Painting I and involves the continuation of oil paint as the primary medium.  Students will develop a deeper understanding of paint as an expressive tool, and will also be expected to develop their own stylistic direction as they solve various creative problems.  Students are expected to be able to build a logical representation of various subjects that include the human figure, still life and landscape.
In addition to specific subject areas, students will also refine craftsmanship issues that include large-scale canvasses, multi-panel imagery, and explore various other non-traditional support systems.  Students will further develop their conceptual understanding of painting through the creation and discussion of visual issues relevant to the contemporary art world.
TEXT:  Schwabsky, Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting

ART 340H  1W – Modern Art
4 credit hours
Gimenez-Berger – Koch Hall

Prerequisites:  Art 110H or Art 120H or permission of instructor.
An investigation into the art and architecture from the end of the 19th century through the contemporary period, primarily in Western Europe and America.  Art historical movements, including the artists and stylistic traits which embody them, will be studied chronologically.This class allows students to complete a Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Module (CLAC) for an additional credit.  You will find more information on the CLAC program in the Language Department’s course descriptions.
ART 365 – Silver Jewelry II
4 credit hours
Charney – Koch Hall

Prerequisite:  Art 265A
This course is a continuation of Art 265A. Students will explore advanced silver jewelry-making techniques.

ART 371 – Advanced Graphic Design
4 credit hours
Prebys – Koch Hall

Prerequisite:  Art 271 or Art 280 - Topics: Graphic Design
Digging deeper into the practice of art we call Graphic Design, this course will further explore the creative uses of typography and page layout to communicate both aesthetically and purposefully using the visual language.  The student will apply the design process (which includes concept ideation through research, brainstorming, and drawing/sketching) to appropriately integrate two-dimensional design concepts with technological ingenuity.  The student will use digital media, including the Adobe Creative Suite programs, as tools for design refinement and production.  A $200.00 materials fee is required for the course.

ART 392 - Ceramics II
4 credit hours
Dooley - Koch Hall

Prerequisite:  Art 292A or 285A; permission of instructor.
Advanced Ceramics section with continued experimentation with form and surface.  Students will work with both wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques and gain a greater understanding of the ceramic process.  The course will focus on glaze formulation and some kiln firing.
SUGGESTED TEXT: Speight, Hands in Clay

ART 490 – Independent Study – TBA

ART 491 – Internships – TBA

ART 496 – Senior Thesis Media Concentration
1 credit hour
Staff – Koch Hall

Prerequisite: Required for all senior studio art majors.
The Senior Thesis Media course is the studio component of the Senior Thesis program that all studio art majors must enroll into for both semesters of their senior year.  The course is a one-credit experience that provides a time frame and organizational structure for the supervision of students in that program.  Art 496 is offered simultaneously with the seminar element of the thesis program.
Students will work individually with their media advisor through a mixture of instruction, steering and assessment of the production goals for each student in that particular media area.

ART 497 1W - Art History Senior Thesis
4 credit hours
Gimenez-Berger - Koch Hall

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.  Required for all senior art majors concentrating in art history.
Explores methods and approaches appropriate to Art History. A supervised independent study in which the student will be expected to produce a 30- to 40-page paper on an approved Art History topic.  Because advancement in the field of Art History relies heavily on research and publications, this paper should demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct in-depth research and to produce a writing sample suitable for entry into graduate school or a position in the field.  Students will be expected to meet with the professor at regular intervals, so that the professor may determine the rate of progress and offer guidance and support.

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