Professor Jack D. Mann, Chair
Associate Professor Edward M. Charney
Assistant Professors Scott Dooley and Kevin Salzman
Instructor Amy Morris
Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree with a
Concentration in Studio Art
Forty-two semester hours of art are required for a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in studio art.The following course requirements and a Senior Studio Thesis Seminar exhibition must be completed:
Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree with a
Concentration in Art History
Forty-two semester hours of art are required for a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in art history. The following course requirements and an Art History Senior Thesis Presentation must be completed:
Requirements for Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Sixty-eight semester hours are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. A student wishing to earn this degree needs to begin the general art requirements and foundations sequence in the freshman year and maintain an average of at least two art courses per semester throughout the four years. A 3.00 grade-point average must be maintained within the Art Department, and candidacy for the B.F.A. must be declared by the end of the sophomore year. The following course requirements and a Senior Thesis Solo Exhibition must be completed:
Requirements for Minor
A minor in art may be earned with a focus in art history or studio art. Twenty semester hours in art are required.
Residence Requirements for Bachelor of Arts and
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees
Due to the need to maintain overall continuity in the art program for the B.A. in Art and the B.F.A., the Art Department requires the two Foundations courses (101 and 103) and one art history course to be taken in residence. The Senior Thesis Seminar and the Art History Senior Thesis Seminar courses must also be taken in residence.
Certification for Teaching in Art
Students interested in pursuing a course of study leading to a license to teach art should contact their adviser or the Education Department for specific requirements.
101A. Studio Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to the basic components of the visual arts with special emphasis on the role of media. A primary goal is to develop a student’s ability to think in visual terms. Every year.
103. Studio Foundations: Three-Dimensional Design. 4 semester hours.
An exploration of the formal use of space as it is applied to threedimensional 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. Every year.
121A. Basic Drawing. 4 semester hours.
Part of the first-year Foundations sequence. Introduction to the basic disciplines of drawing — line, value composition, etc. Special emphasis on drawing as a tool for gathering ideas. Every year.
131A. Introduction to Painting. 4 semester hours.
Survey of a variety of painting techniques and visual issues. Emphasis 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. Every year.
151. Introduction to Printmaking. 4 semester hours.
Survey of printmaking techniques designed to expose students to the possibilities of artistic expression through traditional as well as recently developed approaches to printing. Every year.
221. Drawing I. 4 semester hours.
Emphasis on further developing drawing techniques introduced in Basic Drawing. Skills in problem solving will be enhanced through narrative interpretation and drawing from landscapes, nature and the human figure.Visual analysis, media exploration, and personal stylistic growth are also vital components of this course. Prerequisite: Art 121. Every year.
231. Painting I. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to the basic materials, processes, and concepts of oil painting. Prerequisite: Art 121. Every year.
241A. Introduction to Photography. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to the basic function and handling of the 35mm single lens reflex camera and processing of film, and printing of black and white photographs. Lectures, field work and darkroom experience. Every year.
245A. Computer Imaging I. 4 semester hours.
Studio course using the computer as a direct source for creation of artworks. Various software programs are explored in concert with computers and their peripheral equipment. Every year.
251A. Printmaking I. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to the processes and techniques of intaglio or lithographic printmaking. Alternate years.
261A. Sculpture I. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to three-dimensional concepts. Exploration in wood construction, plaster and clay emphasized. Every year.
265A. Silver Jewelry. 4 semester hours.
Silver used to produce small art forms intended as body embellishment. Basic fabricating techniques, simple forming and centrifugal casting. Every year.
285A. Handbuilt Ceramics. 4 semester hours.
Construction of clay pieces without the potter’s wheel. Handbuilding investigated primarily through the use of coils and slabs. Basic decorating and glazing techniques explored. Every year.
292A. Ceramics I. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to wheel throwing and handbuilding methods of clay construction, and basic decoration and firing techniques. Every year.
321. Drawing II. 4 semester hours.
Emphasis on further developing drawing techniques explored in Drawing I. Students will be encouraged to choose an art direction and solve associated problems in order to reach a satisfactory creative outcome. We will continue to work with a wide range of subject matter and in a variety of media, and attention will be given to the development of personal artistic style. Prerequisite: Art 221. Every year.
331. Painting II. 4 semester hours.
Continuation of Art 231. Primary emphasis placed on understanding the unique characteristics of various painting techniques. Prerequisite: Art 231. Every year.
341. Advanced Photography. 4 semester hours.
Extension of Art 241A. Continued development of ideas. Prerequisite: Art 241 or permission of instructor. Every year.
345. Computer Imaging II. 4 semester hours.
Extension of Art 245. Advanced studio course using the computer to create artworks. Specific software programs are learned in depth and used with each other to produce more complex and competent artworks. Every year.
351. Printmaking II. 4 semester hours.
Advanced printmaking techniques. Continuation of Art 251, which is a prerequisite. Every year.
361. Sculpture II. 4 semester hours.
Continuation of Art 261. Exploration in carving, modeling, and construction. Investigation of stone, wood, metal, plaster, clay, and found objects. Prerequisite: Art 261. Every year.
365. Silver Jewelry II. 4 semester hours.
Advanced silver jewelry techniques. Continuation of Art 265, which is a prerequisite. Every year.
380. Topics in Studio Art. 2-4 semester hours.
Courses in special studio art as described in the course schedule for each semester. This course may be repeated for credit.
385. Handbuilt Ceramics II. 4 semester hours.
Advanced study of handbuilding techniques. Prerequisite: Art 285. Every year.
392. Ceramics II. 4 semester hours.
Advanced study of building methods. Prerequisite: Art 292. Every year.
421. Drawing III. 4 semester hours.
A continuation of 321. Development of a deeper understanding of drawing techniques in a more concentrated individual style. Prerequisite: Art 321. Every year.
431. Painting III. 4 semester hours.
Continuation of Art 331. Major emphasis on the development of the student as an independent artist. The student makes a series of paintings as a means of investigating a single idea or theme. Prerequisite: Art 331. Every year.
451. Printmaking III. 4 semester hours.
Advanced work in the graphic processes. Specialized study in individual creative and technical problems. Prerequisite: Art 251 or 351. Every year.
461. Sculpture III. 4 semester hours.
Individual studio atmosphere with the student expressing a strong creative direction on material. Working from the figure model is a possibility. Prerequisite: Art 361. Every Year.
490. Independent Study. 4 semester hours.
Advanced individual study in the history, theory, or studio aspects of art. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Every year.
491. Internships. 1-4 semester hours.
Structured opportunities for the junior or senior art major to apply learned skills in a real-world situation. The student must register and complete the required application before beginning the internship and must have both a departmental sponsor and an on-site sponsor. The internship is evaluated on a credit/no-credit basis, and it is the depatmental sponsor's responsibility to review the project upon completion and decide whether credit should be granted.
492. Ceramics III. 4 semester hours.
Continuation of Art 392, which is a prerequisite. Every year.
498. Senior Studio Thesis Seminar. 2-4 semester hours.
A two-semester seminar course designed to assist art students int the development and execution of a senior project as well as preparation life in the arts after college. The first semester will focus on the skills necessary to put to gether a cohesive self-promotion package and resume. The second semesterwill focus on the development and exhibition of a Senior Studio Thesis Seminar project. Students must register for the course both semesters, but the grade will not be issued until the second semester in the spring. Required for studio art majors. This course requirement will involve seniors in the Bachelor of Arts-Studio and Bachelor of Fine Arts majors together. BA students will follow a one and one-credit sequence, and BFA students will follow a two and two-sequence during their senior year. Every year.
499. Honors Thesis/Project. Variable credit.
Prerequisite: 3.50 GPA and permission of the Department Chair.Art History Courses
110H. History of Art I. 4 semester hours
Selective chronological survey of architecture, painting, sculpture and decorative arts from the birth of art in the Prehistoric period through its development in the Middle Ages. Although this course focuses on art created in Western Europe, the survey will also include the art of the Ancient Near East and the Byzantine Empire. Every year.
120H. History of Art II. 4 semester hours.
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 Renaisssance and culminating with the radical artistic innovations of the 20th century. Every year.
220H. Renaissance Art. 4 semester hours.
Examination of Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture from the Late Gothic period (ca. 1270-1300) through the Renaissance (Early and High) and Mannerism. The artists and monuments in Florence, Rome and Venice will receive special attention, although developments in other regions in Italy will also be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the departure from Medieval art and the revival of Antiquity, and art objects and monuments will be discussed in the context of individual artists, patrons and religious and historical events. Every third year.
230H. Baroque and Rococo Art. 4 semester hours.
Surveys the art, architecture and sculpture produced during the Baroque and Rococo periods from ca. 1600-1800 in Western Europe. The major artists, art works and stylistic characteristics of both periods will be presented according to their country of origin. Art objects and monuments will be discussed in the context of individual artists, patrons and religious and historical events. Every third year.
240H. Early Christian and Byzantine Art. 4 semester hours.
Explores the foundations of the Christian tradition in the visual arts in Late Antiquity (ca. 200-565 AD) in the Roman Empire and traces its development through the early, middle and late periods of Byzantine art, primarily in the East. The various art historical periods such as Hiberno- Saxon, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic will be covered chronologically and by region in Europe. Emphasis will be given to the religious beliefs and traditions that informed the period. Every third year.
243H. Western Medieval Art. 4 semester hours.
Covers the art and architecture produced from the decline of the Roman Empire through the Gothic period in the West. The various art historical periods such as Hiberno-Saxon, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic will be covered roughly chronologically and by region in Europe. Emphasis will be given to the historical context and the relious beliefs that informed the Middle Ages. Every third year.
275. Greek and Roman Art. 4 semester hours.
Focuses on Greek and Roman painting, sculpture and architecture as well as the decorative arts. Works of art will be analyzed in relation to the historical background of these fundamentally different civilizations and in terms of the objects’ original function or context. Students will gain a solid understanding of the visual characteristics and the artists and architects that embody these movements. Every third year.
280. Topics in Art History. 2-4 semester hours.
Courses in the history of art as described in the course schedule for each semester.
350. Modern Art. 4 semester hours.
Investigation into the art and architecture from the end of the 19th century (c. 1890) through the contemporary period, primarily in Western Europe and America. The art historical movements, including the artists and stylistic traits which embody them, will be studied roughly chronologically. Every third year.
497. Art History Senior Thesis. 4 semester hours.
A supervised independent study in which the student will be expected to produce a 20 to 30 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. Every year.