Art Course Descriptions

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

ART 112. FUNDAMENTALS OF DESIGN 4 sh
This introduction to the fundamental principles and processes of two-dimensional design uses a variety of traditional and non-traditional media with an emphasis on problem-solving, craftsmanship, creative exploration and effective use of the language of art. This course fulfills the Expression requirement for Core Curriculum. Materials Fee: $75. Offered fall and spring.

ART 113. THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 4 sh
This introduction to the fundamental principles and processes of three-dimensional design uses a variety of traditional and non-traditional media with an emphasis on problem-solving, craftsmanship, creative exploration and effective use of the language of art. This course fulfills the Expression requirement for Core Curriculum. Materials Fee: $150. Offered fall.

ART 114. TIME ARTS 4 sh
Time Arts is a foundations art course that explores the “fourth dimension” in art: time and space. Using such media as video, sound, animation, installation art, and photography, the course investigates the potential for art in unexpected spaces and explores processes that unfold over time. This course fulfills the Expression requirement for Core Curriculum. Materials Fee: $150. Offered fall.

ART 200. CERAMICS I 4 sh
This introduction to principles and processes of working with clay and glazes emphasizes basic construction techniques and kiln firing. Materials fee: $75. Offered fall and spring.

ART 201. DRAWING I 4 sh
Students learn the fundamentals of drawing and composition using various media. Materials fee: $75. Offered fall and spring.

ART 202. PAINTING I 4 sh
Painting I introduces the techniques of painting and composition in oils with additional emphasis on color theory and creative exploration of the medium. Materials fee: $125. Offered fall and spring.

ART 203. WATERCOLOR 4 sh
Coursework studies various techniques of painting and composition with watercolor, emphasizing color theory and creative exploration of the medium. Materials fee: $40.

ART 260. INTRODUCTION TO INTERMEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHY 4 sh
This course explores the many inherent uniquenesses of and intersections between still photography, digital imaging and the moving image. Emphasis is on the expressive qualities of different media and how they are intentionally used to communicate ideas and experiences. Discussion topics and project themes will focus on the impact of emerging processes and practices on contemporary art and culture today. Materials fee:$150. Offered fall and spring.

ART 300. CERAMICS II 4 sh
Students continue from ART 200 with emphasis on wheel-thrown forms, glaze mixing, kiln firing and studio management. Prerequisite: ART 200. Materials fee: $75.

ART 301. LIFE DRAWING 4 sh
A continuation of the concepts of ART 201, this course emphasizes composition and critical analysis when drawing the live subject. This productive exploration will involves extended studies in a variety of media. ART 201 recommended. Materials and model fee: $125.

ART 302. PAINTING II 4 sh
A continuation of ART 202, this class emphasizes individual development, advanced critical analysis of visual images and productive exploration of the medium. Prerequisite: ART 202. Materials fee: $125.

ART 330. PHOTOGRAPHY AS SOCIAL CRITIQUE 4 sh
A hybrid of lecture and practice, this course focuses on making social photographs or, as it is more commonly known, documentary photography. We will examine the complex historical contexts, visual language and critical analysis of photographs that are intended to represent other communities and cultures as a source of information and social change. Students will apply and critique their own understanding of visual representation by participating in a community-based documentary project. The course is geared towards students in the social sciences, arts and other disciplines where photographic images might be an integral part of one's research. No prior knowledge of photography is required. Digital camera required. By permission of instructor.

ART 339. ECO ART 4 sh
Eco-art addresses the environmental crisis in a number of creative ways, often involving activism, collaboration and “eco-friendly” practices and methodologies. To reflect the movement itself, the course is designed to be cross-disciplinary, combining art with environmental ethics and ecology. Creative projects will focus on weaving social responsibility into the making of art and they will embrace the nature of art/science collaborations. Offered Spring. Prerequisite: Any ART, ENS or ENE course, or permission by instructor.

ART 360. THE ALTERED IMAGE IN DIGITAL ART 4 sh
Students further investigate the creative potential of the computer through projects that integrate advanced software tools with strategies for creating complex imagery. Emphasis is on the creation, manipulation and display of still images for print and screen-based environments. Students continue their critical inquiry into the medium through required readings and research. Prerequisite: ART 260. Materials fee: $150.

ART 361. INTERNET ART 4 sh
Internet Art expands the ideas and skills introduced in ART 260. Emphasis is on the study of the Internet and its role in contemporary art. Issues of design, navigability, optimization and accessibility will be emphasized. The course may also employ strategies of intervention, tactical media, culture-jamming and performance. Prerequisite: ART 260. Materials fee: $150.

ART 362. VIDEO ART AND ANIMATION 4 sh
In ART 362, emphasis is on the creation, manipulation, and display of the moving image in video, animation, and sound-based art. Projects are experimental in nature and situated within a contemporary art context. Students engage in critical inquiry through required readings and research as a supplement to creative projects. Prerequisite: ART 260. Materials fee: $150.

ART 364. PHOTOGRAPHY - PINHOLE TO PIXEL 4 sh
This course explores the technical and conceptual principles of photography from past to present by examining the early historical analog to the current digital photographic practices. Through lectures, readings, and hands-on assignments, the course will focus on the rise of specific photographic processes and movements, and follow related aesthetical and theoretical issues. Projects will emphasize the formation of individual solutions to a given photographic problem and the presentation of student work for discussion and criticism. Students will complete a series of carefully structured assignments, leading to a written proposal for a self-directed final project. Prerequisite: ART 260. Materials fee: $150. Offered in Fall.

ART 365. PHOTOGRAPHY - INVENTION AND CONSTRUCTION 4 sh
This course will focus on the creation of visual language in photography and explore its role in clarifying the meaning and the intent of the Image-maker. Emphasis will be placed on strengthening students’ technical and conceptual understandings of contemporary photography as a means of artistic self-expression. Examination of important practitioners of the medium and discourse pertaining to critical topics in current photography will provide students with the insight needed to undertake projects that expand the possibilities of the medium. Students will complete a series of thematic assignments, leading to a written proposal for a self-directed final project. Prerequisite: ART 260. Materials fee: $150. Offered in Spring.

ART 380. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES IN ART 2 sh
This course provides practical information for advanced students considering a career in art. Topics covered include documenting artwork; writing resumes, artist statements and cover letters; developing skills in presentation, promotion and exhibition preparation; applying to graduate school and preparing for other postgraduate opportunities. Junior standing art majors or instructor permission required. Offered fall.

ART 400. ADVANCED PROJECTS IN CERAMICS 4 sh
A continuation of ART 300, emphasis in this course is on increased individual exploration of a single form-making process, glaze calculation and kiln firing. Prerequisite: ART 300. Materials fee: $75. May be repeated a maximum of three times for credit.

ART 402. ADVANCED PROJECTS IN DRAWING AND PAINTING 4 sh
This continuation of ART 302 emphasizes increased individual exploration of the medium and the development of a focused body of work. Prerequisite: ART 302. Materials fee: $125. Offered fall. May be repeated a maximum of three times for credit.

ART 460. ADVANCED PROJECTS IN THE ALTERED IMAGE 4 sh
This course emphasizes the self-directed exploration of digital media resulting in the creation of an extensive project or body of work utilizing still imagery. Students will craft proposals and artist statements, conduct research and prepare this work for distribution or display. Prerequisite: ART 360. Materials fee: $150.

ART 462.  ADVANCED PROJECTS IN VIDEO ART AND ANIMATION 4 sh
This course emphasizes the self-directed exploration of the moving image, resulting in the creation of an extensive project or body of work using still imagery. Students will craft proposals and artist statements, conduct research and prepare this work for distribution or display. Prerequisite: ART 362. Materials fee: $150.

ART 462.  ADVANCED PROJECTS PHOTOGRAPHY: PINHOLE TO PIXEL 4 sh
This course emphasizes self-directed exploration of analog and/or digital photography, resulting in the creation of an extensive project or body of work. Students will craft proposals and artist statements, conduct research, and prepare this work for distribution or display. Prerequisite: ART 364. Materials fee: $150.

ART 462.  ADVANCED PROJECTS PHOTOGRAPHY: INVENTION AND CONSTRUCTION 4 sh
This course emphasizes self-directed exploration of contemporary photographic practice, resulting in the creation of an extensive project or body of work. Students will craft proposals and artist statements, conduct research, and prepare this work for distribution or display. Prerequisite: ART 365. Materials fee: $150.

ART 466. SENIOR SEMINAR 2 sh
This capstone experience provides the environment where Bachelor of Arts students get feedback from an instructor and their peers on their capstone work. This discussion and feedback-based course provides each student with a diverse community of bachelor of arts students working with a variety of different capstone projects. Since students must prepare their capstone work outside of the Senior Seminar, students must take a 300 to 400 level ART course during both semesters of the seminar. The department chair, in conjunction with the advisor, can approve another 300 to 400 level course that is deemed appropriate for the project. Students complete one semester hour in the fall and one semester hour in the spring. Offered fall and spring.

ART 467.  SENIOR SEMINAR II 1 sh
Continuation of ART 466.

ART 467.  INTERNSHIP IN ART 1-4 sh
Internships are designed to provide students with invaluable work experience and insight into art and art history-related professions. In addition to hands-on work, internships involve reflection assignments and supervisor evaluations as part of the learning process.

ART 491. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-8 sh
Art majors and minors may pursue a program of advanced study and individual exploration in studio art or art history. Proposals for independent study should be prepared and submitted in the semester prior to enrollment. The instructor may require class attendance. Maximum eight semester hours of credit. Permission of art faculty.

ART 495. THESIS SEMINAR 2 sh
This capstone experience provides the critical environment where B.F.A. students create the thesis body of work. This critique-based course provides each student with the essential high-level critique feedback students need to create a compelling body of work. In addition, the seminar helps students further develop the high level professional practices and communication skills evident in the thesis exhibition and the thesis presentation. Students complete one semester hour in the fall and one semester hour in the spring. Prerequisites: ARH 320 and ART 380. Offered fall and spring.

ART 499. RESEARCH IN ART 1-8 sh
Students engage in an undergraduate research project under the guidance of a department mentor. A special research proposal form must be prepared and submitted in consultation with the mentor. Maximum of eight semester hours of credit.

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