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ART HISTORY COURSES

ARH 151 LANGUAGE OF ART (3 s.h.)
Introduction to art: study and critical analysis of a wide range of visual art forms and the language of art relating to the history of painting, sculpture and architecture. The student gains a developed vocabulary of and exposure to the formal elements of art, principles of design, major studio processes and learns how artists apply concepts to artworks in their historical and cultural contexts. This course is offered every fall and spring semester. Prerequisite: None Fulfills general core requirements for non-art majors only.

ARH 253 SURVEY OF ART HISTORY (3 s.h.)
A study of artistic trends in painting, sculpture, and architecture of European and non-western art from Prehistoric times to the 20th century. The student will be able to identify works of art in their cultural contexts, stylistic characteristics, themes, and studio processes. Prerequisite: None Required core of all art, art education, and graphic design majors. This course will also fulfill general core fine arts requirement for non-majors.

ARH 352 MEDIEVAL ART HISTORY: ART AND ARCHITECTURE: 400-1500 (3 s.h.)
What can the visual culture of a specific region in a specific period tell us about the intellectual cultural and social history of that place and time? Can we better understand the meaning and significance of individual objects (for example, a painting, a church, a mosaic) by learning more about the intellectual, cultural, and social history of the society that produced them? The central work of this class will be to consider how to answer these two questions in relation to Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the Mediterranean World between the 5th and the 16th centuries. The central method will be to analyze and place into historical context objects and buildings representing specific moments in time and place. We will review the place of art in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultures, including cross-cultural influences. We will also read primary source texts that deal specifically with the production of works of art and architecture across these regions in this period. Lecture and discussion are an integrated part of the course. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisite: ENG 101, 102, or permission of the instructor.

ARH 353 RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE: ART HISTORY AND THEORY (3 s.h.)
Major developments of western painting, sculpture and architecture from early fourteenth through mid eighteenth centuries, with emphasis on regional European stylistic trends and developments. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: ENG 101, 102, or permission of the instructor.

ARH 354 NINETEENTH- AND TWENTIETH-CENTURY: ART HISTORY AND THEORY (3 s.h.)
Major developments of modern art from the late eighteenth century to the early 20th century, with emphasis on stylistic trends and developments of major European and American art movements in painting, sculpture, and architecture. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or permission of the instructor.

ARH 355 CHINA AND ASIA ART HISTORY (3 s.h.)
The trade route known as the “Silk Road” connected the vibrant cultures of China with those of Europe from Roman times to the Middle Ages. Besides silk, this East/West trade included luxury goods such as jade, tea, spices, glass, horses and porcelain as well as religions, customs, cultures, languages and ideas. This course will examine the artistic cultural transference that occurred along the road and its local and wider spread impact. Practical course goals are to develop thoughtful understanding of historical causation and pattern as well as accomplishment in historical interpretation and analysis. Students will also gain an appreciation of the arts of China, Central Asia, and Persia from 200 BCE to the decline of overland trade in the 1500s. Lecture and discussion are an integrated part of the course. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or permission of the instructor.

ARH 485 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY (3 s.h.)
Allows juniors and seniors flexibility to study special interest topics in art history not otherwise offered in the art curriculum. Student proficiency in art history and research paper writing is expected. Involves lecture and seminar classes. Course can be repeated if it is a different topic. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisite: ENG 101, 102 or permission of the instructor.


ART STUDIO COURSES

ART 101 FOUNDATIONS I DESIGN (3 s.h.)
The elements and principles of two-dimensional design: line, shape, form, value, texture, and space, with emphasis on problem solving and organization in a composition. This course is offered every fall semester.
Prerequisites: None.

ART 102 FOUNDATIONS II DESIGN (3 s.h.)
A variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional principles using color. Lectures and critique. This course is offered every spring semester. Prerequisite: ART 101 or permission of the instructor.

ART 203 FOUNDATIONS IV DRAWING I (3 s.h.)
The drawing fundamentals, introducing various media and techniques, with emphasis on the relationships and vocabulary of the formal elements of design in the organization of pictorial composition and critiquing process. Creative exploration is encouraged. Prerequisites: None.

ART 205 FOUNDATIONS PAINTING I (3 s.h.)
Exploration of expressive properties of oil and acrylic techniques individually, in combination, and with textural surfaces. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.
Prerequisites: ART 101, 102,203, or permission of the instructor.

ART 207, 307, 407, 408 FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE I, II, III AND IV (3 s.h. each)
Sculptural design with fundamental hand building techniques and properties of clay, concentrating on creative concepts based on the human figure; may include exploration of abstract forms. Students are encouraged to interpret their visual definition of the figure. Course emphasizes development of the relationships and vocabulary of three-dimensional design and the critiquing process. Includes techniques of relief, glazing, decoration, firing, and experimentation with added materials. Prerequisites: ART 101, 203 or permission of the instructor.

ART 213, 314 PAPERMAKING I AND II (3 s.h. each)
Papermaking techniques from basic materials and methods of handmade paper to more complex processes utilizing color, cast paper, three-dimensional applications, and paper as a medium. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisites: Art 101, 203, or permission of the instructor.

ART 215 CERAMIC HAND BUILDING (3 s.h.)
Fundamental hand building techniques and properties of clay with emphasis on the visual vocabulary of formal elements during the investigation of three-dimensional forms and critiquing process. Includes techniques of relief, glazing, decoration, firing, and creative experimentation with added materials. Prerequisites: ART 101, 203 or permission of the instructor.

ART 300 INTERMEDIATE DRAWING II (3 s.h.)
Continuation of the drawing sequence with emphasis on creative pictorial organization. Prerequisite: ART 101, 203, or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every fall or spring semester.

ART 301 PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA I (3 s.h.)
Lectures; laboratory work; darkroom and field experience; black-and-white camera work; and a brief survey of motion picture and video tape techniques, with emphasis on expression, composition, creativity, and self-criticism. A photographic essay thesis required. A 35 mm (or larger) film-based camera required. Students will be responsible for cost of photographic film and paper. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisite: ART 101, 203, or permission of the instructor.

ART 302 PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA II (3 s.h.)
Extensive field and laboratory work with regular critiques. Advanced techniques while developing individual creativity. Students will be responsible for cost of photographic film and paper. Prerequisite: ART 301. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisite: ART 101, 203, 301 or permission of the instructor.

ART 303 ADVANCED DRAWING I: MEDIA AND TECHNIQUES (3 s.h.)
Experimental investigation of non-traditional methods of drawing and extending traditional concepts of drawing beyond their perimeters. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisite: ART 101, 102, 203, and 300, or permission of the instructor.

ART 305, 306 INTERMEDIATE PAINTING I AND II (3 s.h. each)
Further study of and experimentation with application of media and techniques: emphasis on personal expression, color theory, the relationships and vocabulary of the formal elements of design, and critiquing process. Enhanced development toward the student’s personal style. Prerequisites: ART 101, 102, 203, 205, or permission of the instructor.

ART 309 RELIEF PRINTMAKING (3 s.h.)
Relief printmaking processes, including woodcut, linocut, silkscreen, and stencil techniques. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisites: ART 101, 203, or permission of the instructor.

ART 310 PRINTMAKING (ETCHING) (3 s.h.)
Etching and engraving processes with emphasis on composition. Techniques include drypoint, line etching, softground, liftground, aquatint, and embossing. Small editions required. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisites: ART 101, and 203, or permission of the instructor.

ART 311 INTERMEDIATE PRINTMAKING (ETCHING) (3 s.h.)
Emphasis on color multi-plate, viscosity, and stencil. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisite: ART 101, 102, 203, 310, or permission of the instructor.

ART 312, 411, 412 ADVANCED PRINTMAKING (ETCHING) I, II, III (3 s.h. each)
For a printmaking concentration. Individual problem-solving, exploration of various concepts (e.g., forms and imagery), and development of a personal statement. Color printing required. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisite: ART 101, 102, 203, 300, 310, 311, or permission of the instructor.

ART 315, 415, 416 ADVANCED CERAMIC HAND BUILDING I , II, AND III (3 s.h. each)
Design and technical skills with emphasis on combining techniques, surface decoration in relation to form, originality, and creativity. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisite: ART 101, 203, 215 or permission of the instructor.

ART 385, 485 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART I AND II (1-6 s.h.)
Allows advanced juniors and seniors to experiment in areas of special interest or in special topics not otherwise provided in the art curriculum. May combine several areas in which students have demonstrated proficiency. Involves a series of problems designed by the student in consultation with the instructor. A contract establishes responsibilities and credit hours. Two classroom contact hours required per each s.h. of work. Courses cannot be taken concurrently and cannot be repeated. Students enroll for a maximum of six hours per semester and a maximum of twelve hours overall. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

ART 401 BUSINESS AND MARKETING IN ART (CAPSTONE) (2 s.h.)
This course is a part of the B.A., B.F.A., and art education major requirements to be taken at the conclusion of the student’s course of study. It is designed to provide professional preparation and hands-on experience in the following areas: writing of news releases, resumes, and cover letters, creation of exhibit invitation and program, and development of thesis. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisites: Senior status and concurrently enrolled in the final courses in the major area, including Senior Exhibit.

ART 402 B.A. SENIOR EXHIBIT (CAPSTONE) (1 s.h.)
B.A. candidates will prepare, install, and exhibit a body of work to fulfill the B.A. exit requirement. In the first semester of the senior year, the candidate meets with the art faculty to discuss the requirements for their exhibition and then submits a proposal. Prerequisites: Senior status and concurrently enrolled in the final courses in the major area, including ART 401 Business and Marketing in Art.

ART 403 ADVANCED DRAWING II (3 s.h.)
Further development of drawing skills, visual awareness, and personal expression and interpretation. Continued experimentation with media. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisites: ART 101, 102, 203, 300, or permission of the instructor.

ART 405, 406 ADVANCED PAINTING I AND II (3 s.h. each)
Skills necessary for expressive problem-solving. The student establishes his/her personal painting style and direction. This course is offered as needed. Prerequisites: ART 101, 102, 203, 205, 305, 306, or permission of the instructor.

ART 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART (TBA)
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.


SPECIAL PREPARATION FOR TEACHING ART IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ART 362 THEORY AND PRACTICE IN ART EDUCATION (4 s.h.)
Current trends and theories in art education investigating the role of art in society, the school curriculum, and child development, with emphasis on positive self-expression, creative thinking, and perceptual sensitivity. Lesson planning, student presentations and a wide variety of studio experiences, including photographic techniques and computer graphics. Grades P-12. The course includes one hour of lecture and three hours of studio. The course does not count toward a major or minor in art. Major additional costs for this course will include the purchase of a textbook, paint, brushes, paper, and other miscellaneous art supplies, which will be in the range of $500 or more. Prerequisite: junior status and successful completion of EDU 242 are required. This course is offered as needed. This course is for art education majors.


GRAPHIC DESIGN COURSES

AGD 200 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I (3 s.h.)
Introductory studio in fundamental two-dimensional concepts of graphic design. Basic design principles and invention of form within contexts relevant to design of communication of information, concepts and/or emotions. Project assignments will coincide with lectures and tutorials, and will enable students to develop critical thinking and visual problem solving skills. Prerequisites: ARH 253, ART 101, ART 102, AGD 201, AGD 203, ART 203, and to be taken before or concurrently with AGD 301, and/or permission of instructor.

AGD 201 TYPOGRAPHY (3 s.h.)
Typography as a medium of visual communication. Student exercises focus on type as image and the relationship between visual and verbal language, the expressive characteristics of letter forms and type design classifications. Course covers type terminology, typographic design and production history, and current methods/tutorials for professional typography. This course is taught as an introduction to the B.F.A. in Graphic Design. Prerequisites: None.

AGD 202 IMAGING FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN I (3 s.h.)
Introduction to the technical and formal issues of photography and photomechanical processes as they relate to visual communications; terminology, photographic history within the context of graphic design. Introduction to raster images/manipulation for print and screen. Prerequisites: ART 101, ART 102, and AGD 203, or permission of the instructor.

AGD 203 FOUNDATIONS III 3-D DESIGN (3 s.h.)
Emphasis on experimentation with design and materials as related to the exploration of volume and space in three dimensions. Projects involve sculptural objects and architectural and environmental design. Studio projects will be completed outside of class. Prerequisites: ART 101, ART 102, and ART 203, or permission of the instructor.

AGD 204 HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN (3 s.h.)
Survey of the inventions, movements, designs, and individuals that have international historical significance and influence in the development of visual communications. Concentration on late 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisites: ARH 253 or permission of the instructor.

AGD 300 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II (3 s.h.)
Intermediate course in the principles and vocabulary of graphic design and visual communications. Builds on AGD 200 in project complexity and develops analytical and intuitive approaches to problem solving based on needs/desires of audience. Oral presentation and design vocabulary reinforced with project critiques. Prerequisites: ART 101, ART 102, AGD 203, ART 203, AGD 200, ART 301, and AGD 202:, or permission of the instructor.

AGD 301 B.F.A. PORTFOLIO REVIEW (1 s.h.)
Six seminar style classes provide guidance with written statements, documentation of artwork and presentation format. Guest speakers present information related to the portfolio packet, eventual career paths and exhibition issues. Portfolio is due during the 7th week of the semester. Prerequisites: ART 101:, ART 102, AGD 203, and ART 203, and ARH 253.

AGD 302 IMAGING FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN II (3 s.h.)
Intermediate photography and introduction to digital imaging as they relate to visual communication design. Studio lighting techniques explored for portraits and products. Prerequisites: ART 301, AGD 200, AGD 202, or permission of the instructor.

AGD 303 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO III (3 s.h.)
Advanced design problems with emphasis on design systems and experimentation with various media/vehicles for the communication of creative solutions. Projects focus on appropriateness to specific audiences through the role of context in the interpretation of form. Prerequisites: ART 300, AGD 300, AGD 302, or permission of the instructor.

AGD 304 INTERNSHIP IN THE ARTS (3 s.h.)
The internship is designed as a seminar while providing an experiential learning opportunity to integrated graphic design theory and practice through on-the-job experience. The intern will be placed in a professional setting for observation and supervised design-related duties. The intern will average ten (10) hours per week for twelve weeks for a total of 120 hours. The seminar component of the course will provide opportunities to meet, discuss, and share topics of the work place experiences. This internship is a non-salaried opportunity for students to observe, examine, and participate in the creative dynamics and procedural operations of an art organization, arts-related business, professional studio, agency, or with an expert crafts worker. Sponsor supervised. (6-12 hours per week.) Can be up to two sponsors. Prerequisites: AGD 301, Junior status within a B.F.A. major, 3.0 GPA or better, and written consent of instructor, department chair and the sponsor.

AGD 305 IMAGING FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN III (3 s.h.)
Introduction to the visual design and structuring of information in interactive design. Topics include animation, motion graphics, and websites as narrative and media approaches to the organization of content. Prerequisites: AGD 300, AGD 302, or permission of the instructor.

AGD 400 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO IV (3 s.h.)
Advanced level of graphic design problem-solving that concentrates on the relationship between message and media, and the exploration of both digital and traditional production techniques. Studio projects include problems integrating typographic, photographic, and historical concepts in graphics communication. Videography/video editing introduced. Prerequisites: AGD 303, AGD 305, or permission of the instructor.

AGD 401 GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKSHOP (CAPSTONE) (3 s.h.)
The primary mission of the Graphic Design Workshop is twofold; first, to provide students with professional experience and business knowledge, second, to perform a community service to local, regional and/or national non-profit organizations. Under the guidance of faculty, students are responsible for direct client contact, design, illustration, photography, market research, media placement, and/or production schedules. (In most cases, these organizations economically would be unable to utilize the resources of ad agencies and design firms.) This is an advanced-level studio requiring independent solving of “real-world” design problems. Prerequisites: AGD 303, AGD 305, or permission of the instructor.

AGD 402 B.F.A. SENIOR EXHIBIT (CAPSTONE) (1 s.h.)
B.F.A. candidates will prepare, install, and exhibit a body of work to fulfill the B.F.A. exit requirement. Prerequisites: Senior status, past portfolio reviews, and concurrently enrolled in the final courses in the major area.

 

 

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