Art & Art History Courses

(GP) indicates that the course fulfills the Global Perspective Elective in the General Education core curriculum.


Art History Courses

ARH 1510 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 drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video arts and architecture. The student gains a developed vocabulary of and exposure to the formal elements of art, principles of design, and 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
Offered: fall and spring


ARH 2530 SURVEY OF ART HISTORY I (3 s.h.)

(GP) A study of artistic trends in painting, sculpture, and architecture of European and Non-Western art from Prehistoric times to the thirteenth century. The student will be able to identify works of art in their cultural contexts, stylistic characteristics, themes, and studio processes. Required fine arts core course for all art, art education, and graphic design majors

Prerequisites: ENG 1010 strongly recommended


ARH 2540 SURVEY OF ART HISTORY II (3 s.h.)

A study of western trends in the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the 14th through early twentieth centuries. Students will be able to identify works of art in proper historical and cultural contexts, and by stylistic characteristics, themes, and the studio processes

Prerequisites: ENG 1010 strongly recommended


ARH 3530 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.

Prerequisites: ENG 1020 or 1040, or permission of the instructor


ARH 3540 NINETEENTH- AND TWENTIETH-CENTURY: ART HISTORY AND THEORY (3 s.h.)

Major developments of mainstream modern art from late eighteenth to early 20th centuries, with emphasis on stylistic trends and developments of major European and American art movements in painting, sculpture, and architecture. A research paper is required.

Prerequisites: ENG 1010, 1020 or 1040, ARH 2530, or permission of the instructor


ARH 4850 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 required. Involves lecture and seminar classes. Course can be repeated if it is a different topic.

Prerequisites: ENG 1010, 1020, or 1040, ARH 2530, 3530 or 3540, or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


Art Studio Courses

A minimum of 12 hours in one studio area is required.

ART 1010 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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


ART 1020 FOUNDATIONS II DESIGN (3 s.h.)

A variety of two- and three-dimensional principles using color. Lectures and critique.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, or permission of the instructor.


ART 2030 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.

Prerequisite: none


ART 2050 FOUNDATIONS PAINTING I (3 s.h.)

Exploration of the formal elements of art, color theory, and expressive properties of oil and acrylic techniques individually, in combination, and with textural surfaces. Course may be taken concurrently with ART 1020.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 1020, 2030, or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall and spring


ART 2070, 3070, 4070, 4080 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 1010, 2030, or permission of the instructor


ART 2150 CLAY SCULPTURE (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 1010, 2030, or permission of the instructor


ART 3000 INTERMEDIATE DRAWING II (3 s.h.)

Continuation of the drawing sequence with emphasis on creative pictorial organization.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 2030, or permission of the instructor


ART 3010 PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA I (3 s.h.)

Lectures to include a history of photography including a brief survey of motion picture and video techniques. Technical emphasis will be an introduction to digital photography, including the basic principles of photography (shutter speed, aperture, ISO) and digital equivalents of traditional darkroom processes and techniques. Photography projects will be existing/natural and continuous artificial (non-flash) light setups with concerns of expression, composition, creativity, and self-criticism. A DSLR (or larger format) digital camera required, minimum of 10 MP resolution. Camera must allow shooting in full manual mode. Students will be responsible for cost of camera, and Mac lab printing papers, to be detailed by instructor.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 2030, or permission of the instructor


ART 3020 PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA II (3 s.h.)

Extensive field and computer lab work with regular critiques. Advanced techniques–including but not limited to multi-exposure compositing and motion graphics–while developing individual creativity. Students will be responsible for cost of DSLR camera and photo printing inkjet papers, to be detailed by instructor.

Prerequisites: ART 3010
Offered: as needed


ART 3030 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 parameters.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 1020, 2030, 3000, or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


ART 3050, 3060 INTERMEDIATE PAINTING I AND II (3 s.h. each)

Further study 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 1010, 1020, 2030, 2050, or permission of the instructor


ART 3090 RELIEF PRINTMAKING (3 s.h.)

Relief printmaking processes, including woodcut, linocut, and other techniques.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 2030, or permission of the instructor


ART 3100 PRINTMAKING (ETCHING) (3 s.h.)

Etching and engraving processes with emphasis on composition. Techniques include dry point, line etching, soft ground, lift ground, aquatint, and embossing. Small editions required.

Prerequisites:  ART 1010, 2030, or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


ART 3110 INTERMEDIATE PRINTMAKING (ETCHING) (3 s.h.)

Emphasis on color multi-plate, viscosity, and stencil.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 1020, 2030, 3100, or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


ART 3012, 4110, 4120 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.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 1020, 2030, 3000, 3100, 3110, or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


ART 3150, 4150, 4160 ADVANCED SCULPTURE 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.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 2030, 2150, or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


ART 3850, 4850 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 12 hours overall.

Prerequisites: permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


ART 4010 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, résumés and cover letters, social media promotions, creation of exhibit invitation and program, and development of thesis.

Prerequisites: Senior status and concurrently enrolled in the final courses in the major area, including Senior Exhibit


ART 4020 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 4010


ART 4030 ADVANCED DRAWING II (3 s.h.)

Further development of drawing skills, visual awareness, and personal expression and interpretation. Continued experimentation with media.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 1020, 2030, 3000, or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


ART 4050, 4060 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.

Prerequisites: ART 1010, 1020, 2030, 2050, 3050, 3060, or permission of the instructor.
Offered: as needed


ART 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART (TBA)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major.

Prerequisite: Approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Provost. Credit to be determined.

Offered: as needed


Special Preparation for Teaching Art in the Public Schools

ART 3620 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 studio art or design. Major 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. This course is only for art education majors.

Prerequisites:  Junior status and successful completion of EDU 2420
Offered: as needed