Art

Art Course Descriptions

ART 112 Drawing I
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces the fundamentals of two-dimensional composition through experiences designed to increase visual perception and provide technical skill. Students are introduced to visual concepts such as positive and negative space, linear perspective, and proportion. Discussion and critiques introduce aesthetic theories.

ART 120 Three-Dimensional Design
Credit Hours:
3

A foundation course which is intended to be completed in the freshman year (or initial year of study) for the art major. The course introduces the fundamentals of three-dimensional compositions for the visual arts. The course is designed to increase visual perception and provide technical skills with fundamental three-dimensional problems. A portion of the course provides experience with the use of tools and materials required in fabrication of three-dimensional media of wood, paper, wire, clay, metals, and new technologies, while another portion of the course focuses on design using traditional and computer related tools.

ART 121 Ceramics I
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces methods and aesthetics from ancient and contemporary practices used worldwide. Fundamental three-dimensional design problems are explored using hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Basic clay and glaze formulation theory along with various firing procedures are included.

ART 131 Sculpture I
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces three-dimensional design elements, criticism, media, technique, and conceptual concerns as employed in contemporary and historical sculpture produced worldwide. Inspiration, conception, and working philosophies are stressed.

ART 141 Photography
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces the fundamentals of black and white photography. This course covers lenses, lighting, camera handling, and various techniques in digital photography. It also involves digital photo manipulation, matting, and displaying prints. Emphasis is on historical development of photography, the study of composition, and creative approaches of photographic expression.

ART 151 Introduction to Art
Credit Hours:
3

Expands the student’s awareness and understanding of the visual arts through art theory and critical analysis by emphasizing present, historical, and multi-cultural perspectives.

ART 170 Graphic Design I
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces elements of two-dimensional, visual communication design. Highlights include an investigation of basic concepts and principles of graphic design, and an introduction to utilization of computer software programs in representation, creation, and study of designs. Students design and produce basic-level design projects in a computer-based environment.

ART 212 Drawing II
Credit Hours:
3

A further development of the fundamentals presented in Drawing I, including a variety of media; subject matter including landscape, figure drawing, portrait, and still life; and approaches to personal expression in drawing. Prerequisite: ART 112.

ART 221 Ceramics II
Credit Hours:
3

A thorough investigation of wheel throwing techniques, including a range of glazes and firings. Wheel aesthetics are contrasted with those of hand building. Prerequisite: ART 121.

ART 231 Sculpture II
Credit Hours:
3

A more thorough study of sculptural techniques. Effective communication of conceptual concerns is stressed. Prerequisite: ART 131.

ART 241 Painting I
Credit Hours:
3

Deals with the fundamentals of painting, including color theory, color mixing, preparation of canvas, and other grounds and care of materials. Aesthetic theories and criteria of excellence are introduced.

ART 270 Graphic Design II
Credit Hours:
3

Includes computer-based graphic design areas, and teaches page design and layout of various types. Typography, image, space, color, and form will be integrated as the term progresses. Emphasis is placed on students’ application of design concepts to communication purpose, solutions for specific client areas, and development of visual designs that effectively communicate the desired message. Prerequisite: ART 170.

ART 312 Drawing III
Credit Hours:
3

Builds upon Drawing I and Drawing II with a focus on producing more personal and expressive drawing. Advanced composition, communication, content, and idea development are emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 212.

ART 321 Ceramics III
Credit Hours:
3

An advanced investigation of one or more aspects of the field. Emphasis is on competent and informed individual initiative and creation. Prerequisite: ART 221.

ART 331 Sculpture III
Credit Hours:
3

An advanced investigation of one or more aspects of the field with emphasis on competent and informed individual initiative and creation. Prerequisite: ART 231.

ART 341 Painting II
Credit Hours:
3

Focuses upon personal expression and the decisions made in creative endeavors. Students explore individual solutions to painting problems and develop their own aesthetic and style. Prerequisite: ART 241.

ART 350 Art History I
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces Western art from prehistory through Roman classicism and visual art from non-western cultures. Understanding of historical and cultural context is stressed.

ART 351 Art History II
Credit Hours:
3

Investigates Western art from early medieval times through the end of the 1700s. Stylistic influences are stressed.

ART 352 Art History III
Credit Hours:
3

An investigation of why and how Western art changes from the early 1800s to the present. Conceptual and multi-cultural influences are stressed.

ART 370 Graphic Design III
Credit Hours:
3

Focuses on advanced graphic design concepts and ideas, as well as in-depth graphic design features on the computer. Production technology is discussed. Advanced graphic communication and typography concepts are studied. Graphic design in a variety of programs in marketing, communications, advertising, public relations, and journalism is highlighted. Students work towards building finished portfolio contents. Prerequisites: Art 170 and 212, or permission of the instructor.

ART 380 Middle Level Art Education
Credit Hours:
3

Studies art education methods, philosophies, and practices. Materials/media appropriately used for artistic expression in early childhood, elementary and middle school classrooms are used in laboratory projects. A comprehensive, creative study for teaching students PreK-8 is provided for those seeking multi-age licensure.

ART 381 Adolescent Art Education
Credit Hours:
3

Provides the student intending to teach secondary art with information and methods necessary for teaching the secondary school art student.

ART 412 Life Drawing
Credit Hours:
3

Consists of drawing from the nude, draped and clothed human figure from masterpieces in books or museums, with emphasis on study of structure, proportion and anatomy for artists. Various media and approaches to drawing figure are used. Prerequisite: ART 212 or permission of the instructor.

ART 441 Painting III
Credit Hours:
3

Provides the advanced student with the opportunity to develop control and mastery of the techniques and methods acquired in ART 241 and ART 341. A personal aesthetic and style are emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 341

ART 455 Student Teaching in Primary/Middle Level Visual Arts
Credit Hours:
5

Involves students as practice teachers in a six-week supervised experience in planning for instruction, creating an environment for student learning, teaching for student learning, and reflecting on students’ performance completed in a primary or middle school setting, grades K-3 or grades 4-8.

ART 457 Student Teaching in Secondary Visual Arts
Credit Hours:
5

Involves students as practice teachers in a six-week supervised experience in planning for instruction, creating an environment for student learning, teaching for student learning, and reflecting on students’ performance completed in a secondary school setting, grades 9-12.

ART 490 Senior Seminar and Capstone Assessment
Credit Hours:
2

Provides the senior art major with a gallery exhibit experience. The student carries out all aspects of designing, publicizing, and hanging an exhibit of visual work done during college. The student completes the required portfolio competencies of written paper, interdisciplinary art, inter-cultural art, art history, and power points of images.

ART 491 Directed Study
Credit Hours:
1

Allows the advanced student to create independent work under faculty guidance with permission of the department chair.

ART 492 Directed Study
Credit Hours:
2

Allows the advanced student to create independent work under faculty guidance with permission of the department chair.

ART 493 Directed Study
Credit Hours:
3

Allows the advanced student to create independent work under faculty guidance with permission of the department chair.

ART 494 Directed Study
Credit Hours:
4

Allows the advanced student to create independent work under faculty guidance with permission of the department chair.

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