The semesters listed after course descriptions indicate when courses are expected to be offered. Schedules are subject to change; students should confirm semester offerings with the department when planning degree programs. Jump directly to studio, art & design, or visual art education courses. You can also go directly to special and advanced courses.
100. Three-Dimensional Design (3) (ARTS).
Studio. The principles of organization in a variety of three- dimensional media, with emphasis on problem solving and the fundamentals of design. Fall, Spring.
101. Two-Dimensional Design (3) (ARTS).
Studio. Design elements, principles, processes and media in two dimensions, in a variety of visual concepts in both black and white and color. Fall, Spring.
102. Digital Foundations (3) (ARTS).
Studio. An introduction to the computer and industry standard software including Adobe Creative Suite. Students create a variety of digital images while applying creative solutions to design problems. Students will explore challenges and advantages of making art with a computer. Emphasis placed on developing creative thought processes and personal expression. Fall, Spring.
103. Drawing from Life (3) (ARTS).
Studio. Emphasizes developing drawing, design and technical skills in a variety of black and white media by working from real objects and models in the studio. Fall, Spring.
106. Introduction to Ceramics (3) (ARTS).
Studio. Basic ceramic methods for the non-art major, including construction techniques and wheel throwing. Consideration will be given to three-dimensional design elements and ideas. Fall, Spring.
201. Painting Foundations (3). (ARTS)
Studio. Practice painting as a creative process employing drawing, design, color, and image. Emphasizes foundations, acrylic technique, structured experimentation, and organizing two-dimensional surface for successful composition and expression. Introduces historical and contemporary painting and its conceptual foundations as these relate to students’ work. (Prerequisite: ART 101, ART 103 or instructor permission). Fall.
202. Painting Traditions (3) (ARTS)
Studio. Gain experience with oil paint; compare strengths of oils and acrylics to choose best for each student. Practice alla prima painting and painting from life in addition to abstraction and contemporary approaches. Research historical and contemporary painting as these relate to students’ work. (Prerequisite: ART 101, ART 103 or instructor permission). Spring.
203. Non-Acid Intaglio (3). (ARTS)
Studio. Non-acid intaglio techniques on Plexiglas and metal etching plates, manipulation of point and crible` textures and vocabulary of nontraditional techniques. Creation of images using collage-based collagraph plates. (Prerequisite: one from ART 101, ART 102, ART 103, or instructor permission).
204. Relief Printmaking (3). (ARTS)
Studio. Work in basic woodcut and linoleum printing techniques. (Prerequisite: one from ART 101, ART 102, ART 103, or instructor permission).
205. Ceramics Hand Building (3). (ARTS)
Studio. Introduction to ceramics hand building techniques. Skills explored will include basic hand constructed sculptures and vessels, experimentation with decorating and various firing techniques. (Prerequisite: ART 100 or instructor permission). Fall.
206. Ceramics-Wheel Throwing (3) (ARTS)
Studio. Introduction to the potter’s wheel as a creative tool. Skills explored will include basic wheel thrown forms, experimentation with decorating and various firing techniques. (Prerequisite: ART 100 or instructor permission). Spring.
208. Metals (3) (ARTS).
Studio. The execution of objects in sterling silver and other metals, involving forming, cutting, soldering, stone setting, polishing and other processes. Emphasis is on application of design to the fabrication of jewelry and other decorative objects. (Open to freshmen).
209. Weaving and Fiber Construction (3) (ARTS).
Studio. The basic techniques of four-harness loom weaving and various methods of designing and constructing forms with fibers, including tapestry. Alternates with ART 210. (Open to freshmen). Fall.
210. Textile Design (3) (ARTS).
Studio. The decoration of fabric surfaces by means of dye and pigment, with special emphasis on design in the shibori, batik and screen-printing methods. Alternates with ART 209. (Open to freshmen). Fall.
215. Beginning Photography (3) (ARTS).
Studio. Beginning level of Digital Photography. Learn camera operation, digital image editing and techniques to improve skills as a photographer. While refining technical skill, there is also emphasis on developing aesthetic sensitivity and appreciation of the medium as a potent vehicle for communication. (Prerequisite: ART 102 or ART 101 or instructor permission). Fall, Spring.
219. Typography (3) (ARTS)
Studio. An introduction to lettering skills and the history and foundation of letterforms. Students explore the fundamentals of typography through typographic history, tools, terminology and techniques. Students learn to recognize and analyze basic letterforms while exploring the uses of contemporary typesetting tools. (Prerequisites: ART 102 or instructor permission). Fall.
220. Sculpture I (3). (ARTS)
Studio. A continuation of the media presented in ART 100 with a focus on sculpture. New techniques and media presented may include, woodcarving, earthwork, glass
casting, welding, life casting, assemblage, or paper sculpture. The class will culminate in a significant independent project. (Prerequisite: ART 100 or instructor permission).
228. Introduction to Graphic Design (3). (ARTS)
Studio. An introduction to the fundamentals and history of graphic design. Students generate concepts and effective communication within the context of graphic design using industry standard software. Topics include page layout, creation of logos, use of text and graphics, printing and postproduction, basic digital processes. (Prerequisite: ART 102 or instructor permission). Spring.
250. Drawing and Illustration (3). (ARTS)
Studio. Continued exploration of perceptual and expressive drawing, utilizing a variety of technical means and media, including color drawing and illustration projects. (Prerequisite: ART 103 or instructor permission).
290. Sophomore Art and Design Career Seminar (1).
This class will involve field trips or speakers, research and self-evaluation. With a variety of artists, discuss the issues of being an art and design professional. Documentation of artwork, portfolio/ resume preparation, gallery and exhibition experiences appropriate to the students’ possible career directions will be identified and initiated. Fall. (Instructor permission)
301. Advanced Painting (3).
Studio. Continuing study of oil and/or acrylic painting, with increasing focus on the development of the student’s unique personal aesthetic. Attention paid to conceptual foundations of a student’s work. Customized research assignments. (Prerequisites: ART 201 or ART 202 or ART 250 or instructor permission).
303. Figure Studies (3).
Studio. Students draw and model in clay from figure and costume models. Course includes color drawing and a self-directed unit in student’s focus medium (drawing, painting, sculpture, more). (Prerequisite: ART 102 or ART 250, in addition ART 205 Ceramics-Hand Building is preferred).
305. Advanced Ceramics - Vessels (3).
Studio. An advanced studio course including techniques for creating ceramics vessels. Scale, multiples, basic clay and glaze formulation, and more in depth understanding of technique, practice critique, and the field at large will be gained. (Prerequisite ART 205 or ART 206 or instructor permission).
306. Advanced Ceramics – Sculpture (3).
Studio. An advanced course outlining techniques for creating more involved and intricate sculpturally based ceramic works. Scale, multiples, basic clay and glaze formulation, and more in depth understanding of technique, practice critique, and the field at large will be gained. (Prerequisite ART 205 or ART 206 or instructor permission).
315. Intermediate Photography (3).
Studio. This course begins by exploring the craftsmanship of black and white, film based darkroom photography. Students will use multiple camera formats, including further digital camera work, to experience a variety of creative tools. In addition, this course continues to study the aesthetics of the photographic image. (Prerequisites: ART 215 or instructor permission).
319. Creating a Website (3).
Studio. Students will learn industry-standard software, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, to create and launch multi- faceted, functional websites. This course includes building web galleries, user interactivity, video, and navigation systems.
320. Sculpture II (3).
Studio. Students develop a personal direction selected from experience with previous media and techniques and based on personal imagery and theoretical research. A series of works demonstrating a unique personal vision will be student produced. (Prerequisite: Art 220). Fall.
325. Foundations of Art Therapy (2).
Introduces foundational theories and traditional approaches of art therapy practice, emphasizing the psychodynamic roots of the field. Overview of history of the profession and examines contributions of key pioneers. Clinical applications are explored through case studies and studio experience. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100; PSYC 205 recommended).
326. Approaches in Art Therapy (2).
Explores alternative theories and techniques in the field of art therapy. Topics also include group and family art therapy practice. Applications are explored through case studies and studio experience. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100; ART 325 and PSYC 205 recommended).
327. Community Art Therapy Practicum (1-2).
Students experience & direct art activities for client organization, supervised by art therapist. Therapist assigns readings, research, activity preparation; prepares students for work with clients; teaches leading sessions/interacting effectively; assists students in putting their observations/experiences into art therapeutic context. Can repeat. (Prerequisite or co- requisite ART 325 or ART 326, or instructor permission).
328. Graphic Design-Print Media (3).
Studio. This course is a continuation and further exploration of Graphic Design focusing in print design and production processes. Students will expand their skills in design through creatively solving real-world design problems. Attention and focus is given to problem solving and conceptual thinking. (Prerequisites: ART 219 and ART 228 or instructor permission).
329. Video Art (3).
Studio. In this course students will learn the tools of digital video production as a medium for creative expression. Students will learn pre-production planning, video techniques, lighting, sound, and postproduction editing with Final Cut Pro. There is also an emphasis on creative collaboration and the challenges of working in groups. (Prerequisite: ART 215 or instructor permission).
338. Graphic Design – Digital Media (3)
Studio. This course is a continuation and further exploration of Graphic Design focusing in interactive and motion design. Students will expand their skills in design through creatively solving real-world design problems. Attention and focus is given to problem solving and conceptual thinking. (Prerequisites: ART 219 and ART 228 or instructor permission).
355. Advanced Art of Light & Lens Based Media (3)
Studio. In this course students learn advanced techniques for using digital photography and digital video tools as a means for persona expression. Emphasis on producing artworks using creative narrative techniques. Critical thinking, storytelling, artistic voice, and the interplay between artist and viewer will be explored. (Prerequisite: ART 215 or instructor permission).
390. Senior Art and Design Studio I (3)
This multidisciplinary studio course is designed for advanced study in the student’s medium or media of focus. Advanced art theory and practices will be explored as students work towards an independently designed body of work for their senior exhibition. Fall. (Instructor Permission, co-requisite ART 401).
391. Senior Art and Design Studio II (3)
This multidisciplinary studio course is designed for advanced study in the student’s medium or media of focus. Advanced art theory and practices will be applied as student create an independently designed boyd of work for their senior exhibition. Spring. (Instructor Permission, co-requisite ART 402).
401. Senior Career Preparation (2).
Majors graduating in the Spring, or December of the next year, write press releases and design publicity materials. They write resumes, artist statements, artist talks, letters of application, and pursue other professional practices. (Prerequisite: instructor’s permission, co-requisite ART 390). Fall.
402. Senior Exhibition (2).
Majors graduating in the Spring, or December of the next year, prepare exhibitions, install them in the Gallery, write press releases, design announcements. They write resumes, artist statements, artist talks, letters of application, and other professional practices. (Prerequisite: instructor’s permission; co-requisite ART391). Spring.
Visual Arts Education
105. Art for Elementary Teachers (3).
The development of familiarity with various materials and techniques for use in the elementary classroom, working in paper-maché, mosaic, crayon, chalk, paint, basic printing processes and clay. (Open only to students pursuing the planned minor in elementary education or the early childhood minor). Fall, May term.
360. Methods for Elementary Art Teachers (3).
Teaching art at the elementary and middle school levels, including advocacy, art education theory and interdisciplinary education models. Teaching and organizational challenges of art education and the problems of creating an age sensitive curriculum. (Co- requisite: TED 300. Prerequisites: acceptance in teacher education program, junior standing). Spring.
460. Methods for Secondary Art Educators (3).
Art education theory, resources and classroom management related to secondary teaching. Development of lesson plans into whole units of study culminating in the creation of an entire curriculum and a written personal philosophy about the teaching of art. Additional field experience required. (Prerequisite: 360. Co-requisite: Art 461). Fall.
489. Senior Research in Art Education (2).
Classroom discussions about the practices of teaching art. Research and reflective writings will prepare the pre- associate teacher by focusing on teaching diverse learners in diverse contexts, is- sues of curriculum and pedagogy, and school culture and art teaching (Co- requisites: ART 360, ART 460, or TED 400). Spring.
Special and Advanced Courses
199. Exploratory Internship (1-3). 299. Experimental Course (1-3). 399. Professional Internship (1-12).
451. Independent Study (1-3).
Intended for Art and Design majors with a special need to study content beyond that offered in the normal course sequence. (Prerequisite: department permission).
499. Advanced Experimental Course (1-3).