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Art Courses

NOTE: Some studio art courses have expenses beyond the traditional costs. Values in parentheses reflect the expected cost to students.

ART 101 Visual Communication

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

The Visual Communication course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental issues involved in the production and understanding of works of art within the broad context of human interaction and communication. The course introduces the student to the concepts, ideas, forms and qualities of art and art appreciation, while simultaneously connecting the images that appear in everyday life to history, culture and visual aesthetics. Themes include ethical issues and censorship of art. This course will be open to students who are in or have placed into ENGL 098.
Fulfills Interpretive Studies requirement.

ART 103 History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course surveys the history and stylistic development of art forms from the ancient world through the Renaissance, including Islamic Art. The course requires students to analyze and interpret works of art and also explores concepts and media, as well as the political, social and religious developments related to important artistic changes. A field trip to a museum is required.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity and Interpretive Studies requirements.

ART 104 History of Art: Renaissance to Modern

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Surveys the history and stylistic development of art forms from the European Renaissance to the Modern art of the twentieth century, including some non-western cultures. The course will focus on art concepts and media, as well as the socio-political and religious developments, which effected important artistic changes. At least one field trip to an art museum is included.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity and Interpretive Studies requirements.

ART 104H History of Art: Renaissance to Modern (Honors)

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3


This course is a survey of the history of art from approximately the 15th through the 20th century with emphasis on art historical theory and interpretation as well as relationships between art history and other academic disciplines.
Fulfills the Interpretive Studies requirement.

ART 105 Drawing I

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Drawing I focuses on the basic principles of drawing. Through working from direct observation, students learn about the elements (concepts) and mechanics of drawing. Students will be taught how to control the placement of objects on the page, and the use of sight measuring—sighting along a pencil to compare distances and angles and to compare height vs. width. Students will also be taught how to construct geometric forms using sight measuring, perspective (convergence), transparent construction (drawing every object as though you can see through it) and tone (value). Students will learn about the materials and supplies of drawing through demonstrations given by the instructor and through the drawing process. Throughout the course, art history will be referenced to illustrate concepts discussed in the course.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 106 Drawing II

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Drawing II builds upon the concepts covered in Drawing I. The students will use basic geometric forms as a means of analyzing the structure and volume of progressively more complex geometric as well as organic forms including an introduction to the human form. Students will also be required to articulate spatial relationships using both line and tone. Weekly homework assignments will be given in conjunction with classroom assignments. Students will learn about the materials and process of drawing through demonstrations given by the instructor. Throughout the semester, art history will be referenced to illustrate concepts discussed in the course. Relevant examples of art history will be shown through digital images, books and museum trips. Students will also learn basic vocabulary and concepts that they will put into practice during classroom critiques and discussions.
Prerequisite: Art 105
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 109 Ceramics I

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3


Introduction to the basic techniques of working in clay: coiling, slab construction, pinching, wheel throwing and glazing. Both functional and sculptural works are created as an understanding of form and surface is gained. The use of slides and visits to museums and art galleries will introduce students to historical and contemporary ceramics.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 111 Three-Dimensional Design I

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Explores the organization of objects in space through the visual elements of design--texture, line, pattern, form, shape, balance, proportion, light and shadow, weight, mass and volume. Simple materials such as bristol paper, foam core, balsa wood, chipboard and screening will be used to develop basic building techniques and skills. Using these materials in combination with conceptual problem solving assignments, students will develop a visual literacy where they will be able to analyze and discuss the compositional design elements which comprise a strong three-dimensional design.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 112 Three-Dimensional Design II

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course is a continuation of basic three-dimensional design concepts, as introduced in ART 111. These concepts are strengthened and reinforced in ART 112 through further development of technical and design issues as they apply to working sculpturally. ART 112 emphasizes two aspects of working sculpturally not covered in ART 111: content and mass. The incorporation of the element of content, both conceptual and perceptual, stresses the importance of message and meaning in art. Students will confront traditional methods of sculpting mass, including both the additive and subtractive processes of modeling and carving. Projects are designed to encourage development of a personal artistic aesthetic.
Prerequisite: ART 111.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 115 Painting I

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Painting I is designed to introduce students to the basics of painting through the study of art history, materials, the painting process and the elements of painting. Through direct observation of the subject, students will learn to evaluate color and tonal relationships. In addition to working hands on, they will learn about materials, the painting process, and will reference art history through images, talks, and museum visits. (Approximate supply cost: $150.)
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 120 Art in Africa

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

An art history course that surveys the sculpture, architecture and painting of Africa. The students learn about nations and cultures through their art and artistic productions. Traditional art, such as sculpture, and traditional crafts are studied. The students view the art of various African nations in light of their social and political structures. Various art styles and pragmatic uses of the art works are also emphasized.
Fulfills Interpretive Studies, American/Global Diversity requirements.

ART 125 Design I

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Design I focuses on two-dimensional, black and white work, which is organized to create an awareness of basic design principles. It serves as the visual foundation for all design career- related areas of study including Graphic Design and Interior Design, as well as for traditional fine art study in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Perceptual and abstract approaches to design using the major elements of line, shape and tone will be presented and explored through a progressive evolution of projects. (Approximate supply cost: $250-$300.)
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 126 Design II

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Continuation of concepts studied in Design I, as color theory and its applications are presented. Amplification of issues in design such as arrangement of line, shape and tone with colors as the focus. Geometric and organic forms, as well as observation from nature are explored. Design concepts are developed from idea to finished production. (Approximate supply cost: $200-$225.)
Prerequisite: ART 125.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 150 Introduction to Computer Art/Graphics

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Basic introduction to the language, technology and artistic medium of computer graphics. Course format is essentially studio/lab in nature, with instruction and demonstration preceding hands-on equipment use.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 151 Graphic Design I

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to graphic design through visual problem-solving for the purpose of communication. Studio projects emphasize the development of visual ideas and include the study of letter forms (typography), basic design techniques and graphic design principles. The use of the computer is introduced along with graphic design software. This technology is combined with more traditional (hands-on) studio experience for the initial stages of design and conceptual development. Studio and computer lab work are integral to this course.
Prerequisites: ART 125 and ART 150.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 171 Topics in Art

1-0-1
Credit Hours: 3

ART 172 Topics in Art

2-0-2
Credit Hours: 3

ART 173 Topics in Art

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Thematic lecture course, using a particular topic to develop visual vocabulary, an understanding of the uses of art and critical evaluative skills. Emphasis on innovative teaching techniques and flexibility of course content. The specific topics will be announced prior to registration. Students may earn up to 3 credits for each special-topics lecture course satisfactorily completed.

ART 180 Topics in Art Studio

0-2-1
Credit Hours: 1

ART 182 Topics in Art Studio

0-4-2
Credit Hours: 2

ART 183 Topics in Art Studio

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Special projects course to develop basic studio skills in a specialized area. Emphasis is on innovative teaching techniques and flexibility of course content. The specific topics will be announced prior to registration. Students may earn up to 3 credits for each special-topics studio course satisfactorily completed.
Additional course fee (ART 183): $115.

ART 205 Modern American Art

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Survey of American art, including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film and mixed media. Examination of influences from both nineteenth-century America and twentieth-century Europe. Includes various contexts such as modern psychology and sociology as they affect trends in American art and culture. Films, excursions to art galleries, museums and artists’ studios; and guest lecturers.
Prerequisites: ART 103 and ART 104.

ART 207 Drawing III

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

The human figure is the focus of this class. Working from the model, the class will consider the gesture and proportions of the figure. Students will be encouraged to conceive of the figure as a series of volumes in space. Basic anatomy will be introduced. The dynamic and expressive content of drawing will be encouraged. Media will be primarily pencil and charcoal.
Prerequisite: ART 106.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 208 Drawing IV

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

At this level of drawing, all students should be fundamentally sound and competent with the figure. The figure will be integrated into more complex spaces and compositions. However, the figure will not be the only subject. There will be more room for exploring personal themes and expressions. A wider variety of drawing materials will be used.
Prerequisite: ART 207.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 209 Ceramics II

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course is the second level of ceramics, designed to develop technical and conceptual skills for the purpose of more advanced visual communication using clay as a medium. Basic technical skills introduced in ART 109 will be enhanced through the refined study of wheel-thrown forms, sculptural hand- built forms and glaze application. The ceramic studio classroom is integral to this advanced course.
Prerequisite: ART 109.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 215 Painting II

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Painting with oil paints, students work from direct observation. The class will work from studio subjects and the landscape to further develop the skills learned in Painting I. There will be more emphasis placed on light, space and composition.
Prerequisite: ART 115.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 251 Graphic Design II

0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the further development and exploration of visual design concepts. It utilizes the computer and software programs to generate successful visual problem-solving designs (from original concepts). Assignments will move toward the more practical application of graphic design. Three-dimensional projects such as package and bag design are introduced, along with more sophisticated design problems.
Prerequisite: ART 151.
Additional course fee: $115.

ART 290 Portfolio Preparation

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course aids the student in transferring with advanced standing into an art school or university art department. Advising and consultation about transfer procedures, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, specific career programs and choices of schools are all components of the course. Exit criteria include slides of work to serve as portfolio, an essay, three completed applications and written summaries of field trips to art schools. Special presentations by area and national art schools as well as former graduates are incorporated. Individual studio projects are assigned to strengthen the portfolio.
Prerequisites: ART 106, ART 125 and ART 111 or permission of department head.

Unless otherwise noted, all college level courses require English 101 placement.