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Art (ART) Courses

The Art Department reserves the right to withhold selected student work for the Permanent Collections. Certain art courses are subject to a lab fee. Several courses may be repeated for credit. This should be interpreted, “taken again” for credit, not to raise a D or F grade.

Lower Division

ART 100 INTRODUCTION TO ART (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FA). An introduction to the basic language of Visual Art.

ART 107 ART FOUNDATIONS I (1-4-3)(F,S). Introduction to visual language through the examination of structures in art and culture. Develop strategies for interpreting and constructing effective two-dimensional images.

ART 108 ART FOUNDATIONS II (1-4-3)(F,S). Exploration of various three-dimensional design methods and their relationship to the cultural context and conceptualization of art objects.

ART 109 FOUNDATION DRAWING (0-6-3)(F,S). Introduction to drawing as a system of visual communication. Development and study of perception, form, and content. Introduction to critique.

ART 209 INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING (0-6-3)(F,S,SU). Introduction to historical and contemporary printmaking media and techniques and their creative potential. PREREQ: ART 107 and ART 108. COREQ: ART 109 or PERM/INST.

ART 212 DRAWING I (0-6-3)(F,S). Drawing from observation and imagination. Exploration of form and content. PREREQ: ART 109.

ART 215 PAINTING I (0-6-3)(F,S). Introduction to the fundamentals of painting. Basic technical, formal and conceptual issues in historical and contemporary painting. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: ART 109 or PERM/INST.

ART 221 INTRO TO ART JEWELRY AND METALSMITHING (0-6-3)(F,S). Basic hand-tool knowledge, soldering, and fabrication of metalworking, adornment, and vessels. Introduction to historical and contemporary art jewelry and metalsmithing.

ART 225 CERAMICS (0-6-3)(F). An introduction to various ceramics methods, practices and art concepts as they relate to the medium. Development of art making strategies and knowledge of ceramics history.

ART 226 CERAMICS (0-6-3)(S). An introduction to various ceramics methods, practices, concepts and history with additional focus on particular practices and forms of expression to extend media and art related knowledge.

ART 231 BEGINNING SCULPTURE (0-6-3)(F/S). Fundamentals of sculpture as a means of three-dimensional expression. Variety of materials and processes including carving, assembly, new media, and installation. PRE/COREQ: ART 108.

ART 251 INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY (0-6-3)(F,S,SU). Aesthetic approach to the basic photographic skills of camera operation, film development, and enlargement of negatives. All work in black and white. Adjustable camera required.

ART 272 DIGITAL TOOLS FOR THE VISUAL ARTS (0-6-3)(F,S). This course is an introduction to the computer environment, raster based image manipulation, and vector based drawing programs for visual artists. Students will learn both technical and conceptual strategies for computer based visual images. PREREQ: ART 107 and ART 108 or PERM/INST.

ART 277 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I (1-4-3)(F). Exploration in visual communication, typography, and graphic design. Typographic history and nomenclature, verbal and visual syntax, and creative problem solving are stressed. PREREQ: ARTHIST 101, ARTHIST 102, ART 107, and ART 108.

ART 288 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II (1-4-3)(S). Semiotics, iconography, and symbology; digital applications as a developmental tool for design and communication; introduction to professional practices in design. PREREQ: ART 277.

ART 298 SEMINAR (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduces challenging and controversial works, practices and problems within contemporary visual culture. Develops critical skills through readings, papers, class discussions, and the examination of various media and types of representation. PREREQ: ENGL 102, ART 107, ART 108, ARTHIST 101, ARTHIST 102.

Upper Division

ART 300 MULTICULTURAL ARTS (2-2-3)(F). Designed to prepare art and art education majors in the theoretical, historical and practical applications of multicultural art education and education for social justice and equity. Includes an introduction to cultural diversity through appropriate fieldwork experiences and study of multicultural contemporary and folk traditional artists and art works. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art and 15 credits in ART or ARTHIST.

ART 303 ART JEWELRY AND METALSMITHING: MULTIPLES (0-6-3)(F/S). Casting, hydraulic die forming, and other techniques to create multiples. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 221 or PERM/INST.

ART 304 ART JEWELRY AND METALSMITHING: COLOR (0-6-3)(F/S). Explore issues of color in art jewelry and metalsmithing. Enameling, stone setting, and alternative color techniques.  May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 221 or PERM/INST.

ART 305 STUDIO IN VISUAL DESIGN (0-6-3)(F/S). Advanced exploration of two-dimensional or three-dimensional design, continuing with problems in line, form, color, texture, and space. PREREQ: ART 107, ART 108, and ARTHIST 101 or ARTHIST 102, or PERM/INST.

ART 306 CONTEMPORARY CONCEPTS IN METALSMITHING (0-6-3)(F/S). Advanced design issues and techniques related to conceptual problems with a focus on vessels, hollowware, flatware, and sculptural metalwork. Content varies by term with a focus on individual processes or topics. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 221, or PERM/INST.

ART 307 CONTEMPORARY CONCEPTS IN ART JEWELRY (0-6-3)(F/S). Advanced exploration of design issues and techniques related to conceptual problems in art jewelry. Content varies by term with a focus on individual processes or topics. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 221, or PERM/INST.

ART 309 PRINTMAKING (0-6-3)(F,S). Techniques to facilitate one’s own personal statement while utilizing sound design practices. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 209.

ART 311 DRAWING II (0-6-3)(F,S). Emphasis on contemporary approaches to content, media, format, technique, and composition. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 212.

ART 312 HUMAN PRESENCE: DRAWING (0-6-3)(F,S). Emphasis on contemporary approaches to content, media, format, technique and composition related to the human presence. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 212.

ART 315 PAINTING II (0-6-3)(F,S). Emphasis on contemporary approaches to content, media, format, technique, and composition. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 212 and ART 215.

ART 319 HUMAN PRESENCE: PAINTING (0-6-3)(F,S). Emphasis on contemporary approaches to content, media, format, technique, and composition related to the human presence. May be repeated once for credit. Model fee. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 212, ART 215. PRE/COREQ: ART 312.

ART 321 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ART METHODS (2-2-3)(F/S/SU). Examines elementary art curricula, philosophies, and methodologies. Instructional strategies, media, and materials are presented for hands-on exploration, and evaluated according to developmental theory. Emphasis is placed on the integration of art within other elementary content areas. Materials fee. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

ART 322 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ART METHODS FOR ART EDUCATION MAJORS (2-2-3)(S). Prepares future art education teachers in awareness, skills, theories, and practices in K-8 art education. Child growth and development, curriculum selection and planning, classroom management and assessment strategies, and basic historical and aesthetic learning methods will be addressed. Students will use their technical and artistic skills and mastery with K-8 art materials and will design, teach, and assess art lessons. 30 hours of on-site clinical experience will be arranged. Additional lab hours available. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, 15 credits in ART or ARTHIST.

ART 325 STUDIO IN CERAMICS (0-6-3)(F,S). Further immersion in ceramics methods, practices, concepts and history. Development of methodologies for realizing self-directed practices, and the commitment to rigorous work practice. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 225 or ART 226.

ART 326 (CW 326)(ENGL 326) BOOK ARTS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). A practical exploration of the history of books as conduits of meaning and as physical objects. Papermaking, typography, printing, binding, authorship, and contemporary bookworks will be examined on both theoretical and practical levels. Students produce a classroom edition. May be taken for CW, ART, or ENGL credit, but not from more than one department. PREREQ for CW 326: ENGL 102; for ENGL 326: ENGL 102; for ART 326: Admission to Visual Art, ART 108.

ART 331 TRADITIONAL PROCESSES (0-6-3)(F/S). Intermediate Sculpture course focusing on the traditional processes of modeling and carving in a variety of materials. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 231, or PERM/INST.

ART 333 3D DIGITAL PROCESSES (0-6-3)(F/S). Exploration of contemporary digital technologies as a means to conceptualize and output three-dimensional form. Focuses on 3D scanning, 3D modeling software, and rapid prototyping. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 231, or PERM/INST.

ART 334 ASSEMBLED FORM (0-6-3)(F/S). Assembled sculpture in wood, metal and mixed media. Concepts of three-dimensional assemblage and installation in contemporary sculpture. Variety of technical processes including welding, wood construction, and methods for assembling mixed materials. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 231, or PERM/INST.

ART 335 FLEXIBLE FORM (3-3-3)(F/S). Introduction to contemporary art practices using textiles, fibers, rubber and other flexible materials. Students will be introduced to formlessness as a conceptual strategy, and technical instruction will be given on processes relevant to the production of three-dimensional forms with flexible materials such as soft sculpture, dyeing, weaving and rubber casting. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 231, or PERM/INST.

ART 338 EXPANDED FORMATS (0-6-3)(F/S). Sculpture course investigating the role of traditional and contemporary media, formats, and techniques in the effective communication of concept. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 231, or PERM/INST.

ART 339 CAST FORM (0-6-3)(F/S). Casting processes in sculpture. Mold making and casting techniques with an emphasis on the “lost wax” bronze casting process. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 231, or PERM/INST.

ART 341 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY (0–6-3)(F/S). Intermediate study of photographic techniques; emphasis on the creative approach to picture-making and printing. Adjustable camera required. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 251.

ART 342 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (0-6-3)(F/S). An introduction to computer imaging technologies related to photographic image making. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 251.

ART 344 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY, DIGITAL (0-6-3)(F/S). Study of photographic techniques, emphasis on the creative approach to picture taking using digital technology. Adjustable digital camera required. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 342.

ART 349 ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES (0-6-3)(F/S). Investigation and synthesis of alternative photographic printing processes and computer technologies. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 251 and ART 342.

ART 351 SECONDARY SCHOOL ART METHODS (2-2-3)(F). For students expecting to teach art at the junior and senior high school levels. Includes pedagogical, philosophical, and methodological issues and guidelines for grades 6-12 instructional design, development and assessment, essential information about materials, safety, and aesthetics. An educational portfolio and 30 hours of clinical experience are required in a 6-12 setting. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, 15 credits in ART or ARTHIST.

ART 361 ILLUSTRATION I (0-6-3)(F,S). Survey of historical and contemporary illustration materials, techniques, and styles. Focus on creative communicative solutions to visual problems. PREREQ: ART 107, ART 108, ART 109, and ARTHIST 101 or ARTHIST 102, and junior standing, or PERM/INST.

ART 362 ILLUSTRATION II (0-6-3)(F,S). Continued exploration of illustration as a profession and as an expressive communicative medium. Focus on interpretive problem solving. Individually selected media. PREREQ: Admission to Illustration program, ART 361.

ART 373 INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE (0-6-3)(F,S). An integrated studio where relevant mediums and materials will be selected based on ideas. Studio work will be based on research into context and history of interdisciplinary art. May include installation, performance, video, participatory strategies and traditional media. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art.

ART 377 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO III (1-4-3)(F). Integration of design research, studio practice, and peer critique. Continued studies in advanced typographical systems and spatial relationships, form and meaning, cultural context and contemporary issues in graphic design. PREREQ: ART 288 and admission to Graphic Design program.

ART 383 GRAPHIC DESIGN HAND PROCESS (0-6-3)(F/S). Creative practice and experimentation in processes historically important to graphic design; including but not limited to papermaking, letterpress printing, screen printing, hand building of dimensional paper objects, and bookbinding. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: ART 288.

ART 385 ADVANCED TYPOGRAPHY (0-6-3)(F/S). Dealing with complex typographic form and meaning. Emphasis is on typographic space, visual hierarchy, and the communicative use of typographic form. Exploration of typographic systems including the grid and other structural frameworks; design of multi-page documents. PREREQ: ART 377.

ART 388 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO IV (0-6-3)(S). Exploration of diverse strategies for developing visual imagery through research and analysis. Conceptual investigation of design involving type and image, aesthetics, intent of message and audience. PREREQ: ART 377.

ART 400 HISTORY OF VISUAL RHETORIC (3-0-3)(F/S). Lecture/discussion class in which topics in the history of design, reading, writing, and printing are considered in tandem with ideas and methodologies from critical theory and discourse. Broader awareness of visual culture is developed through research, writing, and presentation. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art.

ART 409 STUDIO IN PRINTMAKING (0-6-3)(F,S). Advanced printmaking techniques and media. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 309.

ART 413 STUDIO (0-6-3)(F,S). Individual studio problems. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 311 and ART 315.

ART 419 STUDIO IN ART JEWELRY AND METALSMITHING (0-6-3)(F,S). Individual problems in art jewelry and metalsmithing. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, 9 credits from ART 303, ART 304, ART 306, and/or ART 307 or PERM/INST.

ART 420 APPLIED PROJECTS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN (0-6-3)(F/S). Students engage in a variety of specially focused design projects, with directed research agendas and/or community outcomes. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: Upper-division standing in graphic design and PERM/INST.

ART 425 STUDIO IN CERAMICS (0-6-3)(F,S). Advanced study in ceramics methods, practices, concepts and history with directed guidance toward producing independent, professional work. Further development of technical, iconographic and conceptual concerns, and an understanding of the critical, conceptual and theoretical issues surrounding contemporary art. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 325.

ART 431 STUDIO IN SCULPTURE (0-6-3)(F/S). Individual problems in sculpture. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, three of the following courses: ART 331, ART 333, ART 334, ART 335, ART 338, ART 339.

ART 444 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY (0-6-3)(F,S). Individual problems in photography. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 341 and ART 342.

ART 461 STUDIO IN ILLUSTRATION (0-6-3)(F,S). Continued exploration of illustration as a profession and as an expressive communicative medium. Focus on development of an individual voice through advanced interpretive problem solving. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Illustration program, ART 362.

ART 462 ADVANCED STUDIO IN ILLUSTRATION (0-6-3)(F,S). More advanced exploration of illustration as a profession and as an expressive communicative medium. Focus on continued development of an individual voice through advanced interpretive problem solving. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Illustration program, ART 461.

ART 465 SENIOR PROJECT IN ILLUSTRATION (0-6-3)(F,S)(FF). Culminating original project for illustration majors, including a formal presentation or exhibition. PREREQ: Admission to Illustration program, ART 462.

ART 473 STUDIO IN INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE (0-6-3)(F,S). Individual studio problems in interdisciplinary art practices. May include installation, performance, video, participatory strategies and traditional media. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 373 or PERM/INST.

ART 477 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO V (1-4-3)(F). Professional practices, advanced studio projects requiring visual and conceptual research and development. May include collaborative work and design for community clients. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: ART 388.

ART 483 NEW MEDIA DESIGN (1-4-3)(F/S). An introduction to the visual and conceptual design of emerging digital technologies, including multimedia, animation, interface and Website design. PREREQ: upper-division standing in Graphic Design and PERM/INST.

ART 488 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO VI (0-6-3)(S). Focus on continuing advanced studio problems that emphasize visual and conceptual research and development. Problems may require two- or three-dimensional solutions, written as well as visual materials, collaborative work, and design work with clients from the community. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: ART 477.

ART 490 BFA EXHIBITION (2-0-2)(F,S). Provides practical knowledge about gallery practices and the creative and business aspects of the visual arts. Students organize a gallery exhibition of their own work and professionally document their work with photographs and artist resume. Art Education, Illustration, and BFA Visual Art candidates only. PREREQ for BFA Art Education and BFA Visual Art candidates: Admission to Visual Art, ART 298, ART 491, senior standing, and COREQ: one of the following studio courses: ART 409, ART 413, ART 419, ART 425, ART 431, ART 444, or ART 473. PREREQ for BFA Illustration candidates: Admission to Illustration, ART 298, and COREQ: ART 465.

ART 491 SENIOR STUDIO SEMINAR IN VISUAL ARTS (2-­0-­2)(F,S)(FF). This course engages students in effective critical inquiry of visual art through contextualizing their work and the work of others. The course includes oral and written critiques of artwork, group discussion about contemporary art issues and the relationship of these issues to student practices, development of student artist statements, and group/individual presentations related to contemporary art issues. PREREQ: Admission to Visual Art, ART 298 and senior standing. COREQ: 300- or 400-level studio art course.

ART 495 CAPSTONE REVIEW (1-4-3)(S)(FF). Students prepare a design portfolio and self-promotional strategies to enter the professional market. The class plans and implements an initiative to present portfolios to the professional design community. Students are required to place their work in contemporary context through reading, writing and discussion. PREREQ: ART 298 and ART 477.

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