Art (ART) Courses

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

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ART 100 Intro Studio Seminar (3) An introductory studio exploration in a variety of media including mixed media. Presentations, critiques, and assigned readings for the purpose of comparative study and discussion.

ART 101 Intro To Visual Arts (3) Slide/lecture course and introduction to the visual arts in their various forms and expressions. (Attributes: DH)

ART 109 Intro To Drawing & Painting (3) (other) Studio experiences for non-majors. Emphasis on formal concepts in drawing and painting. The course incorporates various drawing and painting media into exercises, projects, and lectures to develop personal expression.

ART 110 Visual Storytelling- Film & TV (3) This introductory class is meant to teach the fundamentals of visual storytelling. Instruction will focus on plot/story arc and character arc with an emphasis on the basics – Setup, Inciting Incident, Complication, More Complication, Climax and Conclusion. Different genres and character archetypes will be explored in detail along with the importance of tension – both for comedy and drama. Additionally, different formats of visual storytelling will be discussed as it related to Film, TV (both half-hour comedy and one-hour drama) and Shorts. (Attributes: DA)

ART 112 Introduction to Digital Media (3) A foundation level introduction to methods of two and three dimensional image making and manipulation using industry standard software in a fine arts context. Emphasis will be placed on visual literacy including technical and compositional skill development experiences applicable to a broad range of disciplines such as art, education and business marketing. (Attributes: DA)

ART 121 FP Studio: Beg Drawing (3) (other) Foundation Program Studio. Basic drawing concepts with studio investigations into line, shape, form, light and value, and space. Explorations of principles of visual organization and basic drawing media of pencil, charcoal, crayon, pen and ink, and brush and ink. Discussion of perceptual relationships of light and space. (Attributes: DA)

ART 122 FP Studio: Beginning Painting (3) (other) Foundation Program Studio. Introduction to painting; exploration of color theory and its applications; and investigation of perceptual relationships of light, color, and space. Studio exploration of the principles of visual organization through applications of color concepts and fundamental materials and techniques of painting. Pre: ART 121.

ART 123 FP Studio: 2-D Design (3) (other) Foundation Program Studio. Investigations of two-dimensional design concepts and the elements and principles of visual organization. Inquiry into perceptual and visual relationships of design principles. Discussion of relationships of visual elements and time and space.

ART 124 FP Studio: 3-D Design (3) Foundation Program Studio. Investigation of the principles and elements of design in three-dimensional concepts. Tactile exploration of forms, environments, and expressions. Explorations into perceptual relationships of time, light, and space in three-dimensional visualizations.

ART 175 Survey of World Art I (3) A survey of world art from prehistoric times in Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands and the Americas up to approximately 1500 C.E. A study of the inter-related in- fluences and exchanges in art creation and visual communication between various world cultures. (Attributes: FGA)

ART 176 Survey of World Art II (3) A survey of world art from approximately 1500 C.E. to the present time. A study of the inter-related influences and exchanges in art creation and visual communication between various world cultures. (Attributes: FGB)

ART 207 Photography Studio I (3) Basic techniques of photography; camera as tool for communication and self-expression. Assumes no previous knowledge of photography. Student must have camera with adjustable shutter speed and aperture settings, light meter. Pre: Art 123 or consent of instructor.

ART 215 Printmaking: Intaglio (3) (other) Basic intaglio techniques of etching, engraving, drypoint, and aqua-tint; perceptual and conceptual exercises in composition and pictorial structure. Pre: ART 121, 123.

ART 216 Printmaking: Lithography (3) Basic lithographic techniques; development of concepts. Pre: ART 215.

ART 221 Intermediate Drawing (3) (other) Life drawing and study of the human figure; studio drawing concepts and application of drawing materials. Explorations of anatomy, gesture, contour, form, light, and space in relation to figure studies. Pre: ART 121. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 222 Intermediate Painting (3) (other) Intermediate painting studio. Development and explorations of painting materials and concepts and the visual relationships of subject matter, content, and composition. Pre: ART 121, 122.

ART 235 Introduction to Papermaking (3) A studio course focusing on the techniques involved with creating handmade paper. Students will learn, practice, and apply the fundamentals of the papermaking process, which will include pulp preparation, basic sheet formation, sizing, pressing, and drying. Studies will concentrate on Western applications. This course is not repeatable.

ART 280 Aspects Of Asian Art (3) The history of form and content in various Asian cultures, with emphasis on the art and architecture of India and southeast Asia, and the expansion of Buddhist arts to China and Japan. (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

ART 300 Intermed Studio Seminar (3) Studio explorations in a variety of media including mixed media. Presentations, critiques, and assigned readings for the purpose of comparative study and discussion. Pre: Foundation Program Studios (ART 121, 122, 123, 124) and completion of two semesters of 200-level art studios. May be retaken for a total of 9 credits.

ART 301 Digital Video and Installation (3) This course explores ways of implementing video as a medium for creating engaging interactive physical sculpture and environments. Focus is on taking video off the screen and into three-dimensional space in the form of video sculpture and site-specific art installations. Projects may include: projected video and audio displays, performance actions and using the internet as a method of creative distribution. May be repeated one time for credit.

ART 308 Creative Digital Photography (3) This course is designed to develop and expand ideas about photographic representation by expanding students' range of interests and uses of the medium. Both digital imaging techniques and silver-based materials are explored with an eye toward expansion and experimentation. Projects include invented persona writing, pinhole pictures, the body and expressive gesture, cross-media appropriation, and an independent project. May be repeated for up to 9 credits. Pre: ART 123.

ART 312 3D Modeling & Virtual Reality (3) (lecture/lab) Exploration of 3D modeling and printing as well as rendering forms in virtual reality. The course will emphasize 3D forms and space and how spatial perceptions shift across various media.Repeatable one time for a maximum of 6 credits. Pre: ART 112.

ART 315 Adv Printmkg: Intaglio (3) Advanced intaglio techniques involving more complex development of individual projects. Pre: ART 215. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 316 Adv Printmaking Seminar (3) (lecture/other) Advanced Studio practice in independent projects. Pre: ART 216 or 315. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 317 Cyanotype (3) Studio study of the cyanotype, an early 19th century light- sensitive photo process used to create fine art prints. Studio work will include similarly related processes, such as chrysotype, gum dichromate and kallitype. Pre: Foundation program studios (Art 121, 122, 123, 124) and completion of 2 semesters of 200-level art studios. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 320 Art of Ancient Civilizations (3) Exploration of the arts of ancient world civilizations with an emphasis on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Indus Valley, Bronze Age China, Ancient Greece, Rome and Persia. Also includes comparisons with Mayan, Aztec and ancient cultures of Africa. Pre: junior or senior standing or instructor's consent.

ART 321 Advanced Drawing (3) (other) Studio practice of advanced and individual problems in drawing. Pre: ART 221. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 322 Advanced Painting (3) (other) Studio practice of advanced and individual problems in painting. Pre: ART 221, 222. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 335 Papermaking (3) This studio course will focus on the techniques involved with creating handmade paper. Students will learn, practice, and apply the fundamentals of the papermaking process, which will include pulp preparation; basic sheet information; watermarking; laminating; embedding; coloring; sizing; and pressing and drying. Studies will concentrate on Eastern and Western applications, as well as traditional and contemporary approaches. Individuals creativity and experimentation with handmade paper as an artmaking medium will be encouraged. Pre: Art 121,122,123,124 and completion of two semesters of 200-level art studio courses. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 360 Renaissance and Baroque Art (3) The historical development of European art, beginning with the transition from the late Middle Ages, and concluding with the transition into the Neoclassical period; features the motivating religious, philosophical and aesthetic values. Pre: junior or senior standing, or instructor's consent. (Attributes: DH)

ART 370 Art of the 20th Century (3) An analytical study of the avant-garde movements in art from the early 20th century through the 1990s. The artists who broke ground in abstraction, expressionism, surrealism, performance and new media art will be explored and acknowledged. Aesthetic issues and concepts in art will be discussed and analyzed. The globalization of art and artists in the 20th century will also be recognized. Recommended: ART 176 Pre: junior/senior standing or permission of instructor.

ART 374 Art of the 19th Century (3) An in-depth study of the art of the nineteenth century in Europe from NeoClassicism to PostImpressionism. The focus of the course will be on France and Western Europe, but some time will be spent comparing the art of other countries and discussing their influences on Western European art. Geographic, philosophical, religious and political influences on the arts of the times will be explored. (Attributes: DH)

ART 375 Christianity & The Arts (3) Relationships of the arts to Christian beliefs and ritual from early Christian era to the present; role of the artist, church, and patron. Pre: junior or senior standing, or instructor's consent.

ART 380 Art Of China (3) Chinese art from the Neolithic period to the Qing Dynasty, with emphasis on the Song and later periods. Pre: Only one of the following is required: ART 175 or ART 176 or junior/ senior standing or instructor's consent. (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

ART 381 Art Of Japan (3) The history of art in Japan with emphasis on Buddhist art, the relationships between Chinese and Japanese arts. Pre: ART 175 or ART 176 or JPST course or instructor's consent. (Same as JPST 381) (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

ART 385 Religious Arts Of East Asia (3) Interrelationships of the arts and religion in various Asian cultures, with emphasis on Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Pre: junior or senior standing, or instructor's consent. (Attributes: GAHP)

ART 390 Seminar Contemporary Art (3) (other) Focuses on the issues raised by contemporary art and traces historical/aesthetic developments from the beginning of the Modern period to the present. Assigned readings and lecture/discussion. Pre: ART 270, 280 or instructor's consent.

ART 392 New Media Art Seminar (3) A seminar-style course in which students discuss readings, raise questions and choose topics to research and present to the class for discussion. The content of the course includes avant-garde experimentation with technology leading to digital exploration in the arts, the crossover between art and science in the late 20th century, and changes in the conceptual development of the 21st century. The course also examines the technological interests of avant-garde groups in Europe, the United States and Asia to explore various approaches to electronic, digital and other forms of New Media Art. Recommended: ART 176 Pre: junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. (Attributes: DH)

ART 475 Data Visualization (3) This team-taught course provides an interdisciplinary framework for learning cutting-edge techniques in data visualization. Students from various disciplines will collaborate on projects that refine and visualize complex data for interactive, educational presentations. Students are taught hands-on-skills for creating effective data visualization products and tools that can be applied to a broad range of scientific disciplines, education, humanities, and the community. Pre: Junior or Senior standing. CS 150 or ART 112 are recommended prior to the course. (Same as CS 475) (Attributes: GCC)

ART 475L Data Visualization Lab (1) (lab) Hands-on training with the various software tools used throughout CS/ART 475. Course is repeatable twice for a total of 3 credits. Co-Req: CS/ART 475 or Instructor's Consent (Same as CS 475L)


ART x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

ART x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.