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ART 101 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL ARTS / 3 credits

Introduction to understanding and appreciating the visual arts—especially drawing, painting, sculpture, and architecture. Students will learn to analyze art works in regard to their design elements and principles, as well as in the context of certain art movements.

ART 102 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY / 3 credits

Exploration of basic camera and digital darkroom techniques. Students will cultivate the aesthetic and conceptual skills of photographic image making. Success in this course is measured in the understanding of basic camera functions, basic digital imaging skills (scanning, retouching, printing), conceptual development, and a final portfolio. (Same as JRN 102).

ART 110 DRAWING STUDIO I / 3 credits

Introductory course for the development of basic drawing skills and practices with various drawing materials. Students will explore drawing as a process of seeing, develop technical skills, and engage in the use of drawing media as materials for communication. Course assignments will acquaint students with the basic elements and principles of design and emphasize discovering the “art” of drawing while perfecting the mechanics and skills required.

ART 120 TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN / 3 credits

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of design and color theory as well as a wide range of problem-solving strategies. Working with balance, proportion, contrast, and color, students will develop the skills needed for more advanced work in their major area.

ART 201 WORLD ART I / 3 credits

Survey of Western and non-Western art from prehistory to the 13th century. Students will study cross-cultural influences and regional stylistic attributes.

ART 202 WORLD ART II / 3 credits

Survey of Western and non-Western art from the 14th century to the present. Students will study cross-cultural influences and regional stylistic attributes.

ART 220 DIGITAL STUDIO I / 3 credits

Focused study of digital imaging techniques and the industry-standard software applications used by professional graphic designers, photographers, and multimedia artists. Students will learn how to use pertinent software and hardware through a series of in-class tutorials and weekly assignments. This course is designed to introduce art majors to a wide breadth of digital arts.

ART 230 HISTORY OF MODERN ART / 3 credits

Focused study of modern art movement from Realism to the present with emphasis on artistic innovation during this time of social, political, technological, and religious revolution. The course will cover major movements, including Expressionism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Minimalism and closely inspect painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture. 

ART 232 PAINTING STUDIO I / 3 credits

Introduction to the dynamic conventions and material concerns of painting. These conventions of painting include color mixing, paint application, building canvases, and the creation of ideas through sketching and the use of a computer. Students will investigate both representational and abstract forms. Beginning projects will focus on students learning how paint functions and not on finished products. As each student gains technical confidence, they will explore assignments through historical art movements and contemporary trends. In addition to studio assignments, students will survey a diverse range of contemporary painting and its relation to its historical background. Prerequisites: ART 110 or ART 120.

ART 233 PRINTMAKING STUDIO I / 3 credits

Introductory course designed to initiate a basic understanding of printmaking as an art form through the study and execution of monotype, relief, and intaglio processes. Prerequisites: ART 110 or ART 120.

ART 234 THREE-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO I / 3 credits

Introduction to a wide range of three-dimensional materials, with student work taking the form of small pedestal objects to large indoor and outdoor installations. Students are encouraged to mix media and incorporate nontraditional materials into their process. Course emphasis is on basic skills and craft as the building blocks for communication in three dimensions. This course also introduces and encourages students to participate in the critique process, which teaches critical thinking and evaluation in order to improve the quality of student work.

ART 282 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART / 3 credits

Study of selected topics in art. Prerequisites will vary.

ART 299 ART IN CONTEXT / 1 credit

A travel course that allows students to engage with artworks, learn about exhibition and museum culture, and visit artist studios in the major artistic centers of the United States. The seminar portion of this class will include readings, discussions, and research presentations on special topics related to the travel itinerary. Prerequisite: ART 101, 201, 230, or 308, and permission of instructor.

ART 302 METHODS OF TEACHING ART / 3 credits

Preparation of art students for their roles as secondary art teachers with emphasis on curriculum and lesson planning; readings in art education; art classroom management; and the evaluation, selection, preparation, and use of teaching material. 

ART 305 GALLERY PRACTICUM / 1 credit

Practical experience in photography, graphic design, writing and design of publicity materials, and/or exhibition preparation. Students placed in the Kresge Gallery. Prerequisite: 15 credits in art, including ART 120 and ART 102 or ART 220, and permission of instructor. May be repeated for up to 5 credits and cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of the art major or minor. Graded on a pass/fail basis. Limited to three students. Priority given on the basis of seniority.

ART 308 RENAISSANCE ART / 3 credits

Exploration of the artistic development of 15th and 16th century Europe with emphasis on Italian art and artists. Key topics will include patronage, urban development, perspective techniques, humanism, and the changing roll of the artist.

ART 310 PHOTOGRAPHY II / 3 credits

Further investigation of the photography skills developed in ART 102. Prerequisite: ART 102 or JRN 102.

ART 320 DIGITAL ART STUDIO II / 3 credits

Further investigation of the digital imaging skills developed in ART 220. Students will study advanced techniques and hone their skills using industry-standard imaging software. Students can choose a concentration of graphic design, typography, digital video, or multimedia. Prerequisites: ART 220.

ART 332 PAINTING AND DRAWING STUDIO II / 3 credits

Further investigation of the skills developed in ART 110 and ART 232 with the introduction of media and experimental techniques. Students will learn more advanced techniques in drawing and painting with emphasis on individual interpretation and improvement of technical ability. Prerequisites: ART 110 and ART 232.

ART 333 PRINTMAKING STUDIO II / 3 credits

Further investigation of the skills developed in ART 233 with emphasis on concept and subject continuity with respect to modes of personal expression. Prerequisites: ART 233.

ART 334 THREE-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO II / 3 credits

Further investigation of the skills developed in ART 234. Students will continue to develop technical proficiency and further develop their ability to think critically and communicate visually. Students will be encouraged to mix media and incorporate nontraditional materials into their process. Assignments will be student driven with emphasis on careful planning, execution, and the completion of projects. Prerequisite: ART 234.

ART 340 FILM STUDIES / 3 credits

Examination of various classic and noncanonical films through close visual and diegetic analysis.  Students will acquire the basic vocabulary necessary to analyze film as a visual medium and narrative discourse. They will examine major critical approaches to film through readings in secondary scholarship. Attendance at weekly evening screenings is required. Prerequisites: ART 101, ENG 110, or THE 101, or permission of instructor. (Same as ENG 340).

ART 382 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART / 3 credits

Study of selected topics in art. Prerequisites will vary.

ART 399 ART INTERNATIONAL Studies COURSE: Variable topics / 1 credit 

Study of varying topics in art. Includes a two-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary.

ART 440 ADVANCED STUDIO CONCEPTS / 3 credits

Students work at an advanced level in the medium of their choice and develop the conceptual dimensions of their work through research on contemporary art. Prerequisites: ART 320, ART 333, ART 310, or ART 332. May be taken more than once for credit.

ART 450 INDEPENDENT STUDY / variable credit 

Concentrated study in a selected topic.

ART 482 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART / 3 credits

Study of selected topics in art. Prerequisites will vary.

ART 490 SENIOR PROJECT / 3 credits

An independent project designed by the student with the guidance of art faculty. The student will produce a body of work that synthesizes the knowledge and skill acquired during their course of study in the art discipline. The course should result in a show that exhibits a well-developed body of work. Prerequisite: Senior status.