Art & Design – Course Descriptions

ARTD 101 2-D DESIGN PRINCIPLES (3) [2S] - introduces the student to the elements and principles of two-dimensional design. In this course the student produces projects that address foundation level design principles including: formal design relationships, Gestalt theory, design terminology, and introductory color methods and practices. (IAI Course # ART 907)

ARTD 103 ART & DESIGN FOUNDATIONS (3) [2S] - provides an introduction to and practice in the synthesized techniques and materials of painting, drawing and mechanical reproduction for the Visual Arts major. Students will work with traditional and digital media. May be repeated once

ARTD 151 INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING (3) [1] – provides an introduction to and practice in fundamental drawing techniques and concepts including perspective, model, and still-life practices. May be repeated once. (IAI Course # ART 904)

ARTD 152 INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING (3) [1] – introduces the student to fundamental painting techniques, stylistic trends, and uses of composition in painting. May be repeated once. (IAI Course # ART 911)

ARTD 153 INTRODUCTION TO CARTOONING (3) [2] – provides an introduction to and practice in fundamental cartooning techniques and concepts including character development, graphic storytelling, and visual narrative practices. May be repeated once.

ARTD 194 TOPIC IN ART & DESIGN (1-4) [4] – is a title given to a course which covers broad themes, practices, and subject content not currently offered in the curriculum. This course is directed primarily at non-majors and may be used for general education where approved. Generally does not have prerequisites. May be repeated.

ARTD 201 3-D DESIGN PRINCIPLES (3) [1F] – introduces the student to the elements and principles of three-dimensional problem solving and its use to describe three-dimensional form. During the semester, the student is to distinguish a clear understanding between three-dimensional form and that of two-dimensional design by creating 3-D artworks and projects. Prerequisite: ARTD 101 (IAI Course # F1 908)

ARTD 202 ART AND CULTURE TRAVEL STUDIES (1-3) [3S] – introduces students to aesthetic and historical approaches in the visual arts through first-hand experience. Students study the historical significance that the visual arts (art, architecture, and photography) have played in defining a specific culture during the course of the semester. This experience culminates with an extended visit to a city or country focused upon during the semester. Must be taken for 3 semester hours to be used for general education. May be repeated.

ARTD 205 EXPLORING THE FINE ARTS (3) [1] – provides students with a study of the visual arts and music within a historical-cultural context; covers Greco-Roman styles to the present. Students become acquainted with significant works of art and music, including artists, architects, and composers in the Western tradition. (IAI Course #F1 900, F9 900)

ARTD 209 TYPOGRAPHY I (3) [2S] – introduces the student to the foundation of typographic communication and its’ use in two-dimensional design. The focus of the class will be the working with type and formal elements while developing a foundation on how communication and design are affected by the use of varied letterforms, fonts, and type. Prerequisite: VART 101, VART 103 or consent.

ARTD 215 PHOTO 1 (3) [1S] – provides an introduction into the application, history and theory of black-and-white photography. The student will make photographs, discuss and write about the mediums aesthetic practice, and look at its history through a lecture, research and studio format. (IAI Course: # ART 917)

ARTD 250 SCREEN PRINTING (3) [1] – provides each student with the opportunity to develop a dynamic, skillful, and contemporary approach to the medium of serigraphy. Throughout the semester, you will experiment with a variety of serigraphic methods including: hand-painted stencils, photographic emulsion, drawing fluid, multiple-color registration, and editing. Students will also experiment with a variety of alternate methods of mechanical reproduction and printmaking. This course should provide all students with the opportunity to add a valuable technical art-making method to their existing “artistic vocabulary”, while also creating unique works of art via an entirely new medium. Prerequisite: ARTD 101, ARTD 103 or consent

ARTD 251 INTERMEDIATE DRAWING (3) [1] – provides an intermediary approach to drawing practice and theory in fundamental drawing techniques and concepts including traditional, alternative, and theory-based approaches. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: VART 151 or consent (IAI Course # ART 905)

ARTD 252 INTERMEDIATE PAINTING (3) [1] – provides an intermediary approach to painting practice and theory in fundamental drawing techniques and concepts including traditional, alternative, and theory-based approaches. Studio courses may be repeated for full credit. Prerequisite: ARTD 152 or consent (IAI Course # ART 951)

ARTD 253 CERAMICS (3) [1] – surveys in a hands-on format fundamental ceramic practices and history. May be repeated once. (IAI Course # ART 912)

ARTD 254 FIGURE DRAWING (3) [4] – utilizes drawing foundations to address anatomical drawing practices from a traditional standpoint. Students render live models using a variety of medias to better understand line, shape, texture, and space relationship as applied to human form. Prerequisite: ARTD 151 or consent (IAI Course # ART 906)

ARTD 257 ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL, AND NON-EUROPEAN ART HISTORY (3) [3] – provides an overview of Ancient, Medieval, and Non-European visual arts (specifically architecture, crafts, painting, and sculpture). An introduction of the aim of art history, forms of classification, cultural influences and trends, and the problems of representation are the central focus during this survey. (IAI Course # ART 901)

ARTD 258 RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART HISTORY (3) [3] – provides an overview of Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern visual arts (specifically architecture, painting, photography, and sculpture) in a format which contrasts historical and cultural events with aesthetic and technical advancements. (IAI Course #: ART 902)

ARTD 259 ART NOW (3) [3] – provides an introduction into contemporary art theory and practice via a comparative approach to past artistic pursuits in architecture, music and visual arts. A collection of architects, artists, and composers offering a global perspective will be addressed in this course. The student will develop an understanding of why specific art-forms are made today through lectures and projects contrasting contemporary and historically significant works. Further, students will be required to do in-depth research and writing upon a topic in contemporary artistic pursuit as a major paper of his or her choice in architecture, art or music. This course meets the university’s Writing Intensive Requirement.

ARTD 297 INTRODUCTION TO INDIVIDUAL STUDIO PRACTICE (3) [1] – offers an intensive introduction to fine art students concentrating in the Studio area. It is intended that the student would take the class multiple times in order to build a body of work in preparation for Individual Studio Practice. Each week the student will meet with the instructor individually, and together they will map out a series of projects to be completed in that semester. Students will also write extensively about their process and will be given related research assignments. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite: ARTD 101

ARTD 301 ADVANCED DRAWING (1-3) [1] – provides an in-depth analysis and hands-on approach to trends in contemporary drawing for advanced students. Students will study relevant concepts and critical theory while practicing current drawing methods. May be repeated once. ARTD 151, ARTD 251 or consent

ARTD 302 ADVANCED PAINTING (1-3) [1] – provides in a seminar/workshop format, extensive study of current trends and practices using various painting mediums (watercolor, encaustic, assemblage, or oil). May be repeated once. Prerequisite: ARTD 152, ARTD 252 or consent

ARTD 309 TYPOGRAPHY II (3) [3S] – provides an in-depth approach to typographic application, practice, and theory. Students address conceptual and formal typographic function through the creation of a broad body of work utilizing text in traditional and unconventional formats. Prerequisites: ARTD 101, ARTD 103, ARTD 310 or consent

ARTD 311 DIGITAL ART (3) [2S] – introduces the student to intermediate approaches in the use of the Photoshop application and its use as a Fine Arts and Illustration tool. The student should develop a clear understanding of how this application can be used as a tool to create a consistent body of work addressing aesthetic and conceptual methods. Prerequisite: ARTD 101, ARTD 103 or consent.

ARTD 315 Photo 2 (3) [2S] – provides an intermediate approach on the application, history and theory of black-and-white photography. The student will make photographs, discuss and write about the mediums aesthetic practice, and look at its history through a lecture, research and studio format. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: ARTD 215

ARTD 316 STUDIO LIGHTING (3) [1] – introduces the student to studio lighting for photography as it is applied in product, portrait, interior, and artistic projects. The class introduces the student to spot, flood, strobe, flash and natural lighting techniques and professional equipment. Through a series of lighting exercises, the student develops a foundation knowledge on how specific forms of lighting and equipment are used for specific results in commercial and fine art projects. In addition, students will work with digital, medium, and large format cameras over the course of the semester. Prerequisite: ARTD 215 or consent.

ARTD 317 DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY (3) [1] – introduces students to the foundations (application, history, and theory) of documentary photography. Utilizing basic photographic knowledge, students are introduced to the origins, practices, terminology, and current digital trends of documentary photography in a studio format. Over the course of the semester, students execute a number of specific projects related to discussions, produce a body of work, discuss the intent and understanding of the photographs, and build a vocabulary related to documentary photography. Prerequisite: ARTD 215 or consent

ARTD 318 PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY (3) [3S] – introduces students to the foundations (application, history, and theory) of portrait photography. Utilizing basic photographic knowledge, students are introduced to the origins, practices, terminology, and current digital trends of portrait photography in a studio and seminar format. Over the course of the semester, students execute a number of specific projects related to discussions, produce a body of work, discuss the intent and understanding of the photographs, and build a vocabulary related to portrait photography. Prerequisite: ARTD 215 or consent

ARTD 319 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY (3) [3] – introduces students to the foundations of color photography. Utilizing basic photographic knowledge, students are introduced to the origins, practices, terminology, and current digital trends of color photography in studio and seminar format. Students will execute a number of specific projects, produce a body of work, discuss the intent and understanding of the photography, and build a vocabulary related to color photography Prerequisite: ARTD 215 or consent

ARTD 320 ALTERNATIVE PHOTO PRACTICES (3) [1] – introduces students to alternative photographic practices in both conceptual and technical arenas. Utilizing basic photographic knowledge, students are introduced to experimental and theory-based practices in a studio-seminar format. Students are to utilize the varied practices and techniques to develop a consistent body of photo-based work over the course of the semester. Prerequisite: ARTD 215 or consent

ARTD 321 CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICES I (3) [2S] – will introduce students to the various strategies and materials common in contemporary art. Installation, video and performance activities will be treated individually through the semester. The conceptual, material and perceptual skills required to successfully manipulate the various media will be of primary importance through an applied and theory-based approach. Prerequisite: ARTD 101, ARTD 103 or consent

ARTD 322 SCULPTURE (3) [3S] – introduces the student to alternative and traditional approaches to sculpture practice, terminology, and theory. In this course, the student produces 3-Dimensional works utilizing varied materials including: aluminum, wood, steel, ceramic castings, and found objects. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: ARTD 101, ARTD 103, ARTD 201 or consent. (IAI Course #913)

ARTD 323 INSTALLATION ART (3) [3S] – introduces the student to artistic application, practice, and the history of site-specific art. In this studio course, traditional and non-traditional art making practices and theory are utilized to transform an environment into a place that can address aesthetic, political, social, and self-discovery issues. Prerequisite: ARTD 101, ARTD 103, ARTD 201 or consent

ARTD 324 PERFORMANCE ART (3) [3S] – will explore the body and its relationship to time and space as a fundamental element in art making. Students will be introduced to a range of technologies for gathering material, which may be used in class projects. The course will discuss the history and theory of performance, as well as introduce various approaches to ‘non-theatrical’ performance methods. Prerequisite: ARTD 101, ARTD 103, MCOM 237 or consent

ARTD 354 CERAMICS 2 (3) [1] – introduces students to ideas and materials for hand-building and wheel-techniques while addressing ceramic’s creative origin and how it is applied to art history in the 21st century. During the course of the semester, the student will work upon hand-building, throwing pots and tableware upon the wheel. In addition, the course will cover material that looks into how ceramics has been applied in contemporary art. Prerequisite: ARTD 253

ARTD 359 TWENTIETH CENTURY ART: A SEMINAR (3) [1F] – provides an overview of 20th century visual arts (specifically architecture, design, painting, and sculpture). In addition, contemporary photography, video, and performance practices will be covered in-depth during the later part of the semester.

ARTD 360 FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY: A SEMINAR (3) [1S] – provides an overview of film, photography, and video (specifically contrasting the conceptual, historical and social influences encountered by the general public) in a seminar format. Students view, analyze, and discuss influential and seminal American and international films, photography, and video throughout the semester. This class will cover material from each of the three mediums dating back to 1839 and looking forward to contemporary trends (2000¹s) focusing upon important aesthetic, cultural, political, and social topics. This course meets the university’s Writing Intensive Requirement.

ARTD 361 COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS: A SEMINAR (3) [1F] – Comics and graphic novels have matured into a serious mode of expression in recent time that has a global impact. This course will look at this cultural shift in representing cartooning, comics, graphic novels, and visually illustrated narrative. In a seminar format, the student will be introduced to a history and seminal works looking specifically at the aesthetic, cultural, political, philosophical, and social issues related to the noted art forms. This course meets the university’s Writing Intensive Requirement.

ARTD 389 METHODS OF TEACHING VISUAL ARTS I (K-5) (3) [1F] – provides an overview of the materials, content, and methodologies utilized by visual arts teachers in the elementary school. Students will explore methodological and pedagogical principles and apply them by developing lesson plans, learning experiences, assessments, and teaching materials. The course is taken concurrently with intermediate field experience where students will be able to apply their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in a classroom. Prerequisites: EDUC 220 and junior standing

ARTD 390 METHODS OF TEACHING VISUAL ARTS II (6-12) (3) [1F] – provides an overview of the materials, content, and methodologies utilized by visual arts teachers in middle and secondary schools. Students will explore methodological and pedagogical principles and apply them by developing lesson plans, learning experiences, assessments, and teaching materials. Special emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate methods for early adolescents. The course is taken concurrently with intermediate field experience where students will be able to apply their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in a classroom. Prerequisite: Enrolled in Intermediate Field Experience 1

ARTD 411 DIGITAL STUDIO (3) [4] – provides an introduction into advanced digital art making practices and theory. Through lectures, readings, and the development of a personal project related to contemporary digital art practices, students are to translate traditional art approaches into a digital arrangement or into a print format. Students are required to produce a consistent body of artwork utilizing various digital programs for a portfolio and presentation. In addition, students are to obtain a clear understanding on how and why digital media effects their aesthetic production. Topics covered include: Current trends in Digital Art, Streamlining Output and Presentation, Digital Complexity vs. Simplicity, Electronic Art Theory, and Contemporary Art Presentation Strategies. May be repeated once. Prerequisites: ARTD 101, ARTD 103 or consent

ARTD 412 CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICES II (3) [4] – presents an intensive survey of contemporary performance, site, and installation art from an anthropological point of view. Specifically, the course focuses on artist’s works that were constructed to be experienced live and/or through photographic and video documentation of the work. Students will be given workshops on sound, digital photography, and video editing. Students will be required to produce and present a performance, site, or installation work of their own for their final project as well as photographic and/or video artworks based on their piece. May be repeated once. Prerequisites: ARTD 101, ARTD 321 or consent

ARTD 413 THE PHOTOBOOK (3) [1] – introduces the primary tool used to present work to the general public by serious artists addressing artistic, conceptual, and documentary content and practices today. In this course, students will work with preexisting bodies of photography to produce a Photobook. In addition, the students will be introduced to the history of the Photobook through looking at and discussing seminal photo-based artist produced publications. Prerequisite: VART 215 or consent

ARTD 450 PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT (3) [2S] – provides an overview of professional portfolio aspects and packaging concerns for graphic design, photography, and studio art majors. This class will cover the processes of building a professional level portfolio in a digital and traditional format. Students work with digital programs (e.g. Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash) to build a portfolio. A preexisting body of work and course assignments will be used to advance the portfolio material over the term of the semester. The portfolio produced in this course is to be used to search for an internship, approach terminal art degree programs, and make the student competitive in the marketplace. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor is required

ARTD 451 VISUAL ARTS SEMINAR (3) [3S] – designed to be a forum for advancing a preexisting body of work in aesthetic and conceptual terms for upper level students with a concentration in the Visual Arts (Graphic Design, Photography, and Studio Arts). The student formulates a clear thesis for presentation purposes. Persons will work in a team-format to address contemporary topics outlined in the course description and syllabus. Topics covered include: exhibition systems, presentation strategies, artist statements, contemporaneous visual culture issues, and the process for refining a body of work. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor

ARTD 452 ART & DESIGN THESIS (1) [4] – This course covers materials and practices for completing the visual arts thesis exhibition in written and applied formats. Students will write a thesis statement and execute this in an exhibition format for the general public to view and assess.

ARTD 492 TOPIC IN PHOTOGRAPHY (1-3) [4] – is a title given to supplemental courses focusing on a specific method, topic, history, or intensive group project in photography. Prerequisite: VART 215 or consent

ARTD 494 TOPIC IN ART (1-4) [4] – is a title given to a course which covers specific themes, practices, and subject content not currently offered in the curriculum. This course is directed primarily to student majoring in the subject area and could be used to complete major requirements. The course will provide an in-depth study of a specific topic. Prerequisites will vary pending upon course offering

ARTD 495 DIRECTED STUDY (1-3) [4] – an intensive directed study and practice of any of the sub-fields of the visual arts in either an individual or small group setting. Prerequisite: permission of instructor

ARTD 496 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3) [4] – designed by the student and overseen by a faculty advisor, this course is an intensive independent study and practice of any of the sub-fields of the visual arts. Prerequisite: permission of instructor

ARTD 497 INDIVIDUAL STUDIO PROJECTS (1-6) [1] – requires advanced visual arts majors to develop a consistent and proficient body of work paralleled with written statement describing background and intent for a portfolio or exhibition. The student and mentor determine the subject matter. Prerequisite: permission of the faculty advisor is required. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours

ARTD 498 FINE ARTS INTERNSHIP (1-16) [1] – is a supervised, practical experience designed to utilize the advanced student’s knowledge in the workplace. The student is required to spend a minimum of 30 hours in the field per semester hour of credit. The student will be developing hands-on skills outlined in conjunction with the faculty advisor. Prerequisite: ARTD 101, ARTD 103, ARTD 251, ARTD 252, or consent