Art and Design Curriculum

Art & Design (B.A.)


The Art & Design Department offers a comprehensive didactic to conceptual approach to Art & Design education through a variety of traditional and contemporary media, taught by practicing artists with local, national and international professional experience.

Class sizes are kept small, thereby giving the student every opportunity to realize their full potential. The Art & Design program emphasizes the importance of coupling professional experience with contemporary aesthetic and artistic practices. Students work closely with an advisor and are encouraged to take advantage of work experience opportunities in the field of their choice.

Area of Studies

The Art & Design program provides a variety of courses to enhance and offer balance to the liberal arts at USF.

The Art & Design major offers concentrations in the following areas:
• Graphic Design
• Photography
• Studio Art

Visual Arts Education major

Minors are offered in the following areas:
• Art & Design
• Fine Arts History
• Photography

Students majoring in Art & Design develop fundamental skills in design, drawing, contemporary art practices and three- dimensional design during their first year in the program. This foundation is enhanced through intermediate art courses and an introduction to art criticism, history, applied design, and computer art. In upper level courses, students integrate skills and technology to prepare a thesis exhibition or performance supported by an articulate written element. Each student’s capstone course is developed with continual encouraging input from faculty and peers during their tenure at USF.

The major in Art & Design prepares students for various professions in the arts. The Graphic Design concentration addresses a traditional design core coupled with digital, portfolio, and seminar courses for preparation to work as a design professional. The Photography concentration is designed to secure students introductory to upper level knowledge in photography application, practices, history, and theory.

The primary goal of this concentration is to prepare the student for a career in a photography related position. The Studio Art concentration equips students with a sound foundation for entry into a graduate program or a career as an artist. The Visual Arts Education major prepares students to be licensed to teach art in kindergarten to 12th grade. For additional information about the program see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.

Art & Design minors are compatible with related majors in the humanities, which may broaden and enliven the students’ learning experiences. The minor may also be combined with other majors, including Business, Education, Communication and Media Arts, Recreation Administration, Social Work, and Theology. These combinations enrich the individual and enhance career opportunities.

Program Goals:
• To gain an understanding of the visual arts in relation to culture and history
• To introduce the student to historical and contemporary artistic and design practices
• To provide an environment that fosters critical thinking in traditional to new art and design
• To provide facilities that are current with industry standards in graphic design, photography and studio art
• To assist students in the preparation of a senior portfolio and thesis exhibition
• To prepare Visual Arts Education students for teacher’s certification

Art & Design Major
(52 semester hours) Required Core Courses (16 semester hours)

ARTD 101 2-D Design Principles 3
or
ARTD 103 Art & Design Foundations 3

All of the following:
ARTD 201 3-D Design Principles 3
ARTD 321 Contemporary Art Practices I 3
ARTD 450 Portfolio Development 3
ARTD 451 Art & Design Seminar 3
ARTD 452 Visual Arts Thesis 1

Art History Core Courses (9 semester hours from the following)
ARTD 202 Art & Culture Travel Studies 1-3
ARTD 257 Ancient, Medieval, Non-European Art History 3
ARTD 258 Renaissance to Modern Art History 3
ARTD 259 Art Now* 3
ARTD 359 20th Century Art 3
ARTD 360 Film and Photography Visual Culture* 3
ARTD 361 Comics and Graphic Novels: A Seminar* 3

Required Concentration (choose one of the following) Graphic Design Concentration (27 semester hours) Required courses for concentration (18 semester hours)
ARTD 209 Typography 1 3
ARTD 215 Photo 1 3
ARTD 297 Introduction to Individual Studio 3
ARTD 311 Digital Art 3
ARTD 410 Typography 2 3
ARTD 411 Digital Studio 3

Select 9 semester hours from the following:
ARTD 194 Topics in Art & Design 1-4
ARTD 202 Art and Culture Travel Studies 1-3
ARTD 250 Screen Printing 3
ARTD 319 Color Photography 3
ARTD 361 Comics and Graphic Novels: A Seminar 3
ARTD 413 The Photobook 3
ARTD 492 Topics in Photography 1-3
ARTD 494 Topics in Art & Design 1-4
ARTD 497 Individual Studio Projects 1-6
CMMA 222 Digital Photography 3
CMMA 251 Introduction to Graphic Communication 3
CMMA 318 Web Page Design 3
CMMA 325 2D Animation 3
CMMA 330 3D Animation 3
CMMA 335 Web Publishing and Platforms 3
CMMA 351 Digital Imaging and Illustration 3
CMMA 445 Digital Illustration 3

Photography Concentration (27 semester hours) Required courses for concentration (18 semester hours)
ARTD 215 Photo 1 3
ARTD 317 Documentary Photography 3
ARTD 318 Portrait Photography 3
ARTD 319 Color Photography 3
ARTD 360 Film and Photo Visual Culture 3
Select 9 semester hours from the following:
ARTD 202 Art & Culture Travel Studies 1-3
ARTD 250 Screen Printing 3
ARTD 297 Introduction to Individual Studio 3
ARTD 311 Digital Art 3
ARTD 315 Photo 2 3
ARTD 316 Studio Lighting 3
ARTD 320 Alternative Photo Practices 3
ARTD 413 The Photobook 3
ARTD 492 Topics in Photography 1-3
ARTD 495 Directed Study 1-3
ARTD 496 Independent Study 1-3
ARTD 497 Individual Studio Projects 1-6
ARTD 498 Art & Design Internship 1-15
CMMA 222 Digital Photography 3
CMMA 237 Introduction to Video Production 3

Studio Art Concentration (27 semester hours) Required courses for concentration (15 semester hours)
ARTD 151 Introduction to Drawing 3
ARTD 152 Introduction to Painting 3
ARTD 297 Introduction to Individual Studio Projects 3
ARTD 412 Contemporary Practices 2 3
ARTD 497 Individual Studio Projects 3

Select 12 semester hours from the following:

ARTD 153 Introduction to Cartooning 3
ARTD 194 Topics in Art & Design 3
ARTD 202 Art and Culture Travel Studies 1-3
ARTD 250 Screen Printing 3
ARTD 251 Intermediate Drawing 3
ARTD 252 Intermediate Painting 3
ARTD 253 Ceramics 3
ARTD 254 Figure Drawing 3
ARTD 301 Advanced Drawing 1-3
ARTD 302 Advanced Painting 1-3
ARTD 311 Digital Art 3
ARTD 319 Color Photography 3
ARTD 322 Sculpture 3
ARTD 323 Installation Art 3
ARTD 324 Performance Art 3
ARTD 354 Ceramics II 3
ARTD 360 Film and Photo Visual Culture 3
ARTD 413 The Photobook 3
ARTD 492 Topics in Photography 1-3
ARTD 494 Topics in Art 1-4
ARTD 495 Directed Study 1-3
ARTD 496 Independent Study 1-3
ARTD 498 Art & Design Internship 1-15

Art & Design – Minor Program
Minor Program: Art & Design (18 semester hours) Courses required for the minor (9 semester hours)
ARTD 101 2-D Design Principles 3
or
ARTD 103 Art & Design Foundations 3
ARTD 201 3-D Design Principles 3
ARTD 321 Contemporary Art Practices 1 3
Select 9 semester hours from the following
ARTD 151 Introduction to Drawing 3
ARTD 152 Introduction to Painting 3
ARTD 153 Introduction to Cartooning 3
ARTD 202 Art & Culture Travel Studies 1-3
ARTD 250 Screen Printing 3
ARTD 251 Intermediate Drawing 3
ARTD 252 Intermediate Painting 3
ARTD 253 Ceramics 3
ARTD 254 Figure Drawing 3
ARTD 255 Introduction to Cartooning 3
ARTD 297 Introduction to Individual Studio 3
ARTD 301 Advanced Drawing 1-3
ARTD 302 Advanced Painting 1-3
ARTD 311 Digital Art 3
ARTD 319 Color Photography 3
ARTD 322 Sculpture 3
ARTD 323 Installation Art 3
ARTD 324 Performance Art 3
ARTD 354 Ceramics 2 3
ARTD 359 20th Century Art 3
ARTD 360 Film and Photo Visual Culture 3
ARTD 412 Contemporary Practices 2 3
ARTD 413 The Photobook 3
ARTD 492 Topics in Photography 1-3
ARTD 494 Topics in Art 1-4
ARTD 495 Directed Study 1-3
ARTD 496 Independent Study 1-3
ARTD 497 Individual Studio Projects 1-6