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ART 160 Introduction to the Visual Arts. (Non-Majors only) [ARTS 1301] This course will introduce the visual elements of art, their nature, functions and relationships in Painting, Sculpture and Architecture to the non-major. Prerequisite: None. Credit 3.

ART 161 Basic Design I. [ARTS 1311] The study and application of two-dimensional design elements and principles using diverse media. Prerequisite: None. Credit 3.

ART 163 Drawing. [ARTS 1316] Freehand drawing using various media. The illusion of volume and space through the use of perspective, line, and value is stressed. Prerequisite: None. Credit 3.

ART 164 Life Drawing I. Drawing from the model in various media. Gesture drawing and figure structure are studied. Prerequisite: ART 163. Credit 3.

ART 231 Animation Concepts and Techniques. The Principles and techniques of traditional animation, including the principles of motion, storyboarding, flipbooks, cel and pencil animation. Also introduces students to the use of computers in animation. Prerequisite: ART 161, 163 (Basic Design 1 and Drawing 1). Credit 3.

ART 234 Graphic Design I. This entry-level course is the first in building the foundation for graphic design. The emphasis is on creative thinking and problem solving and the development of the designer’s process. Each project builds upon the previous in depth and complexity of that process. The student is introduced to computer application of two-dimensional concepts and output. Prerequisite: ART 161. Credit 3.

ART 260 Pre-Renaissance Art History [ARTS 1303] This course provides a chronological survey of the major monuments of painting, sculpture, architecture, textiles, and metalwork from the ancient through the medieval periods. Prerequisite: None. Credit 3.

ART 265 Basic Design II. [ARTS 2311] Continuation of Basic Design I with emphasis on various compositional approaches and color organization using a variety of materials and media. Prerequisite: ART 161. Credit 3.

ART 269 Life Drawing II. A continuation of ART 164. Prerequisite: ART 164. Credit 3.

ART 271 Three-Dimensional Design. [ARTS 1312] An introduction to elements of design and the principles of arrangement as applied to problems in the third dimension. Prerequisite: None. Credit 3.

ART 331 2D Computer Animation. This course uses computer software to create 2D animations that incorporate traditional techniques and styles such as drawing and painting, cut paper, cel animation, and stop action. Digital video editing techniques are practiced. Prerequisite: ART 231 ART 265 ART 234 (Basic Design 2, Graphics 1)Credit 3.

ART 335 Graphic Design II. This foundation course introduces an overview of history, principles, processes and terminology of typography. Type sensitivity is developed through a variety of means: classifying and identifying typefaces, designing typographic logotypes, as well as designing with type. The majority of work is created on the computer. Prerequisite: ART 234. Credit 3.

ART 336 Graphic Design III. The techniques and processes of print media are explored. The use of color is emphasized. Students will be exposed to historical and aesthetic issues. Prerequisite: ART 335. Credit 3.

ART 365 Painting I. An introduction to the materials and techniques of oil painting. Emphasis is placed on the observation of actual phenomena using still life, the figure, and landscape. Prerequisites: ART 161, ART 163 and ART 265. Credit 3.

ART 366 Printmaking. An introduction to the techniques and procedures of printmaking. The emphasis is on relief, monoprint, and intaglio methods. Prerequisites: ART 161, 163 and ART 265. Credit 3.

ART 370 Renaissance through Rococo Art History. This course provides a chronological survey of the major monuments of painting, sculpture, architecture, textiles, and metalwork from the medieval period to the present. Prerequisite: None . Writing Enhanced. Credit 3.

ART 371 Ceramics. An introduction to ceramics. Clay will be explored through a variety of basic hand building techniques. Ceramic surfaces including slips and glazes will be employed. Students will use various kiln firing techniques and clay bodies. Prerequisite: ART 271. Credit 3.

ART 373 Collage. A class which follows the precepts of the twentieth century art form of using and exploring the juxtaposition and layering of a variety of materials and images. The dynamics of composition and a further investigation of the use of color and inherent capabilities of contrasting images and textures will be studied. Students will use a variety of materials including the found object, discarded papers, invented textures and painted surfaces to create their imagery. Prerequisite: ART 265. Credit 3.

ART 374 Methods & Materials. An introduction to sculptural form through projects involving woodworking and welding. Lectures and demonstrations will be given on tools, materials and safety procedures. Prerequisite: ART 271. Credit 3.

ART 375 Introduction to 3D Computer Animation. Basics of 3D Animation including 3D modeling techniques, keyframing and graph editing, shading, lighting and rendering. Prerequisite: ART 231 , ART 331 , ART 234, ART 271 (Basic Design 2, 3D Design). Credit 3.

ART 376 Advanced 3D Computer Animation Further study in modeling techniques, shading, lighting and rendering. Advanced concepts are introduced including inverse kinematics, deformers, and dynamics. Course may be repeated. Prerequisite: ART 375. Credit 3.

ART 431 Illustration. This course promotes the inventive and individual solutions to illustrational problems, explores relationships of the image to the text and develops individual skill level using a variety of media, including the computer. Prerequisites: ART 265 and ART 269. Credit 3.

ART 432 Graphic Design IV. Publication design problems are presented as they relate to a specific corporation/ product. Typical projects include corporate identity systems and ad campaigns. Production methods are individually explored to produce presentation quality mockups. Prerequisite: ART 336. Credit 3.

ART 434 Graphic Design V. An internship in an approved field and an intense portfolio review. Prerequisite: ART 432. Credit 3.

ART 463 Advanced Drawing. Drawing problems with emphasis on the development of personal expressive techniques. Prerequisite: ART 269. Credit 3.

ART 465 Advanced Painting. Exploration of traditional painting processes and concepts along with the introduction of non-traditional techniques and materials. Emphasis is placed on skill development and individual exploration of ideas. Prerequisite: ART 365. Credit 3

ART 466 Painting in Aquamedia. The focus is on transparent watercolor. Landscape, still life, and the figure are emphasized, along with experimentation. Prerequisites: ART 161, ART 163, ART 265. Credit 3.

ART 467 Jewelry. A study of techniques and materials needed to design and create jewelry. Design and craftsmanship skills are emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 265. Credit 3.

ART 468 Casting. The Casting course will cover the methods and procedures of centrifugal casting, vacuum casting, steam casting, gravity pour casting and sand casting. The difference in spruing the models (wax, wood, plastic or forms found in nature) for each of these methods will be studied. Prerequisite: ART 265 and ART 271. Credit 3.

ART 473 The History of Animation. A survey of the History of Animation from early cartoons through contemporary special effects and 3D characters. The political, artistic and social uses of animation are examined. Prerequisite: ART 370. Credit 3.

ART 474 History of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art. A survey of major artistic movements and artists working in painting, sculpture and architecture. Prerequisite: ART 260 and ART 370. Writing Enhanced. Credit 3.

ART 478 Criticism and Theory in the Visual Arts. The study of historical and contemporary aspects of major thinking and writing concerning the visual arts. Prerequisite: ART 260 and ART 370. Writing Enhanced. Credit 3.

ART 480 Advanced Ceramics. A continued exploration of ceramics. Individual direction of each student will determine type of clay, ceramic surface and firing process to be used. Further research into clay and glaze chemistry and the history of ceramics. Prerequisite: ART 371. Credit 3.

ART 482 Sculpture. The exploration of three-dimensional media through the proper use of tools, working processes, and a variety of materials. Emphasis placed on skill development and individual exploration of ideas. Prerequisite: ART 374. Credit 3.

ART 492 Advanced Printmaking. Advanced problems in printmaking. Special procedures and problems involving further investigation of various printmaking media with an introduction to lithography. Prerequisite: ART 366. Credit 3.

ART 493 Undergraduate Seminar in Art. An undergraduate seminar course concerning problems selected within an area of specialization. Prerequisites: 6 hours of credit in the area of investigation, with permission of the instructor and department chair. (This course may be taken for Academic Distinction credit. See Academic Distinction Program in this catalog.) Variable credit.

ART 494 The Business of Art. This class is designed to prepare the art studio major for a professional presentation of their portfolio to present to a gallery or for admittance into graduate school. Students will learn how to photograph their art-work, write a resume, artist statement and cover letter. Crate building, mat cutting and frame making will also be covered. Class discussions, guest lectures and readings on current art topics are also required. Students enrolling in this class must sign up for additional lab hours with the professor. Credit 3.


ART 496 Museum and Gallery Practices. This course is a course designed for students interested in learning the operations of Art Galleries and Museums. Students will visit museums and galleries in the area and assist with exhibitions in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery in the Art Department. The course will cover art handling and installation of art works, registration procedures, and curatorial theories and practices. Students will curate and mount an exhibit, and prepare press materials and publicity as a project for the course.  Prerequisite: ART 370 Credit: 3


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