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The art major requires 36 credits, eight of which must be upper division. Art majors are required to submit a portfolio of their work and have a conference with the art faculty after completion of the basic 15-credit course sequence or its equivalent (ART 111, 112, 113, 211, and 251). All majors will organize and hang a senior exhibition of their work which must meet the approval of the art faculty. The art major leads to the bachelor of arts degree.

Art Major Courses

What makes some for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations excel while other fail to thrive? Often it’s due to the quality of management within the organization. Management of people is distinct skill set that is critically important and these skills can be studied, understood, and practiced. In this course, students will learn the elements of business management, the theory behind them and practical tools with which to apply them. Key topics such as communication, leadership, teamwork, conflict management, change and more will be covered. No matter where a person works or volunteers, they will be able to contribute to the success of any organization when they have a clear understanding of management theory and techniques. (Offered every semester.)
A study of the basic principles and elements of two and three dimensional form and composition. Alternate discussions and projects designed to acquaint the student with materials and techniques in the plastic arts. Three double periods. (Offered fall semester.)
A study of the elements of three-dimensional form. Working with a variety of materials employing traditional additive and subtractive methods as well as contemporary found-form construction/fabrication. Three double periods. Prerequisite: ART 111 or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
Studio work in beginning drawing from still life and nature. Basic experiences with form description using a wide range of media. Three double periods. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
This course explores digital media as an experimental cultural practice, with an emphasis on critical approaches to art and technology. Experiments in digital imaging, digital audio, digital video, and multi-media authoring will be conducted. Students will produce independent digital media production projects, individually and in groups. Course meetings include seminar-style discussion of reading and other materials, critiques of student work, tech workshops, production studios (session in which we brainstorm, research ideas, and work on projects), and screenings. (Offered every semester.)
This course will introduce students to computers and programming. It will begin with a study of computer hardware and software relationships, and a review of common operating systems in use today, with a detailed review of microcomputer operating systems. Then programming language construction and principles will be covered, culminating in problem solving and algorithm development in a high level computing language with several programming projects. Serves also as the entry point for a major in management information systems. (Offered spring semester.)
Composition in acrylics with emphasis on structuring of two-dimensional forms and space. Primary resources are still life and nature. Three double or two triple periods. Prerequisite: ART 111 and 113. (Offered spring semester.)
Study of drawing as representation, expression, and composition. Emphasis on drawing of the figure from the posed model using brush, pen, charcoal, etc. Three double periods. Prerequisite: ART 111 and 113. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
The course is an introductory study of artists, their ideas, and styles, with an emphasis upon the variety of media and styles in the history of art. Also included is a beginning survey of art historical movements commencing with Western painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistoric times through the Aegean and Greek periods. Meets the general education fine arts requirement. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
Beginning with Rome and its Empire, the painting, sculpture, and architecture since the time of Christ are considered in this survey. The Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods are studied in depth, along with a brief overview of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Socioeconomic, cultural, and religious influences are considered. Meets the general education fine arts requirement. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
This course is an introduction to the discipline and craft of storytelling using multimedia methods. Students explore the major formal elements and components of storytelling using visual, print, and auditory mediums. Students will gain a better understanding of the spiritual, social, and economic roles of storytelling both in terms of storytelling as a powerful tool for gaining an understanding of the world and oneself and as a professional craft. Prerequisite: ENG105. (Offered in the fall semester.)
A study of European and American art and architectural movements beginning with Expressionism and Cubism and continuing through the most recent developments. Meets the general education fine arts and swriting intensive requirement. (Offered fall semester.)
Advanced study allowing the qualified student to select his or her medium and explore it more intensively. The culmination of this semester will be an exhibition prepared by the student. A sufficient number of juried works will be required for a complete show in the College art gallery. May be repeated for a total of six hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. (Offered every semester.)
Advanced problems involving creative experiments with various painting media. The student is encouraged to develop an individual approach to contemporary painting problems. Three double or two triple periods. Prerequisite: ART 211. (Offered spring semester.)
A continuation of the pursuit of sculptural concepts through practical studio experience. Spatial concepts will be explored relative to various materials and processes-to traditional applications and nontraditional. Emphasis will be upon creative and imaginative resolution and the development of the student's own forms of three-dimensional expression. The course is designed as a sequential experience following the investigations initiated in Sculpture I and will include strong interdisciplinary emphases and preparation for advanced study. (Offered spring semester) Prerequisite: ART112
As with the introductory course, Ceramics II is designed to develop sensitivity to clay and its properties and to glazes and their interaction with clay. Emphasis will continue to be placed on personal expression of ideas and concepts appropriate to clay usage, and upon the exploration of and improvement of clay methods and techniques. Prerequisite: ART 310. (Offered fall semester.)
Through lectures, demonstrations, research and stuio work, this course encourages an in-depth study of the business aspects of the design profession. Common professional design problems are emphasized. Cross listed with DM330. Prerequisite: ART230. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
Through lecturers, demonstrations, research and studio work, this course encourages an in-depth study of the business aspects of the design profession. Common professional design problems are emphasized. Cross listed with ART 330. Prerequisite: DM 230. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
Digital Photography II will explore the traditional use of photography as an art form and experiment with the new possibilities of the medium with the advent of digital manipulation. Emphasis will be placed upon recognizing and challenging one's own aesthetic disposition inside the discipline of photography. An exploration of both "classic" and "contemporary" photographers will grant students an insight to the history and current directions of this challenging art.
This course is designed to provide an introduction of the accomplishments of western and non-western women artists from antiquity to the 20th century, which are often omitted from the art history canon. The course will cover historical epochs focusing on the social, economi, and demographic factors that had a direct bearing on women's potential to become professional artists. Meets the general education fine arts and cross cultural requirement. (offered spring semester of odd calendar years) (meets gen ed-humanities and CC)
A study of European and American art and architectural movements from Neoclassicism through Impressionism, Symbolism, and the Art Nouveau. Meets the general education fire arts requirement. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
A general survey of the architecture and artifacts developed in cultures not influenced by Western artistic tradition including Africa, India, China, Japan, Korea, the South Sea Islands, Australia, South and Central America, and Native North America. Attention will be given to the relationship of social, political, intellectual, and religious developments that impacted the making of artifacts. Meets the general education cross cultural and fine arts requirements. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
Advanced instruction and assigned studio work in one or more topics within the design field including but not limited to: information design, design methodology, advertising design, image design, typography, user centered design, electronic imaging, graphic design history, communication theory, design for social issues, and/or package design. Cross listed with DM365. Prerequisite: ART230. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
Advanced instruction and assigned studio work in one or more topics within the design field including but not limited to: information design, design methodology, advertising design, image design, typography, user centered design, electronic imaging, graphic design history, communication theory, design for social issues, and/or package design. Cross listed with ART365. Prerequisite: DM230. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
ARTD389 Jr Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
Independent Studio provides time and space for the student who has completed at least the second level in any of the areas of specialization. The student works independently, approximately 12 hours per week. Work time is punctuated by weekly, individual, one-half hour meetings with the instructor and by biweekly critiques with other students in Independent and Advanced Studio classes. The main goal of the course is the achievement of a personal expression, which indicates clear conceptual development as evidenced by a body of work and a written statement. Students may take as many credits of Independent Studio as is necessary to complete the major requirements or to fulfill personal objectives. Prerequisite: Any second level studio course (ART 230, 300, 308, 312, 320) or permission of the Art Department Head. (Offered every semester.)
Each department offers a practicum or internship course numbered 405. In this course the student applies theories and skills learned in the major. Each experience should include significant learning opportunities related to the student's major field. Two supervisors are involved, a work supervisor and an academic supervisor. Registration must occur prior to the activity. Forty to sixty hours of work experience is required for each credit awarded. The experience may be paid or unpaid. Letter grades will be assigned unless otherwise stated in the departmental description. Students must consult with their academic supervisor at least twice during the experience. A learning experience summary paper following departmental guidelines is required as well as a final interview with the academic supervisor. A maximum of twelve credits may be applied to the degree. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing with a 2.0 G.P.A., 18 semester credits completed in the field and departmental approval.
ARTD399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
ARTH399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
Each department offers a practicum or internship course numbered 405. In this course the student applies theories and skills learned in the major. Each experience should include significant learning opportunities related to the student's major field. Two supervisors are involved, a work supervisor and an academic supervisor. Registration must occur prior to the activity. Forty to sixty hours of work experience is required for each credit awarded. The experience may be paid or unpaid. Letter grades will be assigned unless otherwise stated in the departmental description. Students must consult with their academic supervisor at least twice during the experience. A learning experience summary paper following departmental guidelines is required as well as a final interview with the academic supervisor. A maximum of twelve credits may be applied to the degree. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing with a 2.0 G.P.A., 18 semester credits completed in the field and departmental approval.
ARTD489 Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
ARTD490 Departmental Honors Thesis (2 Credits)
A study of three-dimensional form in pottery. Pottery design and construction using coil, slab and wheel throwing methods. Glazing and firing techniques are explored. Three double periods. (Offered fall semester.)
Juxtaposythesis, an interdisciplinary approach to creative spirituality, is designed to explore and promote essential characteristics that inspire creativity through projects and multidisciplinary readings on the nature of the imagination. A primary assumption of the course is that "divergent thinking" is essential to both an artist's work and the moral life, and the course asks students to do the imaginative work of transforming the familiar and commonplace into new and "beautiful" constructions. Meets the general education fine arts requirement. (Offered Interterm.)
Art History: The Lives of the Great Artists IN15-Throughout art history, numerous artists led eccentric lives yet attained success during their lifetimes or after their deaths. In this course, we will explore the lives of famous artists to ascertain whether their successes are based on mental instability and/or extraordinary events that happened in their lives. IN12, 13, &14-Did you know the famous artist Rembrandt went bankrupt and lost all his worldly possessions? Did you ever wonder why Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear? Through a series of DVD biographies, documentaries, and in-depth research we will discover some little known facts about famous artists and how their lives intertwined with the art they produced.
ARTD199 Open Titled (3 Credits)
This course reviews the overview of the technical and aesthetic issues relevant to the design profession. Studio work and research will be assigned. Specific focus on problems in visual organization, typography, and design theory as an expressive design element will be studied. Course content will concentrate on fostering creative thinking along with prescribed techniques and media.. Three double or two triple periods. Cross listed with DM 230. Prerequisite: ART 111. (Offered fall semester.)
This course reviews the overview of the technical and aesthetic issues relevant to the design profession. Studio work and research will be assigned. Specific focus on problems in visual organization, typography, and design theory as an expressive design element will be studied. Course content will concentrate on fostering creative thinking along with prescribed techniques and media.. Three double or two triple periods. Cross listed with ART 230. Prerequisite: ART 111. (Offered fall semester.)
Students will work with traditional 35 mm and digital cameras and scanners to produce photographic images that can be improved, manipulated, altered, and printed from the computer. They will learn to control camera settings, adjust imagery using sophisticated photo manipulation software, and explore the variety of digitally based, photograph quality printing. Students will experiment with the fundamentals of photography while developing a portfolio of creative photography. (Offered fall semester.)
Advanced problems involving creative experiments with various painting media. The student is encouraged to develop an individual approach to contemporary painting problems. Three double or two triple periods. Prerequisite: ART 211. (Offered spring semester.)
A continuation of the pursuit of sculptural concepts through practical studio experience. Spatial concepts will be explored relative to various materials and processes-to traditional applications and nontraditional. Emphasis will be upon creative and imaginative resolution and the development of the student's own forms of three-dimensional expression. The course is designed as a sequential experience following the investigations initiated in Sculpture I and will include strong interdisciplinary emphases and preparation for advanced study. (Offered spring semester) Prerequisite: ART112
As with the introductory course, Ceramics II is designed to develop sensitivity to clay and its properties and to glazes and their interaction with clay. Emphasis will continue to be placed on personal expression of ideas and concepts appropriate to clay usage, and upon the exploration of and improvement of clay methods and techniques. Prerequisite: ART 310. (Offered fall semester.)
Through lectures, demonstrations, research and stuio work, this course encourages an in-depth study of the business aspects of the design profession. Common professional design problems are emphasized. Cross listed with DM330. Prerequisite: ART230. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
Through lecturers, demonstrations, research and studio work, this course encourages an in-depth study of the business aspects of the design profession. Common professional design problems are emphasized. Cross listed with ART 330. Prerequisite: DM 230. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
Digital Photography II will explore the traditional use of photography as an art form and experiment with the new possibilities of the medium with the advent of digital manipulation. Emphasis will be placed upon recognizing and challenging one's own aesthetic disposition inside the discipline of photography. An exploration of both "classic" and "contemporary" photographers will grant students an insight to the history and current directions of this challenging art.
This course is designed to provide an introduction of the accomplishments of western and non-western women artists from antiquity to the 20th century, which are often omitted from the art history canon. The course will cover historical epochs focusing on the social, economi, and demographic factors that had a direct bearing on women's potential to become professional artists. Meets the general education fine arts and cross cultural requirement. (offered spring semester of odd calendar years) (meets gen ed-humanities and CC)
A study of European and American art and architectural movements from Neoclassicism through Impressionism, Symbolism, and the Art Nouveau. Meets the general education fire arts requirement. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
A general survey of the architecture and artifacts developed in cultures not influenced by Western artistic tradition including Africa, India, China, Japan, Korea, the South Sea Islands, Australia, South and Central America, and Native North America. Attention will be given to the relationship of social, political, intellectual, and religious developments that impacted the making of artifacts. Meets the general education cross cultural and fine arts requirements. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
Advanced instruction and assigned studio work in one or more topics within the design field including but not limited to: information design, design methodology, advertising design, image design, typography, user centered design, electronic imaging, graphic design history, communication theory, design for social issues, and/or package design. Cross listed with DM365. Prerequisite: ART230. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
Advanced instruction and assigned studio work in one or more topics within the design field including but not limited to: information design, design methodology, advertising design, image design, typography, user centered design, electronic imaging, graphic design history, communication theory, design for social issues, and/or package design. Cross listed with ART365. Prerequisite: DM230. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
ARTD389 Jr Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
Independent Studio provides time and space for the student who has completed at least the second level in any of the areas of specialization. The student works independently, approximately 12 hours per week. Work time is punctuated by weekly, individual, one-half hour meetings with the instructor and by biweekly critiques with other students in Independent and Advanced Studio classes. The main goal of the course is the achievement of a personal expression, which indicates clear conceptual development as evidenced by a body of work and a written statement. Students may take as many credits of Independent Studio as is necessary to complete the major requirements or to fulfill personal objectives. Prerequisite: Any second level studio course (ART 230, 300, 308, 312, 320) or permission of the Art Department Head. (Offered every semester.)
Each department offers a practicum or internship course numbered 405. In this course the student applies theories and skills learned in the major. Each experience should include significant learning opportunities related to the student's major field. Two supervisors are involved, a work supervisor and an academic supervisor. Registration must occur prior to the activity. Forty to sixty hours of work experience is required for each credit awarded. The experience may be paid or unpaid. Letter grades will be assigned unless otherwise stated in the departmental description. Students must consult with their academic supervisor at least twice during the experience. A learning experience summary paper following departmental guidelines is required as well as a final interview with the academic supervisor. A maximum of twelve credits may be applied to the degree. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing with a 2.0 G.P.A., 18 semester credits completed in the field and departmental approval.
ARTD399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
ARTH399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
Each department offers a practicum or internship course numbered 405. In this course the student applies theories and skills learned in the major. Each experience should include significant learning opportunities related to the student's major field. Two supervisors are involved, a work supervisor and an academic supervisor. Registration must occur prior to the activity. Forty to sixty hours of work experience is required for each credit awarded. The experience may be paid or unpaid. Letter grades will be assigned unless otherwise stated in the departmental description. Students must consult with their academic supervisor at least twice during the experience. A learning experience summary paper following departmental guidelines is required as well as a final interview with the academic supervisor. A maximum of twelve credits may be applied to the degree. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing with a 2.0 G.P.A., 18 semester credits completed in the field and departmental approval.
ARTD489 Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
ARTD490 Departmental Honors Thesis (2 Credits)

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