Course Descriptions

Art Course Descriptions

ART-designated courses qualify as Humanities or Liberal Arts electives.

ART101

Art History I - 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the history of the visual arts from prehistory to the early Renaissance. Major works in architecture, sculpture, painting, and graphic arts are covered in chronological order.



ART102

Art History II - 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the history of the visual arts from the Renaissance to the Twentieth-Century. It presents a chronological coverage of architecture, sculpture, painting, and graphic arts, stressing the characteristics that identify periods and styles.



ART105

Drawing I - 3 Credits

A foundation drawing course which concentrates on developing basic skills. The course examines varied media in the study of figure, still life, landscape, abstract, and an introduction to color as it relates to drawing.

Studio fee required.



ART110

Design I - 3 Credits

This is a foundation course centering on design elements (shape, line, texture, color, space). Principles of organization with problems in structure are explored.

Studio fee required.



ART114

Beginning Photography - 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the photographic process. Basic darkroom procedures and fundamental camera skills are included. Design and aesthetic theory are discussed.

Simple adjustable camera required.

Studio fee required.



ART115

Three-Dimensional Design - 3 Credits

This course will provide the study and investigation of three-dimensional space using line, plane, volumes, form and negative space. Through the exploration and arrangement of objects in space, the student will solve problems involving content, surface, texture, scale, mass, color, space and composition, and visual impact. The objective of this course is for the student to gain a better understanding of three-dimensional design and awareness of form in space.



ART200

Painting I - 3 Credits

This is an introduction to painting for the beginning student. Working from the figure, still life, and inventive forms, students explore painting materials, techniques, and concepts on a basic level. Both acrylic and oil mediums are used.

Studio fee required.



ART201

Painting II - 3 Credits

This course is a continuation of Painting I. The emphasis is on more complex problems of color, form, and figure.

Prerequisite: ART200.

Studio fee required.



ART205

Drawing II - 3 Credits

This course is a continuation of Drawing I, exploring more difficult drawing problems in traditional media and subject matter, as well as contemporary drawing problems and solutions such as abstraction.

Prerequisite: ART105.

Studio fee required.



ART210

Digital Photography - 3 Credits

This course is a basic introduction to Digital Photography for  both beginner and intermediate skill levels. The course is designed to show students how to use a digital camera and computer photo editing software to capture, edit, and manipulate images and to develop excellent photographic and aesthetic practices as students learn the basic and advanced techniques to improve their photography. Topics include: understanding the digital camera, file formats, composition, focusing and metering, depth of field, sharpness, lighting and flash, white balance, lens and filters, equipment essentials, image editing techniques and printing images.

Prerequisite: ART114      



ART211

Design II - 3 Credits

This course is a continuation of Design I, exploring more complex design elements of color, line, space, texture, shape, and materials.

Prerequisite: ART110.

Studio fee required.



ART221

Ceramics I - 3 Credits

This course exposes students to a variety of techniques and concepts related to ceramic hand building. Both functional and non-functional objects are used to demonstrate coil, slab, and pinch techniques. Emphasis is placed on the three-dimensional concepts of texture, form, color, balance, and design. The acquisition of technical skills and aesthetic awareness is assessed on an individual basis.

Studio fee required.



ART222

Ceramics II - 3 Credits

This course is a continuation of Ceramics I, exploring more difficult ceramic problems in a variety of techniques and concepts related to ceramic hand building. It provides an examination of the physical properties of clay with an emphasis on the development of personal imagery. An extension of this experience includes combinations of media.

Studio fee required.



ART305

History of Architecture - 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the evolution of architectural styles in the Western world. Consideration is given to the historical, religious, social, political, and structural problems that influenced the development of these styles.



ART306

American Art - 3 Credits

This course focuses on American art from colonial times to the present. Students will explore through reading, discussion, visual images, and field trips a range of fine and folk art, painting, photography, and sculpture from the major periods in American art.

Prerequisites: ART101, ART102, or permission of the instructor.



ART307

Advanced Painting III - 3 Credits

This is an advanced level painting course designed to allow more advanced painting problems. Historical and contemporary issues will be investigated with an emphasis on personal growth and the development of self exploration and creative expression. May be repeated once for credit.

Pre-requisites: ART200, ART201 or permission of Professor.

Studio fee required.



ART310

Cartooning I - 3 Credits

An introduction to the history of cartooning and the basics of creating cartoons and cartoon characters. This course combines learning the process of concept, layout, sketching, inking and coloring to complete a cartoon based project. Projects will include, but not be limited to: comic strips, comic books, panels, caricature, editorial illustration and new media.



ART313

Video I - 3 Credits

This course offers an introduction to video production with an emphasis on the commercial use as well as experimentation and video art. While employing various techniques, both studio and portable, such as video taken with a camera, found footage and non linear editing, students will be asked to create a series of short videos. Concepts in video making and its origins will be explored while students learn the basic techniques through creative problem solving in the video medium.



ART320

Life Drawing - 3 Credits

This course focuses on the human figure as subject. There is emphasis on a variety of approaches to drawing the figure, including use of a live model. Dynamics, proportion, volume, anatomy, and structure, as well as fashion figure proportion, garment, and fashion illustration are investigated.

Prerequisite: Previous drawing training.

Studio fee required.



ART321

Advanced Ceramics III - 3 Credits

This is an advanced level ceramics course designed to allow more advanced handbuilding and wheel throwing. Historical and contemporary issues will be investigated with an emphasis on personal growth and the development of self exploration and creative expression. May be repeated once for credit.

Pre-requisites: ART221, ART222 or permission of Professor.

Studio fee required.



ART407

Advanced Painting IV - 3 Credits

This is an advanced level painting course designed to allow more advanced painting problems. Historical and contemporary issues will be investigated with emphasis on personal growth and the development of self exploration and creative expression. May be repeated once for credit.

Pre-requisites: ART200, ART201 & ART307 or permission of Professor.

Studio fee required.



ART422

Advanced Ceramics IV - 3 Credits

This is an advanced level ceramics course designed to allow more advanced handbuilding and wheel throwing. Historical and contemporary issues will be investigated with an emphasis on personal growth and the development of self exploration and creative expression. May be repeated once for credit.

Pre-requisites: ART221, ART222, and ART321 or permission of professor.

Studio fee required.