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The studio arts concentration is geared toward those who wish to express themselves through visual arts and aspire to build a career through their studio endeavors. This concentration also serves as a foundation for those wishing to attend a master of fine arts graduate program in a specific studio focus with the possible intention of teaching at the college level. All students interested in the studio arts concentration must successfully complete the following courses.

Studio arts is a concentration for the visual arts major. If selected, the following classes must be completed in addition to the visual arts core classes.

Core Classes:
ART 200 Ceramics: Fundamental

Introductory ceramics class that includes traditional hand building, wheel work, firing and glazing.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.

ART 490 Advanced Independent Work

Students develop their own ideas and manner of communication in the studio discipline of their choice (painting, sculpture, printmaking or ceramics). Work from this course may be incorporated in the student’s senior project which is a graduation requirement and forms the hub of their senior exhibition.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
2-3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: 9 semester hours in one studio discipline (200, 300 and 400-level courses).

ART Studio

Take 6 credit hours of Advanced Level Studio (300–400 level classes in painting, sculpture, printmaking, or ceramics; students may choose any combination of upper division courses)

ART 300 Ceramics: Intermediate

Students enhance skills learned at the 200 level with additional processes and materials introduced. While both hand building and wheel throwing abilities are expected to increase, students may begin to determine what areas of clay interest them most. Students focus on developing skill at wheel thrown ceramics and continuing glaze and decorating techniques.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 200 or permission of instructor.

ART 305 Portrait Sculpture: Intermediate

Students further pursue their interest in the portrait genre while developing a personal form vocabulary as they work from a live model.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 205 or permission of instructor.

ART 308 Electronic Publication and Web Design

The first half of this course provides introduction instruction for the digital publication for e-books, electronic articles, magazines, newsletters, and other forms of online communications. The course will focus on applying good design with the technical skills needed to define content, metadata required for search engines, etc. The second half of this course will introduce students to the fundamental principles, theory, and concepts of web site design and creation.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: ART 209.

ART 321 Sculpture: Intermediate

Students, in consultation with the instructor, choose their own subject matter from observable forms and engage in more sophisticated materials such as stone, wood and metal.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 221 or permission of instructor.

ART 331 Printmaking: Intermediate

Students explore a second medium (woodcut, intaglio, serigraphy or lithography) or further technically develop a previous medium in which they have worked. Four prints in editions will be accomplished over the course of the semester.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 231 or permission of instructor.

ART 345 Figure Drawing: Intermediate

Drawing in pencil and charcoal from the live model (gesture and extended poses, including portrait work). Attention is paid to anatomical structure and proportion.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 245 or permission of instructor.

ART 351 Painting: Intermediate

Intermediate problems in painting using the still life format to develop a technological command of the oil medium. In-depth work with the principles of organization and elements of design focuses each assignment.

Fall and odd Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 251 or permission of instructor.

ART 371 Biological Illustration: Intermediate

Traditional rendering class with emphasis on close observation and accurate description of natural forms in wash, colored pencil, water color and pen and ink.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 271 or permission of instructor.

ART 381 Visual Arts Service Learning

A service learning course that addresses an art-related community need and reinforces the college’s focus on Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. Students, with the approval of the course instructor, arrange to fulfill the college’s service learning requirement working at a venue where they provide art-related support under the direction of an on-site supervisor. A minimum of 40 hours of verifiable service is required; students that do not complete the minimum number of hours cannot pass the course.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
1 semester hour.
Satisfies Service Learning requirement.
Prerequisites: junior standing and ART 209 or 371; or any other 300-level student course or above in painting, sculpture, ceramics or printmaking.

ART 400 Ceramics: Advanced

Students consult with the instructor to decide on projects in hand building and/or wheel throwing. Frequent conferences follow with students keeping a detailed log of hours, processes and work accomplished. Appreciation of the diverse history of ceramics across many cultures would be evidenced by research and writing.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 300 or permission of instructor.

ART 405 Portrait Sculpture: Advanced

Students work from a live model and are expected to be self-directed in their approach to portrait sculpture. They may choose to work in a highly representational manner or they may investigate alternative ways to interpret the human form.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 305 or permission of instructor.

ART 408 Professional Preparation for Graphic Designers

This course provides the essential skills and instruction required for setting up and managing a graphic design business. Students will be guided through everything from how to present your portfolio, find work, and market themselves, to an introduction into registering a company name, billing and accounting systems, and how to get started in setting up their own corporation. Students will have the opportunity to create a business plan, learn how to respond to a Request For Proposal (RFP), test-drive accounting software, create a budget, and customize their own business forms.

Fall Semester.
1 semester hour.
Prerequisite: ART 308.

ART 421 Sculpture: Advanced

Students, in consultation with the instructor, determine their projects and are expected to be self-directed in the subjects they choose, the manner in which they choose to interpret the subjects (from highly representational to nonobjective) and the materials selected to house their ideas.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 321 or permission of instructor.

ART 431 Printmaking: Advanced

Students develop technical mastery over one medium (woodcut, intaglio, serigraphy or lithography). They are expected to be self-directed, to explore personal subject matter and issues of personal style (from highly representational to non-objective). Five prints in editions will be accomplished.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 331 or permission of instructor.

ART 471 Biological Illustration: Advanced

Traditional rendering class with emphasis on close observation and accurate description of natural forms. Media is expanded to include gouache and colored pencil.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 371 or permission of instructor.

ART 445 Figure Drawing: Advanced

Drawing in pencil and charcoal from the live model (gesture and extended poses, including portrait work). Attention is paid to anatomical structure and proportion, however, students are encouraged to explore and expand their personal attitude toward figure drawing.

Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART 345 or permission of instructor.

ART 451 Painting: Advanced

Advanced problems in oil painting where students are expected to be self-directed in the subjects they choose, the manner in which they choose to interpret the subjects, and the materials they select to house their ideas.

Intensive Learning Term, Fall and odd Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: ART or permission of instructor.

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