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The following is an overview of courses associated with our visual arts major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Core Classes:
ART 101 Image and Culture

Art appreciation course divided into three areas: an introduction to the principles of organization and elements of design, a thematic study of how those concepts have been applied across times and cultures to communicate specific meaning, and student (group) developed thematic research and class presentations of non-Western art forms.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Global Diversity requirement.

ART 105 Drawing Skills Laboratory

An introductory drawing class with a focus on traditional drawing techniques that include line quality, proportion and shape gauging and one-and two-point perspective.

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

ART 107 Visual Foundations

A two-dimensional design course that focuses on traditional elements such as composition, value and color. Students choose subject matter that reflects their personal and political/social interests. Ceramic forms are created using pinch, coil and slab techniques.

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

ART 108 Introduction to Graphic Design

This course will provide a basic overview of the many processes involved in gathering and arranging written and visual messages and graphic elements to produce high quality, professional documents for printed communications. It will provide a hands-on experience using Macintosh computers and the current industry standard software Adobe Creative Suite CS6.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.

ART 205 Portrait Sculpture: Fundamental

Traditional portrait sculpture where students model in clay from a live model. Attention is paid to skeletal/muscle anatomy and proportion. Clay heads are then cast into plaster through a waste-mold process.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.

ART 221 Sculpture: Fundamental

Basic sculpture class that engages students in traditional bar-relief (clay) and carving (plaster). Students choose subject matter that reflects their personal interests.

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

ART 231 Printmaking: Fundamental

Basic printmaking where students explore one medium (woodcut, intaglio, serigraphy or lithography). Personal responses are developed to an assigned technique and subject matter through sketches and trial proofs that are then used to create the final print. Four prints in editions will be accomplished over the course of the semester.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Creative Experience requirement.

ART 240 History of World Art I

Survey of art, architecture and craft from prehistory to medieval Europe through illustrated discussions and readings. The relationships between art, craft, culture and environment is explored from cultures around the world, including Chinese, Japanese, Indian, South-East Asian, Mesoamerican and Islamic art.

Fall Semester, odd years.
3 semester hours.

ART 241 History of World Art II

Survey of art, architecture and craft from Renaissance Europe to Post Impressionism through illustrated discussions and readings. The relationships between art, craft, culture and environment is explored from cultures around the world from this time-frame including Chinese, Japanese, Native American, Oceanic and Sub-Saharan Africa art.

Fall Semester, even years.
3 semester hours.

ART 242 Modern and Contemporary Art History

Survey of modern and contemporary art, architecture and design through illustrated discussions and readings. Modern movements and styles and their relationships are explored from late 19th century European art through the 20th century to America. Also included are works of African American, Native American, Hispanic American and women artists, as well as art from China, Japan, Central and South America, India and Africa

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.

ART 245 Figure Drawing: Fundamental

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.

ART 251 Painting: Fundamental

Fundamental problems in painting. Still life format is utilized to develop a technological command of the oil medium. In-depth work with the principles of organization focuses each assignment.

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

ART 271 Biological Illustration: Fundamental

Traditional drawing course with emphasis on rendering light on form. Subjects progress from simple geometric shapes to more complex still life.

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

Visual Arts Concentrations

All visual arts majors must select at least one of two visual arts concentrations, as listed below.

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