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Course Descriptions

+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = Writing intensive course

 

+ART 100. Drawing, 3 credits
A course in the basics of the visual language as expressed in drawing. Students draw from direct observation in different settings and learn to use a variety of media, progressing towards more expressive interpretations of content.

+ART 120. Painting Fundamentals, 3 credits
An introduction to painting as a medium of visual expression. Emphasis is placed upon exploration of formal and technical concerns. Paintings are created from both observation and imagination. Studies include the value scale, color theory, and color interaction.

+ART 130. Introductory Topics, 3 credits
An overview of the elements, principles, and processes essential to creating works of art in both two- and three-dimensional forms. Methods will include traditional and nontraditional techniques in a variety of media. Projects will also encourage the development of personal narratives and storytelling. For non-majors as well as majors.

+ART 200. 2D Design, 3 credits
An introduction to the elements and principles of art and design including line, shape, value, texture, and color through the use of various media. Emphasis is placed on developing visual problem-solving skills, craftsmanship, and proficiency with various art media.

+ART 210. 3D Design, 3 credits
Introductory level course involving the interpretation and application of the basic principles of three-dimensional design to a variety of problem solving experiences. Emphasis on conceptual growth and personal expression through the investigation of the creative potential of materials.

+ART 220. Printmaking, 3 credits
An overview of contemporary monotype, relief, and intaglio processes. We examine the history, development and artistic implementation of these processes through demonstration, production, presentation, and collaborative critiques.

+ART 230. Intermediate Topics, 3 credits
An investigation to the ways in which art elements, principles, and experimental processes can combine to create works of art in both two- and three-dimensional forms. Methods will include traditional and nontraditional techniques in a variety of media. For non-majors as well as majors.

+ART 240. Digital Photography, 3 credits
The principles of digital photography are studied in this course. The class will provide the student with an overview of the history and culture of the photographic image as well as the understanding needed to create artful images in the digital realm. Topics include operation of a digital camera, color theory, basic image adjustment, file management, and printing.

+ART 250. Papermaking, 3 credits
An introduction to the applications of handmade papermaking through creative production. Students identify and process fibers, recognize papermaking history, discuss terminology, pull high-quality production sheets, and generate multiple personalized works using a variety of innovative techniques.

+ART 260. Bookbinding, 3 credits
Students produce a variety of handmade binds that range from traditional to highly experimental utilizing historical perspectives and conceptual understanding. Throughout the semester students are exposed to artwork that utilizes the book form, read and respond to critical essays, and develop a creative artist's book.

+ART 270. Multicultural Crafts, 3 credits
This art studio course is designed to engage and challenge students in regard to the many ways the broad field of craft can be employed to create a sense of identity and purpose-both individually and collectively- and how it has remained a tool of historical preservation for many global cultures. For non-majors as well as majors.

+ART 280. Visual Narratives, 3 credits
The evocative and multi-faceted form of the illustrated book combines expressive writing, mixed media, letter forms, and book structures. Students will explore the organic relationship of written and visual content as well as historical and contemporary methods of creating narrative art. Prerequisites: ART 100 and 200.

+ART 290. Screen Printing, 3 credits
An introduction to screen printing with an emphasis on using hand drawn stencils and photo emulsion. Students will create single and multi-color editions that investigate various conceptual ideas. Nontraditional applications of the medium are also covered.

ART 300. Figure Composition, 3 credits
An introduction to the study of the human form focusing on observational drawing of live models. Special emphasis on the physical effects of light, compositional strategy, and creation of narrative. Prerequisite: ART 100.

ART 310. Figure Drawing, 3 credits
A thorough perceptual understanding of the figure is gained from a combination of study from live models and an overview of the figure's skeletal and muscular systems. This course emphasizes working from life and encourages exploration of the expressive possibilities of representational image making. Prerequisite: ART 300.

ART 320. Advanced Printmaking, 3 credits
An advanced exploration of book and print methods and the production of multiples expanding on processes learned in earlier Book Arts classes. Additionally, elements of low-toxic processes may be included. The class will culminate in the development of a small, but cohesive body of artwork. Prerequisites: Any one of the following: ART 220, 250, 260, 290.

+ART 330. Advanced Topics, 3 credits
An investigation to the ways in which art elements, principles, and experimental processes can combine to create works of art in both two- and three-dimensional forms. Methods will include traditional and nontraditional techniques in a variety of media. For non-majors as well as majors.

+ART 340. Painting I, 3 credits
This course provides a strong foundation for the study of oil painting. A thorough understanding of the techniques, materials and concepts is developed as awareness of the medium's expressive possibilities is advanced.

ART 350. Painting II, 3 credits
This course continues the foundation study of painting. Study of technical aspects of oil painting is combined with awareness of the medium's expressive potential. Projects are designed to help develop the student's ability to work independently. Prerequisite: ART 340.

WI-ART 360. Artist's Books, 3 credits
An advanced investigation of the "book" as an artistic medium that involves students producing a number of artist's books based off of multiple genres. An in-depth analysis of contemporary book arts will be examined through presentation, research and interaction with working book artists. Prerequisites: Any one of the following: ART 220, ART 260, ART 390, or DSGN 210; and ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

ART 370. Elementary Art Methods, 2 credits
Concentrates on visual aesthetics, two- and three-dimensional arts, national and state art standards, and information useful to the elementary art teacher. Includes 25 field practicum hours.

ART 380. Secondary Art Methods, 3 credits
Concentrates on visual aesthetics, two- and three-dimensional arts, national and state art standards, and information useful to the secondary art teacher. Includes 25 field practicum hours.

ART 335, 336. Special Topics In Studio Art, 1-3 credits
Advanced, guided work in chosen medium to meet specific needs of the art major. Prerequisite: Junior/senior standing, instructor permission.

ART 390. Letterpress, 3 credits
Investigates the creative possibilities of combining traditional handset letterpress with 21st century digital technology. Students develop an awareness and appreciation for text's relationship with design and art through contemporary production, recognition of vernacular, and association of artists working in the field. Prerequisites: ART 220 or DSGN 210

ART 400. Senior Honors: Fine Arts, 1 credit
Advanced studio work in student's area of concentration. In addition to completing sufficient artwork for the senior exhibit, students will create a résumé and a statement of artistic intent. Prerequisites: Senior status and instructor permission.

ART 400. Senior Honors: Book Arts, 1 credit
Advanced studio work in student's area of concentration. In addition to completing sufficient artwork for the senior exhibit, students will create a résumé and a statement of artistic intent. Prerequisites: Senior status and instructor permission.

WI-ART 410. Professional Practices, 3 credits
This course is an overview of the working methods of the professional artist and designer. Topics may be presented by area professionals and will include: documenting and presenting work, entering shows, business operation, and gallery and museum practice. This course bridges academic knowledge and day-to-day business practice in the arts. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior status or instructor permission; and ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

WI-ART 420. Painting III, 3 credits
This course provides an opportunity for further investigation of an artistic medium. Students will work towards a more individualized style and investigate the role of content in art-making. Emphasis placed on the development of the skills necessary to convey ideas in a meaningful way. Prerequisite: ART 350, and ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

ART 430. Painting IV, 3 credits
An advanced studio course that provides students opportunity to continue work in a personal direction and professionalize their portfolio. Writing an artist statement, applying to exhibitions, residencies, and MFA programs are emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 420.

ART 440. Independent Study, 3 credits
Advanced study or research in an area agreed upon by student and instructor.

ART 499. Internship in Art, 1-3 credits
Selected areas of interest as per student career goals.

+DSGN 200. Intermediate Special Topics, 3 credits
An overview of the elements, principles, and processes essential to creating works of art in the digital realm. Methods will include traditional and contemporary techniques and may involve the incorporation of other media. For non-majors as well as majors.

DSGN 210. Computers in Art, 3 credits
An introductory course exploring ways in which the computer can be applied to the artistic process. Basic drawing, painting, photo-manipulation, and publishing techniques will be explored with an emphasis on creative methodology and image making techniques. Prerequisites: ART 100 and 200, or instructor permission.

DSGN 220. Typography, 3 credits
An extensive study of typography as an expressive form of human communication within the contexts of art, graphic design, and book arts. Students will investigate significant movements, designers, typographers, artists, creative processes, and tools for creating meaningful typographic works of art in two dimensions. Prerequisite: DSGN 210, or instructor permission.

DSGN 230. Digital Illustration, 3 credits
The fine art of communicating visually relies on strong conceptual thinking, a solid understanding of design principles, and a familiarity with a variety of tools. This course will incorporate traditional and digital art-making skills to investigate the role of illustration and illustrator in contemporary society. Topics include but are not limited to: editorial, book publishing, advertising, and self-initiated illustration. Prerequisite: DSGN 210, Co-requisite: DSGN 220, or instructor permission.

+DSGN 240. Designing Data, 3 credits
An introduction to the creative and scientific methods used to effectively interpret and communicate data in visual form-specifically charts, maps, and diagrams. Emphasis on best design practices, color theory, and typography usage. Students will learn the basics of Adobe CC Illustrator and related programs. Geared for the non-art major and beginning/novice user (Mac platform).

+DSGN 300. Advanced Special Topics, 3 credits
An advanced investigation of the elements, principles, and processes essential to creating works of art in the digital realm. Methods will include traditional and contemporary techniques and may involve the incorporation of other media. For non-majors as well as majors.

DSGN 310. Publication Design, 3 credits
This course is an advanced study of type and image as they relate to problem solving within publication design. Design methodology, creative ideation, printing processes, and production techniques are studied. Prerequisites: DSGN 220 and 230, or instructor permission.

DSGN 320. Experimental Typography, 3 credits
Advanced study of typography and letterforms as an innovative artistic medium. Creative processes and tools range from the traditional to the unexpected and the digital to the handmade in the execution of two- and three-dimensional letterforms. The culminating project involves the conceptual design and creation of an original typeface in Fontographer. Prerequisites: DSGN 220 and ART 210, or instructor permission+DSGN 300. Advanced Special Topics, 3 credits
An advanced investigation of the elements, principles, and processes essential to creating works of art in the digital realm. Methods will include traditional and contemporary techniques and may involve the incorporation of other media. For non-majors as well as majors.

WI-DSGN 330. Branding and Identity Systems, 3 credits
Graphic design research, principles, and skills are applied to projects at the professional level. Emphasis is placed on client and target audience needs, production and time constraints. Students will learn how to develop verbal and written communication skills associated with professional practices in graphic design. Written components include formal research papers, written critiques, and graphic style manuals. Prerequisites: DSGN 220 and 230, or instructor permission; and ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

DSGN 400. Senior Honors: Graphic Design, 1 credit
Advanced studio work in student's area of concentration. In addition to completing sufficient artwork for the senior exhibit, students will create a résumé and a statement of artistic intent. Prerequisites: Senior status and instructor permission.

DSGN 410. Design Studio, 3 credits
This course emulates that of a design studio. Students learn how to write contracts, interact with clients, and work on applied projects for local businesses and organizations. Open to upper-level students from a variety of disciplines. Must have excellent research, communication, and organizational skills. A willingness and ability to adapt design styles is required. Prerequisites: DSGN 220 and 230, or instructor permission.

DSGN 420. Web Design, 3 credits
An introduction to user interface design, design theory, and coding for the web. Comprehensive research, marketing, and usability strategies are applied to projects that result in working website prototypes. Prerequisites: DSGN 220 and 330, or instructor permission.

DSGN 430. Interaction Design, 3 credits
This course is an introduction to design for interactive documents and digital interfaces. The fundamentals of user experience design, user interface design, and research-based problem solving are studied. Coursework focuses on front-end design and development strategies including: analytic methods, ideation, sketching, and prototyping. Prerequisites: DSGN 220 and 230, or instructor permission.

DSGN 440. Independent Study, 3 credits
Advanced study or research in an area agreed upon by student and instructor.

DSGN 499. Internship in Design • 1-3 credits
Selected areas of interest as per student career goals.

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