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Students in the Art Department prepare for a life-long involvement in the arts by developing artistic and technical skills, aesthetic judgment, critical thinking, and historical understanding.

The Art Department offers four concentrations, each conferring a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art: Book Arts, Painting, Graphic Design, and Art Education. The History Department also offers a minor in Art History.

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

 

+ART 100. Drawing Introduction 3 credits
A course in the basics of the visual language as expressed in drawing. Students initially draw from direct observation using a variety of media. Lessons progress to increasingly expressive interpretations of content. Concentration on pictorial composition and technical fluency.

+ART 200. Calligraphy for non-majors 3 credits
An introductory study of Root Alphabets of Western calligraphy, utilizing shaded writing implements such as steel and felt-tipped pens, and brushes for writing and lettering. An understanding of page design is developed as letterforms, page decoration and illumination are combined. Intended for non-art majors.

+ART 201. Studio Fundamentals: Painting 3 credits
Basic painting principles are investigated using the tools and techniques of tempera, acrylic and watercolor paints. Paintings are created from both observation and imagination. Studies include the value scale, color theory, and color interaction. Intended for non-art majors.

+ART 203. Studio Fundamentals: 2-D Design 3 credits
This course provides the foundation for working in 2 dimensions. A primary objective of the class is for students to appreciate and experience the many levels of organization relevant to creating successful artwork. In this course the basic elements of design are studied. Line, shape, color and composition are isolated, analyzed and experimented with and appreciated for their communicative power. The course provides an investigation of the ways abstraction delivers meaning. Corequisite: ART 100.

ART 205. Studio Fundamentals: Computers in Art 3 credits
An introductory course dealing with the 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. Prerequisite: ART 100, 203.

+WI-ART 207. Studio Fundamentals: Drawing 3 credits
An exploration of the expressive possibilities of representational image making. Special emphasis on the physical effects of light, linear perspective, elementary figure composition and the creation of narrative. Prerequisite: ART 100.

+ART 208. Studio Fundamentals: 3-D 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 expressive nature of materials. Prerequisite: ART 100. Corequisite: ART 203 or instructor's permission.

ART 210. Graphic Design I 3 credits
Design theory, and the creative process come together to add purpose and meaning to a variety of visual communications. Fundamentals of layout and typography are explored. Prerequisites: ART 203, 205 and 207.

+ART 220. Introduction to Printmaking 3 credits
This class is an exploration of Monotypes, Relief and Intaglio printmaking techniques using both one color and multi-color applications. During the class we will examine the processes and concepts of these techniques and the artists who employ them. All assignments will be discussed in class and supported with Power Point lectures, presentation of physical prints, demonstrations on material usage, technique demos & critiques.

+ART 231. Photography I - Digital for non-majors 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, scanning, color theory, basic image adjustment, file management and printing. Intended for non-art majors.

+ART 232. Photography I - Digital for Art Majors 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, scanning, color theory, basic image adjustment, file management and printing.

+ART 233. Photography I - Film 3 credits
Beginning course in black & white photography. Student will use their own camera (35mm manually operated SLR) as a creative tool for personal investigation and storytelling. Film exposure and development, print enlargement and basic pictorial composition are covered. Color use will be briefly introduced.

+ART 234. Photography II 3 credits
Advanced course for students with experience in basic photography. This course is an exploration of the technical and conceptual intricacies of photography as a medium for social expression and communication. Student will develop an understanding of photography on both commercial and artistic levels. Aspects of photographic art direction and photojournalism are explored. Prerequisite: ART 232 or 233 or permission of instructor.

+ART 303. Figure Composition and Anatomy 3 credits
Figure Composition is designed as an intensive study of the human form. 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. The course emphasizes working from life. Prerequisites: ART 203, 207.

+ART 304. Figure Drawing 3 credits
Figure Drawing provides advanced study of the posed human figure and its expressive potential. Experimentation with a variety of media, techniques and concepts expands awareness of the wide stylistic range of figuration. Prerequisites: ART 203, 207, 303.

ART 306. Illustration 3 credits
Study of the uses of drawing, painting and other media in various areas of communication design. Emphasis on creative narrative interpretations, personal style development and professional practices. Techniques, contexts and major practitioners, past and present, are explored. Two or more of the following prerequisites: ART 201, 205, 303, 307, 330 and junior/senior standing or permission of instructor.

ART 307. Advanced Printmaking 3 credits
An exploration of lithographic and screen-printing techniques that incorporate single and multi-color printing. Studio experiences are designed to elevate understanding in the processes of printmaking, the creation of multiples and conceptual development. A strong emphasis on historical perspectives and contemporary approaches further develop each student's personal style. Prerequisites: 203, 207, 220.

ART 310. Graphic Design II 3 credits
Advanced study of type and image applied to multiple-page documents and three-dimensional forms as they relate to problem solving within professional practice. Design methodology, 4-color process and production techniques are studied. Prerequisites: ART 207, 210, and ART 232 or 233.

ART 311 Typography 3 credits
Study of the historical and practical applications of hand-executed letterforms, digital typesetting, typographic layout & grid systems, and the use of type as an expressive form of visual communication. Prerequisites: Art 210 or permission of instructor.

ART 330. Painting I 3 credits
Painting I is designed to provide 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. Prerequisites: ART 100.

+ART 331. Painting II 3 credits
Painting II, continues the foundation study of painting. Study of technical aspects of oil painting is combined with awareness of the medium's expressive potential. Prerequisite: ART 330.

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 337. New Processes in Printmaking 3 credits
This class is an exploration of image-making methods and production of multiples using non-silver, low toxic methods. Processes include, but are not limited to: cyanotype, gel transfers, photo-intaglio, photo-lithography and pinhole photography. Alternative printing surfaces such as fabric, wood and glass will be investigated. Prerequisites: Art 203, 205, 220.

ART 338 Letterpress Printmaking 3 credits
This is an introduction course to Letterpress Printmaking. The student will develop an awareness of Handset Lead Type, Wood Type and printing from Photo-Polymer Plates. Technical information regarding several types of presses as well as a detailed vocabulary regarding the vernacular of the print studio will be addressed. Students will learn important elements regarding typography and the utilization of type and image in relationship to color and creative page placement. Prerequisites: Art 220.

ART 340. Elementary Art Methods 3 credits
Concentrates on visual aesthetics, 2 and 3 dimensional arts, national and state art standards, and other information useful to the elementary art teacher. Includes 25 field practicum hours.

ART 342. Secondary Art Methods 4 credits
Concentrates on visual aesthetics, 2 and 3 dimensional arts, national and state art standards, and information useful to the secondary art teacher. Includes 25 field practicum hours.

WI-ART 360. Art of the Book I 3 credits
An introductory exploration into the history of the book, experimentation of a dozen bookbinding methods, the creation of several "artist's books" and the expansion of conceptual attitudes towards the book as a work of art. Additional processes such as pop-ups, marbling and papermaking will be demonstrated and discussed. The student will be responsible for creating a number of Artist's Books and binding examples as well as contacting and interviewing a current book artist. Prerequisites: Art 220 and any one of the following: 205, 307, 337, or 311.

WI-ART 361. Art of the Book II 3 credits
This course provides an opportunity for further investigation of the book as an artistic medium. Students will work on a book or books that can be produced in a large edition. Advanced Bookbinding methods will be studied and an in-depth study of contemporary book arts will be examined through presentation, research and interaction with working book artists. Prerequisites: Art 205, 220, 360 and any one (1) of the following 307, 337, or 311.

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 resume, statement of artistic intent. Prerequisite: ART 431 and acceptance of Honors application.

ART 401. 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 resume, statement of artistic intent. Prerequisite: ART 410 and acceptance of Honors application.

ART 402. 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 resumé, statement of artistic intent. Prerequisite: ART 360 and acceptance of Honors application.

ART 403. Professional Practices 3 credits
An overview of contemporary working methods of the professional artist or designer. Topics are those relevant to commercial and fine art, including: documenting and presenting work, entering shows, business operation, interviews, grant writing, and gallery and museum practice. This course bridges academic knowledge and day-today business practice in the arts. Contexts of art making, publishing, and selling will be explored. The course will culminate in the completion of a professional resumé, artist's biography, artist's statement, grant proposal, and portfolio. Prerequisite: Junior/senior status or permission of department chair.

WI-ART 410. Graphic Design III 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 with production and time constraints. Prerequisite: ART 310.

ART 411 Web Design 3 credits
Exploration of web interface design, usability, and design theory for the onscreen viewing of dynamic content. Comprehensive research, marketing, and user testing strategies are applied to projects that result in working website prototypes. Basics of HTML and CSS are studied. Prerequisite: Art 310.

WI-ART 430. 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. Prerequisites: ART 330, 331.

ART 431. Painting IV 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. Prerequisites: ART 430.

ART 499. Internship in Art 1-4 credits
Junior or senior level art students work to gain practical experience in the fields of commercial and fine art. Prerequisites: Junior or senior art major status and permission of advisor. Pass/No pass course. 

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