Course Catalog

Students who wish to major in art may choose one of three tracks. We offer a BA that requires 30 credit hours (10 art courses), a 45 BA that requires 45 credit hours in Studio Art or a 45 credit hours in Media Arts.  The first degree is for students who intend to go into primary or secondary art education, art history, commercial photography or graphic design. The last two degrees are typically for students who plan to attend graduate school or who want a much larger concentration in an area of their choice. These  program require a special portfolio review for admission and culminates in a senior seminar and exhibition. A minor in art, either in studio art or art history, consists of five courses.

Our faculty teaches courses in graphic design, photography (digital, black/white, color), painting (watercolor, oil), sculpture, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, art education, museum studies, and art history. Honors work is available in the area of art history. We offer some scholarships each year to incoming first-year students. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as the student remains an art major and maintains a cumulative grade point average that does not drop below 2.75. Applicants are reviewed for scholarship awards from September 1 to February 1.  Submit disk containing portfolio and artist's statement to address below. 


Art History Courses

 
ART 101 Ancient to Medieval Art History 3 Cr.
A survey of art history from prehistoric times through the Gothic period. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 102 Renaissance to Modern Art History 3 Cr.
A survey of art history from the Renaissance to the 19th century. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 311/511 Topics in the Theory and History of Art 1-4 Cr.
An investigation of major periods or developments in the visual arts. Included may be historical topics such as issues in contemporary art, symbolism and global art history. Field trip. May be repeated for credit provided topics are different. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 318/518 Nineteenth Century European Art 3 Cr.
A seminar course tracing major themes in 19th century European art. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements. Prerequisite: junior standing or approval of the Chair of the Department.

ART 321/521 American Art and Architecture 3 Cr.
A survey of American painting, sculpture and the building arts, beginning with the earliest settlements in Virginia and New England. Several areas of focus will be integrated with field trips to museums and an architectural tour of landmark buildings. Emphasis will be placed on colonial and modern architecture, nineteenth century realism and romanticism and the emergence of modernism and abstraction in the twentieth century. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

 
Museum Study Courses

 ART 210 Museum Studies 3 Cr
Introduces student to the practices of museums and collection maintenance, based within the nationally-recognized Brauer Museum of Art. Students learn about the duties of the director, curator, registrar, and preparator. Study includes discussion of texts and general museum operations, exposure to careers in art museums, and meetings with professionals in the field. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.


Studio Art Courses


ART 121 Drawing 0+6, 3 Cr
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A basic course in the fundamentals of drawing and using various media. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 130 Introduction to 2D and 3D Design 0+6, 3 Cr.
An introduction to the visual language and materials used in the studio arts. Students explore both two-dimensional and three-dimensional elements and principles of organization within a work of art. Materials used may include ink, paint, collage, photomontage, wire, plaster, wood, etc. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 132 Introduction to Design and Digital Media 0+6, 3 Cr.
An introduction to the basic elements and principles of Digital Media Arts. Student learn basic familiarity in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and time-based media. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 151 Ceramics 0+6, 3 Cr.
Basic ceramic processes including wheel throwing, hand building, and coiling. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 152 Ceramics: Advanced Studies 0+6, 3 Cr.
Advanced problems in clay construction and glaze formation with opportunities for specialization. Field trip. Prerequisite: Art 151

ART 162 Photography I 0+6, 3 Cr.
Introduction to the techniques, history, and aesthetics of color photography. Each student must have a working 35mm camera. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 163 Introduction to Digital Photography 3 Cr.
Introduction to digital photography, addressing how images are made, seen, and valued. Each student must have a working digital camera. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 215 Printmaking 0+6, 3 Cr.
Students will gain a basic familiarity with the various methods of creating original prints. Whereas other forms of pictorial art focus on the creation of a unique product, printmaking is primarily about creating a matrix from which multiples can be generated. Types of printmaking covered in the class will include serigraphy or screenprinting, intaglio (specifically drypoints made using plexiglass plates), monotype, and relief. Students will learn concepts such as proofing and editioning, and will use an intaglio press for particular projects. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 221 Painting 0+6, 3 Cr.
Problems in painting in oil and other media. Emphasis on color theory and composition. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 222 Painting II 0+6, 3 Cr.
Continuation of Art 221 with increased concentration on students’ individual interests. Field trip. Prerequisite: ART 221.

ART 224 Digital Video Art 0+6, 3 Cr.
Students will create video and audio art with an emphasis on developing experimental techniques and understanding the function of time in this medium. Students will work collaboratively and independently, and observe a portion of the history and aesthetics of film, video, and audio art. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements. Prerequisite: ART 132 or consent of the Chair of the Department.

ART 227 Figure Drawing 0+6, 3 Cr.
An intermediate course in drawing from the human figure. Emphasis is placed on the unique formal, technical, and conceptual issues involved in the representation of the human form. Media used may include pencil, charcoal, conté crayon, pen, brush, or ink. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 231/Comm 230 Graphic Design I 0+6, 3 Cr.
Introduction to the principles of graphic design with emphasis placed on typographic solutions. Works are created on Macintosh computers. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.

ART 232 Graphic Design II 0+6, 3 Cr.
Advanced problems in visual communications with emphasis on design in the commercial environment. Projects will feature brand, package, and publication design and development. Field trip. Prerequisite: ART 231, COMM 230, or consent of the instructor.

ART 251 Sculpture 0+6, 3 Cr.
Problems in forming sculptural statements in various materials and techniques such as concrete casting, metal welding, wood construction, etc. Field trip. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements. Prerequisites: ART 121 and 132 or consent of the instructor.

ART 252 Sculpture: Advanced Studies 0+6, 3 Cr.
Advanced problems in sculpture processes. Field trip. Prerequisite: ART 251.

ART 262 Advanced Black and White Photography 0+6, 3 Cr.
Advanced studies in techniques, history and aesthetics of black and white photography. Medium and large formats are available. Each student must have a working 35 mm camera. Field trip. Prerequisite: ART 162.

ART 263/563 Advanced Digital Photography 0+6, 3 Cr.
Advanced studies in techniques, history and aesthetics of digital photography in camera and software applications. Each student must have a working digital camera. Field trip. Prerequisite: ART 163.

ART 285 Digital Animation 0+6, 3 Cr.
Students will be introduced to basic computer animation techniques, including three-dimensional modeling, computer drawing, and the creation of sound tracks to accompany the animation. Students may work both in collaborative and independent manners, and also observe a portion of the history of animation. Students will create small animations using a variety of software. Prerequisite: ART 132 or consent of the instructor.

ART 290 Topics in Art 3 Cr.
Specific topics based on interests of students and faculty. Topics may vary from one semester to another. May be repeated for credit if topics are different. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

ART 299/Comm 299 Multi-Media and Web Design 0+6, 3 Cr.
This course focuses on the use of the World Wide Web for communication objectives. It includes functions and operations of advanced web design software, integration of digital audio and video with web content, and individual projects. Includes online course content delivery components. Prerequisite: ART 132, COMM 110 or consent of the Chair of the Department.


Art Education Courses

ART 343 Educational Art-Methods and Materials Workshop 3 Cr.
This course provides the prospective teacher with studio experiences in the selection, organization and use of two- and three-dimensional art and craft materials. Students will learn to format lesson plans in accordance with state and national standards following the Discipline Based Art Education model. This course may not be counted toward a minimum major or a minor in Art.

ART 489 The Teaching of Visual Arts 3 Cr.(See ED 489.)
A study of the methods of teaching art in the secondary schools. This course may not be counted toward a major or minor in art. A field component is required. Field trip. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education.


Special Studies Courses

ART 335 Studio Art Thesis Planning 3 Cr.
This course is dedicated to the research, planning, documentation, and presentation of the student's proposal in preparation for the spring semester thesis project, and is required prior to acceptance into the Senior Thesis program. Prerequisite: senior status and consent of the Chair of the Department.

ART 336 Digital Media Arts Thesis Planning 3 Cr.
This course is dedicated to the research, planning, documentation, and presentation of the student's proposal in preparation for the spring semester thesis project, and is required prior to acceptance into the Senior Thesis program. Prerequisite: senior status and consent of the Chair of the Department.

ART 386 Internship 1-3 Cr.
Internships in which students work with professional art-related organizations in such areas as photography, graphic design, or with an art museum. Prerequisite: consent of department chair. Grade is S/U only.

ART 390/590 Special Studies 1-4 Cr.(Graduate Cr. 1-3).
Specialized work in the practice of art, the teaching of art and the history of art, arranged by a professor and one or more advanced students. Work in crafts, liturgical design, etc. may be included. A S/U grade option may be stipulated at the beginning of the course. May be repeated for credit. Field trip. Prerequisites: upper class major and consent of the instructor. A formal written proposal is required before registration. The proposal becomes a permanent part of the student’s file. Prerequisite for graduate students: undergraduate art major or consent of instructor.

ART 435 Senior Thesis in Studio Arts 3 Cr.
This course is an intense project-driven learning experience supervised by faculty. Students will spend an entire semester working on projects designed, presented, and approved the previous semester. Final works created during this time will be exhibited at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: ART 335, senior status, and consent of the Chair of the Department.

ART 436 Senior Thesis in Digital Arts 3 Cr.
This course is an intense project-driven learning experience supervised by faculty. Students will spend an entire semester working on projects designed, presented, and approved the previous semester. Final works created during this time will be exhibited at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: ART 336, senior status, and consent of the Chair of the Department.

ART495 Independent Study in Art 1-4 Cr.
Independent work for junior or senior level students under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

ART 497 Honors Work in Art 3 Cr.
See Honors Work

ART 498 Honors Candidacy in Art 3 Cr.
See Honors Work