Undergraduate Studio Art
Art 21000 (or equivalent) is a pre- or corequisite for all 20000-level studio courses.
Students are required to furnish their own supplies and materials for all studio courses. Many studio courses also charge a lab fee to cover the cost of additional materials. Please check the schedule of classes before registering.
10000: Introduction to the Visual Arts of the World
Concepts underlying content, formal structure and historical development of the visual arts; art as a global phenomenon from prehistory to the present; relationship of art to the natural world, the built environment, political and other human institutions, and the realm of spirituality. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10100: 2-Dimensional Design
Introduction to the principles of two dimensional concepts to explore visual vocabulary in design. Particular emphasis is made on representational and abstract aspects of composition to describe shape, structure, and space. Other design issues focus on the application of pictorial elements through pattern, texture, rhythm, balance, gravity, line, and the illusion of three-dimensional effects on two dimensional surfaces. Color principles, the interaction of color, color phenomena, and the function of color in design are closely examined. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10900: 3-Dimensional Design
An introductory course that involves process and problems of creating three dimensional forms. Concentration on concepts of spatial organization. Particular emphasis on the exploration of various materials, fabrication methods, and techniques using a variety of tools and light machinery. Focus on the formation and analysis of ideas for their interpretation as three dimensional constructions. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
21000: Writing About Art
Practice in the styles and forms of expository writing required in the arts. Readings that acquaint students with standards ofgood writing about the arts. Prereq.: English 11000 and Art 10000 or equivalent. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10200: Introduction to Drawing
Drawing emphasizing fundamentals of visual perception, representation, abstraction, and pictorial organization. Introduction to the practice and articulation of elements of drawing involving composition, armature, structure, form, volume, line, texture, value, and space. Observation and specific problems stress experimentation with a variety of drawing materials including dry and aqueous media. Various papers and drawing surfaces are also examined during the course. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
22000: Intermediate Drawing
Continuation of introductory drawing through exploration of various dry and aqueous media in black and white. Emphasis on formal concerns, drawing devices, process and expressive drawing to develop a personal visual language. Prereq.: Art 10200. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
32000: Figure Drawing
Drawing from the live model as a means to understand line, shape, form, proportion and foreshortening in the figure. Emphasis on principles of anatomy to examine bone structure and muscles. Drawing the figure includes both short poses to investigate gesture and the dynamics of the pose, and long poses with focus on creating a finished drawing by incorporating light, space and compositional devices. Experimentation with various dry and wet drawing techniques. Prereq.: Art 10200. This course may be taken as many as 4 times for credit. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10300: Introduction to Woodcut
This course will explore the fundamentals of woodblock printing. Projects presented in class will introduce students to a wide range of woodblock printing techniques: chiaroscuro, reduction printing, and multi-color printing. Woodblock printing will be discussed in relation to the history of printmaking and its relevance in contemporary art making practices. Students will examine the interrelated nature of form, process, expression, and meaning. Prereq.: Art 10100 or 10200. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10310: Introduction to Etching/Bookbinding
This course will explore fundamental etching techniques such as hard ground, aquatint and spit bite. Projects presented in class will introduce students to a wide range of mark marking and imagery. Combining different techniques will be emphasized. Some prints will be formatted for traditional and non-traditional books. Bookbinding will be introduced and various techniques will be demonstrated. Prereq: Art 10100 or 10200. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10320: Introduction to Lithography
This course will explore the fundamentals of stone and photographic lithography. Projects presented in class will introduce students to a wide range of lithographic techniques: images hand-drawn directly on the stone, multi-color printing, transferred images and printing from computer-generated outputs. Prereq: Art 10200. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
23000: Projects in Printmaking
Advanced work in various printmaking processes, methods and techniques. The use of photo, digital, and hand-derived imagery to produce work in photosilkscreen, photo-lithography and photoetching, as well as intaglio, lithography, relief printing, collagraph, silkscreen and monotype printing. Specific course content will vary semester by semester and be announced beforehand. Prereq.: Art 10300, 10400 or permission of the instructor. This course may be taken as many as four times for credit. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
Digital photography courses are listed under Electronic Design and Multimedia
10400: Introduction to Photography
Principles and fundamentals of photography as an art form. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10410: Photography and Visual Perception
In this introductory course, students use their digital cameras and the college’s lab in a hybrid, hands-on approach to creating work that expresses a personal photographic vocabulary. Students will gain an understanding of the medium by looking analytically at photographs, through critiques, workshops, demonstrations, and in readings and class discussions. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
20400: Photography II
Emphasis on the craft of photography. Problems leading to the mastery of technical skills regarding camera usage, exposure, film processing, printing and finishing. Prereq.: Art 10400. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
24010: Color Photography
Practical experience in basic techniques as well as exploration of creative directions in the field of color photography. Prereq.: Art 10400. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
The making of still photographs for use in visual communications media. The function, scope and influence of photojournalism in contemporary society. Prereq.: Art 10400. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
24030: Documentary Photography
Visual recording, by means of still photographs, of people and the products of their society. Prereq.: Art 10400. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
24050: Genres in Photography
A generic approach providing practical experience with specific content in photography: portraiture, still life, reportage, landscape and nature. Relationship of design, technique, and content. Prereq.: Art 10400. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
34000: Photo Portfolio and Projects
Advanced and individualized projects in any area of photography. Portfolio development for students specializing in photography. Group and individual critiques and reviews as well as readings and discussions to develop and hone one’s artistic vision, and to promote passionate and sustained involvement in photography as a communication medium of personal, social and cultural significance. Prereq.: Art 24000, 24010. This course may be taken as many as 4 times for credit. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
34040: Alternative Processes in Photography
Introduction to unconventional photographic processes. Exploration of historic and new methods and materials that allow extension of photographic imagery beyond the standard black and white silverprint. Experimentation with hand-made emulsions and papers, incorporation of photographic imagery into new and varied contexts such as drawings, paintings and books. Prereq.: Art 24000, 24010 or permission of the instructor. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
34060: Studio Photography and Lighting
Emphasis on developing a studio sensibility. Exploration of various lighting systems such as tungsten and quartz, studio and portable flash, natural light, and mixed sources. We will address the artistic and technical problems associated with portraiture, still life, and product photography. Use of hand-held meters, flash meters, lighting accessories, filters, and an introduction to the view camera. Prereq.: Art 24000, 24010 and permission of the instructor. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
34070: Large Format Photography
An introduction to the large format view camera as used in fine art and commercial photography. A studio course covering fundamental camera movements, perspective controls and optics selection, applied lighting set-ups, metering and exposure calculation procedures, and specialized film processing and printing skills. Students will get hands-on experience with the 4x5 inch camera, while fostering a studio sensibility through the development of skills and techniques unique to large format photography. The course will introduce students to another way of seeing by exploring the special properties inherent in large format, while working in a professional, studio environment. Prereq.: Art 24000. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10500: Introduction to Painting
The medium of oil painting as related to visual perception and composition. Exploration of traditional and non-traditional approaches to painting. Emphasis on materials, color mixing, and technical implications in the process of painting. Prereq.: Art 10200. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
25000: Projects in Painting
Exploration of problems in painting in representational and nonrepresentational approaches. Emphasis on painting from direct observation, personal concepts and solutions to assigned projects. The course focuses on formal concerns including color mixing, value, color interaction, composition and problems of pictorial space. Studies and medium size paintings will investigate the overlapping relationships of painting and drawing. Experimentation with materials, techniques and various alternatives in the handling of paint. Prereq.: Art 10500. This course may be taken up to 4 times for credit. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
Continued experience with aqueous media, both transparent and opaque, including applications to other areas of artistic expression. Prereq.: Art 10100. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10600: Introduction to Sculpture
The problems of sculpture as related to visual perception and composition. 3hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10800: Introduction to Wood Design
Introduction to woodworking. Basic construction techniques and the proper use of hand and power tools. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
26000: Projects in Sculpture
The principles of visual communication and expression in sculpture. The sculptural idea will be taken through the necessary paces from doodle to final presentation. The course aims to provide an environment that encourages students to explore these ideas through research, process and materials. The students will be exposed to historical and contemporary precedence in art making and are taught to think independently to gain an understanding of a wide range of sculptural concerns. The course will revolve around traditional and contemporary methods of fabrication such as welding, carving, and construction as well as the use of alternative materials such as concrete, polystyrene, etc. Prereq.: Art 10600. This course may be taken as many as 4 times for credit. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
28000: Projects in Wood Design
Continuation of Introduction to Wood Design. Emphasis on development and construction of more sophisticated designs. Advanced woodworking techniques. Prereq.: Art 10800. This course may be taken as many as 4 times for credit. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10700: Introduction to Ceramic Design
Principles of ceramics as an art form, introducing handbuilding methods such as slab, coil, and pinching to create ceramic forms. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
10710: Architectural Ceramics
Architectural ceramics is the use of clay to make structural and decorative elements for the built environment. This course is an introduction to basic skills and techniques of ceramics—pinchpot, coil, and slab as taught through the prism of architectural tiles and decorative units. There are field and museum trips to see firsthand the rich multicultural history of ceramic tile and ornament. Provides students with hands-on experience making single and multiple forms. Learn how to make and use plaster press molds, plaster slipcasting molds, and the extruder. Form making, kiln firing and glazing are covered in this alternate way of exploring the special plastic properties of clay. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
27000: Projects in Ceramic Design
A course that introduces throwing on the potter’s wheel, glazing and kiln firing. Slide presentations, films, demonstrations and critiques, with emphasis on individual projects and the development of a personal approach to clay. Students are expected to participate in kiln loading and firing of their work. Prereq.: Art 10700. This course may be taken as many as 4 times for credit. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
37000: Clay and Glazes
The study of the raw materials used in the ceramic process to formulate clay bodies and glazes. A lecture and laboratory course which will give students the basic knowledge necessary to mix their own glazes and clay bodies. Prereq.: Art 27000. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
Electronic Design And Multimedia
29500: Typography I
Type as abstract structure and its relation to problems of graphic communication. Application of typographic design in the creation of posters, brochures, magazine and book design, print ads and packaging. Prereq.: Art 10100. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
29510: Graphic Design Concepts
Exploring the relationship of image and type in graphic design, with emphasis on developing conceptual and visualization skills. Design and imaging using traditional tools and technology in projects ranging from the development of graphic icons to the design of promotional materials. Prereq.: Art 10100. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
Aspects of contemporary illustration in various media. Projects in editorial (book, magazine), advertising (product, technical), and promotional (poster) illustration. Pre- or coreq.: Art 10100 or Art 12100. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
29526: Computer Imaging and Illustration
Electronic illustration and image processing with an overview of approaches from painting to montage. Exploring imaging techniques through the use of masks, channels, filters and special effects. Issues of color management, color correction, resolution, and printing. Prereq.: Art 10100 and 29520. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
29530: Digital Photography I
Introduction to digital photographic practices. Technical concerns and aesthetic issues of digital image capture and digital photo manipulation and output/display. Exploration of contemporary digital photography and student concept development through the digital photographic process. Prereq.: Art 10400 or permission of the instructor. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
39500: Typography II
A continuation of Typography I. This course will focus more closely on the expert usage of type in all forms of graphic design. Students will learn to create powerful graphic statements using the diverse properties of typographic expression. Emphasis on communication systems, cohesive identity packages, logo development and publication design with orderly, logical and aesthetically appropriate typographic usage. Various projects will explore enhancing comprehension through intelligent use of typographic levels of emphasis. Prereq.: Art 29500. 3 hr./3 cr.
39510: Electronic Design I
Design for print media with special focus on page layout, integration of text and graphic illustration, and corporate identity systems. Use of the computer as a design and production tool, with an introduction to vector and raster-based software for design and illustration. Prereq.: Art 29500 and 29510. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
39512: Print Production
Investigation of print production for graphic design, from concept to execution. Development of concepts from initial visualization to comprehensives to mechanicals for black and white and color printing. Exploration of systems for page layout (such as the grid system) and other approaches to the design of visual information. Overview of special techniques in printing including embossing, die-cuts and paper selection. Prereq.: Art 39510. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
39530: Digital Photography II
This course builds on the concepts and skills learned in Art 29530. A further examination of conceptual and technical concerns surrounding digital photography. Prereq.: Art 29530. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
39540: Design for the World Wide Web I
Interface design, information structuring and interactivity for the World Wide Web. Sites will be examined from the perspective of design, utility and interactivity. Development of HTML documents and images, design and prototype testing of a logical hierarchical information structure. Students will work individually and in teams, and develop an actual site. Prereq.: Art 29500 and 29526. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
39542: Web Animation
This course explores tools and techniques for animation and the design of interactive experience for the Web. Exploration of traditional animation techniques (frame-byframe animation and tweening) and the development of code-based animation and interactivity. Projects in visual communication for the Web incorporating text, audio, and moving images controlled via Actionscript. Prereq.: Art 39540. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
39550: Multimedia Design I
Introduction to creative and production techniques of media integration and multimedia. Topics include sprite and frame based animation, screen and interface design, and interactive system design. Special emphasis will be placed on working with sound, animation and video in both linear and non-linear formats. Basic elements of scripting and programming for developing interactive projects will also be covered. Prereq.: Art 29500 and 29526. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
39560: Digital Video
This course provides an introduction to digital motion graphics and desktop video on the Macintosh. We will survey a variety of imaging techniques through the history of video as an art form, and learn how to apply these modes of visual thinking to our own projects. This course will provide practical experience in design and production of Quicktime-based digital video and motion graphics using a variety of software, especially Adobe After Effects. Prereq.: Art 29526 or 29530. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
39570: 3-Dimensional Computer Imaging and Animation I: Foundation
This course provides students with a solid foundation in both the creative and technical aspects of 3-Dimensional image creation on the computer. Topics include 3-Dimensional modeling, animating, lighting, shading, texturing, camera composition and rendering techniques. Both still image and animation will be covered. In addition to discussing a range of 3-Dimensional software programs, this course will explore the role of 2-Dimensional drawing and painting programs in the creation of 3-Dimensional image environments. The role of 3-Dimensional imaging in film, design, multimedia art, and electronic gaming will also be discussed. Prereq.: Art 29526. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
49510: Electronic Design II
Continuation of Electronic Design I. Investigation of contemporary design styles and exploration of issues in typography and information design through advanced projects in publication design and graphic illustration. Prereq.: Art 39510. 3 hr./wk., 3 cr.
49518: Design & Publishing Projects
An advanced exploration of the creative and production process for print media, organized around a semester-long group collaboration. The chosen project, executed in consultation with a guest designer, will explore the intersection of original text and image. It will proceed from research through imaging and printing, and result in a single issue publication or other printed matter. Interdisciplinary collaborations will be encouraged. Prereq.: Art 49510 or permission of the instructor. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
49540: Design for the World Wide Web II
This course provides students who already have a solid foundation in web design an opportunity to extend their web skills to include scripting and interactivity, audio, video and animation over the web and sophisticated data handling and processing. In addition, the course will look at other multimedia environments on the Internet, such as the Palace, video conferencing, and audio tools. Prereq.: Art 39540. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
49550: Multimedia Design II
This course provides students who already have a solid foundation in multimedia design an opportunity to extend their skills in scripting and interactivity, controlling digital audio and video, and creating finished CD-ROMs. The course will focus on the development of a fully integrated and mastered CD-ROM of students’ projects. Prereq.: Art 39550. 3 hr./wk., 3 cr.
49558: Multimedia Projects
This course is an advanced exploration of the creation process for interactive multimedia, organized around a semester-long group collaboration. This chosen project, produced in collaboration with a guest artist/designer, will explore the intersections of sound, image, animation, and interactivity. The project will proceed from research through design and production, up to integration, programming, and distribution of a CD-ROM, web site, or other multimedia form. Interdisciplinary collaborations will be encouraged. Prereq.: Art 39550. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
49570: 3-Dimensional Computer Imaging and Animation II: Animation and Visual Effects
This advanced course builds upon the skills learned in 3-Dimensional Computer Imaging and Animation I. The class will focus on animation techniques and applying visual effects to scenes using dynamics. Topics include traditional and procedural animation, creating visual effects using particle systems and emitters, creating dynamic environments using physicsbased properties, camera rigging and advanced rendering techniques. Importing and exporting relevant file formats will also be explored. Prereq.: Art 39570. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
49590: Electronic Design Portfolio
Advanced projects and portfolio evaluation for students planning a career in graphic design or illustration. Exploration of graphic presentation techniques to create highly finished comps; introduction to the business of graphic design, career resources and business practices. Portfolio preparation for the student’s area of specialization; practical experience in making portfolio presentations; creation of selfpromotion materials. Prereq.: Three 30000-level and two 40000-level EDM courses. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
49598: Senior Thesis
Advanced design seminar in which students develop a sustained individual project in a major area of concentration (print, Internet, multimedia). This semester-long project is designed to encourage extended development and the synthesis of communication skills and related design disciplines. Additionally, collateral promotion and presentation materials will be created to support the project. The final requirement for graduation, the thesis project will be presented in an exhibition and in oral presentation to faculty and invited critics. Prereq.: completion of all major requirements for the BFA. 6 hr./wk.; 6 cr.
Advanced courses in Studio Art
(Permission of the Instructor only)
31501-31510: Selected Topics in Studio Art
Advanced study in selected subjects outside of the regular curriculum. Course announcements will be made in the preceding semester. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
32098-39598: Internships and Fieldwork
Credit is available to advanced students for internships and fieldwork in cooperation with commercial and industrial firms, museums and galleries, and governmental agencies. Students can register for specialized internships based on the area of study. Permission of instructor and chair required. 3 cr. each. No more than 6 credits accepted.
32099-39599: Independent Study in Studio Art
Independent study in art under staff guidance. Three previous courses (or equivalent) in area of study chosen and permission of instructor and Chair required for admission. 3 cr. each. No more than 9 cr. accepted.
31591-31593: Honors I-III in Studio Art
Critical Issues in Studio ARt
21510: Art and Protest
This course offers the opportunity to reflect upon the relationship between art and activism by applying, in students’ own creative work, critical tools and methods generated by contemporary theory and social history. While art is often perceived as unrelated to and independent of politics and social history, this course will examine how these underlying contexts affect aesthetics. Many artists have resisted traditional and conventional approaches to art in order to inform us of the existence of other perspectives, histories and voices. Through creative projects and the exposure to other artists’ works, readings and films, this course will explore the realities within which images are made. Some of many questions for contemplation and discussion include: What is taste and how is it acquired? Who is responsible for the writing of our history? What is the relationship between money and art history? To what extent do artists simply parrot traditional values in their work? What outlets are available for activist artists? Have alternative aesthetics and radical activities challenged the writing of mainstream representation? How can artists define a political/activist position, and what responsibility do they bear in making images? Prereq.: Art 10000, 21000, and at least two studio art courses. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
39590: Critical Issues in Design, Technology and New Media
Seminar exploring the visual language of image and typography and its function in mass communications; the syntax of video, audio and interactive works; and the aesthetic and social challenges raised in design for print, time-based media and telecommunications. The seminar will provide students with a thorough grounding in technology-related issues through selected readings and discussion. Prereq.: Art 21067 or 21068 or related 20000-level Art History course. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.