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Visual Arts Curriculum

Visual Arts Curriculum

Core Requirements for
Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Art History Tracks

 

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Core Requirements for Visual Arts Majors

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts may choose from among two tracks: Studio Art or Graphic Design.

The Studio Art and Graphic Design tracks consist of 33 core and 9 ARTS elective credit hours, for a total of 42 credit hours.  Each track also has non-ARTS elective requirements, as indicated in the chart below.

Number

Title

Studio Art

Graphic Design

Art History

ARTS 100 Visual Literacy
ARTS 101 Two-Dimensional Fundamentals
ARTS 102 Drawing I
★ 102 or 103
(☆)
ARTS 103 Painting I
ARTS 104 Graphic Design I
 
ARTS 105 Art History Survey I
ARTS 106 Art History Survey II
ARTS 200 Drawing II
 
ARTS 201 Painting II
ARTS 202 Graphic Design II
 
ARTS 203 Figure Drawing
ARTS 204 Digital Photography
ARTS 205 Web Design
 
ARTS 206 Film-Based Photography
ARTS 207 Three-Dimensional Art
ARTS 317 Modern Art

★ 6 hours
from 317, 318,
319, and 325 (☆)

ARTS 318 Contemporary Art
ARTS 319 Special Topics in Visual Studies
ARTS 325 Rome: Art, Culture, History Eternal City
ARTS 401 Directed Study in Studio Art I
   
ARTS 402 Directed Study in Graphic Design I  
 
ARTS 403 Art History Seminar I    
ARTS 404 Directed Study in Studio Art II
   
ARTS 405 Directed Study in Graphic Design II  
 
ARTS 406 Art History Seminar II    
  Visual Arts Core Requirements
33 hours
33 hours
27*
  ARTS Electives
9 hours
9 hours
6 hours
  Totals by Track
42 hours
42 hours
33 hours
  Non-ARTS Elective(s)
3 hours
3 hours
12 hours

=Core Requirement; =Required Elective; (☆)=Fulfills ARTS Elective Requirement, if not used for core.
*Of the 27 hours of core requirements in the Art History track, 6 hours must be derived from 300-level Art History electives.

Curriculum for Visual Arts Minors

Students may also opt to obtain minors in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and/or Art History.

Number

Title

Studio Art

Graphic Design

Art History

ARTS 100 Visual Literacy
ARTS 101 Two-Dimensional Fundamentals
 
ARTS 102 Drawing I
   
ARTS 104 Graphic Design I  
 
ARTS 105 Art History Survey I    
ARTS 106 Art History Survey II    
ARTS 202 Graphic Design II  
 
  ARTS Electives
12 hours
9 hours
9 hours
  Totals by Track
21 hours
21 hours
18 hours

Visual Arts Course Descriptions

ARTS 100 (3)
Visual Literacy:  How to “Read” Art and Culture
This course introduces students to the skills necessary to understanding/decoding the language of visual imagery (art, design, film, television, digital imaging, advertising, etc.).  Students will learn how to respond to visual culture from the perspectives of spectator, critic, and creator.  Written and oral assignments will cultivate student understanding of visual culture while stressing parallels between visual, textual, and oral communication.

 ARTS 101 (3)
Two-Dimensional Fundamentals
An introduction to the aesthetic and practical arts, this course acquaints students with basic 2-D principles (i.e. line, shape, texture, value, color theory, composition, etc.) and basic 2-D art procedures (i.e. drawing, painting, design).

ARTS 102 (3)
Drawing I
 PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 101
Students interested in visual communication through drawing (constructive and natural procedures, perspective, rendering, and composition) are introduced to areas of visual and creative expression in order to develop necessary skills in the process of self-expression.
 
ARTS 103 (3)
 Painting I
 RECOMMENDED:  ARTS 102
This course introduces students to techniques of painting (specifically oil) for creative expression and for necessary skills in the procedures of method and interpretive studio art.
 
ARTS 104 (3)
Graphic Design I
 PREREQUESITE:  ARTS 100 and 101
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of graphic design including typography, layout, image acquisition, image editing, color theory and production from concept to publish through the use of the latest publishing software tools.  Projects will be published through various media via repurposing of content for use in print, the web, and multimedia.  This course will provide a working knowledge of how various software applications including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat, among others, are used together to create professional printed and digital content.  This course is well suited for those interested in Art & Design, Marketing & Communications, Business, and Information Technologies.  Cross-listed with CPSC 210.
 
ARTS 105 (3)
Art History Survey I
This course covers chronologically all major Western art periods and movements in painting, sculpture, and architecture from Prehistoric Art to Gothic Art.  The goals of the course include understanding, enjoying, and appreciating the creative arts as they have come down through the ages.
 
ARTS 106 (3)
Art History Survey II
PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 105
          This course continues the survey of major Western art periods and movements from approximately the Renaissance to Modern Art.
 
ARTS 200 (3)
Drawing II
PREREQUISITES:  ARTS 102
Students will expand upon skills and knowledge learned in ARTS 102 to further investigate and develop drawing processes that reflect a more focused approach to technical refinement and conceptual issues.  
 
ARTS 201 (3)
Painting II
PREREQUISITES:  ARTS 103
Students will expand upon skills and knowledge learned in ARTS 103 to further investigate and develop painting processes that reflect a more focused approach to technical refinement and conceptual issues.
 
ARTS 202 (3)
Graphic Design II
PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 104
This course is a continuation of ARTS 104.  Students will apply previously learned technical approaches and concepts to the production of designs that demonstrate a more directed approach to one’s design methodology.  Business practices will also be covered in this course.
 
ARTS 203 (3)
Figure Drawing
PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 200
This course will focus on drawing the nude human figure from life.  Students will be trained in traditional, academic approaches to rendering human anatomy with accuracy.   
 
ARTS 204 (3)
Digital Imaging
This course is intended for students who are interested in applying current digital imaging technologies to fine art photography.  Through the use of flat-bed scanners, digital cameras, as well as “traditional” photographic methods, students will create works of art that reflect the plurality of image-making in the digital age.
 
ARTS 205 (3)
Web Design
Students will be introduced to fundamental approaches to creating web-based designs that are intended to disseminate global information.  This course will primarily focus on the creation of web sites using Dreamweaver, Flash, and other current software packages.
 
ARTS 206 (3)
Introduction to Photography
This course is an exploration of photography as an artistic medium.  The student will become proficient with the camera, and will gain the technical knowledge of processing film and printing the negative.  The work of past and present photographers will be explored.  The course will also emphasize the visual language of photography through an understanding and implementation of the visual elements of photographic design.  Students must provide their own cameras.
 
ARTS 207 (3)
Three-Dimensional Art
An introductory course designed to explore several areas of positive and negative sculptural and structural art forms.  Studies in three-dimensional drawings, bas-relief, 3-D structures, and free-standing forms are expressed with paper, wood, clay, soap and other related materials.
 
ARTS 208 (3)
Ceramics
This course is designed to familiarize students with traditional approaches to the creation of ceramic art.  Students will be instructed in basic hand-building and wheel techniques, firing, and glazing.
 
ARTS 315 (3)
Art and Literature in World Cultures I
This course explores the ways that art and literature express the values, issues, and day-to-day realities of people throughout the world.  Students will explore historical relationships to the art and literature of cultures that include the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.  
 
ARTS 316 (3)
Art and Literature in World Cultures II
This course is a continuation of ARTS 315.  
 
ARTS 317 (3)
Modern Art
PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 106
This course explores works of art created in Europe and America from the middle of the 19th Century to 1945.
 
ARTS 318 (3)
Contemporary Art
PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 317
This course explores works of art created after World War II to the present.
 
ARTS 319 (3)
Special Topics in Visual Studies
PREREQUISITES:  ARTS 106, 200, 201, and 202, or permission of the instructor
This special topics course provides upper-level students with the opportunity for a more focused and in-depth investigation of specific techniques/trends/movements in Art History, Studio Art, or Graphic Design that may or may not be covered extensively in other Visual Studies courses.  The focus of this course varies and is dependent upon track rotation.  Course content also varies and will be determined by the instructor.
 
ARTS 325 (3)
Rome:  The Art, Culture, and History of the Eternal City
PREREQUISITES:  HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 115, a course in art or religious studies, or permission of instructor
          This course explores several aspects of Rome’s ancient, medieval, and modern culture, with specific attention to the city’s secular and religious history, and its artistic tradition and heritage.  The course includes a study trip to Rome.  Cross-listed with HIST 325 and THEO 325.
 
ARTS 326 (3)
Visual Art Practices for Educators
This course will prepare Education students to apply manual artistic practices (2-D, 3-D, digital, photography, sculpture) and art history to elementary and secondary pedagogical approaches.   (cross-listed with Education)
 
ARTS 401 (3)
Directed Study in Studio Art I
PREREQUISITES:  ARTS 200 and 201, or permission of the instructor
This course is for students who wish to further their artistic practice in an area of particular interest (drawing, painting, and/or sculpting) under the direction of the art instructor.
 
ARTS 402 (3)
Directed Study in Graphic Design I
PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 202
This course is for students who wish to further their design practice in an area of particular interest (graphic design, web design, etc.) under the direction of the design instructor.
 
ARTS 403 (3)
Art History Seminar I
 PREREQUISITES:  ARTS 203, 317, and 318
This course is for students who wish to further their study of art history in an area of particular interest under the direction of the instructor.
 
 ARTS 404 (3)
Directed Study in Studio Art II
PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 401
This is a continuation course for students who wish to further their artistic practice in an area of particular interest (drawing, painting, and/or sculpting) under the direction of the art instructor.
 
ARTS 405 (3)
Directed Study in Graphic Design II
PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 402
This is a continuation course for students who wish to further their design practice in an area of particular interest (graphic design, web design, etc.) under the direction of the design instructor.
 
ARTS 406 (3)
Art History Seminar II
PREREQUISITE:  ARTS 403
This is a continuation course for students who wish to further their study of art history in an area of particular interest under the direction of the instructor.