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ART 1105 - Introduction to Art ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Introduces students to different media and processes in studio art, reviews major movements in art history and introduces terminology to discuss art processes and products.


ART 1107 - Photography I ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Introduction to black and white photography: basic camera operation, film and print development, exposure and photo history and aesthetics. Students will also learn about photojournalism and digital photography. A 35 mm manual camera is required. The student must purchase film and paper.

Crosslist Course: CTA 1107


ART 1120 - Drawing I ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Develops the student’s sense of familiarity and ease with drawing materials as well as his/her sense of perception, which goes beyond the limitations of habit. It also explores subjective approaches to subject matter. Traditional situations and materials form the basis of the course.


ART 1124 - Basic Design ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Studies the elements and the principles of design and their application to fine art and commercial art. Various media are used to experiment with both two- and three-dimensional structures.


ART 1126 - Modern Art History ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Examines works of art produced during the 20th century, starting in 1870 with the art of the Impressionists. Focus on analyzing how artists’ subjects and styles are shaped by and express opinions about historical events, social ideologies and theoretical issues in visual culture. Investigate how works of art functioned within their time, as well as their relevance to how we perceive art currently. While Art History typically is explored by the use of images, lectures and reading, this course will also delve into the subject using group discussions, videos, and hands-on activities which may include field trips and guest speakers.


ART 1777 - Topics in Art - 0-4 cr.
Courses not a part of the regular curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity.


ART 2041 - 2D Digital Design ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Focuses on use of software to create original artwork and manipulate digitized photographic images. Software tools and techniques are demonstrated. Principles of design are illustrated. Evaluation is based on originality, aesthetics, mastery of technique and overall effectiveness. No prerequisite; CIS 1105; ART 1124; and/or ART 1107 recommended.

Crosslist Courses: CIS 2041, CTA 2041


ART 2121 - Painting I ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Explores painting both as a practical application of a tool for Art-making as well as addressing its historical applications as an art form. Examines color, form, composition, and expression, enables further personal expression with paint.


ART 2122 - Color Theory ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
An introductory study course to train students to understand and be more sensitive to the perception and use of color. A combination of lecture, projects and experiments explores color pigment and physics of color. ART 1124 recommended.


ART 2125 - Print Making ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
An introduction to the study of the basic elements and techniques of printing. Linoleum block, woodcut and other media are used to experiment with a variety of printing processes. ART 1120 and/or ART 1124 recommended.


ART 2201 - The Film as Art ( VIII ) - 4 cr.
Traces the evolution of nonfiction (documentary) and fiction film forms from 1895 to the present; summarizes research describing persuasive effects by means of lecture, screenings, assigned readings and oral presentations.

Crosslist Course: CTA 2201


ART 2204 - American Indian Art & Music ( I, VIII ) - 4 cr.
The meaning and development of American Indian art forms. Expressions in symbolic form of Indian philosophy and religion are presented. The course involves a study of the traditional and contemporary forms of American Indian music, including local and alternative music.

Crosslist Course: INS 2204


ART 2207 - Photography II - 4 cr.
Exploration of the zone system for 35mm and various black and white print and film processes including infrared and kodalith stocks, print toning and other special effects. Students will also work with studio lighting and view cameras and become familiar with both fine art and commercial studio photography aesthetics and practices.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 1107, CTA 1107


ART 2220 - Drawing II - 2 cr.
Advances technical drawing skill, expands awareness of drawing processes and purposes and develops individual expression through drawings. Color is introduced. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or consent of instructor.

Prerequisite Course: ART 1120


ART 2221 - Painting II ( VIII ) - 2 cr.
Concentrates on using acrylic to explore painting technique. Students experiment with subject matter, color, space and composition in a traditional form. Prerequisite: ART 2121 or consent of instructor.

Prerequisite Course: ART 2121


ART 2307 - Digital Photography - 4 cr.
Introductory course to digital image making. Students work with digital SLR cameras and the latest photographic software to produce an entirely digital portfolio. Composition and visual aesthetics are emphasized. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the school.

Crosslist Course: CTA 2307


ART 2420 - Beginning Life Drawing - 2 cr.
Develops basic skills in observational life drawing, through studying and learning to draw the human skeleton, the muscular structure, and physical model.


ART 2777 - Topics in Art - 0-4 cr.
Courses not a part of the regular curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity.


ART 3041 - Publication Design - 4 cr.
Principles of design for print materials include the use of space in layout, type selection, copy fitting and familiarity with printing processes. Use of the computer and desktop publishing, as tools in the design process, will be investigated.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 2041, CIS 2041, CTA 2041

Crosslist Courses: CIS 3041, CTA 3041


ART 3241 - Graphic Design - 4 cr.
In this course students will apply the fundamentals covered in CTA 2041. Students will learn to apply these through exploration of typography, photography and illustration in graphic design from inception through to pre-press. A strong emphasis is placed on layout, hierarchy, advertising design, branding, visual identity systems and integration of concepts with visual elements.

Crosslist Courses: CIS 3241, CTA 3241


ART 3321 - Advanced Painting - 2-6 cr.
Provides a sequence of conceptual painting problems based upon modern and contemporary artistic practices as well as historical applications. Engages specific topics in painting, defines personal voice and develops an informed individual aesthetic. Course can be taken for 2-6 credits and/or repeated for a total not exceeding six credits.

Prerequisite Course: ART 2221


ART 3327 - Color & Landscape Photography - 4 cr.
Color photographic aesthetics and theory are studied; these principles are then applied to the practice and technique of landscape photography. Digital SLR cameras are required and are provided by the school. Prereq: ART/CTA 1107 and ART/CTA 2307, or instructor approval.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 2307, CTA 2307

Crosslist Course: CTA 3327


ART 3420 - Advanced Drawing - 2-6 cr.
Develops a greater level of conceptual knowledge and technical skill, through drawing utilizing observation, portraiture and experimentation with a variety of mediums and techniques. Enhances depth of knowledge through critical readings, demonstrations, visiting artists, and/or visits to contemporary art exhibitions. Course can be taken for 2-6 credits and/or repeated for a total not exceeding six credits.

Prerequisite Course: ART 2320


ART 3777 - Topics in Art - 0-4 cr.
Courses not a part of the regular curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity.


ART 4126 - Art Theory - 4 cr.
Explores the shifting relevance of Art in contemporary society, through readings, discussions and guest speakers. Examines the context in which current critics and theorists work, explores analytic philosophy, structuralism, post-structuralism, epistemology and post-colonial studies.


ART 4420 - Advanced Figure Studies - 2 cr.
Enhances skills in observational life drawing. Emphasizes drawing the human figure efficiently, realistically, and expressively, eventually utilizing the figure for a personal means of expression. This two-credit course can be repeated up to three times.


ART 4427 - Alternative Photography Method - 4 cr.
Explores late 19th and early 20th century printing techniques as alternatives to modern photo methods. Students use the sun as a light source to print cyanotypes (blue prints), van dyke (brown prints) and gum bichromate images. Modern techniques such as infrared photography are also included.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 1107, CTA 1107

Crosslist Course: CTA 4427


ART 4444 - Professional Practices - 2 cr.
Focuses on building practical applications for Art Majors and Minors. Includes the creation of a professional website, resume, writing samples specifically focused on grants, graduate school applications and artist statements. Visits to galleries, studios, design houses, and museums will form the basis for discussions about contemporary art and for critical writing assignments. Explores the transition from student to professional; employment; networking; gallery contracts; grant applications; graduate school options; trends in contemporary art.


ART 4477 - Art Minor Capstone Project - 2 cr.
In this course, art minor students experiment to develop a body of work with personal interest for a group or solo exhibition.


ART 4577 - Art Major Capstone Project - 2 cr.
In this course, art major students develop a body of work based on a personal theme and prepare it for a solo exhibition. The course performs a secondary role of preparing students for a career in art after graduation.


ART 4777 - Topics in Art - 1-8 cr.
Courses not a part of the regular curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity.


ART 4999 - Independent Study - 1-6 cr.
Individual research or production projects are chosen by the student and approved by instructor. May be taken twice for credit, each time in a different area. Prerequisite: at least one academic or production course in chosen area.