We see art as a necessary part of a complete life and it’s our goal to help all students develop their aesthetic awareness.

Art Course Offerings

ART 110 History of Art – GS 5
This course will advance the belief that art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world – equal to but distinct from other methods of inquiry and certainty. By charting the emergence of unique and continuous traditions of visual imagery from Chauvet to the last works of the Post-Impressionists, this course will highlight the canonical paintings and sculpture from major periods of Western culture. Focusing on the key innovations, personalities and styles of Western art, this general survey class will encourage a basic appreciation, analysis, recognition and interpretation of art. Fall semester.


ART 115 History of Modern Art – GS 5
A survey course rooted in the Modernist injunction, "Astonish me!," this class will examine major figures, movements and breakthroughs made by the Western artistic imagination in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Different conceptions of modern art that emerged during this period, particularly the images and objects by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, will be presented and discussed. Basic principles of general art appreciation, analysis, recognition and interpretation will be emphasized. Art as an experience that awakens, enlarges, refines, and restores our humanity will characterize this class. Spring semester.

ART 120 Modern Sculpture and Architecture – GS 5
An investigation of contemporary plastic and spatial arts originating with the work of Rodin and late 19th century European and American architectural contributions and concluding with recent developments. Conceptual, thematic and chronological emphasis are integrated in the overview. Spring semester.

ART 124 Basic Digital Photography
This course is an introductory digital photography course. Students will learn the basic techniques that will help them take better photographs. Framing, exposure and lighting will be discussed as well as hands-on work with images in the digital environment preparing photographs for output. This course is not graded using a traditional letter-grade system. Students will receive a grade of either satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U). This course does not replace ART 280 Introduction to Photography and Digital Imaging. A digital camera is required for this course.

ART 125 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for Non-Majors
An introductory elective course that explores the process of digital image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop as the primary tool. The course examines various aspects of
the digital process including digital image capture (scanner and camera), digital image manipulation, and preparation of images for electronic publication. J-term and summer session. This course is not graded using a traditional letter-grade system. Students will receive a grade of either satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).

ART 134 Basic Drawing
Introduction to the fundamentals of drawing. Line, modeling, light and shadow, composition, Renaissance and intuitive perspective, with a strong emphasis on life drawing. Fall semester.

ART 135 Drawing and Design
A continuation of ART 134 with greater emphasis on color and two-dimensional design principles. Prerequisite: ART 134. Spring semester.

ART 144 Introduction to Video Production – GS 5
An introductory video-production elective course designed to fully explore the production process using professional digital editing and production software. Students will be creating their own work from concept to final realization, exploring the range from pre-production to post-production, and DVD authoring for final output. A digital video camera is required for this course. Summer.

ART 145 Rotoscope Animation – GS 5
An introductory animation-production elective course designed to fully explore the animation-production process using both traditional and digital techniques. Students will be creating their own animation projects from concept to final realization, exploring the range of animation techniques from traditional hand-drawn animation to digital rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over live-action source footage frame by frame to achieve more realistic movement in their animated work. The primary software tool for the course will be iStopMotion. Summer.

ART 205 History of Photography and New Media – GS 5
A lecture- and discussion-based course, exploring the technological developments in the fine arts since the advent of photography. The course will examine the development
of photography and its impact on fine art, film, video and animation, as well as recent
technological developments in the fine arts. Spring semester.

ART 224 Introductory Sculpture
A basic investigation of three-dimensional form and materials. This investigation involves the conceptual and structural nature of sculpture and the application of sculptural materials. Prerequisite: ART 135. Fall and spring semesters.

ART 230 Introductory Printmaking
An introduction to a variety of basic printmaking processes and equipment that may include relief printing, serigraphy, embossing and lithography. Multiple original images are produced. Prerequisite: ART 135. Fall semester.

ART 240 Introductory Painting
Introduction to painting materials and techniques with an emphasis on direct painting methods and painting from observation. Students will investigate color, form and composition. Demonstration, critique and focused studio practice are primary methods of instruction. Prerequisite: ART 135. Fall semester.

ART 280 Introduction to Photography and Digital Imaging
An introductory studio-based photography course exploring the tools and techniques of digital photography and digital imaging. This course will provide essential foundational skills required for a career in photography. Primary software includes Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. A DSLR with manual control is required. Prerequisite: ART 135. Spring semester.

ART 324 Intermediate Sculpture
Special emphasis on the development of personal statements and interest. Work in traditional and contemporary media. Prerequisite: ART 224. Fall and spring semesters.

ART 330 Intermediate Printmaking
An intensified exploration of alternative print processes that may include drypoint, etching and photo serigraphy. Prerequisite: ART 230. Spring semester.

ART 335 Advertising Design
An introduction to problem solving and the basic elements of graphic design. Emphasis is placed on the development of concepts and skills in the layout of typography, illustration and photography. Prerequisite: ART 350. Fall and spring semesters.

ART 340 Intermediate Painting
Along with continued development of the methods and techniques explored in ART 240, students investigate indirect painting methods and contemporary painting practices and theory. Traditional and contemporary approaches to painting the human figure are introduced and students develop independent projects and individual artist statements. Prerequisite: ART 240. Spring semester.

ART 350 Computer Graphics
An introduction to various graphic applications on the Macintosh platform; modern graphic design history, layout, electronic illustration and photographic manipulation are covered in this course. Prerequisite: ART 135. Fall and spring semesters.

ART 380 Contemporary Photographic Strategies
A studio-based photography course exploring the strategies, techniques and approaches in contemporary fine art photography. The main objectives of the course include increasing control of the photographic process, and increasing sophistication in developing projects from their initial intent to their desired outcome within the context of contemporary fine art photographic strategies. A DSLR camera is required. Prerequisite: ART 280. Fall semester.

ART 389 Special Topics
An in-depth study of an artistic issue of special interest. ART 389 may focus on one or more art forms, an artistic movement or comparison of movements, or a theme. Students are challenged to evaluate trends in historical and contemporary art production as it relates to their own art making. Prerequisites: ART 110, ART 134 and ART 135. Spring semester.

ART 395 Portfolio Seminar (two credits)
Portfolio review, improvement recommendations, goal statement and development. Process involves initial group contact, individual portfolio reviews, critiques, goal setting and portfolio development. One-on-one interaction between instructor and student will be the foundation of this course. Instructor and several nationally recognized experts in the advertising design industry will assess final projects. Prerequisites: ART 335, ART 350 and ART 485 or instructor’s consent. J-term.

ART 399 Life Drawing and Illustration
A continuation of ART 135 emphasizing human figure drawing from observation using various media. Prerequisite: ART 135 and sophomore standing. Spring semester.

ART 424 Advanced Sculpture
Emphasis on new materials and attitudes. Students are encouraged to develop individual modes of plastic statement. Prerequisite: ART 324. Spring semester.

ART 430 Advanced Printmaking
This class investigates contemporary trends in printmaking, including digital and photomechanical processes. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independence and skill in their refinement and application of graphic processes. Prerequisite: ART 330. Spring semester.

ART 440 Advanced Painting
Under the guidance of the instructor, students pursue individual courses of study. Through a concrete synthesis of content development and technical skill, each student creates a cohesive body of paintings. Emphasis is placed on the articulation of art process, content and philosophy. Prerequisite: ART 340. Spring semester.

ART 460 New Media
A digital studio-based course that explores the impact of digital technologies on contemporary fine art practice. The course will include the production of digital motion and web-based graphics, video production and animation. The theory and history of new-media art will also be explored and discussed. While working in the context of fine art, this course will explore skills and techniques required for a career in multi-media production. Primary software includes Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, iStop Motion and others. A video camera is required. Prerequisite: ART 350. Fall semester.

ART 480 Advanced Digital Studio
An intensive digital studio exploration building upon skills and strategies introduced in ART 380 and ART 460. This course will include guided independent production and research in digital studio practice, history and critical theory. Students will develop a number of independent projects and will be expected to complete a major research project in relation to their studio productions. The research project will include art historical and theoretical inquiry relating to their studio-based work. Prerequisites: ART 380 and ART 460 (or instructor’s consent). Spring semester.

ART 485 Design for the Web
This studio course explores website design and production. It includes preparing web graphics, designing and assembling web pages, and publication of websites. It covers terminology and current topics associated with the internet, web design and web publishing. Prerequisite: ART 350. Fall and spring semesters.

ART 490 Independent Study
Specially qualified students under the guidance of an instructor may study various aspects of art. Note: This course may not be used to replace the 400 level studio requirement.

ART 494 Internship
This internship experience allows students to apply their studies in a supervised work situation. Students benefit from an inside look at different kinds of corporations and agencies, a chance to work in their field of study, and acquired experience with projects and technologies that reflect the applied sector. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing and instructor’s consent.

ART 499 Senior Art Review (0 credits)
Participation in a student exhibition during the final semester in the year of anticipated graduation. Students will investigate the professional practices of preparing work
for exhibition, writing an artist statement, documenting individual artworks and installing an exhibition. Required for all art majors.