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Art Course Offerings

ART 110 History of Western Art (Core: WT)
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 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.

ART 112 History of Modern Design (Core: WT)
This course will explore how humans interact with everyday products, environments and visual mediums that we encounter on a daily basis. The course is a survey of design history beginning with the Arts and Crafts movement (1880-1910) through Post Modernism.

ART 115 History of Modern Art (Core: WT)
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 early 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.

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 130 Introduction to Design  
This course is an introduction to design focusing on fundamental principles of two-dimensional design and the process of creating assorted design-related projects. A focus on projects that incorporate design elements that may include line, shape, space, motion, value, color, pattern and texture. It will also focus on design principles including process, unity, scale and proportion, balance and rhythm. The course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of concepts, theories and language related to two-dimensional design.

ART 131 Introduction to Studio Art
This course is an introduction to studio art focusing on fundamental principles of design, fine art technical processes and methods of production. This course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of concepts, theories and language related to two- and three-dimensional studio art practice, as well as forms of time-based media. There is an emphasis on skills and principles required to create and critique art and design, particularly in the context of contemporary art practices. Students will learn to solve aesthetic, visual and conceptual problems through a variety of media and materials.

ART 134 Basic Drawing  
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing. Line, modeling, light and shadow, composition, Renaissance, and intuitive perspective will be explored with a strong emphasis on life drawing.

ART 141 Drawing and Visual Perception (Core: EI)
This studio course explores the foundational practice of drawing from observation. The course explores drawing using a variety of media and techniques. Drawing from observation is essential in the study of the visual arts. This practice develops key interpretive and reflective skills. Focused attention and observation enhances one’s ability to interpret their surrounding environment and to process the information around them critically through the focused physical interpretation of sight.

ART 144 Introduction to Video Production (Core: EI)
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 exporting for final output. A digital video camera is required for this course. Summer session.

ART 145 Rotoscope Animation (Core: EI)
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 session.

ART 205 Art, Technology and Society (Core: EI)
This course is a research- and writing-intensive course exploring technological developments in the fine arts since the advent of photography. The course will examine the development of photography, film, video and digital technologies and their impact on the fine arts, as well as the way artists have utilized these technologies to reflect upon, analyze, critique and investigate social issues of their day.

ART 215 Sacred Art and Architecture (Core: CI)
This course is an examination of the pliancy of sacred art and architecture within the history of Catholic belief and sacramental celebration.  Focusing primarily on liturgical accouterments, sacred art and religious environments, devotional practices and the key historical figures, themes, rites and rituals within Catholic culture, this class will explore how the Catholic imagination has responded to evolving concepts of divinity, holiness, memory, gender and sanctity over the course of two millennia.

ART 224 Introduction to Sculpture  
An introduction to three-dimensional form, processes and materials. The course introduces the elements of art in a three dimensional context with an emphasis on skill building, basic tool introduction and exploration of materials. Assignments require students to work independently outside of the sculpture studio. Demonstration, critique and focused studio practice are primary methods of instruction.

ART 226 Mixed Media Sculpture
This course allows students to conduct a personal and focused exploration on means of artistic expression not covered by the regular sculpture curriculum.  It will encourage students to research unconventional and traditionally underrepresented (outsider, self-taught, naïve) artists who have utilized non-traditional materials (mixed-media) in the creation of works of art that address themes, genres and points-of-view that have enriched humankind’s search for meaning and self-expression.  The class will focus on completing a number of original works of art determined in consultation with the class instructor. Prerequisite: ART 224. Spring semester, alternate years.

ART 230 Beginning Printmaking
This course is an introduction to a variety of basic printmaking processes and equipment. Techniques may include monotypes, intaglio and relief. Multiple original images are produced. Assignments require students to work independently in the print shop outside of class hours. Prerequisite: ART 130 or ART 131. Previous enrollment in ART 130 or ART 131 is strongly encouraged. 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.

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 provides 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 130 or ART 131.

ART 310 Non-Western Art History (Adv. Core: BB)
This course is a lecture- and discussion-based course with a student-research component, that will explore non-Western art and architecture from a cultural, religious and historical perspective. The thematic organization of the course will allow students to make connections between the spread of religions, cultural values, conquest and trade and the expression of these elements in artistic traditions. The course will explore the arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East with an emphasis on art as the fluid expression of culture. Non-Western canonical works in art, sculpture and architecture will be highlighted, as the course will cover major works from these four major regions of the world. Through readings, discussion, research and presentations, students will gain the ability to recognize, analyze and interpret non-Western Art. Prerequisite: ART 110.

ART 324 Intermediate Sculpture (Adv. Core: EI)
A focused exploration of sculptural techniques and strategies with an emphasis on mold making, casting and forming with plastic materials. More in-depth use of tools and technical processes as well as a special emphasis on the development of personal statements and interest. In addition to demonstration, critique and studio practice, student presentations, artist research and discussions are also modes of instruction. Prerequisite: ART 224.

ART 330 Intermediate Printmaking (Adv. Core: EI)
This is an intensified printmaking course with an emphasis on building multi-layered and more complex images. Techniques may include photo-serigraphy, intaglio, relief and book arts. Assignments require students to work independently in the print shop outside of class hours. Prerequisite: ART 230.

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.

ART 337 Rome in the Visual Arts: Art in Context (Adv. Core: WT)
This course will explore Rome as a living museum of important western intellectual and artistic traditions with foundations in antiquity. Students will engage with Renaissance and Baroque architecture, art and intellectual works in context, as well as antiquity, including Roman architectural sites, sculpture and objects.  Western artistic traditions, the influence of patronage and influences on contemporary ideas will be discussed alongside the works. Visits will include, Roman sites, churches, Roman and Vatican museums and contemporary art museums. Some sites relevant to the topic outside of Rome will be visited for short trips. Students will be able to respond to these experiences with studio works in clay, rubbings and impressions, sketchbook diaries and blogposts. January term, alternate years.

ART 340 Intermediate Painting (Adv. Core: EI)
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.

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 130 and ART 131 or consent of instructor.

ART / WMGS 375 Race, Gender and Contemporary Art (Adv. Core: DD)
A survey of how artists explore and express personal identity, unique bias and social marginalization and how contemporary art reflects society's evolving and changing attitudes toward matters of life, love and death.

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 are 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.

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 130, ART 131 and ART 134.

ART 424 Advanced Sculpture (Adv. Core: EI)
In this advanced course, students pursue individual courses of study through the creation of an overall proposal and timeline for the semester with an emphasis on artistic research, interests and ideas. Students should demonstrate the ability to create cohesive, thematic bodies of work for exhibition and that they can work independently. Prerequisite: ART 324.

ART 425 Sculpture Topics in Clay
In this advanced course, students pursue individual courses of study through the creation of an overall proposal and timeline for the semester.  There is an emphasis on developing a deeper understanding of ceramic processes, materials and concepts, including slip casting, wheel throwing, hand building and other surface and firing techniques. Students should demonstrate the ability to create cohesive, thematic bodies of work for exhibition and demonstrate that they can work independently.  Prerequisite: ART 224, ART 324 or consent of instructor.

ART 430 Advanced Printmaking (Adv. Core: EI)
This course is an upper level printmaking course with student-proposed independent projects. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independence in working and to produce more thematically consistent bodies of work for a final exhibition. Assignments require students to work independently in the print shop outside of class hours. Prerequisite: ART 330.

ART 440 Advanced Painting (Adv. Core: EI)
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.

ART 460 Digital Studio
This is a fine arts digital studio course that explores the impact of digital technologies on contemporary art practice. The course includes the production of motion graphics, video production and animation. Theory and history relating to technology and art will be explored and discussed. While working within the context of fine art, this course will explore skills and techniques required for a career in multi-media production. A video camera is highly recommended. Prerequisite: ART 350 or consent of instructor.

ART 480 Advanced Studio
Advanced Studio is an intensive guided independent studio course that builds upon skills and strategies introduced throughout previous studio coursework. This course will include guided independent production and research in studio practice, art or design 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.

ART 485 Design for the Web
This studio course explores web site design and production. It includes preparing web graphics, designing and assembling web pages, and publication of web sites. It covers terminology and current topics associated with the Internet, web design and web publishing. Prerequisite: ART 350.

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. Prerequisites: instructor’s consent and approval by associate dean of visual and performing arts.

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 to gain experience with projects and technologies that reflect the applied sector. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing and instructor’s consent.

ART 499 Senior Art Capstone (Required for all majors) (0 credits)
The Senior Art Capstone emphasizes studio and professional practice, art theory and critical research. Students refine recent work and develop new work in preparation for the Senior Art Exhibition, which is the culminating experience of the art major. Students are introduced to professional practice skills: planning, marketing and promoting artwork, documenting work and preparing materials for grants, and scholarship and residency applications. Students learn to develop an artist talk, portfolio, biography, artist’s statement and curriculum vitae. Senior year.

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