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ART 012: INTRO 2-D DESIGN NON MAJORS, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to 2D Design for Non-Art Major course explores the elements and principles of design as the building blocks from which images are made and ideas are expressed in the fine and applied arts. The course consists of digital studio work, critical analysis of work, and an introduction to designs, compositions and artistic styles from various historical periods and cultures around the world. Course Attributes: Artistic Experience

ART 013: 2-D DESIGN, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the elements and principles of design, and composition on two dimensional surfaces. Emphasis is placed on learning the processes of composing elements of graphic language on two dimensional surfaces, and on how to apply them in fine art studio and applied design areas.

ART 014: 3-D DESIGN, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the elements and principles of three-dimensional design. This course will investigate the processes and spatial concepts involved in making three dimensional objects in response primarily to pragmatic objectives through a variety of materials, tools, and technical procedures.

ART 015: DRAWING I, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to basic drawing. Emphasis is on the development of traditional drawing skills as a basis for expressive representation and visual communication. Concentration on the understanding of pictorial composition and spatial organization utilizing the basic graph elements of line and tone. Students draw primarily from direct observation using a variety of media.

ART 016: DRAWING II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 015. Prereq.: ART 015.

ART 019: MICROCOSM, MACROCOSM, 3 credit hrs.
An art-making course with emphasis on the intersection of visual language and the natural world. Beginning with a critical look at Leonardo da Vinci's use of drawing to hypothesize about living systems, students will use visual language to critically examine the historical role of art in the rise of biology as a contemporary science while gaining a better understanding of their own relationship with the natural world in the process. The course will consist of studio work, critiques, critical analysis of selected readings, and videos as well as field trips to important resource sites locally and statewide. No prereq. Non-major encouraged.

ART 021: DIGITAL MEDIA, 3 credit hrs.
An introduction to Macintosh OS based computer applications for design and production providing students with the basic technical knowledge and skills necessary for a contemporary artist or designer. This course will focus on the development of visual thinking skills while learning current raster-based image-editing and vector-based drawing applications. Students will be expected to develop professional working habits and skills while being supervised in the classroom. Prerequisites: Must be first-year or sophomore to enroll and an Art & Design major, or consent of instructor.

ART 051: TYPOGRAPHY, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the fundamentals of typography, and particularly on how typographic form and visual arrangement support content. Through a series of projects, critiques, and lectures, students develop technical skills and sensibilities. Class lectures will include an introduction to letterforms and typefaces, typographic terminology, and a historical and contemporary overview of typography. Prerequisites: ART 013, ART 015, and ART 021.

ART 052: FORM & CONCEPT, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the basic formal and conceptual proficiencies necessary for the design of visual communications. Lectures, projects, and critiques develop the students' skills through the critical evaluation of conceptual, formal, and technical ability. Students develop a visual and verbal design vocabulary and the requisite skills needed for making and thinking about form and concept.

ART 056: INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the art (theory and practice) of making multiple original prints. Studio work surveys the printing processes, characteristics, materials, and developmental approaches used by the artist in making relief, intaglio, lithographic, and mono prints.

ART 057: PRINTMAKING: RELIEF I, 3 credit hrs.
An introduction to the relief process and printing techniques. The course investigates the principles and characteristics of the major relief forms with special attention given to multiple-block, color printing. This course also provides an introduction to mono-printing. The development of individual approaches to image making will be emphasized. Prereq.: ART 013 and ART 015.

ART 058: PRINTMAKING: INTAGLIO I, 3 credit hrs.
An introduction to the intaglio process and printing techniques. The course investigates the drawing tools, processing techniques, and printing procedures of major intaglio forms. The development of individual approaches to image making will be emphasized. Foundation course for printmaking majors. Prereq.: ART 013 and ART 015.

ART 059: PRINTMAKING: LITHOGRAPHY I, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the planographic process and printing techniques. The course investigates the principles and characteristics of stone lithography. Studio precision develops an understanding of drawing tools, processing techniques, and printing procedures of major lithographic processes. The development of individual approaches to image making will be emphasized. Foundation course for printmaking majors. Prereq.: ART 013 and ART 015.

ART 060: WALKING: MAKING ART OUT THERE, 3 credit hrs.
A summer interim session landscape painting and drawing course. After becoming familiar with the tradition of landscape art from the 18th through the 21st centuries, we will travel to the Badlands of South Dakota for an eight-day camping adventure to capture the landscape and sky using a variety of painting and drawing materials. Upon our return we will further develop selected works by synthesizing both visual and journal recordings and present a group exhibition to the university community. Open to majors and non majors. No previous art making experience necessary, just a willingness to learn.

ART 063: PAINTING I, 3 credit hrs.
Introductory study of the painter's craft. Prereq.: ART 013 and ART 015.

ART 064: PAINTING II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 063. Prereq.: ART 063.

ART 065: INTERMEDIATE DRAWING I, 3 credit hrs.
Drawing from life and still life in various media. Prereq.: ART 016.

ART 066: INTERMEDIATE DRAWING II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 065. Prereq.: ART 065.

ART 074: INTRO TO ART, 3 credit hrs.
The course emphasizes the understanding of the creative process as it applies to the visual arts. The process involves analysis of the art of the past and present and explores the relationship and function of art to the individual and society.

ART 075: THEMES IN ART HISTORY, 4 credit hrs.
Using a thematic approach, this course introduces students to the discipline of art history. The theme will change, according to semester, but students may expect to be introduced to a range of western and non-western art as a means to explore how visual images provide a way to understand both our past and present world. No pre-requisites.

ART 079: SCULPTURE I, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the basic principles and concepts of sculpture through a variety of materials and processes including life modeling, steel fabrication, and woodworking.

ART 080: SCULPTURE II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of Sculpture I with additional emphasis placed on individual direction and style. Prereq.: ART 079.

ART 101: GRAPHIC DESIGN HISTORY, 3 credit hrs.
Graphic Design History is a comprehensive overview of the events, ideas, movements, designs, and individuals that have significant historical influence on the practice of contemporary graphic design. The course focuses not only on the individuals who developed and established the graphic design profession but also the designers who are currently redefining it. Course activities will include lectures, discussions, readings, writings, videos, projects, quizzes, and tests. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and ART 021

ART 102: THEORY & PRACTICE, 3 credit hrs.
An examination of the theoretical and critical practices that shape graphic design. This course covers the theoretical idea 20th century from early modernism to post-structuralism and links them to the ethical, cultural and social issues of contemporary graphic design practice. This course will consist of videos, readings, discussions, quizzes, exams, written evaluations and presentations. Prerequisites: Art & Design Major and Sophomore status or permission of instructor.

ART 103: ART OF INDIA, CHINA, AND JAPAN, 3 credit hrs.
An illustrated historical study of the architecture, sculpture, and painting of India, China, and Japan, and of the Asian regions strongly influenced by them. Prereq.: Sophomore standing.

ART 104: MAPPING EXPERIENCE, 3 credit hrs.
This five-week course, based on an integration of studio art and graphic design, will explore the visualization of information and narrative and how it applies to human experience. Mapping, in its broadest sense, provides structure and visual means by which to understand space and time. As a Study Abroad seminar, Mapping Experience will allow students to process a relatively new culture in an immersive way, to compare and contrast it to their own daily existence, and to work through their ideas visually and experimentally.

ART 105: ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART HISTORY, 3 credit hrs.
An illustrated study of painting, sculpture, and architecture made in Italy between 1300 and 1600. Prereq.: ART 074 or ART 075.

ART 106: 17TH/18TH CENTURY ART, 3 credit hrs.
An illustrated study of European painting and sculpture from the Early Baroque to the beginning of the Neo-Classical. Artists covered include Caravaggio, the Carracci, Bernini, Rubens, Poussin, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Watteau, Hogarth, and Tiepolo. Prereq.: ART 074 or ART 075.

ART 107: 19TH CENTURY ART HISTORY, 3 credit hrs.
An illustrated survey of art and architecture created in Europe and the United States during the nineteenth century. Prereq.: ART 074 or ART 075.

ART 108: AMERICAN ART HISTORY, 3 credit hrs.
An illustrated study of painting, sculpture, architecture, and related arts of the United States from the Colonial Period to the present. Prereq.: Sophomore Standing

ART 109: MODERN ART HISTORY, 3 credit hrs.
An illustrated examination of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the turn of the century to 1945. Prereq.: ART 074 or ART 075.

ART 110: ART SINCE 1945, 3 credit hrs.
An examination of major developments in American and European art from the post-war period to the present. Prereq.: ART 074 or ART 075.

ART 111: CULTURAL INTERSECTIONS C. 1900, 3 credit hrs.
This course explores the interrelationships between art of different cultures. This exploration has two major components. First, we will examine how the art of one culture is understood and transforms art in another culture. A major emphasis of our study will be the western reception of non-western art and , reciprocally, the non-western response to western art and culture. And second, we will also examine how the idea one culture has about another informs the way art is perceived and understood. Prior opinions about the people in another nation shape and influence outsiders' ideas about the meaning as well as the quality of that nation's art.

ART 112: SELECTED TOPICS IN ART HISTORY, 3 credit hrs.
This course examines specific topics in art history not otherwise covered in art curriculum. Students may repeat the course as long as a different topic is covered.

ART 113: CURRENT CHINESE ART & ISSUES, 3 credit hrs.
The purpose of this class is to gain a deeper understanding of current Chinese culture. Images manifest cultural values, making abstract thought and values visible. Through developing the skill of visual analysis, especially through the method of comparing several works of art, students will gain the ability to decode significant relationships between an art work and its culture. We shall see that, inevitably, looking at contemporary Chinese art brings us to notice fundamental cross-cultural relationships. Our assumptions of what constitutes an individual culture will be challenged and reshaped as we address what is Chinese about Chinese art. And we will confront the constraint that we understand another culture only through the lens of our own culture. As we define "east" we will become aware of how we define "west." This course will examine the political history of twentieth century China as a background to understanding Chinese art of the 21st century.

ART 114: WEB DESIGN, 3 credit hrs.
This course provides both a hands-on introduction to contemporary technical practices employed in web design and a conceptual framework with which to solve web-based communication problems. By developing basic understanding of coding, working knowledge of styling, familiarity with current programs, and fluency with relevant terminology, students will become able to conceptualize, organize, construct, and design for the web. Prerequisites: ART 051 or ART 052, or permission of instructor.

ART 115: ADVANCED TYPOGRAPHY, 3 credit hrs.
This advanced course expands upon the foundations of typography, its theory, practice, technology, and history. Studies focus on the exploration of compositional systems, relationships to structural form and materiality to solve complex visual communication problems. Projects reflect applications with specific audiences, contexts, and production criteria. Relevant aspects of design history and theory are examined in relation to course projects. Prerequisites: ART 051 and ART 052.

ART 116: CONTENT & AUDIENCE, 3 credit hrs.
This advanced course expands upon the design skills acquired in the introductory courses by emphasizing conceptual thinking as the basis of the design process. Students are asked to develop their conceptual, formal, and technical abilities through projects that explore the creation of meaning through form, image, methodology, and experimentation. Projects involve research and analysis in relation to specific audiences, contexts, and production criteria. Relevant aspects of design history and theory are examined in relation to course projects. Prerequisites: ART 051 and ART 052, or permission of instructor.

ART 117: CHINESE LANDSCAPE PAINTING, 3 credit hrs.
Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting Tang-Yuan Dynasties: Artworks communicate in various manners: they engage the viewer politically, symbolically, socially, spiritually and intellectually as well as aesthetically. The purpose of this course is to look at how Chinese painting communicates meaning in all of these arenas. We will examine the languages(s) of traditional Chinese landscape painting from the Tang to the Yuan Dynasties, looking at the development of the landscape idiom to see the way Chinese painting communicates in terms of form and at the meanings it has in terms of function. This course will familiarize the students with the formal elements of traditional Chinese painting, examine how the elements together create meaning in an artwork, and explore connections between culture and iconography.

ART 118: AMERICAN LANDSCAPES, 3 credit hrs.
Focusing on the concept of landscape, this course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine how residents of the United States have described, pictured, and altered their physical environment between the colonial period and the present. In examining historical and theoretical analyses of landscapes, we will discover that the words and images that we use when contemplating our surroundings influence the way that we relate to the world and the decisions that we make about it. The course considers a variety of visual material (maps, photographs, paintings, films, etc.). It is organized thematically, investigating several familiar categories of landscape including wilderness, public parks, and the private lawn, as well as patterns in the composition and symbolism of landscape imagery. The course includes field trips to area landscapes.

ART 119: COLOR THEORY, 3 credit hrs.
This course explores the nature of color and color theory. It deals with the properties of color, color harmony, color as value, and the application of color to design and studio areas. Prereq.: ART 013.

ART 123: CRITTERS 101, 3 credit hrs.
This non-traditional course will take a critical and creative look at the lives of animals through the lenses of natural history, the biological sciences, mythology, art, poetry, fiction, and film and then provide the environment for expression of "lives" yet to be examined. Sparked by research "lives" become evidence through the arts of 2-D, 3-D, video, fiction, poetry and music. As you entangle your lives with the lives of animals, you will be encouraged to explore expressive methods both inside and outside of familiarity. Open to non-majors.

ART 125: INTERMEDIATE PAINTING I, 3 credit hrs.
Advanced problems in composition involving the human figure, still life, and landscape. Prereq.: ART 064.

ART 126: INTERMEDIATE PAINTING II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 125. Prereq.: ART 125.

ART 129: PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
A cooperative work program with graphic designers, social agencies, and other qualified professionals in the visual arts. The submission of a portfolio or other evidence of on-the-job achievement is required. The program is based on 60 hours of work by the student for one hour of credit. Prereq.: Completion of 40 hours of college credit.

ART 130: INDEPENDENT STUDY, 1 to 3 credit hrs.
Directed Independent study in Art.

ART 139: INTERMEDIATE SCULPTURE I, 3 credit hrs.
More advanced study of sculpture and the relationship of form to material and content. Prereq.: ART 080.

ART 140: INTERMEDIATE SCULPTURE II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 139. Prereq.: ART 139.

ART 145: SPECIAL TOPICS, 3 credit hrs.
This course examines specific topics not otherwise covered in the studio art curriculum. Specific section numbers and course titles will designate these courses. Students may repeat the course if the topics of the course differ. Prerequisites will vary depending on the course offered.

ART 147: PRINTMAKING: RELIEF II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 057. Course maintains the same aims, structure, and evaluation as ART 057. Concentration will be in relief processes found to have been most conducive to the student's development of individual artistic identity. Relief etching, collagraphy and combinational methods will be given greater emphasis. Prereq.: ART 057.

ART 148: PRINTMAKING: INTAGLIO II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 058. Course maintains the same aims and structure as ART 058. Concentration will be in intaglio processes found to have been most conducive to the development of the student's individual artistic identity. More advanced techniques such as photo etching and multiple- plate and color viscosity printing will be introduced. Prereq.: ART 058.

ART 149: PRINTMAKING: LITHOGRAPHY II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 059. Course maintains the same aims, structure, and evaluation as ART 059. Concentration will be in lithographic processes found to have been most conducive to the development of the student's individual artistic identity. Aluminum plate, photo, and color lithography will be introduced. Prereq.: ART 059.

ART 150: SPECIAL TOPICS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN, 3 credit hrs.
This course examines specific topics not otherwise covered in the graphic design curriculum. Specific section numbers and course titles will designate these courses. Students may repeat the course if the topics of the course differ. Prerequisites will vary depending on the course offered.

ART 151: PUBLICATION DESIGN, 3 credit hrs.
This course covers a variety of topics central to the design of long format publications. Through the development of applied projects, students will build on their existing skills in graphic design and typography in order to develop the more complex conceptual, formal, and technical skills utilized to design publications. Prerequisites: ART 115 or ART 116, or permission of instructor.

ART 152: INTERACTIVE DESIGN, 3 credit hrs.
This class assumes students have a strong interest and basic familiarity with Flash. The course begins with a review of the basics and moves on to creating narratives, and on toward unlocking Flash's full potential by using ActionScript to create interactive games and web sites.

ART 153: BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP, 3 credit hrs.
Bookbinding Workshop is a 3 credit hour studio course and may be used as a graphic design program elective, a studio art elective or a general art elective, and satisfies the Artistic Experience AOI. This course requires Sophomore standing or instructor permission. Bookbinding Workshop is an introduction to the craft and design of a variety of book forms using traditional and and non-traditional binding techniques. The primary goal of the course is for the student to learn basic book binding techniques and gain sufficient technical knowledge to create a variety of bound book structures and explore the historical and formal traditions of book binding. Course activities will include demonstrations, discussions, readings, practical exercises, applied projects, and class critiques.

ART 154: ADVANCED WEB DESIGN, 3 credit hrs.
This course provides the opportunity for students to build on their introductory web design experience in order to conceptualize, organize, and execute more complex projects and more dynamic interactivity. Projects may be collaborative and/or interdisciplinary in nature. Prerequisites: Art 114 or permission of instructor.

ART 155: RESEARCH & APPLICATION, 3 credit hrs.
This course will allow advanced students the ability to further their development of a personal graphic language. Students are expected to have confidence in their formal and conceptual abilities in projects that allow for freedom and responsibility. There will be an emphasis on complex design processes as students learn how to produce high-quality products and manage multiple priorities at once. Prerequisites: ART 115 and ART 116, or permission of instructor.

ART 156: CONTEXT & PROCESS, 3 credit hrs.
This advances course provides the opportunity for students to apply their design capabilities to more complex projects with more independent processes. Students will be expected to develop content within given contexts prior to making decisions about media and format, thereby enabling deeper and broader consideration of conceptual possibilities for visual communication. Given that students will be making individual choices about media, there could be additional costs for materials. Prerequisites: ART 115 and ART 116, or permission of instructor.

ART 157: PRINTMAKING: ADVANCED RELIEF, 3 credit hrs.
Advanced relief problems arranged with instructor. Prereq.: ART 147.

ART 158: PRINTMAKING: ADVANCED INTAGLIO, 3 credit hrs.
Advanced intaglio problems arranged with instructor. Prereq.: ART 148.

ART 159: PRINTMAKING: ADV LITHOGRAPHY, 3 credit hrs.
Advanced lithographic problems arranged with instructor. Prereq.: ART 149.

ART 160: PRINTMAKING: SPECIAL PROBLEMS, 3 credit hrs.
Advanced intaglio problems arranged with instructor. Prereq.: ART 62.

ART 162: ADVANCED PRINTMAKING SPECIAL PROBLEMS, 3 credit hrs.
Advanced studio work in relief, intaglio, or lithography. Original research problems are arranged with the instructor. Prereq.: ART 148 or ART 149.

ART 163: ADVANCED PAINTING I, 3 credit hrs.
Advanced pictorial compositions. Individual problems suited to each student. Emphasis on original presentation. Prereq.: ART 126.

ART 164: ADVANCED PAINTING II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 163. Prereq.: ART 163.

ART 165: ADVANCED DRAWING I, 3 credit hrs.
Prereq.: ART 066.

ART 166: ADVANCED DRAWING II, 3 credit hrs.
Prereq.: ART 165.

ART 175: SENIOR STUDIO ART CAPSTONE I, 4 credit hrs.
A course emphasizing the collection, organization, and presentation of a portfolio. To be taken concurrently with Senior Studio Problems I.

ART 176: SENIOR STUDIO ART CAPSTONE II, 4 credit hrs.
A course concerned with the organization and presentation of the senior thesis exhibition (capstone experience).

ART 177: SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN DRAWING I, 3 credit hrs.
Special problems in drawing to be arranged with instructor. Emphasis is on drawing as a primary means of personal expression, stressing the individual's choice and development of subject matter, media, process, and aesthetic philosophy. Prereq.: ART 166.

ART 178: SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN DRAWING II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 177. Prereq.: ART 177.

ART 179: ADVANCED SCULPTURE I, 3 credit hrs.
Individual problems in sculpture with an emphasis placed on the development of a series of related work. Prereq.: ART 140.

ART 180: ADVANCED SCULPTURE II, 3 credit hrs.
Continuance of ART 179. Prereq.: ART 179.

ART 191: DESIGN PRACTICUM, 2 to 3 credit hrs.
This course is a requirement for all B.A. and B.F.A. graphic design majors and satisfies the Drake Curriculum capstone requirement for these majors. Students will develop both a presentation and online portfolio, collateral items, and a resume and other business communication documents as well as develop skills useful in seeking employment. Secondarily, this course prepares students for the day-to-day activities of a graphic designer, including project development and management. Students are introduced to all required projects on the first day of class and are responsible for developing briefs and managing diverse projects throughout the semester. This course should be taken the last spring semester before graduation. Pre-req: ART 115 and ART 116.

ART 192: B.A. SENIOR CAPSTONE, 1 credit hr.
This one credit course is designed for the advanced level BA student in any of the Studio Art areas to include painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. It is to be taken concurrently with either the Advanced I or Advanced 2 level courses in the selected studio art area. The student works with their major professor to write an artist's statement, to successfully complete the B.A. Senior Thesis exhibition and to produce the B.A. Senior Capstone visual portfolio.

ART 197: ART HISTORY CAPSTONE, 4 credit hrs.
The Art History Capstone introduces students to the professional practice of curating by involving them in the preliminary research and planning of an on-campus exhibition or in its execution, including layout and installation.

ART 199: ART & THEORY, 3 credit hrs.
Visual art is a way of communicating; it participates in a dialogue about a wide spectrum of social, political and cultural concerns. Cultural theorists directly analyze art, while ideas from social critics, such as Karl Marx, impact art indirectly but powerfully. In turn, artwork responds to criticism and expands it. By reading canonical texts written by art and cultural theorists, students will examine the changing relationships between art and society. They will also extend their explorations of the cultural relationships by applying each theory to specific art works, seeking those that best embody the theories explored. Prerequisite: ART 075 and junior or senior standing required. Art major or consent of instructor.

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