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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: Constructing Space, 3 credit hrs.
No prerequisite. Core, elective

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: OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING, 3 credit hrs.
No prerequisites. Core

Introduction to basic drawing tools, materials, and processes necessary for the creation of representational images based upon direct observation. In this course, concentration is placed on the understanding of sight measurement, pictorial composition, and spatial organization utilizing the basic graphic elements of line and tone. Students draw primarily from direct observation using a variety of traditional mediums.

ART 016: CONCEPTS IN DRAWING, 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisite: ART 015. Core, elective

Continuance of Art 015, furthering observational competencies and applying them to the development of ideas, both assigned and individually originated. These conceptual goals will necessitate an expanded consideration and use of drawing tools, materials, and processes.

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 050: IDEA OF DESIGN ,  3 credit hrs.

Idea of Design is a hands-on studio course that explores the process and product we call "design." Open to both majors and non-majors. No Prerequisites. 

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.

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. Prerequisites: ART 013, ART 015.

ART 056: INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING, 3 credit hrs.
No prerequisites. Core

Introduction to the materials and methods of relief, intaglio, and lithographic printmaking and the historical contexts of each of these mediums. Student creativity is based upon independently originated and developed ideas. Discussion, critique, and the close examination of original prints are essential to this course.

INTRO TO RELIEF PRINTMAKING, 3 credit hrs.
No prerequisites. Core

This course focuses on the materials and methods of a broad range of relief printmaking mediums. Collage printmaking, woodcut, linoleum cut, and multiple color printing will be emphasized. The development of individual concepts and approaches to image making is encouraged. Discussion, critique, and the close examination of original prints are essential to this course.

ART 058: INTRODUCTION TO INTAGLIO PRINTMAKING, 3 credit hrs.
No prerequisites. Core

This course introduces the materials and methods of a broad range of intaglio mediums, emphasizing drawing and painting on metal plates for press printing. The development of individual concepts and approaches to image making is encouraged. Discussion, critique, and the close examination of original prints are essential to this course.

ART 059: INTRODUCTION TO LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTMAKING, 3 credit hrs.
No prerequisite. Core, elective

This course examines the different materials and methods of stone lithography, a press based medium dependent on drawing and painting techniques. In exploring various lithographic processes, both dry and wet media will be used. The development of individual concepts and approaches to image making is encouraged. Discussion, critique, and the close examination of original prints are essential to this course.

ART 063: PUSHING PAINT, 3 credit hrs.
No prerequisites. Core, elective, Artistic Experience AOI

Painting composes color, form, dimension and structure into visual phenomena on literal and figurative planes. Learning the art begins by building craft. This course will focus on fundamental tools, materials and processes; is organized into three studio sections for subject matter: Nature Morte, Landscape, The Self; is complimented by study of representative historical and contemporary practitioners and will lay a good foundation upon which individuals may build.

ART 064: PAINT AND STORY 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisites: Art 63 or by instructor permission. Core, elective.

This course explores the art of storytelling with paint. Historically, narrative gave painting its fundamental purpose. From then to now, visual story telling looks in varied ways to nature, the spiritual, society, community, the self; takes up a rich variety of forms that may be intensely illusionistic, cartoonistic or symbolic; seeks to make sense of and/or question human presence in the world. Finding and telling story aligns with increased technical challenge and is assisted by the study of representative historical and contemporary multicultural artists.

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 70: ART AND CHEMISTRY, 3 credit hrs.
[crosslisted with CHEM 70], elective, artistic literacy AOI, Int Study Humanities/Sciences

This course examines the intersections of art and chemistry, with specific focus on the medium of painting. It is grounded in the questions of what art history can learn from chemical studies of artworks, and how knowledge of art history can guide chemical inquiries. Topics include the materials and processes of art making; the authentication, restoration, and conservation of art and their ethical implications; and the historical circumstances in which specific artworks were created. The course will include lecture, discussion, laboratory experiments, and field trips. No pre-requisites.

ART 071: BLACKSMITHING AND THE ART OF UTILITY, 3 credit hrs
No Prerequisites. Elective (J-Term)

This course will explore the relationships of form to function through the styling of utilitarian objects while maintaining a strong consideration of aesthetic appeal. Through the application of metal working techniques, students will design and create useful objects for a distinct purpose or function. 

ART 072 - TEXTILE AND FIBER ART, 3 credit hrs
Artistic Literacy, Engaged Citizen

Students in this course will learn how to create textiles and fiber art utilizing traditional and contemporary processes. Emphasis will be on creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects in the studio supplemented by discussions and readings on the world history and art history of fibers. Additionally, a collaborative project and independent research will introduce students to contemporary concerns in textiles and the tradition of community engagement in the fiber arts.

ART 074: INTRO TO ART, 3 credit hrs.

exclusively for non-majors, artistic literacy AOIThe 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. No pre-requisites but not open to art/design majors and minors

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.
Core, artistic literacy AOI or historical foundations AOI

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 078: RECYCLE AND REPURPOSE, 3 credit hrs
No Prerequisites. Elective

This introductory studio course will explore three-dimensional form through making sculpture by repurposing discarded or obsolete materials and objects. 

ART 079: BUILDING IDEAS, 3 credit hrs.
No prerequisite. Core, elective, artistic literacy AOI

Introduction to the basic principles and concepts of sculpture through building with a variety of materials, processes, and tools. 

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

ART 081: FORGING THE IMAGINATION, 3 credit hrs
No Prerequisites. Elective, artistic literacy AOI

Introductory studio course focusing on making representational, abstract, and functional objects out of steel. Traditional and contemporary methods will be introduced including oxy-acetylene and arc welding, forging, fabrication, and assembly. Through progressive projects students will achieve the ability to conceive and develop an idea in three dimensions; develop manual dexterities with a range of metal working tools and techniques; become critically aware of representational, abstract, and functional objects; and gain contemporary and historical perspectives. 

ART 090 - DRAWING IN TIME, 3 credit hrs
Elective, artistic literacy AOI

Drawing in Time is a course that encourages students to use drawing methods and materials to make time-based art works and films. The course will teach students concepts of animation, video art, performance, sound art, and other time-based media using a range of software. Students will also learn basics of finalizing projects, presentation, editing, post-production, and promotion of their films.

ART 099: PLANET(S), 3 credit hrs.
No prerequisites. Elective, Artistic Experience AOI

Planet(s) – a theme based, mixed media art studio that will explore by research and artistic expression the myriad organic and inorganic systems of this planet and consider the ways in which these systems are also in synergistic play to form the cosmos. There will be four thematic art making sections to the course each of which will focus upon aspects of one of following sciences: meteorology, biology, geology and astronomy. Open to both majors and non-majors.

ART 100: DESIGN ISSUES, 3 credit hrs.

This course considers issues relevant to contemporary design practice and seeks to build awareness of the critical perspectives used in the evaluation of design, including a history of ideas about the role of design in culture and of ideas informing design practice over time. Topics will range from semester to semester, but the exploration of how design both reflects and shapes cultural, social, and temporal values and contexts will be the central themes of the course. Prerequisite: Prior Art or History course work.

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 103: ART OF INDIA, CHINA, AND JAPAN, 3 credit hrs.
Elective, artistic literacy AOI

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: FREEDOM/SLAVERY/EMANCIPATION
Elective, Global and Cultural Understand AOI

Political and cultural revolutions from the eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries ignited debates about basic human rights and equality. How were these rights defined, validated, and resisted? This course explores the role of visual material in developing discourses of freedom in the Atlantic World of this period. It also reveals how those seeking to expand freedom often used visual symbols of enslavement to make their case. Topics include: representations of political revolutions in the United States, France, and Haiti; the visual rhetoric of slavery and emancipation in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Brazil; and the visual promotion of female suffrage in England and the United States. The class will encompass a range of media, including popular prints and cartoons, paintings, photography, and sculpture. Our emphasis in this discussion-based course will be in making connections across geographic regions and types of freedom rather than seeing them in isolation. We also will reflect critically on connections between historical and present-day struggles for economic, gender, and racial equality.

ART 108: AMERICAN ART HISTORY, 3 credit hrs.
Elective, artistic literacy AOI or historical foundations AOI or historical consciousness AOI

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.
Elective, historical foundations AOI or historical consciousness AOI

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.
Elective, historical foundations AOI or historical consciousness AOI

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 112: SELECTED TOPICS IN ART HISTORY, 3 credit hrs.
Elective, historical foundations AOI

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 114: INTERACTIVE 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.u

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 118: AMERICAN LANDSCAPES, 3 credit hrs.
Elective, artistic literacy AOI or historical foundations AOI

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: MATERIAL WORLD OF ART, 3 credit hrs. [cross-listed with Honors program]
Elective, artistic literacy AOI, honors track elective

What would cause someone to physically attack an artwork? What does science tell us about the unanticipated changes in artworks over time? How difficult is it to move an artwork from one location to another? In our digital age, we have become distracted from the material dimensions of making, transporting, encountering, and conserving artworks. This course re-grounds visual art in the physical world, taking seriously the properties and interactions of art materials and the impacts of first-hand encounters with it. It also reveals specific aspects of art's social significance that are not captured effectively in photography, such as the ways in which art's materiality connects to spiritual, political, or technological practices. Looking at these issues in earlier periods of time sheds light on our own ideas about material, labor, time, and space. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing.

ART 123: CRITTERS 101, 3 credit hrs.
Elective, artistic literacy AOI

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: PAINT AND ABSTRACTION, 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisites: Art 64 or by instructor permission. Core, elective.

The counterpart to identifiable image-based art making is still a walk of tools, materials and processes but shifts conceptually towards work that is described as abstracted, non-objective or non-referential. Such artwork may be removed or stylized from recognizable form to land anywhere along a continuum that stretches from ambiguity to the defying of labels. Process based, driven by systems of thinking from the logical to the deeply personal, visual continuums of abstraction will be explored as fundamental, formal art making elements take center stage. The study of practitioners from the 19th into the 21 centuries provide catalyst.

ART 126: QUESTIONING PAINT, 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisites: Art 125 or by instructor permission. Core, elective

Contemporary painters might question the function of the craft in an age of rapid technological and cultural change.  These artists ‘go off frame’, combine paint with unusual materials and/or shape painted surfaces into three dimensions; approach installation. Such artistic choices refresh meaning and reasons for making artwork by pushing at traditions. ‘Questioning Paint’ will explore the potential of unusual approaches; encourage rule breaking; require experimentation and will be backed up by the study of various representative practitioners.

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.
Prerequisite: ART 057. Elective

Continuance of ART 057. This course applies the same aims, structure, and evaluation as Art 057.  Relief processes most conducive to the student’s development of individual artistic identity will be focused upon and advanced. Combinational printmaking approaches and multiple color works will be given greater emphasis.

ART 148: PRINTMAKING: INTAGLIO II, 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisite: ART 058. Elective

Continuance of ART 058. This course maintains the same aims, structure, and evaluation as ART 059. Intaglio processes most conducive to the student’s development of individual artistic identity will be focused upon and advanced. Mixed-media and multiple plate intaglio techniques will be encouraged.

ART 149: PRINTMAKING: LITHOGRAPHY II, 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisite: ART 059. Elective

Continuance of ART 059. This course maintains the same aims, structure, and evaluation as ART 059. Lithographic processes found to have been most conducive to the development of the student's individual artistic identity will be focused upon and advanced. Aluminum plate, photo, and color lithography will be introduced.

ART 150: SPECIAL TOPICS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN, 3 credit hrs.
Elective, artistic literacy AOI

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 051, ART 052 and a 100 level design course, or permission of instructor.

ART 153: BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP, 3 credit hrs.
Elective, artistic literacy AOI

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 051, ART 052 and a 100 level design course, 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 051, ART 052 and a 100 level design course, 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 051, ART 052 and a 100 level design course, or permission of instructor.

ART 157: PRINTMAKING: ADVANCED RELIEF, 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisite: ART 147. Elective. Advanced relief projects arranged with instructor.

ART 158: PRINTMAKING: ADVANCED INTAGLIO, 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisite: ART 148. Elective. Advanced relief projects arranged with instructor.

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

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

ART 161: APP DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT, 3 credit hrs.

This interdisciplinary, team-taught course (cross-listed in Computer Science, Graphic Design, and Journalism) focuses on the strategic design and development of mobile applications. A series of group projects will promote collaborative learning by integrating individuals with diverse but complementary skill sets, mirroring a professional work environment. Prerequisites: ART 051, ART 052 and a100 level design course, or permission of instructor.

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

ART 163: PAINTING THESIS I, 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisite: Art 126. Core

This course allows painting majors the breadth and depth of time and space needed to explore and develop unique visual voice. The rigorous merging of conceptual and technical investigations is expected as students begin to build  a ‘body or work’ in anticipation of the capstone experience of a Senior Thesis Exhibition. The course is taken as the first in a sequence of two that will essentially model professional artistic practices and highly encourage individuality.

ART 164: PAINTING THESIS II, 3 credit hrs.
Prerequisites: Art 163. Core

This course continues to provide space, time and mentorship as the development and progress made in Painting Thesis 1 is furthered. It is the final course in the BA/BFA painting sequence and culminates with the Senior Thesis Exhibition.

ART 165: ADVANCED DRAWING I, 3 credit hrs.
This course may be repeated.
Prereq.: ART 066.

ART 167: INTRO TO LETTERPRESS PRINTING, 3 credit hrs.
Artistic Literacy AOI

Introduction to the basic formal and technical proficiencies necessary for the design and implementation of letterpress printing. Lectures, projects, and critiques develop the students' skills through the critical evaluation of historical, conceptual, formal, and technical abilities. Students develop a visual and technical expertise and the requisite skills needed for creating letterpress printed material.

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: ART AND PERCEPTION, 3 credit hrs.
Artistic Literacy AOI

The Oxford dictionary defines perception as "a way of regarding, understanding or interpreting something: a mental impression." This class explores the importance of perception as applied to the visual arts. For instance, questions addressed might include: what separates Chinese aesthetic from Nigerian aesthetic from Renaissance aesthetic? How does a modern-day viewer's perception include all of these divergent forms of art--and more? How are found objects perceived to be considered art? How does a 2-D surface convey a 3-D illusion? The course will be reading-intensive and will involve the curation of an exhibition or an alternate engagement with art objects to convey manners of perception. The class is discussion based; students will be required to do reading each week and respond to the text in writing with images of art. Additionally, notes will be required on each reading to have more in-depth discussions. The note-taking will be mandatory. The reading list will change each year, depending on the idea of perception being pursued, but the core list will include: Walter Benjamin, Lewis Carroll, Franz Kafka, Le Zehou, Barbara Stafford, and Tang Hou.

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 182: WHAT OBJECTS SAY ABOUT RACE, 3 credit hrs.

This course will facilitate critical thinking about race through engaging with objects that pertain to the nation’s racial history. The course is In this process, the course encourages dialogue between all participants. Working with different types of primary source materials related to Black American Iowan history, students will learn about the (racial) history of our democracy. We will explore how worldviews are contained in our ways of seeing and learn about the politics of personhood and citizenship. This course involves research and reflection and the art objects bring an emotional understanding to a study of history. Students will use their knowledge in helping to create an art and history exhibition on race.

 

ART 185: ART NOW - MONUMENTS & MEMORY
Artistic Literacy AOI or Critical Thinking AOI

Monuments are the official memory sites of nations. This course investigates national monuments and the ideas of nationhood they address. It asks what memories are important to particular nations and how these are expressed in public monuments. The definition of monuments is extended and transformed by examining other nations and asking what objects or spaces serve the function that monuments serve in Euro-American culture. Through this class, students will understand monuments as part of lived public space, and investigate how they relate to national struggles and issues of power. Further, the course demonstrates that public art and public memory is always political. We will look at the possibility of a global world of art, and what that means in terms of individual culture and national identity.

ART 191: DESIGN PRACTICUM, 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 fall 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.
Core for AH major and minor


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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