Courses

ARTD 101. Art and Ideas 1.0 course credit

This course will challenge students to engage in creative problem solving as they
experiment with a variety of basic materials and methods used in contemporary art making. In depth studio assignments require students to work from their own ideas and concepts. Required of all majors and minors, should be taken during the first semester of
study. Prerequisite: Art major or minor. Offered every fall semester. 

ARTD 111. Design 1.0 course credit

Fundamental elements and principles of two- and three-dimensional design are covered in projects that emphasize visual dynamics. Prerequisite: Art major or minor. Offered every spring semester.

ARTD 112. Portfolio 0.25 course credit

An introduction to the documentation and presentation skills needed to be a professional artist. Students will learn how to present their artwork for exhibition, photograph their artwork, create basic websites, and other similar issues related to art professionalism. Required of all sophomore majors. Prerequisite: Art major. Offered every fall, second half of semester. 

ARTD 113. Foundational Drawing 0.5 course credit

The course addresses observational drawing as well as skills needed for planning works of art. Required of all majors and minors. Prerequisite: Art major or minor. Offered every fall, first half of semester.

ARTD 114(G). Art History Survey 1.0 course credit

The course emphasizes a chronological study of major works of art from prehistory through 1945. Certain monuments are considered in their cultural context to gain a more complete understanding of works of art and the particular times and places in which they were produced.

ARTD 215(G). Drawing 1.0 course credit

The fundamentals of drawing such as line, value, texture, and perspective will be addressed through observation using pencil, charcoal and ink. Includes lectures and readings on historical and contemporary approaches to drawing.

ARTD 223(G). Sculpture: Construction & Foundry 1.0 course credit

A study of sculpture and the artists that have, and currently engage in processes that include an emphasis on techniques of construction using wood, cast and welded metal, plaster and mixed media.

ARTD 224(G). Sculpture: Multiples and Installation 1.0 course credit

A study of sculpture and the artists that have, and currently engage in processes that include techniques that involve the use of multiples and the creation of installation works.

ARTD 230(G). Typography and Logo 1.0 course credit

This graphic design course aims to develop graphic communication skills through a series of exercises and assignments that focus on typography and logo design. Students will integrate manual design techniques with digital technology in order to create effective, original designs. Using sketching as a means to develop and explore ideas is an integral part of this course.

ARTD 231(G). Book Design 0.5 course credit

This graphic design course will explore the contemporary practice of artists working in book arts as well as explore effective design approaches to the book form. Emphasis will be placed on layout utilizing a variety of geometric grids. A variety of book binding techniques will be taught.

ARTD 232(G). Poster Design 0.5 course credit

This graphic design course will explore the history of poster design in the 19th and 20th centuries including artists who made important contributions to the poster form. Students will use digital technology to create posters that integrate type, image and layout. Posters will be created in a variety of styles for a different purposes and audiences.

ARTD 237(G). Photography: Digital 0.5 course credit

This class introduces the basic principles of digital photography. Students will learn digital camera operation and digital photo editing techniques.

ARTD 243(G). Observational Painting 1.0 course credit

A study of the terms, media, and techniques of painting with special attention to color and composition. Studio projects will be related to the study of artists that have historically used a variety of expression and style in painting.

ARTD 244(G). Abstract Painting 1.0 course credit

A study of the terms, media, and techniques of painting with special attention to a
formalist view of representation, non-objective imagery, and non-traditional materials. Studio projects will be related to the study of artists and abstract painting movements from the history of painting.

ARTD 250(G). Special Topics in Studio 0.5 to 1.0 course credit

Studio courses, offered on a rotating basis, that examine techniques and materials beyond those regularly offered by the department. Offerings can include watercolor, printmaking, figure drawing, kiln firing, music instrument design, etc.

ARTD 260(G). Hand-Built Ceramics 1.0 course credit

An introduction to forming and firing hand-built clay forms. Emphasizes the development of sensitivity to materials and processes covering fundamental forms and methods of building and glazing using various ceramic clay bodies. A basic theoretical knowledge of clays, glazes, kilns, and firing will also be covered.

ARTD 261(G). Wheel-Thrown Clay 1.0 course credit

An introduction to the forming and firing of wheel-thrown clay forms. Emphasizes the development of sensitivity to materials and processes and the acquisition of technical skills. Students complete projects covering fundamental forms and methods in throwing, glazing and gain a basic theoretical knowledge of clays, glazes, kilns and firing.

ARTD 290. Academic Travel Course 0.25 to 0.5 course credit

An academic travel course where art topics are studied at archaeological sites, in museums and at other on-site locations in the world. The course includes both on-campus meetings prior to departure and on-site lectures.

ARTD 350(G). Special Topics in Art History 0.5 to 1.0 course credit

Lecture courses, offered on a rotating basis, that examine specific time periods and movements in Art History. Offerings can include: Asian Art, Latin American Contemporary Art, Renaissance Art, 19th Century Art, Contemporary Sculpture, Minimalism, etc.

ARTD 402. Contemporary Art 1.0 course credit

An examination of developments, major movements, and directions in art from 1945 to the present. The course emphasizes an analysis of art movements beginning with the abstract expressionists and concluding with recent trends. Prerequisite: ARTD 114 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years in Fall semester.

ARTD 420. Independent Study 0.25 to 1.0 course credit

Students arrange independent study projects in studio art, art history, or art theory with individual instructors. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Can be repeated for credit.

ARTD 425. Critique 0.25 course credit

Students present their work and discuss the work of their peers. Required of upper-level majors and taken during the final three semesters of the students program. Can be repeated for credit three times.

ARTD 440. Internship 0.5 to 1.0 course credit

An experience designed to allow students in Art to apply the concepts and ideas developed during study in the major to a particular workplace or setting. Prerequisites: Junior standing and prior approval of the department. Can be repeated for credit.

ARTD 450. Exhibition 0.5 course credit

Required of senior art majors and taken during the spring semester of the final year. Art criticism, discussion of specialized topics and the student’s individual creative projects are discussed in preparation for the senior art exhibition which is the culminating experience of the art student’s work.

Note: Students enrolled in the 300 level studio courses will be held to higher expectations that include personalized assignments, research projects, formal reflective writing assignments, superior studio work ethic and leadership in the studio. Prerequisite for 300 level courses: students must have completed 6 full course credits in art or have consent of the instructor. *300 level studio
courses may be repeated for credit once, but only one of these courses may be repeated.

ARTD 315. Drawing 1.0 course credit

The fundamentals of drawing such as line, value, texture, and perspective will be addressed through observation using pencil, charcoal and ink. Includes lectures and readings on historical and contemporary approaches to drawing. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 323. Sculpture: Construction & Foundry 1.0 course credit

A study of sculpture and the artists that have, and currently engage in processes that include an emphasis on techniques of construction using wood, cast and welded metal, plaster and mixed media. Students enrolled at this level will concentrate on individual interests and the creation of conceptual forms. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 324. Sculpture: Multiples and Installation 1.0 course credit

A study of sculpture and the artists that have, and currently engage in processes that include techniques that involve the use of multiples and the creation of installation works. Students enrolled at this level concentrate on individual interests as well as exploration of conceptual pieces. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 330. Typography and Logo 1.0 course credit

This graphic design course aims to develop graphic communication skills through a series of exercises and assignments that focus on typography and logo design. Students will integrate manual illustration techniques with digital technology in order to create effective, original designs. Using sketching as a means to develop and explore ideas is an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 331. Book Design 0.5 course credit

This graphic design course will explore the contemporary practice of artists working in book arts as well as explore effective design approaches to the book form. Emphasis will be placed on layout utilizing a variety of geometric grids. A variety of book binding techniques will be taught. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 332. Poster Design 0.5 course credit

This graphic design course will explore the history of poster design in the 19th and 20th centuries including artists who made important contributions to the poster form. Students will create posters using both manual illustration techniques and digital technology. Posters will be created in a variety of styles for a different purposes and audiences. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 337. Photography: Digital 0.5 course credit

This class introduces the basic principles of digital photography. Students will learn digital camera operation and digital photo editing techniques. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 343. Observational Painting 1.0 course credit

A study of the terms, media, and techniques of painting with special attention to color and composition. Studio projects will be related to the study of artists that have historically used a variety of expression and style in painting.Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 344. Abstract Painting 1.0 course credit

A study of the terms, media, and techniques of painting with special attention to a formalist view of representation, non-objective imagery, and non-traditional materials. Studio projects will be related to the study of artists and abstract painting movements from the history of painting. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 360. Hand-Built Ceramics 1.0 course credit

An introduction to forming and firing hand-built clay forms. Emphasizes the development of sensitivity to materials and processes covering fundamental forms and methods of building and glazing using various ceramic clay bodies. A basic theoretical knowledge of clays, glazes, kilns, and firing will also be covered. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.

ARTD 361. Wheel-Thrown Clay 1.0 course credit

An introduction to the forming and firing of wheel thrown clay forms. Emphasizes the development of sensitivity to materials and processes and the acquisition of technical skills. Students complete projects covering fundamental forms and methods in throwing, glazing and gain a basic theoretical knowledge of clays, glazes, kilns and firing. Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in ARTD or permission of instructor.h they were produced.