Art Courses
ART 116History of Art I: Ancient & Medieval ArtArt4FreshmanA history of painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Ancient World and the Middle Ages - from Egyptian to Gothic art. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Fall.
ART 117History of Art II: Renaiss to Modern ArtArt4FreshmanA history of painting, sculpture, architecture and photography in Europe and America from the 15th century to the present. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Spring.
ART 130Color and DesignArt3FreshmanIn this class you will learn the visual principles behind the creation of historic and contemporary masterpieces through lecture and hands on work with collage materials. Figure-ground relationships, afterimage, optical mixture, and transparency illusions, and color theory are a few of the color concepts to be studied. Using simple cut and paste collage materials, we will explore a variety of historic and contemporary composition and design methodologies. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Additional materials required. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Fall and spring.
ART 140Graphic Design IArt3This course combines studio work with classroom instruction. Fundamental components of design theory and typography are incorporated with problem definition to provide students with valuable experience in the ideation, research, execution and presentation of projects. Lectures and visual media provide a broad introduction to the visual communication professional field. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Fall and spring.
ART 160Drawing IArt3FreshmanAn introduction to drawing techniques and media. Emphasis on perceptual issues (use of line through contour drawing; perception of positive and negative spaces; perception of lights and shadows.) Studio classes supplemented with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Subject matter includes still life, interior, landscape and portraits as well as copying the drawings of old masters. Additional fee for required materials. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Fall and spring.
ART 170Painting IArt3FreshmanAn introduction to painting techniques, materials, and history. Acrylic and Oil paints will be used. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Fee: $100 nonrefundable for cost of all materials. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Fall and spring.
ART 175Ceramics IArt3FreshmanThis class is an exploration of functional and sculptural ceramic forms using traditional and contemporary hand-building techniques. This class assumes that the student has no previous knowledge of clay, glazes, or firing and thus requires students to learn a broad range of skills to be able to translate their ideas successfully into the clay medium. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Fee: $125 nonrefundable. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Every fall, and spring odd academic years.
ART 190Digital Fine Art Photography IArt3FreshmanThis course provides the technical skills and ideological understanding necessary for the creation and appreciation of digital fine art photography. The semester is designed to build, cumulatively, from the absolute basics of camera controls, composition and light, to more advanced topics of the relationship between artist, audience and artwork. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Digital camera is required. Satisfies fine arts exploratory requirement. Fall and spring.
ART 230Modern ArtArt3FreshmanA history of painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography of the 20th century. Satisfies fine arts and diversity exploratory requirements. Spring, odd academic years.
ART 235Issues in Contemporary ArtArt3SophomoreThis class will look at current trends in contemporary art such as the influence of museums and galleries, who determines what is art and what is the criteria, censorship, and postmodern philosophy. Class format includes lectures, group discussion, and trips to museums and galleries. Spring, even academic years.
ART 240Graphic Design IIArt3Through lectures, demonstrations, and studio work, students are introduced to all aspects of typography, from its historical precedents to its current use. Creative thinking is encouraged, along with prescribed techniques and media. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the nature of vector and raster-based digital file development, as well as an in-depth study of the applications used to create them. Projects and assignments will focus on an exploration and understanding of the applications, applying color, tools, techniques, and printing options. Prerequisite: ART 140. Fall.
ART 260Drawing IIArt3FreshmanA continuation of ART 160, with added emphasis on the use of value and the logic of light in drawing. Students are expected to bring together all of the basic component skills of drawing: perception of edges, spaces and shapes, relationships of angles and proportions, lights and shadows, and the skills of crosshatching and continuous tone. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Subject matter includes still life, interior, landscape, and human figure. Additional materials required. Prerequisite: ART 160 or consent of the instructor. Fall and spring.
ART 270Painting IIArt3FreshmanA continuation of ART 170, with added emphasis on exploring personal ideas with a variety of painting methods. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Prerequisite: ART 170. Fee: $30 nonrefundable for cost of all materials. Fall and spring.
ART 275Ceramics IIArt3FreshmanA continuation of ART 175, with added emphasis on exploring personal ideas with a variety of construction methods. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Fee: $125 nonrefundable. Prerequisite: ART 175. Every fall, and spring odd academic years.
ART 290Digital Fine Art Photography IIArt3FreshmanWhere Digital Fine Art Photography I builds a set of conceptual and technical photographic tools, this is the course where students begin to explore the endless possibilities those tools represent, and to create work that represents their own long-term artistic interests. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Digital camera is required. Prerequisite: ART 190. Fall and spring.
ART 300Topics in ArtArt3FreshmanA studio course that will vary depending on faculty interest. Course will be offered upon the request of a faculty member and with approval of the vice president for academic affairs.
ART 340Selected Issues in ArtArt3FreshmanArt history course in which particular issues, artists, genres, or historical periods are selected for in-depth study. Course will be offered upon the request of a faculty member and with approval of the vice president for academic affairs. Fall.
ART 345Graphic Design IIIArt3JuniorThis class moves beyond the syntax (structure) of type and into semantics (meaning). The student will develop and manipulate grids, understand color theory, know typographic anatomy, history, and vocabulary, create unique logotypes and layouts, develop and manipulate proportional systems incorporating imagery, understand the importance of audience, concept and hierarchy, create meaningful and dynamic typographic design, and utilize type as image.
ART 350Eastern Thought in Western ArtArt3SophomoreStudy of the impact of the teachings of Eastern Philosophy on modern artists in the West. Satisfies intercultural requirement. Spring, even academic years.
ART 370Painting IIIArt3FreshmanA continuation of ART 270, this is an advanced painting experience where students are challenged to express unique personal ideas while developing individual style. Challenges include large scale and sequential work. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Prerequisite: ART 270. Fee: $30 nonrefundable for cost of all materials. Fall and spring.
ART 375Ceramics IIIArt3SophomoreA continuation of ART 275, this is an advanced ceramic experience where students are challenged to express unique personal ideas while developing individual style. Challenges include large scale and sequential work. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Prerequisite: ART 275. Fee: $125 nonrefundable. Every fall, and spring odd academic years.
ART 390Digital Fine Art Photography IIIArt3JuniorA continuation of ART 290. This class is offered on demand only.
ART 395Digital Fine Art Photography IVArt3SeniorA continuation of ART 390. The class is offered on demand only.
ART 470Painting IVArt3SophomoreA continuation of ART 370, this is a class where a student is challenged to further explore their individual interests in paint. The class includes painting from observation and sequential abstraction. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Prerequisite: ART 370. Fee: $30 nonrefundable for cost of all materials. Fall and spring.
ART 475Ceramics IVArt3FreshmanA continuation of ART 375, this class is a class where a student is challenged to further explore their individual interests in clay. The class includes individual research of firing, glazing and forming techniques. Studio format with lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individualized instruction. Prerequisite: ART 375. Fee: $125 nonrefundable. Every fall, and spring odd academic years.
ART 482Art PracticumArt1SeniorA supervised, pre-approved experience which allows a student to pursue specific learning goals and/or be involved in a field experience during the regular academic semester. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
ART 490Art Independent StudyArt1A course designed to encourage student initiative and to provide a degree of flexibility in the departmental program. Normally the subject is not sufficiently or appropriately covered in departmental course offerings. Prerequisite: departmental and instructor permission.
ART 498Senior Portfolio ReviewArt0ART 498 (ART HISTORY) Senior Portfolio Review

A supervised, pre-approved senior year experience which allows students to review personal learning goals in the field of art history. Students must earn at least a grade of C. Fall and spring. ART 498 (ART STUDIO) Senior Portfolio Review This senior year experience is fulfilled by putting up a personal art show of best works done in the major track field. Students must earn at least a grade of C. Fall and spring.
ART 499Senior Comprehensive ExamArt0JuniorStudents will take a written or oral exam which covers information from core requirements for the major. Pass/Fail. Co-requisite: SNR/SNT 489. Fall and spring.