University Bulletin 2017-2018

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  • ARS 101
    Art Appreciation
    3 cr

    A broad introduction to the nature, vocabulary, and media of the visual arts of drawing, painting, prints, the camera arts, graphic design, sculpture, crafts, and architecture.

  • ARS 121
    Perceptual Drawing I
    3 cr

    An introductory course with emphasis on the development of drawing skills to realistically represent natural and man-made forms using dry drawing media.

  • ARS 122
    Perceptual Drawing II
    3 cr

    A continuation of ARS 121 using wet and mixed drawing media.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 121 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 123
    Two-Dimensional Design
    3 cr

    The study and application of art elements and principles, and principles of perception, for the purpose of increasing the student's skill in communicating visually with paints and other two-dimensional media.

  • ARS 124
    Three-Dimensional Design
    3 cr

    A study and application of art principles to three- dimensional problems.

  • ARS 200
    Intro to Animation
    3 cr

    The theory and practice of animation using short exercises, organic and digital media with the emphasis on frame by frame relationship, self-expression and the tactile experience. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 121 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 201
    Two Dimensional Animation I
    3 cr

    This course offers instruction in various aspects of two-dimensional animation using appropriate software, to include developing concepts, storyboarding and production. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 121 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 200 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 202
    Three Dimensional Animation I
    3 cr

    An introduction to three dimensional computer animation exploring the areas of modeling, animation and rendering. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 124 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 200 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 211
    Glass Art, Science, History
    3 cr

    A survey of glass objects from 5,000 years ago, leads to a focus on the contemporary and international Studio Glass Movement in art. Methodologies of glass making and the work of artists utilizing the medium will be explored. The physical properties of glass including coloration and transition range ( heating and cooling) will be discussed and demonstrated with hands-on instruction. Fee.

  • ARS 212
    Intro to Glass Blowing
    3 cr

    The manipulation, construction, and experimentation with glass as a sculptural and craft medium. Emphasis will be on glass blowing. Other investigations may include surface design, sandblasting, painting, and enameling on glass. 3 hours minimum of additional lab time beyond class time are required per week. Fee.

  • ARS 222
    Figure Drawing I
    3 cr

    A study of the human figure using various drawing (dry) media. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 225
    Conceptual Drawing I
    3 cr

    An introduction to the developmental process of drawing as an art form using various subject matter and drawing media.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 231
    Painting I
    3 cr

    An introduction to the techniques and concepts of oil painting using various subject matter.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 232
    Painting II
    3 cr

    A continuation of ARS 231 with an emphasis on color, composition and technical facility in oil paint.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 231 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 241
    Intro to Ceramics
    3 cr

    Introduction to the exploration of basic hand building and wheel techniques of working with clay. Included will be basic design considerations for traditional pottery forms as well as simple sculptural forms. There will be exposure to techniques for glazing and basic firing.

  • ARS 250
    Lithography
    3 cr

    An introduction to lithography. Technical skills related to processing and printing an edition will be studied. The course will consist of studio practice, lectures, quizzes, and critiques.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 121 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 251
    Intaglio/Etching
    3 cr

    An introduction to Intaglio printing techniques also known as etching. Technical skills related to drawing, processing, and printing the metal plates will be studied. The class will consist of studio problems in plate making and printing along with lectures, quizzes, and critiques.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 252
    Woodcut/Relief
    3 cr

    A study of relief printmaking. Techniques may include and are not limited to relief, linoleum cut, and wood engraving. The course will consist of studio practice, lectures, quizzes, and critiques. Emphasis will be given to the skills involved in the use of hand tools to cut the image and skills used in printing and editioning the block.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 121 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 253
    Silkscreen/Serigraphy
    3 cr

    An introduction to silkscreen printing as a fine art form. The class will explore various techniques used in waterbased screen printing, from simple stencils of hand drawn and cut paper designs to advanced photo processes. The course will consist of studio practice, lectures, quizzes, and critiques. Technical methods involved in color use, processing, and printing will be studied.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 121 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 261
    Sculpture I
    3 cr

    A basic course with additive sculpture materials dealing with problems of mass, volume, and form.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 124 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 262
    Sculpture II
    3 cr

    An introduction to basic metal fabrication, including cutting, brazing, and welding both ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 261 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 271
    Introduction to Graphic Design
    3 cr

    An introduction to skills and techniques used in graphic design, problems in visual priorities, and use of selected materials. Restricted to Majors. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 272
    Typography
    3 cr

    This class will examine typography as a visual communication tool. Restricted to students who have been accepted into the graphic design program. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 271 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 273 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 273 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 273
    Graphic Design Applications
    3 cr

    An introduction to skills and techniques used in graphic design, problems in visual priorities, and use of selected materials. Restricted to Majors. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 281
    Intro to Photography
    3 cr

    An introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. Investigation of picture-making problems and control of photographic media. Involves the use of color transparency materials and an introduction to black and white processing enlarging. Students must have 35 mm single lens reflex cameras capable of being operated in the manual exposure mode. Fee.

  • ARS 290
    Special Topics -
    3 TO 6 cr

    A lower level studio, lecture, or seminar course treating a special medium, subject, or theme, as announced. This course may be repeated when the topic varies for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

  • ARS 304
    Digital Modeling
    3 cr

    This course introduces the concepts and techniques used in the creation of three dimensional form in a digital space. Emphasis will be on the practical use and creation of three dimensional models for animation and texturing. The course will also explore how formal choices impact meaning, and discuss contemporary artists who incorporate digital modeling into their work.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 124 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 200 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 311
    Kiln Formed Glass
    3 cr

    The exploration of glass formed through a variety of kiln working methods including fusing, slumping, pate de verre, and casting. Fee.

  • ARS 312
    Intermediate Glass Blowing
    3 TO 6 cr

    A continuation of ARS 212 focusing on refinement of form and investigation of complex techniques in order to develop proficiency in glass blowing as a means to service individual creativity. The use of glass color is explored. A minimum of 3 additional hours of lab time outside of class time are required weekly. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 212 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 124 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 322
    Figure Drawing II
    3 cr

    Further study of the human figure using various drawing (wet and dry) media.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 222 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 325
    Conceptual Drawing II
    3 cr

    A continuation of ARS 225 with emphasis on concept driven work. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 225 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 326
    Color Theory
    3 cr

    A studio course in the nature, theory and application of color in an aesthetic context.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 222 Minimum Grade of C or ARS 225 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 331
    Painting III
    3 TO 12 cr

    A continuation of ARS 231 and 232 with emphasis on conceptual exploration in oil and/or water media paint. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 231 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 232 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 341
    Intermediate Ceramics
    3 TO 9 cr

    A continuation of ARS 241 with emphasis on hand building or wheel techniques. May be repeated for a total of 9 semester hours credit.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 122 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 124 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 241 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 351
    Intermediate Printmaking
    3 TO 12 cr

    Further work in printmaking. Students may work in one or more of the following print media: Intaglio, lithography, relief, screen printing. Students must have taken the 200 level of the appropriate print media to move to intermediate level of that same media. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 semester hours.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 250 Minimum Grade of D or ARS 251 Minimum Grade of D or ARS 252 Minimum Grade of D or ARS 253 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 361
    Sculpture III
    3 TO 6 cr

    An introduction to direct carving processes with wood and stone. This course may be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours credit.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 262 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 362
    Sculpture IV
    3 TO 6 cr

    Advanced mold making techniques. This course may be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours credit.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 361 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 373
    Graphic Desgn Identity Systems
    3 cr

    An intermediate course developing design skills used in the production of printed materials for visual communications with an emphasis on logos, letterheads, brochures and posters. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 272 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 273 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 374
    Publication Design
    3 cr

    An intermediate course developing design skills used in the production of printed materials for visual communications with an emphasis on newsletters, magazines, and newspaper graphics. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 272 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 273 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 373 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 375
    Digital Graphic Design
    3 cr

    An advanced level course utilizing computers to produce graphic design work for printed and digital media. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 373 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 374 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 376
    Illustration
    3 cr

    Conceptual approaches, materials and techniques used to solve problems in illustration, emphasizing developing rendering skills. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (ARS 222 Minimum Grade of C or ARS 225 Minimum Grade of C) or (ARS 373 Minimum Grade of C or ARS 374 Minimum Grade of C)
  • ARS 381
    Intermediate Photography I
    3 cr

    This course is designed to allow you to begin to communicate your own vision and artistic voice. This course is intended to take your technical skills to the next level, by reading, writing and thinking about photography.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 281 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 382
    Intermediate Photography II
    3 cr

    The three main objectives of this course is to further your knowledge of the fine art photography, learn how to conceptualize ideas through the medium of photography, and to treat photography primarily as a creative medium for discussing personal, political, and social concerns. Since photography is tied to many technical processes, these concerns will also be acknowledged in this class.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 281 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 381 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 387
    Digital Silver Photography
    3 cr

    This studio course examines the intersecting theories and practices of photography with digital cameras and computer imaging.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 382 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 396
    Professional Practices - W
    3 cr

    This course prepares students for employment, graduate school, or a professional career in the visual arts. Restricted to majors. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • ARS 411
    Advanced Kiln Formed Glass
    3 cr

    Advanced kiln forming requires investigation into conceptual and technical problems in glass. The student becomes increasingly self-directed through further exploration of fusing, slumping, of casting. The development of firing schedules is emphasized. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 311 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 123 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 412
    Advanced Glassblowing
    3 cr

    Advanced techniques in hot glass will be explored for the development of refined sculpture and/or craft in glass. Course assignments will emphasize personal creativity and exploration. Instruction includes advanced finishing techniques and cold working techniques. A minimum of 3 additional weekly lab hours outside of class time are required. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 312 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 121 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 422
    Figure Drawing III
    3 cr

    Individual problems with the human figure as subject, emphasizing concept, composition, and media.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 322 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 425
    Conceptual Drawing III
    3 cr

    A continuation of ARS 325 with emphasis on exploration of personal concepts.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 325 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 431
    Painting IV
    3 TO 6 cr

    This class is a continuation of ARS 331 with emphasis on personal development of conceptual approaches in oil paint and/or water media paintings. Students with Primary Concentrations in Painting will use this course to prepare for thesis. This course may be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours credit.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 331 Minimum Grade of D or ARS 332 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 441
    Advanced Ceramics
    3 TO 12 cr

    A continuation of ARS 341 with emphasis on hand building or wheel processes. May be repeated for a total of 12 semester hours credit.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 341 Minimum Grade of D or ARS 342 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 451
    Advanced Printmaking
    3 TO 6 cr

    A continuation of ARS 351 with emphasis on each student's developing and refining an individual approach to creative work. For students with a Primary Concentration in Printmaking, this course is preparation for Thesis. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 351 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 461
    Sculpture V
    3 TO 6 cr

    Experimental work with synthetic materials. This course may be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours credit. Requires permission of instructor.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 362 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 472
    Senior Graphic Design
    3 cr

    An advanced workshop that addresses issues of visual communication using graphic design as a problem-solving tool. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 373 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 374 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 473
    Web Design
    3 cr

    An introduction to interactive applications. This course provides instruction in innovative, artistic design and development of visual communication skills related to interactive applications.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 373 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 479
    Design Business Practices-W
    3 cr

    A study of the business principles of Graphic Design. Projects encourage both collaborative and independent study. Students explore design as a commercial art and develop the skills to coordinate projects through all phases of a professional, business relationship. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 373 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 374 Minimum Grade of C and (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • ARS 481
    Advanced Photography
    3 cr

    This course will strive to help further develop each student's artistic strength in their use of the photographic medium. Each student will be required to write a statement explaining the body of work that they will create and what particular processes they might be interested in exploring.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 281 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 381 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 382 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 483
    Color Photography
    3 cr

    This is an introduction to color photography. The goals are to become familiar with all aspects of color photography including film selection, processing, printing, theory, and criticism.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 281 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 381 Minimum Grade of D and ARS 382 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 485
    Alternative Photo Processes
    3 cr

    This is an advanced studio art course designed for students with a background in photography (primarily black and white) who want to expand their image making vocabulary through the use of early photographic techniques.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 481 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 487
    Photo Bookmaking
    3 cr

    This class will focus on the design and construction of artist books. We will explore structure and form and how they support and influence the content of a book.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 481 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 488
    Graphic Design Thesis
    3 cr

    A self-directed creative project in the area of graphic design with the guidance of a faculty member. Evaluation of the project is by faculty committee. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 472 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 479 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 490
    Special Topics -
    1 TO 12 cr

    An advanced studio, lecture, or seminar course treating a special medium, subject, or theme, as announced. This course may be repeated for a maximum of twelve (12) credit hours. Requires junior standing and permission of the instructor.

  • ARS 494
    Directed Studies -
    3 TO 6 cr

    Independent work in an approved studio medium or topic under the direction of a studio faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • ARS 496
    Professional Studies Internshp
    3 cr

    Students intern in a specialized area of interest. Written report required.

  • ARS 497
    Senior Thesis in Glass
    6 cr

    An independent project of creative work in the area of the Glass Concentration, with the guidance of one to three faculty advisors. The student is required to work at least 18 hours a week in the studio. The thesis must be publicly exhibited. Fee.

  • ARS 498
    Senior Thesis
    6 cr

    An independent project of creative work in the area of the Primary Concentration or one or more Secondary Concentrations, with the guidance of one to three faculty advisors. The student is required to work at least 18 hours a week in the studio. The thesis must be publicly exhibited. This course may be repeated once for credit.

  • ARS 499
    Honors Senior Thesis - H
    3 cr

    Honors student, the first semester, will identify and carry out independent scholarly research on a topic with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The second semester, students will produce a body of work that incorporates and exemplifies the ideas explored in the research paper. The project will be concluded with a formal presentation to the Visual Arts faculty. The Honors Project will be graded by a three-member faculty committee, chaired by the mentor. This course is to be taken as two, sequential, three-credit course units.

    Pre-requisite: HON 301 Minimum Grade of D
  • ARS 500
    Graduate Animation
    3 cr

    Intensive course structured as an exploration of the practice and production of animation. May be repeated for a total of 36 credit hours.

  • ARS 510
    Graduate Glass
    3 cr

    Intensive investigation of visual, expressive or technical problems in glass. May be repeated for a total of 18 credit hours. Pre-requisite: bachelor's degree in art or art education. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 411 Minimum Grade of C and ARS 412 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 520
    Graduate Drawing
    3 TO 9 cr

    Intensive course in drawing as both a set of skills and as a creative medium of expression. May be repeated for a total of 36 credit hours. Pre-requisites: complete either appropriate pre-requisites or bachelor's degree in art or art education. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 422 Minimum Grade of C or ARS 425 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 530
    Graduate Painting
    3 TO 9 cr

    Intensive course in painting with traditional or contemporary media, subjects and concepts. May be repeated for a total of 36 credit hours. Pre-requisites: complete either appropriate pre-requisites or bachelor's degree in art or art education. Fee

    Pre-requisite: ARS 431 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 540
    Graduate Ceramics
    3 TO 9 cr

    A study of clay as a creative medium of expression. Problems of form, volume, space, texture, decoration, and function will be investigated in their relation to selected ceramics processes and building techniques. May be repeated for a total of 36 semester hours. Pre-requisites: complete either appropriate pre-requisites or bachelor's degree in art or art education. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 441 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 550
    Graduate Printmaking
    3 TO 9 cr

    Intensive investigation of visual, expressive or technical problems in one or more printmaking media. This course may be repeated for a total of 36 hours credit. Pre-requisites: complete either appropriate pre-requisites or bachelor's degree in art or art education. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 451 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 560
    Graduate Sculpture
    3 TO 9 cr

    Intensive investigation of problem of mass, volume, form, and space using one or more sculptural media. This course may be repeated for a total of 36 hours credit. Pre-requisites: complete either appropriate pre-requisites or bachelor's degree in art or art education. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 461 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 570
    Graduate Graphic Design
    3 cr

    An intensive workshop that investigates advanced issues of visual communication using graphic design as both a problem-solving tool and as a medium for creative expression and communication. Emphasis on trending technology and/or professional practice. May be repeated for a total of 36 credit hours.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 488 Minimum Grade of B
  • ARS 580
    Graduate Photography
    3 cr

    Emphasizing theory, concept, and critical thinking, while expanding knowledge of the photographic medium. May be repeated for a total of 18 credit hours. Prerequisite: ARS 387 Minimum Grade of D or ARS 481 Minimum Grade of a D or bachelor's degree in art or education. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: ARS 387 Minimum Grade of C or ARS 481 Minimum Grade of C
  • ARS 590
    Special Topics -
    3 TO 9 cr

    A graduate course treating a special medium, subject, or theme, as announced. This course may be repeated twice when the content varies, for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

  • ARS 591
    Graduate Seminar
    3 cr

    A detailed examination of selected topics in art. Topics announced prior to registration. This course includes scholarly research, writing, and creative work. May be repeated up to five times for a total of 18 credit hours when course content changes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Visual Art Department.

  • ARS 592
    Graduate Thesis
    1 TO 3 cr

    An independent project of creative work, with the guidance of a faculty committee. The thesis must be an original project/production and have a visual component. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in 9 hours of graduate courses.