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Art Studio B.A.

You love art. You love making art, working with your hands, making personal or social statements with paint, clay, ink, a camera. You're looking for a program where you can explore many media and choose a focus, culminating with the production of a body of work exhibited in our beautiful gallery space and preparing you to enter the art world or graduate school. This program is it.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

ARTS 103, 104, 111, 112, 231(30 credit hours)
ARTH 105, 106 (6 credit hours)
ARTS 297 Sophomore Review (1 credit hour)
Two 200-level Art Studio courses (6 credit hours)
Two 300-level Art Studio courses (6 credit hours)
Two 400-level Art Studio courses (6 credit hours)
ARTS 497 The Artist as a Professional
ARTH 350 Art and Ideas
6 credit hours of any ARTH courses (other than 105, 106, and 350)
12-15 hours of General Electives
Core Requirements as listed by the University
12 hours of Cognates--300 and 400 level courses outside of the student's major

COURSES

FOUNDATIONS

ARTS 103 Fundamentals of Art I (3) An introduction to the basic principles of two-dimensional design and color.

ARTS 104 Fundamentals of Art II (3) An introduction to the basic principles of three-dimensional design and form.

ARTS 111 Drawing I (3) Basic course in the materials and techniques of drawing.

ARTS 112 Drawing II (3) (Prerequisites: ARTS 111) Basic course in the materials and techniques of drawing.

ARTS 231 Life Drawing I (3) (Prerequisites: ARTS 111, 112) An introduction to drawing the figure from life, with an emphasis on visual perception and basic drawing skills.

ARTS 297 Sophomore Review (1) (Prereq: sophomore standing - 59 or 60 credits) A diagnostic and advisory review of the student's work at the end of the sophomore year, conducted in conference with an art faculty committee, with the student's adviser serving as chair.

CERAMICS

ARTS 204 Ceramics (Pottery/Sculpture) (3) (Prerequisites: ARTS 104 or permission of instructor) An introductory course to explore ceramic processes involved with pottery and sculpture. Concentration is on hand building techniques of pinch, coil, and slab construction. Experiences will include decorating techniques, several glaze technologies, and kiln loading and firing.

ARTS 321 The Functional Vessel (3)
(Prerequisites: ARTS 204 or permission of instructor) This ceramic course concentrates upon wheel throwing techniques to include basic forms, lidded vessels and composite vessels of a functional purpose including the teapot.

ARTS 322 The Sculptural Vessel (3) (Prerequisites: ARTS 204 or permission of instructor) This ceramic course combines wheel throwing and hand building processes in pursuit of a sculptural approach to the vessel tradition. Presentations and readings on contemporary developments within the ceramic vessel tradition will be explored. Review and refinementof wheel throwing and hand building skills are incorporated to extend the student's range of options in pursuit of a personal vocabulary of the sculptural vessel.

ARTS 399 Independent Study (1-3) See guidelines under Academic Regulations in the University Catalog; may be repeated for credit with different topics.

ARTS 421 Objective Approaches in Ceramics (3) (Prereq: ARTS 204 or permission of the instructor) This course combines review and refinementof existing wheel and hand building processes leading to the extension of skill acquisitions. The focus is on personal design and construction of the clay object, whether functional and/or sculptural in purpose. Issues with the craft/fineart debate are addressed by presentations and reading to provide historical and contemporary context for students to explore design and meaning for the clay object today. Further glaze and surface resolutions are explored and mixed media options are addressed.

ARTS 422 Narratives in Clay (3) (Prereq: ARTS 204 or permission of the instructor) This course focuses primarily on combining various sculptural processes with the intent to examine a variety of strategies for developing personal narratives in clay. Studio experiences are supported by readings on and analysis of rapidly developing trends in contemporary ceramic sculpture to discern creative strategies, historical appropriations and cross cultural influencesavailable to the ceramic artist today. Student work may range from tile, relief to sectional sculptures and may include mixed media solutions as a further means to extend sculptural options.

PHOTOGRAPHY

ARTS 261 Introduction to Black and White Photography (3) An introduction to the use of the camera, lights as a creative tool, darkroom practices, film developing, and printing. Emphasis on photography as a creative medium for personal expression.

ARTS 361 Intermediate Black and White Photography (3) (Prerequisites: ARTS 261) An intermediate course continuing the investigation into photographic techniques. Panning, zooming, multiple exposure, and the creative use of different develop-ers, films,and papers will be stressed as well as darkroom manipulation of the image.

ARTS 362 Digital Photographic Techniques (3) (Prereq: ARTS 261)This is an introductory course to color photography in a digital photographic environment. Through the use of Adobe Photoshop, archival printing, and their own personal digital camera the students of this class will learn to treat the computer as if it were a darkroom both creatively and technically. Students should come into this class already having an understanding of camera basics and photography as a medium.

ARTS 363 Experimental Photography (3) (Prereq: ARTS 261) Experimental Photography is an advanced photography course that emphasizes the experimental nature that photography possesses. Students will work with non-traditional materials, alternative photographic technique, as well as experiment with various types of films and papers. Experimental Photography is about learning the limits of your photographic materials and thinking outside the typical photographic frame.

ARTS 374 Digital Photographic Techniques II (3) (Prereq: ARTS 362) This is a continuation course in digital color photography. ARTS 374 will focus on the development of the photographer’s creative eye by examining contemporary color photography and completing more complex digital photographic exercises.

408 Studio Lighting (3) (Prereq: ARTS 362) Studio Lighting is an intensive studio course in photographic lighting tech­niques. Through demonstrations and lectures, students will lean how to use artificial lighting within the context of commercial and artistic application. The course will include, but is not limited to, techniques in location lighting, portrait, still life, editorial, and fine art photography. This course emphasizes creative visual communication through commercial and technical application.

424 Photographic Theory and Practice (3) (Prereq: ARTS 362) Students will study historic and contemporary critical photographic theory and its relationship to current artistic practices in the photo­graphic medium. The coursework will be supported by the exploration of contemporary photographic practices such as methods of production, presentation, new possibilities within the "tradition of exhibition," and the development of an individual body of work.


PAINTING

ARTS 211 Painting with Water Media (3) (Prereq: ARTS 103 and ARTS 111, 112, or permission of instructor) Introduction to the concepts and materials of water-based painting. Included will be dry and wet paper techniques, resists, various supports and grounds; traditional and contemporary usages.

ARTS 212 Painting with Opaque Media (3) (Prereq: ARTS 103 and ARTS 111, 112 or permission of instructor) Introduction to the concepts and materials of painting with an opaque medium (oil or acrylic at instructor’s discretion). Included will be alla prima, wet on wet, underpainting, glazing, palette knife techniques, various supports and grounds; traditional and contemporary usages.

ARTS 311, 312 Intermediate Painting I, II (3 each) (Prereq: ARTS 211 or ARTS 212) Further exploration of materials and techniques of painting with emphasis on individual creative expression.

ARTS 411, 412 Advanced Painting I, II (3 each) (Prereq: ARTS 312) Upper level courses for students with substantial backgrounds in painting. The choice of medium will be left to the student. Emphasis is on design, developing personal expression and style.


PRINTMAKING

ARTS 200 Introduction to Printmaking (3)(Prereq: ARTS 103 and ARTS 111, 112, or permission of instructor) Introduction to a broad range of fine art printmaking methods, materials, and vocabulary, including monotype, collagraph, photopolymer intaglio, linocut, and embossing.

ARTS 207 Silkscreen Printmaking (3) (Prereq: ARTS 103 and ARTS 111, 112, or permission of instructor) Introduction to the silkscreen printmaking processes.

ARTS 209 Introduction to Monotype (3) (Prereq: ARTS 103 and ARTS 111, 112, or permission of instructor) Introduction to fine art monotype and monoprinting techniques.

ARTS 370 Relief Printmaking (3) (Prereq: ARTS 103 and ARTS 111, 112, or consent of instructor) Introduction to the relief printmaking processes, including woodcut and linocut, in black and white and color.

ARTS 373 Introduction to Intaglio (3) (Prereq: ARTS 103 and ARTS 111, 112, or permission of instructor) An introduction to non-toxic photopolymer printmaking processes.

ARTS 399 Independent Study (1-3) See guidelines under Academic Regulations in the University Catalog; may be repeated for credit with different topics.

ARTS 471, 472 Advanced Printmaking I and II (3 each) (Prereq: ARTS 206 or 207 or 371 or 372) Advanced work on an individual basis in one or more printmaking media. Emphasis placed on experimentation and development of personal imagery and direction.



SPECIAL COURSEWORK

ARTS 399 Independent Study (1-3) See guidelines under Academic Regulations in the University Catalog; may be repeated for credit with different topics.

ARTS 495 Art Studio Internship I (3) (Prereq: ARTS 103, 104, 111, 112, ARTH 105, 106, plus junior standing, and 2.00 or better GPA. Students must have permis-sion of the department chair before applying for internship.) Application for the internship can be obtained without first receiving permission from the chair of the department. Students are professionally supervised in an organization while working 120 hours during a semester (12 weeks at 10 hours per week). The application states the course objective, course requirements and grading procedures. A contract between the student and the facility or organization where the internship will take place is signed by all parties: the student faculty supervisor, Chair of the department and the Dean of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. During the internship period, students are required to maintain a journal and when possible build a portfolio. Interim and finalreports are sent to the organization during the semester by the coordinator of internships.

ARTS 496 Art Studio Internship II (1-3) (Prereq: ARTS 495) Application must be obtained from the Chair of the department before applying. Students are professionally supervised in an organization while working 120 hours during a semester (12 weeks at 10 hours per week). The application states the course objective, course requirements and grading procedures. A contract between the student and the facility or organization where the internship will take place is signed by all parties: the student faculty supervisor, Chair of the department and the Dean of the Edward College of Humanities and Fine Arts. During the internship period, students are required to maintain a journal and when possible build a portfolio. Interim and finalreports are sent to the organization during the semester by the coordinator of internships. This internship opportunity is open only to students who have already taken ARTS 495.

ARTS 499 Special Topics in Art (3) (Prereq: Permission of instructor) In-depth investigation of specific topics and media not generally available in the curriculum. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

REQUIRED FOR ALL SENIOR Art Studio MAJORS
During the last semester of the senior year, graduating seniors must enroll in ARTS 497, Artist As A Professional. All Art majors must exhibit their Art professionally prior to graduation. All Art Studio majors must present professionally-prepared Portfolios for review by a committee of Art Faculty. Portfolios must include photo documentation of student work (slides or photographs), written artist's statements and resumes. Photographic samples of outstanding student work are occasionally selected for the Department’s teaching collection.

ARTS 497 The Artist as a Professional. (3) (Computer Usage) (Prereq: second semester senior majoring in Art Studio or permission of adviser.) The range of topics covered in this course includes the development of an Artist statement, a biographic statement, resume writing, and portfolio development for senior thesis show and professional presentation. Instruction will be given on how to prepare work for presentation orally, as well as in digital format. Students will use the computer extensively in preparing a CD on which they place their entire portfolio (artist statement, bio, resume and digital images). They will also learn how to format their art images for insertion onto the Visual Arts web site.