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3-D Design

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
371
Course Credits:
3
The dynamics of three-dimensional design principles based on the elements of form, space, shape, light and movement. Basic approaches to sculpture are covered, i.e., construction, modeling, carving, with various tools appropriate for each method. Includes traditional and contemporary references. Two, two- and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 101 or 221.

American Art – Multicultural Crossroads

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
316
Course Credits:
3
This course will begin with a discussion of western European influences on American art. However, the course will also deal with other less familiar influences on the appearance and history of American culture. Native American and African will also be presented in conjunction with American art. All of these influences have contributed to the unique appearance of American art, particularly in the 20th century.

Art Appreciation: A Studio Approach

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
280
Course Credits:
3
A study of three visual arts disciplines through combined lecture and hands-on studio experience. This approach includes the study of artists, styles and techniques related to some of the following disciplines: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture or fibers. The emphasis will be on direct studio experience. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly.

Art History I: Ancient to Medieval

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
311
Course Credits:
3
Civilization epochs in the light of environmental influences and the resultant fine and decorative arts. Where feasible, the philosophies of the related cultural subjects are introduced.

Art History II: Renaissance to Modern

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
312
Course Credits:
3
A survey of major monuments, paintings and sculpture that have shaped Western art—historical thought from the opening years of the Renaissance to the opening years of the twentieth century.

Art Methods

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
360
Course Credits:
3
Study of curriculum and instruction appropriate to aesthetic/artistic growth and development from preschool through 12th grade. Methods, materials and approaches are examined for classroom use. Includes practice teaching and studio time. Prerequisite: AR 221 or AR 280.

Art of Improvisation

Course Prefix:
CA
Course Number:
260
Course Credits:
3
An introduction to the basic elements and techniques of “improv,” this course will focus on performance, writing and communication skills used in creating sketch comedy. This course applies to many disciplines as it emphasizes the value of collaboration, listening and analytical thinking from a perspective of generosity.

Basic Design

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
221
Course Credits:
3
Study and practice of fundamental elements and principles of two-dimensional design using a variety of media. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly.

Calligraphy I

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
200
Course Credits:
2
Fundamentals of basic lettering, layout and composition. One two-hour lab period weekly.

Calligraphy II

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
201
Course Credits:
2
A continuation of lettering fundamentals with emphasis on mastering a chosen alphabet. Concentration on layout, composition and color. One two-hour lab period weekly. Prerequisite: AR 200.

Ceramics I

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
377
Course Credits:
3
An introduction to the concepts and skills necessary to work with clay. Basic methods of hand building will be covered, including related decorating and firing techniques. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly.

Ceramics II

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
378
Course Credits:
3
Continuation of AR 377. With emphasis on beginning throwing skills, the human form and developing personal expression with the medium of clay. Including advanced decorating techniques and glaze chemistry. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 377.

Color and Design

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
222
Course Credits:
3
Study of color and its application to various design concepts as the continuation of design fundamentals and organization. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 221.

Cooperative Education

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
295, 395, 495
Course Credits:
1 – 3
Drawing I
Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
101
Course Credits:
3
A foundation course requiring some drawing skills. Students will explore drawing techniques and media in a variety of observational problems. Emphasis will be placed on principles of line, shape, mass, light and shade, perspective and space, surface and structure. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly.

Drawing II

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
102
Course Credits:
3
Continuation of AR 101. Designed to further develop the student’s perceptual and conceptual drawing skills. Students are encouraged to experiment and explore assigned problems. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 101.

Field: Art Methods

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
361
Course Credits:
1
Field experience component, to be taken in conjunction with AR 360, required for the observation and practice of art methods for preschool through 12th grade. The course consists of thirty hours of practice teaching at an appropriate site as determined by the instructor and/or Field Placement Director. Must be taken concurrently with AR 360.

TEEL® students seeking Visual Arts licensure should, whenever possible, take AR 360 and AR 361 rather than ED 342 and ED 343.

Fundamentals of Game Design

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
225
Course Credits:
3
There are many types and formats of games. This course is meant to introduce the processes and mechanics of game design through both reading about games and individually developing them. Offering best practices towards various game formats and also the opportunity to utilize those practices, the course allows students to design, iterate upon, play test and see designs through to completion. Prerequisite: AR 221 Basic Design or AR 114 Introduction to Graphic Design.

Graphic Design I

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
223
Course Credits:
3
Graphic Design I connects current digital typesetting practices to the rich typographic heritage that is a foundation in the graphic design discipline. Students become confident identifying type categorically, typesetting, white space and the ways all of these principles are employed in creating good and functional design. Some technical as well as creative pieces will be explored. Some traditional studio as well as Adobe Indesign will be the primary platforms for producing design. Two, two and one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisites: AR 114 and AR 221.

Graphic Design II

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
224
Course Credits:
3
This course continues to develop typography in larger contexts including image and message. Project production phases will include thumbnail to final solution. Print media and the printing process will be explored. Projects generated will include more advanced design work and will develop production skills and tools helpful to preparing visual information for the print industry. Adobe Indesign and Photoshop are the primary digital tools for this class. Two, two and one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 223.

Graphic Design III

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
300
Course Credits:
3
This course continues the study of type, text and image. Students create professional multi-page layouts, creative posters and other focused portfolio building projects. Adobe Indesign and Photoshop are the primary digital tools for this class. Two, two and onehalf hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 224.

Graphic Design IV

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
400
Course Credits:
3
This course covers all aspects of creation and presentation of professional portfolio, emphasizing individual strengths and areas of specialization. The course focuses on the development of personal design methodology. Emphasis based on developing concepts in a mature and thorough manner through research, brainstorming, conceptual development and execution of concept. Project refinement and a culminating project will be required. The senior portfolio will be required at the conclusion of this course. Prerequisite: AR 300.

Impressionism to Today

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
314
Course Credits:
3
An historical survey from Impressionism through modern to contemporary art. Concentration on painting and sculpture with frequent field trips to area galleries and museums.

Independent Study

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
398
Course Credits:
1-3
Intro. to Graphic Design
Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
114
Course Credits:
3
This entry level course for the graphic design major provides the student a strong foundation in principles for visual communication problem solving. Vector concepts used in digital design and production will be utilized. There will be group critiques, demonstrations as well as class discussions. Two, two and one half-hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 221.

Introduction to Game Production

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
215
Course Credits:
3
Open communication is vital for a team’s success. While understanding that each person communicates an receives communication in different fashions, the producer will learn to inspire, protect and motivate the group they are responsible for. The producer will foster trust and open communication throughout all levels of the team by being aware of the strengths and weaknesses specific to the team. The producer will also learn to focus on the requirements of a successful project while remaining aware of the needs of the team. No prerequisite.

Life Drawing

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
103
Course Credits:
2
An introduction to drawing the human figure emphasizing the fundamentals of structure. Includes the study of the human skeletal and muscular systems as they apply to drawing a likeness. One, two-and-one- half hour lab period weekly. Prerequisite: AR 101.

Painting I

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
341
Course Credits:
3
An introduction to painting dealing with technical and perceptual concepts. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisites: AR 101, 222.

Painting II

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
342
Course Credits:
3
A continuation of AR 341. Further exploration of technical and perceptual concerns with the emphasis on the growth and development of individual concepts in painting. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 341.

Photography I

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
209
Course Credits:
3
An introduction to the basic elements of black and white photography. Fundamental camera and darkroom techniques are studied. Emphasis on photography as an interpretive and illustrative medium in art. Student supplies manual camera and film. Introduction to digital photography as well. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. periods weekly.

Photography II

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
210
Course Credits:
3
Continuation of AR 209. Designed to further develop the student’s technical and interpretive understanding of black and white photography. Introduction to digital imagery and color. Student supplies manual camera and film. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 209.

Printmaking I

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
325
Course Credits:
3
An introduction to basic relief and intaglio printmaking processes with emphasis on traditional as well as contemporary methods. Includes woodcuts, etching and monoprints. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisites: AR 101, 221.

Printmaking II

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
326
Course Credits:
3
A continuation of AR 325. Further exploration of relief and intaglio processes and techniques. Includes more advanced intaglio as well as involvement with mixed media printmaking. Emphasis on individual exploration of ideas. Two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. Prerequisite: AR 325.

Professional Practices

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
490
Course Credits:
3
Practical concerns essential for an artist to make his/her work visible and marketable. Topics include preparing a résumé and artist statement, documenting one’s work photographically, record keeping, exhibiting and working with galleries, news releases, graduate programs and other opportunities for professional growth, setting up a studio. One, two-and-one-half hour class weekly.

Selected Topics

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
493, 494
Course Credits:
1-3 cr.
Senior Collaborative Projects
Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
450
Course Credits:
3
As a capstone course to the interactive entertainment media concentration, this course focuses on projects which explore what students can create while partnered with other students with different skill sets and backgrounds from their own. The idea is to create something that could not be achieved by one’s individual talent. Students will use their previously learned skills to collaboratively attack specific challenges presented with the goal to create short rapid experiences. The best experiences created during the term and voted on by faculty, will be showcased in an end of term campus…

Senior Studio

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
491
Course Credits:
3
This course will provide art majors with both theoretical and practical application in the visual arts. The course will deal with issues of creative problem solving and self-motivation pertaining to the visual arts. Students will prepare professional portfolios for final class presentation. Students will explore individual approaches to creativity and apply their findings to a specialized art project that they will present to the class and to the art faculty prior to completion of the course.

Senior Studio

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
492
Course Credits:
3
Independent work in a particular field of interest in the visual arts: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking or any other area or areas of specialization in which the student shows intermediate or advanced level proficiency. At least two, two-and-one-half hour lab periods weekly. One hour weekly seminar discussion and periodic critiques with advising instructor.

Studio Emphasis

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
480
Course Credits:
3
This course is designed for the advanced studio art major who has completed an emphasis in one of the following areas: drawing, photography, printmaking, painting or ceramics and wishes to pursue an advanced course of study with the instructor in the same discipline. A research and studio project will be determined prior to registration and with the written permission of the discipline instructor. Prerequisites: AR 101/102 or AR 209/AR 210; AR 325/AR 326 or AR 341/342 or AR 377/AR 378.

Women Artists: Historical Survey

Course Prefix:
AR
Course Number:
313
Course Credits:
3
An historical survey of the roles, contributions and styles of women artists. Activities such as field trips to studios, galleries and museums and special lectures are arranged.