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ART 1024 Introduction to Visual Art
An investigation of the personal, social, and cultural roles of art and visual communication from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Students will explore conceptual, formal, and technical issues in the visual arts through studio projects, slide lectures, class discussions, and visits to regional exhibitions. Fulfills an art history elective in the art minor. II Fine Arts

ART 1424 Introduction to Drawing
An introductory studio investigation of historical, conceptual, and technical issues in drawing, with an emphasis on perceptual and observational skills. Students will explore a broad range of materials and subject matter in the development of a personal and expressive voice. II Fine Arts

ART 2104 Painting I
A studio exploration of the spatial properties of color through use of acrylic and oil paint. Students work from a variety of subjects as they investigate technical and conceptual issues from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Readings, discussions on theory, and visits to local galleries will complement studio activities. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level fine arts course. (Studio Art majors must take ART 1424). IV

ART 2294 Special Topics in Art
The study of an area of studio art not fully treated in other courses. Topics change from term to term and are announced in advance. May be repeated as long as the topic is different. IV

ART 2304 Sculpture I
An exploration of three-dimensional design, using subtractive and additive sculptural methods, with emphasis both on development of technique and on conceptual awareness. Prerequisite: any 1000 level fine arts course. Studio Art majors must take ART 1424. IV

ART 2364 Photography I
An introduction to creating exhibition ready artworks with photography. The projects in this course are informed by historical traditions and contemporary innovations in the media of photography. Explores all areas of image creation including anatomy of the camera, developing images, making prints, finishing, mounting and experimental techniques. Research of historical issues expected, along with presentation of a final portfolio. Prerequisite: any 1000-level fine arts course. Studio Art majors must take ART 1424. IV

ART 2424 Intermediate Drawing and Printmaking
A continuation of techniques and concepts introduced in ART 1424 with an emphasis on developing a basic understanding of printmaking history, technique, and application as they relate to drawing. Students will focus on the human figure as subject, while exploring basic surface and relief printmaking methods. Prerequisite: ART 1424. IV

ART 2504 Ceramics I
Introduction to basic hand building, throwing, glazing, and firing techniques. Emphasis on individual creativity and form sensibility. Prerequisite: Any 1000-level Fine Arts course.(Studio Art majors must take ART 1424.) IV

ART 2614 Digital Imaging
Personal computers and digital imaging programs are quickly replacing the traditional mediums of photography and drawing in many commercial art fields. This course introduces students to software packages designed to create digital images for both print media and Internet use. Projects are designed to reflect the various uses of digital imaging, and provide a complete range of experiences from high-resolution printed images to Web site animations. Prerequisites: A two-dimensional art course (ART 1104, 1424, or 2364). IV

ART 2744 Collage/Mixed Media Drawing
A studio investigation of conceptual and technical issues in mixed media drawing from traditional and nontraditional perspectives. A wide range of materials and subject matter will be introduced with particular attention to material and image integration. Students will work with found, manipulated, and constructed imagery in exploring composition as it promotes a personal and contemporary expression. Prerequisite: ART 1424 or permission of instructor. IV

ART 3364 Photography II
A continuation of techniques and concepts introduced in ART 2364. Includes exploration of new and experimental photographic techniques and increased emphasis on craft and aesthetic considerations. Prerequisite: ART 2364. IV

ART 3674 Painting II
A focused investigation of skills and ideas developed in ART 2104, with emphasis on concept and subject continuity with respect to modes of personal expression. Prerequisite: ART 2104. IV

ART 3774 Sculpture II
Further exploration of three-dimensional design in a wider variety of processes, with emphasis on application of these processes to specific problems. Prerequisite: ART 2304. IV

ART 3874 Ceramics II
A continuation of ART 2504, with increased emphasis on aesthetic considerations as well as the functional uses of clay. Includes introduction to glaze calculation and supervised kiln firings. Prerequisite: ART 2504. IV

ART 4204 Internship in Art
A practical, hands-on, faculty supervised field placement with a community arts institution (profit or nonprofit) tailored to meet students’ professional/career interests. Possible areas of study include commercial/graphic art, photography, arts management, and interior design. Only one unit of internship credit may be used to fulfill major pattern elective requirements. (1 course unit.) CR/NC grading.

ART 4208 Internship in Art
A practical, hands-on, faculty supervised field placement with a community arts institution (profit or nonprofit) tailored to meet students’ professional/career interests. Possible areas of study include commercial/graphic art, photography, arts management, and interior design. Only one unit of internship credit may be used to fulfill major pattern elective requirements. (2 course units.) CR/NC grading.

ART 4302 Studio Art Senior Seminar: Theory and Methods
Includes research and analysis of major issues in studio art with focus on questions of practice and philosophical approach. Art majors are required to take this course during the first half of the winter term of their senior year. (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisites: Senior standing and one of the following: ARTH 2144, ARTH 3124, or ARTH 3154

ART 4344 Advanced Studio Practices
A continuation of ideas and processes introduced in discipline-specific level I and II art studios. Readings and lectures centered on a common theme will be used to stimulate the development of responsive studio projects as students engage media and processes of their own choosing. Guest lectures, studio/gallery and event visitations, open critiques, and critical writings will enhance the student’s search for a personal voice. May be repeated unlimited times for additional credit. Prerequisite: Any second-level studio art course. IV

ART 4402 Studio Art Senior Seminar: Exhibition
The focus of this course is preparation for, and installation of, a Senior Exhibition. Students will prepare by presenting and discussing their finished work and works in progress, and by developing a personal artist’s statement, slide portfolio, and professional resume. A panel of Art Program faculty and the gallery director will review these materials, including work submitted for exhibition. Art majors are required to take this course during the second half of the winter term of their senior year. Another, full credit, upper level studio art course should be taken concurrently. (1/2 course unit.) Prerequisite: ART 4302

ART 4404 Special Topics in Studio Art
Permits individual student activity in a selected and approved area of studio art. May be used to do further work in a studio art area in which the student has completed the normal course sequence, or to do work in an area not treated in other studio courses offered during that term. May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IV

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