Courses & Requirements

With a studio art major or minor, you will be introduced to a variety of media including printmaking, drawing, digital art, painting, and sculpture.  Advanced studio workshops will encourage you to combine different media, expanding your range of expression.

Requirements for Studio Art Majors

A minimum of 10 courses.

Required courses: ART-150, ART-144 or ART-160, ART-240, ART-421.

One additional art history course at the 200 level or above.

Five additional studio art courses at the 200 level or above.

Required Courses

ART-150: Art History (4.00)

Introduction to the major paintings, sculptures and architectural monuments from the pyramids to postmodernism. Discussion of stylistic movements, the importance of viewing works in context and the broadening of the canon in the dialogue of non-Western and Western art. This one-semester course is a prerequisite for all upper-level courses in art history.

ART-144: Visual Thinking/Digital (4.00)

This course will use digital technology to study and explore design and drawing form and technique through examining line, color and texture in relation to problems in composition, color theory, subject matter and space. Emphasis is on the design process and conceptual development. Media will span a range of materials and technology but will be primarily based on the use of digital tools to see and express through mediating traditional art materials.

ART-160: Visual Thinking I (4.00)

Introduction to drawing and design. Students will explore issues of composition, color theory and creative development. Experiments with a variety of drawing and design media will develop students' visual skills and individual style.

ART-240: Drawing and Composition I (4.00)

Problems in representation with a focus on life drawing and the human body. Experimentation with drawing media and various styles of drawing. There will be an emphasis on personal expression and thematic discovery.

Course requisites: ART-160 or ART-144

ART-421: Advanced Studio I (4.00)

Development of a body of work in relation to contemporary approaches to art making. Students are expected to broaden the range of expression through the development and presentation of ideas. Political, social and aesthetic perspectives related to the visual arts will be explored through readings, lectures and visits to galleries, museums and artists' studios.

Course requisites: JR or SR standing; 144 or 160; 240; +1 course at 200+ level

Elective Courses

Studio Art

ART-120: Connected Learning (2.00)

This course combines traditional students learning alongside faculty toward knowledge creation through digital culture, creativity, and network theory. Teams of mixed learners apply connected learning methodologies to design-oriented publishing projects and explore teaching, learning, and digital literacies.

ART-210: Visual Culture: Thinking About Seeing (4.00)

This course serves as an introduction to visual culture. Visual culture enmeshes that which can be perceived through vision. In a world increasingly dominated by images, learning to decipher visual works and perform visual analysis has become imperative and dynamic. There is a great deal of fluidity in conceptualizing and critically examining the visual field. Through a multidisciplinary perspective involving film studies, disability studies, media studies, and visual anthropology, we will address how to read images, what we can know from an image, and how to use images as evidence. Our sources will be largely contemporary; however, we will imagine the ways different technologies in time have influenced visuality. Students will be asked to make connections across academic fields as well as through diverse mediums such as oil painting, photography, digital media, the news, advertisements, film, and social media. We will be reading and working with critical texts alongside visually based materials, and students may be asked to go to film screenings and museum exhibitions. Participation requires blogging as well as creating and maintaining a class Instagram.

ART-241: Painting Processes I (4.00)

Introductory course in painting. Basic painting techniques and experiments in color theory combined with an exploration of conceptual approaches to painting. Emphasis on personal expression and thematic discovery.

Course requisites: ART-144 or ART-160

ART-242: Printmaking Processes I (4.00)

Introduction to printmaking processes with a focus on image content and creative development. Printing processes may include monoprint, relief, intaglio, silkscreen, book arts and photographic processes in printmaking.

Course requisites: ART-144 or ART-160

ART-243: Three-Dimensional Thinking (4.00)

Introduction to three-dimensional art making with a focus on mass, space, and light. Emphasis on exploration of materials and conceptual development. Projects may include sculptural, environmental, time-based, sound-based and kinetic works.

Course requisites: ART-144 or ART-160

ART-244: Digital Processes (4.00)

Introduction to digitally based design using the Macintosh platform as a tool to work with typography, photography, illustration, and time-based imagery. Software includes Adobe PhotoShop (CS5), Adobe Illustrator (CS5), and Final Cut Xpress. Projects are conceptually based and focus on experimenting with direct hand work, digital effects and various modes of presentation. Emphasis on understanding reading and designing meaning and message in visual expression.

Course requisites: ART-144 or ART-160

ART-245: Creating Artist Books Through a Variety Creating Artist Books (4.00)

Creating artist books through a variety of media and image-making techniques. We will explore this special form of narrative-based visual expression and discover unique interactions between word and image, and a variety of book structures.

Course requisites: ART-144 or 160

ART-280: Digital Photography (4.00)

This course is an introduction to the creation, manipulation, and critical interpretation of digital photography and graphic images. Students will learn technical and creative aspects of making and refining images using industry-standard software and photography applications.

Course requisites: ART-144 or 160

ART-295: Topics in Studio Art (4.00)

TOPICS IN STUDIO ART: This course introduces students to a special topic in studio art at the 200 level. Such topics may focus on specific medium or concept; topics are variable according to professor's interest and expertise.

Course requisites: ART-144 or 160 (or permission)

ART-340: Drawing and Composition II (4.00)

Advanced studies in drawing.

Course requisites: ART-240

ART-341: Painting Processes II (4.00)

Advanced studies in painting.

Course requisites: ART-241

ART-342: Printmaking Processes II (4.00)

Advanced studies in printmaking.

Course requisites: 242

ART-343: Sculpture II (4.00)

Advanced studies in sculpture.

Course requisites: 243

ART-344: Advanced Digital Processes (4.00)

Advanced studies in digital processes.

Course requisites: ART-244

ART-345: Creating Artist Books Through a Variety Creating Artist Books (4.00)

Creating artist books through a variety of media and image-making techniques. We will explore this special form of narrative-based visual expression and discover unique interactions between word and image, and a variety of book structures.

Course requisites: ART-245 or permission of instructor

ART-395: Topics in Studio Art (4.00)

TOPICS IN STUDIO ART: This course introduces students to a special topic in studio art at the 300 level. Such topics may focus on specific medium or concept; topics are variable according to professor's interest and expertise.

Course requisites: ART-144 or 160 (or permission)

ART-410: Directed Reading (1.00)

Individual research project supervised by instructor. Open to majors, or by permission of instructor.

ART-421: Advanced Studio I (4.00)

Development of a body of work in relation to contemporary approaches to art making. Students are expected to broaden the range of expression through the development and presentation of ideas. Political, social and aesthetic perspectives related to the visual arts will be explored through readings, lectures and visits to galleries, museums and artists' studios.

Course requisites: JR or SR standing; 144 or 160; 240; +1 course at 200+ level

ART-440: Directed Research (4.00)

Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to a particular field of intellectual or artistic interest, or to non-majors who demonstrate sufficient preparation in the discipline. Applications are available in the Office of Academic Advising and must be returned to the assistant dean of the college for approval. A 440 course carries 4 semester-hours credit.

ART-450: Credit Internship (4.00)

For juniors and seniors who want a more-focused academic component to accompany their internship, the independently designed 450 may be an option. Students must identify a faculty sponsor and complete detailed paperwork for approval from the Office of Internship and Career Development.

ART-460: Special Projects (4.00)

May be repeated if subject matter varies. Must be taken in conjunction with a 300-level course taught by the mentoring instructor. Requires permission of the instructor.

ART-481: Advanced Studio II (4.00)

Further development of contemporary approaches to art making.

Course requisites: ART-421 and permission of instructor

ART-490: Senior Thesis (4.00)

A senior thesis in the student's major gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to a particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Interested students should obtain thesis guidelines (available in the Office of Academic Advising) and apply in writing to the appropriate department chair or program chair. A 490 course carries 4 semester hours of credit.

Requirements for Studio Art Minors

A minimum of 5 courses.

Required courses: ART-150; ART-144 or ART-160.

Three additional studio classes at the 200 level or above.

Required Courses

ART-150: Art History (4.00)

Introduction to the major paintings, sculptures and architectural monuments from the pyramids to postmodernism. Discussion of stylistic movements, the importance of viewing works in context and the broadening of the canon in the dialogue of non-Western and Western art. This one-semester course is a prerequisite for all upper-level courses in art history.

ART-144: Visual Thinking/Digital (4.00)

This course will use digital technology to study and explore design and drawing form and technique through examining line, color and texture in relation to problems in composition, color theory, subject matter and space. Emphasis is on the design process and conceptual development. Media will span a range of materials and technology but will be primarily based on the use of digital tools to see and express through mediating traditional art materials.

ART-160: Visual Thinking I (4.00)

Introduction to drawing and design. Students will explore issues of composition, color theory and creative development. Experiments with a variety of drawing and design media will develop students' visual skills and individual style.

Elective Courses

Studio Art

ART-120: Connected Learning (2.00)

This course combines traditional students learning alongside faculty toward knowledge creation through digital culture, creativity, and network theory. Teams of mixed learners apply connected learning methodologies to design-oriented publishing projects and explore teaching, learning, and digital literacies.

ART-210: Visual Culture: Thinking About Seeing (4.00)

This course serves as an introduction to visual culture. Visual culture enmeshes that which can be perceived through vision. In a world increasingly dominated by images, learning to decipher visual works and perform visual analysis has become imperative and dynamic. There is a great deal of fluidity in conceptualizing and critically examining the visual field. Through a multidisciplinary perspective involving film studies, disability studies, media studies, and visual anthropology, we will address how to read images, what we can know from an image, and how to use images as evidence. Our sources will be largely contemporary; however, we will imagine the ways different technologies in time have influenced visuality. Students will be asked to make connections across academic fields as well as through diverse mediums such as oil painting, photography, digital media, the news, advertisements, film, and social media. We will be reading and working with critical texts alongside visually based materials, and students may be asked to go to film screenings and museum exhibitions. Participation requires blogging as well as creating and maintaining a class Instagram.

ART-240: Drawing and Composition I (4.00)

Problems in representation with a focus on life drawing and the human body. Experimentation with drawing media and various styles of drawing. There will be an emphasis on personal expression and thematic discovery.

Course requisites: ART-160 or ART-144

ART-241: Painting Processes I (4.00)

Introductory course in painting. Basic painting techniques and experiments in color theory combined with an exploration of conceptual approaches to painting. Emphasis on personal expression and thematic discovery.

Course requisites: ART-144 or ART-160

ART-242: Printmaking Processes I (4.00)

Introduction to printmaking processes with a focus on image content and creative development. Printing processes may include monoprint, relief, intaglio, silkscreen, book arts and photographic processes in printmaking.

Course requisites: ART-144 or ART-160

ART-243: Three-Dimensional Thinking (4.00)

Introduction to three-dimensional art making with a focus on mass, space, and light. Emphasis on exploration of materials and conceptual development. Projects may include sculptural, environmental, time-based, sound-based and kinetic works.

Course requisites: ART-144 or ART-160

ART-244: Digital Processes (4.00)

Introduction to digitally based design using the Macintosh platform as a tool to work with typography, photography, illustration, and time-based imagery. Software includes Adobe PhotoShop (CS5), Adobe Illustrator (CS5), and Final Cut Xpress. Projects are conceptually based and focus on experimenting with direct hand work, digital effects and various modes of presentation. Emphasis on understanding reading and designing meaning and message in visual expression.

Course requisites: ART-144 or ART-160

ART-245: Creating Artist Books Through a Variety Creating Artist Books (4.00)

Creating artist books through a variety of media and image-making techniques. We will explore this special form of narrative-based visual expression and discover unique interactions between word and image, and a variety of book structures.

Course requisites: ART-144 or 160

ART-280: Digital Photography (4.00)

This course is an introduction to the creation, manipulation, and critical interpretation of digital photography and graphic images. Students will learn technical and creative aspects of making and refining images using industry-standard software and photography applications.

Course requisites: ART-144 or 160

ART-295: Topics in Studio Art (4.00)

TOPICS IN STUDIO ART: This course introduces students to a special topic in studio art at the 200 level. Such topics may focus on specific medium or concept; topics are variable according to professor's interest and expertise.

Course requisites: ART-144 or 160 (or permission)

ART-340: Drawing and Composition II (4.00)

Advanced studies in drawing.

Course requisites: ART-240

ART-341: Painting Processes II (4.00)

Advanced studies in painting.

Course requisites: ART-241

ART-342: Printmaking Processes II (4.00)

Advanced studies in printmaking.

Course requisites: 242

ART-343: Sculpture II (4.00)

Advanced studies in sculpture.

Course requisites: 243

ART-344: Advanced Digital Processes (4.00)

Advanced studies in digital processes.

Course requisites: ART-244

ART-345: Creating Artist Books Through a Variety Creating Artist Books (4.00)

Creating artist books through a variety of media and image-making techniques. We will explore this special form of narrative-based visual expression and discover unique interactions between word and image, and a variety of book structures.

Course requisites: ART-245 or permission of instructor

ART-395: Topics in Studio Art (4.00)

TOPICS IN STUDIO ART: This course introduces students to a special topic in studio art at the 300 level. Such topics may focus on specific medium or concept; topics are variable according to professor's interest and expertise.

Course requisites: ART-144 or 160 (or permission)

ART-421: Advanced Studio I (4.00)

Development of a body of work in relation to contemporary approaches to art making. Students are expected to broaden the range of expression through the development and presentation of ideas. Political, social and aesthetic perspectives related to the visual arts will be explored through readings, lectures and visits to galleries, museums and artists' studios.

Course requisites: JR or SR standing; 144 or 160; 240; +1 course at 200+ level

ART-481: Advanced Studio II (4.00)

Further development of contemporary approaches to art making.

Course requisites: ART-421 and permission of instructor

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