Visual Arts

Visual arts study offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of artistic creativity through making art in a studio setting; a responsive eye and a sense of visual literacy; an understanding of the relationship between art and society; and an understanding of modern art concepts and contemporary trends as well as the major historical areas.

 

Visual Arts Major

Professor T. Lossowski, Chair

The total number of courses required for the major is 15-16 (48-53 semester hours). At least six courses taken for the major must be at the 300-level or above.

Students majoring in the visual arts will benefit from the experience of study abroad and should consult the study abroad programs in this catalog. Because the senior seminar and essay or project must be accomplished on campus during both fall and spring semesters of the senior year, visual arts majors who wish to study abroad must do so before their senior year.

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 
One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

ART 119 Visual Organization (3 sem. hrs.)
ART 121 Beginning Drawing (3 sem. hrs.)
ART 260 Introduction to Darkroom Photography (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

ART 118 Three-Dimensional Design (3 sem. hrs.)
ART 241 Introduction to Oxidation Fired Pottery (3 sem. hrs.)
ART 242 Introduction to Reduction Fired Pottery (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

BKRT 105 Introduction to Calligraphy (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 115 Hand Bookbinding I (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 120 Letterpress Printing (3 sem. hrs.)

The following (18 sem. hrs.)

ARTH 101 Prehistoric to Renaissance Survey (3 sem. hrs.)
ARTH 102 Renaissance to Contemporary Survey (3 sem. hrs.)
ARTH 235 Contemporary Art (3 sem. hrs.)
VART 215 Professional Visual Arts Practices (3 sem. hrs.)
VART 300 Theoretical Frameworks in the Visual Arts (3 sem. hrs)
VART 402 Senior Project or Essay in Visual Arts (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

ARTH 105 Art of Non-Western Cultures Survey (3 sem. hrs.)
ARTH 255 A Survey of Renaissance Art (3 sem. hrs.)
ARTH 270 A Survey of Modern Art (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 225 The History of the Book (3 sem. hrs.)

At least one additional course in art history, book arts or studio art (3 sem. hrs.)

 

CONCENTRATIONS

A student must choose a concentration in art history, book arts, or studio art.

 

Art History (11-13 sem. hrs.)

The following (2-4 sem. hrs.)

ARTH 390 Internship in Art History (2-4 sem. hrs.)

Two additional art history courses (6 sem. hrs.)

One additional course in book arts or studio art (3 sem. hrs.)

 

Book Arts (13-15 sem. hrs.)

The following (7-9 sem. hrs.)

BKRT 290/390 Internship in the Book Arts (2-4 sem. hrs.)
VART 401 Senior Seminar in Visual Arts (4 sem. hrs)
VART 403 Senior Exhibition in the Visual Arts (1 sem. hr.)

Two or more of the following, in addition to BKRT courses satisfying above requirements (for a total of at least 6 sem. hrs.)

BKRT 105 Introduction to Calligraphy (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 115 Hand Bookbinding I (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 120 Letterpress Printing (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 215 Hand Bookbinding II (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 220 Digital Book and Graphic Design (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 285/385 Topics in the Book Arts (2-4 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 299/399   Independent Study in the Book Arts (1-3 sem. hrs.)

 

Studio Art (14-16 sem. hrs.)

The following courses (14-16 sem. hrs.)

ART 285/385 Special Topics in Studio Art (3 sem. hrs)
ART 290/390 Internship in Studio Art (2-4 sem. hrs.)
ART 350 Creative Art Projects (4 sem. hrs.)
VART 401 Senior Seminar in Visual Arts (4 sem. hrs)
VART 403 Senior Exhibition in the Visual Arts (1 sem. hr.)

 

Art History Minor

Professor T. Lossowski and Assistant Professor K. Waugh, Coordinators

Students concentrating in studio art may not use the same courses for both the studio art concentration and the minor in art history. Those students should consult with their advisor and the coordinator of the minor to decide appropriate substitutions. The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (18 semester hours).

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Two of the following (6 sem. hrs.)

ARTH 101 Prehistoric to Renaissance Survey (3 sem. hrs.)
ARTH 102 Renaissance to Contemporary Survey (3 sem. hrs.)
ARTH 105 Art of Non-Western Cultures Survey (3 sem. hrs.)

All of the following (12 sem. hrs.)

Two studio art courses (6 sem. hrs.)
Two additional art history courses (6 sem. hrs.)

 

Book Arts Minor

Director of Book Arts N. Gil, Coordinator

The total number of courses required for the minor is 7 (17-23 semester hours).

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 
All of the following (11-13 sem. hrs.)

BKRT 115 Hand Bookbinding I (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 120 Letterpress Printing (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 225 The History of the Book (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 290/390 Internship in the Book Arts (2-4 sem. hrs.)

Three of the following (6-10 sem. hrs.)

BKRT 105 Introduction to Calligraphy (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 215 Hand Bookbinding II (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 220 Digital Book and Graphic Design (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 285/385 Topics in the Book Arts (2-4 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 299/399   Independent Study in the Book Arts (1-3 sem. hrs.)

 

Graphic Design Minor

Assistant Professor K. Waugh, Coordinator

Students will gain experience in print and web design, introducing them to skills needed for careers in fields such as communications, advertising, or publishing.   The minor will combine coursework in Visual Arts and Business, with options to further intensify skills in related content areas.

Required courses (total course required is seven: 19-22 sem. hours)

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Fundamental Skills in Design: All of the following

ART 119 Visual Organization (3 sem. hrs.)
ART 127 Introduction to Graphic Design (3 sem. hrs.)

Book Arts: One of the following

BKRT 120 Letterpress Printing (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 220 Digital Book & Graphic Design (3 sem. hrs.)

Images & Content: One of the following

ART 121 Beginning Drawing (3 sem. hrs.)
ART 261 Photographic Digital Imaging (3 sem. hrs.)
ART 262 Alternative Video in Art & Society (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 320 The Printed Book (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 145 Game Design and Development (2 sem. hrs.)

Business Skills: One of the following

BUS 201 Principles of Management (3 sem. hrs.)
BUS 213 Principles of Accounting I (3 sem. hrs.)

Professional Practices: All of the following

VART 215 Professional Visual Practices (3 sem. hrs.)
ART 290/390 Internship (2-4 sem. hrs.)

 

Studio Art Minor

Professor T. Lossowski, Coordinator

The minor field of art has been designed to give recognition to the non-major who completes the prescribed course of study. The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (18 semester hours).

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 
All of the following (6 sem. hrs.)

ART 119 Visual Organization (3 sem. hrs.)
or ART 121 Beginning Drawing (3 sem. hrs.)
One course in ceramics (3 sem. hrs.)

Two of the following (6 sem. hrs.)

ARTH 101 Prehistoric to Renaissance Survey (3 sem. hrs.)
ARTH 102 Renaissance to Contemporary Survey (3 sem. hrs.)
ARTH 105 Art of Non-Western Cultures Survey (3 sem. hrs.)
One course in ceramics (3 sem. hrs.)

Two additional studio art courses (6 sem. hrs.)

 

 
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