Studio Art Courses

Studio Art majors will take 16 hours of core art classes, and 21 hours of studio-art-specific courses. In addition, eight hours of electives must be completed.

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AR 101-G Basic Design: Principles of 2-D Composition/2
Introduction to the visual organization of a two-dimensional surface. Exercises will explore and test the principles of composition (balance, rhythm, proportion, focal point, unity, and contrast) and their interaction with the elements of form (line, shape, texture, and value) in various black and white media. Emphasis will be placed on formal analysis, visual vocabulary, and the process of design. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

AR 105-G/205-G Ceramics I and II/3, 3
Introduction to hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic form. May be repeated for development of more advanced ceramic techniques.

AR 106-G Basic Photography/2
An introduction to basic camera skills and photographic principles (composition, exposure, depth of field, focus, balance, perspective, storytelling and more) emphasizing seeing photographically, stimulating visual awareness and creativity, and demonstrating the visual literacy needed to critique photographs. Camera with manual aperture and shutter-speed controls required. Spring semester.

AR 107-G Drawing I: Structure, Perspective, and Rendering/2
This course centers on the most basic cognitive drawing skill: the complexity of translating the three dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface. The principles of perspective are covered in detail with the focus on careful observation, achieving accurate optical measurement, and creating volume. The technique of rendering and the application of tonal value is introduced after fundamental drawing skills have been covered. Fall and Spring semesters.

AR 108-G/208 Painting I and II/3, 3
An introduction to technical and formal problems in painting. Painting I explores methods of image development from realistic to abstract/experimental. Attention is given to the impact that color has on visual form, pictorial space, value, and balance. Emphasis is on the expressive development of the individual. Painting II seeks to build on these elements through an expanded palette, larger projects, and critique sessions. Emphasis given to painting as visual commentary. Prerequisite: AR 107-G or consent of instructor. Painting I offered Fall semester and Painting II offered Spring semester.

AR 203 Watercolor/3
An introduction to the medium of watercolor. Development of the student’s familiarity with the unique properties and effects of transparent color. Exercises in still life, landscape, figure, and experimental techniques. Prerequisite: AR 107-G or 108-G. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

AR 207 Drawing Il: Still Life, Landscape, and Figure/2
Building on basic drawing skills developed in Drawing I, this course introduces the major themes of drawing, stressing awareness of the total paper––designing the whole page. Prerequisite: AR 107. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

AR 211-G Art History I: Ancient through Medieval/3
A survey of the chronological sequence of major art styles of art history from ancient through medieval, exploring the creative portion of the work in review. It will also examine the cultural influences on art production, analysis of individual styles, and the aesthetic criteria and recognition of style, and the integration of visual arts with the performing arts, such as dance, music, and theater. Students will experience galleries, museums, theaters, concerts, and/or performances as they explore the fine arts. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

AR 212-G Art History II: Renaissance through Modern/3
A survey of the chronological sequence of major art styles of art history from renaissance through 20th century, exploring the creative portion of the work in review. It will also examine the cultural influences on art production, analysis of individual styles, and the aesthetic criteria and recognition of style, and the integration of visual arts with the performing arts, such as dance, music, and theater. Students will experience galleries, museums, theaters, concerts, and/or performances as they explore the fine arts. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

AR 235-G Basic Typography/2
A thorough introduction to the structure of our letter system and the forming of letters through extensive practice drawing letterforms. Lectures and reading will cover letterform anatomy, historical development, classification, and professional terminology. Fall semester.

AR 241-G Introduction to Graphic Design/2
An introductory course concentrating on the fundamental issues of page layout: establishing visual hierarchy, structuring a message, readability and legibility, the application of compositional principles, and the creation and support of content by typographic arrangement. Work will begin with a simple message and a single page and progress to more complex messages over a sequence of pages. Spring semester.

AR 301 Color Theory/2
A focused study of the formal element color. Exercises will explore color definition, properties of color, and various systems for structuring color application to two-dimensional surfaces. Work will range from fundamental exercises to original individual compositions, as well as written analysis of color usage by various artists. Prerequisite: either AR 101-G or AR 241. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

AR 306 Advanced Photography/2
A study of film formats, i.e., medium, and large (4×5), color processes (E-6, C-41), and large print production. Advanced black and white contrast controls in exposure and development techniques are also presented. Prerequisite: AR 106-G. Offered on demand.

AR 307 Drawing III: Advanced Drawing/3
A continued concern with the analytical, compositional, and expressive elements of drawing with an emphasis on development of individual projects. Prerequisite: AR 207-G.

AR 308 Painting III/3
Enables students to further explore skills and concepts learned in Painting I and II. While a traditional approach to oil painting will be emphasized, students are strongly encouraged to develop individuality through conceptual and technical experiments. Possibilities of use of mixed media and abstract painting will be presented. Prerequisite: AR 203 or AR208. Spring semester.

AR 312 Illustration: Pictorial Communication/3
An exploration of drawing as a means of concrete visual communication in the form of a narrative or isolated concept. A variety of materials and techniques are explored with consideration of their impact on the message. Prerequisite: AR 207-G.

AR 328 Mixed Media/3
This course introduces students to the integration of mixed-media. It offers an opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of media: computer generated art, collage/assemblage, drawing, painting, and other media. Students are encouraged to pursue their own interests.

AR 330 Printmaking/3
Designed to introduce students to various techniques of production of multiple-original works of art within a variety of techniques including woodcut, linocut, intaglio, and seriograph. Prerequisite: AR 101-G, AR 107-G, or AR 108-G.

AR 335 Advanced Typography/3
Experimental work in letterform, logotype, and typeface design. Problems range from theoretical to practical, from individual form to a series of forms, and from decorative to pragmatic. Prerequisite: AR 235-G. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

AR 341 Advanced Graphic Design/3
An extended look at page layout that will push the relationship between form and content; how the visual structure of a message can impart and support content. Prerequisite: AR 241-G. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

AR 355 Graphic Design Process/4
An investigation of design methodology from problem definition to design solution along with a review of methods used by designers to generate original concepts. Prerequisites: AR 235-G and AR 241-G. Spring semester.

AR 360 Graphic Design History and Philosophy/4
A studio course that surveys the history of graphic design from its origins to the late 20th century with emphasis on what philosophies lay behind the work of each period. After gaining a general overview of graphic design history, students will be able to target later projects to historical periods and designers that resonate with their own interests. In conclusion, students will be required to synthesize and defend an answer to the question, “What is good design?” Prerequisites: AR 235-G and AR 241-G.

AR 410 Graphic Design Internship/3
Field experience in a corporate or nonprofit organization supervised by a faculty member. Students will have a hands-on experience that will allow them to apply knowledge and theory they have gained in their course work as well as experienced in the work place. In regular meetings with faculty and other interns, students will reflect on experiences. Prerequisites: AR 360 and consent of faculty.

AR 415 Practical Studies in Graphic Design/3
Exploration in a specific area of application, such as book design, website design, publication design, type design, exhibition design, advertising, signage, information design, identity systems, and packaging. Prerequisite: AR 355. Offered on demand.

AR 420 Graphic Design Practice/4
A study of the relationship between art and business that is graphic design. Along with writing a basic business plan prior to designing, students will learn basic studio procedures for tracking and managing jobs, as well as solving design problems within a business context. Prerequisites: AR 235-G and AR 241-G. Fall semester.

AR 430 Senior Practicum/1,2, or 3
Designed for students to get practical experience in a work setting on campus, outside studio course work. This experience will be supervised by faculty or staff members with appropriate experience. Must work at least 6 hours a week. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AR 435 Graphic Design Portfolio/2-4
Students begin by identifying the segment of the graphic design they wish to practice and then analyze their current body work in relation to this goal. Individual projects are planned and executed that will address the needs identified, and a portfolio is constructed to efficiently maintain the work. The course concludes with the senior exhibit. Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of instructor. Offered on demand.