Undergraduate Courses

Art and Design

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ARH2000: Art Appreciation
This course includes the study of visual elements, design principles, various techniques and media. Examples of Western painting, sculpture and architecture from prehistoric to present times will be examined. Local museum excursions are required.
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ARH2050: Art History Survey I
This course is a survey of painting, sculpture and architecture from the Paleolithic era through the Medieval period. Monuments will be studied in relation to the cultural contexts of Western civilization.
3
ARH2051: Art History Survey II
This course is a survey of European painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical periods to the emergence of modern art including Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism and Cubism.
3
ARH3130: The Art and Archeology of Ancient Greece
This course considers the art, architecture and archeology of ancient Greece in the context of its culture, history, religion and geography from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period.
3
ARH3150: The Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
This course will consider the art, archeology and architecture of ancient Rome, from its antecedents in the Italic and Etruscan traditions, through the Republic and the late empire. Major works, monuments and sites will be examined in the context of the culture, history, geography and religion.
3
ARH3211: Early Medieval Art and Architecture
This course surveys the art and architecture of late antique and early medieval Europe from Constantine the Great to the year 1000, covering the late Roman, early Byzantine, Merovingian, Hiberno-Saxon, Carolingian, Ottonian, and early Islamic periods. We will devote special emphasis to key historical, cultural, and religious influences on medieval art, including the rise of Christianity and of Islam, the court of Charlemagne, monasticism, and the millennial terrors of the year 1000. We will also consider interpretive questions relating to art and ritual, the survival of pagan imagery, and aniconism in medieval art.
3
ARH3250: Romanesque Art and Architecture
This course explores the art and architecture of the Romanesque period, the 11th and 12th centuries, especially the sudden, widespread "Renaissance" of monumental sculpture. The course seeks to situate Romanesque art in relation to important cultural and religious phenomena that shaped its uses and meanings, including pilgrimage and the cult of relics, monasticism, and crusade. We will also consider the origin of the idea of a Romanesque in medieval art and interpretive approaches to Romanesque art.
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ARH3253: Gothic Art and Architecture
This course surveys the development of art in Western Europe during the later Middle Ages, from the late 12th through the 15th century. We will consider manuscript illumination, stained glass, sculpture, and the rise and evolution of the Gothic cathedral, with special focus on themes of the droll and the grotesque and on the roles of art in late medieval piety, politics, and everyday life.
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ARH3302: Italian Renaissance Art
Earlier Renaissance; Proto-Renaissance aspects of late Gothic art; the international style; early renaissance; high renaissance; Venetian art; mannerism. Examples of painting, sculpture and architecture will be studied.
3
ARH3319: The Art and Architecture of Michelangelo
Using contemporary as well as modern accounts of the artist, this course will study the painting, drawing, sculpture, and architecture of Michelangelo in the context of Italian Renaissance culture.
3
ARH3331: Northern Renaissance Art
This course surveys the art of Europe north of the Alps during the 15th and 16th centuries. We will consider the development of new artistic techniques and technologies in painting and print through the work of such major artists as Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Durer, and Hieronymous Bosch. The course will also investigate concepts of morality, religion, death, and Apocalypse that are reflected in the art of the period.
3
ARH3350: Baroque Art
The origins of baroque art in Italy, Bernini and St. Peter's, Velazquez, Rubens and Flemish art. Rembrandt and the Dutch masters. Classical 17th century French art. The England of Sir Christopher Wren. Rococo art.
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ARH3354: Rubens to Rembrandt: Netherlandish Baroque Art
With the towering figures of Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn as bookends, this course examines art of the Netherlandish Baroque within its cultural and social contexts, with close attention to themes of religion, social morality, and humor. We will consider the significance of major artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and others, in addition to important contributions by Northern Baroque artists to the development of portraiture, landscape, still life, and genre painting.
3
ARH3404: British Art: Hogarth to Hirst
This course will provide an introduction to the art and architecture of Britain from the eighteenth century to the present day. The focus will be on developing an understanding of paintings, sculpture, and architecture in their historical contexts. We will examine portraiture, landscape painting, history painting, paintings of modern life, photography and contemporary art, with additional material on architecture and decorative arts. Themes to be developed throughout the course will include: the distinctive character of British art, patronage and collecting by individuals and museums, art as propaganda, the development of portraiture as an expression of identity, the importance of landscape painting, decoration and articulation of taste, and the contemporary art scene in Britain.
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ARH3410: Modern European Art I
This course will study European art and architecture between 1780-1870, from Neo-Classicism through Impressionism.
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ARH3434: Modern European Art II
This course will study European Art and Architecture between 1880 and 1940, from post impressionism through surrealism.
3
ARH3453: Post War Art: 1940-1980
This course focuses on the production of art within the late modern and early post-modern periods. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which race, gender, sexuality, and cultural difference are constructed within visual arts of the post-war era. Investigating the role of art critics, galleries and art periodicals, the class will also examine the different institutions through which art has been promoted and filtered in the decades following World War II.
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ARH3475: Contemporary Art: 1980 to Present
This course will explore the meaning(s) as well as stylistic, historical, and theoretical developments of painting, sculpture, mixed media works, conceptual and performance art, installation, and non-traditional photography, and video/film extending from 1980 to the present.
3
ARH3583: Tribal Arts
This course provides a selective introduction to major developments and issues in African, Oceanic and North American Indian art of the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial periods. Works will be examined in relation to a culture's religion, rituals, ceremonies, political structure, gender roles, and ethnic identity.
3
ARH3621: American Art I: 1492 to 1876
American Art I surveys the visual arts of the United States from 1492 to 1876. Throughout the course we will look at the ways in which American artists sought to develop an American fine arts tradition. This course also examines how art was used to shape a strong national identity and to negotiate the tensions of race, politics, gender, class, and ethnicity.
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ARH3623: American Art II: 1876 to 1940

Description: American Art II surveys the arts of the United States from 1876 to 1940. Examining the production of modern art in the US, we will consider how artists responded to industrialization; developments in transportation and communication; urbanization; labor; gender; race issues; economic polarization; and political conflicts.
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ARH3631: African American Art History
Spanning Colonial times to the present, this course examines art produced by individuals of African descent in the United States. Through lectures, discussions, readings and writing assignments, students will develop a broad knowledge of African American art within its social-historical context. Topics will include but are not limited to: African American folk art and slavery, African American art after Emancipation, African American art and the Harlem Renaissance, African American art and the Civil Rights movement, African American women artists, and collecting African American art.
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ARH3811: Junior Methods Seminar
Prerequisite:  ARH 2050, ARH 2051, and two ARH 3000-4000 courses, Junior status
Description: This course serves to introduce students to advanced methods in original research and to key texts that formulate the intellectual foundation of the discipline of art history. In consultation with faculty, students in the Junior Methods Seminar will develop a topic, bibliography, and research plan preparatory to completion of the senior thesis. Successful completion of the Junior Methods Seminar is prerequisite for admission to the Senior Research Seminar.
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ARH3843: Studies in Irish Art and Architecture
This course is designed as a survey of Irish art and architecture ranging from the study of prehistoric monuments to works by contemporary artists. Works will be studied in the context of Ireland?s violent and oppressed history, and against the topography of its magnificent island geography. Among the examples of art and architecture the class will consider are: prehistoric and megalithic architecture); Celtic art and jewelry; early monastic sites and scriptural crosses, the great illuminated manuscripts; the emergence of decoration and ornamentation in Romanesque churches; the development of the great abbeys; modern Irish painting and sculpture from the 18th century to the present.
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ARH3883: The Apocalypse in Medieval and Early Modern Art
The idea of the Apocalypse, the end of the world described in Revelations by St. John the Divine, profoundly influenced the subject matter of Christian art during the Middle Ages and early modern period and continues to be an important reference point in western art and culture. This course surveys the range and development of apocalyptic imagery from the Whore of Babylon to the Mark of the Beast in medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary art, with special attention paid to themes of millenarianism, the year 1000, and the Protestant Reformation.
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ARH3930: Special Topics in Art History
Special Topics in Art History. Special Topics courses are designed to augment the curriculum by offering classes which are not in the catalog. May be repeated for 12 credits under different topics.
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ARH3940: Art History Practicum
Prerequisite:  ARH 2050 and ARH 2051
Description: In consultation with faculty, the student enrolled in Art History Practicum will compose a personal statement outlining his/her interests in the field, personal and professional goals for study in the major, and career aspirations. The student will produce a writing sample consisting of an analytic essay about a single work of art that relates to his/her interests in the field. The student will meet with a faculty panel to discuss and receive constructive feedback relating to the personal statement, the writing sample, the student’s course of study and educational and professional goals. Successful completion of the Practicum is prerequisite for admission to required upper level courses in the ARH major.
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ARH3955: Art History on Site
Students in this course will experience the history of art in situ. The course is designed to accommodate study abroad experiences and intensive explorations of domestic sites such as New York and Washington D.C, Major monuments, archeological sites, museums and works of art will be considered and analyzed in the context in which they were created or are currently housed. Cultural contexts of works of art will be explored; students will consider the myriad influences that are reflected in works of art including patronage, history, economics, religion, geography and techniques in painting, sculpture and architecture. May be repeated once.
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ARH4710: History of Photography
A selected overview of the history of photography from its invention in the 19th century to the present day. Photographic practice will be examined from a number of vantage points including: technique and utilitarian function, sociopolitical context and aesthetics. The following areas will be investigated: prehistory and invention of photography; portraiture, landscape, and expeditionary photography; social documentary photography; photography as artistic experiment; photography and postmodern practice; and photography in the digital age.
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ARH4724: Graphic Design History
This class explores the evolution of graphic design from past to present. Slide lectures present an overview with emphasis on important periods. It examines the relationship between design and the historical influence on contemporary design. Related topics include typography, photography, illustration and technological impact.
3
ARH4800: Aesthetics of Art
A search for beauty and expression in the arts. Through lectures, discussions, movies, and slides, this search will take into account the thoughts of Santayana, Dewey, Langer, Tolstoy and well-known contemporary philosophers, artists, writers, architects and film makers.
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ARH4801: Art Criticism
Prerequisites: ARH 2050, ARH 2051, One ARH 3000 or 4000 level. An investigation of selected philosophies of art criticism in the 20th Century. Students will apply methods of analysis and interpretation to the critique of art. Individual ideas will be expressed through writing assignments, group critiques, guest lectures, and visits to art exhibitions. Emphasis will include contemporary art issues.
3
ARH4905: Directed Individual Study
Prerequisites: ARH 2050 Art History Survey I, ARH 2051 Art History Survey II, 3 upper level ARH courses This course provides context for intensive, direct collaboration between instructor and the enrolled student(s) on original research topics. The topics addressed and the scope of the collaboration is determined by the instructor in consultation with the enrolled student(s). The course is an opportunity for advanced study in Art History through one-on-one student/faculty contact designed to develop high-level critical, analytical, and research and writing skills. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours.
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ARH4910: Senior Research Seminar
Prerequisite:  ARH 2050, ARH 2051, ARH 3811, and at least two 3000-4000 level ARH courses.
Description: As a capstone course, this course is designed to guide students through the original research process resulting in a senior thesis that reflects the maturity of the student’s knowledge of Art History and mastery of a specialized topic in the field.
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ARH4941: Internship in Art History
Prerequisites: Art History major or minor ARH 2050, ARH 2051 and three upper level art history courses, permission of department chair The internship provides supervised professional work experience in a gallery, museum, archeological or cultural organization. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.
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ART1201C: Two-Dimensional Design

Description: This course is an introduction to the elements and principles of design through the utilization of various media on the flat surface. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of the various organizational possibilities available in designing for the flat surface. Along with learning and applying professional presentation skills and craftsmanship, the development of ideas, problem-solving skills and understanding design concepts are the focus of this course.
Course Fees: $25
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ART1205C: Color Theory

Description: In this studio class students will develop visual and working skills needed to understand the physical properties and relationships of color. Students will expand their color sensibilities and develop a working understanding of color psychology, symbolism, and expressive color. Research, critique and class discussions will expand the use of color appropriate vocabulary and aid in the student’s development of critical thinking skills. Historic and contemporary references and studying the work of important theorists, artists and designers will broaden their understanding of color as a visual language.
Course Fees: $40
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ART1300C: Drawing I
This course is an introduction to basic observational drawing skills, including but not limited to: perspective, contour, and gesture. The use of positive/negative space, value line and mass will be emphasized in relationship to the design and organization of composition. The techniques of creating volume and space and the effects of light of the three dimensional form on the two-dimensional picture plane will be addressed. Through regular critiques, students will begin to make critical decisions about their work. (A material fee of $10 will be assessed.)
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ART2203C: Three-Dimensional Design
This course is an introductory studio experience in the visual arts, focusing on the structural and spatial exploration of three-dimensional form through a variety of media with an emphasis on design and construction. Students will develop presentation skills and craftsmanship, while formulating problem-solving skills and concept generation. (A material fee of $50 will be assessed.)
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ART2301C: Drawing II
Prerequisite:  ART 1300C This studio course is a continuation, reinforcement, and an expansion of basic direct observation drawing skills and techniques learned in Drawing I. Direct observation for this course is defined as drawing from still life, landscape and architecture. Students use traditional subject matter to explore a range of drawing materials and techniques including mark-making techniques and gesture with an introduction of color. Compositional sensibilities and good understanding of both positive and negative space will be emphasized. Classic and contemporary references will broaden understanding of drawing as a visual language. (A material fee of $10 will be assessed.)
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ART2330C: Figure Drawing I
Prerequisite:  ART 2301C, and consent of instructor This course gives students' a thorough understanding of the structure and anatomy of the human figure through direct observation and measurement of the nude model. Students render the human figure using proportion, weight, form and mass. Skills developed in previous drawing classes will be further refined in relation to the human figure. Historic and contemporary references will broaden the students' understanding of the figure as part of the visual language. Through regular critiques, students will begin to make critical decisions about their work.
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ART2400C: Introduction to Printmaking
Prerequisites: ART 1300C Drawing I & ART 2301C Drawing II This course is designed as an introduction to traditional methods of printmaking. Students will design and construct basic relief, intaglio, and planographic techniques. The unique quality of the graphic aesthetic will be emphasized along with the ability to produce original multiples through hands on methods in print. (A material fee of $70 will be assessed.)
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ART2500C: Painting I
Prerequisite:  ART 1201C, ART 1205C, and ART 2301C
Description: This course is an introduction to the techniques, concepts and history of painting through direct observational study. In this course there will be an emphasis on the use of color to render space, light, and form. Students will look for and discover individual expression and points of view in their paintings. Historic and contemporary references will broaden the student’s understanding of painting as a visual language. Through regular critiques, students will begin to make critical decisions about their work.
Course Fees: $25
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ART2605C: Basic Computer Images
This course covers the basics of the Macintosh operating system and industry standard design applications. Topics include the creation of vector and raster images, page layout, and PDFs. No prior computer experience is needed. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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ART3317C: Drawing Studio
Prerequisite:  ART 1201C and ART 2301C
Description: In this class students will develop their drawings through directed and self-motivated activities. Assignments will be designed to allow personal artistic development while further developing an understanding of painting mediums. Regular group and individual critiques will be held to mark the progress of the students work. There will be several directed projects, discussions and demonstrations intended to expand the student’s knowledge of artistic processes.
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ART3332C: Figure Drawing II
Prerequisite:  ART 2330C This studio course is designed to further develop the visual, verbal and technical skills necessary to represent the figure though direct observation of the nude model. Students work in a variety of media. The course focuses on using the figure as an element in composition and reinforces the skills used in Figure Drawing I. Students are expected to develop the ability to draw the figure perceptually, expressively and with an awareness of some of the conceptual issues associated with the figure. Historic and contemporary references will broaden the students understanding of the figure as part of the visual language. With regular critiques, students will begin to make critical decisions about their work.
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ART3420C: Lithography Printmaking I
Prerequisite:  ART 2400C This course is designed as an introduction to planographic print methods. Students will learn to construct and edition traditional and alternative lithographic techniques including aluminum plate lithography. Research, experimentation and a final print exchange will be encouraged. (A material fee of $70 will be assessed.)
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ART3433C: Screenprint I
Prerequisite:  ART 2400C or PGY 1800C This course is designed as an introduction to serigraphy (screenprint). Students will design and construct basic screen print methods including cut stencil, hand drawing and photosensitive processes. The unique quality of the graphic aesthetic will be emphasized along with the ability to produce original multiples through hands on methods in screenprint. (A material fee of $70 will be assessed.)
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ART3442C: Intaglio Printmaking I
Prerequisite:  ART 2400C Introduction to Printmaking This course covers the major acid etching methods of intaglio printmaking. Multiple viscosity color inking techniques will be introduced along with traditional and alternative plate construction methods. Students will create varied editions and non-acid techniques including mono-print and mono-type. Experimentation and collaboration in a Final Print Exchange will be encouraged. (A material fee of $70 will be assessed.)
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ART3443C: Relief Printmaking I
Prerequisite:  ART 2400C Introduction to Printmaking This course covers traditional and non-traditional methods of relief printmaking. Multiblock color printing, reduction block printing and the collagraph will be introduced. Emphasis will be given to the unique graphic aesthetic of the woodblock/linoblock. Experimentation and collaboration in a Final Print Exchange will be encouraged. (A material fee of $70 will be assessed.)
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ART3504C: Painting III
Prerequisite:  ART 2501C
Description: In this class students will develop their work through directed and self-motivated activities. Assignments will be designed to allow personal artistic development while further developing an understanding of painting mediums. Regular group and individual critiques will be held to mark the progress of the students work. There will be several directed projects, discussions and demonstrations intended to expand the student’s knowledge of artistic processes.
Course Fees: $30
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ART3505C: Alternative Processes in Painting
Prerequisite:  ART 2500C This course is designed to allow for in depth, directed exploration of the many possibilities of painting with non-traditional painting materials and alternative painting techniques. (A material fee of $10 will be assessed.)
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ART3530C: Painting II
Prerequisite:  ART 2500C
Description: Students in this class will continue to investigate painting methods, mediums and techniques, with an emphasis on the development of personal vision. Students will continue to develop knowledge of composition, scale, and spatial perception and the theoretical and practical aspects of color and its application to painting mediums. Through these processes, students will become more independent and self-directed in developing ideas and concepts, processes, and the critical structure for their paintings.
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ART3560C: Figurative Painting
Prerequisites: ART 3332C and ART 2500C. This class is about understanding and interpreting the figure in paint. The classes will explore painting the figure, and enable students to develop individual approaches to figurative painting in studio painting sessions. The students will explore mixing color for flesh tones, as well as composition, anatomy, and painting techniques. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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ART3568C: Plein Air Painting
Prerequisite:  ART 2501C
Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the practice of plein air or open air painting . Plein Air has been a common practice for artists since the mid 18th century and is considered a practical means of studying color, value, atmosphere and the changing attributes of fleeting light. During the course students will travel to various locations both on and off campus in order to explore the unique aspects and challenges of plein air painting.
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ART3569C: Portrait Painting
Prerequisite:  ART 2501C
Description: This course is designed to guide the student forward with a direct and fundamental approach to the practice of portrait painting. The course is primarily concerned with working from the live model and developing a contextual framework for the finished portrait by serving to strengthen the students ability to capture form and character.
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ART3707C: Sculpture I
Prerequisite:  ART 2203C This course is a continuation of the studio experience. Students will use sculptural materials and a variety of core sculptural processes with an emphasis on technical development and construction techniques. Individual expression in three dimensions will be enhanced by an expanded understanding of materials and construction methods. (A material fee of $115 will be assessed.)
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ART3709C: Sculpture II
Prerequisite:  ART 3707C Students will continue to expand on their technical development in a number of sculptural materials, while developing their personal artistic style. (A material fee of $115 will be assessed.)
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ART3714C: Sculpture: Casting
Prerequisite:  ART 3707C. This course covers a variety of mold-making and casting processes, including both rigid and flexible mold-making materials, incorporated with both cold material and hot metal casting processes. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours. (A material fee of $115 will be assessed.)
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ART3765C: Intermediate Ceramics
Prerequisite:  ART 3786C. This course covers intermediate exploration of ceramic methods emphasizing individual expression, alternative directions and aesthetic qualities in clay. Surface enhancement including special glazing techniques is covered. This is course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours. (A material fee of $65 will be assessed.)
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ART3786C: Ceramics
This course covers hand-building, wheel-throwing, glazing, and firing procedures to increase technical proficiency and sensitivity in the design process and to translate personal expression and aesthetic values into art form. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. (A material fee of $65 will be assessed.)
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ART3930: Special Topics in Art
May be repeated for a total of 24 credits under different topics. (A material fee of $35 will be assessed.)
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ART4421C: Lithography Printmaking II
Prerequisite:  ART 3420C This course is designed to present advanced planographic print methods including photo-lithography. Students will learn to construct and edition traditional and alternative lithographic techniques. Research, experimentation and a final print exchange will be encouraged. (A material fee of $70 will be assessed.)
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ART4434C: Screenprint II
Prerequiste: ART 3433C This course is designed to give the experienced printmaker advanced screenprint methods using traditional and non-traditional print materials. Experimentation, social impact of multiples, and large-scale printing will be encouraged through the use of alternative surfaces or found objects. (A material fee of $70 will be assessed.)
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ART4444C: Intaglio Printmaking II
Prerequisite:  ART 3442C This course is designed to give the experienced printmaker advanced printing methods including photo intaglio and multiple plate color etching techniques. Experimentation, large format, and narrative plate construction will be encouraged. (A material fee of $70 will be assessed.)
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ART4445C: Relief Printmaking II
Prerequisite:  ART 3443C This course is designed to give the experienced printmaker successful ways to make relief prints on traditional and non-traditional print materials. Experimentation and large-scale relief printing will be encouraged through the use of collagraph, woodblock, linoleum and alternative surfaces or found objects. (A material fee of $70 will be assessed.)
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ART4710C: Sculpture III
Prerequisite:  ART 3707C, ART 3709C This course is designed for individual specialization in sculpture studio including research in a focused artistic direction. Emphasis will be placed on personal style development, professional awareness, and studio practice. (A material fee of $115 will be assessed.)
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ART4736C: Sculpture: Enlivened Spaces
Prerequisite:  ART 3707C. The studio-based course provides the basic foundations for sculptural studies through a series of projects and creative inquiries. The projects foster a relationship between concept to process, and intention to outcomes. Basic sculptural languages will be explored, such as metaphor, narrative, metonymy, space, materiality, form, mass and scale. The interdisciplinary nature of contemporary sculptural practice is emphasized through projects which include but are not limited to collaboration, performance art, site-specific art, sound art, light art, and time-based art as well as exploratory application of traditional forms and methodologies. Some local travel will be involved to produce artwork on location. (A material fee of $115 will be assessed.)
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ART4768C: Advanced Ceramics
Prerequisite:  ART 3786C. This is an advanced course for individual specialization in ceramic studio. Topics will include and not be limited to glaze exploration and the development of ceramic forms. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours. (A material fee of $65 will be assessed.)
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ART4788C: Ceramic Aesthetic
Prerequisite:  ART 3786C. This course focuses on advanced levels of invention employing the creative process toward very personal forms, glazes and techniques. Consideration is given to new technology in the field as well as contemporary ideas on aesthetics and quality. (A material fee of $65 will be assessed.)
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ART4805C: Painting/Drawing Research
Prerequisites: ART 3504C and ART 3332C. This course is a concentrated study of drawing and painting processes. Advanced studio problems in drawing and painting are pursued with emphasis on independent work. Seminar discussions and critiques are central to the course. Regular group and individual critiques will be held to mark the progress of the students' work. Historic references will broaden understanding of drawing and painting as part of the visual language. (A material fee of $25 will be assessed.)
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ART4905: Directed Individual Studies
A maximum of 15 credits may be accumulated in directed individual studies. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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ART4929C: Senior Project
Students enrolled in this course will make, promote and install a body of work which exhibits a professional approach and understanding of the medium selected. An artist's statement and an exhibition plan is required. (A material fee of $25 will be assessed.)
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ART4935: Seminar
A maximum of 15 credits may be accumulated in seminars. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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ART4965C: Fine Arts Portfolio

Description: This course is the culminating portfolio class in which students present their own work while incorporating experiences with exhibitions, the development of a written portfolio and public speaking. This class focuses on critical thinking, craftsmanship and organization skills through study and practice of the business of art, local and regional exhibitions and professional presentation procedures. Students will present self-determined goals and objectives. Their work will be presented for review and oversight by art and design faculty.
Course Fees: $10
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GRA2190C: Introduction to Graphic Design
Prerequisites: ART 1201C, ART 2203C, ART 1300C, ART 2301C, and ART 2605C. The course explores the fundamentals of Graphic Design. Students will develop an understanding of the design principles through class projects. The process of design will be stressed, including research, sketches and computer generated compositions. Students will develop an understanding of the industry and will be exposed to contemporary designers. The course will include various methods of investigation to developing an appreciation of visual communication. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA2203C: Prepress Production
Prerequisites:GRA 2190C The course examines and demonstrates software and techniques used in digital page design for printed media. Basic typography and production processes will be explored. Design problems will be used to explain how to effectively prepare a job from concept through the printing process. Projects will be used to explore traditional and digital printing technology and techniques used in producing a job for press. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA3118C: Publication Design
Prerequisites: GRA 3183C, GRA 2203C This course focuses on creative problem solving for publication design. Emphasis is placed on the importance of content as the foundation for concept development, creation of flexible grid systems, typographic detail and composition. Topics include but are not limited to magazine, annual report, newspaper, catalog and book design. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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GRA3174C: Poster Design
Prerequisite:  GRA 3183C
Description: This course will focus on where design and message come together to communicate an idea to the public. Emphasis will be placed on the aesthetic and meaning behind delivering an effective message to an intended audience. The student will also consider the relevance and role the poster plays in society today. Class projects will focus on concept and process and will be explored visually using various design techniques. There will be a research and writing component to each of the projects.
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GRA3183C: Typography Studio
Prerequisites: GRA 2190C. The principles of typography will be explored through exercises and projects. Projects will emphasize the typographic form and type-and-image in visual communication. Emphasis will be placed on terminology, historical origins, form and compositional elements used while designing with type. Problem solving skills, process and research will be stressed. Graphic design principles will be reinforced with projects concentrating on typographic detail. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA3512C: Corporate Identity
Prerequisites: GRA 3183C, GRA 2203C This course explores the application of visual identity systems for large and small companies. Comprehensive research on color symbolism, graphic forms, typography and design is examined. The research will be applied to designing identity systems while stressing creative solutions and originality. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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GRA3523C: Introduction to Web Design
Prerequisites: PGY 1800C, GRA 3880C This studio course focuses on the creative and technical skills necessary for Web design. Students explore techniques used in building graphics for the Web, along with the fundamentals of Web design and HTML. An emphasis is placed on the differences between print and Web design. Interface design, user experience, site management and browser compatibility issues are discussed. Through the use of in-class lectures, demonstrations, and critiques students develop a Web design vocabulary. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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GRA3833C: Motion Graphics
Prerequisites: PGY 1800C Digital Photography for Designers, GRA 3880C Illustration This course introduces students to motion graphics, as it relates to special effects, animation, and advertising. Students will be challenged to apply their current design knowledge in motion graphics. New solutions to visual problems will be explored through challenging class projects. Additional emphasis will be placed on exploring motion graphics as it relates to contemporary media. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA3880C: Illustration
Prerequisites: GRA 2190C Introduction to Graphic Design This course surveys the broad field of illustration through studio projects that examine the varied requirements in areas such as advertising, editorial and book illustration. Projects challenge the students ability to create illustrations, both traditionally and digital, that communicates to a mass audience with impact and style. Additional emphasis will be placed on applying illustrated works to a digital, page design. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA4119C: Package Design
Prerequisites: GRA 3183C Typography Studio, GRA 3512C Corporate Identity This course introduces the principles of graphic design and three dimensional design as they apply to packaging design. This course will cover principles of branding and how they apply to the process of designing packaging. Students will explore conceptual development and problem solving in three dimensional graphic design systems. In addition, they will work with functional and formal aspects of packaging. Students will also improve their creativity skills while working individually and in teams. They will interface with equipment, software and a variety of packaging materials, forms and containers. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA4137C: Advanced Web Design
Prerequisite:  GRA 3523C This studio course builds on the principles taught in introduction to web design. Students are challenged to solve advanced communication problems while addressing technical issues relating to web design and the user experience. An emphasis is placed on web standards, advanced HTML and CSS. Students work with industry standard tools to produce assignments that simulate real world projects. Additional topics to be discussed will include: User Testing, Project Panning, Ste Evaluation and Collaboration. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA4154C: Advanced Illustration
Advanced problems and techniques of conceptual and editorial illustration. Problems and demonstration in a variety of media-methods of presentation. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA4179C: Social Design
Prerequisites: GRA 2203C, GRA3183C This course will explore the purpose of Graphic Design for social change outside the scope of advertising. Students will investigate societal issues and provide design solutions in response to the problems identified. The student will also consider the relevance of design for pro-bono and non-client based causes. Class projects will emphasize the conceptual and aesthetic aspects of delivering an effective message. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA4186C: Senior Design Studio
Prerequisites: GRA 3183C, GRA 3512C This course focuses on the refinement of student's problem-solving abilities through the advanced application of the design process. They research and analyze topical subjects to create visual communication application such as Poster, Corporate Identity Systems, and Environmental and Editorial Design Applications. Emphasis will be placed on expressive and creative communication through graphic design and portfolio development through production of high-quality printed portfolio pieces. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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GRA4189C: Graphic Design Portfolio
Prerequisites: Senior Status, GRA 4186C Senior Design Studio This course focuses on the development and execution of a graphic design and digital media portfolio. Emphasis will be placed on printed and digital portfolios, including an online format. Topics include creation of personal business packet and self promotional pieces. Interview and job search skills will be discussed and developed. Individual assignments will be given to strengthen and round out each portfolio. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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GRA4423: Business of Graphic Design
Prerequisites: Senior Status, GRA 3512C Corporate Identity Through lectures, discussions, and various assignments, students will be exposed to the legal and business issues affecting graphic designers today. Design topics such as freelancing, starting a design firm, pricing, estimating, invoicing and copyright will be examined. Case-studies and role-playing will be used to strengthen professional conduct and introduce best practices. An emphasis will be placed on the designer-client relationship. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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GRA4513C: Product Promotion
Prerequisite:  GRA 3183C Typography Studio This course explores and deciphers messages in product promotion for television, website, and print. Students will be taught how to use visual rhetoric and persuasion to educate a target audience about products and services. Various theories and practices used in the advertising industry will also be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on design solutions for product promotion. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA4586C: Interactive Studio
Prerequisites: GRA 3523C Introduction to Web Design, GRA 3833C Motion Graphics Using industry standard tools, students develop a body of work with an emphasis on interactive animated Web sites and applications. Students are encouraged to explore interactivity through the eyes of the producer as well as the viewer and create a positive user experience. During this course, students will discuss and evaluate design examples to further develop critical thinking skills. Technical considerations such as scripting, online distribution, dynamic content and the integration of sound and video are examined. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA4884C: Advanced Motion Graphics
Prerequisite:  GRA 3833C Motion Graphics This course focuses on traditional animation, fundamentals of character design, layout and timing. Projects will focus on the differences between the limitations and specifications for Web and Broadcast. Students will evaluate motion design and animation examples and discuss film theory as it relates to the role of designer/producer. Emphasis will be placed on taking ideas from concept to finished shorts utilizing the current technology. Commercial as well as experimental techniques will be discussed. (A material fee of $45 will be assessed.)
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GRA4940: Internship in Graphic Design
Prerequisites: Senior standing and completion of three upper-level graphic design courses and consent of coordinator. Students will work and study on the job with a Graphic Design firm or an organization that has a Graphic Design Department. The firm or organization must be approved by the coordinator and paid positions are preferred. (A material fee of $15 will be assessed.)
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PGY1800C: Digital Photography for Designers
Prerequisite:  ART2605C Basic Computer Images. This course will explore proper photographic techniques, including: framing an image, exposure settings, and camera controls. Additional emphasis will be placed on computer image editing. Students will be expected to photograph various subjects and explore image editing software. Image management and composition will be stressed while shooting for print and digital design projects. This class will prepare students to apply imagery to future design projects in the program. (A material fee of $65 will be assessed.)
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PGY2401C: Introduction to Photography
Prerequisite:  Completion of 30 undergraduate hours
Description: This course introduces students to the technical aspects of traditional black & white photography including: camera operation, film exposure and processing, darkroom printing, and professional presentation of photographic works. The course will also introduce students with basic awareness of photography history, and an understanding of photography’s communicative and expressive potentials. Course Fee: $75
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PGY2807C: Digital Photography for Non-Photography Majors
Prerequisite:  Completion of 30 undergraduate credits
Description: An exploratory curse that will provide students with a working understanding of the fundamentals of digital photography. Emphasis is upon digital camera controls, computer editing tools for manipulating and enhancing images, digital output, and developing essential strategies for taking photographs. Students will produce a portfolio and research paper. One third (1 credit) of this class is devoted to lectures and 2/3 (2 credits) is devoted to lab.
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PGY3153C: Color Photography
Prerequisite:  PGY 2401C, PGY 3410C, PGY 3820C
Description: This course will investigate color photography as a means of expression and form of visual communication. Students will learn the principles of color theory and color management while they refine their digital darkroom skills. Adobe Photoshop will be utilized to achieve the desired technical and aesthetic results.
Course Fees: $75
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PGY3276C: Professional Practices
Prerequisite:  PGY 3820C or permission of instructor for non-photo BFA majors.
Description: An introduction to practical and professional strategies related to creative practice including: documenting, editing, and archiving work, preparing resumes, project statements, developing a professional website, searching for exhibitions and other opportunities for BFA majors. This course will also introduce students to critical examination, writing and speaking about their work. (Required course for BFA Photo Majors)
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PGY3410C: Intermediate Photography
Prerequisites: PGY 2401C
Description: This is an intermediate-level film and camera-based course. Goals of the class include: fine tuning technical skills, archival processing of fiber papers, fundamentals of studio lighting and further development of a photographic vision, along with the skills necessary for discussing and writing about your work and that of others. A 35mm or medium format single lens reflex (SLR) film camera with manual adjustments and a built-in or hand-held light meter is required for this course. Course Fee: $75
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PGY3820C: Introduction to Digital Imaging
Prerequisite:  PGY 2401C. This course will investigate computer tools that manipulate and enhance photographic images. Students will explore a wide range of assignments and exercises designed to develop digital darkroom skills and expand their creative possibilities. Basic issues surrounding photography in the digital age will be presented and discussed throughout the semester. (A material fee of $75 will be assessed.)
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PGY3824C: Color Photography
Prerequisite:  PGY 2401 and PGY 3820
Description: This course will investigate color photography as a means of expression and form of communication as well as introduce the principles of color theory and color characteristics of natural and artificial light. In addition, students will be instructed how to mange and manipulate color using Adobe Photoshop and Camera Raw. Course Fee: $75
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PGY3930C: Special Topics in Photography
Prerequisites: PGY 2401C, PGY 3410C, PGY 3820C, One PGY 4XXXC level course This course offers a broad range of topics in in applied photographic practice. Special Topics courses are characterized by a "workshop" format where students work individually and with faculty on extended projects designed to develop technical proficiency in one or more photographic processes while working towards production of a coherent portfolio and written artist statement. A materials fee will be assessed for this course. (A material fee of $75 will be assessed.)
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PGY3952C: Study Abroad: Photography in Italy

Description: An introductory course designed for non-photo majors or minors who want to develop a working understanding of the fundamentals of digital photography. The course emphasizes camera controls, basic photographic techniques, and the practice of photographic seeing within the context of a study abroad experiences in Italy. Students are encouraged to explore the rich history and culture of Italy through various photographic assignments. One third (1 credit) of this class is devoted to lectures and 2/3 (2 credits) is devoted to lab. Photography majors and minors participating in the Italy Study Abroad program should register for PGY 4944 Photography Practicum. Other non-photo BFA majors should contact the department of Art and Design for registration information.
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PGY4205C: Studio Fundamentals
Prerequisite:  PGY 2401C, PGY 3410C, PGY 3824C
Description: Studio Fundamentals introduces the student to working with artificial sources of light in a photographic studio. These lighting sources are studied and analyzed to enable the student to discern and employ light effectively and creatively in the production of photographs.
Course Fees: $75
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PGY4218C: Advanced Studio Practice
Prerequisite:  PGY 4205C
Description: A studio-based course in which students further develop techniques for controlling and manipulating light to achieve professional results. Strong emphasis is placed upon student-generated assignments, experimental lighting techniques, and professional studio practices.
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PGY4443C: Alternative Photographic Processes
Prerequisite:  PGY 3410C and PGY 3820 or permission of instructor for non-photo BFA majors. Course
Description: This course explores alternative methods of picture making using historical photographic processes in application with analog and digital negative-making techniques, non-camera negative production, and mixed media techniques.
Course Fees: $75
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PGY4476C: Photography Portfolio
Prerequisite:  PGY 3276C or Instructor permission for non-photo BFA majors
Description: Students will pursue a semester-long project and produce a cohesive portfolio, write a self-reflective essay on their work, deliver an oral presentation to the faculty, participate in an exhibition, and update resume, artist statements, and websites developed in PGY 3276C or other ART courses. Additionally, students will be introduced to professional strategies including: applying to graduate school, searching for exhibitions and grants, starting a business, and preparing for job interviews. (Photo Majors: No more than one PGY 3000 or 4000 level course may be taken with this class.
Course Fees: $75
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PGY4944C: Advanced Photography Practicum
Prerequisite:  PGY 3410C and PGY 3820C
Description: Technical skills introduced in lower level courses are further developed in this revolving set of courses which introduce students to a range of photographic approaches including: documentary practice, fabrication and manipulation, advanced portraiture, alternative analog and digital processes, etc. Students will explore the challenges of self-generated assignments, longer-term projects, and on-demand web publishing of work. Particular emphasis is placed on self–critique and analysis of photographic work from formal, technical, and conceptual perspectives.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated for up to 12 credits under different content.
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