Art Course Advising & Planning

This guide is meant to be used as a guide for advising and planning. It is NOT meant to substitute meeting with your Faculty Advisor. It is subject to change. (Last updated 8/15/2013)

Major & Minor Sheets (pdf downloads)

Art MAJOR REVISED! | Art P-12 MAJOR REVISED! | Pre-ART Therapy MAJOR NEW!

Art Minor REVISED! | Art History Minor REVISED! | Photography & Digital Imaging Minor NEW! 

Registration Considerations

Your advisor is there to help make the best decisions about your registration and curricular progress. She/He will be your advisor through out your college career unless you change majors or empahses. Meeting with them prior to registering helps you make good registering decisions. The best preparation for your advising meeting is to chart out a plan of what courses you'll take when. Try making a chart by folding a piece of paper in half, then again, so you have four sections. Label them for each of your four years in college - Freshman, Sophomore, and so on. Then plan out what you'll take when. The course listings below will help with the process.

To start, here are some basic but important guidelines to consider: 

  • 100–200 level courses are best taken in Freshman and Sophomore years. 
  • You will not be permitted to register for 300–400 level courses until you're at least a Junior. You'll need special permission to enroll sooner. 
  • As an Art Major, you will not be required to take ART100 Art Appreciation or FA100 Music and Art Appreciation. Take ART251 Art History Survey 1 instead.
  • HOLDs are placed on advisees so that you will go to your advisor first. This is especially important in your first years of college. Contact your advisor if you have a hold on your registration. 
  • Directed Studies, Internships and other non-classroom credits will require a contract (look for "contract" in the course description). When it comes time to enroll in one of these courses, get a contract from the Registrar or from the Art Office, and bring it with you to meet with your Advisor.
  • ART P–12 Majors may not take ANY courses while student teaching (usually in your last semester). 

Once you have your courses figured out, and you've met with your Advisor, you can Register for your classes here

 

Recommended ART Core Course Sequence Toward Completing a Major in Art

These are the Art courses best taken in a certain sequence. There are many other courses you need as a part of the Art Major studies—see them listed on the Major sheets (links above). Your curricular needs may vary based on Advanced Placement courses and many other factors. Please see your Advisor or the Regstrar's Office for more information and further details. 

Freshman Year Sophomore Year Junior Year Senior Year

ART 111 2-D Design

ART 231 Color Theory

ART 300 Theory & Criticism

ART 492 Directed Studies

ART 112 3-D Design ART 233 Figure Drawing ART492 Directed Studies ART 475 Senior Seminar (Fall only!)
ART 123 Intro to Drawing ART 251 Art History Survey 1 ART396 Contemporary Art Seminar (Spring - Repeatable) ART 476 Senior Exhibit
ART231 Color Theory ART 252 Art History Survey 2 ART 455 20th Century Art  

ART 292 Working in the Visual Arts


ART396 Contemporary Art Seminar (Spring - Repeatable)
 

 

FALL & SPRING Semester Offerings

ART 100 (3) Understanding Art—Exposure to elements, principles and periods in art. Studio components, visiting artists, regional museum and gallery visits an integral part of the course. Fee.

ART 111 (3) Introduction to 2D Form and Design—The introduction to the fundamental principles and elements of two-dimensional design and the technical skills required to apply them in various media.  The student learns how to structure intelligent and creative solutions to specific design problems and to evaluate those solutions according to critical standards.  The nature and meaning of the creative process and the expressive potential of visual form are addressed. Fee.

ART 112 (3) Introduction to 3D Form and Design—Explores spatial principles through a series of projects involving concept generation, technical construction, and expressive intent with a variety of materials. Fee. 

ART 123 (3) Introduction to Drawing—An introduction to drawing as a means of seeing and formulating ideas in visual form. Explores the basic concepts and formal devices of drawing.  Working in various drawing media builds a practical understanding of drawing as the foundation for all visual thinking.  Three hours of laboratory per week. Fee.

ART 231 (3) Intermediate Design and Color Theory—Further exploration of the principles and elements of design.  Develops awareness of the theoretical and expressive significance of color in pictorial space. Prerequisite: ART 111. Fee.

ART 266 (3) Photography I—Introduction to seeing photographically.  Emphasizes critical thinking, photography’s history and thoughtful evaluation of photographs.  Methods and practice are also covered, including equipment, history, basic digital imaging, and presentation, culminating in a final portfolio. Requires an SLR camera (film or digital) with manual functions.  Fee.

ART 354 (3) Graphic Design I –Fundamental design principles within the context of graphic design, using industry-standard page-layout and digital image-editing software.  Two-dimensional visual communication is reinforced, along with typographic principles and a survey of graphic design processes, through problem solving projects and exercises. Fee.

ART 392 (1-3) Directed Study (non-majors)—Independent work in a field chosen in consultation with the supervising professor. Repeatable. Prerequisite: 12 hours in ART.  Fee.  Contract.

ART 435 (3) Internship—Students work under joint supervision of professor and on-the-job supervisor in appropriate setting.  Requires prior approval of work setting, and minimum of 120 hours of documented field work. Prerequisites: junior standing and departmental approval.  Fee.  Contract

ART 452 (3) Graphic Design II-Builds on ART 354 in considering critical analyses in graphic design and its larger cultural impact.  Introduces vector graphics software and further study of page layout and digital image-editing tools.  Prerequisite: ART 354.  Fee.

ART 476 (6) Senior Exhibit/Art History Presentation--A student in studio art mounts a professional-quality exhibition of a body of work created for the Art major in the University gallery or other designated space.  The exhibit must meet faculty approval both as proposed and as installed.  The student completing an art history emphasis presents research at the public annual art history symposium or independently curates a show on or off campus.  Prerequisite:  senior status and recommendation of department following junior review.  Fee.

ART 492 (1-3) Directed Study—Specialization in chosen discipline (painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, or art history) in consultation with professor. Prerequisites: Introductory level course in chosen area of specialization. Repeatable. Fee. Contract.

 

FALL Semester Offerings

ART 222 (3) Ceramics—An introduction to the complete ceramics process.  Techniques in clay formation, decoration, firing, and potter's wheel are taught with an emphasis on the expressive potential of utility.  Three hours of laboratory per week required. Fee.

ART 251 (3) Art History Survey IExamination of major developments in art and architecture from prehistory through the 14th century, with consideration given to the dominant political, religious, and social concerns of each period. Fee.

ART 340 (3) Photography II: Black & White Craft —Intermediate studio course that introduces black and white darkroom craft as a form of artistic expression.  Students are given opportunities to learn traditional silver-based light sensitive processes and darkroom techniques, as well as experience using medium- and large-format camera equipment.  Studio lighting techniques are also covered.  Students will practice articulating pertinent conversations and concerns surrounding the medium from the early twentieth century to present times. Prerequisite:  ART 266.  Fee.

ART 390 (3) Printmaking—Students learn the procedures, techniques, and vocabulary of intaglio, relief, serigraphy, and lithography printmaking processes.  Three hours of laboratory per week required.  Prerequisite: ART 123.  Fee.

ART 403 (3) Advanced Painting and Drawing—This studio course continues the practice, study, and craft of both drawing and painting laid out by ART 381 and ART 233 with additional attention given to research skills and focused expression of the disciplines through a studio classroom setting.  Course will prepare the student for either painting or drawing directed studies, depending on student’s choice of emphasis.  Prerequisites: ART 231, 233, and 381.  Fee. 

ART 475 (1) Senior Seminar—Capstone Seminar dealing with what it means to have a liberal arts degree in Art, as well as making plans for relevant graduate education and career opportunities.  Senior Seminar is normally taken in the fall semester of the year in which the student will carry out their senior exhibit, or senior art historical research.  Prerequisite: senior status. Fee.


SPRING Semester Offerings

ART 233 (3) Figure Drawing—Further develops lessons introduced in ART 123 by addressing the classical subject of the live model in an intensive studio context.  Various media.  Three hours of laboratory per week required. Prerequisite:  ART 111, 123. Fee.

ART 296 (3) Working In The Visual Arts— Prepares student for advanced study in their chosen emphasis.  Combines faculty mentorship with a chance to learn the principles and practice of presenting, exhibiting, curating, and documenting artwork.  Students learn to identify areas of interest and begin the process of self-propelled art creation and/or research.  Ideally taken in sophomore year.  

ART 252 (3) Art History Survey IIBroad survey of the principal innovations in art and architecture in the West from the Renaissance to the present. Fee.

ART 300 (3) Art Theory and Criticism—Historical survey of critical methods and theories by which “art” and the “artist” have been defined and assessed.  Theological perspectives on the visual arts are addressed.  Fee.

ART 322 (3) Ceramics II—Intermediate studio course building on the foundations on Ceramics I.  Design, concept development, sculptural application and surface considerations will be explored.  Emphasis on contemporary ceramic practices and the development of one’s own creative expression within the medium.  Prerequisite: ART 222.  Fee.

ART 372 (3) Sculpture—Investigation of the major issues and techniques of contemporary sculptural practice including materials choice, formation process, and idea development.  Three hours of laboratory per week required.  Prerequisite: ART 112.  Fee.

ART 381 (3) Painting—This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques of representational painting in acrylics, oils, and egg tempera.  The emphasis lies in developing technical proficiency and visual acuity as the foundation for imaginative formal expression in paint.  Three hours of laboratory per week required.  Prerequisite: ART 123 or ART 111 or permission of instructor.  Fee.

ART 396 (1) Contemporary Art Seminar—Students engage the ideas, practices and broader context of art produced today.  The course includes viewing art, research and discussion of current art exhibitions and publications. Repeatable. 

ART 406 (3) Photography III: Digital Imaging—Covers digital imaging techniques, principles and critical analysis.  This course is designed to prepare the student for both commercial and fine arts applications.  Various methods, tools and techniques of digital imaging and efficient post-production workflow are covered, along with editing, manipulation, file management and preparation, scanning, printing, and an array of expressive options and current trends.  Access to DSLR required.  Prerequisite: ART 266.  Fee. 

ART 455 (3) 20th Century Art—Exploration of developments in modern art with particular attention to the ways in which trends in modern art may be considered expressions of historical conditions and ideologies.  Prerequisites: junior standing and departmental approval.  Fee.  (alternate years)


Special & Occasional Course Offerings

ART 212 (3) Stained Glass—Five works in stained glass using mosaic, copper foil, and lead construction.  Concern for good design and construction.  Three hours of laboratory per week required. Fee.

ART 394 (3) Summer Seminar Abroad —Summer Seminar immersed in art and history of France, or another destination as specified by Art Department.  Fee.

ART 454 (3) Renaissance Art—Examination of developments in art from the 13th through the 17thcenturies, both in Italy and north of the Alps.  In addition to Renaissance art, challenges to traditional conceptions of classical beauty found in Baroque art will be examined as well.  Prerequisites: junior standing and departmental approval.  Fee.  (alternate years)

Courses for Your Consideration

Here are courses offered in other departments that may be of interest to you to widen your experience in your pursuit of an Art degree.
MC225 Interactive Media
JRN342 Photojournalism
MC370 Animation Design




All course offerings are subject to change without notice.