College of Fine Arts and Design

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Art Education

ART 2012 Introduction to Art Education

ART 3013 Career Options in Art & Art Education

ART 3302 Visual Arts for Elementary Teachers

ART 4843 Elementary Art Education Methods

ART 4853 Secondary Art Educational Methods


  • ART 2012 Introduction to Art Education - This course is an introduction to theory and practice in Art Education and overview of curriculum and instructional strategies. Course content includes theoretical foundations and history of the field of Art Education, research and practice in Art Education, and contexts for art teaching. Applications for technology in K-12 will also be discussed. Prerequisite(s): ART 1023, 1043, 1063, 1073, (1083 or concurrent enrollment) and 1153 with sophomore standing or above. Enrollment open to Art Education majors only.
  • ART 3013 Career Options in Art & Art Education - This course is designed to prepare art education, studio art, and art history students to explore the professional art teaching careers in non-profit, commercial, private, and public sectors. 20 hours of field experience is required. Prerequisite(s): ART 1023, 1043, 1063, 1073 and 1153 with sophomore standing or above. Enrollment open to Studio Art, Art History and Art Education majors only.
  • ART 3302 Visual Arts for Elementary Teachers - Tools, media, and techniques for arts and crafts in the elementary classroom are utilized through practice of creative art experiences. Integration of the visual arts across the elementary curriculum is explored.
  • ART 4843 Elementary Art Education Methods - In this course students apply appropriate methods and materials for elementary visual arts education. Sequential discipline-based art education curriculum and child develop concepts are studied. Prerequisite(s): ART 2012 and Admission to Teacher Education. Junior or senior standing. Enrollment open to Art Education majors only.
  • ART 4853 Secondary Art Educational Methods - In this course, methods for teaching art for secondary students are studied. A sequential, interdisciplinary curriculum is linked to the student’s studio art experiences. Prerequisite(s): ART 2012, ART 4842 or 4843 with minimum grade of “C”. Admission to Teacher Education. Junior or senior standing.
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Studio Art

Core Courses | Ceramics | Drawing/Printmaking | Jewelry/Metalsmithing | Painting | Sculpture

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Studio Art: Core Courses

ART 1023 Beginning Drawing I

ART 1043 Beginning Drawing II: Figure & Anatomy

ART 1063 2-D Fundamentals

ART 1073 3-D Fundamentals

ART 1083 Color

ART 2903 Foundation Seminar

ART 1153 Global Art & Visual Culture I

ART 2403 Global Art & Visual Culture II

ART 3513 Contemporary Art and Visual Culture

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  • ART 1023  Beginning Drawing I - This course is an introduction to basic freehand drawing, exploration of a range of drawing methods, media, and concepts. Emphasis is placed on drawing from observation. This is part of a required foundation sequence that will prepare students for ART 2903. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment is open to freshmen and sophomore students online.
  • ART 1043  Beginning Drawing II: Figure & Anatomy - This course is an introduction to the essentials of figure drawing, through observation, with emphasis upon anatomy, composition and investigation of media. Prerequisite(s): ART 1023 with minimum grade of “C”. Enrollment open to freshmen and sophomore students only.
  • ART 1063 2-D Fundamentals - This course provides a study of the elements and principles of two-dimensional design, their relationship to pictorial composition, and their application to a variety of design problems. Through the use of both traditional and non-traditional media the students will explore aspects of line, shape, value, color, texture and the illusion of space and time.
  • ART 1073 3-D Fundamentals - This course provides a study of the elements and principles of three-dimensional design as they relate to composition and the activation of space. Students will explore space, line, form, light, color, texture, and time using both traditional and nontraditional materials and processes. Prerequisite(s): ART 1023, 1063 with minimum grade of “C”. Enrollment is open to freshmen and sophomore students only.
  • ART 1083 Color - In this course students apply color principles to a variety of design problems and develop confidence in working in both an expressive and a formal manner. Prerequisite(s): ART 1023, 1063 with minimum grade of “C”. Enrollment is open to freshmen and sophomore students only.
  • ART 2903 Foundation Seminar - This course is the culmination to the Foundation courses and is a research and development studio. Importance is placed on expansion of research methods through the use of a comprehensive sketchbook. Exploration of themes and interests are investigated bridging formal theory from foundations to visual resource building, preliminary drawings, materials focus, compositional studies, and presentation of ideas. Prerequisite(s): ART 1023, ART 1063, ART 1073, ART 1083, ART 1153, (ART 2403, ART 2103 or concurrent enrollment) with minimum grade of “C”. Sophomore, junior or senior standing.
  • ART 1153 Global Art & Visual Culture I - This course surveys the art and visual culture of the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands from the prehistoric era up to 1500 within the frameworks of philosophical, religious, cultural, economic, and political changes.
  • ART 2403 Global Art & Visual Culture II - This course surveys art and visual culture of the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands from 1500 up to the contemporary period within the framework of philosophical, religious, cultural, economic, and political changes.
  • ART 3513 Contemporary Art and Visual Culture - This course surveys the contemporary art and visual culture of the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands within the philosophical, religious, cultural, economic, and political frameworks.

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Studio Art: Ceramics

Art 2703 Ceramics I

Art 2803 Ceramics II

Art 3023 Ceramics/Basics and Beyond

Art 3173- Ceramics III

Art 4263 Ceramics IV

Art 4600 Studio Art: Ceramics

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  • ART 2703 Ceramics I - This course offers an introductory study of a wide range of clay techniques, such as slab, coil, press-mold constructions, and modeling. This course replaces ART 3703. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 or DES 3293 with minimum grade of “C”. Sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 2803 Ceramics II - In this course students learn beginning techniques in wheel-thrown forms, clay body preparation and formulation and beginning glaze firing techniques. Prerequisite(s): ART 2703, 2903 with minimum grade of “C”. Sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 3023 Ceramics/Basics and Beyond - This course is designed for the student with limited or no experience in ceramics. Students will be introduced to hand built objects in clay through various construction processes. Students will experience and be introduced to surface design and color with the use of low temperature slips, engobes, and glazes. Final projects will be fired in an oxidation kiln at low temperatures and/or the “Raku” firing process. Students will learn personal safety, proper use of raw materials, tools, and machinery in the ceramics studio. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 3173- Ceramics III - This course offers advanced study in clay formulation, glaze preparation and firing techniques as well as research of historical and contemporary ceramic forms. Prerequisite(s): ART 2703, 2803, 2903 with minimum grade of “C”. Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4263 Ceramics IV - This course offers advanced individual research in clays, glazes and firing techniques. Students will develop personal expression through a wider variety of clay forms. Prerequisite(s): ART 2703, 2803, 2903 and 3173 with a minimum grade of “C”. Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4600 Studio Art: Ceramics - Credit varies from 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite(s): Written permission required. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 with minimum grade of “C”. Junior or senior standing.

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Studio Art: Drawing/Printmaking

ART 1013 Intro to Drawing/Non-Art Major

ART 2103 Drawing III: Contemporary Practices

ART 2213 Figure Drawing

ART 3113 Introduction to Printmaking

ART 3323 Intaglio

ART 3333 Relief Printmaking

ART 3343 Screen printing

ART 3503 Drawing IV: Special Topics

ART 4600 Studio Art: Drawing

ART 4283 Drawing V: Drawing as Professional Practice

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  • ART 1013 Intro to Drawing/Non-Art Major - This course offers non-art majors an introduction to the elements and principles of design. Black and white drawing media are used.
  • ART 2103 Drawing III: Contemporary Practices - This course will introduce new techniques and mediums as they relate to drawing. Students will focus on non-representational studies, large and small scale works, as well as continued investigation of representational techniques. Students will start to explore conceptual pathways in the making of artwork. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 with a minimum grade of “C”. Sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 2213 Figure Drawing - Students will further develop drawing skills learned in Beginning Drawing II: Figure and Anatomy while focusing on the human figure. Utilizing traditional and non traditional modes of drawing student will investigate multiple ways of drawing the figure. Students will start to explore conceptual pathways in the making of artwork. Prerequisite(s): ART 1043 with a minimum grade of “C”.
  • ART 3113 Introduction to Printmaking - This course will introduce basic techniques in intaglio, relief, and screen printing. Students will focus on technique as well as conceptual development. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 with a minimum grade of “C” and sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 3323 Intaglio - This course will expand on intaglio processes learned in Introduction to Printmaking. Advanced techniques will be introduced. Readings, critique, and conceptual development are emphasized in this course. Prerequisite(s): ART 3113 with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.
  • ART 3333 Relief Printmaking - This course will expand on relief processes learned in Introduction to Printmaking. Advanced techniques will be introduced. Readings, critique, and conceptual development are emphasized in this course. Prerequisite(s): ART 3113 with a minimum grade of “C” and sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 3343 Screen printing - This course will expand on screen printing processes learned in Introduction to Printmaking. Advanced techniques will be introduced. Readings, critique, and conceptual development are emphasized in this course. Prerequisite(s): ART 3113 with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.
  • ART 3503 Drawing IV: Special Topics - This course will investigate a specific topic throughout the semester. Students will make artwork in response to various conceptual frameworks while continuing to evolve individual technique and concepts. Readings, critique, and concept development are essential components to this course. Prerequisite(s): ART 2103, 2903 with a minimum grade of “C”. Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4600 Studio Art: Drawing - Credit varies from 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite(s): Written permission required. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 with minimum grade of “C”. Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4283 Drawing V: Drawing as Professional Practice - This advanced studio based course will emphasize personal exploration of technique and concept. Reading, group discussion and writing will be utilized in this course. This course will use group, self, and instructor critique as a core component. Prerequisite(s): ART 3503 and senior standing. Enrollment open to Studio Art majors only.

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Studio Art: Jewelry/Metalsmithing

ART 3033 Jewelry for Non-Majors

ART 3463 Jewelry and Metalsmithing I

ART 3723 Metalsmithing I

ART 3990 Advanced Topics

ART 4023 Enameling

ART 4403 Jewelry I

ART 4533 Metalsmithing II

ART 4563 Jewelry II

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  • ART 3033 Jewelry for Non-Majors - This course is designed for the non-major as an introduction to the metal arts through jewelry making. The student will learn basic skills in design, technique, and craftsmanship with the completion of several jewelry pieces and small metal objects. This course will include basic soldering, riveting, surface applications, metal forming, and enameling. Personal safety and proper use of tools and machinery related to jewelry making will be applied. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 3463 Jewelry and Metalsmithing I - This beginning course will emphasize safety and basic fabricating techniques such as hollow construction, surface embellishments, basic metal forming techniques of sinking and forging, and stone setting. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be used to create handcrafted jewelry and precious or semi-precious metal objects with emphasis placed on conceptual development of design. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 with a minimum grade of “C” and sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 3723 Metalsmithing I - This course will explore metalworking techniques: sinking, raising, chasing, repousse, anticlastic, and synclastic. Personal expression will be encouraged and practiced through the development of conceptual skills that utilize both traditional and contemporary methods. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 and ART 3463 both with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.
  • ART 3990 Advanced Topics - Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department’s field of study. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903. Sophomore, junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4023 Enameling - In this course students will learn to apply basic and advanced enameling techniques such as: cloisonne, champleve, and plique-a-jour to an exiting metals vocabulary. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903, 3463 with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4403 Jewelry I - This intermediate/advanced course will explore metalworking techniques such as die forming, chasing, repousse, mechanisms, and lost wax casting. Personal expression is encouraged and practiced through the development of conceptual skills that utilize both traditional and contemporary methods. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903, 3463 with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4533 Metalsmithing II - This intermediate/advanced course will explore metalworking techniques: sinking, raising, chasing, repousse, anticlastic and synclastic. Personal expression is encouraged and practiced through the development of conceptual skills that utilize both traditional and contemporary methods. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903, ART 3463 and ART 3723 all with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4563 Jewelry II - This advanced course will serve as advanced level for the jewelry course sequencing. Emphasis will be placed on portfolio development in preparation for the senior capstone and practicum co-requisite. The student will propose and organize a series of semester projects, continued development of their artist statement, investigate advanced techniques, alternative materials, and research of contemporary artists practicing in the field of jewelry. Exhibition beyond the university setting will be required as part of the portfolio development. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903, 3463 and 4403 with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.

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Studio Art: Painting

ART 2233 Painting I: Observation & Techniques

ART 3603 Painting II: Surface & Techniques

ART 4153 - Advanced Painting: Serial Development

ART 4600 - 10544 Studio Painting

ART 4910 Painting Portfolio

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  • ART 2233 Painting I: Observation & Techniques - This course is an introduction to painting based in observation. Students explore the characteristic properties and are introduced to traditional and contemporary techniques. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 with minimum grade of “C” and sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 3603 Painting II: Surface & Techniques - Through this course the student will build on foundation painting techniques while addressing various surfaces and support structures using oil. Students will develop individual works based on preliminary painted sketches, visual research, material experimentation and observation. Prerequisites(s): ART 2233, 2903 with minimum grade of “C”. Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4153 - Advanced Painting: Serial Development - This course includes directed research and critical analysis within the context of the oil painting genre. Work is considered within the context of a body of work as well as contemporary practices and theory. Students are encouraged to define individual approaches and content. This course may be taken up to 3 times for credit. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903, 2233, 3603 and 3623 with a minimum grade of “C”. Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4600 - 10544 Studio Painting - Credit varies from 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite(s): Written permission required. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 with minimum grade of “C”. Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4910 Painting Portfolio - Credit will vary from 1 to 4 hours. Subject matter will vary within the department’s field of study. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 with minimum grade of “C”. Junior or senior standing.

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Studio Art: Sculpture

ART 1073 3D Fundamentals

ART 2633 Sculpture I

ART 3633 Intermediate Sculpture

ART 4313 Advanced Sculpture I

ART 4613 Advanced Sculpture II

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  • ART 1073 3D Fundamentals - This course provides a study of the elements and principles of three-dimensional design as they relate to composition and the activation of space. Students will explore space, line, form, light, color, texture, and time using both traditional and nontraditional materials and processes. Prerequisite(s): ART 1023, 1063 with minimum grade of “C”. Enrollment is open only to freshmen and sophomore students only.
  • ART 2633 Sculpture I - This course provides students with the practice of making dimensional forms through creative problem solving using additive and subtractive techniques of sculpture. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 with a minimum grade of “C” and sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 3633 Intermediate Sculpture - This course continues the investigation from Beginning Sculpture with the added application of selected experimental methods and materials in sculpture. Emphasis is placed on promoting a greater awareness of sculptural form and the development of ideas and aesthetic concepts. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903 and ART 2633 both with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4313 Advanced Sculpture I - This course allows students greater exploration of three-dimensional forms through traditional and non-traditional media. The course will emphasis conceptual development, refinement of technique, choice of materials, and professional presentation. Students develop individual approaches and work on creating a portfolio. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903, ART 2633 and ART 3633 all with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4613 Advanced Sculpture II - In this course, students engage in advanced exploration and conceptual development of three-dimensional forms through use of traditional and non-traditional media. The scope of sculpture form will be broadened to incorporate site-specific work and installation that involve the community. Students increase depth in material and form development through studies within the context of historical and contemporary issues. Prerequisite(s): ART 2903, ART 2633, ART 3633 and ART 4313 all with a minimum grade of “C” and junior or senior standing.

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Global Art & Visual Culture

ART 3533 Architecture and Urban Space

ART 3543 Art of the Americas

ART 3553 Art of Asia

ART 3563 European Art

ART 3573 Islamic Art and Architecture

ART 3733 History of American Studio Craft

ART 4013 Global Approach to Socialist Art and Architecture

ART 4053 Native American Art

ART 4143 History of Museum Practices

ART 4223 West African Art

ART 4233 Central African Art

ART 4333 Mesoamerican Art

ART 4343 Multicultural Art

ART 4363 Art by Women

ART 4383 Theories & Methods in Art History

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  • ART 3533 Architecture and Urban Space - This course examines the major architectural monuments and built environment throughout the world from the ancient period until the 21st century. The emphasis is given to architectural theories as well as economic, religious, political, environmental, and cultural factors that affect architectural production and the development of urban space worldwide. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 3543 Art of the Americas - The course examines the painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, and visual culture created in the Americas from the beginning up to the 21st century. Students study art and visual culture within the framework of the cultural, political, philosophical, economic,and scientific changes, including colonialism, post-colonialism, and the globalization processes, as well as race and gender concepts. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 3553 Art of Asia - This course examines the distinctive, yet related, aesthetic traditions of India, China, Korea, and Japan. The course focuses on sculptures, paintings, architecture, and urban spaces within the social, cultural, and political frameworks. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 3563 European Art - This course examines the painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, visual culture, artists, and artistic movements in Europe from the Ancient Greek period up to the 21st century. This course studies art and visual culture within the framework of Christianization, colonialism, post colonialism, industrialization, the break of the Communist block, the creation of the European Union, and the globalization process, as well as religion, race, and gender concepts. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 3573 Islamic Art and Architecture - This course deals with concepts of the Islamic art and architecture from the seventh century until the modern period. Students discuss various models of the Islamic city and how its art and architecture developed in response to changing historical, economic, and cultural conditions. By critically reviewing the literature, students also identify different approaches to the study of Islamic art and architecture such as formalistic, historical, religious, idealistic, morphological, and sociological. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 3733 History of American Studio Craft - History of American Studio Craft is a comprehensive study of the development of studio craft in America. This course will explore craft’s relationship to the fine arts and design, foster a critical understanding of the field and craft’s place in contemporary art and culture. Beginning with the emergence of studio craft in the late 19th century this course will follow the craft movement through to present times. Focus turns to the artists and their materials: clay, glass, metal, wood, and fiber and their roles in utility and aesthetics in industry and contemporary artist’s studio practices. This course may include visits to galleries, museums, and artist studios or demonstrations in one or more media. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above.
  • ART 4013 Global Approach to Socialist Art and Architecture - Global Approach to Socialist Art and Architecture examines the global diversity and complexity of socialist art, whether it served to develop social consciousness in the socialist state or in capitalist country. The course emphasizes the major political, economic, philosophical, and cultural changes in twentieth and twenty-first century history that triggered artists’ interest in socialism and state sponsored art and visual culture. Finally, the course examines how socialist art has been appropriated in post-socialist societies, within the framework of the culture of consumption. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4053 Native American Art - This course covers the evolution of Native American art from pre-history roots through contemporary expression. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4143 History of Museum Practices - This course examines the history of museum and its practices worldwide and emphasizes the importance of museums in the creation of history and public memory through these practices. Thus, museum is discussed in relation to the passing time, the waning of civilizations, and nostalgia for the past as well as an element of local, ethnic, tribal, religious, and national identities. The course also examines how technology has changed certain museum practices and functions, through online virtual museums and digitalized many art historical collections that provide museum access to global audiences. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4223 West African Art - This course explores the social, religious, and political influences on the creation of the arts of Africa. Arts from West Africa south of the Sahara from Western Nigeria to Guinea are discussed in relation to stylistic and functional similarities and differences. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
  • ART 4233 Central African Art - This course explores the social, religious, and political influences on the creation of the arts of Africa. Arts from Central Africa from Eastern Nigeria to South Africa are discussed in relation to stylistic and functional differences. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4333 Mesoamerican Art - This course explores Mesoamerican art objects in their cultural and historical context. Students will be exposed to a variety of art and ideas and develop an appreciation of non-Western (European) traditions in the visual arts. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4343 Multicultural Art - This web course offers a study of the cultural and historical significance of the art from various cultures. Symbols that are common to cultures throughout the world will be discussed in relation to their meanings and possible origins. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4363 Art by Women - This course offers concentration of the visual art contributions of women. Historical, cultural, and political influences on women’s art are examined. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
  • ART 4383 Theories & Methods in Art History - This course offers a synoptic view of selected methodologies and theories in the history of global art and visual culture and how these practices shape the study of art and visual culture. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of art history and junior or senior standing.

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