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ART 204 Drawing
Drawing: This course introduces the language of drawing and the use of various drawing materials. Assignments address specific problems in drawing techniques, mediums, and design principles. Assignments address specific problems in drawing. Students learn to observe closely, respond to subject matter and then communicate that response through line. Lectures, discussions, and critiques will be an important part of the course3 hrs.

ART 210 Fundamentals of New Media Design
Fundamentals of Graphic Design: In this foundational studio, students are introduced to the discipline of new media design. Students will explore the fundamentals and principles of the static, animated and interactive paradigms of 21st century new media design. Projects will survey illustration, typography, photography, layout, animation, coding and the digital printing process.. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 215 Ancient to Early Renaissance Art
Ancient to Early Renaissance Art: A survey of stylistic developments and cultural contexts in architecture, sculpture, painting and the minor arts of the Mediterranean and European countries from prehistoric times to approximately 1500 CE.  Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 216 High Renaissance Art-Present
High Renaissance Art-Present: A survey of stylistic developments and cultural contexts in architecture, sculpture, painting and the minor arts of Europe and America from approximately 1500 CE to the present day. This course fulfills the writing-intensive course requirementLab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 217 Foundations I
Foundations I:  This course introduces the elements of art and principles of design as they apply to two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Emphasis is placed on the application of structural elements, the principles of visual organization and the theories of color. Upon completion, students will master the theoretical and analytical applications of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Lab fee will apply.   3 hrs.

ART 218 Foundations II
Foundations II:  This class will apply the vocabulary and concepts established in Foundations I to advanced design problems and issues of time, space, and environment. A variety of media will be sampled while exploring art and design applied to daily life, to one's community, to ecological systems, and to a world of digital communication. Students will be empowered by the identity of the artist and the designer in examples applicable to their current and future surroundings.

Lab fee will apply. Prerequisite:  ART 217.  3 hrs.

ART 223 Ceramics
Ceramics: Fundamentals of both hand building and throwing on the potter's wheel. Hand-building techniques will include pinch, coil and slab construction. Glaze instructions will stress the relationships between form and color.  Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 226 Digital Photography I
Digital Photography I: This course introduces digital photographic equipment, theory and processes. Students will be instructed in camera operation, composition, computer photo manipulation and creative expression. Students will also learn the concepts and processes of photo manipulation through complex composite images, special effects, color balancing and image/text integration. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 227 Film Photography I
Film Photography I: Photography used as an expressive medium and as a tool for exploring visual experience. Emphasis will be on selection and treatment of subject matter. Students will learn necessary skills in photographic technique and be acquainted with the historical development of photography. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 237 Digital Video Art
This course explores the role of motion media and digital video production in art and design. Students will work hands on with digital video cameras, non-linear video and audio editing software and visual effect tools to create art films, digital video and audio installations and other fine art and design projects. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 250 Intro to Arts Leadership & Admin
Introduction to Arts Leadership and Administration: An introduction to the field of arts and non-profit leadership and administration, including an overview of the components of arts leadership, arts advocacy, possible careers, and the necessary managerial and creative skills. Open to any undergraduate student but suggested for freshmen and sophomores prior to or soon after declaration of the Arts Leadership & Administration major.  Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 301 Digital Photography II
Digital Photography II: This course advances on the techniques students have acquired in Digital Photography I, by exploring photography as a creative medium. Prerequisite: ART 226. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 302 Painting
Painting: Studies in basic structure and color with emphasis on pictorial elements interpreted through the media of oil painting. Lab fee will apply3 hrs.

ART 303 Sculpture
Sculpture: The exploration of basic elements of three-dimensional form and space with special emphasis on the exploration of various styles, materials and techniques. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 304 Printmaking
Printmaking: This course introduces traditional techniques of Intaglio. Assignments address specific problems that build upon those techniques. Students are encouraged to explore their artisitc voice. Emphasis is placed on balancing technique with subject matter.  Lab fee will apply3 hrs.

ART 305 Advanced Studio
Advanced Studio Lab: This course permits advanced individual exploration of techniques and principles introduced in the 200 level studio courses. The focus varies from semester to semester between two- and three-dimensional approaches, with thematic topics such as the human figure, still-life, and collage/ montage/ assemblage. Pre-requisites for Advanced Lab in Interior Design:  ARDE 208, ARDE 310 & ARDE 311. Prerequisites for Advanced Lab in Studio Art: ART 204, ART 223, ART 302, ART 303 & ART 304. Prerequisites for Advanced Lab in New Media Design: ART 204, ART 235, ART 210, & ART 311. Lab fee will apply.  Repeatable for a total of 12 hrs. 3 hrs.

ART 306 History of Design
History of Design: This course follows the quest to give form to ideas as traced from the pictographs painted on cave walls to the latest imaginative computer-generated designs. Students will be exposed to the creative thinkers, important innovations and breakthrough technologies that have shaped the evolution of visual communication.  3 hrs.

ART 308 19th Century Art: Rise of Modernism
19th Century Art: Rise of Modernism: This course explores developments in the painting and sculpture of Europe and America from the late 18th century age of "political revolution" to the early 20th century age of "artistic revolution." Artists like David, Gericault, and Delacroix will be explored in the light of Enlightenment theories and revolutionary politics, followed by the socialist theories of the Realists Courbet and Daumier and concluding with the artistic innovations of Manet, Monet and Cezanne.  3 hrs.

ART 309 Ancient Art: The Birth of Art
Ancient Art: The Birth of Art: This course will examine ancient artistic traditions in the Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Special emphasis will be placed on expressive contrasts between the cultures of the Near East and West.  3 hrs.

ART 311 Typography
Typography: This intermediate course critically examines traditional and digital typography as word, symbol and form.. Students will explore fundamental and experimental typographic techniques within static, animated and interactive paradigms of new media design. Projects will range from minimal type treatments to the creation and publishing of an original typeface. Prerequisite: ART 210. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 313 Medieval & Renaissance Art
Medieval and Renaissance Art: The course will explore the development of Medieval and Renaissance art in Europe from the 6th to the 16th centuries, exploring stylistic and cultural changes as revealed in sculpture, painting and architecture.   3 hrs.

ART 315 20th & 21st Century Art: Modern Era
20th and 21st Century Art: Modern Era: Critical examination of major trends in the visual arts from c. 1870 to the present, within the context of developments in science, philosophy, religion, and politics.  3 hrs.

ART 316 Baroque & Rococo Art
Baroque and Rococo Art: The Age of Exploration: This course explores the art of Europe and America in the Baroque and Rococo age, which saw religious, scientific, navigational and artistic exploration. Artists like Caravaggio, Bernini, and Rembrandt will be explored in the light of 17th and 18th century theories and discoveries, followed by the Rococo art of Watteau, Boucher and Elisabeth Vigee Le-Brun3 hrs.

ART 317 Digital Illustration
Digital Illustration: This intermediate course introduces students to the traditional and experimental techniques of illustration with digital tools. Students will explore bitmap and vector graphics, digital painting and line within static, animated and interactive paradigms of new media design. Projects will range from simplified symbols to the creation of animation and game characters and scenery design. Prerequisite: ART 210. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 318 Motion Graphics and Animation
Motion Graphics and Animation: This intermediate course focuses students on the time based paradigm of new media design. Students will explore foundational animation techniques, digital video & audio technology, and code based animation methods for broadcast and interactive mediums. Projects will range from traditional stop motion animation to the creation of full television and cinematic title sequences. Prerequisite: ART 210 & ART 226. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 319 Interactive and Web Design
Interactive and Web Design: This intermediate course focuses students on the interactive paradigm of new media design. Students will explore the developmet and design of user centered virtual and physical interfaces. Students will explore the development and deployment of coding for web browsers, mobile platforms and and desktop application. Projects will range from web page design to sophisticated multi-platform application development. Prerequisite: ART 210 & ART 226. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 321 Digital Experience Design
An advanced level studio where students will engage the design and development of interactive digital experiences in physical spaces. The course explores digital interactive museum exhibitions, digital stage and set design, live visuals for performance, and event multimedia. Students will investigate multimedia development and design, digital sensor systems - non-tactile interaction integration, and collaborative project management.  Prerequisites:  ART 210 & ART 319.  Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 325 History of Photography
History of Photography: This course explores developments in photography from the earliest forms of photographic exploration with the camera obscura, to early experiments with the daguerreotype and calotype, to its gradual attempt to be accepted as an art form, and its present day experiments with the digital image.  3 hrs.

ART 329 Film Photography II
Film Photography II: Further investigation of photography as a creative medium and the instruction of advanced photographic techniques. Prerequisite: ART 227. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 340 Non-Western Art History
Non-Western Art History: The aim of this course is to demonstrate the use of imagery as it relates to Non-Western religion, society, and politics. This course will enable students to achieve a better understanding of cultures that differ from their own by giving them another avenue for comprehending diversity.  3 hrs.

ART 350 Arts in the World
Arts in the World: A comparative examination of global issues in the arts, including the various ways that cultures view the role of the arts, fund the arts, and celebrate the arts.  Lab fee will apply3 hrs.

ART 356 Information Design
An intermediate level studio that explores infographics via information design theory and the practice of data visualization.  Students will explore data analysis, mapping, graph theory, and other visualization techniques in order to produce static, animated and interactive design solutions.  Prerequisites:  ART 210 Fundamentals of Graphic Design & ART 311 Typography.  Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 357 Game Design
This course explores the design and development of both physical and video games. Students will examine game theory models, the history of game play and create their own games using physical materials and desktop/mobile game development tools. Topics such as character design, level design, game programming and game narrative will be investigated. Prerequisites:  ART 210 Fundamentals of Graphic Design & ART 319 Interactive and Web Design.  Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 400 Art Criticism
Art Criticism: This course is designed to introduce students to various methods of art criticism and research from historical, iconographic and iconological perspectives.  3 hrs.

ART 401 Seminar in Art History
Seminar in Art History: This discussion-based class fosters advanced exploration of art historical time periods, ideas and criticisms introduced in 300 level art history classes. Prerequisites: Art 215 or 216, or permission of instructor.  3 hrs.

ART 407 Topics in Art History
Topics in Art History: Focus on specific questions of style, traditions and influence as they relate to the emergence and development of art in Europe and America. Topics to be announced annually.  3 hrs.

ART 451 Independent Study: Studio
Independent Study: Studio: Advanced independent work in specialized areas of studio art, interior design and new media design for the mature, academically advanced student. Open to juniors and seniors with a B average in art and approval of the department. 2 Studio Art or design classes. Lab fee will apply.  Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 1-3 hrs.

ART 452 Independent Study: Art History
Independent Study: Art History: Advanced independent work in specialized areas of art history for the mature, academically advanced student. Open to juniors and seniors with a B average in art and approval of the department. Prerequisite: ART 215 & 216.  Lab fee will apply.  Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 1-3 hrs.

ART 497 Senior Critique
Senior Critique: Developing a coherent art-critical position. This requires assembling a portfolio and providing written critical justification of artistic production and aims. To be directed on a rotating basis by department faculty and evaluated by the art faculty. Prerequisite: Art major, senior standing, last semester. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

ART 498 Senior Paper
Senior Paper: This capstone course consists of an independent exploration of interactions between the student's major and the chosen concentration. The specific topic is to be selected by the student in consultation with his/her art history advisor. To be directed on a rotating basis by department faculty and evaluated by the art faculty. Prerequisite: Art History major, senior standing, last semester. Lab fee will apply.  3 hrs.

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