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Art 153 project

ART153 Visual Culture (4). F and S. An introduction to the function of visual images as tools of persuasive communication. This course will better equip students to communicate effectively with visual images and critically examine their various uses in contemporary culture. Intended for first- and second year students only. Materials fee.

Art Education Courses (ARTE)

Art Education studioARTE210 Methods for the Elementary Teacher (3). F. An introduction to image making and various methods of teaching art at the elementary school level. The course is designed to meet the needs of general education and special education students. It includes lectures, studio experiences, collaborative assignments, demonstrations, and opportunities to work with children from are schools through service learning hours. This course meets core requirements in the arts section in core competencies. Open to sophomores, juniors, or seniors or by permission of the instructor. Materials fee.

ARTE315 Introduction to Elementary Art Education (3). F. This course is an introduction to the field of art education in general as well as Art Education Methods specifically for the elementary school level. This course is designed to meet the needs of the Art Education student (K-12)and is pre-requisite to ARTE 316: Secondary Art Education. It is also designed to meet the needs of the Education student taking a Fine Arts group major or minor. This course includes lectures, studio experiences, and collaborative assignments as well as assignments to create art lesson plans, units and a personal philosophy of Art Education. Partnership opportunities to work with area school children are included. Prerequisites: Education 302/303 or permission of the instructor. Materials fee.

ARTE316 Secondary Art Education (3).F. The course introduces students to various methods of teaching art in the secondary school and to professional standards in art education. It will also guide prospective teachers in developing a responsible pedagogical approach that they can call their own. To foster greater socio-historical understanding, throughout this course, the function of visual images will be addressed in relation to their cultural setting. This course includes lectures, studio projects, demonstrations, and art teaching experiences with students from area schools. This final component will be met through service learning hours. Prerequisites: Art 153, Art Education 315, Education 302/303. Materials fee.

ARTE359 Seminar in Principles and Practices in Art Teaching (3). S. A course on principles and practices in the teaching of visual culture on the elementary and secondary levels. This course should be taken concurrently with Education 346. Students must be admitted into Directed Teaching by the Art and Education departments prior to enrollment.

ARTE399 Exhibition (0). F. Group exhibition of student work, required of senior art education majors.

Art Studio Introductory Courses (ARTS)

ARTS 250

ARTS250 Introduction to Drawing (3). F and S. An introduction to drawing media. This course teaches the basic understanding and use of drawing materials and techniques through the construction of visual problems and solutions related to pictorial space (line, shape, value, volume, scale, composition, and perspective). Students will be expected to produce visually effective drawings through control and execution of the media. Visual, conceptual, and technical concerns will be reinforced through readings, discussions, demonstrations, and critiques.This course will address the use of drawing, not only as a means of developing observational skills, but also that of practicing critical and visual discernment. Materials fee.

ARTS251 Introduction to Painting (3). F and S. An introduction to the painting medium. This course initiates technical and visual problems and solutions related to the study of painting (color, form, shape, and composition), as well as an investigation of adjoining critical issues that include perception, representation, likeness, and facture. Students will be expected to produce visually effective paintings through control and execution of the media. This course addresses critical issues surrounding the production of painted images, the tradition of painting, and the use of painting as a means of developing observational skills, as well as critical and visual discernment. Visual, technical, and conceptual concerns will be reinforced through readings, discussions, demonstrations, and critiques. Materials fee.

ARTS255 Communication Design I (3). F and S. An introduction to the image-based software as a problem-solving approach to Internet oriented communication design. Emphasis is on developing and integrating visual acuity with software dexterity in order to communicate with meaning and purpose. Typography, illustration, and photography are integrated to develop visual problem-solving skills. Selected projects are designed to develop visual understanding and encourage critical discernment. Materials fee.

ARTS256 Introduction to Photography (3). F and S. An introduction to basic photographic techniques and the process of black and white photography including camera operation, film processing, printing, and presentation. Course work emphasizes visual problems and solutions specific to photography, such as flatness, frame, time, and focus. The ability to produce photographic images with visual effectiveness through control and execution of the media is stressed. Visual and technical abilities will be reinforced through readings, discussions, demonstrations, critiques, and lectures. The history of photography and critical approaches to the media will be introduced and inform the context of study. Materials fee. Not offered fall 2013.

Arts 257ARTS257 Introduction to Sculpture (3). F and S. An introduction to the production of three dimensional objects through methods and technologies of sculpture. Course work emphasizes visual problems and solutions specific to sculpture including the basic components of three-dimensional form and the manipulation of space. Students will be introduced to a variety of materials such as prefabricated, found media, plaster, wood, stone, metal, and composites. Students will be expected to produce sculptural objects with visual effectiveness through control and execution of the media. Visual acuity and technical abilities will be reinforced through readings, discussions, demonstrations, critiques, and lectures. The history of sculpture and critical approaches to the media will lead to an understanding of how three-dimensional forms give shape to ideas and beliefs. Materials fee. Not offered spring 2014.

ARTS258 Introduction to Ceramics (3). F and S. This course introduces students to the basic components of ceramics, including the construction of three-dimensional forms and the organization of space. Students will learn traditional and contemporary methods of working with clay and glazes. Course work addresses visual problems and solutions specific to ceramics, the texture of materials, and the manipulation of space. Visual acuity and technical abilities will be reinforced through readings, discussions, demonstrations, critiques, and lectures. The history of ceramics and critical approaches to the media will lead to an understanding of how three dimensional forms give shape to ideas and beliefs. Materials fee.

Art Studio Intermediate Courses (ARTS)

ARTS300 Intermediate Drawing (3). F and S. A further exploration of the activity of drawing. This course emphasizes the critical engagement of visual problems and solutions through the development of a drawing portfolio. The primary source material for this course is the human figure, utilized for visual and technical investigation of pictorial space, as well as for contemporary critical issues surrounding the representation of the self and others. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 250.

Art Education

ARTS301 Intermediate Painting (3). S. A further exploration of painting ideas and media. This course emphasizes the critical engagement of visual problems and solutions through the development of a painting portfolio. Students will be expected to participate in ongoing group and individual critiques, discussions of assigned readings, and contribute to the dialogue in a bi-weekly painting seminar. Through critical engagement of contemporary painting practices, this course initiates patterns of individual research in the production of a painting portfolio. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 251.

ARTS305 Graphic Design(3). F. This course focuses on dynamic, interactive interface website design. Using WYSIWYG editors, vector, bitmapped graphics and motion, and MP3 audio are integrated to produce website portals that are usable and intuitive in the visualization of their navigation. Students will learn how to use low-bandwidth, high-impact, image-based software that allows users to navigate through linear, non-linear, spatial, parallel, hierarchical, and matrix timeline structures, which lead to useful, virtual interaction. Projects are designed to construct visual interfaces, which optimize site navigation without programming. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 255.

ARTS306 Analogue Photography (3). F. A further exploration of the visual and technical aspects of the photographic medium, with study of critical theory specific to analogue photography. A variety of professional equipment, processes, and advanced techniques will also be introduced, including color and artificial lighting. Course work emphasizes the application of technical readings, demonstrations, and lectures through the production of effective photographic images. Photographic criticism is addressed through readings, lectures, studio assignments, critiques, and a final project. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 256. Not offered fall 2013.

ARTS 307

ARTS307 Intermediate Sculpture (3). F and S. A further investigation of the visual and technical aspects of sculptural media and organization of space. This course will require the production of a portfolio of sculptural objects. Special attention will be given to the use of particular production methods, issues of presentation, and the relationship between concept and process. Critical theory specific to sculpture is addressed through readings, lectures, and class projects. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 257. Not offered spring 2014.

ARTS308 Intermediate Ceramics (3). F and S. A further investigation of the visual and technical aspects of clay, glazes, and other media. This course will require the production of a portfolio of ceramic objects. Special attention will be given to the use of particular production methods, issues of presentation, and the relationship between concept and process. Critical theory specific to ceramics is addressed through readings, lectures, and class projects. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 258.

ARTS316 Digital Photography (3). S. An exploration of the visual and technical aspects of photography with an emphasis on digital media. A study of critical theory specific to digital photography will be addressed. Topics covered will include digital image acquisition, manipulation, storage, and display. Course work emphasizes the application of technical readings, demonstrations, and lecture through intensive production of digital images. Criticism is addressed through readings, lectures, studio assignments, critiques, and a final project. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 256.

Art Studio Advanced Courses (ARTS)

ARTS350 Advanced Drawing (3). F and S. This course addresses individual research and conceptual problem solving through the production of a cohesive portfolio of drawings. Students will be encouraged to experiment with the use of new technologies and non-traditional drawing media. In addition to discussions of assigned readings, students will participate in ongoing group and individual critiques that will focus on the individual development and critical understanding of drawn images and ideas. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 300.

ARTS351 Advanced Painting (3). S. A further investigation of painting ideas and media. This course emphasizes individual research and conceptual problem solving through the production of a portfolio of paintings. As part of this course, students will be encouraged to experiment with new technologies and non-traditional painting media supports. In addition to helping lead the bi-weekly seminar on contemporary issues in painting, students will participate in ongoing group and individual critiques that will focus on the development of images and ideas toward a cohesive painting portfolio. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 301.

Communication Design

ARTS355 Brand Design(3). S. This course expands site portal design from narrow to broad bandwidth streaming digital imagery. Navigating within time line image frames and MP3 audio will be integrated, calibrated, and coalesced with overlapping clips in order to construct visual narratives which resonate with specific market audiences. Design work flows will be streamlined to optimize the synchronization of audio with vector and bitmapped images, with an emphasis on achieving a portal’s predicated performance. Emphasis will be on personal development of technical and imaginative skills. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 305.

ARTS356 Advanced Photography (3). S. An emphasis on individual research and conceptual problem solving in the production of a coherent body of analogue and/or digital photographic work. Class time will consist of critiques on the quality of concept and presentation of idea in student images, in addition to discussions of assigned technical and critical readings. Students will be evaluated on a photography portfolio and a class presentation of their work. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 306 or 316.

ARTS357 Advanced Sculpture (3). F and S. This course directs individual research in the production of a cohesive body of sculptural work. Requirements include regular critiques of works in progress and discussions of techniques and critical readings. Student portfolios will be evaluated on the basis of craft, concept, and presentation. Students will examine possible ways in which they can make contributions to the field of sculpture and visual culture. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 307. Not offered spring 2014.

ARTS358

ARTS358 Advanced Ceramics (3). F and S. This course directs individual research in the production of a cohesive body of ceramic work. Requirements include regular critiques of works in progress, discussions of techniques, and critical readings. Student portfolios will be evaluated on the basis of craft, concept, and presentation. Students will examine possible ways in which they can make contributions to the field of ceramics and visual culture. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Art Studio 308.

ARTS380 Internship in Communication Design (3). F and S, tutorial. A practicum in which students work ten hours per week for one semester under an employer supervisor and participate in a series of internship seminars. Students apply theoretical, ethical, and technical aspects of graphic design or photography to specific problems in visual communication. Personal journals, assigned art projects, and regular meetings with the supervising instructor are required. To enroll in this course, students must submit a written proposal to the chair for approval. Prerequisites: Five studio art courses and departmental approval.

ARTS385 Internship in Visual Studies (3). F and S, tutorial. A practicum in which students work a minimum of ten hours per week for one semester in an art-related field under the supervision of a studio artist, professional designer, or gallery director. Students will also meet regularly with an instructor on campus to address lessons learned. To enroll in this course, students must submit a written proposal to the chair for approval. This course is not intended for students concentrating in communication design. Prerequisites: Five studio art courses and departmental approval.

ARTS390 Independent Study in Studio Art (3). F and S, tutorial. An advanced course providing opportunities for investigating the use of new techniques or new materials, including mixed-media. To enroll in this course, students must submit a written proposal to the chair for approval. Prerequisites: Five studio art courses and departmental approval.

ARTS395 Senior Seminar in Studio Art (3). F. A capstone seminar course for all seniors majoring in studio art, which re-examines the integral relationship between the production of visual images and faith commitments. Students will examine contemporary theories and practices in art criticism, while refining their own religious convictions. In addition, students will address ethical issues related to artmaking as they prepare for professional careers in art-related fields. Slide lectures, selected readings, and class discussions; completion of an art portfolio and an artist statement is required. Prerequisite: Senior standing with a major in studio art.

ARTS399 Exhibition (0). S. Group exhibition of student work, required of senior studio art majors and BFA candidates.

Art History Courses (ARTH)Paris Interim 2010

ARTH101 Introduction to the History of Art I (4). F and S. This course surveys the history of the visual arts from the Paleolithic era to the Renaissance. Although this course concentrates primarily on the development of the historical and religious traditions of Europe, the artistic traditions of non-Western cultures are also addressed. The course is intended for first- and second-year students.

ARTH102 Introduction to the History of Art II (4). F and S. This course is a historical survey of the visual arts in Western civilization from the Renaissance to the present. It is intended for first and second-year students.

ARTH232 Early Christian and Byzantine Arts (3). S, odd years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in the Early Christian and the Byzantine traditions. Special attention will be given to the rise of the cult of saints, to the veneration and destruction of religious icons, and to the relationship between sacred images and the imperial court. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Not offered 2013-2014.

ARTH233 Medieval Art (3). S, even years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Western Europe from 400 to 1400. Special attention will be given to the relationship between art and the crusades, to tensions between monastic orders, and to the role of visual images in various kinds of mysticism. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Offered Spring 2014.

ARTH234 Northern Renaissance Art (3). F, odd years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Netherlandish and German cultures from 1400 to 1550. Special attention will be given to the rise of naturalism, to the relationship between art and religious devotion, and to the emergence of an art market. Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Albrecht Durer are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Not offered 2013-2014.

ARTH235 Italian Renaissance Art (3). F, even years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Italy from 1300 to 1550. Special attention will be given to the emergence of linear perspective, to the relationship between art and humanism, and to the invention of artistic genius. Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Not offered 2013-2014.

ARTH237 Baroque and Rococo Art (3). S, odd years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Western Europe and the American colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Special attention will be given to relationship between art and the Catholic Reformation, to the rise of nationalism and modern science, and to the emergence of philosophical aesthetics. Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Watteau are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Not offered 2013-2014.

ARTH238 Nineteenth-Century Art (3). S, even years. A historical study of the form and function of nineteenth-century art in Western Europe and the United States, from neo-classicism to impressionism. Special attention will be given to the relationship between art and the politics of revolution, to the cultural implications of industrialization, and to the search for scientific objectivity. David, Delacroix, Goya, Courbet, Manet, and Monet are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Offered Spring 2014.

ARTH239 Modernism and the Arts (3). F, odd years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Western Europe and the United States from 1880 to 1960. Special attention will be given to the rejection of optical naturalism, to the emergence of psychoanalysis, to the World Wars, and to the development of modernism in various intellectual circles. Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Pollock are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

ARTH240 Contemporary Art (3). F, even years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Western Europe and North America since 1960. Special attention will be given to the collapse of modernism, to the revolution in digital technologies, and to contemporary issues concerning race, cultural identity, and gender. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Not offered 2013-2014.

ARTH241 Asian Art (3). F, odd years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Asian Cultures. Special attention will be given to India, China, and Japan. Students will address the relationship between visual images and political, religious, and social developments in Asia, including the spread of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

ARTH243 Art of the Americas (3). F, even years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in pre-Columbian and Native American cultures. This course will concentrate on cultural developments before contact with Western civilization, but issues of cultural interaction between Native American and immigrant European cultures will be addressed. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Not offered 2013-2014.

ARTH245 African and Oceanic Art (3). S, odd years. A historical study of the form and function of visual images in the African and Oceanic (Polynesian, Melanesian, and Australian Aboriginal) cultures. Special attention will be given to the relationship between religious commitments and artistic practices within these cultures. Slide lectures and class discussions; a research paper is required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Not offered 2013-2014.

ARTH393 Museum Studies (3). F and S, tutorial. An advanced course providing opportunities for studying the theory and practice of museum education and/or exhibition curatorial development and installation. Prerequisites: Five courses in art history and permission of the instructor.

ARTH397 Methods in Art Historiography (3). F, odd years. A capstone seminar for all juniors and seniors majoring in art history, the course aims to provide an understanding of the development of art history as an academic discipline and the major methodological approaches available for engaging art objects. Special attention is paid to connecting these methodological issues to the rest of the art history curriculum including the integration of ethics and faith commitments. In preparing students for future work in art history, the course strives to hone critical thinking skills and instill in students a richer appreciation of the stakes of intellectual positions.

ARTH399 Symposium (0). S. Presentation of student research, required of senior art history majors.

Architectural Design, History and Criticism (ARCT) Courses

Architectural Design

ARCT103 Architectural Communication and Concept Design I. (3). F.
A studio course in architectural drawing designed to provide facility in the transmission of ideas through accepted graphical means. Areas covered include orthographic projection, free-hand sketching, pictorial representation (including perspective), sections and conventions, basic dimensioning, and shade and shadows. The student is introduced to the design process by means of lectures and assigned architectural projects. Readings are also assigned in design-related areas of creative thinking, aesthetics, economics, and human satisfaction. Also listed as Engineering 103.

ARCT201 Architectural History I (4). F. A survey of the history of architecture from the Paleolithic era to the Renaissance. Although this course will concentrate primarily on the development of the historical and religious traditions of Europe, the development of non-Western traditions prior to 1500 will also be addressed. Slide lectures and class discussions. Intended for first- and second-year students.

ARCT202 Architectural History II (4). S. A survey of the history of architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Although this course will concentrate primarily on the development of the historical and religious traditions of Europe, the development of non-Western traditions after 1500 will also be addressed.Slide lectures and class discussions. Intended for first- and second-year students.

ARCT203 Architectural Communication and Concept Design II (3). S. A continuation of ARCT 103, introducing pre-architecture students to more complex issues of architectural design, commnication, and problem-solving. Course projects and discussions help students to exxperience architecture as a multidisciplinary field involving philosophical, geographical, cultural and sociological issues as well as design issues. Also listed as Engineering 203. Prerequisite: Arct 103.

ARCT397 Architectural Theory and Criticism (3). S, odd years. A capstone seminar course for all juniors and seniors enrolled in the prearchitecture program, which re-examines the integral relationship between architectural theories and faith commitments. Special attention will be given to contemporary criticism. Students will address ethical and religious issues as they address various methods of architectural design and practice, in preparation for careers in architecture. Slide lectures and class discussions; a course paper is required. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing.