Studio Art Concentration

  • 220. Digital Photography. (3 hours)  This course explores the practice of photography through contemporary digital methods. Students will be instructed in the operation of digital cameras, Adobe Lightroom software, and fine art digital printing. Course foundations will underscore the basics of camera settings, subject and composition, and digital workflow. Students will address a variety of subjects, including topics such as landscapes and portraiture. All students will receive help in refining their knowledge and vision for the photographic medium as well as prepare them for further development of personal photographic work. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 222. Film Photography. (3 hours)  This course explores the practice of photography through traditional analog methods. Students will be instructed in the operation of 35mm and medium format cameras, exposure and processing of b&w film, and printing in the darkroom. Students will also discover how film-based photography can be incorporated into a digital workflow with a variety of printing options. Course foundations will underscore the basics of manual camera controls, calculating exposure, and the craft of hands-on image making. Students will address a variety of topics designed to broaden their level of experience and personal vision within the medium of photography. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring
  • 300. Printmaking. (3 hours) This course introduces students to basic methods of traditional printmaking. Each student will complete individual assignments utilizing multiple printmaking media including monoprint, paper lithography, and silkscreen. Demonstrative instruction will be given in woodcut, etching, engraving, and multiple transfer techniques. Students will learn how to identify various types of papers and will become familiar with a number of fundamental print concepts such as editioning, registration, group problem solving, and collaboration. Students will also receive the fundamental processes found in bookmaking. No prerequisite, although ART 121 is recommended. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring
  • 319. 3-D Practices. (3 hours)  This course is an exploration of materials and techniques leading toward conceptual advancement and an investigation of personal aesthetics. The assignments in each course will range from exercises to fully developed works based in conceptual research. 3-D Practices are offered in four major fields of sculptural pursuits: Furniture making (focusing on, but not limited to, wood as a material and furniture as a medium); Metal works (a survey of fabrication practices including, but not limited to, welding, casting, and blacksmithing); Ceramics (a course that investigates clay as a medium and a conceptual context, including wheel throwing); and Performance and Installation (using the medium of the body, working with spatial relationships, and creating installation works). This course is repeatable. Prerequisite: ART 119 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 321. Intermediate Graphic Design. (3 hours)  This course serves as an in-depth study of problem solving and conceptual development through digital image manipulation, integration of type and graphics, and overall layout design. Primarily utilizing Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, course assignments address a variety of complex design problems that encourage both technical and conceptual graphic design solutions. Prerequisite ART 234. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 323. Web Design. (3 hours) This course will teach students how to design and develop websites using HTML and CSS, with an emphasis placed on responsive, mobile-ready design. Students will become familiar with the basic tools of web development, including text editors, FTP applications, and browser web inspectors, and will develop and understanding of the fundamental principles of standards-based web design. Skills developed in this course will allow students to design, develop, and troubleshoot a variety of static websites. Prerequisite: one art course or permission of the instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. As needed
  • 331. Painting. (3 hours)  This course deals with the basics of painting using traditional media and experimental techniques in which color and composition problems will be assigned. A broad range of approaches and styles are addressed, and one’s personal creative development will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 115 or 117 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 332. Advanced Painting. (3 hours) This advanced painting course further explores composition and painting techniques while moving toward a greater independence and personal development for the student. Prerequisite: ART 331 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 370. Topics in Art (studio art concentration). (1–3 hours) This art course addresses specialized mediums, techniques, and/or subjects. Topics may have a concentration in studio art or art history and have included: Noh Mask Carving, Paper/Book Arts, Impasto Mannerism Painting, Alternative Photographic Processes, and Museum Studies. This course may carry a Flag in the Foundations and Core Program. Consult the semester schedule for this information as well as the topic under study. This course may be repeated. Prerequisites may apply; consult instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed

Additional Courses

  • 170. Topics in Art. (1–3 hours) This course provides the opportunity to engage in visual and contextual analysis of art while investigating a topic of interest in the area of art history, art studio, or curatorial studies. The course is open to all students and may be counted toward the art major or minor. Topics include: “Design via Photography,” “The Grand Tour,” “Artistic Traditions of Asia,” and “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” This course may carry a Cultural Awareness Flag (C) in the Foundations and Core Program. Consult the semester schedule for this information as well as the topic under study. This course may be repeated. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall and Spring
  • 313. Art Education. (2 or 3 hours) This course is designed to address the needs of education majors while providing opportunities to develop skills in pedagogy, leadership and advocacy, and personal inquiry in visual arts. In this course, students will: understand the elements of art and principles of design and will be able to critique a work of art according to universally recognized criteria; create original works of art using a variety of media and styles; and write and present original lesson plans incorporating visual arts and Kentucky’s core content. No prerequisite, however enrollment in the Teacher Education Program and/or declaration of art major/minor is recommended. This course offers students a Service Learning opportunity. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 440. Independent Study. (1–3 hours) Students may select any studio area or art history or art education topic for research or development. For each hour of credit, a student must complete 45 contact hours. Students must consult with faculty for application and approval in the semester prior to taking the course. They must complete paperwork as well as seek approval from the Office of the Provost. This course may be repeated. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed
  • 461. Internship in Visual Arts. (1–3 hours) Students may undertake professional involvement in an ad agency, studio, gallery, collection, archive, or other institution as a means of preparing for a career goal or further studies in the visual arts. For each hour of credit, a student must complete 50 contact hours. Students must consult with faculty for application and approval in the semester prior to taking the course. They must complete paperwork and register with the Center for Calling and Career. This couse may be repeated. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed

Capstone Course

  • 495. Senior Thesis. (4 hours) Students completing the BA in art (with an area of emphasis in art history or art studio) will develop skills in formal and con-textual analysis, gain knowledge of art history from prehistoric to the present, demonstrate technical skills, and produce a capstone project that is studio or research-based. This course will focus on work leading to the Senior Thesis and Exhibition. For art history majors, participation in the senior research preview and subsequent research review precede enrollment in this course. During the course, the student conducts, writes, presents, and defends an original research or curatorial project that evidences skill with primary literature and current art historical or curatorial methods. For studio art majors, participation in the senior preview exhibition and subsequent portfolio review precede enrollment in this course. During the course, the student develops, exhibits, and defends a consistent and relevant body of work based on mature concepts and well-developed ideas relevant to his/her study. A supporting paper, artist’s statement and professional documentation, and an oral defense are required. Prerequisite: Student must pass portfolio review before admission into course. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall and Spring