The studio art major will demonstrate:

  • skills in formal and contextual analysis
  • a broad knowledge of world art history
  • the ability to relate one’s own creative ideas and intentions to the wider contemporary and historical context
  • technical skills showing knowledge of traditional and/or digital media thereby enabling the student to execute work with competence and clarity.

These skills enable the studio major to undertake a capstone during the final semester of coursework, therein developing, exhibiting, and defending a consistent and relevant body of work based on mature concepts and well-developed ideas.

Art Studio Courses

  • 120. Photography. (3 hours) This course explores both traditional darkroom and digital photography practices. Students will be instructed in the operation of the camera, subject and compositional considerations, image refinement, and a variety of printing methods. All students will receive help in expanding 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 and Spring
  • 230. Sculpture I. (3 hours) Introduction to the concepts and design of sculpture with emphasis on the student’s technical, personal, and conceptual development through a variety of materials and processes including woodworking, welding, metal casting, and installation. Prerequisite: ART 118 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 232. Painting I. (3 hours) ART 115 and 117 are recommended for art majors and minors before enrolling in this course. Beginning painting in which color and composition problems will be assigned. Different styles and techniques will be studied as well as one’s personal creative development. Prerequisite: ART 115 or 117 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and 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 monoprints, 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. Prerequisite: ART 115 or 117. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring
  • 315. Advanced Drawing. (3 hours) This course is an advanced study in the technical skill of drawing achieved in ART 115 offering further development through exploration of varied mediums including charcoal, ink wash, reductive drawing, and conté crayon. The course will investigate still life, anatomical drawing, and large-scale drawing, among other subjects. Students are expected to come to the course equipped with drawing experience and a knowledge of mark making in historical or contemporary terms. Therefore, the prerequisites are ART 115 (Drawing) plus one other art course. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Even Falls
  • 330. Sculpture II. (3 hours) This course is a further exploration of materials and techniques, leading to personal conceptual advancement and an investigation of personal aesthetics. Prerequisite: ART 230 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 332. Painting II. (3 hours) A continuation of the exploration of composition and painting techniques moving toward a greater independence and personal development for the student. Prerequisite: ART 232 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 336. Intermediate Graphic Design. (3 hours) This course serves as an in-depth study of  problem-solving, conceptual development, layout and implementation of text and graphics explored primarily through Adobe Illustrator, along with Photoshop and InDesign. Students work with complex design projects and problems that encourage development beyond basic skills and experimentation with creative solutions. Prerequisite: ART 234. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Odd Falls
  • 338. Intermediate Digital Imaging. (3 hours) This course serves as an in-depth study of digital image manipulation explored primarily through Adobe Photoshop, along with Illustrator and InDesign. Students create multiple projects, addressing both technical and conceptual issues while exploring various solutions to visual and digital design problems. Prerequisite ART 234. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Even Falls
  • 370. Topics in Studio Art. (1, 2, or 3 hours) The study of a unique topic in art studio addressing specialized mediums, techniques, and/or themes. Past topics have included: Digital Interpretation, Sketchbooks, Performance and Installation, Digital Photography, Storytelling and Sequential Art, and Alternate Photographic Processes. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 430. Advanced Sculpture. (3 hours) Each student will provide a statement of specific goals to the instructor (who will act in an advisory capacity). Using the assignments as points of provocation, students are expected to produce a conceptually cohesive body of work by the completion of this course. Independent thinking and technical development are emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 330 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 432. Advanced Painting. (3 hours) The student will provide a statement of goals to the instructor who will act in an advisory capacity. Independent thinking and technical development are emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 332 or permission of instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 435. Web Design. (3 hours) Students will learn interactive techniques and interface design using HTML code, CSS, JavaScript, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. This course will be an in-depth study of interactive design for the web that focuses on skill use, thematic development, visual consistency and efficiency. The skills you will learn in this course will enable you to do develop an array of websites utilizing basic HTML, blogs or content management systems. Prerequisite: ART 234. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. As needed

Additional Courses

  • 170. Topics in Art. (2 or 3 hours) This course provides the opportunity to engage in formal and contextual analysis of a work 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. This course may be repeated. Topics include: Picasso’s “Guernica” Then & Now; Design and Visual Language; The Language of Photography; Arts of Asia; and others. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall and Spring
  • 313. Art Education. (2 or 3 hours) The creative process and its educational value, unique to the visual arts, are emphasized in this course. The course includes some of the history of art education, its psychology and philosophy which are basic to understanding art education as well as studio art activities for the classroom. 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

  • 455. 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 art studio 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