Courses Descriptions

Art (AR)

All studio-length courses have a $75 studio fee. 
The first six courses (AR 1033, 1043, 1053, 1213, 1513 and 1723) are considered the core foundations curriculum and must be completed by all majors by the end of the second year of studies. All art majors must pass a sophomore portfolio review after their third semester of studies.

1033 Foundation Studio I (3) F
This course is the first in the sequence of courses where students are initiated into the process of art making Students are taught the principles and elements of art and design and will be instructed on how to apply these in both traditional and nontraditional methods. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

1043 Foundation Studio II (3) SP
The second in the foundations sequence, this course applies a more rigorous application of principle techniques including traditional observational studies, 3D design and critical thinking. Prerequisite: AR 1033 Studio Course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

1053 Foundation Studio III (3) F
This course is the third required in the foundations sequence and allows the each student a freedom to explore previous unresolved propositions from Foundations Studio I and Studio II, along with developing an artist’s statement. Students will be required to use this course to develop a portfolio to be presented at the end of their third semester of coursework. Prerequisite: Art 1043. Studio fee: $75.

1063 Figure Drawing (3) F
Introduction to the fundamentals of drawing the human form from observation. Students will use a variety of media as they learn the basics of line, gesture and forms pertaining to the specifics of the human anatomy. Studio fee: $75.

1213 Color Theory (3) F, SP
This course explores historic and contemporary approaches to color use in art and culture. Students are required to complete experiments and projects to understand the implications of color within a variety of creative and cultural contexts. Studio fee: $75.

1513 Conceptualization and Presentation (3) F, SP
This is a foundation course with emphasis on concept, visual language, and content. It includes studies in areas such as art criticism and analysis of visual culture.. Studio fee: $75.

1723 New Media Studio (3) F, SP
This course sets to explore new forms of media including video, performance, and digital photography and design. Students will be lead through both historical and contemporary applications to gain a better understanding of how non-traditional forms of media are put into practice by artists, filmmakers and designers.

2213 Fundamentals of Ceramics (3) Offered on demand
Introduction to hand-built clay vessels and wheel throwing and the various processes and tools associated with these forms. Historical and contemporary overview of ceramics provided. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

2223 Intermediate Ceramics (3) Offered on demand
Intermediate handbuilding and wheel throwing encouraging students to develop independent strategies built on the Fundamentals of Ceramics .Prerequisites: Art 2213 and successful portfolio review. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

2233 Fundamentals of Sculpture (3) Offered on demand
Introductory-level sculpture course exploring the history of and current trends within contemporary sculpture. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

2253 Fundamentals of Printmaking (3) Offered on demand
This is an introductory course in the language of printmaking, stressing basic techniques in relief, intaglio and screen printing. Prerequisites: Art 1033, 1043, 1053, 1213, 1513, 1723.

2263 Intermediate Printmaking (3) Offered on demand
This course explores various modalities of printmaking practice. Prerequisite: Art 2253. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

2313 Fundamentals of Photography (3) F, SP
Introductory course in basic studio practice digital photography covering basic principles, use of the camera, and digital image processing and printing techniques. Emphasizes photography as a fine art stressing beginning visual awareness and craftsmanship. Digital SLR camera required. Prerequisites: Art 1033, 1043, 1053, 1213, 1513, 1723. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

2323 Intermediate/Advanced Photography (3) Offered on demand
Continuing course of practice in photography. Covers further advanced techniques in digital image editing, processing and printing with an emphasis on developing cohesive portfolios of work. Emphasizes photography as a fine art. Digital SLR camera required. Prerequisite: Art 2313. Studio fee: $75. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

2513 History of Graphic Design (3) SP
Lecture course that explores the processes of early communication modes to the current digital culture. History of print, typography and illustration pertaining to the overall culture of graphic design will be explored.

2613 Fundamentals of Painting (3) F
This course introduces student to the technique of oil painting. Students will learn processes and paint applications based on color mixing studies and observational studies. Prerequisites: Art 1033, 1043, 1053, 1213, 1513, 1723. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

3113 Advanced Printmaking (3) Offered on demand
Exploration in contemporary printmaking practices challenging preconceived notions of printmaking and its place in the contemporary art world. Prerequisite: Art 2263. Studio course - meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

3123 Creative Design for the Web (3) Offered on demand
This course discusses the application of graphic design practice and theory to web design. Current trends in web design may also be discussed, including how design and coding fundamentals are applied to solving problems for clients. Prerequisites: Art 3723 and Information Technology 2053. Studio fee: $75

3133 Art Theory (3) SP
This course provides exposure to seminal authors and their work of art theory, beginning with Plato’s Republic through present. Students gain a broad understanding of key concepts from selected readings.

3503 Methods of Teaching Visual Arts (3) Offered on demand
Current methodology in secondary art curriculum, such as developing and leading art experiences, developing lesson plans, and understanding theories of art criticism. Field experience required. For the secondary teacher of art. Prerequisite: Art 3513.

3513 Art for Children (3) F, SP
This course examines concepts, practices, curriculum integration and issues in discipline-based art education. Emphasis on ways of stimulating, guiding and evaluating art learning experiences for children.

3623 Intermediate Painting (3) Offered on demand
This course explores various modalities of traditional and contemporary painting practices, with experimentation in a variety of painting mediums including oil, acrylic and encaustics Prerequisite: Art 2613. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

3713 Foundations in Graphic Design (3) F, SP
This course emphasizes visual literacy in graphic design. Students will gain the ability to decipher successful from unsuccessful implementation of the visual elements of design by solving graphic design problems. The learner will also apply the fundamentals of visual literacy in design to current industry software and fi management. Prerequisites: Art 1722 and 1411. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75

3723 Typography (3) F, SP
This course covers the anatomy of type, the identification of fonts by their respective class and family, and the successful and unsuccessful use of type. Each assignment will be directed toward understand methods of communication through letterforms, while negotiating the semantics found between letterforms and their context. Prerequisites: Art 3713 and 3773. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75

3733 Trademarks and Identity Systems (3) F
This course looks at the history, development, and theory of logo design and identity systems. Students complete projects designed to concentrate on logos, trademarks, identity systems, and branding campaigns. Prerequisite: Art 3713 and 3773. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75. This course may satisfy the SALT II Tier requirement.

3763 Packaging Design (3) Offered on demand
This course focuses on the application of graphic design to simultaneously occupied 2-d/3-d world of product packaging. Projects will be designed and printed to exist in 3-dimensions. Packaging problem solving, project requirements and building applications will be presented through hands-on training in the development of product packaging. Prerequisite: Art 3773. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

3773 Designing from the Grid (3) F, SP
This course is a thorough introduction to the grid as an organizing element in graphic design, including its history and uses. The learner will focus on creating grids for print and web. Prerequisite: Art 3713. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75

3913 Advanced Typography (3) SP
This course is a continuation of Art 3723 Typography, with a focus on more advanced projects. This course covers the anatomy of type, the identification of fonts by their respective class and family, and the successful and unsuccessful use of type. Each assignment will be directed toward understand methods of communication through letterforms, while negotiating the semantics found between letterforms and their context. Prerequisite: Art 3723. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75

401V Independent Study I (1-3) F, SP, SU
Independent study courses deepen student understanding of a specified concentration of study. Granted on a caseby-case basis, a total of three hours is permitted toward a student’s major.

419V Special Topics in Art (1-3) Offered on demand
Topics vary. Some special topics courses may be assessed a studio fee. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

4213 Advanced Painting (3) Offered on demand
This course is an exploration in contemporary painting practices. Pre-conceived notions of painting are challenged in contemporary art. The student gains familiarity with creative painting techniques, concepts and emphasizes its criticality and contemporaneous aspects. Prerequisite: Art 3623. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

431V Advanced Studio (3,6) Offered on demand
Emphasizes portfolio development and self-directed studio practice. Students develop a body of work for their senior exhibition and professional portfolio. Prerequisite: At least one of the advanced studio courses offered by the department. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75.

480V Art Travel (1-3) F, SP, SU Offered on demand
Travel to major cultural centers to view significant works of art. Class lectures, prior to travel, will establish a context for viewing the collections of major museums and galleries. Follow-up research is required. A total of three hours is permitted towards a student’s major.

4813 Survey of History of Art I (3) F
This course presents an intensive study of the artistic periods from the Prehistoric Age to the Gothic Era. Strong emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to approach art through oral and written components as well as critical thinking.

4823 Survey of History of Art II (3) SP
This course presents an intensive study of the artistic periods from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

4843 Art Since 1940 (3) SP
This course presents an intensive study of the artistic periods from 1940 to contemporary times. Art is stylistically and contextually analyzed with particular attention given to critical theories and history pertaining to the works of art.

491V Internship in Art (1-3) F, SP, SU
This course provides students the opportunity to gain vital experience in a work setting. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above, 3.0 GPA, must have successfully completed portfolio review, and permission of department chair is required. Six hours is permitted toward a student’s major.

4912 Capstone: Portfolio Development and Portfolio Review (2) F, SP
Required of B.F.A. in Graphic Design majors during their last semester. Presentation to and approval by an adjudicating committee composed of full and adjunct professors in the Department of Art is required. This presentation includes work from previous courses, influences and directions for future growth as well as a concise agenda for the Capstone. Prerequisite: All required and additional courses for the B.F.A. in graphic design. Studio fee: $75.

4932 Capstone: Professional Studio Practices and Senior Exhibition (2) F, SP
Required of B.F.A. in Studio Art majors during their last semester. Presentation to and approval by an adjudicating committee composed of full and adjunct professors in the Department of Art is required. This presentation includes work from previous courses, influences and directions for future growth as well as a concise agenda for the Capstone. Prerequisite: All required and additional courses for the B.F.A. in studio art. Studio fee: $75.

4933 Christianity in the Visual Arts (3) SP
This course explores the history of Christian imagery, its changing role in the context of worship, and its place in the contemporary art scene.

4943 Graphic Design Firm (3) SP
This is the final required studio course for graphic design majors. This class focuses on professional best practices, business structure, and client best practices. If live client projects are involved, the class structure will mimic that of a real design firm, with the professor acting as art director and the students taking on the role of production designers. SALT credit course. Prerequisites: Art 3713, 3723, 3733, 3773, 3913. Studio course meets six hours each week. Studio fee: $75. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

Animation (AM)

1113 2D Character Animation I (3) F
Introduction to the core, 12 principles of animation as created by the Disney Animation Masters. Students will learn drawing, acting and movement observational skills through exercises in 2D traditional animation. Prerequisite: AM 2013

1123 2D Character Animation II (3) SP
Building on the fundamentals learned in 2D Animation I, this class will introduce students to stronger performance animation exercises. This class will include introductions to pantomime character performances, lip-sync (dialogue) animation techniques, and “tra-digital” vector based pipelines. Prerequisites: AM 1113

1213 Character Design I (3) F
This course is an introduction to the process of designing characters for film, television, Web and video games. This class will analyze and use the process of “shape-based” character design and what makes a character strong and appealing. Personality, posing and acting will also be discussed to achieve optimum results.

1223 Character Design II (3) SP
Building of off Character Design I, this class will delve further into creating a “cast” of characters for a film, television, Web or video game project. Different styles will be analyzed and an emphasis will be placed on turn sheets, expression model sheets and final color models of characters for the student’s CG modeling and short animation thesis project. Prerequisite: AM 1213

2013 Action Analysis I (3) F, SP
Students will learn the mechanics behind human and animal locomotion, which is core knowledge to any character animation performance. Live models and film clips will be used in class for students to sketch and analyze. Prerequisites: AR 1063

2413 History of Animation (3) F
This course is a survey of the history of American animation. It examines technological, conceptual and aesthetic landmarks from the early 20th century to the present. Students will create small projects as well as written assignments pertaining to course topics.

2513 Storyboarding for Animation I (3) F
This course introduces students to storytelling using sequential visuals. Film, shot and cutting theory will be discussed. Assignments are designed to teach students screen design and pacing. Prerequisites: AM 1113, 2413

2523 Storyboarding for Animation II (3) SP
Through individual approaches and expression in traditional and digital media, students will practice visual communication by juxtaposing and sequencing imagery to tell a story. The course culminates with finished storyboards for the Senior Thesis short film. Prerequisites: AM 2413, 2513

2613 Drawing for Animation I (3) F
This course is designed to instruct students in visual development artwork. The focus will be on the exploration of ideas and the generation of characters, environments and design applications. Students are introduced to the elements of gesture, composition, staging, concept development, color and spatial relationships. Prerequisites: AM 1223 and TH 3023

2623 Drawing for Animation II (3) SP
This course focuses on advanced study in descriptive design. Students will be expected to advance skills in character and environment design as they relate to story lines. Key elements will be the advancement of craftsmanship and conceptual skills that will be applied to the senior thesis. Prerequisites: AM 1223, 2613

2713 Concept Development (3) F, SP
Introduction to concept development processes. The course explores techniques for creating ideas for effective animation including research, analysis, brainstorming and improvisational techniques. Material created in this class is meant to form elements for subsequent conceptual work. Prerequisites: AM 1213, TH 3023

3013 CG Modeling and Lighting I (3) F
This course explores the principles of model building, rigging, color and lighting as applied to a series of stylized and anatomical characters. Students explore tools and apply them to various problems to find modeling and rigging solutions. Prerequisite: AM 1223

3033 CG Modeling and Lighting II (3) SP
Further development of skills in model building, rigging, color and lighting. Concentration will be focused towards final CG character models for the senior thesis short film. Prerequisites: AM 3013

3413 History of Animation II (3) SP
This course focuses on the history and aesthetics of animation with references to related arts such as cinema, puppetry and comics. Screenings include a wide range
of commercial and experimental work produced globally over the past century. Students create small projects and written work pertaining to course topics. Prerequisite: AM 2413

4713 Computer Animation I (3) F
Beginning with a brief overview of Disney’s 12 Fundamental Rules of 2D Animation, students are introduced to 3D animation using MAYA software. Emphasis is on character performance, weight, posing and character mechanics. Students will be asked to develop ideas using traditional 2D methods before each 3D project. Prerequisite: AM 3013

4723 Computer Animation II (3) SP
This course is a continued study in principles of computer animation using MAYA animation software. Students will have the option of initiating the development of their senior thesis short film. Prerequisites: AM 3033, 4713

4733 Computer Animation III (3) F
This course is a continued study in principles of computer animation using MAYA animation software. Students will have the option of initiating the development of their senior thesis short film. Prerequisites: AM 3033, 4723

4743 Computer Animation IV (3) SP
This course is a continued study in principles of computer animation using MAYA animation software. Students will need to begin development of their senior thesis short film. Prerequisites: AM 3033, 4733

4012 Animation Capstone I (2) F, SP
This course is designed to allow students continued time to develop and process their senior thesis short film. Students should begin this course having already developed storyboards and models. This course is primarily for the animation phase.

4822 Animation Capstone II (2) F, SP
The course represents the final phase of the senior project and career preparation. Students focus on the postproduction of their senior thesis short film including final editing and rendering, reel updates, self-promotional support opportunities such as competitions and film/animation festivals. Prerequisite: AM 4012