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School of Art Courses

106 Philosophy of Art

See philosophy 106. Offered in alternate years.

Note: All 100-level courses are open to non-art majors without prerequisite.

111 Foundation Art

A course designed to familiarize students with the elements of form through a series of problems in two and three dimensions. Required for art majors. Offered each fall.

113 Drawing I

A perceptual experience in drawing from the human form in which concepts in art 111 are approached from a specific perceptual situation. Familiarity with a variety of drawing media is stressed. Offered each semester.

115 Introduction to Art History

A thematic course examining the complex relationship of artist, work of art, and audience over time and across cultures. Students will consider a select group of works in an effort to develop the ability to engage visual "texts" in an analytical and critical manner. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered annually.

116 Survey of Asian Art

A course designed to give the student an overview of the history of Asian Art. The course will concentrate study on the artistic traditions of India, China, and Japan. Offered occasionally.

130 Painting I

A course designed to introduce students to painting processes and concepts. Students explore painting as a medium of aesthetic expression and develop an awareness of selected historical and contemporary modes of painting. A series of critiques, group discussions, research and information gathering assignments, lectures, and demonstrations, complement studio work. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered each semester.

135 Printmaking I

A course designed to introduce students to printmaking processes and concepts. Students explore printmaking as a medium of aesthetic expression and develop an awareness of selected historical and contemporary modes of printmaking. A series of critiques, group discussions, research and information gathering assignments, lectures, and demonstrations, complement studio work. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered each semester.

137 Sculpture I

A course designed to introduce students to three-dimensional problem solving and to sculptural processes and concepts. Students explore sculpture as a medium of aesthetic expression and develop an awareness of selected historical and contemporary trends in sculpture. A series of critiques, group discussions, research and information gathering assignments, lectures, and demonstrations, complement studio work. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered each semester.

139 Ceramics I

A course designed to introduce students to ceramic processes and concepts. Students explore ceramics as a medium of aesthetic expression and develop an awareness of selected historical and contemporary modes of ceramics. A series of critiques, group discussions, research and information gathering assignments, lectures and demonstrations complement studio work. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered each semester.

140 Photography I

A course designed to introduce students to black and white photographic processes and concepts. Students explore photography as a medium of aesthetic expression and become aware of both historic and contemporary trends in photography. Beyond collecting photographic images and studio work, students will engage in group discussions and a series of critiques. Slide lectures, demonstrations of studio processes and research assignments will complement the studio experience. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered each semester.

141 Graphic Design I

A course designed to introduce students to visual communication, aesthetic theory, and computer graphics tools and techniques. Students explore graphic design as a means of communication, artistic expression, and organization of information. A series of critiques, group discussions, research and information gathering assignments, lectures and demonstrations, complement studio work. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered each semester.

213 Drawing II

A consideration of problems in perceptual and conceptual drawing. The aim of the course is to further the understanding of drawing as an intermediary step which leads toward a completed work of art, and as a distinct art form having its own aesthetic qualities and being fully capable of producing an art object. Prerequisite: 113. Offered each semester.

230 Painting II

A continuation of 130. Individual problems in painting. Prerequisite: 130. Offered each semester.

235 Printmaking II

An introduction to the processes of lithography and color intaglio. Techniques and skills achieved in art 135 will continue to be utilized. Prerequisite: 135. Offered each semester.

237 Sculpture II

A continuation of 137. Individual problems in sculpture. Prerequisite: 137. Offered each semester.

239 Ceramics II

A continuation of 139. Individual problems in ceramics. Prerequisite: 139. Offered each semester.

240 Photography II

A continuation of 140. Individual problems in Photography. Prerequisites: 111, 140. Offered each semester.

241 Graphic Design II: Advertising Design

An introduction to persuasive graphic design. A continuation of study in typography and art through a series of advertising problems. An introduction to computerized graphic design will allow students to expand their visual vocabulary and prepare artwork for a printed piece. Students will look at the history and social impact of advertising. Prerequisite: 141. Offered each semester.

297, 397, 497 Internships

Individually designed experiential learning. May include field studios or internship placements such as commercial printing, graphic design, museum or gallery work. Prerequisites: consent of the School of Art faculty. Offered each semester.

300 Art Theory and Criticism

An introduction to theoretical and critical essays. Practice in the application of theoretical perspectives to critical analyses of specific visual artworks. Prerequisites: 320 and 322. Offered each spring.

307 Aegean Bronze Age: Art and Archaeology

Cross-listed with Classical Studies 307. A slide-illustrated examination of the archaeology of Greece in the Bronze Age (c. 3000-1100 B.C.), focusing on the art, architecture, and other physical evidence of the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures on the mainland, Cycladic islands, Crete, and Asia Minor (Troy). Do the heroic myths of the Greeks cloud or enrich our understanding of early Greek culture? How far has the profession come since 1868 when wealthy amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, believing the accounts of Homer, found Troy at Hissarlik, Turkey? In consultation with the instructor, a variety of student projects will be possible, including a computer program, making a work of art, and/or writing a formal paper. Offered in alternate years.

309 Classical Greek Art and Architecture

Cross-listed with Classical Studies 307. An introduction to the monuments, sculpture, and painting of the so-called "Golden Age" of Classical Greece (c. 480-330 BC) in order that they develop an understanding and appreciation of classical Greek artistic expression, its influences, and its impact on Western art and thought. The growth and development of cities and religious sanctuaries including Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Eleusis, and Aegina will be examined with a view to understanding the society that produced such art and architecture. The course will be taught using the Perseus 2.0 CD-ROM Program for Macintosh for lecture and assignments. In consultation with the instructor, a variety of student projects will be possible, including creating a computer program, making a work of art, and/or writing a formal paper. Offered in alternate years.

316 Enlightenment to Manet

An examination of the painting & sculpture, and graphic art produced in Europe and the United States from the mid-eighteenth century through the 1860s. Special attention will be given to neoclassicism, romanticism, and realism, concluding with the changes suggested by the revolutionary painting of Edouard Manet. Offered in alternate years.

318 Manet to Dada

An examination of the painting, sculpture, and graphic art produced in Europe and the United States during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Special attention will be given to the emergence of impressionism, followed by the major modernist movements including postimpressionism, symbolism, expressionism, cubism, and dada. Offered in alternate years.

320 Surrealism to Pop Art

An examination of the art produced in Europe and the United States between the end of the First World War and the early 1960s. Special attention will be given to American scene painting, surrealism, abstract expressionism, tachisme, post-WWII figuration, New Realism, and the roots of pop art. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered each fall.

322 Contemporary Art: Pop to the Present

An examination of the art produced in Europe and the United States since the early 1960s. Special attention will be given to pop art, minimalism, conceptualism, feminist art, photo realism, neo-expressionism, and new image art. Prerequisite: 320. Offered each spring.

325 Modern Architecture

An examination of nineteenth and twentieth century architecture in Europe and the United States. Special attention will be given to select structural themes (exposition design, visions of home, architecture of commerce, design and technology, etc.) as well as major monuments, architects, and movements. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered in alternate years.

330 Painting III

A continuation of 230. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independence and experimentation in their work. Prerequisite: 230. Offered each semester.

335 Printmaking III

A continuation of 235. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independence and experimentation in their work. Prerequisite: 235. Offered each semester.

337 Sculpture III

A continuation of 237. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independence and experimentation in their work. Prerequisite: 237. Offered each semester.

339 Ceramics III

A continuation of 239. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independence and experimentation in their work. Prerequisite: 239. Offered each semester.

340 Photography III

A continuation of 240. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independence and experimentation in their work. Prerequisite: 240. Offered each semester.

341 Graphic Design III: Publication Design>

A study of visual presentations from newsletters to magazines and books. An in-depth study of computer graphics software used to organize complex information in preparation for the printing process. Students will be exposed to advanced theories, principles and practice of typography. Prerequisite: 241. Offered each semester.

343 Graphic Design IV

A study of complex graphic design problems including identity, promotional and informational problems. Students are expected to achieve a higher level of computer expertise learned through a variety of projects demanding advanced knowledge of typography and illustration. Projects will require research. Prerequisite: 341. Offered each semester.

380 Special Topics in Art History

A course which may vary in content with each offering. The central focus may be on one or more art movements, particular artistic problems or concepts, time periods or geographical locations which are more or less narrowly defined, or on the work of an individual artist. Each course offering under this title bears a subtitle which indicates the specific subject matter and the type of course experience that is planned. May be repeated for credit if course content is not duplicated. Offered occasionally.

381 Special Topics in Studio Art

A course which may vary in content with each offering. The central focus may be on one or more issues of process, content, or style. Each course offering under this title bears a subtitle which indicates the specific type of course experience that is planned. May be repeated for credit if course is not duplicated. Offered occasionally.

415 Advanced Drawing

For advanced students who have an awareness of the basic problems in drawing. The course has three aims: development of a personal drawing style, familiarity with all drawing media, and a greater general appreciation of drawing. Prerequisite: 213. Offered each semester.

430 Painting IV

AB. Concentrated individualized work for advanced students. Prerequisite: 330. May be repeated once for credit. Offered each semester.

435 Printmaking IV

A,B. Concentrated individualized work for advanced students. Prerequisite: 335. May be repeated once for credit. Offered each semester.

437 Sculpture IV

A,B. Concentrated individualized work for advanced students. Prerequisite: 337. May be repeated once for credit. Offered each semester.

439 Ceramics IV

AB. Concentrated individualized work for advanced students. Prerequisite: 339. May be repeated once for credit. Offered each semester.

440 Photography IV

AB. Concentrated individualized work for advanced students. Prerequisite: 340. May be repeated once for credit. Offered each semester.

441 Graphic Design V

A concentrated portfolio building class. Students will work on individually designed problems with a higher level of difficulty than previous graphic design courses. Prerequisite: 343. May be repeated once for credit. Offered each semester

450 Advanced Studies in Art History

A seminar which may vary with each offering. Topics may include specified historical styles, movements, individuals, or problems in the field. Prerequisites: 115 and one other upper-level art history, or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

480 Special Individual Projects

Individually designed research studies, field experiences, or experimental studio projects in an area of special interest; carried out under the guidance of the instructor or a special supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of three units of credit. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Offered as needed.

490 Senior Seminar

An intensive study of a particular topic, artists or problem in a class combining discussion and writing. Required of art majors; open to art minors and others with consent of the instructor. Prerequisites: 320 and 322. Fulfills general education requirements in Writing Intensive flag. Offered each fall.