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Chair Thelma S. Rohrer, Ejenobo R. Oke

The Department of Art offerings provide studio and lecture courses designed to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of aesthetics and the development of the skills that enable a person to use art as a successful medium of communication. Courses are provided for students with a professional interest as well as for others seeking cultural enrichment. Students contemplating an art major should submit a portfolio for purposes of placement. Non-majors may have prerequisites waived.

Baccalaureate Degree
Bachelor of Arts only

Major in art; 39 hours; ART 131, 201, 210, 213, 315, 346, 499; two courses selected from: ART 342, 344, 348; twelve hours of electives in art.

Seniors are expected to participate in a senior exhibition and to successfully complete the senior comprehensive evaluation prior to graduation.

Minor in art; 27 hours: ART 131, 201, 210, 213, 315; one course selected from: ART 342, 344, 346, 348; nine hours of electives in art.

Requirements for teaching majors are available in the Office of Teacher Education.

Courses ART

131 BASIC DESIGN - 3 hours
Introductory experiments and practice in various media with emphasis on understanding the principles of composition, color theory and mechanical perspective.

201 ART AND LIFE - 3 hours
A course emphasizing the role of the artist in society through an introductory study of materials, processes, and the history of art in its broadest sense. Progression from those areas with which the contemporary student is already acquainted (advertising, design, and architecture) to a survey of the fine arts up to the present day. C-4AR.

A course to develop skills in handling various media for use in the elementary and junior high/middle schools. It combines a study of the art curriculum at these levels with a study of the general elementary curriculum and how the two are interrelated. Lab fee required.

210 PAINTING I - 3 hours
Introductory course in painting and drawing in various media. Prerequisite: ART 131 or consent of instructor.

213 FIGURE DRAWING - 3 hours
Figure and portrait drawing from live models. Prerequisite: ART 131 or consent of instructor.

A companion course to ART 205 with emphasis placed on the construction and application of various craft media to the elementary and junior high/middle schools. There is further study of the art curriculum and its relationship to the total curriculum of the elementary and junior high/middle schools. Lab fee required.

A non-laboratory course in the use of the camera as an artistic medium, in journalism, as an aid to teaching and for pleasure. The course, which will help the beginning as well as the advanced amateur, deals with composition, lighting (natural and artificial), preparation of slides from books for use in class, macrophotography, slide-copying and color correction. Lab fee required.

223 ENAMELING - 3 hours
The study of fusing ground glass on metal, generally copper or silver, using a special enameling kiln. The traditional techniques of wet inlay, sgraffito, basse-taille and cloisonné will be explored as well as some contemporary design concepts using enamel. Generally offered in January. Lab fee.

A study of surface design on fabrics, using dyes and inks. The student will explore discharge, tie dye, batik and silk screen methods of application of design principles to the fabric surface. Various finishing techniques will also be explored. Generally offered in January. Lab fee.

241 CERAMICS - 3 hours
Practice in wheel throwing, sculpture, various methods of hand building and glaze formation. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

251 ART IN CONTEXT - 3 hours
This intensive course introduces students to that art of a specific region within its geographic, historical, and social context. May be repeated to different locations. January. C-4AR.

Problems in three-dimensional design, using paper, metal, wood, plaster and clay. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: ART 131.

302 FIGURE PAINTING - 3 hours
Figure and portrait painting from live models. Prerequisite: ART 210.

303 SCULPTURE - 3 hours
A basic course in sculpture in various media. Lab fee required. Prerequisites: ART 131, 271, or permission of the instructor.

310 PAINTING II - 3 hours

Advanced studies in pictorial composition in various media, emphasizing experimentation and individual development. Prerequisites: ART 131, 210. Spring, alternate years.

313 FIGURE DRAWING II - 3 hours
Figure and portrait drawing from live models. A companion course to ART 213. Prerequisite: ART 213.

315 CRAFTS - 3 hours
Designing for and working with various craft media including paper, wood, metal, metal enamel, clay and other ceramic materials, plastic and weaving materials. Technical skill to be developed in two- and four-harness weaving, in the use of the potter’s wheel and in the compounding of ceramic glazes. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: ART 131.

321 GRAPHIC DESIGN - 3 hours
Practical experience in designing layouts for various advertising media, including computers. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: ART 131.

Drawing and painting of outdoor subjects with major emphasis on watercolor technique. Prerequisites: ART 131, 210.

The study of art from pre-history and ancient times through the 1200s. Spring, alternate years. C-4AR.

History of art from the 1300s through the 1700s, including the proto-Renaissance through Rococo. Fall, alternate years. 4AR.

History of art from the 1800s to the present, including both European and American movements and the impact of photography. Spring, alternate years. C-4AR.

348 HISTORY OF WORLD ART - 3 hours
The study of art from specific regions of the world, with emphasis on art from non-Western origins, including the art of China, Japan, India, and areas of Africa. This course is both history and project based. Course requirements include a practical component, whereby students are responsible for making art related to a specific region of study. Fall, alternate years. C-3GC.

366 HISTORIC DESIGN - 3 hours
Analysis of the designs of various periods of historical and cultural interest, with problems in composition and construction based on the fundamental elements of the art of each division, with emphasis on non-Western art.

475 INTERNSHIP - 3 hours
Students will work with professionals in institutions related to their goals. They might act as research assistants, helpers in photo labs, catalogers, text-panel writers or packers-unpackers for art exhibits. This experience links classroom instruction to actual career responsibilities. The student is supervised by a professional employed by the specific agency. Prerequisite: approval of the department chair.

499 SENIOR PROJECT (W) - 3 hours
The senior project consists of a portfolio of works and writings, and a senior exhibition and/or thesis under the guidance of a primary and secondary faculty advisor. The senior project can be geared to the student’s area of specialty, whether it is studio or history emphasis. The writing portions and revising process will provide advanced writing opportunities. The senior project will serve as an individualized, capstone experience in the major. Prerequisite: Senior standing; permission of department chair.

380 or 480 SPECIAL PROBLEMS - 1-4 hours
A student who has demonstrated ability to work independently may propose a course and pursue it with a qualified and willing professor. The department chair and the vice president and dean for academic affairs also must approve. A set of guidelines is available at the Office of the Registrar.

385 or 485 SEMINAR - 1-4 hours
An in-depth consideration of a significant scholarly problem or issue. Students pursue a supervised, independent inquiry on an aspect of the topic and exchange results through reports and discussions.

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