Art & Design Courses
Course Descriptions (ARTD)
* Denotes ARTD courses that satisfy the Fine Arts requirements in the Core Curriculum.
*ARTD 1109 Art History Survey I.
This course surveys the history of Western Art and architecture from the Paleolithic period through the Gothic era.
*ARTD 1110 Art History Survey II.
This course surveys the history of Western art and architecture from the early Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century.
*ARTD 1111 Modern and Contemporary Art History.
This course surveys the development of Western art from the beginning of the 20th through the early
*ARTD 1151 Drawing I.
A course in the fundamentals of perceptual drawing or drawing from observation. Topics include
shading, line, perspective and composition.
*ARTD 1152 2-D Design.
A study of the basic design elements and principles. Emphasis will be on creative problem solving and
development of unified designs. A study of color theory and relationships is included.
*ARTD 1153 3-D Design.
This course explores the fundamentals of three-dimensional form using various materials such as wood,
clay, plaster, paper, etc. Craftsmanship, creative thought, and transformation of ideas into form while
becoming familiar with proper use of tools and equipment is also emphasized.
ARTD 2201 Graphic Design Fundamentals.
An introduction to the fundamentals of graphic design, emphasizing typography and layout.
ARTD 2211 Drawing II: Life Drawing.
A course in the study of human anatomy and the expressive potential of the human form. Using a
variety of drawing media, students will draw from the model, both nude and clothed, and from the
Prerequisite: ARTD 1151 (Basic Drawing) or permission of instructor
ARTD 2222 Graphic Design Logos and Concepts.
A course exploring the development of graphic ideas through projects in advertising, layout, corporate
identity, and magazine and poster design. Students will be exposed to basic concepts of logo design. In
addition, they will study working with printers, fonts and file formats.
*ARTD 2223 Basic Photography.
An introductory course in photography in which both silver (film and paper) and digital (pixel and
pigment) based materials are used. The course begins with the mechanics of the camera, exposure of
film and digital file, darkroom procedures of film, and printing processes from the negative as well as
pigment printing and manipulation from digital files. Students are required to have a digital camera with
manual control of focus, f-stops and shutter speeds. Cameras for film processing will be provided. Film,
photographic and pigment print paper, and presentation materials are the responsibility of the student.
ARTD 2224 Documentary Photography.
A course in documentary photography in which the student is assigned projects to illustrate narrative
issues relevant to contemporary social concerns utilizing both silver and digital-based materials. An
introduction to the history of documentary photography and the study of the stylistic techniques of
contemporary photojournalism will also be included.
*ARTD 2227 Ceramics–Methods and Materials.
This course is an introduction to ceramic methods and techniques. It will explore both wheelthrowing and hand building used in forming vessels and sculpture. This will include using the potter’s wheel, slabs, coils, and textures to create form. Glazing, decoration, and firing methods will also be explored.
*ARTD 2229 Ceramics–Wheelthrowing.
This course is an introduction to basic wheelthrowing techniques, beginning with centering and opening, then progressing to pulling basic forms such as bowls, cups and bottles. Glazing, decoration, and firing methods are also included.
ARTD 2271 Painting I.
An introduction to painting with acrylics or oils. Projects will explore the fundamentals of composition and modeling with color and light, as well as an introduction to abstraction. Prerequisite: ARTD 1151 (Drawing I)
*ARTD 2272 Sculpture I.
The projects in this class will address both traditional and contemporary issues in sculpture, such as figure modeling, carving, and narrative imagery.
*ARTD 2273 Printmaking I.
A course in the basics of intaglio and relief printmaking techniques, exposure to selected print and book arts media, and the development of creative imagery.
ARTD 2281 Animation I.
In this exercise-based course the student will develop the skills to create compelling animation through traditional techniques within a digital format. Special emphasis will be placed on familiarity and execution of the 12 Basic Principles of Animation. Students will be introduced to various forms of animation, the history of the art form, the industry, and the language of animation and film. Prerequisite: ARTD 1151 (Drawing I)
ARTD 2282 Animation II.
In this exercise-based course the student will build upon skills and concepts from Animation I to strengthen their mastery of the art of animation. Prerequisite: ARTD 2281 (Animation I)
ARTD 3101 Museum Studies I.
In addition to textbook study, students are actively engaged in museum activities: cataloguing collections, organizing exhibitions, and serving as docents. Students visit area museums not only to view their collections and special exhibitions, but also to learn from museum personnel about the functioning of a museum.
ARTD 3102 Museum Studies II.
This course traces the history of museums, discusses contemporary practice in museums, and examines current issues in museology. It explores the museum’s mission and its role in society through case studies and exhibitions in a variety of museums: art, living history, history, children’s, and ethnographic.
ARTD 3103 The Art of Greece and Rome.
This course focuses on the art of Greece and Rome, emphasizing the historical and cultural context of the works studied. Prerequisite: ARTD 1109 or consent of the instructor
ARTD 3105 Art of the Renaissance.
This course focuses on the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Renaissance, considering works in their historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: ARTD 1110 or consent of the instructor
ARTD 3106 Art of the Baroque.
This course examines works of painting, sculpture, and architecture created in Western Europe and in the United States during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and explores the cultural and historical circumstances of their creation. Prerequisite: ARTD 1110 or consent of the instructor
ARTD 3107 Art of the Nineteenth Century in Europe and America.
This course focuses on the painting, sculpture, photography, and graphics of the nineteenth century in Europe and America. Prerequisite: ARTD 1110 or consent of the instructor
ARTD 3108 Art of the Non-Western World.
This course treats the art of non-western cultures: South and Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, PreColumbian America, Africa, and Oceania. Prerequisite: ARTD 1109 or ARTD 1110 or consent of the instructor
ARTD 3222 Digital Imaging.
A course dealing with the art of computer technology, with emphasis on photographic image manipulation. Emphasis will be placed on developing creative personal imagery. Access to a digital camera is necessary.
ARTD 3281 Digital Ink and Paint.
The student will carry out exercises and develop a final project using Adobe Flash as a traditional animation coloring and animation system. Industry standards will be emphasized. Prerequisites: ARTD 2281, ARTD 2282
ARTD 3282 Stop Motion Animation.
The student will study different forms, methods and techniques of Stop Motion animation while learning to design, build and animate armature based Stop Motion models. Prerequisites: ARTD 1153 or ARTD 2272, ARTD 2223, ARTD 2281, ARTD 2282 ARTD 3301
ARTD 3301 Advanced Graphic Design.
This course explores advanced design principles in such areas as web design, applied surface design, and advanced topics in typography and layout. The course is designed to assist students in developing a portfolio of their work. Prerequisites: ARTD 2201, ARTD 2222, preferably ARTD 3222
ARTD 3311 Drawing III.
Advanced work with the figure in projects exploring composition and subjective expression. Prerequisite: ARTD 2211 ARTD 3323
ARTD 3323 Advanced Photography I.
Advanced work in image manipulation in which creative photographic techniques are employed using both silver and digital/pigment-based materials. Emphasis will be placed on expressive and technical elements that go into the making of a personal vision. Students may work digitally or with film using a variety of formats. Prerequisite: ARTD 2223
ARTD 3324 Advanced Photography II.
Independent work in photographic concepts dealing with the student’s interest in documentary, commercial, or expressive photography using either silver or digital media. A portfolio of twenty to thirty prints with a cohesive theme is required at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: ARTD 2224
ARTD 3327 Ceramic Concepts.
This course will emphasize ceramic design using hand building and/or wheelthrowing techniques. Projects are flexible in their construction method in order to accommodate different ability levels and interests. Projects with commercial potential such as lamp bases, teapots, covered jars, and tile will be explored. Glazing, decoration, and firing methods are emphasized. Prerequisite: ARTD 2227 or ARTD 2229 or consent of instructor
ARTD 3329 Ceramic Design.
This course is designed to allow the student to explore design, construction, and firing methods covered in previous ceramic classes. Prerequisites: ARTD 2227 or ARTD 2229 or consent of instructor
ARTD 3341 Internship.
(3-9) Fall, Interim, Spring
A supervised experience in an off-campus professional environment such as a photography studio, a surface or graphic design studio, or a museum or gallery administrative office. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor
ARTD 3372 Sculpture Methods II.
This course is designed to allow the student to independently explore ideas, methods, and techniques covered in previous sculpture classes. Prerequisite: ARTD 2272 or consent of the instructor
ARTD 3373 Printmaking II.
A continuation of ARTD 2273, including advanced exploration of color prints and other selected print and book arts media. Prerequisite: ARTD 2273
ARTD 3375 Painting II.
A further exploration of either oils or acrylics. Students develop a series of paintings that explore specific imagery, materials, or techniques. Prerequisite: ARTD 2271
ARTD 3380 Special Topics.
A special topics course designed to provide students with exposure to topics in either studio work or art history/museum studies not covered in the regular course offerings. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
ARTD 4281 Animation Project I.
Senior level students will begin work on their final animation project. This course emphasizes thorough pre-production methods that will direct the final animation while also serving as possible portfolio pieces such as scripts, previsualization art, storyboards, model and set design art. Prerequisites: ARTD 3281, ARTD 3282
ARTD 4282 Animation Project II.
Senior level students will continue production on their final animation project that began in Animation Project I. Emphasis will be placed on construction of model and set (if Stop Motion animation), digital ink and paint (if Flash-based animation), quality animation and developing and adhering to a production schedule. Prerequiste: ARTD 4281
ARTD 4351 – 4352 Studio Concentration.
Fall and Spring
This is an advanced intensive course in which art students bring into focus their studio interest and produce a body of work in one or two disciplines leading towards their exit exhibition their last semester. The course may include discussion and readings in contemporary art theory and criticism, field trips to museums and galleries, and the creation of a personal artist’s statement and curriculum vitae. Students will be expected to produce a portfolio of their work that could be used to apply for a job application and for graduate study. This course requires that the student receive permission from the studio professor/professors in whose areas they plan to concentrate. This course may be repeated for credit, and a student may receive a maximum of 12 credit hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor/ instructors
ARTD 4353 Art History Concentration.
This course is designed to hone students’ research skills, to help them apply for internships and graduate school, and to enhance their knowledge of art historical theory and traditions. Because the course is designed to meet the specific needs of each student, the approach will vary slightly each year. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor/ instructors
ARTD 4495 Independent Studies.
(3) on demand
Prerequisite: consent of instructor
* Denotes ARTD courses that satisfy the Fine Arts requirements in the Core Curriculum.