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ARTS 100* Art Appreciation — 3 Credit Hours
  This course explores principles and fundamentals of design, the various art media, reasons for and functions of art and architecture, and an overview of the historical development of form and content in the visual arts.
ARTS 115 Foundations of Graphic Applications— 3 Credit Hours
  Students are instructed on the fundamentals of the Macintosh operating system as well as the basic skills necessary to utilize the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5.The course includes an introduction to basic computer drawing software (such as Adobe Illustrator) and raster-based computer imaging software (such as Photoshop).This course provides the skills necessary to use the Adobe Creative Suite software relative to the design curriculum.The areas of file formats, software tools, interactive design for online media, image creation, and file output as well as basic document setup, creation and printing are covered.Typography, scanning color correction and the many facets of digital prepress production focusing on preflight software, fonts, text and graphic requirements are learned.
ARTS 120* Two-Dimensional Design — 3 Credit Hours
  The two-dimensional design course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements of design.Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both visual and verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions; visual comprehension and the ability to organize perceptions are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills.The principles of organization and relationship are explored through dialogue, experimentation and the use of a variety of media.Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstration, research, assigned projects and critiques.
ARTS 130  Typographic Design — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is an introduction to typography in visual communication.Students will design solutions to assigned communication problems, which will explore aspects of typography and layout as well as concept development and historical research.Students will expand their understanding of basic typographic principles through advanced applied problems focused on typography as the visual representation of language, typographic hierarchy, formal values (syntax) of letterforms, and the typographic grid as a principle organizing systems for providing meaningful structure.Students will refine their computer skills through applications requiring a digital format.Prerequisite:ARTS115 or permission of instructor. 
ARTS 200* Drawing — 3 Credit Hours 
  This course will explore beginning drawing techniques.The student will learn contour, sketching, gesture, blocking and perspective using a variety of drawing media.Emphasis is on the acquisition of drawing skills and an understanding of drawing media.
ARTS 205* Painting -- Acrylic — 3 Credit Hours
  The techniques of painting in acrylic, with emphasis on painting media and the appropriate methods of execution using beginning application methods.
ARTS 208* Painting -- Watercolor — 3 Credit Hours
  Teaches techniques of painting in watercolor, with emphasis on painting media and appropriate methods of execution using beginning application methods.
ARTS 220 Printmaking — 3 Credit Hours
  Printmaking is an exploration of graphic techniques including relief printing, intaglio, planography, and serigraphy. Emphasis is on the media and methods of printmaking.Prerequisites include either ARTS120 or permission of the instructor.
ARTS 222 Printmaking II — 3 Credit Hours
  Printmaking II builds on skills acquired in Printmaking I.Students will work with multi-plate printing processes using intaglio and relief printing techniques.Prerequisite:ARTS220 or instructor permission.
ARTS 230* Ceramics — 3 Credit Hours
  Ceramic processes and techniques are studied from clay bodies, through the making of clay forms (pinch, coil, slab, press molds and wheel throwing), to glaze formulations, finishing and firing processes.
ARTS 232 Ceramics II — 3 Credit Hours
  Ceramics II explores wheel thrown forms.Students will become proficient in throwing bowls, cups, vases, covered jars, teapots, and pitcher forms as well a gaining skill in decorating and glazing finished work.Prerequisite:ARTS230 or instructor permission.
ARTS 240 Jewelry — 3 Credit Hours
  This course examines jewelry fabrication and casting techniques. Emphasis is on jewelry design and the media and methods of jewelry making.
ARTS 248 Art in the Elementary School — 2 Credit Hours
  This course seeks to provide future teachers with a practical body of skills and knowledge which can be effectively used to teach art in the elementary school. The areas covered include foundations of art and art education, fundamentals of teaching, curriculum and development, and art media and techniques. Prerequisites: Art majors need consent of the instructor.
ARTS 250 Sculpture — 3 Credit Hours
  Sculpture includes the study of sculptural design and media. Emphasis is on the techniques of modeling, casting, carving, and assembly.
ARTS 255 *Survey of Art History – 3 Credit Hours
  This course is a survey of the history of visual arts from prehistoric times through contemporary art.Cultural analysis of the interrelated fields of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other humanistic studies will be covered.
ARTS 260* Photography — 3 Credit Hours
  A study of photography as an art form is emphasized. This course examines the camera, photographic techniques, darkroom production of prints and slides, and related photo media concepts.
ARTS 262 Photography II — 3 Credit Hours
  Photography II explores advanced techniques of lighting and exposure in digital photography.Students will be challenged in the development of content based image making and advanced printing and finishing techniques.Prerequisites:ARTS260 or instructor permission.
ARTS 265 Three-Dimensional Design — 3 Credit Hours
  This is an advanced design theory course where students will explore color, movement, and three dimensional design.Emphasis is on the meaningful application of design elements and principles in the creation of original work.Design theory as it relates to graphic design and typography is also examined.Prerequisite:ARTS120 or permission of the instructor.
ARTS 271 Graphic Design I — 3 Credit Hours
  This course focuses on the practice of graphic design for commercial application and print and online publication.Covers reproduction processes, layout and design, illustration, typography, visual communication, and the use of the computer in graphic design.Provides an overview of corporate design as an integrated study within the field of graphic design.Corporate design analysis, as well as development, application, and implementation of identity-based projects will be explored.Students are expected to demonstrate technical proficiency in producing original materials for actual publication.Prerequisite: Arts 115
ARTS 272 Graphic Design II — 3 Credit Hours
  This is a second semester graphic design course designed to introduce the student to vector graphics using Adobe Illustrator software.Students will utilize original drawing or images to create vector based magazine and commercial designs.Book illustrations, posters, editorial illustration, and original graphics will be created for use in portfolio or other professional applications.ARTS120, ARTS200 and ARTS271 are recommended prerequisites but not required.
ARTS 286 Special Topics (Lower Level) — 
  This course (when offered) deals with special issues and events related to the visual arts.It may include contemporary philosophy of beauty and new media, acts of creation in the artistic process, or specific historical perspectives such as the history of art since World War II.These courses are created and offered as departmental need and scheduling allow.
ARTS 290 Independent Study — Variable Credit
  Students wishing to explore media, theory or history of art in their field of study are encouraged to present a proposal to the department chair for consideration.In most cases a student must complete or show adequate knowledge of a media or art discipline by completing an entry level.The Art Department Chair has the right to modify, reject, or accept proposals for independent study.These courses are not intended to replace regularly offered courses.Students should make their requests for this course at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester.
ARTS 305 Figure Drawing — 3 Credit Hours
  Figure drawing builds on skills acquired in Drawing I.Students will work in various media and techniques while focusing on the human figure as subject matter.Prerequisite:ARTS 200 or instructor permission.
ARTS 310 Illustration – 3 Credit Hours
  This course focuses on the professional field of illustration.The students will acquire fundamental skills in principal areas within the field, such as Editorial, Advertising, and Instructional.Students will work in a variety of illustration media throughout this course.Recommended prerequisites of ARTS 200 and ARTS 205.
ARTS 315  Visual Communication Design — 3 Credit Hours
  This course will refine the student’s knowledge of visual communication techniques and theory. It includes learning design software applications, interpretation and analysis of design problems, professional presentation of studio material, and working in a design team environment. Prerequisites include ARTS 120 or consent of the art faculty.
ARTS 323  Studio Lighting Photography — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is a hands-on experience of lights effect on the photographic image.Emphasis is placed on artificial strobe lighting as it applies to still life, portrait, commercial and fine art photography.This course requires access to a digital SLR camera with sync capabilities.Prerequisite:ARTS260 or instructor permission.
ARTS 325 Junior Studio – 3 Credit Hours
  This course will allow the student to develop their studio discipline in both form and content.The instructor will provide the structure and some assignments for this course and the student will also be responsible for designing and executing a body of work in a specific discipline.This course may be repeated one time.Prerequisites include two semesters work in the media in a specific discipline.This course may be repeated one time.Prerequisites include two semesters work in the media being explored or the consent of the instructor.This course and ARTS425 Senior Studio are offered each semester at the same time.
ARTS 335 Information Design for Web/Digital Media – 3 Credit Hrs
  Information design for the Web and Digital Media integrate content with visual indicators.Legibility and clear communication of information and direction are important to the success of graphical user interface design.The course is a study of the application of Information Design theory and practice to the developing area of new media.Advanced problems to further extend students’ knowledge and experience with complex information design issues will be explored.This course integrates imagery, type, icons, buttons, color, visual hierarchy, and architecture to design friendly and functional user interfaces.This course neither teaches nor requires code.Designers and programmers have an almost completely overlapping client base.This course teaches the communication, collaboration and comprehension critical (for programmers and designers) to interact efficiently and effectively in the field.
ARTS 349 Art in the Secondary School — 2 Credit Hours
  This course seeks to develop the knowledge and skills needed by art educators to be well organized, effective teachers of the arts. The areas covered include the history of art education, functions of art in education, curriculum development fundamentals, teaching art production techniques, art history and appreciation, and evaluation procedures and instruments development. Art administration and supervision is also included. Prerequisites: ARTS 248 or consent of instructor.
ARTS 360* Art History Since 1940 — 3 Credit Hours
  This course explores the history of visual art from WWII to the present day.Students will explore the shift of attention from Paris to New York during this period and the social, political and philosophical influences which affected contemporary art and artists.
ARTS 425 Senior Studio— 3 Credit Hours
  This course will allow the student to develop their studio discipline in both form and content.The instructor will provide the structure and some assignments for this course and the student will also be responsible for designing and executing a body of work in a specific discipline.This course may be repeated one time.Prerequisites include at least three semesters work in the media being explored or the consent of the instructor.This course and ARTS325 Junior Studio are offered each semester at the same time.
ARTS 435 Interactive Multimedia Production— 3 Credit Hours
  This course will combine students from all three interactive digital media areas in a supervised studio setting.Students will work with designing, programming and creating at least one multimedia project using video, audio, and graphic elements.The course will include identifying client needs, interpretation of data, professional design proposal techniques and a formal presentation of the finished project.Students will gain an understanding of how to work with various media in an interactive environment.
ARTS 450 Portfolio and Professional Development — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed to prepare a professional art or design portfolio.Students will be required to write a cover letter, artist statement and resume while preparing a digital and print portfolio.Students will gain knowledge in self-promotion, networking, interviewing, graduate school opportunities, and portfolio organization/preparation.Must be at senior status to take this course
ARTS 460 Art Internship — 3 Credit Hours
  The student is offered an intensive field experience in a community organization. Placement will be based on the student’s career orientation. Prerequisites: Senior status, departmental approval and satisfaction of entry criteria where applicable. See Internship under Alternate Means to Academic Credit, for a more detailed description. May be repeated for credit, up to 12 hours.
ARTS 467 Historical Research in the Visual Arts  - 3-12 Credit Hours
  This is a research course for a specific discipline or period of art history. Students will demonstrate knowledge of research techniques, presentation methods and advanced writing skills. This course may be repeated in different areas of emphasis. Prerequisite: Junior Status and Art Faculty consent.
ARTS 485 Special Topics (Upper Level) — Variable Credit
ARTS 490 Independent Study— Variable Credit
  Students wishing to explore media, theory or history of art in their field of study are encouraged to present a proposal to the department chair for consideration.In most cases a student must complete or show adequate knowledge of a media or art discipline by completing an entry level.The Art Department Chair has the right to modify, reject, or accept proposals for independent study.