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Art Course Descriptions

ARTS 115 Foundation of Graphic Applications— 3 Credit Hours ......................................... Fall& Spring
This course introduces the software used in visual communication, enabling the student to successfully execute work in a variety of digital media, and includes techniques in raster, vector and layout design.

ARTS 160 Drawing I — 4 Credit Hours ............................................................................................ Fall
This course explores basic drawing techniques using dry media. Emphasis is on learning drawing techniques, drawing medium and composition. This is a basic-level course.

ARTS 201 Drawing II — 4 Credit Hours ....................................................................................... Spring
This course is an exploration in drawing as an art form. Utilizing techniques gained from the previous drawing course, this course examines figure drawing, concept drawing and color. Prerequisite: ARTS 160 Drawing I.

ARTS 205* Painting I: Fundamental Approaches — 4 Credit Hours .................................................... Fall
This course introduces the basic painting approaches with an emphasis on execution, color theory, and composition. Prerequisite: ARTS160 Drawing I or Instructor Permission.

INTD 219* Designing the Future — 4 Credit Hours ....................................................... Odd Year Spring
/ARTS 219 This course combines aesthetic design, engineering design, and the use of micro-controllers to develop the skills necessary to create innovative, technologically-based design projects. It is the intention of the instructors that this course focus on learning through hands-on exploration and be driven by the needs of vulnerable populations and necessary innovations.

ARTS 220 Printmaking — 4 Credit Hours ............................................................................ On Demand
This course is an exploration of image creation onto a plate that then can be transferred multiple times to paper using a printing press. Printing techniques focusing primarily on relief, intaglio and monotype printing methods will be covered in this course. Prerequisite: ARTS 160 Drawing I.

ARTS 225 Art Practicum — 1-2 Credit Hours ...................................................................... Fall & Spring
This is an activities course in the Art and Design Department to provide credit to students working on community or campus art related projects. This course is repeatable.

ARTS 230 Ceramics I — 4 Credit Hours ............................................................................... On Demand
This course is an exploration into the medium of ceramics. Students will learn basic concepts of wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, and other techniques in the field. This is a basic-level course.

ARTS 240 Jewelry — 4 Credit Hours .................................................................................. On Demand
This course is an introductory course that examines metal-smith and jewelry fabrication techniques. Emphasis is on jewelry design and methods of working with metal.

ARTS 250 Sculpture I — 4 Credit Hours ........................................................................................... Fall
This course presents sculptural processes and theories primarily through practice within the classroom and production time outside of class, giving students experience in sculptural fabrication as well as critical analysis and development. This is a basic-level course.

ARTS 260* Photography I: Beyond the Snapshot — 4 Credit Hours............................................... Spring
The snapshot is evidence of the immediacy we expect in everyday life. What is more elusive is the slow, careful study of the image as a form of expression. In this course students will learn digital photography as a means of exploring image-making and in turn personal expression. This studio course introduces camera operation, image editing software, digital workflow, and manipulation techniques. Prerequisite: ARTS115: Foundation of Graphic Applications.

ARTS 271 Graphic Design I — 4 Credit Hours ................................................................................... Fall
This course introduces skills and concepts necessary for development within and understanding of the graphic design profession. The focus of this course is the formal and conceptual skills required for success within various fields of visual communication. Prerequisite of ARTS 115 and 160, or instructor permission.

ARTS 275 Arts and Culture — 3 Credit Hours .............................................................. Even Year Spring
This course introduces students to works of art both historical and contemporary, while engaging the student in critically analyzing the work through discourse on society and culture.

ARTS 281* 3D Printing & Modeling I — 4 Credit Hours ....................................................... Odd Year Fall
This course provides students with an introduction to the technologies involved with additive creation and manufacturing. Students will become familiar with the software necessary to create high-quality, dynamic pieces of three-dimensional work, the process of creating a form in a digital environment, and producing the form on a 3D printer as a physical model.

ARTS 286 Special Topics (Lower Level) — .......................................................................... On Demand
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 ................................................................ On Demand
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 302 History of Graphic Design – 3 Credit Hours .................................................. Odd Year Spring
A study of the history of advertising and design, from its commercial beginning in Europe to its ubiquity in the modern world. It provides an indispensable knowledge of design for students who wish to situate their work in an historical context and to further understand the genesis and journey of design until now.

ARTS 303 Painting II — 4 Credit Hours ........................................................................ Odd Year Spring
An advanced exploration of painting techniques and methodologies. Emphasis on stylistic approaches, application exploration and refinement. Prerequisite of ARTS 205 – Painting I.

ARTS 310 Illustration – 4 Credit Hours ............................................................................... On Demand
Students will examine fundamental skills in the principle areas of illustration students will explore a variety of media while gaining strong understanding in the field of illustration. Prerequisite ARTS 160 and ARTS 205.

ARTS 323 Photography II: Studio Lighting — 4 Credit Hours ............................................ Even Year Fall
This course covers the fundamentals of strobe lighting as it relates to commercial and fine art photography. Prerequisite: Photography I: Beyond the Snapshot.

ARTS 330 Ceramics II — 4 Credit Hours .............................................................................. On Demand
This course is a continued exploration into the medium of ceramics. Students will build on basic techniques and begin to develop the material into a vehicle for the elements and principles of design. Advanced techniques will also be introduced. Prerequisite ARTS 230 Ceramics I.

ARTS 335 Web Design – 4 Credit Hours ....................................................................... Odd Year Spring
This course builds on Web Page Programming I, and is designed to complement a knowledge of basic web site creation techniques with the aesthetic and design judgments necessary for a successful, well-designed web site. This is a graphic design course that explores the principles and elements of design within the digital domain. Prerequisites of COMP 270 Web Programming I and ARTS 271 Graphic Design I.

ARTS 340 Photography III: Concept & Manipulation — 4 Credit Hours ................................ On Demand
A continuation of the previous photography classes, and utilizes the skills and concepts from the previous course to develop an original body of work. This course is predominantly focused on creating original works of fine art. Prerequisite of Photography II: Studio Lighting.

ARTS 371 Graphic Design II — 4 Credit Hours ............................................................. Even Year Spring
A continuation of Graphic Design I, with emphasis on the continued development within and understanding of the graphic design profession, and to continue to develop both formal and conceptual graphic design skills. Prerequisite: ARTS 271 – Graphic Design I.

ARTS 380 Mixed Media Exploration — 4 Credit Hours ........................................................ On Demand
An investigation of combining media application and process to create unique work. Students will learn how to combine materials, processes, and techniques they have gained in a variety of their other courses. Emphasis is through additive processes such as layering, transferring, and collaging. Prerequisite of ARTS 160 and ARTS 260.

ARTS 381 3D Printing and Modeling II — 4 Credit Hours ..................................................... On Demand
This course continues exploration into the technologies involved with additive creation and manufacturing. Students will become proficient with the software and processes necessary to create high-quality, dynamic pieces of three-dimensional work using a digital workflow and prototyping. Prerequisite of ARTS 281 3D Printing and Modeling I.

ARTS 386 The Wesleyan Journey — 1-6 Credit Hours ......................................................... On Demand
This course combines service learning with travel, either domestic or abroad, to provide students an opportunity to strengthen values and abilities, in addition to learning specific academic content. The service projects will be linked to the academic content of the class, and the course may require a co-requisite or stand alone as its own special topics course. Credit varies based on the length of the journey and may involve additional fees for travel. Prerequisite: INTD110 is recommended but not required for this course.

ARTS 450 Senior Studio/Display — 4 Credit Hours ..................................................................... Spring
This course is designed to prepare graduating students for the upcoming rigors of artistic and/or professional design practice. This preparation includes the ability to articulate the goals and merits of one’s own work, the ability to professionally present one’s own work, and the collection of evidences generally required by professional organizations and potential employers, or potential graduate institutions. This is a capstone course for students of Art and Design. Prerequisite of senior status.

ARTS 460 Art/Design Internship — 3 Credit Hours ............................................................. On Demand
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 485 Special Topics (Upper Level) — Variable Credit ................................................... On Demand
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 490 Independent Study— Variable Credit ................................................................. On Demand
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.