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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

STUDIO ART (ARS)

ARS 101    Art Appreciation    3 cr   

A broad introduction to the nature, vocabulary, and media of the visual arts of drawing, painting, prints, the camera arts, graphic design, sculpture, crafts, and architecture. Fee. Core Course.   

ARS 121    Perceptual Drawing I    3 cr   

An introductory course with emphasis on the development of drawing skills to realistically represent natural and man-made forms using dry drawing media. Fee.   

ARS 122    Perceptual Drawing II    3 cr   

A continuation of ARS 121 using wet and mixed drawing media. Pre-requisite: ARS 121. Fee.   

ARS 123    Two-Dimensional Design    3 cr   

The study and application of art elements and principles of perception, for the purpose of increasing the student’s skill in communicating visually with paints and other two-dimensional media. Fee.   

ARS 124    Three-Dimensional Design    3 cr   

A study and application of art principles to three-dimensional problems. Fee.   

ARS 222    Figure Drawing I    3 cr   

A study of the human figure using various drawing (dry) media. Pre-requisites: ARS 122, ARS 123. Fee.   

ARS 225    Conceptual Drawing I     3 cr   

An introduction to the developmental process of drawing as an art form using various subject matter and drawing media. Pre-requisites: ARS 122, ARS 123. Fee.   

ARS 231     Painting I     3 cr   

An introduction to the techniques and concepts of oil painting using various subject matter. Pre-requisites: ARS 122, ARS 123. Fee.   

ARS 232    Painting II     3 cr   

A continuation of ARS 231 with an emphasis on color, composition and technical facility in oil paint. Pre-requisite: ARS 231. Fee.   

ARS 241    Introduction to Ceramics    3 cr   

Introduction to the exploration of basic hand building and wheel techniques of working with clay. Included will be basic design considerations for traditional pottery forms as well as simple sculptural forms. There will be exposure to techniques in glazing and basic firing. Fee.   

ARS 250     Lithography    3 cr    
An introduction to lithography. Technical skills related to processing and printing an edition will be studied. The course will consist of studio practice, lectures, quizzes, and critiques. Pre-requisites: ARS 121 and ARS 123.    
ARS 251    Intaglio/Etching    3 cr   

An introduction to intaglio printing techniques. Technical skills related to drawing, processing, and printing the metal plates will be studied. The class will consist of studio problems in plate making an printing along with lectures, quizzes, and critiques. Pre-requisites: ARS 121 and ARS 123.    

ARS 252    Woodcut/Relief    3 cr   

A study of relief printmaking. Techniques may include and are not limited to relief, linoleum curt, and wood engraving. The course will consist of studio practice, lectures, quizzes, and critiques. Emphasis will be given to the skills involved in the use of hand tools to cut the image and skills used in printing and editioning the block. Pre-requisites: ARS 121 and ARS 123.    

ARS 253     Silkscreen/Serigraphy    3 cr    
An introduction to silkscreen printing as a fine art form. The class will explore various techniques used in waterbased screen printing, from simple stencils of hand drawn and cut paper designs to advanced photo processes. The course will consist of studio practice, lectures, quizzes, and critiques. Technical methods involved in color use, processing, and printing will be studied. Pre-requisites: ARS 121 and ARS 123.    
ARS 261    Sculpture I     3 cr   

A basic course with additive sculpture materials dealing with problems of mass, volume, and form. Pre-requisites: ARS 122 and ARS 124. Fee.   

ARS 262    Sculpture II     3 cr   

An introduction to basic metal fabrication, including cutting, brazing, and welding both ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Pre-requisite: ARS 261. Fee.   

ARS 271    Introduction to Graphic Design    3 cr   

An introduction to skills and techniques used in graphic design, problems in visual priorities, and use of selected materials. "Restricted to Majors". Pre-requisites: ARS 122, ARS 123. Fee.   

ARS 272    Typography     3 cr   

This class will examine typography as a visual communications tool. Students will explore issues within type and image. "Restricted to Majors"Pre-requisite: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 271. Fee.   

ARS 273    Graphic Design Applications     3 cr   

An introductory course on the fundamentals of using the Macintosh interface and basic instruction with desktop-publishing software for graphic design applications. "Restricted to Majors". Pre-requisite: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 271. Fee.   

ARS 281    Intro to Photography    3 cr   

An introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. Investigation of picture making problems and control of photographic media. Involves the use of color transparency materials and an introduction to black and white processing and enlarging. Students must have 35 mm single lens reflex cameras capable of being operated in the manual exposure mode. Fee.   

ARS 290    Special Topics    3-6 cr   

A lower level studio, lecture, or seminar course treating a special medium, subject, or theme, as announced. This course may be repeated when the topic varies, for a maximum of six credit hours. Pre-requisite: As announced. Fee   

ARS 311     Kiln Formed Glass     3-15 cr    
The exploration of various non-blowing techniques of glass construction and manipulation. Students will use kilns to explore fusing, slumping, pate de verre, and casting. Pre-requisite: ARS 123. Fee.   
ARS 312     Glassblowing    3 cr    
The manipulation, formulation, construction and experimentation with glass as a sculptural medium. Emphasis will be on glassblowing. Other techniques may include furnace casting and kiln working. Fee.    
ARS 322    Figure Drawing II     3 cr   

Further study of the human figure using various drawing (wet and dry) media. Pre-requisite: ARS 222. Fee.   

ARS 325    Conceptual Drawing II     3 cr   

A continuation of ARS 225 with emphasis on concept driven work.. Pre-requisite: ARS 225. Fee.     
ARS 326     Color Theory     3 cr    
A studio course in the nature, theory and application of color in an aesthetic context. Pre-requisites: ARS 222 or ARS 225.    

ARS 331    Painting III     3-12 cr   

A continuation of ARS 232 with emphasis on conceptual exploration in oil and/or water media paint. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Pre-requisite: ARS 232. Fee.     

ARS 341    Intermediate Ceramics     3-9 cr    

A continuation of ARS 241 with emphasis on hand-building or wheel techniques. May be repeated for a total of nine semester hours credit. Pre-requisites: ARS 122, ARS 124, ARS 241. Fee.   

ARS 351    Intermediate Printmaking    3-9 cr   

Further working in printmaking. Students may work in one or more of the following print media: Intaglio, lithography, relief screen printing. Students must have taken the 200 level of the appropriate print media to move to intermediate level of that same media. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 semester hours. Pre-requisites: ARS 250, ARS 251, ARS 252, or ARS 253.    

ARS 361    Sculpture III    3-6 cr   

An introduction to direct carving processes with wood and stone. This course may be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit. Pre-requisite: ARS 262. Fee   

ARS 362    Intermediate Sculpture IV    3-6 cr   

Advanced mold making techniques. This course may be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit. Pre-requisite: ARS 361. Fee.   

ARS 372    Graphic Design Production    3 cr   

Design, typography, page layout, paper selection, prepress techniques and the preparation of art for reproduction using both traditional and digital means. Pre-requisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 272, ARS 273. Fee.   

ARS 373     Graphic Design Identity Systems     3 cr   

An intermediate course developing design skills used in the production of printed materials for visual communications with an emphasis on logos, letterheads, brochures, and posters. Pre-requisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 272, ARS 273. Fee.   

ARS 374    Publication Design     3 cr   

An intermediate course developing design skills used in the production of printed materials for visual communications with an emphasis on newsletters, magazines, and newspaper graphics. Pre-requisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372. Fee.   

ARS 375    Digital Graphic Design    3 cr   

An advanced level course utilizing computers to produce graphic design work for printed and digital media. Pre-requisite: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372 and ARS 373 or concurrent enrollment in ARS 373. Fee.   

ARS 376    Illustration    3 cr   

Conceptual approaches, materials and techniques used to solve problems in illustration, emphasizing developing rendering skills. Pre-requisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372, ARS 373, or ARS 374, and a 200-level drawing course. Fee.   

ARS 381    Intermediate Photo I    3 cr   

This course is designed to allow you to begin to communicate your own vision and artistic voice. This course is intended to take your technical skills to the next level, by reading, writing and thinking about photography.
Pre-requisite: ARS 281. Fee.    

ARS 382    Intermediate Photo II    3 cr   

The three main objectives of this course are to further your knowledge of fine art photography, learn how to conceptualize ideas through the medium of photography, and to treat photography primarily as a creative medium for discussing personal, political, and social concerns. Since photography is tied to many technical processes, these concerns will also be acknowledged in this class. Pre-requisite: ARS 381. Fee.   

ARS 387    Digital Silver Photography    3 cr   

This studio course examines the intersecting theories and practices of photography with digital cameras and computer imaging. Pre-requisite: ARS 382. Fee.   

ARS 396    Professional Practices for the Artist (W)    3 cr   

A workshop to prepare the student for employment, graduate school, or a professional career in the visual arts. Pre-requisite: EH 102 and Junior standing. Fee.   

ARS 412     Advanced Glassblowing     3-15 cr    
Continued development of ARS 312 with emphasis on advanced technique, manipulation and form development. Course assignments will emphasize personal creativity and exploration. Fee.    
ARS 422    Figure Drawing III    3-9 cr   

Individual problems with the human figure as subject, emphasizing concept, composition and media. Pre-requisite: ARS 322. Fee.   

ARS 425    Conceptual Drawing III    3 cr   

A continuation of ARS 325 with emphasis on exploration of personal concepts. Pre-requisite: ARS 325. Fee.   

ARS 431     Painting IV     3-6 cr   

A continuation of ARS 331 with emphasis on personal development of conceptual approaches in oil and/or water media paintings. Students with Primary Concentrations in Painting will use this course to prepare for thesis. This course may be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit. Pre-requisites: Six hours of ARS 331. Fee.   

ARS 441    Advanced Ceramics    3-12 cr   

A continuation of ARS 341 with emphasis on hand-building or wheel processes. May be repeated for a total of 12 semester hours credit. Pre-requisites: 9 hours of ARS 341. Fee.   

ARS 451    Advanced Printmaking    3-6 cr   

A continuation of ARS 351 with emphasis on each student’s developing and refining an individual approach to creative work. For students with a Primary Concentration in Printmaking, this course is preparation for Thesis. Pre-requisite: ARS 351. Fee.   

ARS 461    Sculpture V     3-6 cr   

Experimental work with synthetic materials. This course may be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit. Pre-requisites: ARS 362, a declared Primary Concentration in Sculpture, and permission of the instructor. Fee.   

ARS 472    Senior Graphic Design    3 cr   

An advanced workshop that addresses issues of visual communication using graphic design as a problem-solving tool. Emphasis on creating a body of work of professional quality. Students will also present a portfolio to be evaluated by a faculty member. Pre-requisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 373, ARS 374. Fee.   
ARS 473     Web Design for Graphic Designers     3 cr    
An introduction to interactive applications. This course provides instruction in innovative, artistic design and development of visual communication skills related to interactive applications. Pre-requisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372, ARS 373, and ARS 374.    

ARS 479    Business Practices for Graphic Design     3 cr   

A study of the business principles of Graphic Design. Projects encourage both collaborative and independent study. Students explore design as a commercial art and develop the skills to coordinate projects through all phases of a professional, business relationship. Pre-requisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 373, ARS 374. Fee.   

ARS 481    Advanced Photography     3-6 cr   

This course will strive to help further develop each student's artistic strength in their use of the photographic medium. Each student will be required to write a statement explaining the body of work that they will create and what particular processes they might be interested in exploring. Pre-requisite: ARS 382. Fee.   

ARS 483    Color Photography     3-6 cr   

This is an introduction to color photography. The goals are to become familiar with all aspects of color photography including, film selection, procession, printing, theory, and criticism. Pre-requisite: ARS 382. Fee.   

ARS 485    Alternative Photographic Processes     3-6 cr   

This is an advanced studio art course designed for students with a background in photography (primary B&W) who want to expand their image making vocabulary through the use of early photographic techniques. Pre-requisite: ARS 481. Fee.   

ARS 487    Photo Bookmaking     3-6 cr   

This class will focus on the design and construction of artist books. We will be exploring structure and form and how they support and influence the content of a book. Pre-requisite: ARS 382. Fee.   

ARS 488    Graphic Design Thesis     3 cr   

A self-directed creative project in the area of graphic design with the guidance of a faculty member. Evaluation of the project is completed by a faculty committee and committee approval is needed to pass the course. The thesis must be exhibited publicly as a class. The student is required to work at least 12 hours per week on the project. Pre-requisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 472 and completion of the Graphic Design concentration and acceptance in the BFA program. Fee.   

ARS 490    Special Topics    3-6 cr   

An advanced studio, lecture, or seminar course treating a special medium, subject, or theme, as announced. This course may be repeated when the topic varies, for a maximum of six credit hours. Pre-requisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor.    

ARS 494    Directed Studies     3-6 cr   

Independent work in approved studio medium or topic under the direction of a studio faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pre-requisites: As announced, senior standing, and permission of the instructor. Fee.    

ARS 496    Professional Studies: Internship     3 cr   

Students intern in specialized area of interest. Written report required. Pre-requisite: Junior or senior standing.    

ARS 498    Senior Thesis     6 cr   

An independent project of creative work in the area of the Primary Concentration or one or more Secondary Concentrations, with the guidance of one to three faculty advisors. The student is required to work at least 18 hours a week in the studio. The thesis must be publicly exhibited.    

ARS 499    Honors Senior Thesis     3 cr   

Honors student, the first semester, will identify and carry out independent scholarly research on a topic with the guidance of a faculty member. The second semester, the student will produce a body of work that incorporates and exemplifies the ideas explored in the research paper. The paper will be concluded with a formal presentation to the Visual Arts faculty. The Honors project will be graded by a three-member faculty committee, chaired by the mentor. This course is to be taken as two sequential, three-credit course units.    

ARS 520    Graduate Drawing    3-9 cr   

Intensive course in drawing as both a set of skills and as a creative medium of expression. May be repeated for a total of nine credit hours. Pre-requisites: ARS 422 or 425 or bachelor's degree in art or art education. Fee.   

ARS 530     Graduate Painting    3-9 cr   

Intensive course in painting with traditional or contemporary media, subjects, and concepts. May be repeated for a total of nine credit hours. Pre-requisite: ARS 431 or bachelor’s degree in art or art education. Fee.   

ARS 540    Graduate Ceramics    3-9 cr   

A study of clay as a creative medium of expression. Problems of form, volume, space, texture, decoration, and function will be investigated in their relation to selected ceramic processes and building techniques. May be repeated for total of nine credit hours. Pre-requisite: ARS 441 or bachelor’s degree in art or art education. Fee.   

ARS 550     Graduate Printmaking    3-9 cr   

Intensive investigation of visual, expressive, or technical problems in one or more printmaking media. May be repeated for a total of nine credit hours. Pre-requisite: ARS 451 or bachelor’s degree in art or art education. Fee.   

ARS 560    Graduate Sculpture    3-9 cr   

Intensive investigation of problems of mass, volume, form and space using one or more sculptural media. May be repeated for a total of nine credit hours. Pre-requisite: ARS 461 or bachelor’s degree in art or art education. Fee.   

ARS 590    Special Topics    3-9 cr   

A graduate course treating a special medium, subject, or theme, as announced. May be repeated twice when content varies, for a maximum of nine credit hours. Pre-requisites: Thirty-two hours in Studio Art or a bachelor’s degree in art or art education. Fee.

Department of Visual Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

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