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Focus Area Templates & Course Descriptions

Beginning Summer C 2012

This applies to all freshman art majors entering the Department of Art Summer C 2012 or later and all incoming transfer art majors as of summer 2013 or later. All BA and BFA students are required to complete the required Foundations courses and one focus area (see templates below), though BFA students are encouraged to complete two focus areas.  Students must declare their focus area by the time they reach 90 credit hours. Please be mindful of prerequisites and co-requisites for advanced courses.

Ceramics Digital Media
Students find their voice to experiment with both non-traditional methods along with the traditional processes of preparing mixing glazes and the variety of firing methods necessary to create innovative artwork.
First Take
Ceramics I (ART3764C)
Students will learn conceptual and technical skills using hand-building processes and surface techniques to create innovative artwork at the axis of craft, design, and contemporary art.
Prerequisites:
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
Digital Fabrication (ART4642C)
This course serves as an introduction to the acquisition, construction, and manipulation of 3D models. Students will learn techniques for building 3D models by digitally capturing physical objects and spaces, solid and mesh modeling, and 3D printing. Fused deposition modeling, laser cutting and CNC milling allows students to produce physical versions of their digital forms in a variety of materials. Offered fall and spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Success Strategies (ART1000)
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)
Corequisites:
  • Art & Electronic Media (ART3651)
Then take
Ceramics Digital Course (ART4922C)
Students will use the clay 3D printer and laser cutter to create innovative artwork at the axis of craft, design, and contemporary art. Offered every third semester (fall 2015, spring 2017, etc). May be repeated a maximum of four times (12 credit hours).
Prerequisites:
  • Success Strategies (ART1000)
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)
Corequisites:
  • Ceramics I (ART3764C)
  • Digital Fabrication (ART4642C)
AND take at least TWO
Ceramics, Intermediate and Advanced Workshop (ART4922C)
Intermediate through advanced contemporary ceramics course addressing technical and critical skills with a critical discourse. Offered fall and spring semesters. May be repeated a maximum of four times (12 credit hours).
Ceramics II: Wheel as Tool (ART4762C)
Students will learn conceptual and technical skills using the potter's wheel to create innovative artwork at the axis of craft, design, and contemporary art. This course may be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours, with requirements increasing in difficulty each time. Offered fall and spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
Programming for Artists (ART4925C)
This course serves as an introduction to the possibilities that computational processes hold for visual artists and designers. Through a series of creative projects and exercises, students will acquire the skills necessary to create works that span the genres of digital and new media art. Students will learn the basics and intermediate knowledge of computer programming and discover how this awareness can advance computers beyond their role as simple tools and toward a true artistic medium. Readings and discussions will provide social, cultural and art historical contexts for creative practices that function at the intersection of art and technology. Projects may incorporate drawing, interactivity, text, virtual environments, time and motion, embedded computing, as well as other relevant forms. Offered fall and spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Success Strategies (ART1000)
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)
Physical Computing (ART4928C)
This course is designed for artists, designers, and programmers who wish to create artworks which connect physical and digital spaces. Students will learn basic electronics, embedded programming, and methods for connecting objects to existing networks via sensors, actuators, and wireless protocols.
Prerequisites:
  • Success Strategies (ART1000)
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)