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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 Studio Art
This focus is an interdisciplinary approach to using clay in a studio art practice. Students learn traditional and contemporary approaches to using ceramics within the worlds of art and design.
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)
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)
Then take
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).
AND take at least TWO
Mould Making (ART4922C)
Special topics course for students to learn to make complex molds for making multiples in ceramics and sculpture. Offered every other spring semester (ex. spring 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)
  • Ceramics I (ART3764C)
Advanced Workshop: Figurative Sculpture (ART4928C)
Special topics course for students to learn figurative sculpture using many materials including clay in a contemporary context. Offered every third semester (spring 2016, fall 2018, etc.).
Prerequisites:
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Ceramics I (ART3764C)
Installation (ART4928C)
This course is an introduction to the discipline of installation - site and non-site specific. Students will explore ways in which to work within space - architectural and environmental - through fabricated forms, light, sound, video projections, etc. Formal, political/social and cultural issues will be explored through discussions and readings. Offered once a year.
Prerequisites:
  • Sculpture I (ART2701C)
Kilns: Theory & Construction (ART4922C)
Special topics course with hands-on experience for students to design and build traditional and alternative kiln structures. Offered every third year (spring 2015, spring 2018, 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)
  • Ceramics I (ART3764C)
Print and Clay (ART4922C)
A combination of printmaking techniques including silk screening, decals, carving and monoprints using multiple techniques working in ceramics. Projects utilize ceramics in a contemporary art, design, and craft context. Offered every third year (fall 2014, fall 2018, 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)
  • Ceramics I (ART3764C)
Clay and Glazes (ART4922C)
Intermediate through advanced course investigating clay and glaze materials through hands-on experiments. Offered every third year (spring 2016, spring 2019, etc.). May be repeated a maximum of four times (12 credit hours).
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)