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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.

Digital + Forms
The Digital+Forms focus emphasizes the use of 3D modeling, CNC (computer numerical control) and rapid prototyping to develop and realize sculptural forms, digitally and physically. Students explore methods of digitizing physical objects and environments, manipulating them via software, and producing them physically using a variety of computerized tools. Students working within this focus area will learn to incorporate sensors, microcontrollers and electromechanical movement into their art works.
First Take
Sculpture I (ART2701C)
This course is an introduction to basic sculptural processes of fabrication, carving, modeling, and casting. Emphasis on developing ideas through analytical resoinses to assignments. Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
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)
AND take at least TWO
Intermedia Studio (ART4925C)
This intensive studio course encourages advanced students to combine approaches from any media in the pursuit of experimental, conceptual work. Students combine traditional and new media in three project assignments, such as sculpture, installation, drawing, video, photography, printmaking, interactive media, digital fabrication and book. These delve deeply into the relationship between process and conceptual method, topic-driven research in studio art, and context-specific relationships between the work, its audience and the venue. Offered once per year.
Prerequisites:
  • Success Strategies (ART1000)
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)
  • and either
  • Typography (ART4925C)
  • or
  • Digital Fabrication (ART4642C)
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)
Mechatronic Art I (ART4928C)
Students in this studio course will create sculptures and installations that are interactive, responsive and automated. During the semester, students create substantial works of art that incorporate electronics, sensors and mechanized movement. Class discussions and readings challenge students to consider the conceptual opportunities that these particular techniques and processes afford artists.
Prerequisites:
  • Success Strategies (ART1000)
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)
  • Digital Fabrication (ART4642C)
  • Sculpture I (ART2701C)
Mechatronic Art II (ART4928C)
A continuation of Mechatronic Art 1, this course focuses on collaborative group projects of significant scope. Potential collaborators may include communities from outside of the university, non-profit organizations, or other departments, such as Mechanical Engineering. Enrollment by application only.
Sculpture II (ART3710C)
This course allowed continued experience in more complex three-dimensional techniques; emphasis on individual projects and conceptual approach.
Prerequisites:
  • Sculpture I (ART2701C)