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Focus Area Templates & Course Descriptions

BA BFA

Repeatable classes:

Some courses listed below can be repeated with instructor permission. Note: the course must be listed as repeatable in the university bulletin. If it is not listed as repeatable, you will not receive credit for repeating the class.

Bulletin

All BA and BFA students are required to complete the required Foundations courses and one focus area (see templates below), though BFA students are required 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.

Focus areas: Ceramics Studio Art, Ceramics Digital Media, Digital + Forms, Drawing, Figure, Interactive Media, Painting, Photographic and Artist’s Books, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Text + Media, Time-based Media

Note: students wishing to pursue a career as a designer are required to complete at least two of the following focus areas: Design, Text + Media, Time-based Media, Interactive Media, Digital + Forms, Photography, Printmaking

Through advising students may propose alternate focus areas that will be presented to faculty for individual approval.


 

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
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)
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)
Interactive Art I: Creative Coding (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 an 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 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)
Interactive Art II: Electronic Objects (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. 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)
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)