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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.

Drawing
The drawing focus area offers a fusion of the traditional and the experimental to create an approach to learning that allows students to push the boundaries of drawing while honing their craft and material sensibilities. These skills are used to concentrate the students own personal ideas and relate them to contemporary image making. The faculty are very open to ideas that challenge the boundaries of traditional drawing and some courses include installation, new technologies, and multiple media applications.
First Take
Drawing II (ART2301C)
This course builds on the technical and conceptual skills learned in Drawing Foundations. Artistic expression and communication through drawing in both black and white and color media. Offered every fall and spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
And/Or
Figure Drawing Foundations (ART2330C)
This course explores the anatomical and conceptual complexities of the human form. Offered every semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six credit hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
AND take THREE
Experimental Drawing (ART3380C)
This course explores a variety of approaches to drawing using a wide range of media, materials, and strategies. Offered fall and spring semester.
Prerequisites:
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Drawing II (ART2301C)
  • Figure Drawing Foundations (ART2330C)
Figure Drawing II (ART3333C)
This course explores the anatomical, conceptual, and expressive complexities of the human form. Offered fall and spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Figure Drawing Foundations (ART2330C)
Experimental Painting (ART3561)
This course is an investigation of non-traditional painting materials and approaches in the context of "hybridization." Over the course of the semester, several topics in the use of new technologies of production are covered. Offered spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
This course is an introduction to personal expression in painting medium; emphasizes color, composition, and painting techniques through historical examples and technical demonstrations. Offered fall and spring semesters
Prerequisites:
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
Aqueous Painting (ART3542C)
This course is an investigation of acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and flash processes and techniques. A very intense study that requires exploration of watercolor to its fullest potential. Offered every semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six credit hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
Color Theory Foundations (ART2205C)
This course offers experiments in color perception and in the uses of color in visual communication and expression. Offered at least once per year.
Advanced Drawing Workshop: Various Themes (ART4928C)
Offering various themes like: Nature as Muse, Literature and Myth as Muse, Landscape: In and Out, Collage. Offered fall and spring semesters.
Advanced Drawing Workshop: Various Themes (ART4929C)
Offering various themes like: Nature as Muse, Literature and Myth as Muse, Landscape: In and Out, Collage. Offered fall and spring semester.
Structural Book (ART4923C)
In this course, students will focus on book binding, book history, and will also have an introduction to typography and artist's books. Offered fall and spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Introduction to Printmaking (ART2400C)