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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.

Figure
This area uses the nude figure as the focus of study. In the lower level courses there is an emphasize on observation-based representation, focusing on learning how to master the figure in both dry and then wet media techniques through historical examples and technical demonstrations. In the intermediate level courses, the emphasis shifts towards the development of more personal expressions and exploring the conceptual possibilities of the figure.
First Take
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 ONE
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)
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)
AND take at least TWO
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)
Figure Painting (ART3560)
This course uses the nude figure as the focus of study. The emphasis shifts towards the development of more personal expressions and personal development in terms of painting style and technique. Offered every semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Figure Drawing Foundations (ART2330C)
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
Intermediate Painting (ART3522)
This intensive studio course offers painting as a means of investigating content and concepts, The emphasis is on developing ideas while refining techniques of handling paint. Offered every semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six credit hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
Advanced Painting (ART4520)
This course provides an advanced undergraduate studio experience, where students direct their semester projects. This course is designed for students in the BFA program with a concentration in 2-D art. Each student is provided with opportunities to expand their understanding, production, and quality of their work through critique, group discussion, lectures, and presentations. Offered every spring semester. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
Prerequisites:
  • Beginning Painting (ART2500C)
  • Intermediate Painting (ART3522)
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)