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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.

Photographic and Artist's Books
This focus area explores the contemporary artist book in photographic, printed, and structural book forms. Based on a foundation of technical skills in both photography and printmaking, students use the unique book form to explore conceptual ideas that involve image sequencing, text, mixed media, and three-dimensional print objects. The advanced classes also investigate self-publishing.
First Take
Introduction to Printmaking (ART2400C)
This course is an introduction to relief printing in wood block, linoleum block, and collograph. Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
Digital and Photographic Imaging (PGY2941C)
This course introduces students to lens-formed image production through both liquid (traditional darkroom) and dye processes (digital). It includes image analysis within both critical and historical frameworks. Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
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)
Plus take ONE
Letterpress (ART3522C)
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. May be repeated twice (6 semester hours). Offered fall and spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Introduction to Printmaking (ART2400C)
Relief Printmaking (ART3443C)
In this course students learn and execute intermediate and advanced levels of the relief print process including color woodcut, registration, reduction woodcut, printing with found materials, laser cut woodcut, chine colle, ink modification, paper selection and image creation. May be repeated a maximum of three times (9 credit hours).
Prerequisites:
  • Introduction to Printmaking (ART2400C)
Long-Term Photographic Projects (ART4929C)
This class studies the length of a photographic project, from conception to completion. Concept creation, working process, artistic workflow and output, and final presentation are major elements of the curriculum. Students work on a single project to address each of these areas, aided by the critical feedback of the instructor and peers. Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
  • Digital and Photographic Imaging (PGY2941C)
Screen Printing (ART3433C)
In this course students, expand on the basics of screen printing learned in the Introduction to Printmaking course. New processes include photo based stencils, alternate materials, multiple colors, and advanced concepts and uses of the multiple. May be repeated up to three times (9 semester hours). Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
  • Introduction to Printmaking (ART2400C)
Intaglio Printmaking: Etching (ART3442C)
In this course students expand their knowledge of intaglio techniques beyond the basics learned in the fundamentals of printmaking course. Students learn contemporary non-toxic intaglio techniques including color printing, drypoint, chine colle, soft ground etching, line etching, aquatint, photo etching and traditional and experimental printing. May be repeated up to three times (9 semester hours). Offered spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Introduction to Printmaking (ART2400C)
Typography (ART4925C)
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the use of typography in 2D and 3D, as well as time-based media. While the course is largely skill-based, the connection between textual content and visual meaning will be emphasized. Students will be challenged to think and do beyond conventional typographic approaches. 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 ONE
Advanced Workshop: The Printed Book (ART4929C)
Combining book structures and printmaking, students will explore the contemporary artists' book by making artists' books, exploring contemporary examples and reading theory. Students will also be introduced to some basics of letterpress printing. Offered every three semesters (not including summers).
Prerequisites:
    2 Print Courses
The Photographic Book as Experience (ART4928C)
In seeing the book as page spreads of horizontal spaces to fill, this class examines the horizontal nature of landscape as a metaphore for image sequencing. Along the way, we will be learning refined digital and analog photographic technique, specific to the needs of individual projects. The ultimate goal of this course is to work experimentally within photography, yet in concert with other media, and to push personal aesthetic boundaries. Offered every other fall.
Prerequisites:
  • Digital and Photographic Imaging (PGY2941C)