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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.


 

Printmaking
This focus area explores contemporary printmaking including traditional and digital processes. The beginning to intermediate classes are organized by specific print media but within each print media students will investigate themes and concepts including the multiple, the matrix, color, layering, image making, sculptural transformation of paper, and digital technologies. All levels of printmaking require a mix of traditional and digital skills. Advanced classes encourage students to combine medias, materials and ideas in order to experiment with the limitless possibilities of printmaking in a contemporary art world.
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)
Pick TWO
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)
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)
Letterpress (ART3471)
This intermediate studio course is an introduction to the fundamentals of letterpress printing. Using moveable type and other relief surfaces, students will design and print several projects incorporating text and image. In addition to learning techniques in letterpress printing, students will be introduced to the history and context concerning the field of letterpress through assigned readings, slide presentations and in class discussions.
Prerequisites:
  • Introduction to Printmaking (ART2400C)
AND take at least ONE
Advanced Workshop: Hybrid Media (ART4928C)
In this course, students will combine medias and are encouraged to choose the appropriate combination to fit the content and intent. Students will also explore laer-cutting and printmaking and building their own small press. Offered every three semesters (not offered in the summer).
Advanced Workshop: Screen Print (ART4928C)
In this course students will build on the techniques learned in Media Workshop: Screen Print to explore the possibilities of screen print. Projects include experiments with natural dyes, flocking, printing on fabric, experimental surfaces and 3D prints. Offered every three semesters (not offered in the summer).
Prerequisites:
  • Success Strategies (ART1000)
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)
  • Introduction to Printmaking (ART2400C)