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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.


 

Sculpture
The field of sculpture encompasses a variety of methods and outcomes where one set of tools is not privileged over another. Students will have the opportunity to learn traditional (i.e. mold making, wood working, welding) and contemporary (i.e. digital fabrication, 3-D printing, multi-media installations) methods and processes that reflect the issues facing artists today. This is an interdisciplinary and experimental program that emphasizes critical feedback and constructive critique. Through personal research and critical dialogue the student is encouraged to find one’s own direction within their goals.
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)
AND take at least FOUR
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)
Installation (ART4928C)
This course is an introduction to the discipline of installation - site and non-site specific. Students will explore ways in which to work within space - architectural and environmental - through fabricated forms, light, sound, video projections, etc. Formal, political/social and cultural issues will be explored through discussions and readings. Offered once a year.
Prerequisites:
  • Sculpture I (ART2701C)
Iterative Making thru Casting and Faux Techniques (ART4928C)
This course introduces students techniques to various mold making and casting techniques and materials (plastics, rubber, plasters, wax, etc). Processes and materials for making an object appear to be made of a different material (faux techniques) will also be introduced. We will focus on the conceptual and practical benefits and challenges of making through iteration (repetition) through multiples and "faked materials". Assignments will be designed to support and advance each artist’s research interests. Class time will be used for discussions, formal and informal critiques, demonstrations, presentations, and independent work as time allows. Readings, writing, and independent work will be required outside of class time as well. Offered once per year in the spring.
Prerequisites:
  • Sculpture I (ART2701C)
Mould Making (ART4922C)
Special topics course for students to learn to make complex molds for making multiples in ceramics and sculpture. Offered every other spring semester (ex. spring 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)
  • Ceramics I (ART3764C)
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)
Foundry/Fabrication (ART4928C)
Introduction to the process of casting in bronze and other metals as well as advanced steel fabrication. Offered fall semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Sculpture I (ART2701C)
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)
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)
Mechatronic Art I (ART4928C)
Students in this studio course will create sculptures and installations that are interactive, responsive and automated. During the semester, students create substantial works of art that incorporate electronics, sensors and mechanized movement. Class discussions and readings challenge students to consider the conceptual opportunities that these particular techniques and processes afford artists.
Prerequisites:
  • Success Strategies (ART1000)
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)
  • Digital Fabrication (ART4642C)
  • Sculpture I (ART2701C)
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)
Video Art (ART4928C)
Time-based, taps into the history of creating motion-based projects and the present-day techniques of working with computer-based technology - Video and Sound editing.
Prerequisites:
  • Success Strategies (ART1000)
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART1203)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)