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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.


 

Text + Media
The Text+Media focus examines text as both an embodiment of language and a pervasive element of our visual culture. In practice, Text+Media is a hybrid art/design focus that uses digital tools to produce various outcomes. Students focusing in this area will not only become adept at using the computer to conceive and create works, they will also explore computational and information design methods, digital printing, and traditional image-making and printing techniques. In addition to the core courses (Typography and Intermedia Studio), students can select additional related courses to complete the focus. Special facilities for print design at FSU include wide-format archival printers, high-volume tabloid color laser printers, large paper cutters, laser-cutting/engraving, wide-format laminators, and related equipment.
First Take
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 THREE
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)
Web 1: Art, Design, Code (ART3654C)
This course explores the relationships between art and electronic media in the 20th and 21st centuries. Focusing on the shift from industrial to information-driven economies, the curriculum outlines digital art’s historical trajectory, from the invention of photography to recent digital tools. Special attention is given to film, gaming, 3D printing, architecture and interdisciplinary art practices. Offered fall and spring semesters.
Prerequisites:
  • Two-Dimensional Foundations (ART1201C)
  • Drawing Foundations (ART1300C)
  • Digital Foundations (ART1602C)
  • Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (ART2204C)
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)
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)
Graphic Novel Workshop (ART4928C)
Graphic Novel Workshop is composed of both Creative Writing majors and Studio Art majors. The students will collaborate in creative teams (artist/writer) to produce works of graphic narrative.
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)
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)