AR 103 Art Appreciation (3) - Satisfies part of the humanities requirement. An introduction to art appreciation that provides a foundation in the basic concepts, materials, and processes of the visual arts, as well as a brief history of art.
AR 105 Introduction to Art Criticism (3) - A course that introduces students to art criticism exercises in reading about art, observing art, talking and writing about art, as well as talking to artists. Students will develop abilities to articulate about and critique a wide variety of artworks.
AR 206 Design/2D (3) - A foundation studio course for two-dimensional design fundamentals.
AR 207 Design/3D (3) - An introduction to three-dimensional design concepts and sculptural form.
AR 208 Beginning Drawing I (3) - Develop basic drawing skills using a variety of media and subject matter (models, still life, landscapes, etc.). An emphasis on composition, contour, gesture, value, and linear perspective.
AR 209 Beginning Drawing II (3) - This course is a further exploration of drawing with an emphasis on integrating the principles of drawing and design into a meaningful composition on a 2D surface. Problems of color and spatial organization are also stressed. A variety of subject matter will be considered.
AR 216 Introduction to Art Education (3) - This course is a study of art education as influenced by educational and philosophical developments throughout history as well as an exploration of current art education topics and approaches for teaching art in traditional and non-traditional settings.
AR 220 Painting (3) - Studio problems exploring characteristics and techniques of painting media with emphasis on color, form, and structure as related to the painting surface.
AR 240-241 Fiber (3) - Exploration of fiber as a primary vehicle for expression. Fiber Techniques may include papermaking, bookmaking, weaving on multi-harness floor looms, tapestry and portable looms, surface design treatments (direct painting, printing, stitchery) and resists such as batik. Fiber and fabrics manipulation including dyeing, sewing, construction, casting, armatures, spinning and felting.
AR 250 Sculpture (3) - Modeling and carving techniques to study three-dimensional form and space.
AR 260 Beginning Printmaking I (3) - An introduction to basic black and white printmaking techniques using relief, collograph and intaglio processes.
AR 261 Beginning Printmaking II (3) - An introduction to basic black and white printmaking techniques using monotype and lithography processes.
AR 270 Ceramics (3) - Basic techniques of studio ceramics, beginning throwing, materials, slips, oxides, glazing and firing.
Ar 280 Beginning B & W Photography (3) - A foundation course exploring the history and techniques of traditional black and white photography. Emphasis on photography as a medium for creative expression. Significant darkroom time is required. Students must have their own 35mm SLR camera. There is a lab fee for this course.
Ar 281 Beginning Digital Photography (3) - This course is an introduction to digital photography. The course will cover digital camera functions and an introduction to Adobe Bridge and Adobe PhotoShop applications. Emphasis on photography as a medium for creative expression. Students must supply their own digital camera. Cameras with the ability to shoot in a raw format are preferred. There is a lab fee for this course.
AR 290 Metalsmithing (3) - Design and construction of ornamental metal emphasizing basic fabrication, surface treatments, and forging for jewelry and sculpture.
AR 301 Typography (3) - This course is intended primarily for art majors who choose graphic design as their area of emphasis. It is also open to any other art major. This course will focus on a broad study of typography, its terminology, history and application in the field of graphic design.
AR 302 Graphic Communications (3) - This course is intended for non-Art majors and will provide theory and practical experience on graphic design and applied art processes in print and presentation design. Students will study the basics in graphic design, the history of visual communication, typography, and the role of illustration and photography in graphic communications.
AR 306 Design Problems (3) - Prerequisite: Ar 206 or consent of instructor. An advanced design class. Using computer imaging students will study design concepts related to computer graphics, illustration and typography as well as historical traditions in graphic design.
AR 308-309 Intermediate Drawing I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 209/308 or consent of instructor. Emphasizing human anatomy for the artist; development of personal direction and characteristics.
AR 310-311 Graphic Design I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 206 and Ar 306 or Ar 379. Introduction to graphic design using computer imaging and photo manipulation. Students will complete graphic design projects such as poster and package design, corporate identity systems and book covers. Students will be introduced to the technology of print production and social and historical issues relating to graphic design.
AR 312 - Design for the Internet (3) This course will provide an introduction to theories and practical experience with graphic design as applied to the internet. Students will study the basics in web page and web site design using current industry standard software, HTML and XHTML. Within the course, students will create web pages and sites suitable for course work, professional purposes, and personal use. Students will also explore common Web page formats and functions. Emphasis will be on the aesthetics of of internet design. Students can obtain instructor permission to register for this course.
AR 320-321 Painting (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 220 or consent of instructor. Intermediate study of painting media with emphasis on perceptual abilities and personal expression.
AR 334 Elementary School Art Education Methods (3) - A course designed to explore the theoretical and practical approaches to implementing a program of art education for grades K-6. Emphasis is placed on strategies that will encourage a discipline-based art education model of instruction. Through hands-on involvement in various art media, students are given opportunities for creative problem solving.
AR 335 Secondary School Art Education Methods (3) - Prerequisite: Ar 334 or consent of instructor. In this advanced course of study, students are given the opportunity to explore more completely those professional practices utilized in the teaching of art in the elementary setting. Reviewing current trends in art education, curriculum planning, teaching methods, and a directed student teaching experience are key areas of study in this course.
AR 340-341 Intermediate Fiber I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 240/340 or consent of instructor. Further exploration of the expressive capability of fibers. More complex exploration of techniques surveyed in Ar 240. Increased emphasis on skill, design, and personal expression. Techniques will vary in spring and fall semesters, including 2D and 3D solutions.
AR 350-351 Intermediate Sculpture I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 250/350 or consent of instructor. Continued exploration of form and space through diverse materials and basic casting techniques.
AR 360 Intermediate Printmaking (3) - Further exploration of printmaking using all processes. Emphasis on composition, media exploration and color processes.
AR 364 History of Art (3) - Survey of architecture, painting, sculpture, and other visual art forms from prehistoric times through the middle ages.
AR 365 History of Art (3) - Survey of architecture, painting, sculpture, and other visual art forms of Early Renaissance to the 19th Century and of the East.
AR 366 History of Art (3) - Survey of architecture, painting, sculpture, and other visual art forms from the 19th century to the present.
AR 367 Women Artists in Art History (3) - A survey of women artists in the history of art from antiquity to the present.
AR 370-371 Intermediate Ceramics I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 270/370 or consent of instructor. Problems in utilitarian and non-utilitarian ceramic forms, ceramic materials, glaze composition and combined techniques in clay.
AR 380 - Intermediate Photography (3) Continued exploration of photography as an art medium using traditional darkroom techniques. Emphasis on concept and creative expression. Introduction to color, pinhole, large format, and non-silver techniques. Pre-requisite: AR 280 or instructor permission.
AR 381 - Intermediate Digital Photography (3) Continued exploration of digital photography as an art medium. The course will delve further into photographic applications in Adobe Photoshop with emphasis on maximizing image quality using masks and blending modes. Introduction to fine art printing and papers. Emphasis on concept and creative expression. Pre-requisite: AR 281 or instructor permission.
AR 390-391 Intermediate Metalsmithing I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 290/390 or consent of instructor. Further study in metal manipulation, exploring raising holloware, casting techniques and stone setting.
AR 410 Advanced Drawing (3) - Prerequisite: Ar 309 or consent of instructor. Advanced personal concepts, media experimentation, and aesthetics.
AR 411 Advanced Drawing II (3) - Exploration of drawing as a medium for expression with an emphasis on developing a personal style, with progress toward developing a cohesive body of work.
AR 422-423 Advanced Painting I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 321/422 or consent of instructor. Advanced studio problems, emphasizing perceptual and conceptual abilities and personal expression as related to painting media.
AR 442 Advanced Fiber I (3) - Prerequisite: Ar 341 or consent of instructor. Advanced problems in fibers. Concentration in weaving, paper and books, surface design and/or fabric/fiber manipulation as determined with the instructor. Personal expression and design execution emphasized.
AR 443 Advanced Fiber II (3) - Prerequisite: Ar 442 or consent of instructor. Advanced problems in fibers. Concentration in weaving, paper and books, surface design and/or fabric/fiber manipulation as determined with the instructor. Personal expression and design execution emphasized. A single area of focus will be determined in consultation with the instructor.
AR 452-453 Advanced Sculpture I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 351/452 or consent of instructor. Advanced work in diverse materials.
AR 462-463 Advanced Printmaking I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 360/462 or consent of the instructor. Emphasis on exploring the unique qualities of all printmaking processes and combining them as a means towards personal expression in the medium.
AR 472-473 Advanced Ceramics I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 371/472 or consent of instructor. Advanced techniques: glaze calculation, kiln design and construction and individual concepts in clay.
AR 484-485 Advanced Photography I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 381/484 or consent of instructor. Advanced problems in photography, including readings in history of photography and explorations toward personal expression.
AR 494-495 Advanced Metals & Jewelry I & II (3 each) - Prerequisite: Ar 391/494 or consent of instructor. Advanced metal techniques in the production of functional and non-functional forms.
AR 497 BFA Thesis (9) - The BFA thesis will involve written research and the creation of a cohesive body of creative work in one of the major disciplines. Exhibition of representations of the creative work will be required in a group exhibition. A supporting paper that describes the body of work, its conceptual framework, artistic influences, and use of media contextualized within art history, must accompany the creative work. The supporting paper must be defended during the student's final oral examination. This course requires instructor approval for registration purposes.
AR 498 Professional Seminar (3) - Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Designed to be the academic capstone experience for all students who have majored in art. In addition to satisfactory performance in the classroom, the student must participate in the senior exhibition and take the major field assessment examination. Required of all graduating seniors.
AR 501 Theory and Criticism (3) - Critical analysis of a selected issue applicable to the candidate's major discipline. Controversial historical or contemporary topics must be documented with written research supporting the candidate's chosen positions and submitted to their major advisers.
AR 502 Special Projects (3) - Exploratory research project applied to a technical process or problem supervised by the major adviser. Findings from research will be documented by the candidates and submitted to their major advisers.
AR 503 Research Methods for the Visual Arts (3) - An interdisciplinary study of methods, analyses, and critiques used by visual artists to research issues within and across a range of topics in the visual arts.
AR 508 Drawing (3) - Experimentation with various drawing media with emphasis on eventual development of individual expression. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 semester hours.
AR 520 Painting (3) - Study of painting problems with emphasis on perceptual and conceptual awareness and personal development of technical abilities with painting media. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 semester hours.
AR 540 Fiber (3) - An advanced level course that encompasses traditional and contemporary use of fiber and fiber techniques in 2D and 3D artworks. Emphasis on aesthetic, expressive, and conceptual use of materials and imagery. Course may be repeated to a maximum of 15 semester hours.
AR 550 Sculpture (3) - A three-dimensional study of form and space with emphasis on creative imagination and investigation of contemporary ideas and materials. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 semester hours.
AR 560 Printmaking (3) - Emphasis on individual concepts related to intaglio, relief, lithography, and stencil processes. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 semester hours.
AR 565 Metalsmithing (3) - In-depth research and development of individual design concepts in metal manipulation, stressing form and function. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 semester hours.
AR 570 Ceramics (3) - Individual research in ceramic forms related to the development of the aesthetic and expressive qualities of clay. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 semester hours.
AR 585 Photography (3) - Studies in the craft of photography with emphasis on development of individual expression. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 semester hours.
AR 598 Thesis (6) - The thesis may be either written research or creative work in one of the major disciplines. Creative work must be accompanied by a descriptive paper and must be defended during the student's final review. A graduate exhibition of a creative thesis will be required.