Art & Art History

Courses

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

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Studio Art (Focus Media)

  • 69-000 BA.Art Capstone
    Portfolio Review: graduating seniors in the B.A. program must present a digital portfolio of their work, a resume and an artist's statement to the studio faculty, to be approved by the sponsoring faculty member in the appropriate focus area and submitted to the Department Chair for the department's permanent records. If B.A. students wish to produce a senior art exhibition, they must be sponsored by the focus area faculty member and enroll in ART70-812 Exhibition Practicum during the semester of the exhibition.
  • 69-001 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-002 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-003 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-004 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-210 Ceramics/Sculpture Lab
  • 69-214 Ceramics: Hand-Forming
    A study of various hand-forming methods used in the production of ceramic art with a focus on the vessel form. Other topics include: ceramic materials and their use; low-fire clay and glaze formulation; decorating techniques; studio procedures; and an introduction to the history of art, theory and criticism of art made of ceramic materials. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for instructions. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)
  • 69-224 Ceramics: Wheel-Forming
    A study of the various wheel-forming methods used in the production of ceramic art with a focus on the vessel form. Other topics include: ceramic materials and their use; high-fire clay and glaze formulation; decorating techniques; studio procedures; and an introduction to the history, theory and criticism of art made from ceramic materials with an emphasis on the modern period (c. 1850-1970). This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for instructions. Lab required. (Fall) (FAP)
  • 69-234 Ceramics: Studio Seminar
    In this course, students are encouraged to pursue personal concepts and ideas directed toward the production of a cohesive body of work. In consultation with the instructor, students will develop individual research and creative projects and are expected to be able to work independently. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. Prerequisite: Art 69-214 and 69-224, or permission of instructor. (Spring)
  • 69-236 Ceramics: Studio Seminar
    In this course, students are encouraged to pursue personal concepts and ideas directed toward the production of a cohesive body of work. In consultation with the instructor, students will develop individual research and creative projects and are expected to be able to work independently. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. Prerequisite: Art 69-214 and 69-224, or permission of instructor. (Spring)
  • 69-244 Ceramics: Raku
    Various pottery forming techniques will be considered including basic hand-forming and wheel-forming, firing the kiln, and simple glaze formulation. The aesthetic theory that informs this approach to making pottery will be discussed, and the history of raku will be covered. Lab required. (Summer) (FAP) (IP)
  • 69-301 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-302 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-303 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-304 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-310 Painting Lab
  • 69-314 Painting: Representational
    A beginning studio course emphasizing the production of paintings that relate to the history and theory of art in various representational styles. This course takes a historical approach to materials and technique, traditional practices, and the use of representational ideas in contemporary art. Students are encouraged to find expressive forms. No previous experience required. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 69-324 Painting: Abstract
    A beginning studio course emphasizing the production of paintings that relate to the history and theory of art in various abstract styles. This course takes an historical approach to materials and technique, abstract painting practices, and the use of ideas in contemporary abstract art. Students are encouraged to find expressive forms suited to their best ideas. No previous experience required. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 69-334 Painting: Studio Seminar
    The seminar provides an examination of recent developments in contemporary art, as they relate to intellectual, aesthetic and societal trends. Students are encouraged to develop a coherent body of paintings, drawings or prints that explore their own creative interests in current art issues. In consultation with the professor, research topics vary from semester to semester with the personal aesthetic interests of the student. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisite: Art 69-314 and 69-324 or Art 70-714 and 70-724, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. (Fall)
  • 69-336 Painting: Studio Seminar
    The seminar provides an examination of recent developments in contemporary art, as they relate to intellectual, aesthetic and societal trends. Students are encouraged to develop a coherent body of paintings, drawings or prints that explore their own creative interests in current art issues. In consultation with the professor, research topics vary from semester to semester with the personal aesthetic interests of the student. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisite: Art 69-314 and 69-324 or Art 70-714 and 70-724, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. (Fall)
  • 69-414 Sculpture: Figurative
    A studio course that introduces the study of the methods, materials and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural forms. A significant portion of this course is devoted to the study of figure structure via clay, wax, wood and 3-D digital modeling. Students are expected to work toward innovation and extension of the figure as image. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. Lab required. (Fall) (FAP)
  • 69-424 Sculpture: Abstract
    The study and manipulation of space, form and construction process available to the contemporary artist. Assignments emphasize an investigation of the expressive qualities of form in space using wood, clay, metal and 3D digital modeling. This course is open only to first-years and sophomores. Juniors and seniors may register with the permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)
  • 69-434 Sculpture: Studio Seminar
    An examination and discussion of intersections of aesthetic, intellectual and societal issues in contemporary sculpture. Topics develop from the needs and interests of the students relevant to their own artwork. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisites: Two courses from Art 69-414, 69-424, 70-514, 70-524 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. (Fall)
  • 69-436 Sculpture: Studio Seminar
    An examination and discussion of intersections of aesthetic, intellectual and societal issues in contemporary sculpture. Topics develop from the needs and interests of the students relevant to their own artwork. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisites: Two courses from Art 69-414, 69-424, 70-514, 70-524 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. (Fall)
  • 69-901 Tutorial
  • 69-902 Tutorial
  • 69-903 Tutorial
  • 69-904 Tutorial
  • 69-941 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-942 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-943 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-944 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-951 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-952 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-953 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-954 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-984 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single project are required. At the invitation of the instructor and approval of the studio art faculty.
  • 69-988 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single project are required. At the invitation of the instructor and approval of the studio art faculty.

Studio Art (Architecture, Design & Other Media)

  • 70-000 Portfolio Review
  • 70-001 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-002 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-003 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-004 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-110 Drawing Lab
  • 70-114 Drawing I: Beginning
    A study of the nature of drawing as visual language with an emphasis upon descriptive rendering. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. A drawing placement exam is available for those with considerable drawing experience. See the department chair for details. Lab required. (FAP) .
  • 70-224 Drawing II: Intermediate
    Figure drawing with an emphasis on the enduring historical and aesthetic significance of figurative art. Models will be provided for the study of proportion, structure and articulation of the human body as the formal means toward expressive drawing. Related topics will also be studied. Various media. Prerequisite: Art 70-114. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)
  • 70-234 Drawing Iii: Advanced
    An advanced course in figure drawing and contemporary drawing. The course is an extension of the figurative concepts introduced in Drawing II with a greater emphasis on understanding the structure of the human body and the expressive potential of figure drawing. Other related topics are covered and may vary each semester. Prerequisite: Art 70-224. May be repeated with a change in content. Lab required.
  • 70-301 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-302 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-303 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-304 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-314 Architectural Studio I: Introduction to
    Introduction to fundamentals of architectural drafting (drawing plans, sections, elevations, mechanical perspective, rendering, model building) and principles of design (design to a program, parti, formal systems), site analysis and presentation, and introduction to design with structure. Material is presented in terms of one long and one or two short projects. Lab required. (Fall) (FAP)
  • 70-324 Architectural Studio Ii: Historical
    Five three-week design projects designing with the formal vocabularies and structural systems of ancient Greek, French Neo-Classicism, Italian Baroque, Gothic, and early Frank Lloyd Wright. Prerequisite: Art 70-314 or ability to draw plans, sections and elevations. Lab required. (Spring, even years)
  • 70-334 Architectural Studio Iii: Modern
    Empirical introduction to design with modern structures with three projects in different media: poured in place concrete; steel frame and truss; tensile, or curtain wall skyscraper. Prerequisite: Art 70-314 or ability to draw plans and sections. Lab Required. (Spring, odd years)
  • 70-410 Design/Architecture Lab
  • 70-414 Design
    An introduction to the history, theory and practice of design. This course deals with the analysis of visual perception directed toward understanding the expressive nature of creative design. The objective of this course is to encourage visual awareness and to promote the development of various skills necessary to visualize personal design concepts. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-510 Digital Imaging Lab
  • 70-524 Digital Art: Computer Animation
    A studio art course that explores computer animation and digital sculpting methods as a form of visual expression. Students will be required to produce an original animated short work informed by theoretical study and showing evidence of artistic skill in using 3D modeling software to communicate a visual statement. Final projects will take the form of an animated short and a 3D printed sculpture. Critiques will be conducted during the semester offering the opportunity to present ideas, project development and work-in-progress for critical examination. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)
  • 70-610 Photography Lab
  • 70-614 Photography: Film
    An introduction to the history, theory and basic processes of black and white film photography. Assignments emphasize the development of compositional and critical skills in producing an expressive image. Single lens reflex camera with manual aperture required. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-624 Photography: Digital
    A study of a variety of digital photographic techniques for both black and white and color. Assignments emphasize the development of compositional and critical skills in producing an expressive image. Technical skills covered include refinement of exposure, post-image capture processing, compression and image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop software and printing processes for the digital image. Digital single lens reflex camera required (see instructor for list of approved cameras). Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-710 Printmaking Lab
  • 70-714 Printmaking: Intaglio
    A beginning study of fundamental techniques, history and theory of intaglio printmaking (etching, aquatint, soft ground, drypoint). Black and white and color. The assignments are designed to explore creative, technical and formal means toward expressive form. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-724 Printmaking: Lithography
    A beginning study of fundamental techniques, history and theory of lithographic prints. Black and white and color. The assignments are designed to explore creative, technical and formal means toward expressive form. Some work in woodcut may also be included in the course content at the instructors discretion. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-812 Exhibition Practicum
    Professional practices and exhibition preparation, design, and execution are the topics in this course. It also serves as a practicum for BFA students mounting their exhibitions in the senior year. Work in gallery will be required at irregular hours. Open to juniors and seniors; repeatable with a change in content. (Fall and Spring)
  • 70-901 Tutorial
  • 70-902 Tutorial
  • 70-903 Tutorial
  • 70-904 Tutorial
  • 70-941 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-942 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-943 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-944 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-951 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-952 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-953 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-954 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-984 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single in-depth project at the invitation of a faculty adviser and with the approval of the studio art faculty. Continuation of the honors project in the second semester, and final granting of honors, is dependent upon approval by the faculty committee. Otherwise the credits count as independent study (69-954)
  • 70-988 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single in-depth project at the invitation of a faculty adviser and with the approval of the studio art faculty. Continuation of the honors project in the second semester, and final granting of honors, is dependent upon approval by the faculty committee. Otherwise the credits count as independent study (69-954)

Art & Art History

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History
    512-863-1376
    email

    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art
    512-863-1355
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