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Studio Art

Requirements for the Major in Studio Art. The Bachelor of Arts in studio art requires 46 semester hours of art department courses with grades of C- or better.

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20      General Requirements

4 ARTH-101 Introduction to Art History I: Prehistoric to Late Middle Ages
4 ARTH-102 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
4 ARTS-111 Foundations of Art I

4        ARTH-300 Topics in Art or ARTH-315 History of Photography

4 ARTS-402 Senior Portfolio

6      Art Electives

6      Choose 6 semester hours from art department courses. Additional independent study and internship credits are applicable.

Painting and Drawing Concentration: 20 hours

4 ARTS-112 Foundations of Art II
4 ARTS-113 Drawing
4 ARTS-221 Painting
4 ARTS-314 Topics in Studio Art

4        ARTS-400 Independent Study (combination of two- or four-semester-hour sections)

Photography Concentration: 20 hours

4 ARTS-241 Black and White Photography
4 ARTS-243 Digital Photography
4 ARTS-244 Advanced Photography
4 ARTS-341 Topics in Photography

4        ARTS-400 Independent Study (combination of two- or four-semester-hour sections)

Minor in Studio Art. The studio art minor requires 20 semester hours in art department courses with grades of C- or above. Required courses are ARTH-101 Introduction to Art History I or ARTH-102 Introduction to Art History II; ARTS-111 Foundations of Art I; ARTS-113 Drawing; and eight additional semester hours of art department electives.

ARTS-111 Foundations of Art I

Introduces the principles, theories and aesthetics of two-dimensional artwork. Emphasizes the exploration of a variety of artistic media, development of creative concepts, and understanding of form and composition. Required as a beginning course for all art and graphic design majors. 4 SH.

ARTS-112 Foundations of Art II

Introduces the principles, theories and aesthetics of three-dimensional artwork. Emphasizes conceptual expression, as well as understanding of the physical world of form, space and texture as related to art objects.  4 SH.

ARTS-113 Drawing

Introduces the principles, theories and aesthetics of drawing. Focuses on visual perception and delineation incorporating traditional and nontraditional drawing media. Also addresses life drawing and conceptual expression. 4 SH.

ARTS-221 Painting

Introduces the principles, theories and aesthetics of painting. Focuses on understanding color, composition, light, illusion, abstraction and other visual expressions using oil and/or acrylic paint. Prerequisite: ARTS-111. 4 SH.

ARTS-231 Printmaking

Introduces the principles, theories and aesthetics of printmaking. Focuses on aesthetic intentions and techniques of producing multiple prints through various processes such as woodcut, linocut, monotype, collagraph and etching. Prerequisite: ARTS-111. 4 SH.

ARTS-241 Black and White Photography

Introduces the principles, theories and aesthetics of black and white photography. Focuses on the fundamentals of observation, composition, camera use and darkroom work, including film processing and printing. Requires a 35mm camera (SLR) with manual override. 4 SH.

ARTS-243 Digital Photography

Introduces the principles, theories and aesthetics of digital photography. Focuses on the fundamentals of observation, composition and camera use, as well as digital image manipulation and printing using computer software. Requires a minimum 5-megapixel digital camera. 4 SH.

ARTS-244 Advanced Photography

Advanced course that expands upon the principles, theories and aesthetics of photography and photographic processes introduced in ARTS-241 or ARTS-243. Requires a 35mm camera (SLR) with manual override or a 5-megapixel digital camera. Prerequisite: ARTS-241 or ARTS-243. 4 SH.

ARTS-314 Topics in Studio Art

This course will vary in content with each offering as areas of particular relevance in studio art are explored. Each course title under this offering will bear a specific subtitle indicating the content to be presented. May be repeated with permission of the department head when course content changes. Prerequisite: ARTS-111. 4 SH.

ARTS-341 Topics in Photography

This course will vary in content with each offering as areas of particular relevance in photography are explored. The course will require either a 35mm SLR camera with manual override or a 5-megapixel minimum digital camera, depending on the nature of the course topic. Each course title under this offering will bear a specific subtitle indicating the content to be presented. May be repeated with permission of the department head when course content changes. Prerequisite: ARTS-241 or ARTS-243. 4 SH.

ARTS-400 Independent Study

Independent work in advanced studio art or graphic design projects with faculty supervision and guidance. (May be repeated.) Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and department head's permission. 1-4 SH.

ARTS-402 Senior Portfolio

Required capstone course for studio art majors, to be taken during the senior year. Students will complete a cohesive body of artwork and exhibit to the public. Students will work with a faculty member to select and professionally present their art, write an artist statement, and produce an exhibition catalog and announcement. Prerequisite: Senior standing. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Team Intensive.

ARTS-404 Internship

Internships offer a valuable experience for all art department majors and are traditionally taken during the summer between the junior and senior years or during the academic year. Art history majors may work with a museum, gallery or other art institution; studio art majors may intern at professional studios, galleries or museums; and graphic design majors normally take internships with design firms or advertising agencies. Some interns work for the university's Lore Degenstein Gallery. Prerequisite: Department head's permission.