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Art & Design Department

Learning Goals:

  • Possess skills essential for entry into the professional world or graduate school.
  • Are objective evaluators of their work and that of others and are able to place their work within a logical historical contemporary context.
  • Are aware of the cultural importance of their work and are able to write and speak about it using appropriate language.
  • Comprehend art history from the cave era through today.
Mark Franklin Fertig, M.F.A.

Department: Art
Professor of Art & Design

Email Address fertig@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4623

Ann Piper, M.F.A.

Department: Art
Associate Professor of Art & Design

Emailpiper@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4581

Ashley Lynn Busby

Department: Art
Assistant Professor of Art & Design

Email Address busby@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4721

Gordon R. Wenzel

Department: Art
Adjunct Faculty in Photography

Emailwenzelg@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4624

Amanda Lenig

Department: Art
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art & Design

Email Address leniga@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4622

Juliann E Boggs

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

Emailboggsj@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4281

Steven Leason

Department: Art
Adjunct Faculty in Art & Design

Email Address leason@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4281

Christine Swisher

Department: Art
Adjunct Faculty in Art & Design

Emailswisherc@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4384

Lori Kershner

Department: Art
Adjunct Faculty in Art & Design

Email Address kershnerl@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4281

Departmental Honors. The department awards honors status for graduation for students receiving a 3.70 or higher GPA in the studio art, graphic design or art history major.

Art History

ARTH-101 Introduction to Art History I: Prehistoric to Late Middle Ages

A survey of painting, sculpture and architecture from cave painting to A.D. 1400. Emphasizes standards of artistic achievement and basic principles of form and style viewed in social context. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression.

ARTH-102 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern

A survey of painting, sculpture and architecture from A.D. 1400 to World War II. Emphasizes standards of artistic achievement and basic principles of form and style viewed in social context. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression.

ARTH-205 Greek and Roman Art

A survey of art and architecture of ancient Greece (Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic) and Roman cultures. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Team Intensive.

ARTH-211 Survey of Non-Western Art

A study of the diversity of non-Western or ethnographic traditions. Possible topics include the art of Islam, India, China, Japan, Africa, South America, Meso-America and Native America. Emphasizes the relationship between non-Western art and general historical developments. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Diversity.

ARTH-300 Topics in Art

An intermediate-level survey of selected topics in the history of art. Topics may be drawn from such areas as American folk art, modern art or Medieval and Renaissance art. 4 SH.

ARTH-306 Renaissance Art History

A study of painting, sculpture and architecture in Florence, Rome and Venice from the late-13th to the 16th centuries. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Writing Intensive.

ARTH-307 Baroque Art History

A study of the impact of society and of the Renaissance on painting, sculpture and architecture in 17th- and 18th-century Europe. 4 SH.

ARTH-309 19th-Century Art History

Art and the role of the artist from the time of the French Revolution to the end of impressionism, 1780s to 1880s. Emphasizes stylistic development of neoclassicism, the romantic movement, realism and impressionism in the context of social and cultural revolutions. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Writing Intensive.

ARTH-310 Modernism and the Avante-garde

Analyzes movements and manifestos that define the art of the avant-garde from post-impressionism in the 1880s to World War II in the 1940s. Explores the various "isms" in the context of social issues that effected change in artistic principles. Recommended for all art majors. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Writing Intensive.

ARTH-313 Women in Art

A study of the historic perception and the social history of the role of women in art: as artist, as subject of art and as patron (audience) of art. Emphasizes exploration and debate over issues affecting present-day perceptions about the woman artist of the past and the future. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Same as WMST-313. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Diversity Intensive, Interdisciplinary, Writing Intensive. 

ARTH-315 History of Photography

A study of photography from its invention to the present day. Emphasizes the technical evolution of the medium and its various processes as well as the medium's use in both documentary/scientific and fine arts contexts. 4 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

ARTH-401 Independent Study

A tutorial course focusing on serious scholarship in art history. Includes writing an article designed for publication. Instructor will assist in topic selection and guide student efforts. Students may do research at major museums, galleries and significant libraries. 4 SH.

ARTH-403 Senior Thesis

Required capstone course for art history majors in their senior year. Students will work with art history faculty to develop a long paper. This may either be based on new research or be an expansion of a paper from a previous art history course. Prerequisite: Senior standing. 4 SH. Capstone.

ARTH-412 Contemporary Art

Critical issues in art from 1950 to the present, defined by radical changes in values for the art market, art criticism and public taste. Lively presentations by students will support or contest recent art criticism, involving them in both analysis and debate. 4 SH. CC: Ethics Intensive, Oral Intensive.

Graphic Design

ARTG-251 Computer Applications in Graphic Design

This introductory course focuses on the use of the computer and specific software applications as they relate to the study of graphic design. Students gain in-depth experience with pertinent graphic design software applications, as well as the basics of hardware usage, color printing and scanning. Emphasis is placed on hands-on experience and presentation of digital output. This is an excellent course for nonmajors interested in graphic design and a prerequisite for all other graphic design courses. 4 SH.

ARTG-252 Visual Communication

This course introduces students to the profession of graphic design and explores the design problem. Students will learn to conceptualize, analyze, solve problems and successfully render solutions. Emphasis is placed on idea generation, creative thinking and traditional design processes. Students complete projects that demonstrate grasp of the coursework, using both traditional and digital means. Prerequisites: ARTS-111 and ARTG-251 or instructor's permission. 4 SH.

ARTG-253 Typography

This course introduces students to the study of letterforms for their aesthetic and communicative value, as well as their importance as a medium for graphic designers. Emphasis is placed on technical aspects of typographic structure, including the anatomy of a letter and the history of typographic design. Students are expected to generate creative typographic solutions, using both traditional and digital means. Prerequisite: ARTG-252 or instructor's permission. 4 SH.

ARTG-352 Package Design

Intermediate course in which students study the creation of three-dimensional designs for commercial packaging. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, aesthetics, and the form and function of a product's packaging. Students generate design solutions that encompass a variety of packaging styles from bottles to boxes and blister packs. Prerequisite: ARTG-252. 4 SH.

ARTG-354 Interactive Graphic Design I

This course offers an introduction to design for the World Wide Web. Students focus on the creative and technical aspects of developing Web content, as well as design concepts and structures that are unique to the Internet. Students explore relevant software applications and gain practical creative and programming experience. Prerequisite: ARTG-251 or instructor's permission. 4 SH.

ARTG-360 Topics in Graphic Design

This course will vary in content with each offering as areas of particular relevance not covered by the regular graphic design curriculum 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 graphic design coordinator when course content changes. Prerequisite: ARTG-252. 4 SH.

ARTG-451 Graphic Design Studio

This capstone course for graphic design majors finalizes the portfolio through the completion of a variety of advanced projects. Students will concentrate on refining skills and preparing to enter the professional world or a graduate program. In addition to project work, students will publicly exhibit their designs; write an artist statement; and produce an exhibition catalog, accompanying announcements and a formal resume. Prerequisite: ARTG-453. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Team Intensive.

ARTG-453 Advanced Typography

This course offers continued study of the value and impact of letterforms in graphic design. Emphasis is placed on the generation of creative solutions that demonstrate knowledge of contemporary typography and design values. Students enrolled in the course will be expected to generate creative typographic solutions using both traditional and digital means. Prerequisites: ARTG-252 and ARTG-253. 4 SH.

ARTG-454 Interactive Graphic Design II

This graphic design course builds on the introductory skills acquired in ARTG-354 Interactive Graphic Design I and stresses the further development of web design principles in terms of visual aesthetics, user-interface design, usability, and accessibility. Students will increase their fluency with associated software platforms and programming languages, and develop a sophisticated understanding of and ability to articulate issues critical in the realm of interactive design. Prerequisites: ARTG-354 Interactive Graphic Design I. 4 SH.

ARTG-460 Advanced Topics in Graphic Design

This course will vary in content with each offering as areas of particular relevance not covered by the regular graphic design curriculum 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 instructor when course content changes. Prerequisites: ARTG-252 and ARTG-253. 2 SH.

Studio Art

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.

Off-Campus Study. Junior and senior studio art and art history majors are encouraged to spend a semester studying away from campus as part of the university's GO program. Susquehanna studio art and art history majors have access to art centers all over Europe, particularly in London, Florence, the south of France and Paris. A liberal arts program at Regent's College in London is one of the special programs available to art majors. Others may choose extended off-campus study in New York or Washington, D.C. This experience enriches the artistic spirit and opens up avenues for future careers. Students with foreign language interests can combine language and art studies abroad.

Art History, Studio Art and Graphic Design Internships. The department encourages its majors to complete internships, which provide a valuable introduction to the professional art world. Studio art and art history majors typically complete internships at museums and galleries, while graphic design majors are expected to pursue internships at design firms, publishing houses and advertising agencies. All students may receive major credit for approved internships.

Double-counting restriction: students in the Art and Design Department may, with department head approval, complete more than one major and/or minor in the department.