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Studio Courses

ART 101
This is a sequence of experiences and discussions intended to expand the student’s awareness of the visual world and of the special language of visual communication through drawing. The use of materials such as a brush and ink, pencil, and collage is stressed. General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts

ART 102
Life Drawing I
Students will draw from a variety of sources including the live model and biological specimens as fundamental experiences for developing hand-eye coordination. Various media and techniques are explored.

ART 103
Design I
Design I is an introductory course dealing with the elements and principles involved with the visual organization of two- and three-dimensional space. Emphasis is placed on developing understanding and sensitivity to the components of works of art and creative approaches to composition and uses of color. Developing the ability to articulately critique the work of others as well as one’s own artwork is also emphasized. The course is designed to develop perceptual ability and increased application of creative thinking to the world around us and everyday experience. We will explore design possibilities through the use of observation, speculation and imagination. Increased understanding of use of computer programs in the innovative creation of design is also a primary objective. Conceptual explorations will be made regularly in a journal, which will then selectively be further developed in various media. Throughout the course, assignments will be presented that are involved with the creative employment of the principles of design: repetition, balance, emphasis, movement, rhythm, contrast, pattern and unity. This course will be team-taught.  General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts

ART 112
 Painting I
 This is a series of exercises and discussions exploring color relationships and acrylic painting practices. The principles of two-dimensional composition and design are emphasized. General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts

ART 113
Sculpture I
This is an exploration of the expressive and structural possibilities of such materials as wood, plaster and clay. These and other materials are used as a means of studying three-dimensional form. General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts

ART 114
Printmaking I
This course consists of a sequence of exercises and discussions intended to expand the student’s awareness of visual expression through multiple graphic images. Various printing processes are introduced including intaglio and relief. General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts

ART 204
Life Drawing II
This advanced study of drawing investigates sources including the model and anatomy. A wide range of materials are explored. Prerequisites: ART 101, ART 102 or permission of department.

ART 212
Painting II
Students will continue their study of the principles of painting and design, and are encouraged to develop their own personal idiom while working in oil, acrylic and mixed media. Prerequisite: ART 112 or permission of department.

ART 213
Sculpture II
This is a further exploration of three-dimensional materials and the possibilities they present for creative visual statements. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal idiom while working in wood, plaster, metal, stone and ceramic. Prerequisite: ART 113 or permission of department.

ART 214
Printmaking II
Students explore the methods and materials of intaglio printmaking, and will develop greater understanding of technical and creative issues in black and white and color etching. Prerequisite: ART 114 or permission of department.

ART 215
Video and Filmmaking I
This course introduces the fundamentals of the art of filmmaking. It is a hands-on studio course in which students write, direct, shoot and edit their own films. These production activities are supplemented with film theory and history presented through lectures, screenings, readings and student reports. The emphasis of the course is on film as a fine arts medium of personal expression. Studio fee.

ART 216
This is an introduction to still photography; basic experience in the use of the camera, developing, printing and enlarging. The emphasis is on composition, light and shadow, textures, and experimental photography as a means of visual expression. Studio fee.

ART 220
Watercolor Painting Global Imagery
An investigation into the historical evolution of style and techniques in watercolor painting with the intent of establishing a broad base of understanding of diverse cultural values as reflected in visual art throughout history. Stress is placed on the understanding and use of watercolor throughout the history of art for solving various problems of representation and abstraction.  A main objective of the course is to increase understanding of the role of imagery in communicating and representing universal concepts and ideas through the history of art and civilization. Class lectures, discussions, research and studio assignments will include the role of painting in the history of civilization and the diverse ways in which it reflects and affects culture. GENERAL STUDIES CONNECTIONS GLOBAL

ART 265
Computer Graphics Art and Design
Computer Graphics is a combined studio/lecture course providing instruction in the use of industry-standard digital media tools. Students learn from the perspective of an artist and designer the essentials of digital still image creation, graphic design and digital animation. This course not only provides students with a strong technical foundation, but also introduces students to the concepts intrinsic to art and design in the digital age.  General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts

ART 312
Painting III
This is an advanced-level study of methods and materials, as well as aesthetic and conceptual issues, as they apply to painting. Prerequisite: ART 212 or permission of department.

ART 313
Sculpture III
This is an advanced-level exploration of methods and materials, as well as aesthetic and conceptual issues, as they apply to sculpture. Prerequisite: ART 213 or permission of department.

ART 314
Printmaking III
Students continue their in-depth study of methods in intaglio, relief and/or serigraphy. Prerequisite: ART 214 or permission of department.

ART 315
Video and Filmmaking II
This course continues to explore the possibilities of moving images in the service of creative expression. While continuing to work with the S-8mm medium, students are introduced to 16mm film and camcorder (digital) video production. Students also have the opportunity to work with film processing, rephotography and digital non-linear editing. Studio fee. Prerequisite: ART 215 or permission of department.

ART 316
Photography II
In this course, students concentrate in a particular branch of photography, including work in toning, solarization, kodalith, color and digital photography. Studio fee. Prerequisite: ART 216 or permission of department.

ART 400
Studio Topics
This is an individual study program, arranged in consultation with the instructor. Students will develop a cohesive body of work based upon an intensive exploration of thematic context, materials and techniques. This course emphasizes individual concept development, personal direction, originality and problem solving.

ART 412
Painting IV
This is an individual study program, arranged in consultation with the instructor, for continued development of a personal approach to painting and creative decision-making. Prerequisite: ART 312 or permission of department.

ART 413
Sculpture IV
This is an individual study program, arranged in consultation with the instructor, for continued development of a personal approach to sculpture and creative decision-making. Prerequisite: ART 313 or permission of department.


Art History Courses

ART 104
Survey of Art History
A survey of ancient to contemporary western art. This course includes sections on Western Art, Chinese Art, Japanese and Korean Art, and African Art. The course is designed for future teachers of art as well as students interested in an overview of art history.  General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts

ART 105
Art History I: Ancient through Medieval
A survey starting with humans’ earliest known artistic expression and continuing through the material culture of the Mediterranean basin into the earlier periods of Western European painting, sculpture and architecture: Early Christian, Byzantine, Caroligian and Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic. Along with a history of artistic form and its practitioners, this course provides an introduction to the analysis of visual works of art. A field trip is required.

ART 106
Art History II: The Renaissance to Early 19th Century
A survey of painting, sculpture and architecture beginning with Giotto and the early Italian Renaissance, through the Northern Renaissance, Mannerism, the Italian Baroque, Northern Baroque, Rococo to the French Revolution and David. A field trip is required.

ART 107
Art History III: Survey of Modern Art
A survey of painting and sculpture from the mid-19th century to the present. Avant-garde developments in Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art and Postmodernism are emphasized. A field trip is required. General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts

ART 135
Dada and Surrealism
This will be an aesthetic, political, historical and cultural study of one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century. Manifestos, poems, fiction, performances, theater, music, films, photography, fashion, are but some of the numerous dimensions of the movement we will explore. With it's major precursors in New York and European Dada and it's flowering in Paris in the 1920's it quickly spread throughout Europe, North and South America. For students who want to move beyond the notion of surreal as a synonym for all things weird and whose idea of Surrealist art is limited to Salvador Dali's melting clocks, this course could be a very enlightening and enjoyable experience. (The course will include a field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see their important Dada and Surrealist holdings, and the world's best collection of works by Marcel Duchamp.)  General Studies Foundations-Fine Arts

ART 244 
Gender in the Visual Arts
This course provides an overview of the relationship between gender and the visual arts in Western civilization from prehistory to the present. We will look at art patronage and academic institutions, and the other factors which impacted the lives of women artists.  The narrative of gender in contemporary culture will be examined, to question questions in aesthetic and the evolution of the global art marketplace. General Studies Connections-Humanities

ART 253
Art of the Renaissance
This course examines the painting, sculpture and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, Northern Europe and Spain, beginning with Cimabue and the Limbourg Brothers and concluding with Mannerism and El Greco. Discussions will focus on the interpretation of iconography, formal issues and historical context. A field trip is required.

ART 254
The Italian and Northern Baroque
Students will investigate the art and architecture of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe from the mid-16th through the 17th centuries. Discussions will focus on artists such as Caravaggio, Carraci, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velasquez, and Bernini, who are placed within the context of major trends and ideas of the time. A field trip is required.

ART 255
Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries
This is an in-depth analysis of the painting and sculpture of the neoclassical, romantic and realist movements as practiced in England, France, Germany and Spain. Beginning with J.L. David and ending with Gustave Courbet, an approach that places the work within its contemporary intellectual, social and political context will be utilized. A field trip is required.

ART 256
Modern Art and Design Concepts in the 20th Century
 This course is designed to give the student an understanding of how the world looks and why.  The centerpiece of the course is the German Bauhaus [1918-1933], the most influential design school in the twentieth-century.  Modern architecture, which was developed in Europe and in the Chicago School, determined the "look" of the twentieth century and contemporary life.  With this modern architecture came new ideas in fashion, graphics, interior design, landscape architecture, and industrial design. GENERAL STUDIES CONNECTIONS

ART 300
Topics in Art History
In this course, students will study a topic or area of interest in art history. The course may focus on an area such as museum management or be a specialized course on, for example, Impressionism or Dutch Baroque art. The course offers the student the close intellectual scrutiny that accompanies scholarly readings not always tenable in a survey course.

ART 357
Issues in American Art from 1940 to the Present
Developments in painting, sculpture and related forms from abstract expressionism through postmodernism of the 1980s are examined in detail. Considerable attention is given to issues of mass culture. A field trip is required.

ART 358
The History of Photography
This course explores the early history of photography from its beginnings in the early decades of the 19th century until the present. Considerable attention is given to the question of how photography has impacted the aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual values of modern civilization, a question that has preoccupied thinkers from Walter Benjamin to Susan Sontag.


Art Education Courses

Teaching Art in the Elementary School
This course engages art education candidates in developing an understanding of the philosophy and principles of art education in the elementary school curriculum. Each student will work with a variety of public school art materials as a basis for teaching, understanding and evaluating children’s artwork. This course is a pre-student teaching experience in which each student prepares lessons for N-7 instruction. Activities include field trips, observations and classroom presentations.

Teaching Art in the Secondary School
This course engages art education candidates in the investigation of the concepts and values of art theory and practice as related to the secondary curriculum. Students study classroom problems and procedure in various teaching situations. Emphasis is placed upon application, observation and evaluation of teaching as related to the adolescent in the secondary school. This course is a pre-student teaching experience in which each student prepares lessons for secondary art instruction. Activities include field trips, observations and classroom presentations.

Arts Administration Courses

ARA 220
Introduction to Arts Administration
This course provides an introduction to how arts organizations, including those in the theater, dance, music and the visual arts, engage artists and audiences and how they are governed. Leadership of individual organizations as well as the larger public policy and community issues surrounding the arts are examined. The course also includes overviews of historical contexts, economic conditions, organizational cultures and financial systems relative to the arts.

ARA 270
Gallery Management and Exhibition Planning
This course will introduce students to all aspects of exhibition and gallery management. Using the Freedman Gallery as a resource, students will gain hands on experience focusing on the organization of an exhibition from start to finish. Particular attention will be paid to the concept of production schedules, writing didactic materials, and installation. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of educational related programming and collections management. Students will gain practical experience working with the permanent collection, developing skills related to database management, storage and loans. Readings for the course will include critical texts surrounding the discourse of exhibition and curatorial strategies. Assignments throughout the semester will focus on sharpening critical writing and thinking skills by analyzing a selection of articles and exhibition reviews. The final project will include an exhibition culled from the Gallery's permanent collection to be presented as part of the Gallery’s regular schedule. Through research, writing and analysis of exhibition case studies, students will learn about the broader context of how exhibitions play a role in the dialogue of the contemporary art world. Prerequisites: At least one art history course and ARA 220, or the permission of the instructor.

ARA 390
Project Management for Arts Administrators
Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to achieve a specific goal. By nature, projects usually have a well-defined beginning and end, and are constrained by time, funding and the expected outcomes (deliverables). The temporary nature of project management as well as the personal and humanistic approach to creating artistic products often conflict with professional business operations. In practice, project management in the arts often requires the development of a distinct set of skills. This course will enhance and test students’ knowledge of budgeting, marketing, human resources, planning/time-management, and project implementation and evaluation within the framework of the creative process. Half of the course will be based on readings and research (texts and online) discussed in class and in written assignments, and the other portion will be a project-based lab, with the first part containing an individual assignment and the latter half focused on a group project that introduces concepts of leadership and team-building skills. An additional lab of 1 to 1.5 hours per week will be arranged in consultation with the instructor. (ARA 220 as pre-requisite or sophomore standing.)

ARA 490
Arts Administrators Seminar
Building on the concepts and skills learned in ARA 220 and ARA 390 (Project Management), students will apply their knowledge to help design a season of events for the Center for the Arts. As a group, students will work with faculty, staff and peers in related student organizations to produce workflow schedules, gather information, create a comprehensive timetable and marketing plan, write press releases, prepare assessment tools, and finalize budgets. Individually, students will work on resumes, portfolios, interview skills, and career development exercises, including periodic journal reviews