College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Art (ART)

ART 101   Approaching Art2 credits

This course lays the foundation for approaching visual art by introducing fundamental aspects of the nature of art and art making. The course will investigate four areas which are key to appreciating art. These four units will include the importance perceptual skills, the nature of the creative process, the place of art in its cultural context, and the role and processes of abstraction. The course will involve looking at art, reading, writing and speaking about art using acquired vocabulary and knowledge.

ART 102   2D Design2,3 credits

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for two-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic two-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

ART 103   3D Design2,3 credits

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for three-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic three-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

ART 104   Introduction to Art History3 credits

A captivating exploration of the history of art in the West and throughout the world, this course encourages students to develop an appreciation for a diverse range of works of art. Students will explore the creation of art, see it as critical thinking, and problem solving that has relevance to their lives. Students will also see art as a rich array of materials and aesthetic elements combined with the inner workings of the human spirit, passion, emotion, and creativity.

ART 105   Color Theory3 credits

Traditional and contemporary approaches to color theory will be taught. These ideas will be beneficial for most studio areas and of particular importance to careers in design.

ART 111   Drawing I3 credits

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with fundamental techniques and concepts of drawing. In that basic skill building is the core of this course it is a very approachable class for non-art majors. Although some history of drawing will be presented learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor)

ART 142   Introduction to Digital Photography2-3 credits

This course is designed to engage students in the basic practices and techniques of creating images with digital technology. The course will focus on a series of varied projects and include aesthetic lectures and critique, as well as basic image manipulation with digital imaging software.

ART 202   Digital Imagery3 credits

This introductory course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of design using computer technology as the primary medium. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create designs with a variety of design software programs. Although technological and ethical issues in the field will be addressed, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART102, or consent of instructor).

ART 211   Illustration3 credits

This course introduces the technical and conceptual skills for successful illustration. It is an important foundation for all design and applied arts fields.

ART 221   Painting I3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students with fundamental concepts in oil and/or acrylic painting. Historical and contemporary approaches to painting will be addressed. Non-art majors can also succeed in this course.

ART 241   Photography I3 credits

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of photographic practices and processes. The use and operation of the 35mm film camera, experimental and traditional black and white darkroom techniques and new digital technologies will be taught through demonstration and assigned projects. Photographic history and criticism will also be introduced. Portfolio production will be the main form of assessment in this introductory course.

ART 251   Sculpture I3 credits

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of contemporary sculpture. Both additive and reductive sculpture will be explored as students are introduced to both traditional and non-traditional sculpture media. Students will also investigate the relationship of drawing to the sculptural process. Although some 19th and 20th C. sculpture history will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART 101, ART 103 or consent of instructor)

ART 261   Ceramics I3 credits

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of contemporary ceramic art. Students will see and also investigate sculptural and vessel forms in clay, along with the relationship of drawing to the creative process. Although significant clay art history and technology will be taught, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

ART 271   Survey of Western Art I3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. Prehistoric work through the 14th C. will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course.

ART 272   Survey of Western Art II3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. 15th C. work through the present will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course.

ART 282   Graphic Design I3 credits

This course lays the foundations of the discipline of graphic design. The course helps students apply concepts of design and color theory into applied arts areas. (Prerequisite: ART 102 or ART 202)

ART 284   Graphic Imagery4 credits

This hands-on introduction to graphic design encompasses the fundamentals of design theory, process and practice. Emphasis is placed on the development of creative problem solving skills and processes primarily through the creation of structured iconography and letterforms. Students also explore visual communications-related professions and practices.

ART 300   Community Arts4 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the variety of forms community arts programs have taken and are taking across the country. Facets of community arts programs such as legal aspects, funding issues, cooperation and collaboration, as well as aesthetic issues will be explored. Many fine and performing arts genre will be addressed and specific programs will be referenced and researched. Guest presenters from the Twin Cities will play a large part in this course.

ART 302   Digital Art II3 credits

This course is designed to expand students facility in using the computer to solve more complex problems. Students will build on drawing, composition and computer skills to create designs with a variety of design software programs. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal voice with the computer. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART 202 or consent of instructor)

ART 311   Figure Drawing3 credits

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with anatomy and the figure as a subject matter vital in an artist's vocabulary. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create designs with a variety of drawing media. Although the history of figurative art will be explored, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART 102, ART 111 or consent of instructor)

ART 321   Painting II3 credits

This is an intermediate level course designed to stimulate and further develop an interest in painting methods and techniques for personal expression. Students are encouraged to create and solve specific problems in painting. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review and also class participation. (Prerequisite: ART 221 or consent of instructor)

ART 331   Relief Printmaking3 credits

This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of relief and intaglio printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of prints. Techniques covered will include woodcut, linocut, collagraph, and monoprints. Although some history of printmaking will be presented learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

ART 332   Screen Printmaking3 credits

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of silkscreen printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of silkscreen prints. Techniques covered will include cut, painted and photographic stencils. Although some history of printmaking will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART 111)

ART 333   Intaglio Printmaking3 credits

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of intaglio printmaking. Students will build on drawing, composition, and other art skills to create editions of intaglio prints. Techniques covered will include etching, dry point, aquatint, collagraph, monoprinting and photo-polymer plates. Although some history of printmaking will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

ART 341   Photography II3 credits

This course expands students' knowledge of the use of the 35 mm camera and black and white darkroom processing and printing. Students learn to control film exposure and development in order to make consistently good prints. Photographic theory is introduced. Students will fully explore their ideas through shooting a lot of film. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review, as well as class participation. (Prerequisite: ART 241 or consent of instructor.)

ART 342   Digital Photography2 credits

This course will investigate the unique approaches to digital photography as an art form. This field will be compared and contrasted with black and white photography and also explored as its own unique area of artistic investigation. Emphasis will be given to seeing and thinking like an artist.

ART 351   Sculpture II3 credits

This is an intermediate level course designed to stimulate and further develop interest in sculptural methods and techniques for personal expression. Media exploration and contemporary aesthetic issues such as environmental sculpture or installation are introduced, as students are encouraged to create and solve problems in sculpture in specific areas of the discipline. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review. (Prerequisite: ART 251 or consent of instructor)

ART 361   Ceramics II3 credits

This intermediate course is designed to advance students knowledge of the techniques and concepts of contemporary ceramic art. Students will investigate both sculptural and vessel forms in clay with special emphasis given to exploration of a wide variety of surface treatments. Students will develop substantial knowledge of glaze technologies. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review, along with class participation. (Prerequisite: ART 261 or consent of instructor)

ART 370   Mexican Art and Culture2-4 credits

This course introduces the student to Mexican art and culture through study and experience in Mexico The social, political and historic context of Mexican culture is emphasized. Required pre-trip and post-trip involvement and observation and discussion carry most of the course content. Students must also complete a project following up on the experiential learning.

ART 374   Art of Mexico4 credits

This course is intended to provide a survey of the history of Mexican art. It is arranged in three parts starting with pre-conquest indigenous cultures, which will be the majority of the course emphasis. It will also include the Colonial Period and Revolutionary Art. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art. (Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor)

ART 375   Art of Asia4 credits

This course is intended to provide a survey of the history of Asian art. It is arranged in three parts starting with India and Southeast Asia, then moving to China and finishing with Korea and Japan. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion, trade and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art.

ART 376   Ethnographic Art4 credits

This course is intended to provide a survey of non-western, world art. It is arranged in multiple units, which will sample ethnographic art from across the world. Cultures from West Africa, the Near East and the Far East, indigenous cultures from the Americas and Oceanic cultures will be surveyed. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art. (Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor)

ART 382   Graphic Design II3 credits

This course develops sophisticated applications in the discipline of graphic design. The course helps students develop their professional portfolio for applied arts areas. (Prerequisite: ART 282)

ART 383   Web Design I3 credits

The Web Design course is structured to teach the visual, communication and marketing aspects of a good website. It is a project based course where students will create websites and web content using Adobe Creative Suite software (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash) and other web-related tools. Course material will be tailored to the experience level of students enrolled in the course.

ART 384   Typography 14 credits

An introductory graphic design study of written communication through the craft and art of letterforms and application of typographic principles. It serves as an introduction to typography as an element in the design process. The course is taught as a skill and an art form. It explores the dynamics of type in context. From the traditions of book design to the frontier of digital and interactive typography, students explore type as a design and communication tool, investigating these contexts through the lens of historical innovation.

ART 387   Art in Secondary Education2 credits

This course guides prospective junior and senior high school art teachers in understanding the spirit of art teaching and equips them with knowledge and skills necessary for successful teaching. Students will be involved in practical problems of school art both in the classroom and outside the classroom. The course deals with aesthetics, critical program evaluation, research, history and skill building and idea awareness in Discipline Based Art Education. (Prerequisite: acceptance in education program or consent of instructor)

ART 411   Advanced Drawing4 credits

This course is designed to establish personal style in a variety of drawing media. Traditional subjects like the still life and the figure will be investigated along with creative and divergent situations used for expression. Significant emphasis will be placed on developing skills in formal and iconographic criticism. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review. (Prerequisite: ART 311 or consent of instructor)

ART 421   Advanced Painting4 credits

This course is designed to encourage the individual stylistic development of advanced painting students. Students may explore new painting media and/or figurative painting while applying previously learned techniques in creating complete artistic expressions/compositions. Students will be encouraged to work in series. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review. (Prerequisite: ART 321 or consent of instructor)

ART 431   Mixed Media Graphics3 credits

This course is designed to familiarize intermediate students with alternative and advanced graphics techniques, in particular photographic and digital applications for printmaking, as well as digital prints and non-silver photography. Contemporary issues and themes in graphics will be discussed. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART 102, ART 111, and one of the following: ART 141, ART 202, ART 231, ART 232, ART 233, or permission)

ART 435   Advanced Printmaking4 credits

This course is designed to encourage the individual stylistic development of advanced printmaking students. Students may explore new printmaking media while applying previously learned techniques in creating more developed projects. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review. This course may be repeated for credit.

ART 441   Advanced Photography4 credits

This course is designed to establish personal style in photography. Traditional treatment of the medium will be investigated along with creative and divergent photographic expressions. Computer applications in photography will be introduced and explored. Significant emphasis will be placed on developing skills in formal and iconographic criticism. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review. (Prerequisite: ART 241 or consent of instructor)

ART 451   Advanced Sculpture4 credits

This course is designed to develop personal style in sculpture. Contemporary issues in sculptural media and theory will be addressed. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

ART 461   Advanced Ceramics4 credits

This course provides an in depth study of the techniques and concepts of clay as an art medium. Students build on previous ceramics experience to work in series as a way of developing sophistication in their clay work. Advanced glaze technology, firing options and construction techniques constitute the course content. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review. (Prerequisite: ART 361 or consent of instructor)

ART 472   19th and 20th Century Art and Design4 credits

This course examines the revolutionary developments in painting, sculptural and architectural traditions from the 19th C. as well as the Modernist traditions of the first half of the 20th C. and the initial Post-Modern trends that follow. The course links these artistic developments with world-wide cultural influences. In addition, special attention is given to the history of design.

ART 473   History of Photography3 credits

This course introduces students to 19th, 20th and 21st century photographic technologies, practitioners and images. Emphasis is on Western photographic practices and the impact that the invention of photography has had on our understanding of the world around us from science, history, culture, aesthetics, politics, current events, and every-day life.

ART 481   Topics in Art: __________1-4 credits

This teacher directed course will center on advanced and narrowly defined studio or art historical investigations to be announced. The course focus may introduce unfamiliar or unusual media, or subjects, or provide very advanced level knowledge of a familiar discipline. (Prerequisites: ART 101 and consent of instructor)

ART 482   Graphic Design III4 credits

This advanced course further develops applications in the discipline of graphic design. Students will work on a series of projects and develop a professional portfolio. (Prerequisite: ART 384)

ART 483   Web Design II3 credits

This course explores the more advanced visual, communication and marketing aspects of professional websites. It is a project based course where students will create websites and web content using Adobe Creative Suite software(Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash) and other web-related tools. course material will be tailored to the experience level of students enrolled in the course.

ART 484   Typography 24 credits

The culmination of all previously taught typographic competencies, this course focuses on developing type skills applicable to the work a designer is assigned at recognized design and advertising firms. Advanced project work addresses functional as well as expressive typography. The class requires students to develop concepts, present and explain their ideas, and bring their solutions to life.

ART 485   Graphic Design Senior Projects 14 credits

The advanced culmination of all previously taught graphic design skills and proficiencies. Project work centers on complex applications incorporating a wide spectrum of creative solutions to both practical and experimental design problems. Portofolio development and artistic professionalism is stressed.

ART 486   Graphic Design Senior Projects 24 credits

This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate challenging, individual directions in design and critical thinking. Students map out a plan of study for the semester and work on a series of related ideas that culminate in a cohesive body of work. Students are expected to refine their understanding of contemporary issues and historical approaches related to their specific concept or process, and bring an advanced competency to the technical and formal concerns that inform their work. Through frequently scheduled critiques, and a developed designer statement, an emphasis will be placed on developing a process of self-evaluation to clarify visual choices and express and defend individual artistic points of view. Over the course of the semester students will investigate exhibition design and prepare for the exhibition and presentation of their work.

ART 487   Art Education Capstone2 credits

This course aims to enable future art teachers to relate the general concepts of art education to specific teaching theories. Past and contemporary theories of art education are studied. In addition, historical approaches to art education are presented, as are a variety of artists' philosophies on the nature of art. (Prerequisite: ED 447 or consent of instructor)

ART 488   Independent Study1-4 credits

ART 489   Mentored Study1-4 credits

This opportunity encourages the student to establish advanced study in an art medium with an internship within the institution in any desired discipline. The mentor relationship will be a guided experience, which encourages the student toward mastery of a studio or historical discipline. Assessment will be through contractual arrangement with the guiding mentor. (Prerequisite: advanced work completed in the field desired)

ART 491   Theories in Contemporary Art3 credits

This seminar style course discusses theories and ideas that underpin the current art world. The approaches of many current artists and critics are examined.

ART 498   Arts Internship1-16 credits

This opportunity is specifically required for Community Arts majors or minors as well as Design Majors. It establishes advanced field study in the discipline in a setting outside the campus context. The internship will be arranged by the student in consultation with the advisor and assessment will be through contractual arrangement with the guiding mentor. (Community Arts majors are encouraged to do this through HECUA.) (Prerequisite: ART 301)

ART 499   Art Senior Seminar1,2 credits

This course serves as the capstone experience in the Art Department. The course will vary somewhat based on the student's degree sought. It will normally be the production of a solo exhibition, or of a professional design portfolio, or a Community Arts experience. The work produced and presented must be the student's current work. Individual directions will be developed with the professor and student's advisor. (Prereq Senior standing or Instructor consent)