Course Description

ARTS102 – Design & Communication

An examination of visual communications theory, process and history. Students will study the universal elements and principles of two-dimensional design and their applications in monochromatic, still, and time-based media. (F,Sp,Su)

Prerequisite: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS103 – 3-Dimensional Design

This is an introductory course exploring the elements and principles of three-dimensional design. The course will examine traditional and time-based potentials of materials and objects. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS102 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS104 – 4-Dimensional Design

An introduction to interfacing a variety of imaging, audio, and communication applications with physical space and integrating them into projects where stories, images, time management, and time-based actions are explored. This course prepares students in advanced image creation for all ARTS curricula. (F, Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS102 and (minimum 2.5 in ARTS103 or concurrently)

ARTS105 – Adobe Photoshop for Non-Majors

This course is designed to give non-majors an introduction to the Adobe Photoshop software. Students will learn file formats and saving files properly, scanning, color correction and adjustment, compositing, and image manipulation of print and digital images for web use and printed output. (F,Sp,Su)

Prerequisite: None

ARTS114 – Oriental Watercolor

Discover the beauty and artistry of oriental watercolor. Learn the materials and techniques that are unique to this art form including the use of rice paper, calligraphy, and seals. In addition, you will explore the philosophy and culture behind this ancient art form. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: None

ARTS130 – Masterpieces of Art & Music

This course is an introduction to the masterpieces of art and music from ancient to modern times. Artistic and musical innovations and contributions from Europe and America will be explored. The continuing influence validity of art and music from the past on contemporary developments will be explored. (F, Sp)

Prerequisite: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS131 – Drawing I

An introductory course in visual thinking, conceptual drawing, and studio practices. Students will learn to translate verbal and written concepts through creative processes into visual information in sketches, developmental drawings, and finished imagery. Fundamental elements of drawing and principles of perspective are covered. (F,Sp,Su). (F, Sp, Su)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS102 or concurrently and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS132 – Figure Drawing

An intermediate level course in visual thinking, conceptual drawing, and studio practices exploring fundamental elements of drawing, visualization, and perception of the human figure, using a variety of drawing media and methods. Live models will be used. (F,Sp,Su)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS131 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS140 – Printmaking I

An introduction to Printmaking processes, tools, and the vocabulary of the printmaker. Students will work with intaglio, monotype, and relief printing processes. (F)

Prerequisite: None

ARTS141 – Printmaking II

Students expand on processes and concepts introduced in Printmaking I (ARTS140). Emphasizes refining technical skills and conceptual development. (F)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS140

ARTS145 – Screen Printing I

An introduction to basic silkscreen stencil processes with an emphasis on registration techniques. Includes constructing a frame and making a photo transparency. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS102 or concurrently

ARTS146 – Screen Printing II

Students expand on processes and concepts introduced in Screen Printing I (ARTS145). Includes an in-depth study of photographic processes in combination with paper, cut film, and block-out stencils. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS145

ARTS151 – Color

An introduction to color theory. Students explore how the concepts of hue, saturation and value relate to design. This course will explore color interactions, color relationships, and the physical and psychological effects of light and color. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in (ARTS102 and ARTS131) and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS153 – Image and Idea

This is an introductory level course in visual thinking, conceptual drawing and studio practices. Students will learn to translate verbal and written ideas (concepts) through creative processes into visual information in the form of black & white and color drawings that are consistent with specific reproduction issues. (Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS102 and ARTS131

ARTS162 – Type Communications

An introduction to the utilization of type in a variety of visual communications with an emphasis on creativity and problem solving. Students will be introduced to the tools and techniques of manual and digital type formatting in professional type layout for print and web purposes. (F,Sp,Su)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS102 or concurrently and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS164 – Vector Drawing

A creative course involving vector-based illustration software. Students will draw by manipulation of algorithmicly created arcs, lines, and curves to form shapes. The focus is on graphics information communication. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in (ARTS102 and ARTS131) or concurrently and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS171 – Computer Graphics/Digital Imaging

ARTS 171 is a hands-on course utilizing Apple Macintosh computers to provide the student with an introductory understanding of Adobe Photoshop CC image manipulation software. The course will expose students to computer manipulation of a variety of images, scanning, resolution, and color issues. (F, Sp, Su)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in (ARTS102 or PHOT118) or concurrently and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS 173 – Computer Graphics/Web Design

A course in the effective visual presentation of ideas for the web from concept and design to structure, preparation and production. Focus on the elements and principles of design as applied to layout, graphics and animation. (F,Sp,Su)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS171 or concurrently and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS175 – Creative Design and Publishing

An introductory creative course involving page layout software and related programs utilizing the Apple Macintosh computer. The focus is on using related publishing applications for design, layout and prepress. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in (ARTS102 and ARTS162) or concurrently and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS178 – Flash Programming for Artists

ActionScript is the programming language used by the Flash platform for interactive applications. Students will learn how and where ActionScript is written including customizing the ActionScript environment as well as learning the basic structure, format, and aspects of the language. Students will be required to complete computer-based assignments using ActionScript. (Sp)

Prerequisite: Reading Level 5 and Math Level 5

ARTS179 – Interface Design

Introduction to concepts and practices of user-centered interaction design applied to interfaces for human-computer interactions such as Web sites, instructional and immersive applications, and computer games. Explores processes of developing information architecture, navigation, visual layout and aesthetics of interfaces according to principles of user-centered design, emphasizing accessibility and usability. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS102 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS183 – Design Markets and Influences

An introductory course that examines the theory, practice, and development of modern and contemporary graphic design, typography, and imagery. The emphasis is on conceptual design and relevant styles and techniques used to achieve marketing and advertising goals. This course investigates how the various styles and techniques of the periods discussed reflect and affect design ideas, issues and social values. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS195 – Employment/Business Issues for Artists

An introduction to business, legal, and marketing issues relevant to visual artists. Students will be introduced to copyright, contracts and negotiation concerns, and basic record keeping. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: None

ARTS200 – Painting I

An introduction to oil and/or acrylic painting. The course examines the basic materials, tools, techniques, and modes of expression of painting. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: None

ARTS201 – Painting II

A continuation of Painting I (ARTS200) emphasizing more advanced techniques and increasingly complex problems in painting. A variety of media, techniques, and approaches is explored. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS200

ARTS203 – Figure Painting

A studio course in the human figure using various media such as oil paint, watercolor, acrylic paint, and pastel. Live models will be used. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS200

ARTS204 – Watercolor I

Introductory course that explores traditional watercolor techniques. Course builds on skills in drawing and design. Produce your own watercolor artwork while learning about paper characteristics, degrees of wetness, and brushes. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS102 and ARTS131

ARTS205 – Watercolor II

Take your watercolor painting skills to the next level! This intermediate course studies the art of watercolor, building on techniques covered in Watercolor I. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS204

ARTS206 – Advanced Watercolor

Great for the advanced watercolor student or hobbyist. The goal of this course is to prepare students to create artwork ready for exhibition or portfolio under the guidance of the instructor. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS205

ARTS210 – Contemporary Art

This course provides an overview of contemporary art examining theoretical and cultural influences on art from the late 20th century to present. Through analysis and comparison students will be able to recognize and interpret most important aspects of contemporary art and contemporary visual culture. (F,SP,Su)

Prerequisite: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS211 – Art History to the Renaissance

Surveys the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture of world civilizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe from preliterate times to the 15th century. Emphasizes analysis and comparison of artistic concepts, styles and techniques; and investigates how the arts reflect ideas, issues, and values of society and the individual. (F,Sp,Su)

Prerequisite: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS212 – Art History from the Renaissance

Surveys the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture of world civilizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe from the 15th to the 20th century. Emphasizes analysis and comparison of artistic concepts, styles and techniques; and investigates how the arts reflect ideas, issues, and values of society and the individual. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS216 – Humorous Illustration I

Basic humorous illustration/cartooning foundations are demonstrated. Exercises are given on cartooning heads, animals, objects, and drawing techniques. Graded projects include a caricature utilizing a drawing technique. Originality and imagination are emphasized. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS132 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS217 – Humorous Illustration II

A continuation of Humorous Illustration I designed to expand the student’s humorous illustration skills through a variety of black-and-white and color projects. Projects will concentrate on the various commercial applications of humorous illustration. (Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS216 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS221 – Airbrush Techniques I

Students will be introduced to shading and creating textures in black and white, and color, using a variety of processes. Assignments will include masking methods and freehand techniques. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: None

ARTS222 – Airbrush Techniques II

This class continues the methods developed in Airbrush Techniques I, while emphasizing more complex projects. Portrait rendering and painting of non-metallic surfaces will be studied and various materials will be used including fabric, leather, fingernails and pastries. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS221 or (minimum 2.5 in ARTS131 or concurrently)

ARTS226 – Storyboards & Animatics

Focuses on applying industry-standard storyboarding and animatic techniques. Topics include the purposes and formats of storyboards and the application of storyboarding techniques to the creation of storyboards with or without a written script. Completed storyboards will be digitized and edited using various software to produce an animatic. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS151 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS229 – Computer Graphics/Advanced Web Design

An advanced course in interaction and its application to web design problems. Focuses on the structuring of information, conceptualization and sequencing in the design of web sites. (F,Sp)
Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS173 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS232 – Computer Graphics/2-D Animation

Creation of 2-D animations using the computer. Emphasis is on the theory and principles of animation. Student will develop an animation of a bipedal character. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in (ARTS132 and ARTS151 and ARTS171) and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS234 – Computer Graphics/3-D Animation I

Concepts and techniques of 3D computer animation. An introduction to the world of Digital Form, Space and Lighting. Topics covered in this course include the theories of 3D space, surface modeling, rendering, lighting and key frame animation. Includes an overview of the history of 3D computer modeling, rendering and animation. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS105 or ARTS171 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS235 – Computer Graphics/3-D Animation II

This course builds upon ARTS234. It continues the approach of increasing skills and artistic practice in all areas of 3D animation: concept, modeling, animation and rendering. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS234 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS251 – Art for Elementary Teachers

Especially for elementary school teachers responsible for the student art experience. Emphasis on developing a greater art appreciation, awareness of art forms, and competency working with a variety of art media. Covers the creative and mental growth of children and their needs in an art situation. (F,Sp,Su)

Prerequisite: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level

ARTS251 – Graphic Design Communications

A comprehensive overview of design communciations and the role of the graphic artist. Methods, computer software and hardware isues will be covered with the focus on persuasive design communications. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS164 and ARTS175 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS252 – Graphic Design Publications

Publication design and the graphic artist’s role in design and production of longer documents is the focus of this advanced collaborative course. The emphasis is on concept, typography and visual elements in a weekly, monthly or quarterly publication. (F, Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS251 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS253 – Graphic Design Branding

This advanced class focuses on branding of products and services for mass market advertising. The course will focus on aspects relevant to a marketing campaign as well as on creating innovative concepts and developing an effective personal design style. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS251 and Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

ARTS269 – The Portfolio

Under advisor supervision, students will assemble their best work into a cohesive, relevant presentation for the purpose of securing career-oriented employment. Job search/market skills content, including creative resumes, letter-writing, and self-promotion will focus on matching individual presentations to specific career goals. ARTS269 is intended as the final program course. (F,Sp)

Prerequisite: Department Approval

ARTS281 – Art Internship

Students will gain pre-career experience by working in a professional environment under the supervision of a professional artist/designer. Regularly scheduled progress reports will be given and discussed with supervising faculty member. A typical internship will average 210 hours in a semester. (F,Sp,Su)

Prerequisite: Department Approval