Art & Art History

Courses

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

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Studio Art (Focus Media)

  • 69-000 BA.Art Capstone
    Portfolio Review: graduating seniors in the B.A. program must present a digital portfolio of their work, a resume and an artist's statement to the studio faculty, to be approved by the sponsoring faculty member in the appropriate focus area and submitted to the Department Chair for the department's permanent records. If B.A. students wish to produce a senior art exhibition, they must be sponsored by the focus area faculty member and enroll in ART70-812 Exh...
  • 69-001 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-002 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-003 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-004 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-210 Ceramics/Sculpture Lab
  • 69-214 Ceramics: Hand-Forming
    A study of various hand-forming methods used in the production of ceramic art with a focus on the vessel form. Other topics include: ceramic materials and their use; low-fire clay and glaze formulation; studio procedures, contemporary ceramic artists, an introduction to the history, theory and criticism of art made of ceramic materials. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; no previous experience required. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP...
  • 69-224 Ceramics: Wheel-Forming
    A study of the various wheel-forming methods used in the production of ceramic art with a focus on the vessel form. Other topics include: ceramic materials and their use; high-fire clay and glaze formulation; decorating techniques; studio procedures, contemporary ceramic artists; and an introduction to the history, theory and criticism of art made from ceramic materials with an emphasis on the modern period (c. 1850-1970). This course is intended for first...
  • 69-234 Intermedia Seminar: Ceramics, Design
    An examination and discussion of new strategies of artistic production in contemporary art within the context of recent technological, intellectual, cultural and political developments. Issue and media-based topics related to the field of ceramics, design and intermedia work form the artwork produced in this studio. May be repeated with a change in content for credit. Concurrent enrollment in Lab is required; Prerequisite: Art 69-214 and 69-224, or permissi...
  • 69-236 Intermed Capstone: Ceramics, Design
    A further examination and discussion of new strategies of artistic production in contemporary art within the context of recent technological, intellectual, cultural and political developments. Issue and media-based topics related to the field of ceramics, design and intermedia work form the artwork produced in this studio, which constitutes the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review for BAs and BFAs. Two evening labs are required. Prerequisite...
  • 69-244 Ceramics: Raku
    Various pottery forming techniques will be considered in the study of contemporary ceramic art, including basic hand-forming and wheel-forming, firing the kiln, and simple glaze formulation. The aesthetic theory that informs this approach to making pottery will be discussed, and the history of raku will be covered. No previous experience required. Lab required. (Summer) (FAP) (IP)...
  • 69-301 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-302 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-303 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-304 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-310 Painting Lab
  • 69-314 Painting: Representational
    A beginning studio course emphasizing the production of paintings that relate to the history and theory of art in various representational styles. This course takes a contemporary approach to strategies of creativity, using historical and contemporary stylistic techniques and color theory to create representational ideas and theories in contemporary art. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; no previous experience required; some drawi...
  • 69-324 Painting: Abstract
    A beginning studio course emphasizing the production of paintings that relate to the history and theory of art in various abstract styles. This course takes a contemporary approach to: materials; historical stylistic techniques; color theory: and abstract painting practices and theories as they pertain to contemporary abstract art. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; no previous experience required. Lab required. (FAP)...
  • 69-334 Intrmda Sem: Painting, Printmaking, Draw
    The seminar provides an examination of recent developments in contemporary art, as they relate to intellectual, aesthetic and societal trends. Students are encouraged to develop a coherent body of paintings, drawings or prints that explore their own creative interests in current art issues. In consultation with the professor, research topics vary from semester to semester with the personal aesthetic interests of the student. The work produced in this studio...
  • 69-336 Intrmed Cap: Painting, Printmaking, Draw
    A further examination and discussion of new strategies of artistic production in contemporary art within the context of recent technological, intellectual, cultural and political developments. Issue and media-based topics related to the fields of painting, drawing, printmaking, and intermedia work form the artwork produced in this studio, which constitutes the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review for BAs and BFAs. Prerequisites: Art 69-334...
  • 69-414 Sculpture: Figurative
    A studio course that introduces the study of the methods, materials and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural forms in contemporary art. A significant portion of this course is devoted to the study of figure structure via clay, wax, wood and 3-D digital modeling. Students are expected to work toward innovation and extension of the figure as image. This course is intended for first and second year students; no previous experience required. La...
  • 69-424 Sculpture: Abstract
    The study and manipulation of space, form and materials available to the contemporary artist. Assignments emphasize an investigation of the expressive qualities of form in space using wood, clay, metal and 3D digital modeling. This course is intended for first and second year students; no previous experience required Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)...
  • 69-434 Intrmda Sem: Sculpture, Dig Arts, Photog
    An examination and discussion of new strategies of artistic production in contemporary art within the context of recent technological, intellectual, cultural and political developments. Issue and media-based topics related to the field of sculpture, photography, digital arts, and intermedia work form the artwork produced in this studio, which constitutes the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. Prerequisites:...
  • 69-436 Intrmda Cap: Sculpture, Dig Arts, Photog
    A further examination and discussion of new strategies of artistic production in contemporary art within the context of recent technological, intellectual, cultural and political developments. Issue and media-based topics related to the field of sculpture, photography, digital arts, and intermedia work form the artwork produced in this studio, which constitutes the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. Prere...
  • 69-901 Tutorial
  • 69-902 Tutorial
  • 69-903 Tutorial
  • 69-904 Tutorial
  • 69-906 Tutorial
  • 69-941 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-942 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-943 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-944 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-951 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-952 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-953 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-954 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-984 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single project are required. At the invitation of the instructor and approval of the studio art faculty.
  • 69-988 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single project are required. At the invitation of the instructor and approval of the studio art faculty.

Studio Art (Architecture, Design & Other Media)

  • 70-000 Portfolio Review
  • 70-001 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-002 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-003 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-004 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-110 Drawing Lab
  • 70-114 Drawing I: Beginning
    A study of the nature of drawing as visual language with an emphasis upon descriptive rendering. A drawing placement exam is available for those with previous experience and a full understanding of linear perspective, pictorial space, and the illusion of light and expression in both line and tonal drawings. See the Department Chair for details. Lab required. (FAP) ...
  • 70-224 Drawing II: Intermediate
    Figure drawing with an emphasis on the enduring historical, aesthetic, and contemporary significance of figurative art. Models will be provided for the study of proportion, structure and articulation of the human body as the formal means toward expressive drawing. Related topics will also be studied. Various media. Prerequisite: Art 70-114. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)...
  • 70-234 Drawing Iii: Advanced
    An advanced course in contemporary figure drawing and non-figurative contemporary drawing. The course is an extension of the concepts introduced in Drawing II with a greater emphasis on understanding the structure of the human body and the expressive potential of drawing. Other related topics are covered and may vary each semester. Prerequisite: Art 70-224. May be repeated with a change in content. Lab required....
  • 70-301 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-302 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-303 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-304 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-314 Architectural Studio I: Introduction to
    Introduction to fundamentals of architectural drafting (drawing plans, sections, elevations, mechanical perspective, rendering, model building) and principles of design (design to a program, parti, formal systems), site analysis and presentation, and introduction to design with structure. Material is presented in terms of one long and one or two short projects. Lab required. (Fall) (FAP)...
  • 70-324 Architectural Studio Ii: Historical
    Five three-week design projects designing with the formal vocabularies and structural systems of ancient Greek, French Neo-Classicism, Italian Baroque, Gothic, and early Frank Lloyd Wright. Prerequisite: Art 70-314 or ability to draw plans, sections and elevations. Lab required. (Spring, even years)
  • 70-334 Architectural Studio Iii: Modern
    Empirical introduction to design with modern structures with three projects in different media: poured in place concrete; steel frame and truss; tensile, or curtain wall skyscraper. Prerequisite: Art 70-314 or ability to draw plans and sections. Lab Required. (Spring, odd years)
  • 70-410 Design/Architecture Lab
  • 70-414 Design
    An introduction to the history, theory and practice of design. This course deals with the analysis of visual perception directed toward understanding the expressive nature of creative design. The objective of this course is to encourage visual awareness and to promote the development of various skills necessary to visualize personal design concepts. Lab required. (FAP)...
  • 70-510 Digital Imaging Lab
  • 70-524 Digital Art: 3D Animation & Cybersculptu
    A studio art course that explores computer animation and digital sculpture as a form of visual expression. Students produce an original animated short work informed by theoretical study and showing evidence of artistic skill in using 3D modeling software to communicate a visual statement. Final projects will take the form of an animated short, a 3D printed sculpture, or projection installation. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)...
  • 70-610 Photography Lab
  • 70-624 Photography: Digital
    A study of a variety of digital photographic techniques for both black and white and color. Assignments emphasize the development of compositional and critical skills in producing an expressive image. Technical skills covered include refinement of exposure, post-image capture processing, compression and image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop software and printing processes for the digital image. Digital single lens reflex camera required (see instructor f...
  • 70-710 Printmaking Lab
  • 70-714 Printmaking: Intaglio
    A beginning study of fundamental techniques, history and theory of intaglio printmaking (etching, aquatint, soft ground, drypoint). Black and white and color. The assignments are designed to explore creative, technical and formal means toward expressive form. Some work in woodcut may also be included in the course content at the instructor's discretion. Previous drawing experience is desirable. Lab required. (FAP)...
  • 70-724 Printmaking: Lithography
    A beginning study of fundamental techniques, history and theory of lithographic prints. Black and white and color. The assignments are designed to explore creative, technical and formal means toward expressive form. Some work in woodcut may also be included in the course content at the instructor's discretion. Previous drawing experience is desirable. Lab required. (FAP)...
  • 70-812 Exhibition Practicum
    Professional gallery and museum practices and exhibition preparation, design, and execution are the topics in this course. It is required for students mounting their senior art exhibitions. Work in gallery will be required at irregular hours. Open to juniors and seniors; repeatable with a change in content. (Fall and Spring)...
  • 70-901 Tutorial
  • 70-902 Tutorial
  • 70-903 Tutorial
  • 70-904 Tutorial
  • 70-941 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-942 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-943 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-944 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-951 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-952 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-953 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-954 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-984 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single in-depth project at the invitation of a faculty adviser and with the approval of the studio art faculty. Continuation of the honors project in the second semester, and final granting of honors, is dependent upon approval by the faculty committee. Otherwise the credits count as independent study (69-954)...
  • 70-988 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single in-depth project at the invitation of a faculty adviser and with the approval of the studio art faculty. Continuation of the honors project in the second semester, and final granting of honors, is dependent upon approval by the faculty committee. Otherwise the credits count as independent study (69-954)...

Art & Art History

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History
    512-863-1376
    email

    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art
    512-863-1355
    email

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