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As a studio art or graphic design major, you want to be very familiar with the classes you need to finish your degree. Knowing what a class has to offer gives you the opportunity to prepare, with preliminary research to familiarize yourself with new subject matter. When class begins, you’re ready to engage. Find your class below for a full description of what the course will encompass.
 

If you are looking for your degree plan, you can find Studio Art here, and Graphic Design here.
 

Studio Art

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ART 1103 2-D Design 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
An introduction to 2-D design, addressing the elements and principles of design and their planar qualities and applications.

 

ART 1113 Drawing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Fundamental drawing elements and their application to pictorial motifs. Visual perception and drawing concepts of planar issues, proportion, pictorial space, modeled drawing, chiaroscuro, and comprehensive application are investigated.

 

ART 1123 Digital imaging 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 lab.)
Introduces software applications used in the acquisition, enhancement, and manipulation of digital photographs and like imagery. Topics include colorand image-correction, investigation into illustration applications, fundamental design principles, photography/image manipulation, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

ART 1133 Introduction to Typography 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 LAB)
An introduction to design and aesthetic issues concerning type and its use. Type measurement, typography design, technical issues -relating to type and production, and a survey of the history of type are covered. Projects involve type design issues, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

ART 1143 3-D Design 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
An introduction to 3-D design, this course will address materials, working in-the-round, form, space, surface, color and their relationship to three dimensional design.

 

ART 1303 Figure Drawing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Drawing the human figure using traditional materials and techniques. Emphasis on gesture, proportion, volume, structure, and comprehensive drawings of the figure in space.

 

ART 1551 Studio Art Admissions Portfolio 1 Cr. (1 Lec.)
Prerequisites or Corequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1113 Drawing, ART 1123 Digital Imaging, ART 1143 3-D Design and ART 1133 Introduction to Typography, or consent of instructor(s). Prepares students to submit a comprehensive  portfolio of projects from art foundations courses. Students must  pass this course to be admitted into  the BA in Studio Arts program.

 

ART 2303 Introduction To Letterpress    3 Cr. (2 LEC., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1101 Studio Art Admission Portfolio, or GRDS 1001 Admissions Portfolio, or consent of instructor.
Introduces the planning, design and printing of limited edition publications, such as cards, broadsides, posters and books using handset movable type and hand-operated printing presses. Covers basic elements of design and typography as it relates to actual handson printing, and how this technology is incorporated into contemporary design communication. Integrates other printing processes into letterpress work.

 

ART 2403 Introduction To Book Arts    3 Cr. (2 LEC., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1101 Studio Art Admission Portfolio, or GRDS 1001 Admissions Portfolio, or consent of instructor.
Introduces the traditions and methods of the handmade book, as well as the expressive possibilities available with books as an art form.

 

ART 2773 Introduction to Painting 3 Cr. (2 LEC., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1303 Figure Drawing, ART 1113 Drawing, and ART 1143 3-D Design or consent of department head. Introduces concepts and procedures of pure painting using traditional materials. Time honored ideas of perception, application, and assessment are practiced.

 

ART 2793 Introduction to Printmaking 3 Cr. (2 LEC., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1303 Figure Drawing, ART 1113 Drawing, and ART 1143 3-D Design or consent of department head.
Introduces the techniques of relief, intaglio, lithography, and screenprinting. Students create work in each medium, following the historical development of the major printmaking processes.

 

ART 2863 Survey of Art History I 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)
Prerequisite: ENGL 1203 Freshman English I.
Designed to develop an appreciation of the achievements in art in the Western world, from prehistoric times to the 15th century. (ACTS: ARTA 2003)

 

ART 2873 Survey of Art History II 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)
Prerequisite: ENGL 1203 Freshman English I.
Designed to develop appreciation for the achievements in art with emphasis on art in the Western world from the early 15th century to the present. (ACTS: ARTA 2103)

 

ART 3303 Anatomy of the Figure 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 STU.)
Prerequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1303 Figure Drawing, ART 1113 Drawing, and ART 1143 3-D Design or consent of department head.
Incorporates an understanding of the skeleton and muscular system as it relates to the structure, composition and drawing of the figure. An overview of the figure in the history of Western art augments sustained life studies from the skeleton and live model.

 

ART 3313 Advanced Drawing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1303 Figure Drawing, ART 1113 Drawing, and ART 1143 3-D Design or consent of department head.
Advanced study of drawing using a variety of material and mediums to resolve perceptual and conceptual projects. Students create drawings by a personal interpretation of assignments that achieve meaningful form and content relative to the objectives of each assignment. Includes representational and abstract imagery.

 

ART 3323 Advanced Painting 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 STU.)
Prerequisite: ART 2773 Introduction to Painting or consent of department head.
Concentration on materials, methods, subjects, and content of choice. Form, content and subject matter are open to the student’s major course of study or interest.

 

ART 3523 History of American Art    3 CR. (3 LEC.)
Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of the instructor.
Achievements and issues in painting, architecture, sculpture, and the graphic arts in the United States from the late 18th century to the present. Emphasizes the cultural and critical interpretation of works of art as they relate to American History. Special emphasis placed on pivotal events such as the Armory Show of 1913.

 

ART 3753 Screen Printing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 2793 Introduction to Printmaking or consent of department head.
Presents a wide range of stencil techniques, printing processes, and inks in screenprinting, applying both hand and photographic techniques.

 

ART 3763 Relief Printing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: Art 2793 Introduction to Printmaking or consent of department head.
Presents a broad range of relief printing techniques, including single block images as well as multi-block and reduction color printing.

 

ART 3773 Figure Painting 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisite: ART 2773 Introduction to Painting.
Painting from a live model using traditional and experimental approaches, proceeding through the semester from color sketches to resolved paintings.

 

ART 3783 Intaglio 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisite: ART 2793 Introduction to Printmaking.
Presents a variety of techniques including soft ground, mezzotint, multi-plate color printing, and monotype processes.

 

ART 3793 Lithography 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisite: ART 2793 Introduction to Printmaking.
Encompasses a variety of media and techniques including crayon, tusche, autographic ink, transfer processes, and color lithography.

 

ART 3863 History of Graphic Design 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.
Designed to help students develop an intelligent appreciation of design and art movements that have affected graphic design from the invention of writing to the present.

 

ART 391V Special Projects 1-3 CR. (IND.STU.)
Prerequisites: six hours of upper level Studio Art courses and consent of the instructor.
Focuses on creating a number of works that address form, content and subject matter in the style and medium of their choice. Produces a highly developed body of work with a coherent visual theme that promotes an individual approach to creating art.

 

ART 4203 Modern European Art 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)
Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.
European Art from the late nineteenth century Realism and Impression to current trends in the early twenty-first century. Emphasis on the cultural, political, and social context of the works as well as the formal expressive qualities. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and architecture as well as multi-media and installation art are included.

 

ART 4953 Studio Art Capstone 3 Cr. (IND.STU.)
Prerequisites: senior standing and 12 hours or more of upper level Studio Art courses.
An independent study course that concludes the B.A. in Studio Art. Requires a proposal, an artist statement that supports the artwork, an oral presentation, an exhibit and digital documentation of the work.

 

Graphic Design

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ART 1551 Admissions Portfolio 1 Cr. (1 Lec.)
Prerequisites or Corequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1113 Drawing, ART 1123 Digital Imaging, ART 1143 3-D Design and ART 1133 Introduction to Typography, or consent of instructor(s). Students who wish to be accepted into the Graphic Design program are required to submit a comprehensive portfolio of projects from Foundations courses. Students must pass this course to be admitted into the Graphic Design program.

 

ART 1133 Introduction to Typography 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 LAB)
An introduction to design and aesthetic issues concerning type and its use. Type measurement, typography design, technical issues -relating to type and production, and a survey of the history of type are covered. Projects involve type design issues, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

GRDS 2103 Advanced Typography 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 2303 Graphic Design and GRDS 2243 Digital Illustration, or consent of instructor.
Explores advanced typographic techniques, including the digital mechanics of kerning, tracking, leading, special characters, ligatures, punctuation, font and color choices. Projects simultaneously target minute details and overall effect of sophisticated type handling. Visual order, type hierarchy, symbolism, and cultural aspects of type design are emphasized.

 

GRDS 2243 Digital Illustration 3 cr. (2 lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 1001 Admissions Portfolio or consent of Instructor. Corequisite: GRDS 2303 Graphic Design.
Introduces the student to software applications used in the execution of various types of digital illustration. One, two, and multi-color illustration projects are covered, as well as exporting, printing, scanners, and color printers. Projects involve illustration issues, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

GRDS 2253 Web Design I 3 cr. (2 lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: ART 1123 Digital Imaging, GRDS 2303 Graphic Design, and GRDS 2243 Digital Illustration.
Introduces technical and aesthetic considerations concerning website design. Current standard language editors and web styling are incorporated. Imaging, typographic, and color issues are addressed. Assigned projects are deadline-driven and involve the creation of basic websites.

 

GRDS 2303 Graphic Design 3 cr. (2 lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 1001 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: GRDS 2243 Digital Illustration.
Introduces the creative processes, critical thought, and methodology specifically used in the creation of visual communication. Covers a broad scope of design methods and practices (e. g., type, hand generated art, photography, sculpture, collage) to give the students an understanding design styles.

 

GRDS 2343 Print & Publication Design 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 2303 Graphic Design and GRDS 2243 Digital Illustration, or consent of instructor.
Introduces concepts, techniques, and strategies in the design and production of various types of printed publications, from business cards to multiple-page documents. Page layout and organization schemes are covered, as well as continuing the study of typography, color, proofreading, problem solving, deadlines, and printing/output issues.

 

GRDS 2503 Illustration Techniques 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 1001 Admissions Portfolio or consent of instructor. Elective course introducing the student to the steps necessary for the execution of various types of illustration, including, but not limited to, technical, editorial, spot, cover, and design. Emphasis is on technical proficiency as well as conceptual solutions to illustration problems. Traditional and non-traditional media are covered. Design and drawing skills are prerequisite.

 

GRDS 299V Graphic Design Special Projects 1-3 Cr. (variable)
Prerequisites or corequisites: advanced standing and consent of instructor, -dean, or provost.
An individual project in graphic design areas offered on an arranged basis. Projects and deadlines are determined by the student and instructor. May be repeated when topics differ, for a total of six hours.

 

GRDS 3223 Digital Photography 3 CR. (2 lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisite: ART 1123 Digital Imaging or consent of instructor. Explores digital image creation and digital darkroom technologies. Students learn possibilities and limitations of digital cameras, processing images in terms of photo-editing and manipulation, color managements and workflow, and batch-processing techniques. Output technologies, such as film, inkjet printers, dye-sublimation and prepress preparation are discussed.

 

GRDS 3243 Web Design II 3 CR. (2 lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 2253 Web Design I and GRDS 2103 Advanced Typography, or consent of instructor.
Builds upon the foundation established in previous web class. Covers types of websites, planning and managing website production, team building, organization, and site testing. Projects involve collaboration, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

GRDS 3263 Advanced Digital Photography 3 CR. (2 lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 3223 Digital Photography or consent of instructor.
Explores the use of photography in artistic expression, journalistic documentation, and visual design narrative. Lighting, advanced post print processes, and photography as business is covered.

 

GRDS 3273 Motion Design 3 CR. (2 lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 2253 Web Design I or consent of instructor.
Explores motion for graphic design using 2D and 3D animation, design elements, video and sound design. The projects will explore elements of storytelling, design over time and technical considerations using standard professional methods. Media will be delivered to the screen via authoring for current replay mediums and the web.

 

GRDS 3313 Creative Process in Design 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 LAB)
Prerequisite: GRDS 2213 Web Design, GRDS 2103 Advanced Typography, and GRDS 2343 Print Design, or consent of instructor.
Introduces the use of multiple and varied approaches to visual problem solving. Investigation into alternate creative thinking techniques is explored. Various creative thinkers from the past and present are surveyed and analyzed. Projects involve research, collaboration, and problem solving.

 

GRDS 3323 Production Management/Prepress 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 3403 Advertising Design I and GRDS 3243 Web Design II or consent of instructor.
Introduces advanced production issues that involve print media, including spot-color and process color issues. Ink, paper choices, prepress production and printing issues are covered, along with project management from conception to final output. Solving complex design and production problems encountered in dealing with clients, printers and deadlines are important components. Projects involve multiplepage designs and include collaboration and teamwork training.

 

GRDS 3403 Advertising Design I 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 2103 Advanced Typography, GRDS 2343 Print & Publication Design, and GRDS 2253 Web Design I, or consent of instructor.
Introduces projects and issues involved in advertising design. Includes work on advertising projects in various media, such as newspaper, magazine, outdoor, and electronic media. The creation of thumbnails and computer comps are covered, as well as headline, subhead and copy writing. Projects involve collaboration, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

GRDS 3503 Advanced Illustration 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 LAB)
Prerequisite: GRDS 2243 Digital illustration or consent of instructor.
Expands on the media explorations from Illustration Techniques, and emphasizes the conceptual and narrative aspects of illustration. Projects focus on communicating to specific audience through creative problem solving. Conceptual exercises foster innovation and originality. Traditional and digital media are examined for their unique illustration possibilities. Advanced drawing, design, color, and digital illustration and imaging skills required.

 

GRDS 3603 Packaging Design 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 3403 Advertising Design I or consent of instructor. Prerequisite or corequisite: GRDS 3323 Production Management/Prepress.
Introduces projects and issues involved in packaging design, employing various design solutions to solve three-dimensional problems. The creation of thumbnails and computer comps are covered as well as product packaging, point-of-purchase displays, and trade show booth design. Projects involve collaboration, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

GRDS 3623 Fine Printing & Bookmaking 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 LAB)
Prerequisite: ART 2303 Introduction to Letterpress.
Employs advanced letterpress, bookmaking, and other production methods, and explores contemporary interpretations of the book as a vehicle for sequential/ narrative design. Emphasizes mature dimensional idea generation, sequential consistency, and media choices. Projects include handmade bookbinding techniques, and skilled letterpress printing.

 

GRDS 3633 Advanced Fine Printing & Bookmaking 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 LAB)
Prerequisite: GRDS 3623 Fine Printing and Bookmaking, or consent of instructor.
Expands the exploration of various advanced concepts and practices in the art and design of printed matter using letter press (relief ), especially in relation to the production of books. Students will conceive, design and construct their own books using a variety of printing techniques to enhance their professional portfolios.

 

GRDS 372V Graphic Design Internship 3 or 6 CR. (variable)
Prerequisites: GRDS 2103 Advanced Typography, GRDS 2343 Print Design, and consent of instructor.
Places students in a working environment to gain on-the-job experience. Workplace locals include design studio, corporation, advertising agency, etc., with supervised employment and observation. The length of the internship will be either 120 or 240 clock hours and is typically completed during a fall, spring, or summer semester.

 

GRDS 399V Advanced Graphic Design Special Projects 1-3 CR. (variable)
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and consent of instructor and department head.
An individual project in graphic design areas offered on an arranged basis. Projects and deadlines are determined by the student and instructor. May be repeated when topics differ for a total of six hours.

 

GRDS 4313 Identity Design 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 3323 Production Management/Prepress and GRDS 3603 Packaging Design, or consent of instructor.
Introduces the student to projects and issues involved with branding and creating a complete corporate identity, including logo, letterhead and business cards, interior and exterior sign systems, copy writing, advertisement, collateral material, brochure and/or annual report, and rationale. Production and printing issues encountered are also addressed. Projects involve collaboration, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

GRDS 4623 Graphic Design Business Practices 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 stu.)
Prerequisites: GRDS 3323 Production Management/Prepress and GRDS 3603 Packaging Design, or consent of instructor.
Prepares the advanced graphic design student to enter the profession by focusing on business practices such as portfolio preparation, starting a design business, successful freelancing and pricing, strategies for landing design jobs, professional relationships, fees and contracts, managing large projects, copyright, trademark, and ethical issues.

 

GRDS 4403 Advertising Design II 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 3403 Advertising Design I or consent of instructor.
Classroom structure re-creates the real-world work environment encountered at advertising agencies; takes projects from conceptual stage, through comprehensives, to presentation to the client. Advertising for newspaper, magazine, outdoor, direct mail, television, radio, and Web is covered as well as headline, subhead, and copywriting within advertising campaigns, photography direction, production, and printing issues. Projects involved are addressed. Projects involve collaboration, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

GRDS 4933 Graphic Design Senior Thesis 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 LAB)
Prerequisites: GRDS 4313 Identity Design and GRDS 4323 Graphic Design Business Practices. Corequisite: GRDS 4923 Graphic Design Senior Seminar.
Independent, directed study identifying an area of critical inquiry that best combines personal creativity, academic achievement, and professional ambition. The thesis begins with a proposal, supported by research and analysis of the problem or project, and culminates with a written and oral presentation to accompany an exhibition of the final work.

 

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