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ART101 Understanding Art
Introduces approaches to viewing, understanding, and discussing the visual arts. Covers formal, stylistic, content, and meaning-based analysis. Explores the relationship between the social and artistic construction of reality. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or completion of WR090 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp, Su; CL
4 Credits

ART102 The Creativity Class
Introduces methods to improve creativity for college and career through concrete idea generation strategies that push previous experience, assumption, and current abilities. Stresses the importance of experimentation and risk taking, process, ways of thinking, environment, flirting with failure, collaboration, and the psychological components of creativity. Provides creative blocks and methods to maintain lifelong innovation. F, W, Sp; CL
3 Credits

ART115 Basic Design: Black and White
Introduces the basic principles of design, visual perception, and organization of visual elements in works of art. Explores black and white two-dimensional design. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ART116 Basic Design: Color
Introduces the basic principles of design, visual perception, and organization of visual elements in works of art. Focuses on color and two-dimensional design. Placement into WR115 or completion of WR090 with a grade of C or better; or consent of department. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ART117 3D Design: Construct and Recycle
Introduces basic materials, design terminology, and techniques used in creating three-dimensional forms. Explores sculptural issues using a textbook and hands-on projects to produce student-generated solutions to design problems. Develops designs, improves upon design ideas, and delivers final designs in projects made largely with recycled and recyclable materials. Encourages exploration, supports innovative problem solving, and introduces a variety of processes, including additive, subtractive, assembly, and casting methods. Develops critical thinking skills, applies new vocabulary in written proposals and assessment (critique) of course projects, and reflects upon social responsibility and sustainability issues. Independent and collaborative teamwork required. F, W, Sp
4 Credits

ART118 Digital Design and Color
Applies the basic principles of design, visual perception, and organization of visual elements in solving communication design problems. Focuses on digital design and color modes. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or completion of WR090; ART115 and VC114; or consent of instructor (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better). Sp
4 Credits

ART120 Digital Media Time Design
Introduces the concepts of time-design and the practical study of software, tools, techniques, processes, and practices of digital time-based media, including animation, motion graphics, video, photography, and sound design. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART121 Introduction to Digital Arts
Introduces the basics in digital imaging and layout skills using industry standard software and devices through digital imaging, image manipulation, layout, typography, and digital output. Focus is on the computer as both technical and creative tool in art and design. Introduces students to both raster and vector based software with focus on both the technical and creative use of the computer. Includes discussion of formal design concepts, design process, image appropriation and creative solutions. Prerequisite: ART 115 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F
4 Credits

ART131 Introduction to Drawing 1
Provides instruction in objective observational drawing skills designed for the beginner. Offers lectures, demonstrations, training in traditional problem-solving techniques, composition, and media. Introduces art concepts, vocabulary, and skills to critically analyze drawings. Prerequisite: F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ART132 Introduction to Drawing 2
Provides lectures, demonstrations, continued individualized training in objective drawing begun in ART131, and introduces subjective drawing. Emphasizes composition and introduces additional drawing media and image sources. Discusses art concepts, vocabulary, and skills to critically analyze drawings. Prerequisite: ART131 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor based on portfolio review. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART142 Introduction to Photography
Introduces digital photography camera handling and editing, and the printing of digital images. Covers important photographic themes and composition. Offered as needed
3 Credits

ART154 Pottery: Handbuilding
Introduces handbuilding ceramic objects. Includes basic form and design considerations as well as pinch, coil, slab, press mold, decoration, and glazing techniques. Emphasizes craftsmanship through slide lectures, demonstrations, and studio projects. F, W, Sp, Su
3 Credits

ART155 Pottery: Wheel Throwing
Introduces producing pottery using the potter's wheel. Includes forming, trimming, decorating, glazing, and firing processes, as well as visual and functional form considerations. Emphasizes craftsmanship through slide lectures, demonstrations, and studio projects. F, W, Sp, Su
3 Credits

ART198A Independent Studies
By use of the college learning contact, provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Prerequisite: By instructors consent.
1 Credits

ART198B Independent Studies
By use of the college learning contact, provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Prerequisite:Placement into WR115 or completion of WR090 with a grade of C or better; and consent of instructor.
2 Credits

ART198C Independent Studies
By use of the college learning contact, provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Prerequisite: By instructors consent.
3 Credits

ART198D Independent Studies
By use of the college learning contact, provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Prerequisite: By instructors consent.
4 Credits

ART198E Independent Studies
By use of the college learning contact, provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 or completion of WR090 with a grade of C or better; and consent of instructor.
5 Credits

ART201 Introduction to the Arts of East Asia
Introduces the arts of India and Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. Emphasizes art and architecture as both constructive and reflective of religious, political, and social structures. Traces continuity and change in India: Indus Valley Civilization to the Delhi Sultanate (1206); China: Xia Dynasty to the invasion of the Mongols (1276); and Japan: Jomon Culture to the Kamakura Shogunate (ca. 1300). Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or completion of WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

ART202 History of Photography
Explores the history of photography from its beginning to the present. Includes technical, artistic, commercial, cultural, and social developments of photography as a form of visual communication and artistic expression. Prerequisite/Corequisite: WR115 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART203 New Media Art
Introduces aesthetic, historical, and critical issues of new media arts and design. Presents aspects of printmaking, photography, graphic design, video, film, performance, installation, and other forms of time-based art in terms of experiencing, appreciating, and understanding its role in our lives. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or completion of WR090 or higher with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, Sp; CL
4 Credits

ART204 Introduction to Art History: 40,000 BCE to 726 CE
Explores visual art in the Western tradition: Prehistoric to Early Byzantine period (40,000 BCE to 726 CE). Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or completion of WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Su
4 Credits

ART205 Introduction to Art History: 500-1789 CE
Explores visual art in the Western tradition: Early Medieval through Rococo (500-1789 CE). Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or completion of WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp
4 Credits

ART206 Introduction to Art History: Neo-Classicism to Twentieth Century
Explores visual art in the Western tradition from Neo-Classicism to the Twentieth Century. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or completion of WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W, Sp
4 Credits

ART207 Graphic Design Literacy
Explores the historical and cultural underpinnings of graphic art and design and brings a holistic presentation of graphic design history from the pre-historic to the present. Examines how culturally based assumptions influence perceptions, behaviors, and issues. Recommended: WR121 with a grade of C or better. Su, CL
4 Credits

ART210 Topics in Art History
Focuses on the history of a specific art historical topic. Topics will vary and may include: historical styles/periods, genres, women artists, and media. Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
3 Credits

ART221 Graphic Design 1: Icons and Symbols
Applies the principles and elements of design to the process of creating solutions to graphic design challenges with an emphasis on icons and symbols. Prerequisite: ART118 and ART131, each with a grade of C or better; and demonstrated ability to work with vector graphic software; or consent of instructor. F
4 Credits

ART222 Graphic Design 2: Logo Design
Builds on the concepts learned in ART221 with an emphasis on logo design and branding. Prerequisite: ART221 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

ART223 Graphic Design 3 - Package Design
Builds on the concepts in ART222. Continues exploration of graphic design with advanced projects emphasizing package design. Prerequisite: ART222 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
4 Credits

ART224 Type Design 1
Introduces the study of typography and its importance in contemporary culture and in the design of visual communications. Prerequisite: VC111 and VC114, each with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

ART225 Type Design 2
Continues the study of typography as a design element in visual communications. Prerequisite: ART224 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
4 Credits

ART234 Figure Drawing
Offers lectures, demonstrations, and individualized training in representational drawing of the human figure. Continues skills development begun in ART131 applying them to the challenges of drawing the human form. Emphasizes analytical problem solving techniques, drawing methods, anatomy, proportion, and composition. Discusses art concepts, vocabulary, and skills to critically analyze drawings. Prerequisite: ART131 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor based on portfolio review. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ART235 Figure Drawing: Advanced Topics
Continues figure drawing skill development increasing focus on intention, media, anatomy, expression, and accuracy. Offers lectures, demonstrations, and continued individualized training in representational figure drawing skills begun in ART131 and ART234. Emphasize anatomy, proportion, composition, and analytical skills. Introduces additional media, subjective or expressive drawing approaches, and vocabulary that build skills in critically analyzing drawings. Prerequisite: ART131 and ART234, each with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor based on portfolio review. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ART237 Photo Illustration
Adds digital imaging and manipulation to traditional photographic skills in the study of photo illustration for print or web design. Prerequisite: ART142, ART265,VC114, or VC130; or demonstrated experience in Adobe Photoshop; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART238 Introduction to Illustration
Introduces traditional illustration techniques. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Recommended: ART115 and ART131, each with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
3 Credits

ART239 Introduction to Digital Illustration
Explores the elements of successful illustration as visual communication through the use of digital tools. Introduces the importance of concept, color, and composition, which students will apply to create thoughtful and visually strong digital imagery. Prerequisite: VC114 or VC139, either with a grade of C or better; or demonstrated experience in vector and raster graphics software; or consent of instructor. W
3 Credits

ART240 Advanced Digital Illustration
Offers advanced instruction in techniques and content of digital illustration. Course may be repeated for a total of six credits. Prerequisite: ART239 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits

ART243 Advanced Illustration
Continues professional instruction in concept development, process, and techniques for illustration. Course content may be mastered with traditional media (paint, pencil, ink, etc.) or digital illustration software, or a combination of techniques. Course may be repeated for a total of six credits. Prerequisite: ART237, ART238, or ART239; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) Sp
3 Credits

ART247 Glass Fusing and Slumping
Introduces technical issues in flat fusing and forming for using an electric kiln and refractory molds. Emphasizes design approaches, drawing on historical and contemporary examples. Uses principles of design to create and critically analyze works in progress. Prerequisite: ART115 and ART116, both with a grade of C or better. F, W, Sp, Su
3 Credits

ART247B Fusing and Slumping: Advanced Topics
Presents advanced skills and technical information on using an electric kiln and high-temperature molds to flat-fuse and form glass. Explores using glass as the primary material of expression using techniques such as Basque relief, mold making, inclusions, pattern bars, glass raking and color layering. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115 or completion of WR090; ART247; and completion of at least one of the following studio art classes: ART115, 116, or 117; or ART258; or ART291; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) F, W, Sp, Su
3 Credits

ART249 Emerging Multimedia Arts and Technology
Explores cutting-edge creative technologies and techniques within the field of film/video, photography, motion graphics, and immersive mediums. Topics for this class may include photogrammetry for photography, motion tracking for motion graphics, virtual and augmented reality technologies, and other immersive formats that may be professionally used within the quickly evolving creative industry. Prerequisite: ART203, or ART202, or FA255 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Computer literacy including familiarity with one or more motion or graphic or film arts software package (such as Adobe Premier Pro or Photoshop). Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART257 Photography as a Profession
Develops the professional skills necessary to succeed in a photography business. Covers business records, marketing, promotion, employment skills, and education-related topics to establish an understanding of the career and business aspects involved in being a successful photographer. Prerequisite: Previous photography course work; or experience as determined by instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART258 Introduction to Ceramics
Introduction to clay; using handbuilding and wheel throwing skills to create ceramic forms. Includes basic form and 3-D design considerations as well as pinch, coil, slab, basic throwing and trimming, decoration, and glazing techniques. Emphasizes craftsmanship through slide lectures, demonstrations, and studio projects. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ART259 Pottery: Wheel Throwing
Introduces producing pottery using the potter’s wheel. Includes forming, trimming, decorating, glazing, and firing processes, as well as visual and functional form considerations. Emphasizes craftsmanship through slide lectures, demonstrations, and studio projects. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ART261 Darkroom and Film Photography
Introduces 35mm black and white photography. Includes the history of contemporary photography, use of camera equipment, correct exposure calibrations, film processing, darkroom techniques, printing enlargements, and presentation of prints. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ART265 Photography 1
Investigates digital photography stressing competent SLR and mirrorless camera handling. Covers exposure control, digital management, image editing, printing, and presentation. Emphasizes important photographic themes, including still life, lighting, and composition. F, W, Sp, Su, Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART266 Photography 2
Introduces studio lighting for portraits and product photography, color correction, and asset management. Includes the role of the photographer in the graphic communications industry. Prerequisite: ART142 or ART265, either with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp, Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART267 Portrait Photography
Explores a variety of techniques and approaches to portraiture. Includes making formal, informal, environmental, and group portraits using studio lighting, location lighting, and available light. Incorporates digital printing and professional practices. Prerequisite: ART265 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART268 Documentary Photography
Covers photographic concepts and aesthetics of documentary photography. Includes the development of a photo essay: story-telling through an edited series of images with effectively-captioned images and well crafted written essays that support and enhance documentary photo projects. Prerequisite: ART265 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

ART281 Painting 1
Introduces traditional approaches to and techniques of representational painting. Includes introduction to materials, color theory, historical perspectives, demonstrations, critiques, slide lectures, field trips, research, reading, and studio time for beginning painters who have strong fundamental drawing skills. Recommended: ART115 and ART116, each with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite/Corequisite: ART131 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor based upon demonstration of drawing skills. Sp
4 Credits

ART281B Painting 2
Emphasizes further skill development as paintings are executed with a greater degree of intention, gracefulness, and accuracy. Focuses on discovering inventive solutions through content development and disciplined studio practice. Stresses critical analysis and revision. Explores historical and contemporary approaches in relation to personal work. Includes demonstrations, critiques, slide lectures, field trips, video, research, readings, and studio time. Prerequisite: ART281 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor based upon demonstration of fundamental painting and drawing skills. Sp
4 Credits

ART289 Medium and Message
Contemporary exploration of historic art icons in specific visual media using thematic study and hands-on learning. Media projects will focus on contemporary issues. Historical content reflecting themes across different cultures and time periods will be paired with design challenges in various media. Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

ART291 Beginning Sculpture
Introduces the basic materials, processes and concepts fundamental to sculpture. Develops skills through hands-on, concept-driven projects that explore three-dimensional form and its potential for personal expression. Examines both historic and contemporary sculpture through lectures and readings. Learn mold making, casting, carving, construction, and assemblage. Materials include sculpture clay, plaster, wood, found objects, everyday materials and mixed media. Apply principles of design and practice critical analysis of work through written and oral critiques. Encourages creative risk taking and mindfulness of sustainability issues. Recommended: ART115, ART117, or ART131 with a grade of C or better. W
4 Credits

ART292 Sculpture: The Figure
Introduces the human figure as a springboard for creative study. Materials include sculpture modeling clay and mixed media, discovering inherent potential and limitations of these materials. Covers basic anatomy, human proportions, and the power of gesture in communicating an idea. Explores realism and abstraction. Apply principles of design and practice critical analysis of work through written and oral critiques. Includes skill-building exercises with materials, research of the figure and its role in art history and contemporary art, and final projects that demonstrate the synthesis of course content. Recommended: ART115, ART117, or ART131 with a grade of C or better. Sp, Offered as Needed
4 Credits

ART293 Wax to Bronze Sculpture
Introduces the casting and finishing of bronze sculpture through the lost wax process using ceramic shell technologies. Recommended: ART117 with a grade of C or better. Sp
3 Credits