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School of the Visual Arts

Student making artwww.sova.vt.edu

T. Truman Capone, Director
Professors:
G. S. Bickley; C. Burch-Brown; T. T. Capone; D.F. Crane;
R. H. Graham; L. B. Van Hook
Associate Professors: M. Casto; A.M. Knoblauch; Y. White
Assistant Professors: M. Moseley-Christian; S. Paterson; E. Standley; D. Webster
Instructors: B. Bannan; G. Bryson; J. Rosenthal; S. Muslimani; E. M. Nugent;
J. Niewald; D. Sim
Armory Art Gallery Director: D. Sim
Associate Director of Academic Advising: B. Bannan
Associate Director of VDS4: E. M. Nugent
Assistant Director of VDS4: S. Muslimani
Program Chairs: Art and Art History: L. B. Van Hook; Visual Communication Design: T. T. Capone; Studio Arts: R. Graham
Area Coordinators: Creative Technologies: D. Webster; Foundations of Art: E. Standley;
Visual Communication Design: B. Hannam


Overview

    The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) offers studio-based programs in the visual arts balanced with critical study of the great art of the past and present. The faculty includes both practicing artists and scholars of art history. The School emphasizes new digital media as well as traditional artistic media. We offer B.F.A. degrees in both Visual Communication Design and Studio Arts, as well as a B.A. degree in Art History.

    SOVA provides a variety of exhibitions and art events. The Armory Art Gallery exhibits work by national and regional artists. XYZ, a student-run gallery, provides students and regional artists the opportunity to create and show wide-ranging experimental work. The Collaboration for Creative Technologies in Arts and Design (CCTAD) is a cross-disciplinary initiative with Art, Music, Computer Science and Communications. A new animation and cyber studio has been designed to facilitate this new concentration.

    The Visual Design Studio 4, (VDS4), a University Service Center, provides outstanding seniors with a vital professional design experience. Student interns work in a team environment under the direction of Visual Communication Design faculty to produce design work for VDS4's clients, providing professional and entrepreneurial experience rarely available to undergraduates. Through visiting artists and scholars, the School also brings students and members of the art community into dialogue with artists and critics of international prominence.

    SOVA participates in the University's Study Abroad Program, which is open to students at the sophomore level or above, and combines classroom study with travel-study tours in Europe, Cuba, and Latin America.

    Students in all of the degree programs in SOVA must complete the Curriculum for Liberal Education requirements.

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Bachelor of Arts in Art History

    Art history develops the student's ability to place a work of art in its historical, cultural, social, and political contexts by giving equal weight to the development of both analytical and visual skills. While an undergraduate concentration in art history may lead directly to graduate studies and to a career in teaching and scholarly research, there are numerous opportunities in a variety of career fields in museums, galleries, auction houses, publishing companies, and others. Because Art History is an academic program, there is no entry portfolio requirement.

    Students who choose the Art History option must successfully complete 3 hours of studio art, 6 hours of ancillary course work, and the following Art History courses: ART 2384 (1 and 2), ART 2385 and 2386; ART 3084 or 3184, ART 3284 or 3384, ART 3484 or 3584, and ART 3784 or 3884; and 4 courses at the 4000 level.

Required Art History and Ancillary Courses:

Total Credit Hours: 42 for major, 120 for degree

ART 1204 Principles of Art and Design I OR
ART 1404 Drawing I
3
ART 23851 Survey of the History of Western Art I 3
ART 23862 Survey of the History of Western Art II 3
Choose at least five courses total from four of the five clusters below:
ART 30743 Egyptian Art & Architecture OR
ART 30843 Greek Art & Architecture OR
ART 31743 Archaeology OR
ART 31843 Roman Art & Architecture
15
ART 32843 Medieval Art & Architecture OR
ART 33844 Renaissance Art & Architecture OR
ART 34844 Baroque Art & Architecture
ART 35844 19th-Century Art OR
ART 36844 African-American Art OR
ART 38844 American Art to 1914
ART 37844 Art Since 1900 OR
ART 37744 History of Modern Graphic Design
ART 3064 Arts of China and Japan OR
ARCH 4284 Precolumbian Art and Architecture
ART 44843,4,7 Topics in Criticism and Methodology (Art History majors only)
ART 43845,6 Topics in Art History
ART 4384 Topics in Art History (under different topic)
ART 4384 Topics in Art History (under different topic)
3
3
3
3
One course in History (may not be HIST 1025 or 1026)
3
One course in humanities selected from the following:
HUM 1114 The Classical Age
HUM 1124 Roman World & Early Christianity
HUM 1214 The Medieval World
HUM 1224 The Renaissance
HUM 1314 The Enlightenment & Romanticism
HUM 1324 The Modern World
3
Total Credits for Major 42

1ART 2385 is offered Fall Semester only
2ART 2386 is offered Spring Semester only
3Prerequisite: ART 2385 or permission of instructor
4Prerequisite: ART 2386 or permission of instructor
5Prerequisites vary depending on topic, check with instructor
6ART 4974 (Independent Study) may be substituted with permission from your advisor and the instructor directing the study.
7Fulfills Spoken, Visual Expression, Written and Spoken requirement (ViEWS)

OVERALL GPA: Students majoring in Art History must maintain a 2.0 in-major GPA.

Curriculum for Liberal Education Requirements: Requirements and options may change. Check the Undergraduate Catalog and Provost’s web site for courses.

Area 1. Writing and Discourse: Selected from first-year writing courses.
6
Area 2. Ideas, Cultural Traditions, and Values
The six credit hours required for Area 2 are met in-major.
6
Area 3. Society and Human Behavior
6
Area 4. Scientific Reasoning and Discovery
6
Area 5. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
6
Area 6. Creativity and Aesthetic Experience
The one credit hour required for Area 6 is met in-major.
1
Area 7. Critical Issues in a Global Context
3
Foreign Language Requirement College Level
Two years of foreign language or equivalent from high school will substitute.
6
Total credits for Liberal Education Requirements
40

Progress toward degree

In addition to the University requirement for satisfactory progress (see Satisfactory Progress in Academics), upon completion of 72 semester credits, students must have completed all second year in-major courses with a C or higher. They must have an over all GPA of at least 2.0 to remain in the program.

Foundations of Art and Design is a year-long, entry-level intensive program that prepares students for advanced study in the visual fields of Integrative Studio Art and Visual Communications Design. The two-semester, 1000-level curriculum is made up of 15 credit hours covering principles of art and design, drawing, and digital Imaging proficiency. Completion of the entire Foundation Program is required prior to taking SOVA courses that are 2000 level or higher.

The investigation and unification of dexterity, contextual dialogue, and presentation skills are at the heart of the Foundations of Art and Design program at SOVA. Rather than isolating craft at the foundational level of study, whole elements of visual language are fostered equally. This unified approach to art and design studies aim to develop:

  • Innovation and creative leadership skills
  • Visual logic through multimedia
  • Confidence with digital and analog crossover
  • Traditional awareness applicable to contemporary tools of production

Portfolio Review

Students are required to pass the Portfolio Review process in order to be accepted to either the Visual Communications Design or the Studio Arts B.F.A. degree program. This process is competitive in order to maintain the highest academic standards possible within the program. All VCD or Studio Art courses at a 2000 level or above are restricted to students who successfully complete the first semester of Foundations and pass Portfolio Review.

The VCD and Studio Portfolio Review Committees (comprised of SOVA faculty) screen properly submitted portfolios for outstanding qualities in artistic ability, creativity, presentation skills, and overall motivation. The process takes place once a year in the late fall as a capstone event to the first semester of Foundations. Students may re-submit a portfolio for review annually as often as they wish.

Eligibility

VCD and Studio Art candidates must be currently enrolled in or have passed all three Foundation courses (ART 1204: Principles of Art & Design 1; Art 1404: Drawing 1; and Art 1604: Principles of New Media). Acceptance is contingent on successfully passing all three courses. Students must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater to enter and remain in either program. All artwork must be original and produced by the applicant. The committee encourages students to establish their portfolios with work produced during the fall Foundation courses.

Students who have been accepted into the Visual Communication Design Program begin the Visual Communication Design course sequence in the second year. From that point on, the course sequences for Studio Art and Visual Communication Design are uniquely tailored to each area.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

    Entry into this program is restricted and requires successful completion of specific criteria. View restricted programs.

    In the Studio Arts, majors can choose their emphasis from a variety of disciplines including Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Digital/Media and Sculpture. The built-in flexibility of the studio curriculum encourages students to explore and develop their talents and interests. While specialization in the traditional sense is open to all majors, the school also encourages innovative approaches by exploring areas in which different media and disciplines fruitfully overlap or intersect. The B.F.A. in Studio Arts is specially addressed to students who plan to continue their education as artists at the graduate level.

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts is a 78 credit-hour program that enables each student to choose his or her focus from a variety of disciplines. Ceramics, drawing, painting and sculpture are all available as concentrations in the studio area. Animation, Photography, and New Media are also available as concentrations that make up the area of Creative Technologies. The program encourages the exploration of concepts in which different media and disciplines effectively overlap or intersect.

    Each faculty member is dedicated to teaching, research, and outreach within his or her specific fields. The connection from professional practice to studio classroom is essential in creating applicable learning environments.

    The goal of the program is to develop culture-enriching leaders and innovative visual artists. Completing an itegrated path of study in Studio Arts will result in a B.F.A. degree that is applicable to the demands of contemporary visual arts.

    Portfolio review is required for entry to the Studio Arts Program. Students submit portfolios either as incoming freshmen or after completing the basic sequence of freshman level Studio Art Foundations courses. Complete information about Studio Art Portfolio Review is available on the SOVA website at http://www.sova.vt.edu.

    Total 120 Credit Hours Required for Graduation

First Year: 15 hours
ART 1204 Principles of Art & Design I (fall only) 3
ART 1404 Drawing I (fall only) 3
ART 1604 Principles of New Media Art & Design (fall only) 3
PORTFOLIO REVIEW: Required past this point. At the completion of
Art 1204,1404 and 1604 students MUST submit AND pass the portfolio
review to continue in the studio art program. The review will take place
at the end of the fall semester. Students whose portfolios are declined
may not advance in the curriculum. Declined students may reapply at the
next regularly scheduled portfolio review.
ART 1214 Principles of Art & Design II (spring only) 3
ART 1414 Drawing II: Life Drawing (spring only) 3
Successful completion of first year courses Art 1204, 1404, 1604, 1214 and 1414 are required to proceed in the program (C or better grade). These courses are prerequisites for all 2000-level studio art courses.

Check with your advisor to begin to develop a focused track of study for the third and fourth year. Focus tracks might include 2-dimensional art, 3-dimensional art, animation, or new media art. All available ART courses are listed in this document under Art Electives.
Second Year: 15 hours
ART 2385 Survey of Western Art I (fall only) 3
ART 2386 Survey of Western Art II (spring only) 3
ART 2XXX 9 Hours of 2000-level courses on Studio Art Electives List 9
2000-level Art courses are the prerequisites for most 3000 level Art
courses within a specific media area, (example Art 2524: Intro. to Painting
is the prerequisite for Art 3524: Topics in Painting Media). Please check
the specific prerequisites for each course requested.
Third year: 21 hours
ART 3784 Art Since 1900 (fall only) 3
ART 3854 Professional Studio Practices (fall only) 3
ART XXXX Art History Elective 3
ART 3XXX 12 Hours of 3000-level courses on Studio Art Electives List 12
3000-level Art courses are the prerequisites for most 4000-level Art
courses. Please check the specific prerequisites for each course requested
Fourth Year: 27 hours
ART XXXX Art History Elective 3
ART 4894 Senior Studio (fall) 3
ART 4894 Senior Studio (spring) 3
ART XXXX Art Elective 6
ART 4XXX 12 hours of 4000-level courses on Studio Art Electives List 12

The BFA in Studio Art requires 78 hours of Art courses.

Curriculum for Liberal Education Requirements

Requirements and options may change. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog and the Provost’s web site for courses.
Select from the approved Curriculum for Liberal Education Courses:

Area 1. Writing and Discourse: Select from two first-year writing courses.
6
Area 2. Ideas, Cultural Traditions, and Values
6
Area 3. Society and Human Behavior
6
Area 4. Scientific Reasoning and Discovery
6
Area 5. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
6
Area 6. Creativity and Aesthetic Experience
Covered by in Art Major by Art 2385
1
Area 7. Critical Issues in a Global Context
3

Foreign Language Requirement – Six semester hours of college level Foreign Language or equivalent from high school will substitute

Satisfactory Progress Toward Degree

    Students must successfully pass portfolio review in either Studio Art or Visual Communication Design to take any course above Art 1604. In addition to the University requirement for satisfactory progress (see “Satisfactory Progress in Academics” chapter of Undergraduate Catalog), upon completion of 72 semester credits, students must have completed all second year in-major courses with a C or higher grade. They must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0.

    Studio Art Electives:
    Art History Electives- 6 credit hours:
    ART 2524 INTRO TO PAINTING
    ART 2544 CERAMICS I
    ART 2554 INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE
    ART 2564 INTRO PHOTOGRAPHY
    ART 2644 CERAMICS II
    ART 2664 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
    ART 2704 3D COMPUTER ANIMATION
    ART 3514 TOPICS IN DRAWING
    ART 3524 TOPICS IN PAINTING MEDIA
    ART 3544 TOPICS IN CERAMICS
    ART 3554 TOPICS IN SCULPTURE
    ART 3564 TOPICS IN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
    ART 3604 TOPICS IN NEW MEDIA ART
    ART 3704 TOPICS IN COMPUTER ANIMATION
    ART 4504 MULTIMEDIA STUDIO
    ART 4514 INTERARTS STUDIO
    ART 4524 PICTORIAL ARTS STUDIO
    ART 4534 APPLIED ART & DESIGN STUDIO
    ART 4544 COMPUTER ANIMATION STUDIO
    ART 4554 SPATIAL ARTS STUDIO
    ART 4564 EXHIBITION DESIGN & DISPLAY
    ART 4804 NEW MEDIA THEORY
    ART 4854 STUDIO ART THEORY

    ART 3004 TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
    ART 3064 ARTS OF CHINA AND JAPAN
    ART 3074 EGYPTIAN ART & ARCHITECTURE
    ART 3084 GREEK ART & ARCHITECTURE
    ART 3174 TOPICS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
    ART 3184 ROMAN ART & ARCHITECTURE
    ART 3284 MEDIEVAL ART & ARCHITECTURE
    ART 3384 RENAISSANCE ART & ARCHITECTURE
    ART 3484 BAROQUE & ROCOCO ART & ARCHITECTURE
    ART 3584 19TH-CENTURY ART
    ART 3774 HISTORY OF MODERN GRAPHIC DESIGN
    ART 3684 AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

    The Visual Communication Design program is notable for its practical and applied approach to design pedagogy. Majors in Visual Communication Design develop conceptual abilities, problem solving skills and technical know-how required by a fast-paced, competitive field. Visual Communication Design demands individual creativity, teamwork skills, and adaptability to changing markets and technologies. The Visual Communication Design program at Virginia Tech prepares students for the job market with practical experience and a full, professional portfolio. Graduates of the program may find themselves working in print design, product and packaging design, multimedia web page design, and advertising design. We have also added a program teaching 3D Animation and Interactive Design.

    Visual Communication Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA). Visual Communication Design is a restricted program requiring a special application, portfolio review and completion of specific art prerequisites. Students do not enter the Visual Communication Design Program as incoming freshmen, but only after completing a basic sequence of required freshman prerequisite Art Foundations courses. Complete information about the Visual Communication Design Portfolio Review is available on the School’s website (http://www.sova.vt.edu). Students who have been accepted into the Visual Communication Design Program begin the Visual Communication Design course sequence in the second year. From that point on, the course sequences for Studio Art and Visual Communication Design are uniquely tailored to each area.

    Total 120 Credit Hours required for Graduation.

First Year:
ART 1504 Foundations of Art and Design 3
ART 1514 Basic Drawing 3
ART 2504 Digital Art 3
ART 2514 Life Drawing 3
Portfolio Review generally occurs in the late Fall of the first year.
Second Year:
ART 2575 Intro to VCD 3
ART 2576 Intro to VCD 3
ART 2524 Introduction to Painting 3
ART 2544 Introduction to Ceramics 3
ART 2554 Introduction to Sculpture 3
ART 2385-2386 Survey of Art History 6
ART 2384 Survey Discussion, Writing Intensive
(repeated course, 1 credits each)
2
Third Year:
ART 3565 Intermediate I in Graphic Design 3
ART 3566 Intermediate II in Graphic Design 3
ART 3784 20th Century Art (Fall only) 3
ART Studio Topics courses, 3000 level 6
ART History Electives, 3000/4000 level 3
Fourth Year:
ART 4504 Multimedia 3
ART 4574 Advanced Visual Communications 3
ART 4964 Graphic Design Internship 3
ART 4000 Studio Topics Course 3
ART History Electives, 3000/4000 level 3
ART Electives 9
Total number of ART credits: 78
Total credits for Curriculum for Liberal Education: 32-38
Total free elective credits: 4-10
Total credits required for the degree: 120
Satisfactory Progress Towards Degree

    Students must successfully pass portfolio review in either Studio Art or Graphic Design to take any course higher than ART 1604. In addition to the University requirement for satisfactory progress (see Satisfactory Progress in Academics Chapter), upon completion of 72 semester credits, students must have completed all second year in-major courses with a C or higher. They must maintain an in-major GPA of at least 2.0 within the Department of Art and Art History. Students below this requirement will be notified by the Program Chair of their academic status within the program.

Curriculum for Liberal Education Requirements

Requirements and options may change. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog and the Provost’s web site for courses.
Select from the approved Curriculum for Liberal Education Courses:

Area 1. Writing and Discourse: Selected from first-year writing courses.
Students must complete two Writing Intensive courses.
6
Area 2. Ideas, Cultural Traditions, and Values
6
Area 3. Society and Human Behavior
6
Area 4. Scientific Reasoning and Discovery
6
Area 5. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
6
Area 6. Creativity and Aesthetic Experience
This 1 credit hour requirement for area 6 is met by in-major of (SOVA)
1
Area 7. Critical Issues in a Global Context
3

Foreign Language Requirement College Level
Two years of foreign language or equivalent from high school will substitute.

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Financial Assistance

    Scholarship support is available and scholarship awards are decided in the spring for the following year. All prospective freshmen who apply to the major and all upper-level students who apply for scholarships are eligible.

Minors

    A minor in Art History is available and requires completion of 18 semester hours. Checklists of specific requirements are available from the School.

    For students graduating in Calendar year 2011 and after:

    18 Total Credit Hours for minor
    ART 23851 Survey of the History of Western Art I 3
    ART 23862 Survey of the History of Western Art II 3
    ART 3XXX 3000-level Art History Courses 6
    ART 4XXX 4000-level Art History Courses 6

    1ART 2385 is offered Fall Semester only
    2ART 2386 is offered Spring Semester only

Curriculum for Liberal Education

    Majors in all Art degree programs must satisfy in full the requirements of the Curriculum for Liberal Education. The School has other specific requirements for completing the Liberal Education curriculum.

Undergraduate Courses (ART)

Foundations of Art

1204: PRINCIPLES OF ART & DESIGN I
Introduction of two-dimensional principles of design through employment of traditional and digital media. Reference to historical and theoretical context strengthens proficiency in the language of design. Application of contemporary practices and ethics. Projects, applied problem solving, reading assignments and critiques supply graphic skills and specialized vocabulary. RESOURCE CHARGE. (1H,5L,3C)

1214: PRINCIPLES OF ART & DESIGN II
Introduction of two-dimensional principles of design through employment of traditional and digital media. Reference to historical and theoretical context strengthens proficiency in the language of design. Application of contemporary practices and ethics. Projects, applied problem solving, reading assignments and critiques supply graphic skills and specialized vocabulary. RESOURCE CHARGE. Pre: 1204 or 1504. (1H,5L,3C)

1404: DRAWING I
Methods and concepts fundamental to drawing, for the beginning student. No previous experience necessary. Emphasis on controlled use of common drawing media for representational and expressive purposes. RESOURCE CHARGE. (1H,5L,3C)

1414: DRAWING II: LIFE DRAWING
Drawing the human figure from life. Emphasis on observation, construction, and anatomy. RESOURCE CHARGE. Pre: 1404 or 1514. (1H,5L,3C)

1604: PRINCIPLES OF NEW MEDIA ART & DESIGN
Introduces the student to the concept of new media through the research and development of contemporary art and design. The creative and aesthetic potential of the computer will be explored to produce new media product. RESOURCE CHARGE. (1H,5L,3C)

2384: SURVEY DISCUSSION SECTION
Discussion in greater depth and additional writing on material presented in the 2385, 2386 lectures. May repeat for maximum of 2H, 2C. Required for Art Majors. Co: 2386, 2385. (1H,1C) I,II.

Studio Art and Visual Communications Design

2524: INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING
Students will explore painting practices and their relationship to art and design in contemporary culture, and develop basic painting skills and an understanding of various painting media. Encompasses illustrational technique and practical applications, expressive and abstract approaches to painting. Resource charge. Pre: (1414, 1604) or 1504. (1H,5L,3C)

2544: CERAMICS I
Basic investigations into the materials, techniques, history and appreciation of the ceramic arts. Ceramic processes and technology including hand forming construction methods, glazing, and kiln firing. Design concepts as they relate to clay objects are stressed. Historic and contemporary ceramics objects along with methods and traditions of cultures from around the world will be introduced through a range of media. RESOURCE CHARGE. Pre: (1414, 1604) or 1504. (1H,5L,3C)

2554: INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE
An introduction to sculptural processes and materials in art and design. Intensive studio work on individual projects. Review of historical and contemporary issues as applied to the definition of space, texture, mass, volume, scale and other principles of three-dimensional art. Resource charge. Pre: (1414, 1604) or 1504. (1H,5L,3C)

2575-2576: INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC DESIGN
Introduction to the theory and practice of graphic design as a means of visual communication, exploring problem-solving as applied to design concepts and execution. Studio assignments relating to society, industry, community, and commerce, with emphasis on digital/electronic applications. Resource charge. Pre: 1604 or 2504 for 2575; 2575 for 2576. (1H,5L,3C)

2644: CERAMICS II
Introduction to forming methods using the potter's wheel. Design concepts, techniques and approaches to creating functional forms. Overview of contemporary and utilitarian ceramics. Resource Charge. Pre: 2544. (1H, 5L, 3C)

2664: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Concepts, terminology, and skills in digital photography. Discover and utilize the appropriate techniques for camera control, exposing techniques, image manipulation and approaches to output options. RESOURCE CHARGE. Each student MUST own a digital SLR camera. Email jrosenth@vt.edu to inquire. Pre: 1604. (1H,5L,3C)

2704: 3D COMPUTER ANIMATION
Introduction to the basic principles of 3d-computer animation including modeling, texture mapping, lighting, and motion. RESOURCE CHARGE. Pre: (1414, 1604) or (1504, 2504). (1H,5L,3C)

2964: FIELD STUDY
Pass/Fail only. Variable credit course.

2974: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Variable credit course.

2984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.

3504: TOPICS IN DIGITAL ART AND DESIGN
Rotating topics that explore the computer as an artistic medium and design tool. Intermediate level. The student will encounter as interdisciplinary approach to the use of the computer, as aesthetic ideas are presented and various digital techniques are applied. Stresses use and manipulation of original images created by the student, employing a combination of digital and traditional methods. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours with different topics. Pre: 2504 or 1604. (1H,5L,3C)

3514: TOPICS IN DRAWING
Rotating topics in drawing media, approaches, and theories. All topics will be devoted to promoting individual student creativity, mastery of drawing means and techniques, and further understanding of graphic concerns. FEES MAY BE REQUIRED. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours with different topics. Pre: (1414, 1604) or (1514, 2514). (1H,5L,3C)

3524: TOPICS IN PAINTING MEDIA
Rotating topics in painting techniques, disciplines, and theory emphasizing individual creative development and skilled approaches to technical problem-solving in visual art and design. Intermediate level. FEES MAY BE REQUIRED. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits with different topics. Pre: 2524. (1H,5L,3C)

3544: TOPICS IN CERAMICS
Rotating Topics in special techniques, processes, design concepts and forms in the ceramic arts. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours with different topics. Resource Charge. Pre: 2644. (1H,5L,3C)

3554: TOPICS IN SCULPTURE
Rotating topics that will focus on specific technical processes and applications of three dimensional problem solving in the visual arts. The course will stress techniques and issues found in contemporary 3D art and design. Emphasizes intensive studio practice through a series of individual projects related to the topics. Resource Charge. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits with different topics. Pre: 2554. (1H,5L,3C)

3565-3566: INTERMEDIATE GRAPHIC DESIGN I AND II
Intermediate design layout, technical and concept development, and communication skills. First semester emphasizes advanced and new software relevant to the design, advertising, and printing industry. Second semester focuses on typography, professional pre-press, electronic printing and color separation processes. FEE REQUIRED. Pre: 2576 for 3565; 3565 for 3566. (1H,5L,3C)

3574: TOPICS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Rotating topics in graphic design, for the intermediate level student. This course will encourage visual problem-solving, conceptual development, clarity and individuality of expression. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits with different topics. Pre: 2576. (1H,5L,3C)

3604: TOPICS IN NEW MEDIA ART
Rotating topics explore the computer as an artistic medium and design tool. An interdisciplinary approach to the use of a computer. Aesthetic ideas and application of digital techniques. Use and manipulation of original images created by the student, employing a combination of digital and traditional methods. RESOURCE CHARGE. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Pre: 1604. (1H,5L,3C)

3704: TOPICS IN COMPUTER ANIMATION
Rotating topics that explore computer animation as an artistic medium and design tool. Intermediate level. The student will encounter an interdisciplinary approach to the use of computer animation, as aesthetic ideas are presented and various digital techniques are applied. Stresses use and manipulation of virtual character designs created by the student. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours. Pre: 2704. (1H,5L,3C)

3854: PROFESSIONAL STUDIO PRACTICES
An overview of professional studio art practices, concepts, marketing strategies and promotional materials. The international exhibition system and current educational opportunities, employment and career options in the visual arts are presented. Preparing of written materials and documenting artwork, building a professional portfolio for presentation to potential employers, art galleries and exhibitions are stressed. Pre: Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) majors only. "ViEWS" appropriate. (3H,3C)

3984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.

4504: TOPICS IN MULTIMEDIA STUDIO
This studio course investigates computer-based multimedia in the visual arts and applied design. Video, photography, computer art and design may be used with traditional media and communication vehicles. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Two 3000-level courses required. Pre: (1414, 1604) or (1504, 1514, 2504). (1H,5L,3C)

4514: INTERARTS STUDIO
This studio course will investigate new approaches to art-making and new genres, such as performance art and site-specific installation. Interdisciplinary basis for course may incorporate traditional studio practices and media in the visual arts, music and theatre arts, and appropriate technology in computer, video, and film. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with different topics. 3000-level Studio or Art History course required. RESOURCE CHARGE (1H,5L,3C)

4524: PICTORIAL ARTS STUDIO
Rotating topics in the two dimensional arts, at an advanced level. All topics will challenge the student to develop stronger, independently generated work of portfolio quality. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with different topics. 3000-level Painting or Drawing course required. RESOURCE CHARGE Pre: 3524 or 3514. (1H,5L,3C)

4534: TOPICS IN APPLIED ART AND DESIGN STUDIO
Rotating topics about functional art and design. Students will use appropriate materials, tools, and processes in the creation of functional artworks, such as furniture, tiles, tableware, etc. Function and design aesthetics emphasized. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with different topics. RESOURCE CHARGE (1H,5L,3C)

4544: COMPUTER ANIMATION STUDIO
Advanced animation course focusing on the creation of short films, demo reels, and expressive computer animated films. Students enrolled in this course are expected to complete one large project during the semester. Pre: 3704 or 3704. (1H,5L,3C)

4554: SPATIAL ARTS STUDIO
Advanced level, rotating topics in the three dimensional arts. All topics will challenge the student to develop stronger, independently generated work of portfolio quality. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with different topics. 3000-level Ceramics, Sculpture or Applied Art course required. RESOURCE CHARGE Pre: 2554. (1H,5L,3C)

4564: EXHIBITION DESIGN AND DISPLAY
This course will focus on the display and presentation of visual art, using local galleries as venues for student-designed exhibitions. Provides experience in the public art arena, and practical knowledge about planning, designing, and mounting an exhibition. 3000-level Studio or Art History course required. (1H,5L,3C)

4574: ADVANCED VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
A further refinement of design theory and practice, and communication skills. Emphasis on the conceptual development of expanded project formats, and individual creativity. This class will provide a principal opportunity for building a viable portfolio. RESOURCE CHARGE 6 credits of Art 3574 required. Pre: 4504. (1H,5L,3C)

4804: NEW MEDIA ART THEORY
Exploration of new media theory in relationship to contemporary arts practice. Overview and application of new media art aesthetics, strategies, trends, and socio-cultural aspirations. The course will examine theoretical writings and creative work from prevailing technologically-based disciplines. Must have Art 3604 prerequisite or permission of the instructor. Pre: 2385, 2386. (3H,3C)

4854: THEORIES AND PROCESSES OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Analysis of contemporary art, art theory and criticism. Theoretical development through independent projects, critical essays, written analysis, oral critiques and class discussions. Application of conceptual concerns in advanced studio processes. RESOURCE CHARGE. Pre: 2385 or permission of the instructor. Pre: 2385. (3H,3C)

4894: SENIOR STUDIO
Preparation and presentation of concentrated studio work under faculty supervision, culminating in solo exhibition and/or formal portfolio. May be extended over two semesters with final grade assigned on completion. Or may be repeated for a total of 6 credits at a maximum of 3H, 3C per semester. Senior standing and consent of department head required. Variable credit course. I,II,III.

4964: FIELD STUDY
Variable credit course.

4974: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Variable credit course.

4984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.

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Art History
2385,2386: SURVEY OF THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART
Survey of art and architecture of Western Europe. 2385: emphasis on Greek, Roman, and medieval 2386: from ca. 1300 to the contemporary period; works of major masters such as Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, as well as works of European and American Impressionism, Expressionism, and Modernism. (3H, 3C)2385: I,III,IV; 2386:

3004: TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
Rotating topics from all periods of art history with a particular emphasis on non-Western art, such as Japanese, Chinese, pre-Columbian, sub-Saharan, Native American, or Islamic art and architecture. Lecture and/or undergraduate seminar format. May be repeated for credit with different content for a maximum of 9 credits. Pre: 2385 or 2386. (3H,3C) I,II.

3064: THE ARTS OF CHINA AND JAPAN
An introduction to Chinese and Japanese art from the Neolithic to the present. The influence of philosophy, religion and social organizations on the development of the visual arts in China and Japan. Considerations of a range of media including painting, architecture, calligraphy, ceramics, prints and lacquer. (3H,3C)

3074: EGYPTIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Introduction to Egyptian art and architecture from the Predynastic through the Late Period with emphasis on the major monuments of Egyptian sculpture, painting and architecture and the history of archaeological exploration within Egypt of the Old and New Kingdoms. Pre: 2385. (3H,3C)

3084: GREEK ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Greeks, ca. 1000-31 B.C. Emphasis on correlation of archaeological remains with literary sources, and on the development of the arts in relation to cultural environments of the archaic, classical, and Hellenistic periods. Pre: 2385. (3H,3C) I,II.

3174: TOPICS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Explores human fascination with, and responsibility to, the physical monuments of the past through a history of the discipline of archaeology in the Mediterranean world. Examines contemporary global issues surrounding the preservation and protection of archaeological artifacts, particularly with regards to the role they serve as objects of cultural heritage and cultural identity. Pre: 2385. (3H,3C)

3184: ROMAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Romans 500 B.C. - 323 A.D. Emphasis on relation between monuments and the political and cultural circumstances that led to their creation. Pre: 2385. (3H,3C) I,II.

3284: MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE
The painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 4th through the 14th centuries in the Latin West, with an emphasis on the Romanesque and Gothic Periods. Pre: 2385. (3H,3C) I,II.

3384: RENAISSANCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
A chronological survey of Renaissance art from the Limbourg Brothers through Mannerism, with an emphasis on painting and architecture. Major stylistic trends are discussed in the historical contexts of artistic techniques, patronage, iconography and the primary literature of the period. Pre: 2386. (3H,3C)

3484: BAROQUE AND ROCOCO ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Seventeenth-Century Baroque and Eighteenth-Century Rococo Art of Europe, with an emphasis on painting, sculpture, and architecture. Major artistic trends in Italy, Spain, Flanders, Holland, and France are discussed in their historical, cultural, and social context. Pre: 2386. (3H,3C)

3584: NINETEENTH-CENTURY ART: NEO-CLASSICISM TO POST-IMPRESSIONISM
European art of the nineteenth-century. A chronological study of neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, symbolism and post-impressionism. Pre: 2386. (3H,3C) I,II.

3684: SURVEY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART
A chronological survey of African-American art, from its beginnings in the tribal traditions of Africa to its contemporary manifestations. Pre: 2386 or AFST 2774. (3H,3C)

3774: HISTORY OF MODERN GRAPHIC DESIGN
A chronological survey of the history of modern graphic design, from the mid-19th century to 1980. Pre: 2386. (3H,3C)

3784: EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN ART SINCE 1900
European and American Art since 1900. A chronological survey of painting and sculpture from neo-impressionism through post-modernism. Pre: 2386. (3H,3C)

3884: AMERICAN ART TO 1914
American art from its colonial beginnings until World War I. I Pre: 2386. (3H,3C)

3954: STUDY ABROAD
Variable credit course. X-grade allowed.

4384: TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
Advanced art history elective. Rotating topics from all periods of art history, selected to complement offerings at the 3000-level. Topics such as Greek Sculpture, Roman Painting, Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture, Cubism, and Fauvism indicated by timetable. Lecture and/or undergraduate seminar format. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 18 credits. Pre: 2386. (3H,3C)

4484: TOPICS IN ART CRITICISM AND METHODOLOGY
Advanced art history elective. Rotating topics in the criticism of art and the methodology of art history and criticism, selected to complement offerings at the 3000-level. Topics such as the History of Art Criticism from Baudelaire to the Present, New Methods in Renaissance and Baroque Art History, and the Theory of Art from various periods, indicated by timetable. Lecture and/or undergraduate seminar format. May be repeated for credit with different content to a maximum of 9 credits. Pre: 2385 or 2386. (3H,3C)

4994: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Variable credit course.

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