School of Visual Arts
Director: Kevin Concannon
Professors: C. Burch-Brown, D.F. Crane, and L. B. Van Hook
Associate Professors: M. Casto, A.M. Knoblauch, M. Moseley-Christian, S. Paterson, E. Standley, T. Tucker, and D. Webster
Assistant Professors: S. Blanchard, M. Borowski, M. Dee, P. Finley, T. Head, J. Joiner, K. Meaney, and R. Weaver
Instructors: D. H. Bannan, J. Hand, J. Rosenthal, A. Salisbury, and D. Sim
Armory Art Gallery Director: D. Sim
Associate Director of Academic Advising: Tracey Proco Drowne
Director of FourDesign: J. Joiner
Program Chairs: Art and Art History - M. Moseley-Christian, Visual Communication Design - M. Dee, and Studio Arts - T. Head
Area Coordinators: Foundations of Art - E. Standley
The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) offers studio-based programs in the visual arts balanced with the study of the history, theory, and criticism of visual and material culture. 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 and minor 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. The Digital Arts and Animation Studio (DAAS) is designed to facilitate this new concentration.
FourDesign, a University Service Center, provides outstanding seniors with a vital professional design experience. Student interns work in a team environment under the direction of FourDesign faculty to produce design work for 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 Education 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.
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 of B.F.A. students 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
Students must pass the annual Portfolio Review in order to enter the B.F.A. programs in Studio Art, Creative Technologies, or Visual Communications Design. The SOVA Foundations of Art and Design curriculum supplies students with the necessary information and proficiency to compete in Portfolio Review.
Studio Art, Creative Technologies, and Visual Communications Design candidates must be currently enrolled or have passed three foundation courses (ART1204 Principles of Art and Design, ART1404 Drawing 1 and ART1604 Principles of New Media). Acceptance is contingent on successfully passing all three of these courses. The Studio Art, Creative Technologies, and VCD Review Committees (comprised of SOVA Faculty) screen student work for outstanding qualities in artistic ability, creativity, presentation skills and overall motivation.
In the Studio Arts program, majors can choose their emphasis from a variety of disciplines including Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Digital/Media and Sculpture. 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. The B.F.A. in Studio Arts is specially designed to prepare 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. 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 the Studio Arts Program will result in a B.F.A. degree that is applicable to the demands of the visual arts industry.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Technologies focuses on computer-based digital arts, including animation, creative coding, interactive installations, etc. Classes are taught by active artists and scholars with experience integrating emerging creative technologies into new media art contexts as well as applications in industry.
The Creative Technologies concentration consists of 75 credit hours, with 21 required credits and additional elective offerings that can be clustered so that students obtain specialization in any of the following areas : Immersive Virtual Environments, Code and Form or The Moving Image.
With a BFA in Creative Technologies, students learn cutting-edge software in a creative environment, preparing them for employment in industry or further studies in graduate school.
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. Coursework in 3D Animation and Interactive Design allows students to explore emerging design technologies.
Visual Communication Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.). Entry into this program is restricted and requires successful completion of specific criteria. See Portfolio Review above.
Students who have been accepted into the Visual Communication Design Program begin the Visual Communication Design course sequence in the spring semester. From that point on, the course sequences are uniquely tailored to Visual Communication Design students.
The Art History Program develops the analytical and conceptual skills necessary for students to explore visual and material culture in its historical, social, cultural, political and theoretical contexts, over a range of periods and styles. Students are acquainted with research practices and the methodologies that are used to critically assess and write about art within the discipline. Art History faculty offers a variety of courses in ancient, early modern, 19th century, contemporary, and nonwestern visual and material culture, as well as special topics courses.
Students in the program may have opportunities to apply for various internships or volunteer positions in the local and regional area, in order to expand on their academic experience in the classroom. An undergraduate concentration in Art History may lead to graduate studies and careers in teaching and research, while there are also numerous opportunities in museums, galleries, auction houses, archives, publishing companies and others.
Majors in the Art History B.A. program take 42 credit hours. An 18 credit minor in Art History is also offered. The minor in Art History is intended to give the student a foundation in visual literacy and an understanding of the historical, theoretical and critical approaches that are used to interpret the visual world. Because Art History is an academic program, there is no entry portfolio requirement.
The graduation requirements in effect at the time of graduation apply. When choosing the degree requirements information, always choose the year of your expected date of graduation. Requirements for graduation are referred to via university publications as "Checksheets". The number of credit hours required for degree completion varies among curricula. Students must satisfactorily complete all requirements and university obligations for degree completion.
The university reserves the right to modify requirements in a degree program. However, the university will not alter degree requirements less than two years from the expected graduation year unless there is a transition plan for students already in the degree program.
Please visit the University Registrar website at http://registrar.vt.edu/graduation-multi-brief/index1.html for degree requirements.
1004: TOPICS IN STUDIO ART FOR NON-MAJORS
Variable introductory topics on practice-based studio art, ranging from 2D, 3D and Digital Imaging concentrations. Multiple projects with emphasis on media specific creations using introductory studio practices, practice-based technical and conceptual knowledge to achieve expressive communication. Analyze and critique creative works within historical and cultural context. May be repeated with different topics, for a maximum of 12 credit hours. Design/Lab Studio. (1H,3L,3C)
1104: LANGUAGE OF VISUAL ARTS
Introduces key formal structures across the broad variety of disciplines in the visual arts and built environment, including: architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, and film. Considers global objects and sites from an intercultural perspective, examining how various formal elements impact our experience and function to construct meaning for audiences. Writing informed arts criticism grounded in local and regional cultural resources. (3H,3C)
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, 1404. (1H,5L,3C)
1304: GATEWAY TO ART AND DESIGN
First Year Experience course for students seeking entry into BFA degree program. Developing a successful path of study in the School of Visual Arts BFA degree using advising resources; introduction to professional and ethical visual arts practices through presentations with local and regional artists; visits to local and regional galleries; presentations by university faculty and staff related to the BFA. Introduction to visual thinking using the Virginia Tech Common Book and preparation for portfolio review. Art History majors are not required to take the course. Co: 1204, 1604, 1404. (1H,1C)
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, 1204, 1604. (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)
1614: PRINCIPLES OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN
Introduction to design theory, practice, and visual communication skills. Projects, applied problem solving, reading assignments, and open critiques incorporate graphic competencies and vocabulary specific to the field of visual communication design. Pre: 1204, 1404, 1604. (1H,5L,3C)
1984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.
2385,2386: SURVEY OF THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART
Survey of the visual arts and architecture from prehistoric times to the present day with emphasis on Western Europe including functions of visual arts and archtiecture, terms of visual literacy and methods of formal visual analysis. 2385: Focus on prehistoric time to the thirteenth century including Paleolithic, Neolithic, Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Aegean, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval and early Gothic art. 2386: Focus on late Gothic through present day including Renaissance, Baroque, 19th (Romanticism to Post-Impressionism) and 20th centuries (cubism to postmodernism). (3H,3C)
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: 1204, 1404, 1604. (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: 1204, 1404, (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: (1204, 1404), 1604. (1H,5L,3C)
Foundational study of Typography as it relates to Visual Communication Design including historical and contemporary context. Study of the formal principles of typographic design of both printed and digital matter. Overall focus on letterforms, design structures, and grid systems. Pre: Admittance to Visual Communication Design Program. 2566: Intermediate study of Typography as it relates to Visual Communication Design including advanced file management used with a variety of projects involving Typographic Composition. Pre: 2565. 2565: I, II (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. 2575: I, II. Pre: 1604, 1204, 1404 for 2575; 2575 for 2576. Co: 1414 for 2575. (1H,5L,3C)
2604: INTRO TO NEW MEDIA ART
An introduction to digital time-based technologies to develop new media products including, stop-motion videos, 2D animations and interactive projects for delivery on the Internet. Aesthetic ideas and concepts of new media art will be examined. RESOURCE CHARGE Pre: 1604. (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 historic 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. 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: 1204, 1404, 1604. (1H,5L,3C)
2964: FIELD STUDY
Pass/Fail only. Variable credit course.
2974: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Variable credit course.
2984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.
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.
3054: ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Broad survey of the visual arts produced in Islamic cultures from its origins through the contemporary period, with focus on analyzing a variety of visual media within stylistic, cultural, geographic, political, and religious contexts. (3H,3C)
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. Emphasis on Egyptian art in the context of the unique landscape of the Nile River and surrounding desert, the art of contemporary cultures in the eastern Mediterranean world, and the history of archaeological exploration within the region. 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.
3094: EARLY MODERN GLOBAL VISUAL CULTURE
Visual and material cutlure in the context of global travel, trade, and foreign contact during the Early Modern period. Artistic exchanges through contact between Europe, the New World, Islamic lands, Japan, China, and colonial Africa. Material as cultural artifacts, commodities, and transmitters of new technologies and scientific knowledge. (3H,3C)
3174: INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
Introduction to archaeology focusing on a history of the discipline of archaeology with an emphasis on Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean world. Evolution of field inquiry and techniques in the context of major historical personages and excavations in Egypt, Greece, Italy and Syro-Palestine, as well as contemporary global and ethical issues surrounding the preservation and protection of archaeological artifacts, particularly with regards to the role they serve and their use and misuse as non-renewable global 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)
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 with different content for a maximum of 12 credits. Resource Charge. Pre: 2604. (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. RESOURCE CHARGE. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours with different topics. Pre: 1414 or 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. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. 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 12hours with different topics. FEES REQUIRED. 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. FEES REQUIRED. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Pre: 2554. (1H,5L,3C)
3564: TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Rotating topics in photographic materials, methods and philosophies. All topics promote individual student's creativity, master of photographic techniques and further understanding of the medium. RESOURCE CHARGE. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 12 credits. Pre: 2664. (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 12 credits. Pre: 2576. (1H,5L,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.
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 12 credits. Pre: 2604. (1H,5L,3C)
3674: HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
A chronological history of photography, from its invention in the nineteenth-century to the emergence of digital technology. Emphasis on historical, sociological and cultural contexts. Pre: 2386. (3H,3C)
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)
3704: TOPICS IN COMPUTER ANIMATION
Rotating topics that explore the artistic and design potential of computer animation. Using current digital techniques and methods, focus is on the creation and manipulation of virtual character designs. Students will use an interdisciplinary aesthetic approach to investigate computer animation concepts. RESOURCE CHARGE. May be repeated for credit maximum of 12 credits. Pre: 2704. (1H,5L,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)
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. (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.
3984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.
4104: INTERPRETATION OF VISUAL ARTS
Capstone seminar for the Pathways Minor in the Visual Arts and Society. Introduces methodologies, theories, and interpretive strategies commonly used to analyze the visual arts and architecture. Focuses on various critical case studies of global objects and sites ranging from the prehistoric to contemporary periods in the fields of: painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and film. Assignments explore regional arts resources in these media and develop discursive skills employed in written and oral presentations. Considers ethical and political issues surrounding interpretation of art, as well as attendant epistemological challenges. Pre: Six credits of social sciences from Pathways Minor in the Visual Arts and Society checksheet. Pre: 1104. (3H,3C)
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)
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 9 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 12 credits with different topics. 3000-level course in Studio or Art History or departmental approval. 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 9 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 9 credits with different topics. RESOURCE CHARGE Pre: 3544. (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. May be repeated with different course content for up to nine credit hours. 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 9 credits with different topics. 3000-level Ceramics, Sculpture or Applied Art course required. RESOURCE CHARGE Pre: 3554. (1H,5L,3C)
4564: EXHIBITION DESIGN AND DISPLAY
This course will focus on the display and presentation of visual art, for student-designed exhibitions. Provides experience in the public art arena, and practical k arena, and practical knowledge about planning, designing, and mounting an exhibition. Pre: 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)
4575-4576: ADVANCED VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN
Refinement of design theory, practice, and communication skills. Emphasis placed on methodologies and strategies for developing a personal identity, website, and/or multimedia portfolio. Development of professional brand identity through web design, design of business cards, letterhead, envelopes, and electronic media. 4575: I, II. Pre: 3566 for 4575; 4575 for 4576. (1H,6L,3C)
4584: ADVANCED TYPOGRAPHY
Advanced study of Typography as it relates to Visual Communication Design including historical and contemporary context. Terminology and advanced applications of Typography, complex grid systems, experimental typographic methods, and material studies. Pre: 2566. (1H,6L,3C)
Variable credit course. X-grade allowed.
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. Pre: 2385, 2386. (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.
4974H: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Variable credit course.
4984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.
4994: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Variable credit course.
4994H: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Variable credit course.