Art and Culture (ARTS)

ARTS 501  Introduction to Drawing  (4 Credits)  

This studio art course fosters a hands-on approach to basic drawing and composition. Students explore, comprehend, and employ the basic elements and principles of art, use various graphic media, and become familiar with the vocabulary, concepts, and techniques of drawing. Projects emphasize composition and guide students toward mastering the skills needed to produce an effective and expressive drawing.

ARTS 503  Introduction to Watercolor  (4 Credits)  

This is a course for all levels of students, including students with no previous studio art experience. The course introduces students to a variety of approaches to the watercolor medium through the use of hands-on experience, demonstrations, instructor and peer feedback, and discussions. Students will develop watercolor painting skills and visual literacy through recognizing and practicing common watercolor techniques leading to a portfolio of work by the end of the term.

ARTS 512  Fundamentals of Design  (4 Credits)  

This course introduces the design elements, principles, and skills needed to succeed in the graphic design industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of professional layout using Adobe Creative Cloud while demonstrating an understanding of composition, color, typography, vectors, and bitmap creation, along with other essential attributes of graphic design. The design process, design as visual communication, and the designer's role in concept development for media, web, and video will also be emphasized.

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  1. Understand and apply the fundamental stages of the design process.
  2. Combine text and graphics in designs to visually communicate an effective message.
  3. Develop project-appropriate concepts and visualize their outcome while demonstrating knowledge of design principles and elements.
  4. Employ layout tools to design documents and media for web and video.
  5. Develop a discipline-specific vocabulary to substantively critique and analyze their own work and that of others.

ARTS 515  Digital Photography  (4 Credits)  

This course explores the fundamentals of digital photography. It is structured to help the student master the technical tools of digital photography and image-editing software while cultivating the ability to perceive and understand the world visually and artistically. Students practice constructively critiquing their own work and that of others. This course also examines the unique place photography has within the context of other art forms, such as painting, cinema, music, and literature.

ARTS 550  Art History: Western World  (4 Credits)  

The primary goal of this course is to develop an appreciation of the important role that the arts and the individual artist have played through the ages, giving the student a more complete understanding of the role of arts and artists in Western society. The course examines the formal qualities and technical achievements of important works from each major period in Western art, as well as the historical and cultural context in which they were created.

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  1. Recognize and understand major methods and theories of artists in Western art history, and be able to assess the qualities of works of art and architecture in their historical and cultural context.
  2. Analyze the formal, technical, stylistic, compositional characteristics of artistic movements and individual pieces of art in Western culture and the various influences that contribute to a works overall appearance and structure.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to describe works of art objectively and interpret artistic movements from a range of historical periods, respectful of each culture.
  4. Identify the subject matter of works of art, their potential meaning and significance, and the larger intellectual, historical, or political trends.
  5. Gain knowledge in art appreciation and make unbiased aesthetic and critical judgments, and apply learned skills of observation in assessing works of art.

ARTS 551  Survey of World Architecture  (4 Credits)  

This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of architecture and a survey of important structures and sites from around the world. The course is organized chronologically, tracing the development of architectural styles and the forces that shaped them, beginning with ancient civilizations and ending with modern times. Special emphasis is given to increasing the student’s awareness of the built environment by connecting the study of world architecture to the student’s own experience of architecture. From the pyramids of Egypt to the skyscrapers of New York City, students will explore timeless questions like the meaning of architecture, the reasons why building forms change from period to period, and the language of architecture.

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  1. Identify key buildings of history along with their dates and architects.
  2. Develop a basic understanding of architectural and design terminology.
  3. Trace the development of architectural periods and describe the significant aspects of design that characterize buildings of each period.
  4. Describe the social, environmental, aesthetic, functional, and structural forces that shaped key architectural works of the time.
  5. Discuss and evaluate the important criteria that make a building pleasing and functional.