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Art Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


ART 101 - Drawing I (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

An introduction to drawing with emphasis on representation, perceptual growth and individual expression. Control in line, value and spatial illusion is developed through the use of a variety of art media and tools.  Fee.

ART 102 - Drawing II (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor

A continuation of Drawing I with compositional elements investigated for their expressive possibilities within the general framework of "realistic space." Conceptual skills stressed to realize drawing as a visual statement and initiate the development of visual ideas on a continuing basis throughout tine semester. Emphasis on developing drawing skills in various media and mixed media.  Fee.

ART 105 - History of Art, Survey I  (IAI: F2 901) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A chronological survey of Prehistoric, Primitive, Ancient European, and Near Eastern art through the Gothic Period in Europe.

ART 106 - History of Art, Survey II  (IAI: F2 902) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A chronological survey of Western European art, beginning with the Renaissance and continuing through World War II.

ART 107 - Art Appreciation  (IAI: F2 900) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A general introductory course investigating the visual arts with an emphasis placed on developing an aesthetic and cross cultural awareness of and appreciation for various visual forms of expression: i.e., painting. sculpture, architecture, cinematography and video.

ART 109 - Ceramics I (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Introduction to ceramic clay-forming techniques with emphasis placed on wheel throwing and hand building combined with procedures on glazing, surface decorations and clay and glaze theory.  Fee.

ART 110 - Metals and Jewelry I (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

An introduction to jewelry with emphasis on the techniques, tools, materials, and fabrication methods of metals used in designing and creating small-scale forms. Silver fee extra per market value.  Fee.

ART 111 - Two-Dimensional Design (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

An exploration of the elements, principles and concepts of design applied to the two-dimensional surface; students will manually and digitally practice the elements uses in various media and become visually aware of two-dimensional designs aesthetic possibilities for communication and expression.  Fee.

ART 112 - Three-Dimensional Design (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

An introduction to spatial three-dimensional principles, elements, concepts and materials used in sculptural form. Various processes will be used including carving, modeling, assembling and fabricating. Appropriate materials and tools are used to realize solutions to assigned projects.  Fee.

ART 113 - Color Theory and Practice (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 111 or consent of instructor

The study of color systems, color properties and the development of personal color sensitivity will be explored by the student through a variety of projects. The effects of color in art and design will be emphasized.  Fee.

ART 130 - Computer Art I [Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator] (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A beginning digital computer-based introduction to raster and vector visual image generation, manipulation and output. Students will use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop on Macintosh computers along with cameras, scanners and printers to create, manipulate and output images. No previous computer experience is required.  Fee.

ART 140 - Photography I Digital (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A basic introductory photography course that covers the principles and fine art aesthetics of black and white photography in a digital format including: composition, equipment selection and use; image processing, manipulation, correction and output in the digital darkroom; lenses, aperture shutter speed, focal plane. A brief history of photography is covered. 35mm manual SLR camera or digital camera with full manual controls; tripod.  Fee.

ART 141 - Photography II Digital (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

This course covers principles and fine art aesthetics of color photography in the digital format. Including advanced black and white skills and Photoshop effects, digital manipulation, special effects, use of color, color correction, and the finished print. The history of photography is covered as content, commercial medium and form of artistic expression. Fee, 35mm manual SLR camera or digital camera with full manual controls; tripod.  Fee.

ART 201 - Painting (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor

An introduction to the technical and aesthetic problems of oil painting through the solution of various projects dealing with media, the visual elements, composition and design, subject matter and expressive content with an emphasis placed on encouraging creative and imaginative thinking.  Fee.

ART 202 - Painting II (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 201 or consent of instructor

A further in depth introduction to the technical and aesthetic problems of oil painting through the solution of various projects dealing with a practical application of selected historical stylistic prototypes with the intent of encouraging more personal creative and imaginative thinking.  Fee.

ART 203 - Life Drawing I (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor

The aesthetics of the human figure is studied through direct observational drawing exercises in gesture, contour and volume drawings for an accurate anatomical representation. Developing drawings are from live models, an articulated skeleton and studying large muscle groups including the introduction of human anatomy. Various media used throughout the semester.  Fee.

ART 204 - Life Drawing II (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 203 or consent of instructor

The human figure and anatomy is studied further in a greater variety of art media, with additional emphasis on composition, abstraction, expression and individual aesthetic interpretation.  Fee.

ART 205 - Sculpture I (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 112 or consent of instructor

This course introduces basic sculpture-making methods, procedures and their relationship to the artist concepts, materials and tools. Processes used: modeling, moldmaking, carving, resin lamination, fabrication in wood and metal, welding and foundry practices. Lecture, demonstrations, slide presentations and discussions included.  Fee.

ART 206 - Printmaking I (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 101

The student explores planograph or relief printing techniques. Emphasis is placed either on color and reduction woodcuts and wood engravings or silk-screen process including: stencils, crayons, touche, glue, photo and other stop-out techniques.  Fee.

ART 209 - Ceramics II (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 109

Emphasizing in-depth exploration of the techniques and conceptual theories of pottery. Wheel-throwing and hand-building processes combined with procedures on glazing, surface decorations, clay and glaze theory.  Fee.

ART 210 - Metals and Jewelry II (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 110

Continuation of Metals and Jewelry 110 emphasizing three-dimensionality with the introduction to construction, casting and electroforming. Silver fee extra per market value.  Fee.

ART 211 - Painting with New Media (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 2O2

Acrylic paints and mixed media are explored as a painting medium. Through experimentation in individually selected problems, the student will investigate the potential of acrylics.  Fee.

ART 212 - Painting Studio (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 2O2

This course offers opportunity for individual concentration in a thematic approach to developing a personal aesthetic for the advanced student. Projects will be developed as necessary for furthering the personal aesthetic.  Fee.

ART 213 - Watercolor I (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor

An introduction to the technical and aesthetic problems of water-soluble media through the solution of various projects dealing with media, the visual elements, composition and design, subject matter and expressive content with an emphasis placed on encouraging creative and imaginative thinking.  Fee.

ART 215 - Sculpture II (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 205 or consent of instructor

A continuation of sculpture with emphasis directed toward developing the students ideas, images and techniques. An open studio course specific problems are generated for individual concentration for developing a personal aesthetic for the advanced student. Discussions, lectures and critiques included.  Fee.

ART 216 - Printmaking II (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 206

The student explores Intaglio or Lithographic techniques. Emphasis is placed either on etching, aquatint and engraving on copper plates or lithographic techniques including crayon and touche as well as opportunity for exploration in color and experimentation.  Fee.

ART 219 - Non-Western Art  (IAI: F2 903N) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A survey of non-Western art forms that reflect alternative aesthetic views differing from the conventional European traditions.

ART 221 - The History of Art in Architecture (3, 3)

A cross cultural chronological survey of western and non-western architectural styles from ancient to modern times with an emphasis on western civilization and including post-modernism.  Fee.

ART 223 - Watercolor II (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 213

Personal skills developed in water soluble media.  Fee.

ART 230 - Web Design (3, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Adobe Photoshop experience required

This course provides an integrated approach to web design and development, focusing on establishing an effective online presence through design, development, and management of websites using HTML, Dreamweaver and Flash.

ART 241 - Art Internship (2, Arranged)

Prerequisite: Consultation with Graphic Design Coordinator

Work experience/college credit for those students who are presently employed part-time or full-time in an advertising house/studio, advertising agency and/or public relations office.

ART 251 - Graphic Design I (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Adobe Creative Suite experience required

This studio course focuses on the aesthetics, fundamental concepts, and visual communication skills necessary for graphic design and an introduction to the design and production of printed materials using raster & vector image manipulation software, and manual illustration. Projects stress conceptual development, graphic form, aesthetic structure, typography and visual organizational methods to develop solutions for visual communication problems. Requires the creation of tabloid, single and multiple page documents in black & white and color. Will include integration of the Adobe Creative Suite of Software: Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator or other software as needed.

ART 252 - Graphic Design II (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Graphic Design II explores problems dealing with text and image as they relate to graphic communication. Projects stress conceptual development, analysis, planning, client presentation and production of designs for advertising and other published materials. The course will include integration of the Adobe Creative Suite of software: Photoshop & InDesign and other software as needed.

ART 260 - Computer Assisted Illustration (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: ART 130; concurrently or consent of instructor

The theory and practice of computer assisted illustration using illustration software. Students will create and manipulate original illustrations for graphic design related topics.  Fee.

ART 265 - Computer Art II [Photoshop] (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Adobe Photoshop experience required

Digital imaging focusing on the creative and aesthetic use of the computer in art and design. This course covers advanced methods and using Adobe Photoshop for a variety of digitizing methods for image production, color correction, digitized image manipulation, photographic image correction and image enhancement. Images are prepared for output to print, web and video. Art 130, or 140, or prior knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is highly recommended.  Fee.

ART 270 - Computer Animation [Flash] (3, 6)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Computer experience required

This course is a software-based course designed for students to transfer art and design work into animation. Students will prepare images in both vector and bitmap programs. The course covers the animation of images, time sequencing, and the addition of sound. Animations will be prepared for placement on a website.  Fee.

Students in STUDIO ART are required to schedule one hour per week in the Studio, (in addition to class time), for each one hour of credit.

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