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Undergraduate Courses in Studio Art

Studio Art/Graphic Design Basic Courses, Level 1

ARTS 150. Fundamentals of Art. 4 hr.; 3 cr. General introduction to the organizational principles of art, with assignments given in both two- and three-dimensional form. Using historical and cultural models from the past and present, students will make art works and, through class discussions, learn to analyze and criticize them.

ARTS 151. Drawing I. 4 hr.; 3 cr. A hands-on studio course which introduces a visual vocabulary by working from nature through observation and imagination, including the human figure. A variety of drawing materials will be used.

ARTS 152. Drawing II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 151.

ARTS 157 Digital Moviemaking. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to the making of short movies. Emphasis is on the creative aspects of moviemaking such as storytelling, character development, abstract visual imagery, documentation, etc., using simple software and inexpensive equipment.

ARTS 161. Introduction to Painting. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 151. Introduction to fundamental concepts of painting, both abstract and representational concepts. Issues of space, surface, volumetric representation, the function of color, value, scale, placement, and proportion will be presented.

ARTS 165. Digital Imagemaking. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to digital imagemaking. Emphasis is on the creative aspects of using a digital still camera such as subject matter, point of view, natural and artificial light, etc., using a DSLR or other digital equipment and basic image processing software.

ARTS 171. Color and Design I. 4 hr.; 3 cr. An introduction to design fundamentals intended primarily for graphic design majors.

ARTS 176. Photography I. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to photography as a creative medium covering basic camera techniques, film development, and black-and-white darkroom work.

ARTS 182. Introduction to Sculpture. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Students are introduced to basic materials, processes, and concepts of working three dimensionally. Focus is on the formal and conceptual elements of sculptural language and includes exploring developments in the 20th century as well as those of traditional cultures.

ARTS 186. Ceramics I. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to fundamental techniques such as throwing on the potters wheel, hand building, decorating, glazing and firing, and basic health and safety procedures.

ARTS 188. Illustration I. 4 hr.; 3 cr. An introduction to the visual interpretation of words using drawing, painting, and collage for use in graphic design, publishing, and advertising. Previous study in drawing, ARTS 151 or equivalent, is recommended.

ARTS 191. Desktop Publishing. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to page layout and typography software, the necessary technical preparation for ARTS 241 and 242. Topics include basic typography, file preparation and other programs used in graphic design.

ARTS 193. VT: Vector Animation. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to animation using an industry-standard program such as Toom Boom Studio. Topic will be announced before preregistration.

ARTS 195. VT: Image Processing. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to image processing for graphic design, digital imaging, and electronic publishing. Topic will be announced before preregistration.

ARTS 205. VT Color Correction. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Principle and methods of digital tone control and color correction for graphic design, imagemaking, and video. Topic will be announced before preregistration.

ARTS 207. VT: Non­linear Editing. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to the editing of video streams. Topic will be announced before pre-registration. Prior experience with digital moviemaking, ARTS 157 or equivalent, is recommended.

ARTS 210. VT: Vector Graphics. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to vector graphics for online publishing. Topic will be announced before preregistration. No prior computer experience necessary.

ARTS 213. VT: 3D Modeling. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to principles and techniques for 3D modeling. Topic and suggested preparation or special equipment will be announced before preregistration.

ARTS 215. 2D Animation. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Traditional, hand-drawn animation as well as cutout and stop-motion animation.

ARTS 217. Digital Moviemaking II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 157. A continuation of ARTS 157. Additional experience in nonlinear video editing techniques (ARTS 207 or equivalent) is recommended. Special equipment, if any, will be announced before preregistration.

ARTS 221. VT: Video Graphics and Compositing. 4 hr.; 3 cr. The principles and techniques of video graphics and compositing. Topic will be announced before pre-registration. Some prior computer graphic experience (ARTS 157, 195, 207, 210 or equivalents) is recommended.

ARTS 225. Digital Imagemaking II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 165. In addition to the prerequisite, additional experience with digital tonal- and color-correction techniques (ARTS 205 or equivalent) is recommended. Required equipment will be announced before preregistration.

ARTS 235. Digital Imagemaking III. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 225. Required equipment will be announced before preregistration.

Intermediate Courses, Level 2

ARTS 240. Drawing II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 151. More examination of the visual vocabularies of drawing with an emphasis on acquiring skills and knowledge from historical as well as contemporary cultural precedents.

ARTS 241. Graphic Design I. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTH 101, ARTS 171 and 191; coreq.: ARTS 242 and 243. Graphic design is the process of using words and images to communicate with, inform, and persuade individual persons and audiences. This course presents a survey of introductory exercises in representative graphic design fields such as publishing, advertising, corporate identity, signage, and packaging. A working knowledge of page layout and imaging software (ARTS 191 or equivalent) is assumed.

ARTS 242. Typography I. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 191; coreq.: ARTS 241 and 243. The use of type to express an image or brand, with a focus on historical and contemporary letterforms, logos, and typeface design.

ARTS 243. Color and Design II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 171. A continuation of ARTS 171, intended primarily for graphic design majors.

ARTS 244. Color I. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Studio projects which study the perceptual effects of color relationships, characteristics, and illusions, as well as an exploration of the uses of color using art historical and cultural precepts.

ARTS 245. Typography 2. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 191, 241, and 242. Text-intensive projects involving typographic grid systems, the organization of typographic hierarchies, and the use of type in charts, graphs, and diagrams. Assignments will include a series of experimental and practical projects in a variety of media.

ARTS 246. Graphic Design II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 241. A continuation of ARTS 241 with a new emphasis on the use of research methods, critical thinking, oral presentation, and writing skills as part of the design process. Assignments may include three-dimensional, time-based, and large-scale projects. In addition to the prerequisite, graphic design majors should have completed ARTH 102 and ARTS 242 and 243.

ARTS 253. Drawing III. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 240. Emphasis on the individual student’s concerns and contemporary issues in drawing.

ARTS 259. Illustration II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 188. In addition to the prerequisite, additional courses in art, ARTS 152 and 171 or their equivalents, are recommended.

ARTS 260. Painting II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 161. Concepts of pictorial structure and image-making are explored, using historical and contemporary models as examples with an increased potential for personal choice and expression.

ARTS 264. Painting III. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 260. A continuation of ARTS 260.

ARTS 271. Woodblock/Linoleum: Relief Printing. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 151. In this course students draw on the wood or linoleum block, in which all of the background areas are cut away.

ARTS 272. Intaglio. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 151. This course covers several processes used to create a printing matrix on a metal plate. Etching, drypoint, aquatint, and the use of soft and hard grounds will be demonstrated, as well as printing techniques. Editioning papers, inks, and the care and preservation of prints will be discussed.

ARTS 273. Lithography. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 151. Drawing on stone with a wax crayon is the medium in this print process.

ARTS 274. Serigraphy/silkscreen. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 151. Students will learn the basic skills of stenciling in the screen printing process by creating various areas of positive and negative shapes. The screen designs will become progressively more complex as the semester advances.

ARTS 276. VT: Photography II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. In addition to the refinement of technical skills, the class includes illustrated lectures on historical and contemporary photography, gallery and museum visits, and group critiques. The topic and necessary preparation will be announced before preregistration, and the course may be taken a total of two times for credit if the topic is different.

ARTS 277. VT: Pixel­based Imagery. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Advanced work in scanner- and camera-derived, pixel-based imagery. Topic and suggested preparation will be announced before preregistration. May be taken three times for credit if topic is different.

ARTS 278. VT: Vector­based Imagery. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Advanced work in vector-based imagery and web and video technology. Topic and suggested preparation will be announced before preregistration. May be taken three times for credit if topic is different.

ARTS 279. VT: Animation and 3­D Modeling. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Advanced work in animation and 3-D modeling. Topic and suggested preparation will be announced before preregistration. May be taken three times for credit if topic is different.

ARTS 282. Ceramics II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 186.

ARTS 283. Sculpture II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 151 and 182. A continuation of ARTS 182 with an additional focus on concepts and content. Students are given initial instruction in techniques such as casting and mold making and the use of power equipment and hand tools. Emphasis is also placed on viewing and discussion of work in galleries and museums.

ARTS 284. Sculpture III. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 283. Advanced projects geared toward more individual development. Highly experimental approaches to materials, forms, and concepts are encouraged. There is an increased focus on the development of skills. Class projects, discussions, and critiques emphasize an understanding of the issues surrounding contemporary sculpture and may include such topics as large-scale, outdoor, and site-specific sculpture, as well as multimedia installation.

ARTS 286. Interactive Design. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq: ARTS 241; ARTS 278 is recommended. The graphic design of online services, multimedia presentations, and electronic kiosks. Class assignments begin with the research and planning for an interactive project and continue on to design and implementation, as well as to issues arising from working with content providers and technical support staff.

ARTS 287. VT: Moviemaking. 4 hr.; 3 cr. The topic and suggested preparation or special equipment will be announced before preregistration. May be taken three times for credit if topic is different.

ARTS 289. Publication Design. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 241. The design of magazines, newspapers, and other printed periodicals considered from theoretical, practical, and technical aspects. Class assignments include the design of a simple newsletter as well as more complicated projects involving color; information graphics; branding; working with writers/editors; as well as scheduling, production, and printing considerations.

ARTS 290. Motion Graphics. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 241. Motion graphics can move an audience emotionally and have a significant impact on society through its effect on our senses of sight and hearing. This course examines how graphic designers use sound, moving images, and type to communicate a message in a variety of media including cinema, commercials, and websites.

ARTS 296. Advertising Design. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 241. Design for the promotion and marketing of consumer products, business services, and not-for-profit organizations. Offered occasionally.

ARTS 345. Graphic Design 3. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 246, 245, and 247. A continuation of ARTS 244 with an increased recognition of the designer’s personal style and working methods, and of specific audiences, commercial contexts, and production issues.

ARTS 352. Visual Imagery. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq: Level 1 requirements. The development of personal sources of imagery, based on the history of art, world cultures, film and television, fashion and advertising, and popular culture.

ARTS 353. VT: Art of the Book. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Topic, along with necessary previous study where appropriate, will be announced before pre-registration. May be taken a total of three times for credit if the topic is different.

ARTS 355. VT: Photography III. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 276. The topic (traditional or digital photography) and necessary preparation will be announced before preregistration, and the course may be taken a total of two times for credit if the topic is different.

ARTS 359. Illustration III. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 259.

ARTS 362. Color II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 161 and 244. A continuation of ARTS 244, with an emphasis on its application in painting.

ARTS 365. Specialized Topics in Painting. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 161. Offered occasionally with different particular topics.

ARTS 369. Ceramics III. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 282. The continuation of ARTS 282 on a more advanced level.

ARTS 370. VT: Special Topics in Design. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Offered occasionally according to student interest and availability of faculty. Topic will be announced before preregistration. A strong knowledge of the Mac operating system and graphics software (a minimum of ARTS 191 or equivalent) and suitable design experience are required. See instructor for details. May be taken three times for credit if topic is different.

ARTS 385. Specialized Topics in sculpture. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 283. Subject will change according to the pedagogical needs felt by the department and the availability of faculty with specific interests. Subject and faculty will be announced before registration.

ARTS 387. VT: Technical Workshops. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. Advanced work with software where a student has already demonstrated a high level of skill and where a suitable instructor is available. The student will, in general, meet with the instructor during a regularly scheduled section of an appropriate imaging course. May be taken up to three times for credit if the subject is different.

ARTS 393. Independent Internship. 8 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: College average 2.75, department average 3.4. Open to a limited number of qualified students who want to do independent work in a related arts organization. Written application for permission to enroll, stating in detail the nature and scope of the proposed project, must be submitted to the department deputy chair at least one month prior to the date of registration.

Advanced Courses, Level 3

ARTS 350. Comparative Analysis. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: All Level 1 and 2 requirements. This course is primarily discussion and critique, in which selected thematic topics are presented drawn from art history and contemporary art, as well as relevant cultural, social, and/or political subjects and issues. Students will present their own work for discussion assignments. The development of critical skills will be emphasized.

ARTS 391. VT: Senior Project. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: All Level 1 and 2 requirements, ARTH 101 and 102, and at least one art history elective. Student-generated final creative project, in the medium of the individual student’s concentration. The student meets with the course instructor and/or faculty advisor for regularly scheduled meetings to present his or her work as it develops, or for critique and discussion. In addition, there may be required group critiques and class trips. There is a required term paper, due one week in advance of the final review at the end of the semester. A committee of art department faculty participates in the review and grading. Any incompletes are the decision of the committee only, and are based on the presentation of work during final review.

ARTS 395. VT: Senior Portfolio. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 345. Senior graphic design majors will create portfolio pieces demonstrating their acquired skills and personal interests in graphic design. Documentation of process and a final presentation are required. Enrolling students should have completed all major and non-major credits necessary for graduation with the possible exception of one or two design electives, which may be taken concurrently.

BFA Level 4 Courses

ARTS 351. Advanced Drawing. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: All Level 1 and 2 required courses. This class is restricted to BFA students, and registration is by permission of the instructor only. Individual drawing projects are initiated both from the instructor and from the student. Regular class critiques of work done independently will form the basis of the class in addition to individual tutorials.

ARTS 386. VT: New Forms. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: at least two Level 2 courses. The exploration of values, concepts, and working methods in the visual arts which abandon the traditional limits and characteristics of painting, sculpture, and printmaking, etc., to enlarge both formal vocabulary and ways of communicating. Topic will be announced before pre-registration. May be repeated for credit a total of three times if the topic is different.

ARTS 390. VT: Studies in Contemporary Art. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: at least two Level 2 courses. Colloquium designed to develop critical awareness. Topic will be announced before preregistration. May be repeated for credit a total of three times if the topic is different.

ARTS 392. Senior Project II. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ARTS 391.VT, BFA major with senior standing or department approval. This is a continuation of ARTS 391 and is taken in the student’s last semester, when all other studio art course requirements are completed.

ARTS 393. Independent Internship. 8 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: College average 2.75, department average 3.4. Open to a limited number of qualified students who want to do independent work in a related arts organization. Written application for permission to enroll, stating in detail the nature and scope of the proposed project, must be submitted to the department deputy chair at least one month prior to the date of registration. BFA students are encouraged to use one 3-credit elective (ARTS 393) course for an internship at one of the department-approved nonprofit arts organizations in New York City. The department maintains a list of these organizations, and students can see the deputy chair of Studio Art or a faculty advisor for advice and arrangements with an individual organization.

Special Projects in Studio Art. 4 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: Completion of Level 1 and 2 requirements and ARTH 101 and 102, and permission of the instructor and deputy chair of Studio Art. Any title may be repeated for a maximum of six credits with permission of the department. Special Projects courses are designed for students who want more intensive work in any studio discipline, or to strengthen or advance their basic skills in:

ARTS 254. Drawing SP. Prereq.: ARTS 151.

ARTS 256. Painting SP. Prereq.: ARTS 161.

ARTS 288. Sculpture SP. Prereq.: ARTS 182.

ARTS 357. Graphic Design and Typography. Prereq.: ARTS 293.

ARTS 367. Computer Imaging SP. Prereq.: ARTS 361.

ARTS 368. Illustration SP. Prereq.: ARTS 358.

ARTS 371. Woodcut SP. Prereq.: ARTS 271.

ARTS 372. Intaglio SP. Prereq.: ARTS 272.

ARTS 373. Lithography SP. Prereq.: ARTS 273.

ARTS 374. Serigraphy SP. Prereq.: ARTS 273

ARTS 375. Photography SP. Prereq.: ARTS 275.

ARTS 379. Ceramics SP. Prereq.: ARTS 281.

ARTS 396. Advertising Design SP. Prereq.: ARTS 296. Note that students whose professional objectives and interests indicate the desirability of enrolling for more than 42 credits in intermediate and advanced studio courses must obtain approval of the department. Students are cautioned not to register for studio projects at the expense of required courses.

 
 

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