Visual Arts (B.A.)

The Visual Arts major provides students with an understanding of and appreciation for traditional and modern expressions of the visual, and train in incorporating appropriate technologies. Students may seek careers in graphic design, education, and gallery supervision.

Lower Division Requirements

ART 201 Principles of Design and Color

Units: 4. Offered: Fall, Spring.

An introduction to the principles of two-dimensional design and color theory and their use as tools for effective visual communication.

ART 204 Drawing I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is one of the foundation courses that develop the perceptual and technical skills for effective drawing. Presents drawing as an essential tool for visual expression. May be repeated once for credit. This course is also recommended for general education.

ART 241 Global History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

A survey of the history of western art from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. Lecture and slides.

ART 242 Global History of Art: Renaissance to Present

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

A survey of the history of western art from the Renaissance in the Fifteenth Century in Italy to the Twentieth Century in America. Lecture and slides.

DES 110 Design Thought Foundations I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

The course will be an introduction to 2D design thinking, as applied to the interrelated, interdisciplinary fields of design and as understood from a biblical world-view. Basic design theories, principles, major movements and works will be covered. Basic creative approaches and design expressions are explored through projects, class discussions, field trips and lectures. This course is an introduction to the design paths available through the College of Architecture, Visual Arts, and Design, but also serves non-design majors interested in discovering design.

Lower Division Art History Requirements

ART 241 Global History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

A survey of the history of western art from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. Lecture and slides.

ART 242 Global History of Art: Renaissance to Present

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

A survey of the history of western art from the Renaissance in the Fifteenth Century in Italy to the Twentieth Century in America. Lecture and slides.

Lower Division Studio Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

ART 203 Print Making I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall.

This is a studio course designed to facilitate the creation of original prints using a variety of printmaking techniques. Methods such as monotype, relief (woodcut, linoleum), and intaglio will be explored. Additional Lab Fee. Prerequisite: ART 201 and ART 204.

ART 207 Watercolor I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This is a studio course designed to introduce the novice art student to the art of watercolor painting. The basic quality of transparency will be explored in tandem representational exercises.

ART 225 Sculpture I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall.

Basic elements of sculpture. Creating forms in clay, plaster, paper and multi-media techniques.

ART 232 Ceramics I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Introduction to working with clay, using pinch, coil, slab and wheel; applying glazes, exploring decorating techniques using oxides. History of clay as an art form.

ART 283 Painting I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall.

Projects introduce traditional painting methods in oils or acrylic paints. Applied studio work, slide lectures, group discussions, and field trips are possible. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: ART 201 or ART 204.

Upper Division Art History Requirements

ART 300 Advanced Art

Units: 4. Offered: Fall, Spring.

An essential course for the serious art student. Projects in painting, drawing and digital media. Emphasis on developing skills and concepts. Course is designed to be repeated for credit. Section (a), emphasis in painting and drawing; section (b), emphasis in digital media using the Macintosh platform; section (c), Senior Exhibit preparation. Section (c) must be taken during student’s graduating semester. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 201 or 204.

ART 301 Color, Theory and Application

Units: 4. Offered: Spring.

This is a combination studio/lecture course that focuses exclusively on issues of color, it’s aesthetic, symbolic and psychological dimensions, as related to visual expression. This content is applicable to both fine art and design-related fields. Prerequisite: ART 201.

ART 326 Contemporary Art Issues

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

Students will be reading writings by a variety of cultural theorists and historians, site visits, guest speakers, experiments and class discussions. Topics of Fine Art vs. Visual Culture (mass culture, printed matter, etc.) will be major points of exploration and discussion. This course is not a studio class but a class which discusses studio practices and ideas.

ART 351 Museum Studies

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

The course will examine the pivotal role that the curators play in museums, and the ways in which the expanding art- world functions today. It will introduce students to aspects of museum work, with an emphasis on the role of the fine arts curator and curatorial theory and how this can integrate with becoming a professional arts administrator. May be repeated one time for credit.

ART 430 Art and the Bible

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

A study of the dynamic relationship, which has historically existed between the content of Biblical texts and visual art, with consideration also being given to select examples of music and literature.

ART 499 Senior Exhibition

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Senior Exhibition, provides unit reward for the work art majors perform en route to the creation and mounting of their required thesis exhibit. Prerequisite: Senior status and permission of the Department Chair.

DES 310 Design Thought Practicum

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Design Thought Practicum builds on and continues the process of understanding interdisciplinary design thinking.  The aim of the course is for students to apply the principles and processes of design thinking to the act of design. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to complete design exercises and projects.  Topics include developing a larger framework for design, design methods, design process, human factors in design, and environmental factors. Prerequisite: DES 110.

Upper Division Art History/Theory Elective Requirements

Complete six (6) units from the following

ART 345 Nineteenth Century Art History

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

A study of the major developments in the visual arts in Europe from David to the first Impressionist show in 1874. Lecture and slides.

ART 346 History of Modern Painting

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

A study of the development of modern painting from the French Impressionist movement to the present day in the United States. Lecture and slides.

ART 347 Contemporary Art History

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

This course critically examines visual art and design on a global scale from 1945 to the present. We will consider art in the broader framework of “visual culture” which includes performance, installation, print media, video and propaganda. Prerequisite: ART 241 or ART 242

ART 361 Art of Latin America

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

As an introduction to the ancient Americas, this course will focus on seven major cultures in Mesoamerica (Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Aztec) and Andean South America (Chavín, Moche, and Inca). The course concludes with the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century and a brief analysis of new visual forms produced in response to new social, political and religious contexts. Prerequisite: ART 241 or ART 242

ART 371 Art of Southeast Asia

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course covers the development of art in India and Southeast Asia (i.e., Cambodia, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, and Indonesia,) from pre-historic periods to the present. Prerequisite: ART 241 or ART 242

ART 381 Women in the Arts

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course will focus on women both as the subjects and the creators of art. It will be organized chronologically and thematically. This will involve a historical survey of women artists and their artistic contributions, as well as an examination of the religious, mythological and secular images of women in art. Extensive attention will be given to the creation, modification and persistence of these images throughout history, due to their respective religious, social, economical, psychological and intellectual conditions. Prerequisite: ART 241 or ART 242

ART 385 Film as Visual Art

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

Film as Visual Art is a study of masterworks of cinematic art with an emphasis on visual aesthetics and cultural influences. The class will examine selected International cinematic classics, focusing on the film’s director, or ‘auteur’. The French idea of “camera as style” (pen) will be explored through the film director’s use of camera angles, composition, editing and lighting will be explored will be deconstructed, in a manner consistent with traditional forms of visual art. Also under consideration will be the way that these visual elements stand in dynamic/creative tension with the visual culture of their national origin or context. Included in this would be fashion, art, politics and philosophy.

ART 391 Art Theory

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

This course explores the major movements in the visual arts and design in the United States and Europe the years following the Second World War to the present day. Developing historically within the framework of industrialism and advanced capitalism, class conflict and political upheaval, globalization and the digital revolution, this course surveys the major movements of Modern-Contemporary art. Additional attention will be paid  to international developments in the art world beyond the West, and the relationship between museums, the market, and artistic practice.

ART 412 Topics in Art History

Units: 1-4. Offered: As offered.

Projects in Art History topics of current interest not normally covered by established courses. Content variable. May be repeated twice for credit with change of topic.

ART 415 Aesthetics and the Classroom

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

An upper division and graduate level course for the classroom teacher and liberal studies major. Also meets the art history requirement for Visual Arts. Studies assumptions we make about art, investigates our difficulties in understanding art, builds skill in perceiving and communicating about art, and connects lessons learned to practical classroom application.

Upper Division Studio Art Requirements

Upper Division Studio Art Elective Requirements

Complete nine (9) units from the following

ART 305 Figure Drawing I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall.

This course is dedicated to developing facility at rendering the human form in a variety of dry media. The context for this is drawing from live models (clothed), augmented with anatomical drawing exercises It will also introduce students to the metaphorical/expressive possibilities of the human form. Prerequisite: ART 204.

ART 314 Drawing II

Units: 4. Offered: As offered.

This course is a continuation and expansion of more advanced techniques in drawing. There will be an emphasis on concept building and storytelling through visual imagery. Students will explore new ways to think and approach drawing and the drawing surface. Prerequisite: ART 204.

ART 315 Ceramics III

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

Advanced pottery with emphasis on wheel throwing and design problems. Individual objectives will more or less regulate the type of work done, although specific assignments will be given. Advanced-level performance is expected. Prerequisite: ART 253.

ART 323 New Genre

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

This course is an introduction and exploration in inter-media art. It will encourage interface and comparison within art and other disciplines.

ART 353 Ceramics II

Units: 3. Offered: Spring .

Developing clay as an art form; study of properties of clay, glaze and their origin; fusion of materials; stacking and loading kiln, emphasis on wheel throwing. Prerequisite: ART 232.

ART 383 Painting II

Units: 4. Offered: Spring.

Projects further develop skills learned in Painting 283. Applied studio work, slide lectures, group discussions, and field trips are possible. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: ART 283.

ART 400 Special Problems in Art

Units: 1-3. Offered: As offered.

Specialized instruction in various media. For the advanced art student capable of exploring a personal direction in his/her creative work. May be repeated twice for credit with change of topic.

ART 405 Figure Drawing II

Units: 4. Offered: Spring .

This is a studio course whose aim is to develop increased mastery of the perceptual, technical and compositional skills involved with figure drawing. Prerequisite: ART 305.

ART 414 Drawing III

Units: 4. Offered: As Offered.

This course is to focus on a continuation of skill development, with an emphasis on individual style and expression. This course is structured to encourage personal voice through idea generation, material investigation,  technical refinement and research. Students are encouraged to push the boundaries as they investigate materials, subject matter, process and interpretation related to image making. Prerequisite: ART 314.

ART 432 Sculpture III

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

Advanced problems in sculpture and individual problems in various media. For Art majors and those who wish to develop individual statements in a sculptural media. Prerequisite: ART 225 or 226.

DES 498 Portfolio

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This is an interdisciplinary course where students will focus on their portfolios and final presentation specific to their industry. Standards in presentation and expectations will be examined to set guidelines for the student’s efforts in portfolio building. The goal of this course is for the student to finish with a strong, cohesive and compelling portfolio of student work. This course should focus on presentation beyond the capstone projects required for graduation.