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 208 Studio Drawing I

Units: 4. Offered: Spring.

This course functions as the introductory drawing course for Art Majors and Minors. In it, the perceptual and technical skills, and the basic media of drawing are introduced and exercised. Drawing as an historic art form is studied and used to develop a sophisticated awareness of its current expressive potential.  Credit cannot be earned for ART 204 and ART 208.

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: Spring (Odd Years).

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.

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 (Odd Years).

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 (Even Years).

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 (Even Years).

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 (Even Years).

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: Spring (Odd Years).

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 241 or ART 242 or PHO 140.

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.  Pre-Requisite: ART 241 or ART 242.

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. Pre-Requisite: ART 241 or ART 242.

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: As Offered.

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 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.

FLM 300 National Cinema

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (even years).

National Cinema is an advanced course focusing on the most significant films and filmmakers of one country. It looks at cinematic history and practice in the nation being covered and may include a consideration of popular, independent, and/or art film. The course may cover the entire history of cinema in one nation or focus on a particular type of film or cinematic movement in one country. Special attention will be paid to the socio-historical contexts of the films assigned during the course. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. Prerequisite: FLM 150.

FLM 450 World Cinema

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

World Cinema is an advanced course focusing on films made outside of North America and their socio-historical contexts. It looks at cinematic history and practice in diverse nations and introduces students to a range of non-Hollywood film styles and forms, including popular and art cinemas, from across the globe. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. Prerequisite: FLM 250.

GDM 305 History of Graphic Design

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

A study of the causes and effects of critical design movements. This course explores the political and social environments that shaped the creation and evolution of graphic design. This course will give students insight into different movements, such as the Medieval Era, Graphic Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, Art Nouveau, Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Digital Revolution. Students will also evaluate how the history of graphic design influences current design philosophies and strategies.

ARC 350 Architectural Theory I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the formation and context of various architectural ideas. This course on architectural theory provides students with a means to propose and navigate architectural discourse as a part of their development as architects. Prerequisite: ARC 242.

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 (Even Years).

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: Spring (Odd Years).

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 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 (Even Years).

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 (Even Years).

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.

ART 450 Internship in Visual Arts

Units: 1-3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of visual arts acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of visual arts as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair.

ART 453 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.