Fine Arts Major

Prior to selecting a major, students should consult with their advisor and the chair of the department of art and art history. All students who decide to major in art or art history should officially elect a faculty member from the department as their formal advisor and consult with that faculty member prior to course registration each semester.

This major is appropriate for students who:

  • Wish to pursue a general major in fine arts;
  • Plan to complete a second major in education leading to certification to teach art at the elementary or secondary level, in which case students must consult with the school of education concerning the state requirements for the art education teaching certificate; or
  • Plan to seek admittance into a graduate program in fine arts, in which additional Advanced Studio coursework and a second major in art history or design arts is highly recommended.

Please note that ARTZ 111 Foundations of Studio and Design is offered in the fall semester only.  ARTZ 496 Apex Studio should be taken in the spring semester of the year the student graduates.

The fine arts major must complete 33 hours of coursework: 12 hours of required courses and 15 of elective courses.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

ARTZ 111: Foundations of Studio and Design
3 credit hours

An introduction to design. Basic creative approaches and design expressions are explored through studio projects and class discussions. This course is the first in a sequence of studio courses for both art and architecture majors, but also serves non- majors. Offered fall semester.

ARTZ 123: Drawing
3 credit hours

Students will work in a variety of drawing media and techniques solving representational problems. This course includes an introduction to figure drawing.

ARTZ 303, 304, 403: Praxis Studio
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  300+ level studio course. 
This advanced level studio seeks to synthesize and examine the interrelationship between theory and studio practice. The student’s development and evolution both technically and theoretically will be fostered in an interdisciplinary studio environment. This individual investigation is comprised of the exploration and critique of personal and/or cultural ideologies, beliefs and interests through the activity of art-making and reflection on the results and their implications.

ARTZ 496: Apex Studio
3 credit hours

This course requires design art and fine art majors to create and exhibit work that utilizes the knowledge gained while in the department of art and art history and within their comprehensive liberal arts experience. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a project or body of work that demonstrates the student’s development of a sense of creative and intellectual authority. This Apex work will be included in a comprehensive portfolio that must also be completed in this course.

Choose one of the following:

ARTH 151: History of Art and Architecture I
3 credit hours

An analytical survey of western traditions in art and architecture from the Paleolithic through the Middle Ages, including such periods and styles as Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Early Christian, Romanesque and Gothic. Analysis of these traditions develops an awareness of non-western traditions.

ARTH 152: History of Art and Architecture II
3 credit hours

An analytical survey of western traditions in art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present, including such periods and styles as Baroque, Neoclassical, Romanticism, Modern and Contemporary. Analysis of these traditions develops an awareness of non-western traditions.

ARCH 251: History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art I
3 credit hours

Formal, theoretical, material, pragmatic and conceptual aspects of architecture, cities and art, examined in relation to their cultural contexts, from pre-history to circa 1400. Offered fall semester.

Choose one three-dimensional course from the following:

ARTZ 240: Ceramics I
3 credit hours

Exploration of hand building and wheel techniques and basic principles of glazing. Course fee required.

ARTZ 250: Sculpture I
3 credit hours

A studio course introducing basic sculptural processes, materials, tools and equipment. This course focuses on developing the skills and aesthetics relating to the different materials and processes used in sculpture. Course fee required.

Choose one two-dimensional course from the following:

ARTZ 230: Painting I
3 credit hours

Studio experience and demonstration in various painting media and techniques. Problems are assigned as a means of allowing students to come to terms with the technical aspects of painting through actual involvement with the painting process.

ARTZ 260: Photography I
3 credit hours

This course covers basic principles of analog black-and-white photography and darkroom printing techniques. A SLR 35mm camera with shutter and aperture control is required for this course. A limited number of cameras are available from the department to periodically check out throughout the semester if students are unable to purchase a camera. Course fee required.

ARTZ 267: Digital Photography I
3 credit hours

This course covers basic principles of digital photography, basic printing techniques and Adobe Photoshop. A SLR digital camera with shutter and aperture control is required for this course. A limited number of cameras are available from the department to periodically check out throughout the semester if students are unable to purchase a camera. Course fee required.

Choose one course from the following:

ARTZ 330: Painting II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 230.
Advanced studio problems in painting with emphasis on the mastery of one medium and the development of individual expression.

ARTZ 340: Ceramics II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 240. 
Advanced studio problems in ceramics with an emphasis on individual expression. Course fee required.

ARTZ 350: Sculpture II
3 credit hours

Continued exploration of sculptural processes, materials, tools and equipment. Emphasis on developing proficiency in the selections, use and manipulation of materials as well as a mastery of the processes involved. Emphasis is on continuing development of personal expression, conceptual development, aesthetic and technical competency. Since this course introduces additional processes and materials, ARTZ 250 is not a prerequisite. Course fee required.

ARTZ 360: Photography II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260. 
In this course, the student will be encouraged to explore advanced photographic techniques and to develop a better understanding of black-and-white photography as an art form. Students will also learn how to use a variety of camera bodies, studio strobes, and mural printing techniques. Course fee required.

ARTZ 367: Digital Photography II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 267. 
This course covers advanced digital photography techniques, from camera use, flatbed and film scanning, color management and printing, Adobe Photoshop to final presentation methods. A SLR digital camera with shutter and aperture controls is required for this course. A limited number of cameras are available from the department to periodically check out throughout the semester if students are unable to purchase a camera. Course fee required.

Choose three courses from the following (only one can be an art history course):

ARCH 356: History of Modern Architecture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 251ARCH 252.  
An introduction to the history of modern architecture from its intellectual and artistic origins in the nineteenth century through the present day. Special emphasis is placed on the consideration of modernism in architecture not just as a narrowly defined stylistic movement, but also as a broader cultural phenomenon through which architects engage a changing world. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARTH 350: Modern Art
3 credit hours

An in-depth examination of art from the Romantic period (circa 1800) to the emergence of the Modern Period (1850) and through the twentieth century to 1990.

ARTH 356: Contemporary Art
3 credit hours

This course presents an international survey of contemporary art from 1970 to the present. It examines such topics as post modernism, feminist art, instrumentalism and outsider art. Course may include on-site visits to galleries and museums.

ARTH 360: History of Photography
3 credit hours

A survey of the aesthetic and technical development of photography from its origin to the present. Particular emphasis will be given to the contextual relationships of photographic imagery to the visual arts and to the culture at large. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARTZ 200: Printmaking
3 credit hours

An introduction to printmaking techniques with emphasis on woodcuts, mono?print, relief, silkscreen or digital/intaglio processes. Course fee required.

ARTZ 205: Weaving
3 credit hours

An introduction to principles and techniques of loom and off-loom weaving. Course fee required.

ARTZ 211: Digital Foundations
3 credit hours

An introduction to digital media techniques, including capturing and manipulating digital images, web design, 3D modeling, data mapping, time-based work in video and audio, and vector graphics. This course emphasizes creative and critical development as well as acquisition of technical skills.

ARTZ 230: Painting I
3 credit hours

Studio experience and demonstration in various painting media and techniques. Problems are assigned as a means of allowing students to come to terms with the technical aspects of painting through actual involvement with the painting process.

ARTZ 240: Ceramics I
3 credit hours

Exploration of hand building and wheel techniques and basic principles of glazing Course fee required.

ARTZ 250: Sculpture I
3 credit hours

A studio course introducing basic sculptural processes, materials, tools and equipment. This course focuses on developing the skills and aesthetics relating to the different materials and processes used in sculpture. Course fee required.

ARTZ 260: Photography I
3 credit hours

This course covers basic principles of analog black-and-white photography and darkroom printing techniques. A SLR 35mm camera with shutter and aperture control is required for this course. A limited number of cameras are available from the department to periodically check out throughout the semester if students are unable to purchase a camera. Course fee required.

ARTZ 267: Digital Photography I
3 credit hours

This course covers basic principles of digital photography, basic printing techniques and Adobe Photoshop. A SLR digital camera with shutter and aperture control is required for this course. A limited number of cameras are available from the department to periodically check out throughout the semester if students are unable to purchase a camera. Course fee required.

ARTZ 303, 304, 403: Praxis Studio
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  300+ level studio course. 
This advanced level studio seeks to synthesize and examine the interrelationship between theory and studio practice. The student’s development and evolution both technically and theoretically will be fostered in an interdisciplinary studio environment. This individual investigation is comprised of the exploration and critique of personal and/or cultural ideologies, beliefs and interests through the activity of art-making and reflection on the results and their implications.

ARTZ 312: Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 123. 
A course designed to give a general understanding and awareness of illustration styles and techniques in a variety of media.

ARTZ 323: Figure Drawing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 123. 
A course in figure drawing involving intensive study and work from the model.

ARTZ 325: Graphic Design: Form and Content
3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: ARTZ 111 and ARTZ 211. 
This course develops students’ understanding of the design process, including research and conceptual development, using visual relationships to effectively communicate ideas. Projects focus on typography for print or screen, composition, design, integration of image and text, and digital production, using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

ARTZ 326: Graphic Design: Audience and Format
3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: ARTZ 111 and ARTZ 211. 
This course focuses on audience and format, addressing both narrow and broad audiences, and addressing individual, product, company, and institutional needs, using analog and digital media to produce strategic and imaginative visual communication.

ARTZ 327: Graphic Design: Integrated Practice
3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: ARTZ 111ARTZ 211ARTZ 325 and ARTZ 326. 
This course involves a holistic approach to a single topic using a variety of analog and digital tools and formats, with both individual and team projects. In addition to executing research and devising comprehensive strategies, students will develop written, verbal, and graphic presentation skills.

ARTZ 330: Painting II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 230 or permission of the instructor. 
Advanced studio problems in painting with emphasis on the mastery of one medium and the development of individual expression.

ARTZ 331: Advanced Painting
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 330
Advanced Painting continues the acquisition of technical skills and builds on the notion of relational thinking introduced in Painting I and Painting II, while focusing more fully on the evolution of the individual investigation in the student’s work. This investigation is comprised of the exploration and critique of personal and/or cultural ideologies, beliefs and interests through the activity of painting and reflection on the results and their implications.

ARTZ 332: Painting Practice and Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 331. 
This course explores painting as a process, artifact and concept by integrating studio exploration and critique with examination of works by contemporary artists and related writings. Through a combination of studio work and seminar discussion, the focus is to understand, situate and critically relate one’s painting practice within the context of contemporary artistic dialogue, work and practices.

ARTZ 340: Ceramics II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 240. 
Advanced studio problems in ceramics with an emphasis on individual expression. Course fee required.

ARTZ 341: Ceramic Mold-Making and Slip Casting
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 240. 
This course explores the various techniques involved with making plaster molds including both slip-casting and press molds. Both ceramic and non-ceramic objects will be used to make molds. This course will also explore how these techniques can be used for both functional and sculptural works of art. Course fee required.

ARTZ 342: Ceramic Hand Building
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 240. 
This course explores advanced hand-building techniques including the skills and processes involved in making large ceramic pieces. It also focuses on non-traditional approaches to ceramics such as adobe, installation and site-specific ceramic sculpture. Course fee required.

ARTZ 343: Ceramic Wheel Throwing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 240. 
This course focuses on wheel-throwing techniques. Although this course explores both functional and sculptural applications of the wheel, most demonstrations will revolve around the processes of making functional pots. Students will be expected to develop the skills necessary to throw large pots, lids, handles and spouts in order to make functional vessels. Course fee required.

ARTZ 350: Sculpture II
3 credit hours

Continued exploration of sculptural processes, materials, tools and equipment. Emphasis on developing proficiency in the selection, use and manipulation of materials as well as a mastery of the processes involved. Emphasis is on continuing development of personal expression, conceptual development, aesthetic and technical competency. Since this course introduces additional processes and materials, ARTZ 250 is not a prerequisite. Course fee required.

ARTZ 351: Contemporary Sculpture I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 250 or ARTZ 350 or permission of instructor. 
Investigation and use of contemporary processes, materials and concepts relevant in today’s expanded field of sculpture. Important theoretical approaches of the last twenty years will be covered through a thematic progression. Student-led discussions on selected themes will foster a learning environment in which the student develops a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations. This course will explore many sculptural processes that might include: installation art, kinetics, sound and light, video, electronics, cyber?art and performance. Course fee required.

ARTZ 352: Contemporary Sculpture II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 250 or ARTZ 350 or permission of instructor. 
Continued investigation and use of contemporary processes, materials and concepts relevant in today’s expanded field of sculpture. Important theoretical approaches of the last twenty years will be covered through a thematic progression. Student-led discussions on selected themes will foster a learning environment in which the student develops a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations. This course will explore sculptural sensibilities that emphasize scale and space: installation art, earthworks, diorama, land art, environmental?reclamation art, site-specific sculpture.

ARTZ 360: Photography II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260
In this course, the student will be encouraged to explore advanced photographic techniques and to develop a better understanding of black-and-white photography as an art form. Students will also learn how to use a variety of camera bodies, studio strobes, and mural printing techniques. Course fee required.

ARTZ 361: Alternative Photographic Processes
3 credit hours

This course will explore the many possibilities involving photographic images on nontraditional materials and alternative photographic printing techniques such as cyanotype, vandyke, silkscreen, lifts, transfers, mixed media, and construction of pinhole and alternative camera devices, etc. Course fee required.

ARTZ 364: Commercial Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 260 or ARTZ 267. 
This course will focus on commercial photography techniques utilizing studio lighting, with a focus on portrait, product and architectural photography using medium, large-format and digital cameras. Basic Photoshop and scanning will also be taught in this course. All cameras required for this course are available from the department to check out during the semester. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified courseCourse fee required.

ARTZ 367: Digital Photography II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTZ 267
This course covers advanced digital photography techniques, from camera use, flatbed and film scanning, color management and printing, Adobe Photoshop to final presentation methods. A SLR digital camera with shutter and aperture controls is required for this course. A limited number of cameras are available from the department to periodically check out throughout the semester if students are unable to purchase a camera. Course fee required.

ARTZ 380: Field Studies: Design and Fine Art
3 credit hours

A course designed to promote first hand, in?depth experience with works of art and/or architecture in order to foster the integration of theoretical and applied learning skills in the design and fine arts major. Students will participate in an off-campus field study, the exact nature of which will be determined by the interests of the student and must be approved in consultation with an art faculty member.

ARTZ 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
1-3 credit hours

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

ARTZ 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship
Varies credit hours

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402: Advanced Studio
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Departmental permission. 
These courses are offered to encourage individual work for advanced students under the supervision of a specific instructor.

ARCH 426: Travel Journal: Mediterranean Cultures
3 credit hours

Co-requisite:  ARCH 418ARCH 456. 
Students will apply cultural theories from CORE 201 Global Foundations to disciplined observation of the diversity of practices, rituals, habits and artistic productions of the peoples of the Mediterranean as the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Offered only with the Drury international semester program in Greece.

Courses used as electives for one art or art history major or minor may not also satisfy requirements for another art or art history major or minor. 

Only one advanced studio in each medium can count toward a major.  When a student has taken all the advanced studios (ARTZ 301302401402) in a studio area, no more advanced studios can be taken in that area. Advanced studios cannot be used as electives in any minor offered by the department of art and art history.

Students are required to complete a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form which can be found in MyDrury under the "Student" tab to enroll in advanced studios (ARTZ 301302401402), Portfolio (ARTZ 395).