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Design & Fine Art Courses (ARTZ)

100 Level Courses:
ARTZ 111: Foundations of Studio and Design
ARTZ 123: Drawing

200 Level Courses:
ARTZ 200: Printmaking
ARTZ 205: Weaving
ARTZ 206: Fibers I
ARTZ 211: Digital Foundations
ARTZ 230: Painting I
ARTZ 240: Ceramics I
ARTZ 250: Sculpture I
ARTZ 260: Photography I
ARTZ 267: Digital Photography I
ARTZ 290: Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
ARTZ 301, 302: Advanced Studio
ARTZ 303, 304: Praxis Studio
ARTZ 305: Weaving II
ARTZ 306: Fibers II
ARTZ 312: Illustration
ARTZ 323: Figure Drawing
ARTZ 325: Graphic Design - Form and Content
ARTZ 326: Graphic Design - Audience and Format
ARTZ 327: Graphic Design - Integrated Practice
ARTZ 330: Painting II
ARTZ 331: Advanced Painting
ARTZ 332: Painting Practice and Theory
ARTZ 340: Ceramics II
ARTZ 341: Ceramic Mold-Making and Slip Casting
ARTZ 342: Ceramic Hand Building
ARTZ 343: Ceramic Wheel Throwing
ARTZ 350: Sculpture II
ARTZ 351: Contemporary Sculpture I
ARTZ 352: Contemporary Sculpture II
ARTZ 360: Photography II
ARTZ 361: Alternative Photographic Processes
ARTZ 364: Commercial Photography
ARTZ 367: Digital Photography II
ARTZ 380: Field Studies: Design and Fine Art
ARTZ 390: Selected Topics
ARTZ 395: Portfolio
ARTZ 397, 398: Internship

400 Level Courses:
ARTZ 401, 402: Advanced Studio
ARTZ 403: Praxis Studio
ARTZ 490: Selected Topics
ARTZ 496: Apex Studio
ARTZ 397, 498: Internship


ARTZ 111: Foundations of Studio and Design. 3 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 hours.

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

ARTZ 200: Printmaking. 3 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 hours.

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

ARTZ 206: Fibers I. 3 hours.

An introduction to two and three dimensional fiber techniques and structures. Emphasis will be placed on using a variety of techniques in the execution of assigned problems. Experimental use of materials will be encouraged. Course fee required.

ARTZ 211 Digital Foundations. 3 hrs.

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 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 hours.

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

ARTZ 250: Sculpture I. 3 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 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 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 305: Weaving II. 3 hours.

This course builds on the principles and techniques of loom and off-loom weaving covered in Weaving I.  Students will explore new threading and treadling techniques and new unit weaves leading to the production of larger and more complex fabrics. Course fee required.

ARTZ 306: Fibers II. 3 hours.

This course is a continuation of the exploration of two and three-dimensional fiber techniques and structures begun in Fibers I. Students will explore and master complex skills and strategies for work on larger scale fiber projects. Experimental use of materials will be encouraged. Course fee required.

ARTZ 312: Illustration. 3 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 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 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 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 hours.

Pre-requisite: ARTZ 111, ARTZ 211, ARTZ 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 course. Course fee required.

ARTZ 367: Digital Photography II. 3 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 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 395: Portfolio. 3 hours.

It is recommended that this course be completed prior to ARTZ 496.
This course concerns development of a body of art work to be used in approaching the job market or graduate school possibilities.

ARTZ 496 Apex Studio. 3 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.

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

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

ARTZ 303, 304, 403: Praxis Studio. 3 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 290, 390, 490 Selected Topics. 1‐3 hours.

ARTZ 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492 Research.

ARTZ 397, 398, 497, 498 Internship.