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 36 hours of coursework: 27 hours of required courses and 9 of elective courses.

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

ARTH 153: Visual Literacy - Art History and Culture
3 credit hours

Using a range of visual objects, from contemporary advertisements to works of art, from ancient artifacts to architecture and graphic novels, this course introduces students to the skills of critical seeing, analysis and interpretation to help them make meaning from, and discern cultural values encoded within, visual imagery.

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 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 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 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 two course sequences (3 hrs.): 

ARTZ 335: Painting: Studio Explorations
3 credit hours

This course continues the acquisition of technical skills and builds on skills and concepts introduced in ARTZ 230 and ARTZ 335 while focusing more fully on the evolution of the individual investigation in the student’s work. 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 will be investigated. Students will develop a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations through research, writing, and presentation.

ARTZ 338: Painting: The Expanded Field
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 230 and ARTZ 335.
This course continues the acquisition of technical skills and builds on skills and concepts introduced in ARTZ 230 and ARTZ 335 while focusing more fully on the evolution of the individual investigation in the student’s work. 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 will be investigated. Students will develop a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations through research, writing, and presentation.

ARTZ 355: Sculpture: Studio Explorations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 250.
This course will expand on exploration of sculptural processes, materials, tools, and equipment. Emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency in the selection, use, and manipulation of materials as well as a mastery of the processes involved. Continued development of personal expression, conceptual development, aesthetic and technical competency will be emphasized. Students will further develop their writing and presentation skills through critical analysis of works of art. Course fee required.

ARTZ 358: Sculpture: The Expanded Field
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ARTZ 250, ARTZ 355.
This course continues the acquisition of technical skills and builds on skills and concepts introduced in ARTZ 250 and ARTZ 355 while focusing more fully on the evolution of the individual investigation in the student’s work. Investigation and use of contemporary processes, materials, and concepts prevalent in the current expanded field of sculpture will be emphasized. Important theoretical approaches to contemporary works will be covered through a thematic progression. Students will develop a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations through research, writing, and presentation. Course fee required.

ARTZ 365: Photography: Studio Explorations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260.

This course will expand on fundamental skills by introducing studio lighting with the use of DSLR, medium-format and large-format cameras. Retouching, scanning and color management will also be taught in this course. Students will further develop their writing and presentation skills through critical analysis of works of art. All cameras required for this course are available to check out during the semester. Course fee required. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARTZ 368: Photography: The Expanded Field
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260 and ARTZ 365.
In this course, students will be encouraged to explore advanced photographic techniques such as alternative processed, silkscreen, solar plate printmaking, mural printing, and digital projection while developing a portfolio based on each student’s conceptual investigation of the photographic image. Students will develop a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations through research, writing, and presentation. Course fee required.

Choose three elective courses, totaling nine hours, from the following (9 hrs):* 

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.

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.

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. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

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 205: Weaving
3 credit hours

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

ARTZ 210: Graphic Design I
3 credit hours

This course familiarizes students with the foundations skills of graphic design from sketch through comprehensive design. It introduces vocabulary, research, typography, design process, and exploration of design elements and principles through visual design problem solving. Students will develop presentation skill and familiarity of professional tools and techniques. This course will introduce the student to industry standard software applications and critical analysis of design work through written and verbal presentations. Studio fee required.

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 335: Painting: Studio Explorations
3 credit hours

This course continues the acquisition of technical skills and builds on skills and concepts introduced in ARTZ 230 and ARTZ 335 while focusing more fully on the evolution of the individual investigation in the student’s work. 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 will be investigated. Students will develop a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations through research, writing, and presentation.

ARTZ 338: Painting: The Expanded Field
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 230 and ARTZ 335.
This course continues the acquisition of technical skills and builds on skills and concepts introduced in ARTZ 230 and ARTZ 335 while focusing more fully on the evolution of the individual investigation in the student’s work. 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 will be investigated. Students will develop a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations through research, writing, and presentation.

ARTZ 345: Ceramics: Studio Explorations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 240.
This course will expand on exploration of ceramic processes, materials, tools, and equipment such as hand building, wheel throwing, mold-making or slip casting. Continued development of personal expression, conceptual development, aesthetic and technical competency will be emphasized. Students will further develop their writing and presentation skills through critical analysis of works of art. Course fee required. ARTZ 355 Sculpture: Studio Explorations. 3 hours. Prerequisite: ARTZ 250. This course will expand

ARTZ 355: Sculpture: Studio Explorations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 250.
This course will expand on exploration of sculptural processes, materials, tools, and equipment. Emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency in the selection, use, and manipulation of materials as well as a mastery of the processes involved. Continued development of personal expression, conceptual development, aesthetic and technical competency will be emphasized. Students will further develop their writing and presentation skills through critical analysis of works of art. Course fee required.

ARTZ 358: Sculpture: The Expanded Field
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ARTZ 250, ARTZ 355.
This course continues the acquisition of technical skills and builds on skills and concepts introduced in ARTZ 250 and ARTZ 355 while focusing more fully on the evolution of the individual investigation in the student’s work. Investigation and use of contemporary processes, materials, and concepts prevalent in the current expanded field of sculpture will be emphasized. Important theoretical approaches to contemporary works will be covered through a thematic progression. Students will develop a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations through research, writing, and presentation. Course fee required.

ARTZ 365: Photography: Studio Explorations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260.

This course will expand on fundamental skills by introducing studio lighting with the use of DSLR, medium-format and large-format cameras. Retouching, scanning and color management will also be taught in this course. Students will further develop their writing and presentation skills through critical analysis of works of art. All cameras required for this course are available to check out during the semester. Course fee required. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARTZ 368: Photography: The Expanded Field
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260 and ARTZ 365.
In this course, students will be encouraged to explore advanced photographic techniques such as alternative processed, silkscreen, solar plate printmaking, mural printing, and digital projection while developing a portfolio based on each student’s conceptual investigation of the photographic image. Students will develop a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations through research, writing, and presentation. Course fee required.

ARTZ 435: Painting: Contemporary Art Practice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 230 and ARTZ 335.
This course explores painting as a process, artifact, and concept by integrating studio exploration and critique with examination of works by contemporary artists to relate one’s painting practice within the context of contemporary artistic dialogue, work, and practices. Professional skills will be developed through the activity of contemporary art practice, which includes research, writing, and presentation

ARTZ 455: Sculpture: Contemporary Art Practices
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ARTZ 250 and ARTZ 355. This course explores sculpture as a process, artifact, and concept by integrating studio exploration and critique with examination of works by contemporary artists to relate to one’s sculpture practice within the context of contemporary artistic dialogue, work, and practices. Professional skills will be developed through the activity of contemporary art practice, which includes research, writing, and presentation. Course fee required.

ARTZ 465: Photography: Contemporary Art Practice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260 and ARTZ 365.
This course explores photography as a process, artifact, and concept by integrating studio exploration and critique with examination of works by contemporary artists to relate one’s photography practice within the context of contemporary artistic dialogue, work, and practices. Professional skills will be developed through the activity of contemporary art practice, which includes research, writing, and presentation. 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, 497: Internship
Variable 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.

*Only one can be an art history or architecture course; two must be 300 level or above.

Only one advanced studio in each medium can count toward a major. When a student has taken all the advanced studios (ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402) 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 to enroll in advanced studios (ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402).