CCPS Art Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
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.

200 Level Courses
ARTZ 205: Weaving I. 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 210: Graphic Design I. 3 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 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.

This course is an introduction to sculpture. In the studio the student will explore various approaches to contemporary and traditional sculptural problems by working with a variety of media. This course focuses on developing the technical skills and aesthetics considerations as they relate to various materials and processes used in sculpture. . Course fee required.

ARTZ 260: Photography I. 3 hours.

This course covers basic principles of photography, both digital and analog. Students will learn manual camera operation as well as darkroom printing techniques and basic Photoshop skills within a historical and cultural context of the medium. Students will be introduced to critical analysis of art works through written and verbal presentations. Both a DSLR and SLF 35mm camera with shutter and aperture control are required for this course. Cameras are available to rent throughout the semester.  Course fees required.

ARTZ 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 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 291, 391, 491: Research. Variable hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402: Advanced Studio. 1-3 hours.

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

ARTZ 310: Graphic Design II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARTZ 210.
This course is a continuation of the exploration of graphic design elements and principles study through more complex and comprehensive solutions. The student will deal with experimentation through research, conceptual thinking and process dealing with brand identity, logo, publication and UX/UI design problems. Students will learn new tools and techniques for the development of design solutions from prototype through comprehensive solution. The students will further develop writing and presentation skills through critical analysis of historical design works and user/audience research. Studio fee required.

ARTZ 311: Publication Design. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARTZ 210 and ARTZ 310.

This course explores the design and production of printed material, the use of grid design, the study of typography and software production techniques for books, magazines, newspapers and electronic publications. Students will build strong technical skills as it relates to prepress production and photo editing, typography and layout, while conceptualizing, designing and producing projects. Students will continue to develop writing, research and presentation skills related to the professional practice in development of their work. Studio 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 328: Digital Illustration. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARTZ 210 and ARTZ 310.

This course will explore the production, manipulation and techniques involved in the creation of digital imagery. The projects will include topics such as conceptual approach to illustration, subject matter, editorial and business/information graphics, retouching, compositing, color correction and production of visual imagery. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, reasoning, research and technical proficiency. The students will develop contemporary illustration skills related to the field while conducting research, writing and presentation. Studio fee required.

ARTZ 329: Typography. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARTZ 210 and ARTZ 310.
This course will explore the fundamentals of typographic form and function in a variety of traditional and contemporary media. Through a series of exercises, the student will investigate the relationship between the visual and verbal language, complex problems addressing hierarchy, communication, and comprehension and gestalt theory. This course will also explore vocabulary, history, grid design and experimentation while expanding on the student’s research, writing and presentation skills. Studio fee required.

ARTZ 335: Painting: Studio Explorations. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARTZ 230.
In this course students will learn advanced studio problems in painting with an emphasis on the further development of one medium and of individual expression. Students will further develop their writing and presentation skills through critical analysis of works of art.

ARTZ 338: Painting: The Expanded Field. 3 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 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 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 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 ill 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 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 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 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 397, 497: Internship. Variable hours.

S/U Grading

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.

400 Level Courses
ARTZ 435: Painting: Contemporary Art Practice. 3 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 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 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 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.