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ART 10     2 hr/1 cr
Art Survey

Survey of art in selected historical periods of Western Civilzation.
Note: Not open to students taking ART 11 or ART 12.
Corequisite: ENG 02 or RDL 02, if required.

ART 11     3 hr/3 cr
Introduction to Art History

This course surveys architecture, painting, and sculpture, from prehistory to the present, with emphasis on the development of Western art. Students learn to analyze artworks from different periods and movements including Ancient Egypt, the Italian Renaissance, Impressionism, and Pop Art and how they relate to the society that produced them.  A key component of the course is a formal paper based on students' experience of viewing artworks at museums, galleries, or monuments in New York City.
Corequisite: ENG 02 or RDL 02, if required.

ART 12     3 hr/3 cr
Introduction to Art Hitory: Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East

This course covers the art and architecture of these regions from ancient times to the present. It examines a wide range of media from many different cultures, including African masks, Aztec pyramids, Asian ceramics, and Islamic mosaics. Students learn to analyze artworks and how they relate to the culture that produced them. A key component of the course is a formal paper based on students' experience of viewing artworks at museums, galleries, or monuments in New York City.

ART 15     4 hr/2 cr
Design Basics

Studio course introducing the principles of two-dimensional design and color. Experiments in line, value, texture, space, and illusions of volume and their applications to creative and dynamic composition will be applied to conceptual thinking and the development of problem solving skills for graphic design projects of increasing complexity.

ART 21     4 hr/2 cr
Drawing

Studio course to develop basic skills and concepts in drawing. Emphasis on drawing anatomy and portraits. Use of different mediums and techniques. Students draw from professional models.

ART 22     4 hr/2 cr
Painting

Studio course to develop basic skills and concepts in painting in oil and acrylics. Fundamentals of form, color, texture, and composition as applied to still life, landscape, portraits, figure studies, and abstraction. Development of student's personal style.

ART 32     4 hr/2 cr
Printmaking

Practical studio course in silkscreen printing and intaglio/relief printing. Basic printmaking techniques are covered with an emphasis on proper use and care of equipment. Primary focus is on the use of photo-sensitive methods. Students will be introduced to graphic arts printing techniques concepts including transparency of ink, separations, registration and editioning. Through museum and gallery visits, as well as library resources, students are made familiar with the developments in printmaking of both the past and present. Portfolio presentation is explained including proper mounting and matting methods and the care of fine arts graphics.

ART 41     4 hr/2 cr
Ceramics I

Fundamental techniques of pottery and ceramics. Emphasis on standards of design and development of craftsmanship. Art museum visits.

ART 42     4 hr/2 cr
Ceramics II

Building, decorating, glazing techniques. Emphasis on three dimensional design and craftsmanship.
Prerequisite: Art 41

ART 55     3 hr/3 cr
Modern Art

This course covers the important movements in Modern Art, including Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, and Modern Architecture. Coursework includes lectures, films, and visits to museums, art galleries, and monuments.
Prerequisite: ART 11 or by departmental permission.

ART 56     3 hr/3 cr
Graphic and Digital Design History

This course covers the development of graphic design from the Industrial Revolution to the 21st century. New digital art forms such as web design, computer animation, motion graphics, interactive multimedia, and 3-D graphics are also examined. Coursework includes exams, written reports, online research, and museum visits.
Prerequisites: ART 11 or by departmental permission.

ART 71     4 hr/2 cr
Photography

Basic photographic techniques as a creative medium; emphasis on composition and lighting; developing, printing and enlarging. Students provide their own cameras and materials.

ART 72     4 hr/2 cr
Digital Photography

This course will emphasize the basics of composition, lighting, color correction and output. Students will study composition and lighting both in the field and in a commercial studio setting. Students will also examine various methods of digital image presentation including the use of graphic and audio elements in time-based media. This course requires students to have access to a digital camera.

ART 79     4 hr/2 cr
Typographic Design

Hands-on typography survey covering history of type, from the stone age to the electronic age. Course work will focus on creative exercises that will reinforce the understanding of type; its style, structure, measurement and its design applications. Students will use current page layout software as applied to typographic studies.
Corequisite: ART 15 or by departmental permission.

ART 81     4 hr/2 cr
Typography and Layout

Employing typographic and imaging skills, students will strive to create effective page layouts for print design. Conceptual and professional production skills will be emphasized utilizing current layout software.
Corequisite: ART 79 or by departmental permission.

ART 82     4 hr/2 cr
Illustration

Problems of making illustrations and the direct relationship between technique, concept and execution. Practical aesthetic problems involved in illustrating work done in class can be used in a portfolio. Students will prepare comps and finished art work ready for reproduction. Assignments teach the student to solve problems of interpretation for children's books, fiction and non-fiction, newspapers and magazines. Students are helped to develop their own styles. Exploration of these concepts on the computer.
Prerequisite: ART 21 or by departmental permission

ART 84     4 hr/2 cr
Digital Imaging

A course concerned with Digital Imaging for Print, the World Wide Web and Multimedia. Students will experiment with scanned and self-generated images using industry-standard (currently Photoshop) imaging software. Integration with other applications will be a goal. The software programs' prodigious versatility will be applied to the merging and transformation of photographic images in creative and unexpected ways. Professional level skills in this area, vital to a graphic design professional will be emphasized.

ART 86     4 hr/2 cr
Digital Illustration

Computer-based instruction exploring advanced topics in illustration using current industry standard drawing programs. Emphasis on conceptualization through finish and technical excellence. Finished class assignments will provide portfolio samples.

ART 87     4 hr/2 cr
Web Design

Building upon skills acquired in previous computer graphics courses, this hands-on computer laboratory workshop focuses upon advanced software and design proficiency. Students will learn professional Web Design and Web Multimedia software. Projects will include various graphics for the web as well as the creation of an interactive website.
Prerequisite: ART 84 or by departmental permission.

ART 88     4 hr/2 cr
Web Animation

This course introduces the principles of digital animation for the web. It focuses on developing a basic understanding of animation and time-based design, exploring concepts of interactivity, and designing projects for Internet delivery. Projects range from the development of buttons and simple key-frame animations to web ads and splash page animations, incorporating text, sound, and visuals.
Prerequisites: ART 86 or by departmental permission.

ART 89     4 hr/2 cr
Publication Design

This course explores the application of typographic design to a multiple page format. The challenges presented by designing for an extended publication will foster the development of greater typographic and conceptual skills. Working with narrative, students will create a book that combines personal artistic expression and hands on skills with advanced digital layout techniques, thereby strengthening their ability to analyze and interpret raw information and place it into a meaningful context.
Prerequisite: ART 81 or departmental permission.

ART 90     4 hr/2 cr
Graphic Design Project

This course encompasses both the development of a multifaceted graphic design project and the production procedures necessary for projects to be printed professionally. Design projects will explore the creation of identity programs that will include multiple components. The interaction of design and production will be emphasized. Topics will include project management, understanding font utility programs and file preparation. How to produce reliable digital color proofs, create color separations and understanding color calibration will be covered.
Corequisite: ART 86 or by departmental permission.

ART 91     4 hr/2 cr
Design Portfolio

A project based seminar wherein the development of professional portfolios, print and/or multimedia is the goal, along with job-seeking skills.
Prerequisites: ART 81 or by departmental permission.
Corequisite: ART 86 and Art 90, or by departmental permission.

ART 93     4 hr/2 cr
Web Design Project

This course explores the creative and technical process involved in the development of a web design project, including information architecture, interactivity, and menu design. It is conceptual in nature and employs a disciplined and systematic approach to the development of web sites and other Internet related projects. The course takes a comprehensive look at how web sites are developed and deployed and looks into common technologies used for web design. Students will develop fully functional web sites from the ground up.
Prerequisites: ART 87 and 88 or by departmental permission.

ART 95     4 hr/2 cr
Introduction to 3D Graphics and Animation

This course provides introductory studio experience in 3D computer graphics and animation. Topics include 3D modeling, texture mapping, virtual lighting, virtual lens, virtual camera, and 3D animation. Through lectures, viewings, tutorials, and projects, students develop a multi-purpose skill set that can be used for innovative content creation, product visualization, space planning, virtual object animation, and multimedia integration.
Prerequisites: ART 86 or by departmental permission.

ART 97     4 hr/2 cr
Web Portfolio

This is an advanced class in interactive web design, offering supervised career planning, and a chance for students to explore different web design approaches. Aesthetic input and training in appropriate technical skills will be provided to help individual students improve their existing artworks and construct an effective, artistic web portfolio.
Prerequisites: ART 87 and 88 or by departmental permission.

 

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