ART/VCDMA Course Descriptions
ART 100 ART FUNDAMENTALS (Non-Art Majors Only) 3 Credits.
This course is a study of the spatial arts from the point of view of balance, proportion, rhythm, and harmony. Students will experiment with materials such as plastics, cloth, paper, paint, and dye.
ART 101 2D-DESIGN 3 Credits
This course is a study of visual organization. Theories of spatial organization and designing in various materials will be studied.
ART 102 3D-DESIGN 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ART 101. This course will emphasize the innovative use of various materials and techniques in two- and three-dimensional design.
ART 103 CRAFTS (Non-Art Majors Only) 3 Credits
This course will provide experiences in fundamental principles of design and the manipulation of two- and three-dimensional art forms.
ART 110 INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING 3 Credits
This course provides the fundamentals in the practice of drawing in various media, development of artistic discrimination, and drawing skills.
ART 111 LIFE DRAWING 3 Credits
This course is a study of the costumed and nude figure.
ART 200 AFRICAN ART: PAST and PRESENT 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. This course surveys the historical background of African indigenous visual culture, examines content and context, form and function, and discusses specific examples of how these unique attributes of African visual cultures have shaped modern art in Africa, the African Diaspora, and the world at large.
ART 201 CERAMICS (HAND BUILDING) 3 Credits
This course provides studio experience in hand forming processes and decorative techniques. Encounters surveying the ceramic arts.
ART 202 CERAMICS (WHEEL THROWING) 3 Credits
This course provides studio practice in wheel throwing techniques and design, kiln firing, and elementary clay and glaze technology.
ART 210 PRINTMAKING I (Fall Only) 3 Credits
This course provides an exploration of woodcut, lithographic, and serigraphic techniques.
ART 211 PRINTMAKING II (Spring Only) 3 Credits
This course provides an in-depth study of etching and lithographic techniques. Traditional and experimental processes will be explored.
ART 250 PHOTOGRAPHY I 3 Credits
(formerly ART 350) This course is a study of the basic principles of the photographic process, including the proper use and maintenance of the camera and related equipment and the techniques of lighting, developing, printing, and mounting.
ART 270 FASHION NETWORK 3 Credits
This course introduces students to fashion design, Students will learn the basics of fashion illustration, as well as the fundamental principles of the fashion network: Design, Production, Marketing/Sales and Communication
ART 299 ART SURVEY 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ENGL 102. Great epochs of art will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on art as a humanistic study and as a record of human experience.
ART 301 ART HISTORY (PREHISTORIC THROUGH GOTHIC) 3 Credits.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102. This course is a survey of architecture, the decorative arts, sculpture, and painting from ancient through medieval times and the relation of art to the society and culture of each period.
ART 302 ART HISTORY (RENAISSANCE THROUGH ROMANTIC) 3 Credits.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102. This course explores the nature of the Renaissance, European, and American art from the fifteenth century to the present time, and is a continuation of the relationship of art to the society and culture of each period.
ART 310 PORTRAIT AND FIGURE SCULPTURE 3 Credits
Armature construction and practical experience in creating basic forms in metal, clay, plaster, wood, and stone will be provided.
ART 311 SCULPTURE (CARVING) 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of ART 310 with emphasis given to the development of individual projects. No prerequisites for non-art majors. Art majors must complete ART 102 and ART 110/111.
ART 320 INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING 3 Credits
This course provides creative experiences in paint media. Emphasis will be placed on pictorial organization and various techniques.
ART 321 EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING (DIGITAL TEXTILES) 3 Credits
Prerequisites: ART 320 and 330. Formerly Experimental Painting. This course is a continuation of Art 320 with emphasis on using Photoshop to create digital paintings, collages, assemblage, and mixed-media projects. Painting on textiles will be given specific focus and attention.
ART 230 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER GRAPHICS 3 Credits
Prerequisites: ART MAJORS: ART 101 and 102 (or ART 310/311). This is a survey course and introduction to computer basics and computer graphics. It will consist of a study of the basic elements and principles of design, traditional art/design techniques, and an introduction to basic paint-oriented (raster) design software.
ART 231 VISUAL LITERACY: ELEMENTS OF DESIGN, COLOR, AND TYPOGRAPHY 3 Credits.
Prerequisite: ART MAJORS: ART 330. NON MAJORS: 330 (or COSC 112) As a continuation of ART 330, this course is an introduction to visual literacy, color theory, and basic typography. Students are guided through projects that apply effective visual problem solving for art and design with an emphasis on print and presentation. Students learn to apply the elements and principles design in both traditional (hand/paper) and digital design. This course further develops students' skills and ability to use object-oriented graphics and incorporate these with other raster graphics and software tools and art techniques.
ART 340 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION: DESKTOP PUBLISHING/IMAGE EDITING 3 Credits
Prerequisites: ART MAJORS: ART 101 or ART 110/111 and ART 331; MUSC 312. NON-MAJORS: ART 331. Formerly Introduction to Desktop Publishing. This course is an introduction to decision-making in the production of visual communication. This course blends technology with creativity to give depth in the understanding of imaging techniques, image/color selection, and print service bureau interfacing. Focus on the successful application of elements and principles of art/design and raster based graphics.
ART 341 ADVANCED VISUAL COMMUNICATION: ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN TECHNIQUES 3 Credits.
Prerequisites: ART 340. Formerly Advanced Desktop Publishing. This course is an introduction to advanced decision-making in the production of visual communication. This course expands upon prior knowledge of technology and established creativity and imaging capabilities to solve advanced problems in page layout and print service bureau interfacing. Special focus on vector based graphics, advanced typography, and color theory will be covered.
ART 342 NEW MEDIA: INSTALLATION AND PUBLIC ART 3 Credits
Prerequisites: ART MAJORS: Art 310 (or 311), Art 320 and Art 330 (or 340). NON MAJORS: Art 340. This course encourages students to use skills and knowledge acquired in traditional art and computer graphics foundation courses. It also allows students an opportunity to combine the concepts of mixed (multi) media, digital, installation, and public art. It further encourages students to explore creative uses of technology as a tool in fine art production. This course allows students to further develop skills in working in spatial environments. Students will work idependently on a variety of lessons and activities throughout the semester on one major public art or installation project, model, and/or presentation.
ART 351 PHOTOGRAPHY II 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of ART 350. Special emphasis is placed on the artistic merits of photographic imaging.
ART 352 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 3 Credits.
Prerequisite: ART 350. The course introduces students to the concepts and techniques necessary to create, edit, and store color photographic images using digital technology. Units on color theory, image-editing, printing options, and digital image storage will also be covered. ART 352 also focuses on personal exploration using technology as a creative medium for visual expression.
ART 360 DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY I: INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION 3 Credits
Prerequisite: Junior Standing, ART 340 or MUSC 312. Theatre: THEA 263. Formerly Cinematography I. This course is a study of the principles of digital video/cinema including the use, operation, basic digital video editing, as well as the developing narratives and scripts for short video projects and exercises.
ART 361 DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY II: ADVANCED DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING AND COMPOSITING TECHNIQUES 3 Credits.
Prerequisite: Junior Standing, ART 360. Formerly Cinematography II. This course is a continuation of ART 360. Emphasis is on special digital video and compositing techniques, as students will develop a short digital video project over the course of the semester.
ART 396 2D DIGITAL ANIMATION I: INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION AND MOTION GRAPHICS 3 Credits
(formerly ART 496). Prerequisite: ART 102 (or ART 310/311); ART 110 (or ART 111) and ART 340; MUSC (MUSC 410); NON-MAJORS: ART 340. Formerly Computer Animation. This course is an introduction to animation using state-of-the-art software and hardware for motion graphics. It provides a study of animation principles as well as techniques in producing two-dimensional digital animations.
ART 397 2D DIGITAL ANIMATION II: ADVANCED ANIMATION AND MOTION GRAPHICS 3 Credits
(formally ART 497) Prerequisites: ART MAJORS: ART 110/111, and ART 396 NON-MAJORS: ART 396. As a continuation of Art 396, this course allows students to develop skills in two-dimensional digital animation production, character animation, motion graphics, and advanced animation principles. Students will work on a variety of lessons throughout the semester and on an extended animated production.
ART 402 CERAMICS III (Mini Semester) 3 Credits
This course is a study of the composition and computation of ceramic glazes and clay bodies and includes laboratory practice in the development of aesthetic qualities in glazes and clay bodies.
ART 404 HISTORY OF MODERN ART 3 Credits
This course is a study of painting, architecture, and sculpture since the French Revolution.
ART 405 HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART 3 Credits.
This course is a study of African American art from colonial times to the present.
ART 408 VISUAL CULTURE: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN ART, AESTHETICS, and CULTURE 3 Credits.
A visual study and critical discourse on the aesthetics of contemporary art and theory as it intersects with urban culture and artistic movements such as hip-hop. This course explores the aesthetics, philosophies, and foundations of hip-hop by focusing on musical, poetic (spoken word), and visual expressions rooted within the culture. Visual and performance artists who have been influenced by and who incorporate hip-hop into their work will also be studied. Students will also study the relationship between hip-hop to visual art, multimedia, video/film, as well as with other cultures, and the political, social, and historical movements in African American history.
ART 450 MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOP: WEB DESIGN and DIGITAL MEDIA 3 Credits.
Prerequisites: ALL: Junior Standing; ART MAJORS: ART 350 or 360 (MUSIC: MUSC 410); NON-MAJORS: ART 340. This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to explore the creative possibilities in multimedia including interactive, web design, and presentation graphics media.
ART 470 SELF PROMOTION and MARKETING FOR THE ARTS 3 Credits.
Prerequisites: Advanced Standing and Permission only. The course focuses on developing and expanding the students' use of technology components, skills, and practices, such as the integration of video, print design, and online media to create proper marketing materials to promote the students' future chosen careers in the visual and/or performing arts.
ART 480 THE ART OF SMALL BRONZE CASTING (Mini Semester) 3 Credits.
This course is designed for both beginning and advanced level students in the exploration of the process and the world history of bronze casting. Students will investigate one or more cultures known historically for their bronze casting and integrate those styles into their own artwork. During the semester, students will participate in all aspects of the bronze casting process: creating the artwork, investing, wax burnout, bronze pouring, chasing, finishing, patination, and presentation.
ART 490 MUSEUM, GALLERY, AND STUDIO SEMINAR 3 Credits
Prerequisite: Senior Art Majors Only or Permission of Instructor. Professional Orientation: the students will be exposed to the problems of the artist in dealing with the public: marketing, displaying, and sound business practices; gallery and museum relations; and goals, purposes, and operations of art museums and galleries. Visitations to museums and galleries in Baltimore; Washington, DC; New York; and/or other major art centers will be scheduled.
ART 491 INTERNSHIP IN ART AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION 3 Credits
Prerequisties: Junior/Senior Standing; Art Majors: ART 404 or 405, ART 495 (for VCDMA/computer graphics concentration); ART 490 (for art concentration); at least 24 credit hours in area of concentration. This advanced internship and apprenticeship course is intended to help students in art and VCDMA (computer graphics) make their way into the professional art, design/multimedia, and visual communications world. The class serves as a bridge between students both professionals in the various art/design industries and students.
ART 495 ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING: TOPICS IN DESIGN AND DIGITAL IMAGING 3 Credits.
Prerequisite: Junior Standing, ART MAJORS: ART 340, 350 (or 360) and 450; NON-MAJORS: 340. Formerly Advanced Computer Imaging. This is an advanced course in digital imaging and visual communication design. It is designed to provide an in-depth study of design principles, including working with clients, creative briefs, and strategies for advertisement and visual marketing. Product and packaging design will also be covered.
ART 496 3D Modeling & Animation I 3 Credits
Prerequisites: ALL: Majors: ART 396 2D Digital Animation I; permission by instructor for non-majors. This course is an overview of 3D computer animation & modeling. Through in-class lectures, assignments and homework, you will be instructed on how to use 3D software for basic modeling, rendering, lighting and setup for animation. Different methods of conceptualizing characters will be discussed and illustrated. There will also be instruction in using a bitmap based paint and illustration application to create textures. (Adobe Photoshop) The student will also learn some basic compositing techniques and computer simulation. The students will also be exposed to how the applications are used in real-world studio situations.
ART 498 GALLERY SEMINAR AND SENIOR THESIS 2 Credits
Prerequisites: Art Majors and Permission Only. Senior Standing. Formerly Gallery Seminar. Students must have completed a series of upper-level and advanced art or computer graphics courses (300-400) prior to signing up for this course. It is also expected that students can demonstrate a mastery of technical and creative skills and a professional and cumulative body of artwork. The care, handling, preparation, identification, arranging, exhibiting, and associated problems and responsibilities of gallery work will be explored. Students will develop effective strategies for marketing and promoting one's work through a portfolio (slides, physical, website, and CD-ROM/DVD). The course includes a formal display of students' artwork through an exhibition and professional portfolio. Students must demonstrate a cross section of comprehensive work and must submit a minimum of 20 pieces for faculty review prior to exhibition. Successful completion of course will require students to participate in all aspects of gallery presentation.
ART 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY (Fall, Spring) 3 Credits
Prerequisite: Fine Arts Majors and Minors and Permission only. Advanced study for fine arts majors who desire further study in a particular area. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours. The student must have taken two or more courses in the area in which he/she elects to do independent study and have an average of 3.0 or better in that area. Consent of the instructor and department chairman is required before a student is permitted to register for any independent study course.