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Department of Art & Design

200 Level Courses

AR 222 - Painting II
A continuation of AR-221, Painting I, with emphasis on the further development of painterly ideas and creative thinking. Art and Art Education majors must have prerequisites. Six hours of studio work per week. Prerequisite: AR-221.
AR 231 - Eco Art
With the idea of the artist and non-artist in mind, this course focuses on building creativity, vision, and the ability to synthesize new ideas from across disciplines to form original ideas and solutions around the human/nature relationship. Through individual and collaborative problem-led investigations, students will utilize research, writing, and discussion to create 2D, 3D, and time-based art that engages a specific ecological topic. Particular focus will be placed on eco-artists' ways of working, eco-art materials, and transdisciplinary research.
AR 242 - History of Western Art II
Survey of the significant styles and periods in Western art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Weekly lecture and discussions assist students with developing their visual literacy and a critical understanding of the past.
AR 265 - Hand Built Ceramics
An introduction to clay as a creative material for making both functional and sculptural 3-D forms using various hand-building techniques, including coils, slabs, carving, incising, and their combination. Basic glazing and firing methods will be covered. Slide presentations, group and individual critiques will be part of the curriculum.
AR 266 - Wheel Thrown Ceramics
An introduction to the potter's wheel as a tool for creating both functional and sculptural clay forms. In addition to throwing forms on the wheel, students will gain knowledge about glazing and firing techniques. Slide presentations, group, and individual critiques will be part of the curriculum.
AR 269 - Graphic Design Studio I
An introduction to graphic design, including conceptual thinking, the making of signs, icons, and symbols, logo and brand identity, letterform design, layout, and design techniques. Students will also be introduced to design history and current issues regarding the profession. For students minoring in Graphic and Interactive Design, there are no prerequisites, however, approval of the department chair is required. Prerequisite: AR-113 for Art majors only. Corequisite: AR-114.
AR 270 - Graphic Design Studio II
Introduces more advanced visual communications and typographic problem solving. Projects strategically test the students' understanding of design theory, research, writing, and thinking. Individual projects mimic those in a professional design environment and are developed following the traditional creative process. Projects include branding, corporate identity, information design, digital illustration, app design, and packaging. Prerequisites: AR-172 or AR-177, and AR-269. Corequisite: AR-273.
AR 273 - Digital Illustration
A continuation of Introduction to Digital Design with primary emphasis on more advanced illustration software. Assignments build on previously learned software and concepts. Projects may include illustrative posters, booklets, interiors, and currency design. Prerequisite: AR-172 or AR-177.
AR 282 - Web Design/Interactive I for Non-BFA Candidates
An introduction to web design and development. Covers an overview of the creation of websites and the use of web graphics, web programming, and multimedia through web-based software programs. Other software tools including Photoshop and Illustrator are used to develop design concepts and web content. Fundamentals of graphic production, layout design, and web typography are discussed. Not available to BFA Candidates. Prerequisite: AR-172 or AR-177 or AR-178.
AR 284 - Web Design/Interactive II for Non-BFA Candidates
Integrates previously learned web design and development concepts. Students will create dynamic web content such as animation, audio/video using web-based software and programming languages. Other software tools including Photoshop, Illustrator, and sound editing programs are used to develop design concepts and web content. Not available to BFA candidates. Prerequisite: AR-178 or AR-282.
AR 287 - Typography
An introduction to the theory, function, history, and impact of typography in graphic design. This course is an analysis of the shape and form of letters. Investigation and comparison of existing typefaces, type specification and layout in relation to graphic design and the printed piece. Prerequisites: AR-172 or AR-177 and AR-269.
AR 290 - Motion Graphics for Non BFA Majors
An introduction to the art of time-based, graphic storytelling for non-art/design majors. Emphasis will be placed on the creation of engaging digital environments through the thoughtful integration, manipulation, and orchestration of audio, video elements, typography, and animated logos. Meets six hours a week. Not available to BFA candidates. Prerequisite: AR-172 or AR-177 or CO-145.
AR 299 - Independent Study in Art
Guided research - A studio project or art history topic. Weekly consultation. May be elected for a total of 6 credits. Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair is required to take this course.