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Department of Art & Design

300 Level Courses

AR 306 - Creative Book Arts
An introduction to bookbinding and papermaking. Traditional western-style papermaking and several non-adhesive binding structures will be covered. The students will produce a final bound book of sequential images (pages) in any media relevant to her/his discipline. The print lab will be available but not required. Department Chair for non-Art majors is required. Prerequisites: AR-114 and AR-192.
AR 313 - Lighting Techniques
A studio course that explores the photograph in contemporary art. Photography's integral tie to light serves as the backbone of this course as it investigates the alternative and contemporary spaces used by photographic artists. Digital and analog tools and skills blur as students are encouraged to experiment and challenge their ideas of what defines a photograph. Teaches studio lighting as it applies to fine art and commercial photography. Includes technical instruction in the lighting studio as well as on location with both portable lights and natural light. Defined by critiques and continues technical and conceptual advancement. Prerequisite: AR-181.
AR 321 - Painting III
The development of the student as a painter, with emphasis on the philosophy of painting. Six hours of studio per week. Prerequisites: AR-221 and AR-222.
AR 325 - Writing Supplement for Art and Design
The writing component for co-registered studio classes which integrates a fifteen-page research paper. Emphasis is placed on the quality of writing and research. Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: A 200-, 300-, or 400-level studio course.
AR 342 - History of New and Expanded Media in Art
A survey of computer-based new media and ephemeral expanded media in art with emphasis on the later twentieth century to the present. Topics could include the use of computing, robotics, biotech research, virtual reality, performance, and social practice in art while critically reflecting on the aesthetic, cultural, social, and political contexts within which these media emerged. Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.
AR 347 - History of Photography
A topically arranged survey of world photography, this course takes as its central concern the multiple purposes to which photography has been adapted since its "discovery" in the early nineteenth century. Although the relationship between photography and fine art is considered, the many non-art uses of the medium are also discussed in an attempt to better understand the cultural contexts in which photography has been employed. Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.
AR 349 - Asian Art Survey
Important Artistic Monuments from India, China and Japan. Since Buddhism is a connecting link for Asian cultures, emphasis is placed on Buddhist art. Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.
AR 352 - Methods of Teaching Art II
The history and philosophy of art education; the construction of art curricula and the exploration of teaching methods; media and tools appropriate for the educational level. Methods II deals with the needs of the adolescent. The course includes research-based pedagogical strategies for teaching linguistically diverse students, those with diverse learning needs, incorporating instructional technology into the classroom and utilizing data to inform instruction. Clinical Hours required. Open to Art majors only. Also listed as ED-352.
AR 353 - Digital Photography III
A strong foundation in the technical and aesthetic aspects of color photography through projects utilizing digital RAW files and analog negatives with instruction in color printing and studio lighting as it pertains to the nuances of color. Discussions and critical writings focus on the history and theory of color photography. Combines analog and digital techniques and focuses on more advanced file managing and color control both on the monitor and in the print. Prerequisite: AR-253.
AR 370 - Advanced Typography
An advanced level course in the study of typography. This course will expand upon topics covered in AR-287 Typography by considering the emotional, expressive, and effective use of typographic elements pertaining to graphic design and visual messaging. Projects will be produced for a variety of applications including: broadsides (print media), original typeface design with Font Lab Studio (digital), and conceptual typography (experimental). Prerequisite: AR-287.
AR 374 - Digital Imaging
Advanced concepts and creative techniques in digital imaging using Adobe Photoshop. Projects build on all previously learned software, specifically the Adobe Creative Suite. Assignments include varied aspects of graphic design including file preparation and creation for digital compositing and large format printing. This course also prepares students for work within the professional printing industry. Prerequisite: AR-273.
AR 381 - Print: Intaglio/Relief
Introduction to the printmaking techniques of relief printing; linocut, woodcut, and etching; hard and soft ground, and aquatint. Six hours per week. Department chair approval is required for non-art majors. Prerequisites: AR-191 and AR-192.
AR 383 - Web Design/Interactive I
An introduction to web design and production. Covers an overview of the creation of websites and the use of web graphics, web programming, and multimedia through web-based software programs. Fundamentals of graphic production, layout design, web typography, and the principles of Interaction Design and UX Design are discussed. Prerequisite: AR-253 or AR-374.
AR 384 - Web Design/Interactive II
An advanced class in web design and development. It extends the design principles and techniques introduced in Web Design/Interactive I. Students will create dynamic web content such as animation, audio/video using web-based software and programming languages. Emerging web technology will be discussed. Prerequisite: AR-383.
AR 385 - 2D Animation
Students will be exposed to the fundamental terminology, concepts, and techniques of creating 2D animations to broaden their skills as animators and enhance their overall creative ability. Using pencil and paper in conjunction with computer based techniques, students will gain experience in basic principles of animation including timing, expression of emotion, straight ahead action and pose to pose, key frames and in-betweens. In the assigned projects for this course, students are responsible for controlling and manipulating a subject's perceived volume, weight, proportion, and movement, thus gaining a more thorough understanding of the animation process. Prerequisite: AR-172.
AR 387 - 3D Modeling, Lighting and Rendering
Students will learn how to create virtual objects, both hard surface and organic models, apply materials and lighting, set up a camera, and render professional quality images. Special attention will be given to modeling for animation and real time rendering. The focus will be on the concepts, aesthetics, and practice of generating 3D computer imagery as a means of artistic expression. Prerequisite: AR-172.
AR 389 - Art and Photography Internship
An internship in any art and design disciplines with the development of professional competence in the career setting. The placement must enhance a student's knowledge of his or her chosen field of study. Students are required to complete 50 hours per credit. Sophomore status and permission of the instructor is required to register for this course.
AR 390 - Animation/Motion Graphics I
An introduction to the art of time-based, graphic storytelling. 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. Prerequisite: AR-172 or AR-181.
AR 391 - Animation/Motion Graphics 2
Explores the commercial and experiential nature of motion graphics. Projects for this advanced course expand upon established time-based narrative structures for film, video and television. Emphasis will be placed on the synergy of video, writing, storyboarding, editing, and three-dimensional graphic elements. Prerequisite: AR-290 or AR-390.
AR 394 - 3-D Environments and Effects
Concepts, tools, and techniques for creating realistic natural environments and phenomena (such as moving clouds, fire, and flowing water). Students will sculpt complex polygonal geometry into various terrains including landscapes and foliage. Students will learn to create realistic backgrounds incorporating natural light. Creating realistic shadows will be explored as well. Students will learn how to use particle emitters in order to simulate phenomena such as flowing water, flames, and snow. Prerequisites: AR-393, or AR-387 and AR-392.
AR 399 - Independent Study in Art
Guided research - a studio project or art history topic. Weekly consultation. May be elected for a total of six credits. Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair is required to take this course.