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AR 401 - Senior Portfolio

A seminar class that chronologically analyzes and refines graphic design and computer projects, which have been done throughout the student's coursework. Meetings with instructor to discuss and critique reworked and new projects that have been specifically assigned.

AR 402 - Photography Portfolio

Equal parts seminar and studio in its approach, this senior-level course incorporates discussions and readings focused on contemporary photo-based artworks and the theoretical and critical developments in recent photographic art practices. In addition, this course helps prepare students to enter the professional art world and/or graduate school. Students develop a cohesive portfolio of photographic imagery and create a strategy for the presentation of their work. Prerequisite: AR-353.

AR 403 - Advanced Digital Imaging and Illustration

For student designers and fine artists with intermediate computer skills who are interested in more advanced concepts and creative techniques in digital illustration, photography, digital collage, printmaking and handmade techniques, digital book publishing, and large format printing. Programs to be explored are Adobe Photoshop and Painter. Prerequisite: AR-253 or AR-374.

AR 404 - Responsive Media

Students learn how to make interfaces for smart phones and tablets to create interactive audio and video. In addition, students produce creative projects using data mapping, generative art and work collaboratively on a site-specific media project. Also listed as CO-404. Prerequisite: CO-145 or AR-181.

AR 406 - Creative Book Arts

An introduction to bookbinding and papermaking. Traditional western-style papermaking and several non-adhesive binding structures will be covered. The student 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 permission for non-Art majors is required. Prerequisite: for Art majors, AR-381 or AR-382.

AR 408 - Senior Year Experience: Client/Thesis

The first part of a two course, senior year capstone experience designed to provide students the opportunity to propose and research a thesis project, create entry-level, professional design work, and to work with clients all while under the direction of a faculty member. For BFA majors Graphic Design majors only. Prerequisite: AR-371. Corequisite: AR-383.

AR 409 - Senior Year Experience: Thesis/Portfolio

The second part of a two course, senior year capstone experience designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a thesis project, work with clients under the direction of a faculty member, successfully mount their senior exhibition for AR-SHO credit, and to create an entry-level, professional design portfolio. For BFA Graphic Design Majors only. Prerequisite: AR-408. Corequisite: AR-384.

AR 411 - Advanced Project 2

Research, art making, and writing for Honors Project may be conducted for photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, Web design or motion graphics and is determined by a student's particular discipline and medium of choice. The art to be made is informed by the student's research and is articulated in full through a final eighteen to twenty-page research paper. The topic of research may include but is not limited to identity, gender roles in culture, feminism, religion, the occult, consumerism, politics, cultural diversity, war, personal experience, Renaissance vs. contemporary art, Greek vs. contemporary sculpture, etc. Alternatively, the student may also conduct a thorough exploration of the characteristics of a particular medium. Art and Design faculty must approve the topic. This is the second part of a two-semester class. Prerequisites: AR-410, a GPA of 3.00, a major GPA of 3.50, Junior status, EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor, and the student must be an Art or Fine Arts major and have permission of the department chair.

AR 414 - Group Project in 3D Animation

Students will learn how to work on a production team for a 3D project. Students will work in a team environment to brainstorm, communicate effectively, develop project goals, and delegate responsibilities. Students will learn how to meet deadlines both individually and collectively. Student groups are expected to produce a 3D animated piece with an estimated three-minute duration. Prerequisite: AR-394.

AR 415 - Senior Animation Reel

Students will create a reel between two to three minutes in duration of their animation work from previous animation projects and new animation projects. Includes lecture, discussion, demonstration, critiques and individual meetings with students to support the development of students' work. Students will research self-promotional opportunities such as competitions and festivals. Students will revise their resume to respond to their career interests. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a personal point of view. Prerequisite: AR-414.

AR 499 - Independent Study in Art

Guided research - a studio project or art history topic. Weekly consultation. May be elected for a total of six credits. Prerequisites: Senior standing and prior permission of the directing professor and department chair.

AR SHO - Senior Show

This is a pass/fail course.