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ART 100 ART APPRECIATION
3 Credits
Prerequisite: ENG 094
This lecture course examines the visual arts. Painting, drawing, printmaking, multimedia art, the crafts, architecture, and sculpture are examined and defined through an analysis of heritage, contemporary criticism, process, and product. Students learn the expressive and communicative language of aesthetic form (i.e. line, shape, color) and its integral relationship to content within a work of art. The cultural use of artist materials and how artists create visual art using media will be explored. A survey of art of the world will study the impact of art on human history. The course includes lecture, text, and digital materials.

ART 101 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN
3 Credits

This course involves the exploration and uses of the elements and principles of design. Students will gain an understanding and develop a sensitivity to the fundamentals of design and composition by manipulation and creative solving of design problems. Through design problems (assignments – both in and outside of class), group viewings, lecture/demonstrations, students will learn the theory, history and purposes of design and its universal qualities and applications.


ART 103 INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING
3 Credits

This studio course is an introduction to the applied art of drawing. Hands-on creative problem solving and strong work ethic are highly encouraged in a studio atmosphere. Through in depth projects and personalized demonstrations, students will gain greater insight, sensitivity, and understanding of how to create and finish a drawing as a work of art. The student will study techniques and media to sharpen visual/perceptual skills and, in turn, become more confident to pursue drawing as an artist.


ART 104 INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING
3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the applied art of oil painting. Through in depth projects and personalized demonstrations, students will gain greater insight, sensitivity, and understanding of how to create and finish a painting as a work of art. Students will develop a working knowledge of oil painting materials and techniques. Personalized studio demonstrations and experiences, will increase students’ understanding of painting, not only as a means of self expression, but also as a way of heightening perception. Hands on creative problem solving and strong work ethic are highly encouraged in a studio atmosphere.


ART 107 Introduction to Watercolor
3 Credits

This course is an introduction to watercolor painting. Through hands-on exercises and demonstrations, students will gain insight, skill and understanding to create original watercolor paintings. Students will develop a working knowledge of beginning level watercolor materials and basic techniques. In-class demonstrations and individual participation will help to develop greater understanding of watercolor painting, not only as a medium for self-expression but to broaden personal observation skills. Class involvement and a strong work ethic are encouraged in this course.


ART 108 3D Design
3 Credits
ART 108 Introduces students to problem solving related to the principles and elements of three dimensional design. The hands on experience emphasizes individual creative solutions to design problems. Students will explore a variety of materials/media.


Art 111 Traditional Photography
3 Credits
This course is a lecture/laboratory course in traditional photography techniques. The student will learn the use and function of the film camera and lens, basic darkroom techniques, including film processing, printing, and print finishing. The course explores the aesthetics of photography and other traditional photographic techniques and manipulation. (A 35mm camera with an adjustable aperture and shutter speed is required for this course)(Some cameras are available)


Art 112 Photography II
3 credits

This course is an extension of Traditional Photography. It introduces students to fine art photographic applications, medium format and view cameras, and studio photography, all of which broaden the student’s experience and skills both with the camera and in the darkroom.


Art 113 Digital Photography
3 credits

This introductory course is a unique combination of the exploration of digital photography and the use of computer imaging to capture, manipulate, and enhance a photograph as well as combine multiple photographs to create a montage. Through the use of Adobe Creative Suite Software, the student will learn how to edit, manipulate, and save photographs using Adobe Photoshop and how to manage their digital files using Adobe Bridge. The student will also be introduced to the basics of photography utilizing the digital camera including the use of aperture and shutter speed, the fundamentals of lighting and composition. The student will further explore digital technology including the use of various file formats, understanding histograms and digital exposure, image size and white balance.


Independent Study in Portfolio Development
Credits determined by Course Work and Independent Goals
The Independent Study in Portfolio Development course is designed to further enhance the skill of the student who is interested in strengthening and enhancing their personal artwork and creating images or artwork to contribute to a well-developed and professional portfolio. The course is independently designed to meet the needs and goals of the individual student.