Visual Arts

  • CFA AR 452: Printmaking 2 (Spring, variable credit)
    This course offers advanced professional study in printmaking techniques, for students who wish to focus on the print with intensity, as they refine their personal visual statement through workshop practice, critique and the enhancement of critical thinking. Experimentation is encouraged while students develop technical mastery and independent problem solving through print. In addition to demonstrations and hands-on guidance, the course provides an expanded technical vocabulary. Combined multiple printing applications and experimental media will be an option as well as the opportunity to print at large scale. Introduction to contemporary artists engaged in print practice and contemporary issues, through presentations, field and museum trips, and visiting artists. Variable credit, one or both semesters.
  • CFA AR 461: Directed Study Art Education
    Provides opportunity for individual students to gain practical experience or to pursue academic investigations of a more independent nature in a subject related to art education. Open to undergraduate students in the Art Education BFA or the Five-year MA Program only. Approval of the student's advisor or supervising faculty and department chair required. An established focus of study must be submitted in writing in advance of registration. Variable credits, either semester.
  • CFA AR 468: Pre-K-14 Visual Arts Curriculum Design and Writing
    Graduate students produce an illustrated thematic curriculum that covers Pre-K-12 studio studies in the visual arts for one year including a unit/lessons for the preceding and following course or year. Attention is given to generating a rationale for the curriculum, developing a teaching philosophy, describing district demographics, addressing 21st century skills, providing adaptations for both gifted and special needs students, etc. Accommodations are made to adapt course requirements for undergraduate art education majors. This course is taken in conjunction with student teaching and clinical practicums.
  • CFA AR 469: Color
    Color is a studio course that investigates the relativity of color, and the role that quantity, proportion, and context play in our perception of color, both in the visual arts, and in our daily environment. Lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, and museum visits will complement the primary studio activity of solving specific color problems, and of generating individual, expressive color compositions. Open to all University students. No previous experience in art is required. Elective credit may be applied to the BFA Major or the Visual Arts Minor. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 470: Ceramics 1
    Introduction to methods and strategies for using ceramics as a sculptural material. The course initiates the students to the process, vocabulary and techniques involved in all the steps of hand-building, glazing and firing. Students will explore traditional and experimental techniques: building with coils, slabs, imprints, forming on molds, extruding, surface development, glazing and staining. There will also be a demonstration of some basic throwing. The class includes experimentation with different surface treatments and initiation to glaze chemistry and uses. The class approaches the history and contemporary practice of ceramics through lectures, museum visits and individual research. (4 cr)
  • CFA AR 471: Ceramics 1
    Introduction to methods and strategies for using ceramics as a sculptural material. The course initiates students to the process, vocabulary and techniques involved in all the steps of hand-building, glazing and firing. (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 483: Senior Graphic Design Fall: Collaboration
    Group collaboration and design as an agent for social change are areas that will challenge students to develop their own content, point of view and to learn their audience. Students will work in teams representing a professional studio environment. Students will manage multiple work streams through lead and supportive roles. Thesis research will complement group activities throughout the fall. Research will begin in fall semester and serve as a launching point for self-directed study during the final semester.
  • CFA AR 484: Senior Graphic Design Spring: Senior Thesis
    In this culminating semester students will independently develop systems and methodologies for solving real world, pragmatic design problems. Students start by identifying an area of research and discussing its relationship to graphic design. The idea of 'designer as author' will be emphasized through a self-motivated design project that will strengthen individual processes and problem solving capabilities. Upon graduation students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional-grade body of work.
  • CFA AR 487: Junior Type Fall: Denotation, Connotation
    Junior level typography is an advanced examination into the theory and practice of denotative and connotative typography. Students will learn how to design a complex typographic system over a sequence of pages; and how to control complex hierarchal systems as a means of conveying visual language and verbal meaning. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the function of design principles in creating typographic contrast, hierarchy, meaning and expression. Students will address how variables such as rate, pace and sound impact typographic narrative in a time-based context.
  • CFA AR 497: Junior Type: Motion + Interactivity
    CFA AR497 is the only typography course that solely addresses dynamic typography. Students will learn how to translate traditional typographic variable like form, weight, scale and space into dynamic environments, type-based narrative sequences, and type in an interactive format. Students will learn how pacing, rhythm, sequencing and interactivity impact hierarchy and communication. Focus on refinement, craft, typographic complexity, denotative and connotative typography is emphasized. Creative concepting, visual storytelling and hierarchy will be emphasized. Tutorials in After Effects and Flash are included. Open to undergraduate junior graphic design students. This is a required course for graphic design majors. 2 credits. Spring semester.
  • CFA AR 500: Independent Study: Drawing Elective
    Discussion of a broad range of drawing issues, including drawing from memory, and from secondary sources. Introduction of subjects explored in non-representational drawing traditions. Regular critiques.
  • CFA AR 501: Drawing Venice
  • CFA AR 508: The Experimental Photograph
    This course brings together the STEM disciplines with the art of photography through hands on experiments and explorations of neuroscience, engineering, and new media. From pinhole photography to 3D printing, students will gain skills in historical processes within the medium of photography as well as current technologies. Final projects will be presented in exhibition format in Gallery 5. Materials will be presented through lectures, readings, technical demonstrations, guest scientists, group discussions, and visits to labs on campus. Student work will be discussed in formal critiques and informal work shares. The interdisciplinary approach to the course aims to broaden students' understanding of the medium of photography and to appreciate an expanded view of the arts and sciences. No prior experience with photography or the STEM disciplines is required.
  • CFA AR 512: Architect Draw
  • CFA AR 515: Digital Photo
    Prereq: CFA AR 415 or equivalent. Digital Photo will acquaint student with the basics of RAW image capture using a digital camera, non-destructive image file management, input and output resolution management, establishment of a digital workflow, adjustment and editing in Adobe Photoshop, fundamentals of color correcting management, digital retouching and high-end archival inkjet printing.
  • CFA AR 517: Digital Printmaking: Ink & Pixel 4 credits Spring term
    This course will explore the use of computers and digital printers as a creative tool for art-making, incorporating important cutting edge developments in the field of printmaking - digital imaging, innovative mixed media processes, and combinations with traditional print media. The course progresses from basic hands-on techniques and aesthetics of fine art digital production with substrate variables, to sections devoted to layered mixed media, 3D and spatial projects, and photo-process techniques that engage the broad landscape of contemporary prints. Students produce a body of works in these media, using Photoshop, wide-format Epson printers, scanners and tablets in addition to traditional printmaking. The course is designed for both graduate and undergraduate students. Design, color, and drawing issues, conceptual and technical skills, critical skills, and process-oriented project development are stressed through demonstrations, assignments, and critiques.
  • CFA AR 518: Silkscreen Print 4 Credits
    This course focuses on contemporary fine art silkscreen prints, the incorporation of fluid, solid and digital stenciling methods of silkscreen printing and the use of multiple approaches to the print. Drawing will be emphasized, and studio work will focus on formal visual issues and resolving visual ideas with an originality of approach. Through a coordinated sequence of projects, students will synthesize their conceptual and technical skills with this medium and study the application of hand printmaking.
  • CFA AR 519: Painting Venice
  • CFA AR 521: Site Specific Art
    This elective will be interdisciplinary and open to students in all majors, both in the Visual Arts program and all other schools in the university. The course aims to instruct students in the professional practice of making site-specific art commissions for public and private clients. The students will gain professional skills in the development of a site-specific work of art that will require the utilization of a variety of media, an interdisciplinary approach and team work. Students will also learn how to work and negotiate with prospective clients who wish to contract site-specific art for particular settings and architectural environments. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 527: Drawing into Animation
    This course provides a convergence of contemporary performance, dance music, new media and visual arts projects that draw artists from across many traditional disciplines. The course will equip students with an understanding of how time based thinking can provide a natural extended practice, translating ideas through story boarding and scripting. Drawing concepts will range from informal sketches to full narrative graphic novels. Stop motion will be taught for sculptural ideas and time-lapse photography for painting and mix media production. Extensive use of Wacom tablets, mobile app based cameras, and the Adobe Suite will be utilized. This course is meant to bring digital technologies and 4D projects into the traditional studio practice. 4 credits.