Undergraduate College

Course Descriptions

ARS-0100 Drawing I
This course in an introduction to the basic techniques and exercises used in drawing. In order to develop and enhance perceptual and manual skills, direct observation of the subject and visual problem solving will be stressed. Students considering an art major take this course in the fall semester of their first year. No prerequisite. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ARS-0101 Visual Fundamentals I
A foundation course intended to emphasize the basic principles of two-dimensional space, objective analysis, systems of experimental manipulation, problem solving, and consideration and use of materials. Students considering an art major should take this course in the fall semester of their first year. No Prerequisite. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ARS-0110 Introduction to Studio Techniques
This course is an introduction to various two-dimensional media with emphasis on combinations of materials and processes. No prerequisite. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ARS-0120 Digital Photography
This course will provide students with opportunities to explore the technology of digital picture making, camera controls, printing, and presentation with emphasis on using computer software such as Adobe Photoshop to correct tonal range, crop images, and correctly resize an image. No prerequisite. 3 credits.

ARS-0130 Introduction to Watercolor
This course is intended to introduce students to the techniques in traditional and non-traditional watercolor media. In addition to studio practice, course work will include weekly demonstrations of techniques and lectures by the instructor. Emphasis will be placed upon direct observation of the subject, including figure, still life, and landscape. No prerequisite. 3 credits. This course fulfills the creative expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ARS-0140 Geometry in Art
This course concentrates on discovering geometry in nature and art. Students will work with geometrical constructs such as lines, angles, triangles, and circles, and explore in depth polygons and three dimensional polyhedra. Students will evaluate geometry in art through artists that incorporate circle and knot designs, optical art, and symmetry such as that found in Islamic tile designs or in nature. For the final project students will produce an art piece with a strong geometrical foundation. This course is cross-listed with MAT-0140. No prerequisite. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement or partially fulfills the Critical Thinking and Problem Solving requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program but it cannot be used for both.

ARS-0200 Drawing II
A continuation of Drawing I with special emphasis on developing perceptual awareness of spatial relationships and conceptual exploration using traditional and non-traditional materials. Art majors should take this course in their first or second year. Prerequisite: ARS-0100. 3 credits.

ARS-0201 Visual Fundamentals II
A continuation of Visual Fundamentals I, emphasizing the investigation of the physical and visual elements of three-dimensional form and structure. Safe use of hand and power tools, and equipment will be stressed. Students considering an art major should take this course in the spring semester of their first year. Prerequisite: ARS-0101. 3 credits.

ARS-0202 Interior Design I
This course will provide an introduction to the theories, principles, and professional practices of interior design. Prerequisite: ARS-0101. 3 credits.

ARS-0203 Interior Technical Drawing
This course will survey the drawing techniques utilized by interior designers to convey two and three-dimensional concepts. In addition to sketching, rendering, and complex perspective construction, theoretical approaches to color media and presentation materials will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ARS-0101 and ARS-0201. 3 credits.

ARS-0205 Painting I
The basic techniques of oil painting, its form and craft, will be introduced using the human figure, still life, and landscape as subject. Students considering an art major should take this course in the spring semester of their first year. Prerequisite: ARS-0100. 3 credits.

ARS-0210 Figure Drawing
A study based on drawing the human form from direct observation as it exists as an entity independent of spatial environment. Prerequisite: ARS-0100. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0211 Interior Finishes and Materials
This course will cover both natural and man-made products. Begin to understand the multitude of interior finish materials and their respective uses, properties, and related environmental/code implication. Prerequisite: ARS-0202. 3 credits.

ARS-0215 Ceramics I
An introduction to the basic techniques needed to use clay as a medium of creative expression. Students will explore form and content while developing skills through class assignments and individual projects. No Prerequisite. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ARS-0230 Papermaking I
The basic techniques and materials of making two and three-dimensional papermaking will be introduced as a vehicle for formal and conceptual explorations. Prerequisite: ARS-0101.
3 credits

ARS-0235 Introduction to Art Therapy
This course is intended as an introduction to the field of art therapy. Ongoing clinical presentations, in class activities, and keeping of an art journal will assist students in obtaining an enhanced awareness of the therapeutic potentials of a variety of art media, techniques, and tasks. Studio projects, class discussions, and readings will focus on the use of studio art methods, materials, and practices relevant to the profession of art. Prerequisite: ARS-0101 and PSY-0100. 3 credits.

ARS-0240 Computer Graphics for Non-Majors
This course is an introduction to desktop publishing, including the processes and programs for page layout, design, illustration, and scanning, and will focus on the mechanics of software and concepts of visual display. No prerequisite. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ARS-0250 Computer Graphics I
This course is an introduction to the electronic tools necessary to function in the graphic design field. Industry standard software will be taught to create page layouts that incorporate scanning and illustration. Emphasis will be placed on work created as well as the mechanics of software. Prerequisite: ARS-0100 and ARS-0101. 3 credits.

ARS-0255 Typography
This course will focus on typography as a functional and aesthetic tool. Typographical language, structure, and usage as it relates to graphic design and visual communication will be stressed. Prerequisite: ARS-0250. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0260 Printmaking I
Basic techniques and processes used in relief and intaglio printmaking will be surveyed. Among the processes introduced will be dry point, etching, aquatint, surface, and color printing. Health and studio safety will be stressed. Prerequisite: ARS-0100 and ARS-0101. 3 credits.

ARS-0270 Sculpture I
Using materials such as clay, wax, plaster, and other media, students will undertake a three-dimensional study of the human figure and head. The development of a personal approach to expression will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ARS-0101. 3 credits.

ARS-0275 Graphic Design I
This course will survey the principles and theories of graphic design with emphasis on the techniques and materials used by the graphic designer. Prerequisite: ARS-0101. 3 credits.

ARS-0282 Illustration
Using the image as a vehicle of communication, emphasis will be placed on exploration of various media and techniques of the illustrator. Prerequisite: ARS-0100 and ARS-0101. Offered every other year, fall semester. 3 credits.

ARS-0290 Photography I
A technical framework will provide students with the opportunity to explore their own creative vision. Camera controls, black and while developing, and printing as well as presentation techniques will be covered. No prerequisite. 3 credits.

ARS-0295 Options in Art
This course is intended to survey the various career options available to the studio art major. Through exposure to a diversity of art professionals, students will become familiar with the strategies to manage and facilitate a successful career in art. No prerequisite. 3 credits.

ARS-0300 Drawing III
Using direct observation of a subject as a point of departure, students will experiment with various media and techniques in order to develop and enhance perceptual and conceptual skills. Prerequisite: ARS-0200. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0302 Interior Design II
This course is a continuation of Interior Design I with emphasis on the relationship between conceptual development and the form and function of interior spaces. Prerequisite: ARS-0202. Offered spring semester as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0303 Color and Light
This course will emphasize the interaction of color and its application to two and three-dimensional design. Prerequisite: ARS-0202. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0305 Painting II
This course is a continuation of Painting I with emphasis on developing a personal approach to form and content. Prerequisite: ARS-0205. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0311 Materials and Construction
Emphasizing the need to understand the use of materials and construction for interior spaces, this course includes the study of measurement, structural building systems, lighting, architectural components, finish materials, vocabulary, and codes. Prerequisite: ARS-0202. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0312 Computer-Aided Design: Interiors
This course will introduce the principles, concepts, and software utilized in computer-aided design for interior spaces. Prerequisite: ARS-0202. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0314 Construction Design Document Drawing
Interior Designers need to communicate design concepts through a complete package of drawings. This includes construction and reflected ceiling, electrical, telephone, and data finish plans as well as elevations/sections, details, and furniture plans. Prerequisite: B.F.A., Interior Design Track students only. 3 credits.

ARS-0315 Ceramics II
Demonstrations and hands-on experiences will introduce students to advanced techniques such as alternative firing, glazing processes, colored clays, and mold making for multiple work. Prerequisite: ARS-0215. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0317 Multi Media
An advanced continuation of Visual Fundamentals II, this course will focus on the use of non-traditional materials, applications, and processes. The visual and conceptual possibilities of mixed media, environmental, and installation work will be explored. Prerequisite: ARS-0201. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0330 Papermaking II
This course is a continuation of Papermaking I and emphasized the development of individual projects related to the student’s own personal direction and within the context of contemporary art study. Prerequisite: ARS-0230. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0335 Women’s Work: Pattern and Decoration in Art
A material studies course-exploring modes of expression that are born out of women’s traditions and experiences. Contemporary needlework, beading, and embellishment will be explored through social and art historical contexts. No prerequisite. Offered occasionally. 3 credits.

ARS-0350 Computer Graphics II
This course will be an in-depth study of scanning, photo retouching, and composition as well as color correction of images. Also included will be how ideas can be expressed through a manipulation of images using the computer as a creative tool. Prerequisite: ARS-0250. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0360 Printmaking II: Surface Design and Printing
This course is an introduction to silkscreen printing as an applied and fine art printmaking medium. Both hand drawn and photo transparencies will be used to create stencils for printing on paper, cloth, or other surfaces. Prerequisite: ARS-0260. 3 credits.

ARS-0370 Sculpture II
This course is a continuation of Sculpture I and emphasizes the development of a personal direction using a variety of traditional and non-traditional media and techniques. Prerequisite: ARS-0270. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0375 Graphic Design II
This course is a continuation of the study of design and layout introduced in Graphic Design I. Emphasis will be placed on the development of text and image as it relates to mass communication. Prerequisite: ARS-0275. 3 credits.

ARS-0390 Photography II
Emphasizing technical information and visual experimentation, this course will provide students the opportunity to explore self-initiated projects as well as class assignments. Prerequisite: ARS-0290. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0400 Drawing IV
Intended as advanced work in drawing media, this course provides students with the opportunity to explore individual projects in the context of contemporary art trends and practices. Prerequisite: ARS-0300. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0402 Interior Design III
Further expanding the study of interior design, this course addresses such areas as psychology of home, commercial design, and historic preservation. Prerequisite: ARS-0302. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0405 Painting III
Individual painting projects are developed and discussed in conjunction with contemporary and art historical contexts. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal direction. Prerequisite: ARS-0305. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0411 Portfolio: Interior Design
Students will develop a professional portfolio in their specific area of interest. Individual projects will be reviewed in consultation with interior design faculty. Prerequisite: Senior Studio Art major status. 3 credits.

ARS-0414 Business Practices for Interior Design
Estimating, contracts, organization and trade relations, zoning, office practices, accounting, and professional affiliations will be introduced. Prerequisite: ARS-0311. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0415 Ceramics III
Advanced individual projects in ceramics are developed and discussed within the context of contemporary art theory. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal direction. Prerequisite: ARS-0314. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0430 Papermaking III
Advanced individual projects in papermaking are developed and discussed within the context of contemporary art theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal direction. Prerequisite: ARS-0330. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0450 Computer Graphics III
Advanced individual projects in computer graphics are developed and discussed within the context of recent developments in software and technology, trends and practices. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal direction. Prerequisite: ARS-0350. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0460 Printmaking III
Advanced individual projects in printmaking media are developed and discussed within the context of contemporary art theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal direction. Prerequisite: ARS-0360. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0470 Sculpture III
Advanced individual projects in sculpture are developed and discussed within the context of contemporary art theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal direction. Prerequisite: ARS-0370. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0475 Graphic Design III
Advanced individual projects in graphic design are developed and discussed within the context of current graphic design, techniques, trends, and professional and business practice. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal direction. Prerequisite: ARS-0375. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0476 Web Design
This professional course includes the technical and theoretical foundation for contemporary web design. Students will create a web page, with emphasis on designing a logical interface, including navigation, and stacking order. Prerequisite: ARS-0250. 3 credits.

ARS-0480 Senior Graphic Design Portfolio
Students will prepare a professional design portfolio geared to their area of interest. Graphic design faculty will review individual projects within the portfolio. Prerequisite: Senior Studio Art major status. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ARS-0490 Photography III
Advanced individual projects in photographic media are developed and discussed within the context of contemporary technical and theoretical practice. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal direction. Prerequisite: ARS-0390. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

ARS-0491 Independent Study in Studio Art
Advanced individual projects in any medium or combination are developed and discussed in consultation with studio art faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. 1, 2, or 3 credits.

ARS-0492 Senior Project Seminar I
Special topics seminar required for all senior art majors (B.A. and B.F.A.) that focuses on individual projects. Additional emphasis will be placed on the research of historical and/or contemporary issues or models related to the student’s project. Prerequisite: Senior Studio Art major status. 3 credits.

ARS-0493 Art Methods K Through 12
This is a course for students seeking teacher certification in art. It is a workshop course in a variety of media, as well as specific emphasis on Art curriculum at every grade level. The development of appropriate and effective lesson planning skills is also stressed. Students build on their observation of diverse student populations in area schools. This course cross lists with EDU-0493. Prerequisite: ARS-0101. 3 credits.

ARS-0496 Internship
Internships are required for all students following the B.F.A. Graphic Design, or the Interior Design Track. It is an opportunity to gain exposure to a professional work environment. Credit to be awarded based on internship contract and criteria. 1 to 6 credits.

ARS-0497 Senior Project Seminar II
Senior Projects Seminar is the second part of a two semester seminar that focuses on individual senior projects. In addition to research of historical and/or contemporary issues or models that are related to the student's project, emphasis will be placed on the studio activity and the subsequent exhibition of the senior project. Prerequisite: ARS-0492. 3 credits.

Faculty

Michael Willse  
Associate Professor, Studio Art
Discipline Chair

Patricia M. Nugent
Associate Professor, Studio Art

Margaret Hobson-Baker
Assistant Professor, Studio Art

Susan Digironimo

Adjunct Instructor, Studio Art

Deirdre Cimino
Adjunct Instructor, Studio Art

Laura Jacoby
Adjunct Instructor, Studio Art

Janice Merendino
Adjunct Instructor, Studio Art

Jim Victor
Adjunct Instructor, Studio Art