College of Liberal Studies

School of Arts and Communication

Department Chair: Joel Elgin

105 Center for the Arts, 608-785-8230


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Professors: Crocker, Fiorini, Grant, MacDonald; Associate Professors: Choy, Elgin, Terpstra; Assistant Professors: Ready, Williams.


Art Major

(All colleges) — 39 credits, including ART 104, 106, two courses from 351, 352, 353; 354 and three courses to be elected from ART 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 208, 209 or 210, 214, 216, 220, 221, APH 202; and four courses to be elected from 303, 305, 308, 309, 314, 316, 320, 321, 331, 349, 405, 408, 410, 413, 414, 416, 421, 440. ART 399 required to be taken in the junior year. ART 499 required to be taken in the senior year.


Art Minor

(All colleges) — 24 credits, including ART 104, 106, one course from 351, 352, 353; 354 and two courses to be elected from ART 201, 203, 204, 205, 208, 209 or 210, 214, 216, 220, 221, APH 202; and two courses to be elected from 303, 305, 308, 309, 314, 316, 320, 321, 349, 405, 408, 410, 413, 414, 416, 421, 440.


Broadfield Art Major

(Middle/Secondary Education) — 54 credits, including ART 104, 106, 205, 209 or 210, 214, 216, 221, 354, 399, 434, 499; and one course from 351, 352, 353; and electives in ART including APH 202. (C-I 312 and C-I 313 are required in addition to the major.)


Photography Minor

(All colleges) — 18 credits, including APH 202, 232, 302, 312, 412, 492 and electives in APH chosen from APH 300 or 372, 322, 332, 342, 351, 402, and 499.




+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.



ART       102                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Art Appreciation

Discovering the visual world. An introduction to the visual arts of applied arts, architecture, craft arts, film/video arts, painting/drawing, printing/ graphic arts, and sculpture. The student will learn to use analysis and evaluation to explore the meaning of art.


ART       104                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Foundations I: Basic Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design

Foundations I introduces the student to a studio-based approach to the visual arts. Students develop a strong understanding of basic design principles and basic drawing techniques via the application of traditional media and new technologies. Foundations I will also encourage students to build discipline and good studio habits. These elements will serve the students for the rest of their undergraduate experience in the arts.


ART       106                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Foundations II: Basic Drawing, Three-Dimensional Design

Foundations II continues the student’s introductory experience to a studio-based approach to the visual arts. Students apply design principles to the three-dimensional realm. Concentration will focus on basic construction techniques, exposure to various materials and their inherent qualities, and design concerns regarding three-dimensional forms. Drawing, design, and the computer as a design tool continue as essential elements of the art student’s experience. Prerequisite: ART 104.


ART       200                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Perspectives in Art I

Art Studio and/or historical investigation within traditional and contemporary areas of art. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3. Offered occasionally.



ART       201                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Multicultural Survey of Art

An examination of art forms in the varying contemporary and historical social contexts of Africa, Asia, and other non-western cultures. Topics to include the studies of objects and artists from these non-western geographical areas with emphasis on the image, cultural circumstances, world views, and the function of art. Offered Semester II.


ART       202                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Graphic Art and Design

A studio course introducing the fundamental principles of design applied in commercial and advertising art. Necessary techniques are explored and refined through projects representative of contemporary practice. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Offered occasionally.


ART       203                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Figure Drawing

A studio course emphasizing Life Drawing as an art form through exploration of various styles and techniques from traditional through contemporary.


ART       204                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Watercolor Painting

A studio course concentrating on water color painting with an emphasis on technique and color theory. Traditional and contemporary modes of expression are studied in the context of the working studio. Stylistic and thematic development are explored. Offered occasionally.


ART       205                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Painting

This course is a thorough introduction to the techniques and materials of painting. Focus is on approaches to creative expression, the research of historical and contemporary painting, and peer critical dialogue. Explores a broad range of painting media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and encaustic. Various stylistic approaches are introduced, including realism, abstraction, and post modern painting. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 104.


ART       208                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

New Technologies in the Arts

A survey studio course exploring the potential of new technological media to produce art work. Included media are: video, photocopying, and computers. Offered occasionally.


ART       209                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio

The student will be exposed to the issues and possibilities of the printed image by exploring the techniques of black and white intaglio. The intaglio printmaking process will be examined through extensive studio and historical research. Areas of study include the development of intaglio from 1657 to the present, the application of drawing and content issues to the techniques of drypoint, line etching, aquatint, and softground. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 104. Offered annually.


ART       210                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography

The student will explore the issues and possibilities of the printed image through a studio/historical exploration of lithography. Areas of research include the historical development of lithography and the application of its techniques of crayon, pencil, transfer and computer augmentation to stone lithography. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 104. Offered annually.


ART       214                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Sculpture

An introductory studio course which explores basic processes associated with sculptural form. The course begins with an introduction to direct, additive processes where students will work with basic materials such as clay, concrete, wood, and foam. The second half of the semester concentrates on modeling, mold making, and casting metal. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 106.


ART       215                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Intermediate Sculpture

A studio course which focuses on the human form as sculptural imagery. Students will begin their observation of the figure through drawing and modeling in clay. Advanced applications of mold making will allow students to cast their forms in various materials such as plaster, rubber, aluminum, bronze, or iron. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 214.


ART       216                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Ceramics

A studio course which explores process and materials. The course begins with hand building techniques. The end of the semester focuses on throwing on the potter’s wheel. Through the course the student will experiment in clay, glazes, and surface decoration. Lect. 1, Studio 4.


ART       220                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Blacksmithing

A studio course involving basic principles of iron forging, with emphasis on design. The major hot forging techniques include tapering, rounding, rivet work, spirals and twists. These techniques will be investigated to develop design in functional and non-functional iron forms. Lect. 1, Studio 4.


ART       221                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Basic use of metals in jewelry making, with emphasis on design and development of fabrication and gem setting processes. Lect. 1, Studio 4.


ART       300                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Studio Art for Non-Art Majors

A studio art experience for non-art majors; an introduction to a variety of art media; such as drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Prerequisite: ART 102. (Not open to art majors.) Offered occasionally.


ART       303                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Drawing

Studio course providing students an opportunity to improve drawing skills and understanding through emphasizing still life, nature, analytical, experimental and figure drawing as a source of design. Prerequisites: ART 104 and 203.


ART       305                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Intermediate Painting

The intermediate level of painting expands upon the concepts introduced in ART 205, with an emphasis on creative development within the discipline. Students develop their own visual language, creative expression, and conceptual understanding through active participation in collaborative painting, and individual studio work, and critiques. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 205.


ART       308                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Computer Art

A studio course using the computer as a tool to produce artwork. Areas of exploration will include: drawing, painting, three-dimensional rendering, graphics and animation software in a Macintosh environment. Prerequisites: ART 208 or C-S 101.


ART       309                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Printmaking

Each student will further their knowledge of intaglio and lithography by researching both multiple printing and simultaneous color printing methods. Concurrently students will apply the technical, historical, theoretical knowledge gained to his/her own areas of content. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisites: ART 104, 209 or 210. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.


ART       314                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Sculpture

Students are asked to define a personal vision through foundry processes and techniques which align themselves with that vision. The student will be directed to explore advanced applications for the development of complex form and imagery. Students are also given the opportunity to refine their skills in observation and modeling form.

Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisites: ART 215.


ART       316                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Intermediate Ceramics

Studio course specializing in the skill associated with the pottery wheel. Emphasis upon individual research in the mixing of clay bodies and simple experiments in glaze research. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisites: ART 106 and 216.


ART       320                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Blacksmithing Techniques

A studio course involving advanced principles of iron forging with emphasis on design. Functional and non-functional iron form will be investigated. Advanced forging techniques including forge welding, tennon work, tool making and construction techniques will be discussed and implemented through design form. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisites: ART 106 and 220.


ART       321                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Intermediate Jewelry and Metalsmithing

A studio course that covers advanced jewelry fabrication, hollow forms and an introduction to several casting techniques. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisites: ART 106 and 221.


ART       331                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

History of American Art

Art from the colonial period to the present time.


ART       333                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

History of Animation

A survey of the art of animation from its 16th century origins through World War II. Includes early animation, invention of sound and color, development of celluloid animation and the “Golden Years” of animation. Offered occasionally.


ART       343                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

New Directions in Animation

The development of animation as an art form since 1945. Includes limited action, stop action, claymation, computer animation, and other new techniques. Offered occasionally.


ART       349                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Display Holography

The recording of light on a photographic plate by laser technology to create images that appear to be three-dimensional. Using this holography process to create artwork. Prerequisites: ART 104 and 208 or APH 202. Offered occasionally.


ART       351                                                                                                                                         Cr. 3

Ancient Art of the Western World

A history of the visual arts from prehistoric times through the fall of the Roman Empire, 10,000 BC to 450 AD, concentrating on the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome. Prerequisite: HIS 151.


ART       352                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Medieval Art of the Western World

A history of the visual arts from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Gothic period, 450-1300 A.D. Prerequisite: HIS 151.


ART       353                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Renaissance Art of the Western World

A history of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo styles in the visual arts of Italy and northern Europe from 1300 to 1750. Prerequisite: HIS 152.


ART       354                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Modern Art of the Western World

A history of the visual arts in Europe and North America from 1750 to the present. Prerequisite: HIS 152.


ART       399                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Senior Seminar in Professional Practices and Problems                             

Reading and discussion pertinent to the professional artist. Course intended to assist students in the final stages of their education to make a successful transition from undergraduate school to the professional world of the artist. Prerequisite: junior standing.


ART       400                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Perspectives in Art II

Art studio and/or historical investigation within traditional and contemporary areas of art. Prerequisite: ART 106. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3. Offered occasionally.


ART       405                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Painting

An opportunity for further development of visual language through the medium of paint in an individualized studio environment. The course involves a dedication to ongoing creative work and an increased awareness of contemporary painting discourses. Students focus on issues of conduct and expression through individual projects and research. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 305. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.


ART       408                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Computer Graphic Design

An intensive studio experience to expand digital illustration skills for the production of sophisticated artwork and graphics leading to the development of a personal illustration style. Topics will include image scanning and manipulation, color theory, preparation of files for high end output and thematic content. Studio 6. Prerequisite: Art 308. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Offered occasionally.


ART       410                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Individual Problems in Printmaking

An intensive studio/historical exploration of the student’s chosen area of content as expressed through the techniques of printmaking. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 309. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Offered occasionally.


ART       413/513                                                                                                                             Cr. 1-3

Independent Study

Concentrated study in any area: art history, art metal, ceramics, design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture. Open to advanced students who have excellent records in selected areas. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6 for majors, maximum of 4 for non-majors or minors.


ART       414                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Individual Problems in Sculpture

A studio course providing opportunities for independent work for the advance student in the area of sculpture. Students are challenged to further develop a personal vision of sculpture through various techniques offered in the studio. These techniques will be based on advanced foundrywork, fabrication, and woodworking. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 314. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.


ART       415                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Art Seminar

Professional problems related to principles of art, art history, and art education research. Prerequisite: ART 106.


ART       416                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Ceramics

A studio course with emphasis placed on advanced production techniques including mixed construction methods in pottery. A student’s knowledge of clay and glaze composition and kiln design and firing is furthered by an organized approach to technical research. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 316. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.


ART       421                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Jewelry and Metalsmithing

A studio course that focuses on advanced creative and technical processes in jewelry and metalsmithing. Individual research, design and creative applications are emphasized. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 321. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.


ART       431                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Lectures in Art History

A series of lectures designed to study and analyze the artists and their works within society. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


ART       434/534                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Aesthetics and Art Criticism in the Visual Arts

An investigation of the aesthetics of diverse cultures, Western being only one of these. An exploration of art philosophies of the past as well as contemporary art theories and criticism in the visual arts. An inquiry into the meaning of art and art production. Prerequisites: two of the following: ART 351, 352, 353, 354. Graduate students must have permission of the instructor.


ART       440                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Contemporary Issues in Art: Gender, Race and Class

A combined lecture and studio course exploring contemporary directions in art. Included are feminist and multicultural art theory and practice with emphasis on writing, critical inquiry and creative research. Lect. 2, Studio 2. Prerequisites: ART 106 and 354. Offered every third semester.


ART       450                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3-15

Internship in Art

An academic or experientially relevant course in the creative arts, art education, art history and museology. Prerequisites: junior standing with at least a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.75 GPA in art; at least 22 hours in art including specific course work where applicable. Repeatable for credit — maximum 15. No more than six credits may be applied toward a major in the art department. Pass/Fail grading.


ART       499                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Senior Exhibition

This course will expose the student to the theory and practice of the presentation and exhibition of artwork. The course will culminate in an exhibition of the student’s work. Prerequisite: ART 399. Pass/Fail grading.