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College of Liberal Studies
School of Arts and Communication
Department Chair: Cambid Choy
107 Center for the Arts, (608)785-8230
e-mail: choy.camb@uwlax.edu 


Professors: Elgin, Fiorini, Grant, MacDonald; Associate Professors: Choy, Terpstra, Williams Terpstra, J.;

Assistant Professors: Ready, Shin, Sloan. 


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, 214, 216, 218, 220, 221, APH 202; and four courses to be elected from 303, 305, 308, 314, 316, 318, 320, 321, 331, 405, 408, 413, 414, 416, 418, 419, 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, 214, 216, 218, 220, 221, APH 202; and two courses to be elected from 303, 305, 308, 314, 316, 318, 320, 321, 405, 408, 410, 413, 414, 416, 418, 419, 421, 440. 

With the consent of the instructor, introductory art courses may be taken by non-majors without meeting prerequisites.

Broadfield Art Major (Teacher Certification Programs) — 54 credits, including ART 104, 106, 205, 214, 216, 218, 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) — 21 credits, including APH 202, 232, 242, 312, 492 and electives in APH chosen from APH 300 or 372; 302, 322, 342, 351, 402, 412, 422, 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     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, worldviews, 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 watercolor 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 postmodern 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     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     218  Cr. 3
Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio
In this introductory course, 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.  

ART     220  Cr. 3
Introduction to Metalsmithing, Forging and Raising
A studio course involving basic principles of metal forging and raising with emphasis on design. Basic metal forging techniques and metal raising techniques will be discussed. These techniques will be investigated to develop design in functional and non-functional 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     250  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. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Not open to art majors. Repeatable for credit. Maximum 6.  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. Prerequisite: 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. Prerequisite: ART 208 or C-S 101.

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. Prerequisite:   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. Prerequisite: ART 106 and 216.

ART     318  Cr. 3
Intermediate Printmaking: Lithography
In this intermediate course, the student will build upon the material covered in ART 209 while exploring 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, 218. 

ART     320  Cr. 3
Intermediate Metalsmithing, Forging, and Raising
A studio course involving intermediate principles of forging and raising. Functional and non-functional forms will be investigated. Intermediate techniques will be discussed and implemented through design form. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 220. Offered once a year. 

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. Prerequisite: ART 106 and 221. 

ART     331  Cr. 3
History of American Art
Art from the colonial period to the present time. 

ART     351  Cr. 3
Origins of Art
A history of the visual arts from prehistoric times through the fall of the Roman Empire, 28,000 BCE to 450 CE. An exploration of the development of art and its relationship to politics and religion in some of the world’s ancient civilizations, including Europe, Egypt, the Ancient Near East, and China. Includes field trip to area museums. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered Sem. I. 

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. 

ART     353  Cr. 3
Renaissance Art
A study of the history and impact of the Italian Renaissance on the visual arts from 1300 to 1750, including the Baroque and Rococo styles. Comparisons with cultures beyond Europe will be included. Includes field trip to area museums. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered   Sem. I. 

ART     354  Cr. 3
Modern/Postmodern Art
A history of the visual arts from 1750 to the present, focusing on developments in the 20th century. Includes field trip to area museums. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered   Sem. II. 

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     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     413/513             Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Concentrated study in any area: art history, art metal, ceramics, design, drawing, painting, printmaking, and 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 foundry work, 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     418  Cr. 3
Advanced Printmaking
In this advanced course, each student will further their knowledge of intaglio and/or lithography by researching both multiple plate 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. Prerequisite: ART 104, 218 or 318. Instructor permission required.  Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. 

ART     419  Cr. 3
Individual Problems in Printmaking
In this intensive studio/historical exploration, the student will concentrate on the development of content expressed through the techniques of printmaking. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 418. Instructor permission required. 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 425  Cr. 1-3
Perspectives in Art
This course allows the students to explore a specific art media on campus or in the international environment. The course will stress intensive research/creative endeavor. Lect. 1, Studio 4. Prerequisite: ART 104, 106 and completion of intro-advanced sequence in a studio media. Instructor permission required. Repeatable for credit – maximum 9.  

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. Offered occasionally.  

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. Prerequisite: 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. Prerequisite: 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. Prerequisite: 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.


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