Courses in Visual Arts

Specific Course Descriptions by Semester

Course Lookup is the University's semester-by-semester guide to finding classes using a customized search. Consult it for general scheduling. Not all courses are taught each semester.

Foundation Courses

ARTS 1316 Drawing Foundations In this class we will investigate a variety of drawing techniques, drawing's interpretive nature and the potential uses implies by the language of drawing.

ARTS 2316 Painting Foundations While introducing the fundamentals of materials and technique, this class will explore painting as a means of expression for each individual.

ARTS 2380 2D Design Foundations This course is a studio workshop pertaining to the fundamentals of the elements (line, space, shape and form/volume, texture, motion, value, color) and the principles (unity and variety, balance, rhythm and emphasis, proportion and scale) of design.

ARTS 2381 3D Design Foundations This course is a design practical in understanding 3-D form; its vocabulary, the spatial interaction of visual forms along with object and material processing through concept development.

Two-Dimensional Arts Courses

Drawing, Painting, Design, Printmaking

ARTS 3363 Design Explores concepts and techniques in design including color theory, composition, and 2D and 3D design. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316, ARTS 2350, ARTS 2380 or ARTS 2381.

ARTS 3365 Drawing An investigation of the principles and techniques involved in the drawing process. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316, ARTS 2380 or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 3369 Intermediate Painting Explores traditional and nontraditional concepts and techniques of painting and the development of style. Topics may include nature, representation or abstraction. Prerequisite: ARTS 2316 or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 3373 Printmaking Explores traditional and nontraditional techniques of printmaking through the various topics of screen printing, etching, woodcut, calligraph or monoprint. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316, ARTS 2380 or permission of the instructor.

Photography

ARTS 2350 Digital Photo and Design This studio art course provides instruction in digital photography, including camera operation, image capture, lighting techniques and digital workflow.

ARTS 3371 Black and White Photography Investigation of the photographic process and an examination of the various levels on which meaning is constructed, including selection of subject matter, concern for aesthetics and socio-cultural context. PrerequisiteL ARTS 1316, ARTS 2350, ARTS 2380 or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 3372 Color Photography Investigation of the color photographic process from conceptual, aesthetic, and technical perspectives. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316, ARTS 2350, ARTS 2380 or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 3374 Technical Photography Introduces students to a variety of professional opportunities in photography and related fields through hands-on practice, workshops, demonstrations, and lectures. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316, ARTS 2350, ARTS 2380 or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 3377 Digital Photography Explores digital photographics processes, with an emphasis on contemplrary issues in art and technology. Prerequisite: ARTS 2350, ATEC 2382 or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 4372 Advanced Photography Explores advanced concepts relating to contemporary artistic and photographic practice, with special emphasis placed on portfolio development. Prerequisite: A 3000-level studio art course in an appropriate medium or permission of the instructor.

Three-Dimensional, Mixed Media, and Time-Based Arts Courses

ARTS 3368 Mixed Media An investigation of the interaction and combination of several traditional visual media using techniques derived from 2D and 3D-dimensional studio arts. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316, ARTS 2350, ARTS 2380 or ARTS 2381.

ARTS 3375 Sculpture Explores the traditional and nontraditional techniques of three-dimensional work in wood, clay, metal, plastics, fiber, or stone. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316, ARTS 2380, ARTS 2381 or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 3376 Time-Based Art Exploration of the conceptual demands inherent in the creation of time-based visual art. Topics may include computer animation, video processes, interactive visual arts, and the potential of narrative models. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316, ARTS 2350, ARTS 2380 or ARTS 2381. Prerequisite: A 3000-level studio art course in an appropriate medium or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 4308 Image/Text An exploration of the visual possibilities inherent in the art of the text. Topics may include an investigation of techniques derived from bookmaking, printmaking, photography, computer imaging or related media that foster the transformation and combination of words and images.

Other Courses

ARTS 3311 Theory and Practice of Visual Arts This studio art course provides a context for the creation, discussion and critique of visual art. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316, ARTS 2350, ARTS 2380 or ARTS 2381.

ARTS 4368 Advanced Visual Arts May focus on advanced explorations in a specific medium, such as printing, photography, drawing, sculpture or video. An emphasis may be placed on particular themes, such as narrative or collaboration, or genres, such as landscape or portraiture, or advanced technical processes. Prerequisite: A 3000-level course in an appropriate medium or permission of the instructor.

Graduate

Courses available to MA and PhD students

HUAS 6313 The Business of the Arts (3 semester hours) Exploration of effective means to find, create, and manage markets and audiences for works of art. Topics may include digital media, visual or performing arts, museum studies, and arts management. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6315 The Arts in Historical Contexts (3 semester hours) Studies in one or more arts of various places and historical periods. Topics will vary, but may focus on a particular movement (e.g., Surrealism), a specific era (e.g., the Renaissance), or a place (e.g., Paris in the early twentieth century). (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) Y

HUAS 6317 Art and Authorship (3 semester hours) Study of the role of the maker in the creation of art. Topics vary but may include visual artists, filmmakers, composers, writers, or other artists. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6318 The Arts and Their Institutions (3 semester hours) Studies of the institutions that shape and present the visual and performing arts by providing their physical, administrative, and financial "frames": art museums, theaters, symphony associations, performance consortiums, or private foundations. The course will focus selectively on these institutions, grouping them for study in various ways depending on the interests and expertise of the instructor. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6320 Studies in Experimental Traditions (3 semester hours) Studies in the works of artists whose experimentation with forms of expression breaks new ground in the arts and demands changes in the aesthetic perception of the public. The course will focus on such experimental movements as modernism, postmodernism and various avant-gardes that form the new tradition of the contemporary arts. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6324 Spaces of Display and Performance (3 semester hours) Usually art works and performances are encountered in specific ritualized spaces designed for them and exerting strong influence on their character. The course will address such spaces critically from the point of view of architecture, theories of display, and concepts of ritual spectatorship. (3-0) T

HUAS 6330 Studies in the Visual Arts (3 semester hours) Explorations in various forms of the visual arts. The course may focus on a specific form (e.g., painting, sculpture, film, photography) or interrelations among visual forms. Emphasis will be on the understanding of the creative process underlying the finished work. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6336 Photography Studio/Seminar (3 semester hours) Workshop-based course designed to foster reflection on the relationship between human perception and the photographic mediation of reality. The course may emphasis photographic processes or conceptual frameworks. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6337 Digital Photography (3 semester hours) Workshop in which students explore digital photography within the context of contemporary art, emphasizing the relationship between digital imaging processes and color photographic techniques. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6339 Painting/Digital Imaging/Video (3 semester hours) Workshop in which students will pursue creative work in a medium of their preference or expertise (can include painting, drawing, digital imaging, video or hybrid forms). (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6375 Imagery and Iconography (3 semester hours) The study of the visual image and its use. Topics may include the nature of the visual image, our perception and interpretation of visual images, the relation of the visual to the verbal image, and the ways in which visual images are used in art to shape our imagination. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6377 Critical Theory and the Visual Arts (3 semester hours) A mapping of the relations between the visual arts and new critical theories from structuralism to post-structuralism. Focus will vary but may include semiotics, deconstruction, feminism, or psychoanalysis. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6391 Creativity: Visual Arts Workshop (3 semester hours) A workshop emphasizing the creation of artistic works in a specific area of the visual arts (e.g., painting, drawing, photography, sculpture). Topics, such as narrative representation or the study of a genre, are explored to examine the theoretical basis guiding practice. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours). (3-0) Y

HUAS 6392 Creativity: Image/Text Workshop (3 semester hours) An exploration of the visual possibilities inherent in the art of the text. Topics may include an investigation of techniques derived from various media that foster the transformation and combination of words and images. The problem of creating text for a visual environment will be examined. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6393 Creativity: Time-Based Arts Workshop (3 semester hours) Exploration of the conceptual demands inherent in time-based visual art. Topics may include interactive visual arts, installation, kinetic art, computer animation, and video processes. The potential of narrative models may be examined. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

Courses available to PhD students only

HUAS 7320 Advanced Topics in the Visual Arts (3 semester hours) Advanced explorations in various forms of the visual arts. The course may focus on a specific genre or form or on interrelations among visual forms. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 7380 Advanced Topics in Aesthetic Studies (3 semester hours) Advanced study of particular themes, topics, and issues in the various disciplines that constitute aesthetic studies. (May be repeated as topics vary for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) R

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