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Courses | B.S. in Art

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review core curriculum requirements and the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

General Education

Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be 'integrated' with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Biblical and Theological Studies.

An introduction to the problems, methods and concepts of philosophy with an emphasis on the issues and theories of aesthetics. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Philosophy credit. Grade Mode: A.

Major Courses

An introduction to drawing, perspective, line, shape, value texture and composition. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to the fundamentals of drawing the human figure from gesture to finished work. This course focuses on the structure and dynamics of the human body and its expressive potential. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to the terms, tools and techniques of visual computing for artists using the Macintosh platform. This course is designed to train students with basic computer skills and programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and to insure digital literacy. Grade Mode: A.
A foundational course devoted to examining, exploring, and applying two-dimensional design concepts, including color theory and composition. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
A foundational course devoted to examining, exploring, and applying three-dimensional design concepts, construction and composition. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
A foundational course examining, exploring, and applying design concepts as they relate to time (the fourth dimension) and time-based artworks including focused studies in installation art, performance art, and video. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
The first of a two-part survey of Western visual art and architecture, this course explores the ancient origins of Western art as well as its expressions in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Works of art are discussed in terms of style, meaning, and social context. Grade Mode: A.
The second of a two-part survey of Western visual art and architecture, this course explores the great contributions to this tradition from the seventeenth century through the mid-twentieth century. Works of art are discussed in terms of style, meaning, and social context. Grade Mode: A.

Elective Courses

Introduction to the methods, materials, and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural form. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Formulation of basic glaze applications and ceramics firing processes are emphasized. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.

An introduction to basic color theory and oil painting techniques. Emphasis on observational representation including still-life, landscape and figure. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.

A survey of contemporary art photography, introducing the practices of darkroom, digital, black and white, and color photography, with an emphasis on technical and conceptual aspects. Notes: Highly recommended that students own or have access to both 35mm film and digital SLR cameras. Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
A study of art produced since World War II, focusing on current movements within the international art community. Grade Mode: A.
Investigation of non-western art and architecture in relationship to its currency within the global contemporary art scene. Emphasis is placed on the influence of major forms, functions and materials used by the peoples of Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas in regards to contemporary art. Grade Mode: A.

Concentrations

Studio Art

An introduction to the fundamentals of drawing the human figure from gesture to finished work. This course focuses on the structure and dynamics of the human body and its expressive potential. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to the terms, tools and techniques of visual computing for artists using the Macintosh platform. This course is designed to train students with basic computer skills and programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and to insure digital literacy. Grade Mode: A.
A foundational course examining, exploring, and applying design concepts as they relate to time (the fourth dimension) and time-based artworks including focused studies in installation art, performance art, and video. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to the methods, materials, and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural form. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Formulation of basic glaze applications and ceramics firing processes are emphasized. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.

An introduction to basic color theory and oil painting techniques. Emphasis on observational representation including still-life, landscape and figure. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.

An introduction to a typographic practice which incorporates the technical craft of the discipline with the expression of the medium. The forms of letters, words and paragraphs will be used to study the basic principles of typography, while also considering its performance, aesthetics and behavior. Grade Mode: A.

An introduction to the concepts, skills, and tools necessary to develop a professional art/design practice. Grade Mode: A.

A survey of contemporary art photography, introducing the practices of darkroom, digital, black and white, and color photography, with an emphasis on technical and conceptual aspects. Notes: Highly recommended that students own or have access to both 35mm film and digital SLR cameras. Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
A study of art produced since World War II, focusing on current movements within the international art community. Grade Mode: A.
Investigation of non-western art and architecture in relationship to its currency within the global contemporary art scene. Emphasis is placed on the influence of major forms, functions and materials used by the peoples of Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas in regards to contemporary art. Grade Mode: A.

Pre-Art Therapy

Introduction to the methods, materials, and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural form. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Formulation of basic glaze applications and ceramics firing processes are emphasized. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.

An introduction to basic color theory and oil painting techniques. Emphasis on observational representation including still-life, landscape and figure. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.

A study of art produced since World War II, focusing on current movements within the international art community. Grade Mode: A.

An introduction to the theories, philosophy and practice of clinical art therapy. Topics include the history of art therapy, the role of art media in art therapy, utilization of the creative process in both diagnosis and treatment, as well as becoming familiar with post-bachelors steps such as graduate schools and professional requirements. Grade Mode: A.

Investigation of non-western art and architecture in relationship to its currency within the global contemporary art scene. Emphasis is placed on the influence of major forms, functions and materials used by the peoples of Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas in regards to contemporary art. Grade Mode: A.

Internship program for students to evaluate their future interest as an art therapist with individuals having a range of needs, interests and challenges in which the student can develop the communication and leadership skills required to facilitate art experiences. Internships individually tailored to meet the needs of the student. Approved internship experiences require students to complete a minimum of 135 hours/3 credits before graduating. Note(s): May be taken for a total of 6 credits in different settings (45 hours of involvement per credit unit). Grade Mode: A

A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
Basic statistics for psychological research. Descriptive statistics, correlation/regression and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing, type I and II errors, t-tests, analysis of variance, and several non-parametric tests including chi-square. Not for Core Curriculum math/science requirement. Notes: Concurrent with PSYC 211. Grade Mode: A.
Use of Excel and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to obtain descriptive and inferential statistics covered in 211. Experience in developing surveys, analyzing survey data and writing research reports. Notes: Concurrent with PSYC 209 unless PSYC 209 has been met with transfer credits or AP credit. Grade Mode: A.
Nature, causes and treatment of abnormal behavior, including the full range of mental disorders identified within current categorical systems. Grade Mode: A.
A study of the theory and research concerning lifespan development. Consideration will be given to the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and moral aspects of human development across the entire span from conception to death. Discussion will include timely issues of personal relevance to the student's own developmental pathway. Grade Mode: A.
An in-depth study of theory and research concerning the child and adolescent period. Issues to be considered will include physiological, psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual development from the period of conception through adolescence. Both pathogenic and adaptive patterns will be addressed with a view to facilitating optimal development. Grade Mode: A.
An overview of personality theories including the primary representatives of the major schools: analytic or dynamic, humanistic-existential and cognitive behavioral which will be evaluated in the context of Christian framework. Grade Mode: A.

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