Courses | Studio Art, B.F.A.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. 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. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

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.

An introduction to the problems, methods and concepts of philosophy with an emphasis on the issues and theories of aesthetics.

Major Courses

An introduction to drawing, perspective, line, shape, value texture and composition.

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.

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.

A foundational course devoted to examining, exploring, and applying two-dimensional design concepts, including color theory and composition.

A foundational course devoted to examining, exploring, and applying three-dimensional design concepts, construction and composition.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Senior-level cross-emphasis studio and theory investigation. Individual direction is navigated thorough critique and discourse.

Apprenticeship program designed to give students first-hand exposure to professional artists, designers and art institutions. Internships individually tailored to meet the needs of the student. Approved internship experiences require student to complete a minimum of 120 hours with one or more mentors or organizations.

Course is a culmination of student's art practice, critical theory, and practical survival skills needed to become a professional artist. Meetings and discussions focus on the pragmatic elements of art production: grant writing, press relations, slide/portfolio presentation as well as discourse and critique of a final portfolio and exhibition. The senior exhibition requires developed artworks based on an integrated theme. Full statement of intent must be presented along with visual samples of ideas at the beginning of the semester, approved and signed by committee. Final project is exhibited at the University Art Gallery.


Concentrations

Interdisciplinary

Introduction to the methods, materials, and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural form.

An introduction to basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Formulation of basic glaze applications and ceramics firing processes are emphasized.

An introduction to basic color theory and oil painting techniques. Emphasis on observational representation including still-life, landscape and figure.

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.

Continued individual development in all areas of ceramics. Introducing vessel construction from hand-built techniques, low fire glaze applications and an introduction in firing the kilns.

Emphasizes sculptural aesthetics and appropriate technology. Focus on formulating a conceptual and technical basis for work.

Exploration of the overlapping relationships of traditional and experimental methods of drawing: to include processes, tools, and surfaces. Concentration on issues of formal, narrative, and symbolic development with emphasis placed on finished works of art.

Introduction to non-representational acrylic painting techniques. Emphasis on issues of color and design as applied to organic, geometric, and pattern abstraction.

Students develop methods of visual communication that draw on the cumulative experience of 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D coursework. Through the use of digital/analog tools and readings related to the current discourse, students explore the process of design and communication.

A studio exploration of color photography using digital and film techniques. Emphasis placed on color theory, contemporary issues, and the technical skills of artificial lighting and professional digital printing workflow.

A study of the design and use of letter forms and their direct application to the typographic ideas of contrast, hierarchy, and grids. Students build skills for the art of typesetting and typographic layout, and for expressive typography and conceptual thinking.

Extensive investigation of the figure. Emphasis is placed on a broad approach to understanding and interpreting the human figure.

Interdisciplinary studio exploration in installation and performance studies. Course focuses on studio practice with an emphasis on the history of installation and performance art.

Focused exploration of black and white photography covering its creative, technical and historical aspects. Emphasis is placed on darkroom techniques, some advanced digital black and white also explored.

An application of typographic principles to applied communication design projects. Skills for a building typographic relationships with text, content and image are refined. Students also investigate the application of type in a variety of media and dimension, exploring the possibilities of conceptually-based typographic design.

Advanced studio exploration in contemporary photographic trends, including mixed media, installation, collaboration, and various new media.

Exploration of video art including formal, conceptual, and narrative approaches. Emphasis on the use of video as a creative medium for personal expression and on the history of video and film art.

Extensive exploration in studio problems with emphasis on historical and current issues as they apply to individual direction and expression in drawing.

Extensive exploration in studio problems with emphasis on historical and current issues as they apply to individual direction and expression in painting.

Advanced sculptural concepts emphasizing individual development of style, aesthetic ideas, and continuation of media exploration.

A consideration of psychological, technical and aesthetic concerns relating to various types of communication design including 2-D, 3-D and 4-D forms. Emphasis on production processes. Discussions include consideration of art history and its influence within communication design practice.

Advanced research and studio exploration within the arena of communication design. Emphasis is placed on developing design with a critical understanding of culture and identity.

Independent research in advanced studio practices under the direction of a faculty member.

Design

Introduction to the methods, materials, and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural form.

An introduction to basic color theory and oil painting techniques. Emphasis on observational representation including still-life, landscape and figure.

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.

Students develop methods of visual communication that draw on the cumulative experience of 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D coursework. Through the use of digital/analog tools and readings related to the current discourse, students explore the process of design and communication.

A study of the design and use of letter forms and their direct application to the typographic ideas of contrast, hierarchy, and grids. Students build skills for the art of typesetting and typographic layout, and for expressive typography and conceptual thinking.

An introduction to the history, principles and techniques of printmaking such as relief, letterpress, intaglio, monoprinting and alternative printing methods. Students will investigate print processes and materials in order to develop visual concepts and personal imagery.

A critical exploration of current graphic design forms emphasizing core design competencies including color theory, image-text integration and problem solving. A variety of software applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are used in investigating mass media and examining particular strategies, imagery and delivery.

An application of typographic principles to applied communication design projects. Skills for a building typographic relationships with text, content and image are refined. Students also investigate the application of type in a variety of media and dimension, exploring the possibilities of conceptually-based typographic design.

Exploration of video art including formal, conceptual, and narrative approaches. Emphasis on the use of video as a creative medium for personal expression and on the history of video and film art.

A consideration of psychological, technical and aesthetic concerns relating to various types of communication design including 2-D, 3-D and 4-D forms. Emphasis on production processes. Discussions include consideration of art history and its influence within communication design practice.

Painting

Introduction to the methods, materials, and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural form.

An introduction to basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Formulation of basic glaze applications and ceramics firing processes are emphasized.

An introduction to basic color theory and oil painting techniques. Emphasis on observational representation including still-life, landscape and figure.

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.

Exploration of the overlapping relationships of traditional and experimental methods of drawing: to include processes, tools, and surfaces. Concentration on issues of formal, narrative, and symbolic development with emphasis placed on finished works of art.

Introduction to non-representational acrylic painting techniques. Emphasis on issues of color and design as applied to organic, geometric, and pattern abstraction.

Students develop methods of visual communication that draw on the cumulative experience of 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D coursework. Through the use of digital/analog tools and readings related to the current discourse, students explore the process of design and communication.

Extensive investigation of the figure. Emphasis is placed on a broad approach to understanding and interpreting the human figure.

An introduction to the history, principles and techniques of printmaking such as relief, letterpress, intaglio, monoprinting and alternative printing methods. Students will investigate print processes and materials in order to develop visual concepts and personal imagery.

Interdisciplinary studio exploration in installation and performance studies. Course focuses on studio practice with an emphasis on the history of installation and performance art.

Interdisciplinary studio exploration in analog and digital animation. Course focuses on experimental and theoretical movement, and choreography systems investigating culture and identity.

Exploration of video art including formal, conceptual, and narrative approaches. Emphasis on the use of video as a creative medium for personal expression and on the history of video and film art.

Extensive exploration in studio problems with emphasis on historical and current issues as they apply to individual direction and expression in drawing.

Extensive exploration in studio problems with emphasis on historical and current issues as they apply to individual direction and expression in painting.

Photography

Introduction to the methods, materials, and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural form.

An introduction to basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Formulation of basic glaze applications and ceramics firing processes are emphasized.

An introduction to basic color theory and oil painting techniques. Emphasis on observational representation including still-life, landscape and figure.

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.

A studio exploration of color photography using digital and film techniques. Emphasis placed on color theory, contemporary issues, and the technical skills of artificial lighting and professional digital printing workflow.

An introduction to the history, principles and techniques of printmaking such as relief, letterpress, intaglio, monoprinting and alternative printing methods. Students will investigate print processes and materials in order to develop visual concepts and personal imagery.

Interdisciplinary studio exploration in installation and performance studies. Course focuses on studio practice with an emphasis on the history of installation and performance art.

Focused exploration of black and white photography covering its creative, technical and historical aspects. Emphasis is placed on darkroom techniques, some advanced digital black and white also explored.

Interdisciplinary studio exploration in analog and digital animation. Course focuses on experimental and theoretical movement, and choreography systems investigating culture and identity.

Advanced studio exploration in contemporary photographic trends, including mixed media, installation, collaboration, and various new media.

Exploration of video art including formal, conceptual, and narrative approaches. Emphasis on the use of video as a creative medium for personal expression and on the history of video and film art.

Extensive exploration in studio problems with emphasis on historical and current issues as they apply to individual direction and expression in photography using either color and/or black and white photography.

Sculpture

Introduction to the methods, materials, and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural form.

An introduction to basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Formulation of basic glaze applications and ceramics firing processes are emphasized.

An introduction to basic color theory and oil painting techniques. Emphasis on observational representation including still-life, landscape and figure.

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.

Continued individual development in all areas of ceramics. Introducing vessel construction from hand-built techniques, low fire glaze applications and an introduction in firing the kilns.

Emphasizes sculptural aesthetics and appropriate technology. Focus on formulating a conceptual and technical basis for work.

Students develop methods of visual communication that draw on the cumulative experience of 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D coursework. Through the use of digital/analog tools and readings related to the current discourse, students explore the process of design and communication.

An introduction to the history, principles and techniques of printmaking such as relief, letterpress, intaglio, monoprinting and alternative printing methods. Students will investigate print processes and materials in order to develop visual concepts and personal imagery.

Interdisciplinary studio exploration in installation and performance studies. Course focuses on studio practice with an emphasis on the history of installation and performance art.

Interdisciplinary studio exploration in analog and digital animation. Course focuses on experimental and theoretical movement, and choreography systems investigating culture and identity.

Exploration of video art including formal, conceptual, and narrative approaches. Emphasis on the use of video as a creative medium for personal expression and on the history of video and film art.

Advanced sculptural concepts emphasizing individual development of style, aesthetic ideas, and continuation of media exploration.