Studio Arts Courses

2d  LOWER-DIVISION COURSES

ART 101. Two-Dimensional Design (3) A studio course introducing the basic elements of design through projects in a variety of media.

ART 102. Introduction to Drawing (3) Fundamental approaches to drawing techniques in various media with an emphasis on life drawing and perspective.

ART 103. Ceramics I (3) An introduction to the use of basic hand-building techniques in forming functional and sculptural objects in clay.

ART 202. Figure Drawing (3) A continuation of Introduction to Drawing with an emphasis on various drawing techniques as they apply to portraiture and figure drawing. Prerequisite: ART 102.

ART 206. Painting I (3) An introduction to painting with problems based on color composition and the development of visual ideas. Prerequisites: ART 101 and 102, or permission of the instructor.

ART 208. Introduction to Digital Design (3) An introduction to desktop publishing using the Macintosh operating system. Students will be introduced to design industry standard programs and create various digital projects throughout the semester.  The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of basic graphic design concepts, elements and terminology, use of hardware/software, image manipulation, file management, printing strategies and professional presentation of images and information.  Students will acquire foundational digital skills, an introductory understanding of design principles and knowledge of the design process.

ART 209. Three-Dimensional Design (3) An introduction to visual expression in three dimensions, developing the capacity to see and manipulate form, texture, light and color in space.

ART 220. Graphic Design I (3) An introduction to visual communications, including the relationship between word and image in a two-dimensional space. Emphasis is placed on creativity and idea development methods, design and visual perception and the entire process from visualization to production. Major topics include: the elements and principles of design as applied to graphic design, Gestalt psychology, typography and basic graphic design theory. Assignments give students a chance to use the tools of the graphic designer in applying theory to practical problems. Prerequisite: ART 101, 102, and 208; or permission of the instructor.

ART 230. Color Theory (3) Studio course in the nature and use of color. Students develop an understanding of color as a vital element in design, study and analysis of traditional and electronic sources. Prerequisite: ART 101.

ART 240. Typography I (3) A studio course in the use of typography and its relationship to graphic design. Students gain insight into typographic design as they complete studies revealing underlying concepts of typographic form and meaning. Typographic skill and expertise is acquired through a combination of knowledge, practice and experience. This course will challenge students to explore and experiment with type to learn their forms, history, vocabulary and potential for communication.  Through a series of projects and exercises supported by readings and lectures, students will acquire a solid foundation for practicing purposeful and expressive typography and gain an understanding of the fundamentals of typographic design.  Prerequisite: ART208

ART 253. Introduction to Digital Video Production (3) Same course as CMM 253 (Communication Arts students take this course as CMM 253, not ART 253.)

ART 254. Introduction to Photography (3) Same course as CMM 254. (Communication Arts students take this course as CMM 254, not ART 254.)

ART 299. Special Topics (1-3) Course work offered by visiting artists and other special topics not in regular course offerings. These may be used by art majors and minors to fulfill art credit at the discretion of the department.

UPPER-DIVISION COURSES

ART 301. Advanced Drawing (3) An advance studio course using different approaches to various drawing media with an emphasis on figure drawing. Taught in conjunction with Drawing II. Prerequisite: ART 202.

ART 302. Illustration (3) An introduction to the art and discipline of illustration, creating visual images that communicate ideas and information. Prerequisite: ART 102 and 208, or permission of the instructor.

ART 303. Ceramics II (3) An exploration of design concepts in clay using both hand building and wheel techniques. Prerequisite: ART 103.

ART 306. Painting II (3) A course in color theory and painting techniques. Problems include art historical research and visual problem solving. Prerequisite: ART 206.

ART 307. Printmaking I (3) Exploration of printmaking techniques with emphasis on intaglio and relief processes. Prerequisite: ART 102.

ART 310. Mixed Media (3) This course will emphasize the use of mixed media in an increasing range of complexity. Projects will be directed toward personal development with discussion and analysis. Students will develop a series of mixed-media objects that demonstrate visual research and technical proficiency. Prerequisites: ART 101 and 102.

ART 320. Graphic Design II (3) The use of more advanced tools, visualization media and techniques will be explored with an emphasis on portfolio development.  Prerequisite: ART 208 and 220.

ART 338. Advanced Photography (3) Same course as CMM 338. Prerequisite: CMM/ART 254.

ART 341. Typography II (3) A studio course in the use of advanced and conceptual typography. Students gain insight into typographic layout design, applied typography, publication design and experimental typography. This course will build on skills acquired in ART240 Typography I with further emphasis on technique, concept development and creative problem solving. Environmental design best practices will be explored and three-dimensional typographic form will be introduced. Upon  completion of this course students will demonstrate typographic proficiency across a variety of design assignments. Typographic skill is refined, design and typographic vocabulary is demonstrated, an ability to analyze works of design perceptively and evaluate them critically is acquired. Prerequisite: ART240 and ART320.

ART 371. Website Development (3) A course designed to introduce the student to website development incorporating data technology. Technologies used to create dynamic data-driven web pages will include Dreamweaver, PHP, MySQL, XHTML and CSS. In addition, the student will learn to interact with and manage a website on a remote server. Substantial lab work will be expected. Cross-listed as CIS 371.

ART 403. Ceramics III (3) An extension of Ceramics II. Prerequisite: ART 303.

ART 406. Painting Concepts (3) A course that stresses independent development and execution of visual ideas in paint media. Prerequisites: ART 306.

ART 407. Printmaking II (3) Skills in intaglio and relief printing will be developed and non-traditional methods of printmaking will be explored. Prerequisite: ART 307.

ART 408. Ceramics IV (3) An extension of Ceramics III using clay as a base in techniques and concepts. Students will be expected to do research in various related interests. Prerequisite: ART 403.

ART 410. Advanced Printmaking I (3) Advanced methods of printmaking techniques with emphasis on intaglio and relief processes and introduction to color. Prerequisite: ART 407.

ART 411. Advanced Printmaking II (3) A continuation of advanced methods of printmaking techniques with emphasis on intaglio and relief processes and introduction to color. Prerequisite: ART 410. 

ART 416. Painting Concepts II (3) An extension of Painting III. Prerequisites: ART 406.

ART 417. Painting Studio I (3) A course that stresses independent development and execution of visual ideas in painting. Students will create a body of work that is conceptually challenging and expresses an authentic aesthetic voice. Prerequisite: ART 416 and permission of instructor.

ART 418. Painting Studio II (3) A continuation of Advanced Painting I that stresses independent development and execution of visual ideas in painting. Students will create a body of work that is conceptually challenging and expresses an authentic aesthetic voice. Prerequisite: ART 417 and permission of instructor.

ART 420. Graphic Design III (3) This course focuses on the refinement of graphic design skills, collaborative processes, portfolio development, presentation skills and professional practices. Prerequisite: ART 230 and 320.

ART 421. Advanced Website Design (3) Advanced course in the development of websites and web database management. Students participate in a series of hands-on exercises to further enhance knowledge of website design while learning XML,CSS, ASP, and other web technologies. Prerequisite: CIS 371.

ART 430. Branding (3) This upper division studio course offers students a solid foundation to survey the unique challenges of adapting typography, illustration and photography to practice clear communication of the message and brand creation in multiple forms. Students will engage in exploration of creative solutions in both two and three-dimensional form for community organizations. History and social context of branding and advertising will be covered. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of branding, understand the role and its relationship to design, exhibit critical thinking skills and acquire an understanding of design thinking and marketing strategies. Prerequisite: ART320.

ART 490. Visual Arts Internship (1-3) An internship experience under the supervision of Spring Hill College faculty and an experienced art-business, studio art, graphic design or similar professional. Provides students meaningful field experience, building their portfolios and benefiting the professionals to whom they are assigned. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Cross-listed as CMM 490. Variable credit; may be repeated for up to six credit hours. The combined maximum earned hours for CMM 490 and ART 490 is six hours.

ART 495. Studio Senior Seminar I (2) (W) Comprehensive experience. Studio art majors will focus on writing portion of portfolio development.

ART 496. Studio Senior Seminar II (2) (O) Comprehensive experience. Studio art majors will complete work, plan and execute a senior exhibit.

ART 499. Special Topics (1-3) Work in a special area of studio or graphic art.

ART HISTORY: LOWER-DIVISION COURSES

ARH 100. Art Appreciation (3) A broad overview of the visual arts. Not intended for art majors.

ARH 200. The Great Artists (3) A quick survey of the greatest visual art and artists of the Western World. Not intended for art majors.

ARH 299. Special Topics (1-3) Work in a special area of art history or research. Hours and credit to be arranged by the department chair.

ART HISTORY: UPPER-DIVISION COURSES

ARH 310. Prehistoric to Renaissance Art (3) (W) A survey of the major visual art forms of western civilization from their prehistoric beginning into the Renaissance.

ARH 311. Renaissance to Modern Art (3) (W) A survey of the major visual art forms of Western civilization from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

ARH 312. Modern Art (3) (W) An investigation of major movements in visual art of the twentieth century. (Bibliographic instruction course.)

ARH 313. Contemporary Art (3) A survey of major trends in contemporary art and contemporary visual culture in today’s globalized world.

ARH 315. History of Graphic Design (3) (W) A survey of graphic design, events and major achievements from prehistory to the present. The course emphasizes the evolution of graphic communication and places contemporary design in historical context. Upon successful completion of this course students will be knowledgeable of the fundamental design movements, influences, technological advancements and evolution of graphic design. Students become familiar with individuals that have shaped design culture and their impact on design theory and modern practice. Through lectures, discussions, presentations, research and both written and studio assignments students acquire a solid foundation of graphic design history.

ARH 499. Special Topics (1-3) Work in a special area of art history or research.