Introduction to all forms of visual art covering processes (such as demonstration of the lost-wax process of metal casting), language, responses (oral and written assignments that utilize art-related terminology), issues (such as patronage, feminism or orientalism), and ways of seeing and understanding works of art. A general education course for the non-art major.
A general education course for non-art majors which primarily includes a series of hands-on art experiences (such as drawing and sculpture). Class discussion draws from the disciplines of art history, art criticism, and aesthetics as guides through visual presentations. For students desiring to broaden their academic background in the area of visual literacy and problem solving.
Orientation to the visual world including how we perceive and interpret visual messages, the impact of the visual on human relations, political exploitation of the visual, and aesthetic issues in the visual arts. Topics are explored through studio projects designed to establish a context for expanded study in the visual arts. Includes curriculum planning for art majors, introduction to programs and faculty, and professional opportunities.
This is the foundation drawing class for art majors and minors (not a general education class). Perceptual and conceptual development stressed. Variety of materials and procedures investigated.
An introductory course integrating Humanities content with technology and information skills. Students will learn core information literacy skills and use the library and the Internet to understand, access and critically evaluate Humanities topics and information. Strong emphasis will be placed on active learning including student writing, group discussion, and oral presentations. Students will complete a research project on a Humanities topic and publish it on the World Wide Web. Students are expected to attend exhibits and performances outside of regularly scheduled class time. Completion of this course meets part D of the WSU Computer and Information Literacy requirement. Cross listed in COMM, ENGL, FL, LIBS, & THEA.
Introduction to visual language using two-dimensional media. This course examines the structure of images and helps the student develop strategies for interpreting and constructing ones which communicate effectively. Theory and application of color is included.
The study of fundamental design principles and techniques including working knowledge of various design methods and their relationship to the conceptualization, development, and completion of three-dimensional design projects.
This is an incorporated lecture and studio course that provides a basis for understanding the history, concepts, and practice of color theory as a pivotal area of Visual Arts. Studio projects will investigate both additive and subtractive color theory, and include instruction in digital media-based color, using Photoshop.
Introduction to visual arts media as a productive way to investigate and interpret the natural environment. Appropriate for the art major as well as the non-art major. Participants will build a practice of observation, inquiry, and discovery via drawing and/or other media as designated by faculty. A significant portion of each course will be conducted in the field. Media focus and field location will be announced in advance. Some travel is required. Camping may be required. This course is repeatable under different titles.
Photographing artwork for portfolios: photographing of two- and three-dimensional artwork. Emphasis on reproduction of quality slides, including masking and labeling of slides for juried activities, career and graduate school application. Credit/No Credit. Prerequisite: ART 2250 or consent of instructor.
An introduction to all printmaking classes covering the processes of intaglio, screenprinting, relief, lithography, and monotype. Students are provided with the fundamentals of each process and experience with each one. This class is a prerequisite for all printmaking classes.
A highly disciplined craft and concept course to help develop technical and aesthetic skills in black and white photography. Students learn the use of the camera, zone system of exposure, film, and print processing, and gain an aesthetic sense of the medium.
Introduction to clay and glaze, ceramic design, handbuilt and wheelthrown forming techniques, and traditional and contemporary firing processes.
Introduction to tools, materials, and basic techniques of fabrication and casting, with an emphasis on design.
A highly disciplined craft and concept course to help develop technical and aesthetic skills in color photography. Students will learn and explore the theory, practice, and aesthetics of shooting and printing color photographic materials. Using digital media and new technology as a means for creative expression and investigation in color photography will also be a main concern in this course.
Introduction to painting including the construction and design of paintings, investigations into the character and actions of various paints and techniques (traditional and contemporary) on a variety of surfaces.
An introduction to the essential methods and materials of sculpture including modeling, carving, casting, and construction with emphasis on contemporary activity in sculpture and with projects designed to practice concept development.
Individually chosen readings on specialized topics supervised by a faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of faculty supervisor prior to registration.
An opportunity for students to receive academic credit for faculty approved on-the-job learning experiences within certain visual arts areas of emphasis. C/NC only. Prerequisites: Instructor approval (before enrollment) and previous or concurrent enrollment in art classes as specified by each area of emphasis.
Consult the semester class schedule for the current offering under this number. The specific title and credit authorized will be determined by the department.
Study of the anatomical structure of the human body. The student, by means of drawing from the model, explores literal and experimental interpretation of form. Prerequisites: ART 1110 and ART 1120; or consent of instructor.
This course is designed to introduce students early to the type of intense investigation and experimentation necessary to define and execute a semester long project in photography. Emphasis will be on development of ideas, fine-tuning technique, and improving ability in critical evaluation and writing. Other topics covered will be an introduction to professional medium-format cameras, and portfolio preparation. Prerequisites: ART 2250 and ART 2450.
An intermediate level class with emphasis on screenprinting, relief, and intaglio with further exploration into print processes that include photographic stencils and multicolor printing. Prerequisites: ART 1120 and 2200; or consent of instructor.
Intermediate problems in handbuilt ceramics with emphasis on functional and sculptural form. Various firing techniques explored. Prerequisites: ART 1130 and 2310; or consent of instructor.
Intermediate problems in wheelthrowing with emphasis on functional form and surface decoration. Kilns and various firing techniques explored. Prerequisites: ART 1130 and 2310; or consent of instructor.
Development of design concepts and procedures with emphasis on basic techniques and concept development in fabrication, casting, enameling, cold connectors, surface enrichment. Prerequisite: ART 2350 or consent of instructor.
Emphasis on the principle of bitmap imaging using industry-standard software. This course builds on studies in basic two-dimensional design and provides the conceptual and technical foundation for more advanced work in color photography, graphic design, illustration, web-based and other digital medial. Primary software: Adobe Photoshop. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or consent of instructor.
Emphasis on vector drawing as applied to problems in art and design. This course builds on studies in basic two-dimensional design and provides the conceptual and technical foundation for more advanced work in graphic design, animation, 3D modeling, and web design. Primary software: Adobe Illustrator. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or consent of instructor.
Emphasis on the principles of layout using industry-standard software tools. This course builds on studies in basic two-dimensional design and provides the conceptual and technical foundation for more advanced work in typography and graphic design. Primary software: Quark Express. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or consent of instructor.
Emphasis on the principles of web design using industry-standard software. This course builds in studies in basic two-dimensional design and provides the conceptual and technical foundation for more advanced work in digital media and web design. Primary software: Macromedia Dreamweaver. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or consent of instructor.
Orientation to typographic communications including methods and processes, aesthetics, readability, typographic systems, grids, layout, and digital page composition. Class meets 2 times/week for 3-hour sessions. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or consent of instructor..
Investigation into experimental and expressive aspects of typographic communication. Emphasis is placed upon the historical development of letter design, letter and text as visual form, and typographical illustration. Prerequisite: ART 1120
Studies in perception, visual organization, media, design process, and integrated message formulation with word and image. Emphasis is placed on the application of visual language skills to communication problems. Class meets 2 times/week for 3-hour sessions. Prerequisites: ART 3430 or ART 3435 or consent of instructor.
Historical and theoretical perspectives for the visual communication majors including a survey of critical historical movements and figures, practical studies in semiotics and rhetoric, and contemporary theory and media. Course contents are explored through reading, writing, lecture, discussion, and studio projects. Prerequisites: ART 3430 or ART 3435 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to theory, methods, tools and materials, and the professional practice of illustration. Emphasis is placed on concept development, media exploration and technique as applied to a variety of problems in pictorial communication. Prerequisites: ART 1110 and ART 1120 or consent of instructor.
This class prepares the art education candidate for teaching in the classroom, grades 7-12 and adaptable to K- 6. Experiences will include art activities, processes, materials, tools and resources, with the development and preparation of the accompanying curricula materials, lesson plans and assessments by the candidate. Curriculum aligns with State of Utah's core curriculum and national standards in the visual arts. Content will focus on the foundations of art education programming, including the art elements and design principles. In addition, this class will examine classroom management strategies and practices for the beginning teacher in the contemporary classroom. Art Education majors should have completed 40 credit hours; minors must have completed 12 credit hours. Recommended: Professional Core Level, College of Education, or permission of instructor. This course is required for secondary certification and is designed be taken prior to student teaching.
Examination of advanced approaches, methodologies, and curriculum appropriate to teaching visual arts in grades 7-12, and adaptable to K- 6. Candidate will develop and prepare materials for advanced visual arts programming. Further investigation of classroom management practices appropriate to adolescents and young adults. Collaboration, mentorship and leadership will be emphasized. Curriculum aligns with State of Utah's core curriculum and national standards in the visual arts. Art education Majors should have completed 40 credit hours; minors must have completed 12 credit hours. This course is required for secondary certification and is designed to be taken prior to student teaching. Prerequisite: ART 3515, or by consent of instructor.
The theory, aesthetics, and techniques of photographic image making with the view camera. Students will learn the operation of large format cameras, the Zone System method of negative exposure and development and methods for fine-tuning black and white photographic printing. The history of and contemporary trends in working with large format negatives will also be explored. Prerequisite: ART 3150 or consent of instructor.
Consolidates and further develops material covered in Painting I. Investigations include the figure, mixed media, and abstraction. Historical precedents are discussed through slide lecture as an aid to development. Prerequisites: ART 1120 and 2600; or consent of instructor.
An introduction to the form language of sculpture with projects designed to develop conceptual thinking skills, to learn technical skills, and to explore new areas of interest in the three-dimensional visual arts. Prerequisites: ART 1130 and 2700; or consent of instructor.
Public Art focuses on contemporary public art and includes an historical overview. Successful examples of public art proposals will be presented and analyzed. Students will learn the steps necessary to research, collaborate and implement a public art commission. Each student will research a current national public art "call for proposals". The student will then prepare and submit a completed public art research project to the national venue. In addition, a three-dimensional fabricated, architectural model will be required as a final project. Course activity may include an actual public art commission in the region. Students will receive a letter grade and can repeat the course for additional credit a maximum for 2 times (6 credit hours total). Prerequisites: ART 1120, ART 1130 and on of the following: ART 2200, ART 2310, ART 2600, ART 2700.
This is a seminar/discussion and studio course that guides BFA students in the research, development, and articulation of a thematic body of work, within the context of contemporary art. Studio projects will be directed toward bringing individual vision toward full expression. Prerequisites: BFA students who have completed second-level course in their studio area only.
This course explains and demonstrates the three main areas of emphasis within the museum studies field: collections management, curation and interpretation, and arts administration. The course meets two time a week for a three hour session. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Continued drawing exploration in various media with emphasis on focused personal direction, independent serial work, presentation of assigned research into related contemporary work, active participation in the critique process. Prerequisite: ART 3120 or consent of instructor.
Advanced study of the structure of the human body with a greater stress on draftsmanship, historical uses of the figure in art, and individual explorations. Prerequisite: ART 3120 or consent of instructor.
An advanced level class in printmaking with emphasis on screenprinting, relief, intaglio, and/or lithography. Emphasis on individual portfolio production. Prerequisite: ART 3200 or consent of instructor.
Using natural and manufactured raw materials to create ceramic glazes. Understanding traditional glaze chemistry and calculations (using atomic symbols and weights). Exploring sources of glaze color and texture, and the effects of temperature and kiln atmosphere on ceramic glazes. Prerequisites: ART 3310 or 3320 or consent of instructor.
Advanced problems in ceramic design creating wheelthrown forms with an emphasis on aesthetics. Individual project to be determined by consultation with instructor. Kiln operation. Prerequisite: ART 3320 or consent of instructor.
Development of advanced design concepts and procedures with emphasis on basic techniques and concept development in fabrication, casting, enameling, cold connectors, and surface enrichment. Prerequisite: ART 3350 or consent of instructor.
Application of design theory and process to complex problems in visual communication. Emphasis is placed on research, analysis, problem definition, and the development of individual design solutions. Studio projects vary each term and will generally involve visual identity, indormation design, environmental graphics, publication design, and design for interactive media. Prerequisites: ART 3430, ART 3435 and ART 3440 or consent of instructor.
Orientation to professional practice in visual communication including art direction and work situations, client relations, portfolio and resume preparation, self promotion, and career advancement. Course contents will be explored through reading, writing, lecture, discussion, critique, simulation, guest presentations, studio visits, and project work tailored to individual portfolio development. Prerequisite: ART 4400 or consent of instructor.
Technical processes and procedures for Art Major, Visual Communication emphasis. Emphasis is placed on file preparation and technical procedures for electronic media and for offset printing including proofing methods, paper, binding and other finishing processes. Prerequisites: ART 3430 and ART 3435 or consent of instructor.
Students will further develop personal expression in the visual arts using computer media through aesthetic problem solving and further development of digital media skills. There will be an emphasis on strengthening the students' ability to work independently while supplying the necessary feedback from the interaction of a class. Prerequisites: ART 3420A, ART 3420B, ART 3420C, ART 3420D, or consent of instructor.
Students in this class will create interactive media products using the computer. Topics covered include the exploration of aesthetics of using animation, hypertext, graphics, 3D rendering and video in conjunction with sound to develop effective interactive visual communication. Prerequisites: ART 3420A, ART 3420B, ART 3420D or consent of instructor.
Development of individual approaches to advanced problems in illustration. Emphasis is placed on the formulation of visual metaphor, articulation of form, and on professional practices. Studio projects vary each term and will generally involve editorial, reportorial, scientific, advertising, and instructional problems in pictorial communication. Prerequisite: ART 3460 or consent of instructor.
This is a practical course that enables students to better control and use light and lighting in their work. Students will be introduced to a range of artificial light sources and lighting techniques to be used as a means of creative control. Work will center in the studio where controlled conditions and a directorial approach can yield the artist's intent. Prerequisite: ART 3150 or consent of instructor.
Emphasis on developing independence in the painting student and to provide an opportunity for them to pursue their own area of interest in painting while providing the necessary feedback from the interaction of a class. Prerequisite: ART 3600 or consent of instructor.
A study of specific topics in photography, the subject and faculty change each time this course is offered. Example topics include "Documentary Photography," "Visual Books," "Video Art," and "Directed Visions." Prerequisite: ART 3150 or consent of instructor.
Advanced individual problems in selected areas of concentration; research and development of conceptual, technical, and methodological concerns. Prerequisite: ART 3700 or consent of instructor.
Experimental photographic alternatives to the traditional methods of photographic image making. Emphasis will be placed on using the camera, darkroom techniques and digital and emerging technology in ways that will give the students the mind-set and ability to push the limits of the medium. Prerequisite: ART 3150.
Individually chosen readings on specialized topic supervised by a faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of faculty supervisor prior to registration.
An opportunity for students to receive academic credit for faculty approved on-the-job learning experiences within certain visual arts areas of emphasis. C/NC only. Prerequisites: By instructor approval only and previous or concurrent enrollment in art classes as specified by each area of emphasis.
Individual studies in selected areas of emphasis. Open to juniors and seniors by instructor approval only.
Students have the opportunity to engage in a close learning relationship with
professional photographers. These opportunities include workshops, seminars,
professional assistantships, and residencies. Students will be responsible for
researching and proposing mentorships. Area faculty will approve proposals, help
place students with mentors and review the progress of mentorships.
Prerequisite: ART 3150 or consent of instructor.
In order to provide flexibility and to meet many different needs, a number of specific offerings are possible using this catalog number. When the number is used it will be accompanied by a brief and specific descriptive title. The specific title with the credit authorized for the particular offering will appear on the student transcript.
Designed for students who wish to gain teaching experience for graduate school. By observation and participation with the instructor, students will learn how a basic art course is designed and taught. Prerequisites: Student must be in the BFA program and have instructor consent.
Emphasis on portfolio preparation and professional writing skills pertinent to the completion of the BFA Thesis Exhibit and future career applications. Students work on the development and synthesis of ideas, and fine-tune relevant artistic and critical evaluation skills. During this course students will be required to produce new work for the BFA Thesis Exhibit. Prerequisites: Senior level BFA student. Completion of ART 3995 BFA Seminar. Registration by departmental approval only. Course cannot be taken during the semester immediately following BFA Seminar.*May be repeated for credit – consult with faculty advisor.
A global survey of the history of art and architecture from BC 15,000 to AD 1000. Visual art from the first artistic expressions on rocks to the art of emerging civilizations (such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, and Africa), and the monuments and small-scale artifacts of the Medieval Ages will be analyzed in its historical, social, political, and broader cultural contexts.
A global survey of the history of art and architecture from AD 1000 to the present. Visual art from Gothic cathedrals and Islamic book art to Renaissance Europe and the Chinese Empire, from the Age of Enlightenment to contemporary art will be analyzed in its historical, social, political, and broader cultural contexts.
A historical account of the architecture, sculpture, and painting of Asia (India, Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Korea, and Japan), including the political, religious, and intellectual history informing the arts of each country.
Focuses on the arts of the Native Americans in the Southwest from their archaeological past to the present with occasional relevant explorations of Native American art in general. Study of traditional and contemporary modes of artistic expressions.
The history of the visual arts (including painting, sculpture, architecture and photography) from 1850 to the 1950s. Study of issues in European and American Modernism; multicultural perspectives; the political, social, and intellectual history informing the arts of that period. Prerequisite: ARTH CA1100 or consent of instructor.
Critical analysis of developments in the arts (including multimedia art, photography, performance art, installations, and feminist art) from 1960s to the present. Emphasis on post modern currents and issues and their study in the context of broader cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ARTH CA1100 or consent of instructor.
An historical account of the architecture, sculpture, and painting of India, including the political, religious, and intellectual history informing the arts of various regions.
An historical account of the architecture, sculpture and painting of China including the political, religious, and intellectual history informing the arts of different regions.
An historical account of the architecture, sculpture and painting of Japan, including the political, religious, and intellectual history informing the arts of different regions.
An historical survey of the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Islamic world, including the political, religious, and intellectual history informing the arts of different countries: Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, North Africa, India, Spain, and Indonesia.
This is a reading, writing and discussion course, which addresses historical
and contemporary issues of photographic art practices. Written projects and
class discussions will focus on developing a critical understanding of the
readings as they relate to the historical development and contemporary practice
of photography as a fine art, to the influence photography has had on the
history of art and to the broader cultural impact of photography and digital
media. Prerequisite ARTH CA1100 or consent of instructor.
Weber State University 2009-2010 Catalog