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    ART 100 Studio Humanities  

    3 credits

    An introduction to the creative process through visual art studio experience. Emphasis is on materials exploration and the variety of media considered 'fine art', as well as the development of critical thinking skills involved in art production. Not open to students with credit for ART 115.

     
    ART 101 Academic Drawing  

    3 credits
    A studio exploration of traditional drawing techniques and materials focusing on the realistic depiction of observed forms and objects. Using basic drawing materials, students will concentrate on the construction of still life objects, landscape forms, objects in nature and the human figure. Designed to provide a foundation for advanced study in art.

     
    DSN 112 Foundations in Design  

    3 credits
    A project-based course that introduces the formal elements of design and their pragmatic application and production in a variety of media. This course will serve as an introduction to the visual language and principles of organization associated with the elements of design. Emphasizes skills, concepts, problem-solving, and production. Not open to students with credit for ART 110-111.


    ART 116 Fundamentals of Photographic Art  

    3 credits
    An exploration of the fine arts through the processes and aesthetics of black and white photography with an emphasis on the technical skills required to express oneself through the medium. Concepts and theory are read, discussed, demonstrated and applied through a series of visual problems. Student must have a 35mm single reflex camera (SLR) with a manual override. Fee. 


    ART 150 History of Western Art I  

    3 credits
    A survey of Western art from prehistory through 16th century Mannerism. Emphasis is on the formal development of art and its connection to society through the examination of the visual arts as cultural artifacts. 


    ART 151 History of Western Art II  

    3 credits
    A survey of Western art from the 17th century Baroque to the present day. Emphasis is on the formal and technological development of art, both traditional and postmodern forms, in relation to society. 


    ART 156 Ceramics I  

    3 credits

    A general introduction to studio ceramics. Emphasis is placed on acquisition of hand building techniques, ceramic design concepts, development of individual design criteria, glaze experimentation, fundamental types of ceramic ware and kiln procedures. Fee. 


    ART 203 Observational Drawing  

    3 credits
    This class introduces drawing from observation (figure, architecture, landscape) with an emphasis on skill development, naturalism, conceptual awareness, and formal presentation. Further development of the technical exploration begun in ART 101, Academic Drawing. Prerequisites: ART 101, ART 112, or permission of the instructor. Not open to students with credit for ART 201-202.


    ART 204 Typography  

    3 credits
    Students will develop skills in the visualization and creation of letterforms using calligraphy, geometric construction, and free-hand manipulation and explore the expressive potential of different fonts. Lecture and demonstration will explore the related history of typography and graphic design emphasizing major artists, movements and schools. Prerequisites: ART 101 and ART 110-111or ART 112.


    DSN 207 Design I: Layout

    3 credits

    This is a sophomore level studio course in the graphic design program, with a focus on developing a deep understanding of the use of photography and language for effective design solutions. Strong emphasis will be placed on the use of composition, stock and commercial photography, layout with typographic elements and making messages with meaning. The course will build on foundation art and design courses and the use of elements and principles that students have developed in their earlier classes. Prerequisites: ART 101, 112 and 203. 


    ART 210 Botanical Illustration  

    3 credits
    This course is an introduction to the history and technique of botanical illustration. Emphasis is on the development of observational skills and how they can be refined and used in conjunction with basic drawing principles to create aesthetically pleasing and scientifically accurate depictions of botanical specimens. 


    ART 215 Introduction to Textiles  

    3 credits
    This course explores the diverse and fascinating world of textiles through an in-depth study of surface design techniques. Attention is given to the history, materials, and techniques of different color applications. This course explores traditional and nontraditional means of altering and enriching the surface of pliable materials using techniques such as wax resist, paste resist, silk painting, and the tied and shaped resist processes of Shibori. 


    ART 220 Introduction to Book Arts  

    3 credits
    This course is an introduction to the creation of books from non-Western forms such as the scroll and side-stitch to the traditional hard-cover codex. Students will learn about the traditional book binder‘s canon of materials and then explore how contemporary book artists have expanded this canon. 


    ART 237 Art for Teachers  

    3 credits
    A survey of art materials and techniques appropriate for young children. Emphasis is on the integration of principles and historic developments of art with methods for promoting and evaluating the visual development of young children. Emphasis will be placed on curricular adaptations for children with special needs, evaluation techniques, student portfolios, cross-disciplinary planning and whole curriculum development.

     
    ART 262 Color Theory and Production  

    3 credits
    Study of the history, nature, and use of color as a vital element of art and design. Emphasis is on problems encountered with pigment, subtractive color theory such as pigment color mixing; physical properties of color (hue, value, intensity), and aesthetic relationships based on the color wheel. Students will explore the uses of color, through a variety of technical means, as a means of developing a personal aesthetic as well as an emotional and artistic intent. Prerequisites: ART 101, ART 112. Not open to students with credit for ART 260 and ART 261.


    ART 266 Foundations Portfolio Review  

    1 credit
    This course is required of all Art, Art Education, and Graphic Design majors at the end of the foundations sequence as a way to gauge the technical and intellectual grasp of foundation concepts and practice. Students will work with a faculty member to prepare a portfolio of foundations work which will be submitted to blind review. Students will then have a critique of this work with the entire faculty of Art and Design. This course is also required of all transfer students with a major in Art, Art Education, and Graphic Design. At the conclusion of this course, students are prepared for the intensive artistic and intellectual environment within their major area of study. Prerequisites: ART 101, ART 112, ART 203, and ART 262.


    ART 270 The History of Women in Art  

    3 credits
    This course looks at the vital role women have played as artists in Western society from the beginning of recorded history to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the artist as a distinct product of her specific historical time and an exploration of the wide-ranging media she used, from clay and plant matter to embroidery, ceramics, oil paint, and digital media. 


    ART 279A CORE: Global Community in Art  

    3 credits
    This course introduces students to the concept of art as an agent for social change through case studies of community/communal art 'movements' through history from around the globe as well as the United States and our local community. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status. Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG 102 or ENG 111. 


    ART/HST/POL 279C CORE: American Political Thought: Nature and the Common Good  

    3 credits
    A study of the concept of nature as used in Anglo-American thought and how these usages influence an understanding of the natural, social, and political environments of the United States. Special emphasis given to American political theory, its illustration through the 19th century American landscape movement, and the inability of U.S. thinkers to appreciate the common good. Not open to students with credit in POL/HST/ART-335 or POL-348F.

     
    ART 310 Painting I  

    3 credits
    Painting I is a focused exploration of acrylic and oil paint as a vehicle for expression and the development of a personal aesthetic. Emphasis will be on painting from nature, the emulation of forms in space, and the refinement of the gestural brushstroke. Prerequisites: ART 101, ART 112, ART 203, and ART 262.


    ART 312 Green Art  

    3 credits
    An introduction to the concept of green art, or art that utilizes the philosophy of sustainability/environmental responsibility as a matrix for production. Students will gain exposure to international green artists and create projects using recycled materials or media that are environmentally friendly and/or made FROM the environment.


    ART 325 Contemporary Art and Design  

    3 credits
    What are the questions of our time and how are artists addressing these concerns? This course will examine current and contemporary artists, new media art (including the recent trend towards digital video), the interrelation of fine art and general design, as well as conceptual frameworks that reflect current social issues. We will explore these topics through lecture, discussion, readings, writings, interpretations, and local gallery and exhibition visits.


    DSN 331 Design II: Branding, Identity and Ad Campaign   

    3 credits

    This is a sophomore level studio course in the graphic design program, with a focus on developing a unified graphic visual communication and campaign to promote an organization’s mission, through research, presentation, and adherence to a systematic approach of visual development. The course will build on typographic, compositional and imaging skills that students have developed in their earlier classes. Prerequisites: ART 204 and 207. Not open to students with credit for ART 483.  


    DSN 333 Production for Graphic Design  

    3 credits

    Production for Graphic Design is a course that provides students with an understanding of the printing process, the elements of production, production terms and guidance in setting up computer prepress files. This course will also touch on production issues working off of Graphic Design III that are related to web design and time based media. Production for Graphic Design is a technical survey that focuses on what emerging graphic designers need to know to be successful in a production based profession. Prerequisites: ART 116, 204, 207, and 380. Corequisite: ART 480.  


    ART 337 Visual Art Methods Grades 4-12  

    3 credits
    An exploration of art materials, techniques and developmental theory for use in classrooms, grades 4 - 12. Evaluation techniques, cross-disciplinary planning, whole curriculum development, multicultural theory, classroom critical writing skills, and student portfolio development will also be emphasized.


    ART/POL 348G Art, Politics and the Pursuit of Truth  

    3 credits
    An interdisciplinary study of the influences politics has on art and the question of how art and politics inform the human search for truth through an investigation of artistic masterworks from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. Selected images of masterworks will be discussed and annotated. Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111; or consent of instructor.

     
    ART/POL 348H Modernism in its Time  

    3 credits
    An interdisciplinary study of the social, political and intellectual culture of Modernism through the lens of the visual arts. Selected examples of visual art of the Western World will be studied in the context of their specific artistic movements as well as in conjunction with contemporaneous events in Western society such as the Great War, the American Depression, WWII, the Holocaust and the dropping of the Atomic Bomb. Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


    ART 353 Historic Painting Techniques  

    3 credits
    This course introduces the student to historically-accurate painting techniques such as fresco, encaustic, egg tempera, and gold leafing through primary text material and visits to the special collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Ohio State University Rare Manuscript Collection. Prerequisites: ART 101, 112, 262.


    ART 365 Printmaking  

    3 credits
    This course is a studio survey of the traditional canon of printmaking methods. Students will be taught relief printing, monotype, drypoint, etching and silk-screen and the history of the print as an art form. The student will spend half of the term working on Ohio Dominican University‘s historic intaglio press. Fee. Prerequisites: ART 101, 112, 156, 262.


    DSN 380 Design III: Design for Interactivity and Web 

    3 credits

    This is a junior level studio course in the graphic design program, with a focus on advanced work in computer web and video graphics. Strong emphasis will be placed on how design solutions can embrace the Internet and other web based avenues with a broad advance in your computer graphic skills and an evolution of your understanding of interactive design and digital media. Avenues such as video for communication, banner design and web site development, and moving graphics for the web will be discussed and researched during the semester. Like all other design courses, this studio will continue to build on typographic and imaging composition, design process and research, and overall effective communication skills that students have developed in their earlier courses. Prerequisites: ART 116 and 331.   


    DSN 479 CORE: The Role of the Artist/Designer in Contemporary Society  

    3 credits
    This course is the culminating experience for the Fine Arts and Graphic Design major as well as the core curriculum. This course will consist of readings, reflection, and discussion of texts which will address the role of the artist/designer in history as a purveyor of information about society and as a creative social catalyst in contemporary society. Students will also be creating the conceptual framework for their Senior Thesis Exhibition including both the material form and the written text. They will be applying the knowledge base gained through their prior courses to their own individual major body of work as well as peer mentoring others in the class and engaging in a group project in the community.


    DSN 480 Design IV: Strategies for Social Impact 

    3 credits

    This is a junior level studio course in the graphic design program, with a focus on working as a collaborative group of makers, artists and designers utilizing the community as a backdrop for social impact through design. Along with newfound historical contexts, lectures and readings, a large-scale public project will dictate the semester’s work and will result in a public designed gathering and or “opening”. Prerequisites: ART 380; Co-requisite: ART 333.


    ART 1/2/3/485 Special Topics  

    1-3 credits

    A study of topics in art or visual communication of special interest to a specific group of students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


    ART 2/3/486 Independent Study  

    1-3 credits
    Intensive individual work in an area of art or visual communication. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, academic advisor, division chairperson.


    ART 497 Internship  

    1-3 credits

    Supervised internship of 40 clock hours for each semester credit in a setting meeting the needs and interests of the student. Prerequisite: Junior standing; B average; consent of instructor, academic advisor and division chairperson; successful completion of application requirements for internship.


    DSN 498 Senior Exhibition  

    3 credits
    As a culmination of their study, seniors will select, research, produce and exhibit an individual project related to the goals of their specific major and their individual interests. Students will also work as a group to curate and prepare all aspects of the exhibition from public relations to opening. Prerequisites: Completion of the major course sequence.