2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Art Courses (ART) 1000-2999

ART 1010. 2-D: Principles of Design (3). An introduction to the visual elements and principles of two-dimensional design through projects that emphasize discovery through experimentation, research, analysis and problem solving. The projects emphasize the exploration of design issues in black, white and grays (values). Color is introduced through the correlation of value to hue. ($50.00 course fee)

ART 1011. 2D:Principles of Color (3). An introduction to subtractive color mixtures, systems of color order and notation, and the color solid. All of the characteristics of color and many associated phenomena are examined and put into practice as design elements in the context of increasingly complex visual problems. ($100.00 course fee).

ART 1020. 3-D Design (3). The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basic principles of 3-dimensional design. This course will combine design theory with projects created by each student. Students will explore the basic components of 3-dimensional art which includes subject, form, and content. A variety of materials and techniques will be introduced to the student including casting, modeling, additive and subtractive sculpture and fabrication. Materials used will include plaster, wire, clay, wood, paint, paper, etc. Students should bring unique interpretations to their projects. Discussions centered around 3-dimensional design and creative ideas should help foster artistic awareness and understanding of basic 3-dimensional concepts. ($100.00 course fee)

ART 1030. Drawing I (3). This course is an introduction to basic drawing materials, practices, and concepts. The class will focus on the process of perception in particular as a means to achieve a successful drawing. Various techniques of using graphite, pen, and conte crayon will be demonstrated, and the use of line, value shading, and composition will be constantly emphasized and practiced, using assorted classroom and outdoor arrangements as a basis for study. Students who successfully complete the course should be able to use contour line, value shading, gesture, and other techniques to accurately represent what they see. ($50.00 course fee)

ART 1040. Figure Drawing I (3). Prerequisite: ART 1030. The course practice will consist primarily of observing and drawing the human figure in a wide range of poses, lighting conditions and time frames, and learning to use a variety of media and techniques. Special emphasis will be on placing a figure within a composition and using correct anatomical proportions. Additional out-of-class drawings with figurative elements will be assigned in order to further develop perceptual sensitivities. Students completing the course should be able to draw the human figure using conte crayon, charcoal and graphite, as well as understand several historical approaches used to make successful figure drawings. ($100.00 course fee)

ART 1050. Painting I (3). An emphasis on basic painting skills and the exploration of techniques and materials. Exercises include: chiaroscuro, flat pattern design, direct painting (alla prima), glazing, and paint application techniques. Design basics, color mixing, and problem solving skills are stressed. Mediums used are acrylic and oil based. ($50.00 course fee)

ART 1060. Photography I (3). An introduction to the basics of black and white photography. This class emphasizes the basic parts and operation of an SLR (manual) camera, black and white film processing, and darkroom use. Students will study the basics of composition, design, lighting, printing, processing, and final print presentation. Students will learn to develop film, process prints, and other printing controls such as dodging, burning, and the use of filters. Concentration is on photography as a fine art medium. Students must have a 35mm manual control camera. ($110.00 course fee)

ART 1070. Clay I (3). This course provides an introduction to the design and creation of ceramic forms. Students will be introduced to a variety of clay bodies, basic construction methods---including pinch and coil pots, slab-building, and wheel throwing---and the demonstration of different firing techniques. Additional focus will be made on the use of glazes, slips, and engobes. Students will gain a visual awareness of the aesthetics of original ceramic pottery and/or sculpture, and learn to identify and use the techniques, tools, processes, and materials associated with them. ($100.00 course fee).

ART 1080. Sculpture I (3). Prerequisite: ART 1020. The emphasis in this course is on the development of each individual's visual sense and its expression in sculptural form. The student will explore sculptural materials, techniques, and concepts in a more detailed and concentrated manner. More advanced sculptural media will be introduced including stone carving, woodworking, modeling, and fabrication. The student will be encouraged to explore in more conceptual depth a medium they find to be of interest. There will be several opportunities to meet and talk to artists, visit their studios and visit art galleries in the community. Students will also be exposed to historical and contemporary artists with an emphasis on sculptors. ($100.00 course fee)

ART 1090. Printmaking I (3). An introduction to the techniques, materials, and methods used in intaglio, relief, and monotypes. ($35.00 course fee)

ART 1110. Color Theory (3). Prerequisite: ART 1010. A study of advanced color theories and their application as well as an investigation of physical aspects of color perception and manipulation using subtractive color processes. Projects will focus on the emotional impact of color combinations and a more thorough understanding of pigment properties. The course will also include the compositional principles of gestalt, rhythm, variety, repetition, balance, emphasis, and proportion. Extensive outside work required. ($35.00 course fee)

ART 1400. Introduction to Digital Imaging (3). This introductory course in digital imaging will introduce students to the basic Macintosh hardware and operating system. In addition, the course is a survey of basic animation, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. The course also includes basic bookbinding as well as panoramic and large format digital printing techniques ($150.00 course fee)

ART 1450. Design Communications for Non-Majors (3). This is an introductory course to the profession of graphic design specifically geared towards non-majors. Emphasis is placed on design principles, design elements, visual language, the overall design process, and introduction to technology. Students will be introduced to the profession through investigation of case studies, examination of design artifacts and the client / designer relationship. Students will not only learn about the design process including research, brainstorming, and conceptual problem-solving but have opportunities to create their own projects implementing basic design production utilizing various tools / mediums including the Macintosh computer and basic industry software. Experience in the Macintosh platform not required although recommended.

ART 1700. Principles of Web Page Design (3). Prerequisite: ART 1400. This course is an integrated introduction to web page design, covering both its aesthetic and technical aspects. The topics introduced will include: Internet Protocol fundamentals, HTML, page layout, imaging, color, typography, embedded technologies, file types, portability and performance. ($100.00 lab fee)

ART 1950-4950. Studies Abroad (3-18). Study in a foreign country. Individual course titles and locations are assigned for each course taken. See Studies Abroad program for details.

ART 1990-4990. Special Studies in Art (1-3).  These courses are offered by the Art Department only in approved circumstances. These numbers may be used as art free elective transfers or substitutions for Art Electives.

ART 2000. Art Experience (3). An introduction to experiencing and understanding humanity's heritage in the visual arts. Primary emphasis will be made on analyzing the basic form and content of a variety of art and architecture from all periods, styles, and cultures. All students will be expected to gain working knowledge of an aesthetic vocabulary, and be able to use it and related concepts to evaluate works of art. Students should also gain a heightened appreciation for the complexities of visual experience, and be capable of continuing further study in the field of art.

ART 2005. Introduction to Art Education (3). Introduces students to the historical foundations and contemporary practice of art education. Special emphasis is given to the development of conceptual understandings and skills in aesthetics, art criticism, art history, visual culture and art production, including digital media and computer technologies. Students will investigate fundamental issues in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and will explore career opportunities in both schools and community art settings through field observations. Introduction to Art Education serves as a prerequisite for further study in the Art Education major.

ART 2030. Drawing II (3). Prerequisite: ART 1030. This course is an expansion of the visual concepts, materials and practices introduced in Drawing I. Emphasis will be given to the integration of visual elements with the personal expression of ideas. Both conventional and unconventional techniques for combining drawing media will be described and demonstrated. The course media will include colored pencils, inks and oil pastels. Class projects will be based on studio set-ups, photos and other printed materials, and imaginative sources. Students will be further prepared to develop a personal drawing style by using a range of abstract and realistic forms of expression. ($50.00 course fee)

ART 2040. Figure Drawing II (3). Prerequisite: ART 1040. This course continues the basic disciplines learned in Figure Drawing I. Students will also learn to integrate color with more perceptive interpretation of the human figure. A wider variety of drawing media will be used, including oil pastels, colored pencils, sharpies and pastels. Equal emphasis will be placed on creating expressive drawings and on using realistic anatomical proportions. ($100.00 course fee)

ART 2050. Painting II (3). Prerequisite: ART 1050. A continuing exploration of the painting process, with a strong emphasis on technical development and experimentation with various painting media. The focus will be on developing a visual language through painting, developing individual skills in particular painting media, and developing concepts into finished works. This course will explore the visual conceptions of such styles as representational, abstract, and/or nonrepresentational working in the media of oil, acrylic, mixed media, and/or watercolor. Students will continue to identify and use the techniques, tools, processes, and materials associated with these media, and begin to explore various ways of choosing subject matter and developing ideas through the use of various painting media and compositional means. An emphasis will be put on individual creative expression. ($50.00 course fee)

ART 2060. Photography II (3). Prerequisite: ART 1060. Intermediate study of black and white processes. Students must have a 35mm camera with manual controls. This course is for the student previously experienced with manual camera exposures and basic black and white processing. The class will explore secondary levels of black and white materials and processing, color/digital prints, collage techniques, book making and altered images. Emphasis is placed on creativity and the quality of finished prints. There will be an emphasis on improving composition, concentrating the focus of ideas, viewer reaction to finished prints, and evaluating the quality of the final image. ($150.00 course fee)

ART 2070. Clay II (3). Prerequisite: ART 1070. A continuation of the work in clay in which the student concentrates on handbuilding, sculpture, and/or wheel throwing. A refinement of Clay I techniques plus the possible introduction to raku (including firing in a modern raku kiln). Clay I techniques are to be refined with an emphasis on individual creative expression. Students will continue to explore the creative possibilities of original ceramic pottery and/or sculpture with a greater emphasis on decorating and glazing techniques. ($100.00 course fee)

ART 2080. Sculpture II (3). Prerequisite: ART 1080. Intensive exploration of sculptural concepts through the use of selected techniques and materials, with an emphasis on the development of individual expression. ($100.00 course fee)

ART 2090. Printmaking II (3). An introduction to the processes of black and white and color lithography. ($50.00 course fee)

ART 2100. The Design Experience (3). This course is an introduction to experiencing and understanding the role of design in our visual culture. Emphasis is on the evolution of the visual language of design throughout human history, based on the impact of technology on design's methods, materials and styles. Students will examine their role as participants in the culture of design - through production, consumption and interpretation - and should gain a heightened appreciation for the complex ways that aesthetics, the creative process, and the discipline of design itself affect their knowledge of all aspects of visual culture.

ART 2150. Watercolor Painting I (3). Familiarizes students with the techniques and approaches used in watercolor painting. Additional mediums such as gouache, ink, tissue paper, and pastels as mixed media components will be introduced. Summer only. ($50.00 course fee)

ART 2160. Art for the Educator: Appreciation & Application (2). This course provides a broad overview of visual art for students who plan to work as educators in schools, churches, and other community agencies. The course includes elements drawn from art history, art appreciation, and art education. Students will demonstrate written and oral competencies in these areas. ART 2160 completes the art component of MUH 2140 Arts for Education, for those students who have already completed MUH 2000 or its transfer equivalent.

ART 2410. Introduction to Design Principles (3). Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, completion of ART foundations, or departmental permission. Design is the use of visual forms (words and images) that are used to convey information to diverse audiences. This course is the first in a sequence of Design Communications courses. Students will explore the use of basic design principles, design elements, introductory theory and brainstorming techniques to solve basic communication problems without the use of a computer. Emphasis will be on obeservation, analysis, design process, terminology, creative thinking, problem-solving, execution and craftmanship. Several projects may be considered as portfolio pieces. ($150.00 course fee).

ART 2411. Sophomore Production Workshop (1). Emphasizes technology and production skills for print graphics. This course must be taken twice; once each semester during the sophomore year. (course/lab fee $100)

ART 2420. Design Systems (3). Prerequisites: ART  2410. One in a series of Design Communications courses that focuses on the development of a professional-level design portfolio. Projects include multiple-piece design, introduction to product identity, and an introduction to three dimensional graphic design. The course also emphasizes raster imaging and covers compositing of graphic elements in advanced page-layout applications. Extensive outside work is required.($100.00 course fee)

ART 2430. Typography (3). Prerequisites: ART 1400 and ART 2410. A combined lecture and studio course covering the history, terminology and use of typography in the design communications industry. Type sensibility is often used as the measure of professional design acumen, therefore this course should be taken early in design series in order to integrate the knowledge into upper-level core design courses. Students will use computer typography applications as well as studio techniques to complete exercises and problems in typographic communications. Projects and exercises will range from the examination of individual letterforms to organization of a large volume of text in page layouts. Emphasis will be placed on typographic production and terminology. Course software will include current industry technology. ($100.00 course fee)

ART 2450. Interactive Media (3)
. Prerequisites: ART or CSC 1000, ART 1400, ART 2410 or permission of the instructor. This is an introduction to Interactive Media. Topics include: animation, scripting and delivery of vector based interactive media. Emphasis is on we-based media applications. Applications used include Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator. The course will emphasize the software application Macromedia Flash. ($100.00 course fee)

ART 2500. Digital Photography I (3). Prerequisites: ART 1060 and ART 1400. An exploration of the medium of digital photography through various camera and computer techniques. Students will examine digital photography through the use of digital cameras, digital negatives and digital prints. The digital negatives will be used to print images by various techniques including, but not limited to, cyanoptype, Van Dyke Brown and palladium. Adobe Photoshop will be used as the computer software for this class. Prerequisites include previous experience with photography and the computer.

ART 2800. Art History I (3). This is a general survey of the history of Western art and architecture from the pre-historic through the mid-Gothic period. Particular emphasis will be made on the stylistic achievements of the Graeco-Roman and Gothic eras. The primary course objective will be placed on students learning to make distinctions between the various historical styles as well as writing about the purposes of these styles. All students completing the course should be able to identify and discuss aspects of the basic form and content of any of the styles according to specific periods, schools or artists, and will complete a special research topic or project within a chosen area of interest.

ART 2810. Art History II (3).   This is the second part of a general survey of the history of Western art and architecture, and covers the Late Gothic to the Modernist era. Particular emphasis will be made on the stylistic achievements of the Renaissance and the 19th century. The primary course objectives remain the same in principle as ART 2800.