Department of Art and Art History AAH Core Program

Courses

Core Studio I:
Surface/Image/Practice

Core Studio I places an emphasis on creating planar works and exploring formal principles and conceptual concerns. Students will work in traditional and digital media. Collaborative and technology-based projects will allow students to envision and understand planar works in a contemporary context.

Core Studio II:
Line/Mark/Observation

Core Studio II places an emphasis on traditional drawing principles and their function within a contemporary context. Students will focus on line, line weight, continuous line, contour line, sighting, figure, gesture, perspective (2 point, 3 point, and isometric/orthogonal drawing), value, color and texture. Collaborative and technology-based projects will allow students to envision and understand drawing in a contemporary context.

Core Studio III:
Space/Time/Process

Core Studio III places an emphasis on creating spatial and time-based works and exploring formal principles and conceptual concerns. Students will work with space, time, structure, process and material. Collaborative and technology-based projects will allow students to envision and understand three dimensional concerns in a contemporary context.

Art/Design History

In addition to the three Core Studios, all students fulfill the following coursework, dependent on their major, within the first year of study.

Art History Majors

Art History Survey I: Ancient to Medieval (ARH 302)
A study of the major monuments of architecture, sculpture, painting, and metalwork from the ancient period through the end of the Middle Ages.

Art History Survey II: Renaissance to Modern (ARH 303)
A study of the major monuments of architecture, sculpture, painting, and metalwork from the Renaissance to the present.

Issues in Visual Culture (ARH 304)
Examines the modern and contemporary history of art and visual culture in relation to a broader set of problems fundamental to visual representation throughout the history of art.

Design Majors

Issues in Visual Culture (ARH 304)
Examines the modern and contemporary history of art and visual culture in relation to a broader set of problems fundamental to visual representation throughout the history of art.

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Introduction to Design Theory and Criticism (DES 308)
Introduces design theory and criticism, examining how people's beliefs and values inform the way they make, understand, and evaluate works of design.

Studio Art and Visual Art Studies (Art Education) Majors

Art History Survey I: Ancient to Medieval (ARH 302)
A study of the major monuments of architecture, sculpture, painting, and metalwork from the ancient period through the end of the Middle Ages.

Art History Survey II: Renaissance to Modern (ARH 303)
A study of the major monuments of architecture, sculpture, painting, and metalwork from the Renaissance to the present.