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Art Course Descriptions

Courses (Studio Art 080)
Note: Not all courses will be offered every term. Most courses are offered on a rotating basis. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for current offerings. This is especially important for the workshop studio courses and special topics courses because they are offered focusing on a variety of topics.

50:080:101. INTRODUCTION TO STUDIO ART (R) (3)
Art majors may not take for credit Introduction to concepts and processes of making art. Studio projects complemented by lectures and discussions on ways of looking at art, both past and present. Emphasis on the development of each student’s creative capacities and awareness.

50:080:102. VISUAL FUNDAMENTALS (R) (3)
Prerequisite to all upper-level studio classes.
Consideration of formal elements, color theory, and principles of organization employed in two-dimensional work. Emphasis on communicating ideas through a variety of media.

50:080:103. THREE-DIMENSIONAL FOUNDATIONS (R) (3)
Prerequisite to all upper-level studio classes.
An introduction to sculpture and three-dimensional design, this course utilizes scale, connectivity, positive-negative space and digital mapping to explore creative expression through the form in space.

50:080:211. CERAMICS I (3)
Prerequisite 50:080:103 or permission of instructor.
A dynamic, hands-on exploration of clay. Covers slab building, hand building, proportion and figurative work, surface treatment, glazing techniques, the firing process and the history of ceramic sculpture. Students need no prior background in art-making to take this class.

50:080:212. CERAMICS II (3)
Prerequisite 50:080:211 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. 
A continuing exploration of concepts, materials and techniques in ceramic sculpture, emphasizing advanced hand building, figurative work, mold making, and glaze techniques. 

50:080:213. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER GRAPHICS (3)
Introduction to the use of the computer as a tool for art and design used in the graphic arts and communication industries. Fundamentals of the Macintosh environment and system commands. Illustration, 2-D paint, and object-oriented programs. Hands-on experience with the Macintosh computer, laser scanners, and printers. Methods for developing graphic presentations and intangibles that provide originality and variety in a creative field.

50:080:214 KINETIC SCULPTURE (3)

Prerequisite 50:080:103 or permission of instructor.
Designing, building and programing objects that move and interact with space, this course covers the nature of creative expression utilizing the internet of things, wearable computing, everyware, and natural-user interface design.

50:080:221. DRAWING I (R) (3)
Prerequisite to all upper-level studio classes. Pre or co-rerequisite: 50:080:102 or permission of instructor.
Drawing as independent art form and personal statement. Stresses both disciplined draftsmanship and imaginative composition and explores a variety of media.

50:080:222. DRAWING II (3)
Prerequisite 50:080:221 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Continuing exploration of drawing as an expressive medium.

50:080:223. FIGURE DRAWING (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:221 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Concentrates on the structure and anatomy of the human form. Emphasizes composition and drawing techniques related to the figure.

50:080:224. NEW MEDIA ART (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:103 or permission of instructor.
Explores the evolving relationship between digital technologies and contemporary art. Digital tools and media are used in this studio-based course to explore such topics as recontextualization, time-based media, harvesting, generative art, robotics, and fair usage practices for images, video and sound. The work done in class will be accompanied by lectures and readings that trace the historical significance of each project. Students need no prior background in art-making to take this class.

50:080:225 COLOR THEORY (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:102.
A theoretical and historical exploration of theories of color and the role of color in the visual arts.

50:080:226 CONCEPTUAL ART (3)
An introduction to conceptual strategies that can be utilized to make art. Traditional and nontraditional media are used in this studio-based course to explore such topics as time, chance, risk, identity, context, process, generative art, and performance. The work done in class will be accompanied by lectures and readings that trace the historical significance of each project. Students need no prior background in art-making to take this class.

50:080:229. DRAWING WORKSHOP (BA)
Prerequisite: 50:080:221 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Covers many facets of drawing (both concepts and techniques) but with concentration on one area of study each time the course is offered. Check the Schedule of Classes to determine area of study.

50:080:233. GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKSHOP (BA)
Prerequisite: 50:080:331 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
A studio workshop in various aspects of the graphic design field such as typography, packaging, and illustration. Covers one area that changes from term to term.

50:080:253. PAINTING WORKSHOP (BA)
Prerequisite: Prior studio art experience or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Explores a variety of problems and techniques, but with emphasis on one area each time the course is offered. Check the Schedule of Classes to determine area of study.

50:080:261. PHOTOGRAPHY I ( 3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:101 or 102 or permission of instructor. Students are expected to provide their own cameras and some basic materials.
Uses camera and photographic processes as vehicles for artistic expression and perceptual discovery. Explores traditional and experimental use of photographic processes.

50:080:262. PHOTOGRAPHY II (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:261 or permission of instructor. Students are expected to provide their own cameras and some basic materials. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
This course is a continuation of Photo I. Basic camera and darkroom competence are assumed. Focuses on developing a personal vision through photographic imagery and communicating the vision through a coherent body of work.

50:080:263. PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (BA)
Prerequisites: 50:080:261. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Use of the medium of photography to explore a variety of creative problems. A different area is covered each time the course is offered. Check the Schedule of Classes to determine area of study. Lab. fee.

50:080:264 . DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:102. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
An introduction to photography with the digital camera.

50:080:271. PRINTMAKING (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:102 and 221 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
An exploration of basic concepts, materials and techniques in printmaking.

50:080:279. ANIMATION FUNDAMENTALS (3)
Pre- or corequisite: 50:080:213.
Prepares students for 2D & 3D animation by developing a variety of basic skills in digital software and drawing and by fostering animation appreciation.

50:080:280. CLASSICAL ANIMATION (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:223 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Builds on traditional animation skills, working with both drawings and digital approaches. The principles of classical animation and 2-D animation software will be demonstrated. Students are expected to find their own style, working toward personal career goals.

50:080:281. INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO AND FILM (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:213 or permission of instructor.
Exploration and survey of a variety of methods of video production and film making using traditional videotaping equipment and Macintosh computer nonlinear editing and assembly to produce a range of videos or films.

50:080:283. SCULPTURE WORKSHOP (BA)
Prerequisite: 50:080:214 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Provides fundamental concepts and techniques in a variety of traditional and digital sculptural media, but emphasis is on one particular medium each time the course is offered. Discusses historical and aesthetic aspects of the medium and techniques. Check the Schedule of Classes to determine area of study.

50:080:300 ART AND URBAN SUSTAINABILITY (3)
May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
This course combines theory and studio practice to address ecological art, design for the built environment, environmental policy, and ecological restoration in urban communities. Students will research the strategies of ecologically based art and will author proposals for sustainable design in Camden, New Jersey, with a focus on implementation, public policy, and funding. The studio-based portion of this class aims to bring ecologically based art projects to fruition with the aid of local communities. 

50:080:331. GRAPHIC DESIGN I (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:102 and 221 or permission of instructor.
An introduction to various aspects of graphic communications covering design concepts, typography, and composition.

50:080:332. GRAPHIC DESIGN II (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:331 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
A continuation of Graphic Design II and a further exploration of the foundations of graphic design with an emphasis on conceptualization and execution of ideas. Explores a variety of concepts, methods and technical skills.

50:080:333. TYPOGRAPHY (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:331 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Covers the fundamentals of typographic theory, practice and history. Includes the study of letterforms, typographic text creation and composition, typographic expression and communication, hierarchy and legibility.

50:080:334. GRAPHIC DESIGN PRODUCTION (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:331, 332, AND 333 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Examines graphic design methodology, process and production techniques, balancing conceptual and practical skills. Building on design fundamentals, the course explores the stages of design: research, visualization and production.

50:080:342 VIDEO ART
Relying on moving pictures in a visual and audio medium, this non-narrative art from has branching roots in 2D and processed based 3D art making. This class covers non-narrative time based media and contemporary practice.

50:080:345. COMPUTER MULTIMEDIA (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:331 281 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Presents students with an overview of multimedia components, focusing on graphics, text, video, audio and animation elements.

50:080:346. DESIGN FOR THE WORLD WIDE WEB (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:213, 331, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Graphic design and production techniques for web publishing. Applications used to create dynamic interactive web pages and sites. Building upon basic design skills, the student creates a variety of assignments. Emphasis on clarity of visual communication in this new medium.

50:080:347. ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:102 or permission of instructor.
An exploration of two- and three-dimensional design, relating to the environment. Projects include murals, wall graphics, and redesigning exterior sites.

50:080:351. PAINTING I ( 3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:102 and 221 or permission of instructor.
Introduction to painting concepts , media and techniques

50:080:352. PAINTING II (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:351 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
A continuing exploration of painting concepts, media and techniques. Emphasis on development of painting as a medium for personal visual expression.

50:080:355. ELEMENTARY ART EDUCATION (3)
Prerequisite: 50:300:354 or permission of instructor.
Survey of the artistic growth of children. Survey of philosophies, issues, methods, materials, resources, processes and strategies for teaching art in the elementary grades and integrating art into the curriculum.

50:080:356. SECONDARY ART EDUCATION (3)
Prerequisite: 50:300:354 or permission of instructor.
Survey of the artistic growth of adolescents. Survey of philosophies, issues, methods, materials, resources, processes and strategies for teaching art in the secondary grades and relating art to other areas of the curriculum.

50:082:361. ART OF FILM (3)
A course designed to heighten the awareness of contemporary film by analyzing the role of the Production Designer, Cinematographer, Director, as well as Editing and Sound Editing. The course is primarily a film appreciation course and is intended for non-art majors as well as majors in art and art history. We will concentrate on the films of the past twenty years and pay particular attention to the rise of independent filmmakers and others who have added to, and expanded upon, the great film traditions of the past century.

50:080:382. SCULPTURE II (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:103, 50:080:214 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Exploration of sculpture in the environment with an emphasis on site-specific art, public art, community based art and collaborative practice. This course also covers the history of contemporary practice. 

50:080:386. COMPUTER ANIMATION I (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:279 or permission of instructor.
Provides a foundation in 3Dmodeling, texturing, lighting and camera techniques through working with animation software.

50:080:387. COMPUTER ANIMATION I I (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:386 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Exposes students to the conceptual and technical aspects of 3D animation. Students are expected to develop an understanding of how 3D animation technology can be applied in artistic creation and in digital industry settings.

50:080:391. INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN STUDIO ART (BA)
Prerequisites: One course in advanced studio work and permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Senior art major expected to further investigate the chosen area of emphasis; projects and research initiated by the student and approved by the faculty. Guidance and criticism offered by department staff, with occasional critiques by outside artists.

50:080:395. ARTIST IN SOCIETY (BA)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior art major standing or permission of instructor.
Explores the artist’s role historically and in today’s world. Comparisons concerning the artist’s function in society made through readings, discussion, and public lecture.

50:080:437. COMMUNICATION DESIGN I (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:331,332, 333 or permission of instructor
Explores visual solutions that convey information regarding products, services, and ideas. Investigates larger contexts for such visuals as packaging, corporate identity, publication, and signs. Emphasis on creating work suitable for a professional portfolio.

50:080:438. COMMUNICATION DESIGN II (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:331,332,333 and 437 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
A continuation of Communication Design I, students continue to explore fundamentals of good design, while adding to a body of work suitable for a professional design portfolio.

50:080:446. ADVANCED COMPUTER STUDIO (3)
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Intended primarily for advanced Electronic Arts students. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Project-oriented course. Develop computer-generated graphics and animation for specific purposes, including visual realizations of faculty research, promotional design and video for the campus, and other related projects.

50:080:447. VIDEO AND FILM PRODUCTION (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:281 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Advanced study and exploration of a variety of methods of video and film making using traditional videotape and digital video equipment, with Macintosh computer nonlinear editing software. The student produces a range of films, from creative short subjects to films dedicated to specific promotional purposes. Additionally, the laboratory portion of the class makes use of the animation studio and its Unix-based computer editing equipment.

50:080:448. CHARACTER ANIMATION (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:386,387 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Deepens students’ understanding of 3D character animation techniques by applying animation principles.

50:080:449. ANIMATION PRODUCTION (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:448 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Offers practical experience in pre-production and production practices for animation. Covers topics such as animation composting, editing, simulation, hair, and other digital effects.

50:080:451. ADVANCED PAINTING (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:352, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Advanced study in painting with emphasis on developing and refining an individual point of view and personal means of expression. Experimentation encouraged, but attention is also given to further knowledge of materials, techniques, and theories of painting. Explores both traditional and contemporary stylistic approaches.

50:080:460. ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:262 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Advanced study in Photography with a focus on refining a personal vision. Experimentation is encouraged.

50:080:481. ADVANCED SCULPTURE (3)
Prerequisites: 50:080:382 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
This concentrated study of materials, techniques and personal expression allows the advanced student to prepare a portfolio of work for graduate school or other fields of specialization.

50:080:484. SPECIAL STUDIO PROJECTS (BA)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Working closely with a studio faculty adviser, the student develops and executes a specified series of art works.

50:080:488. POST-PRODUCTION (3)
Prerequisite: 50:080:386, 447 and 449 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Explores post-production techniques for animation, film, video and audio. Focuses on the production-related aspects of rendering, transforming, converting, importing, exporting, compositing, effects and sound.

50:080:489. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELECTRONIC ARTS (3)
Prerequisites: permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
An exploration of specific topics in the areas of animation or graphic design. Topics vary from semester to semester.

50:080:490 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SCULPTURE (3)
Prerequisites: permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
An exploration of specific topics in the areas of sculpture, sustainability or new media. Topics vary from semester to semester. 

50:080:491. ELECTRONIC ARTS INTERNSHIP (BA)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit dependent on hours worked.
An internship with an agency, design studio, or computer graphics company. The student qualifies by presenting a portfolio and performs those duties required by the studio; learns new concepts and techniques through in-house preparation and execution of artwork (forty hours of internship per credit.)

50:080:492. ART INTERNSHIP (BA)
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Credit dependent on hours worked. Coordinated by the art program.
An internship in some area of art, which may involve working with arts institutions or artists in the area or some other activity which advances the student’s knowledge of some area of art.

50:080:497-498. HONORS IN ART (3,3)
Candidates for honors in studio art or electronic arts must, at the end of their junior year, have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and an average of 3.5 or better in the major.
Requires an independent and advanced studio project under the supervision of a professor in studio art or electronic arts.