Art and Design

Majors:


Minors:


The Department of Art and Design provides quality education in the areas of art education, art history, fine art studio, photography, visual arts, and graphic design. The Department cultivates high standards for creativity, craft, conceptual understanding, critical analysis, historical scholarship, and pedagogy. Central to these pursuits are the artistic practice and scholarly research of faculty, the dedication of support staff to the department's educational objectives, and engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship. The Department of Art and Design is a thriving learning community grounded in the Marianist tradition of educating the whole person. It is fully integrated with the College and the University and contributes significantly to our institutional commitment to excellence.

The department offers the following degrees:

Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is intended for those interested in a broad liberal arts education as an overarching part of their chosen major (Art History, Visual Arts). Approximately 40 percent of the degree requirements are taken in the creation and study of visual arts particular to the chosen major. With this degree option it is possible for students to earn a minor, or even a second major, in another university offered discipline. The B.A. degree combines the major specific curriculum with visual arts foundation courses, and the College of Arts and Sciences and University general education requirements referred to as the Common Academic Program (CAP).

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) is an intensive "professional" program of study specifically tailored to prepare students to enter the field of their chosen major (Art Education, Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic Design) or to continue their studies in graduate school. Approximately 65 percent of the degree requirements are in the creation and study of the visual arts particular to the chosen major. The B.F.A. degree combines the major specific curriculum with visual arts foundation courses, and the College of Arts and Sciences and University general education requirements referred to as the Common Academic Program (CAP).

Majors include:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a Major in:
  • Art History
  • Visual Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with Teacher Licensure:
  • Art Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a Major in:
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography

Program Descriptions:
Art History (HOA)

Art history is the study of art and architecture produced within specific cultural contexts as a manifestation of human creativity and as a valuable form of historical documentation. Students learn to appreciate the fundamental and varied roles that the visual arts have played and continue to play in the lives of people around the globe. Toward this end, students learn how images and objects, identified as art, embody, but also condition and control social, religious, cultural, economic, political, and gender dynamics.

Visual Arts (VAR)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Visual Arts is a flexible program that emphasizes a broad liberal arts education with supportive studies in art, design, and art history. This degree offers students a breadth of exploration of all areas making up the Department of Visual Arts. Studio and art history requirements constitute 35 to 40 percent of the Visual Arts B.A. degree. To take advantage of the diverse academic environment that is the University of Dayton, students are encouraged to earn a minor or a second major within another discipline. Students may not obtain a dual-degree in Visual Arts and the following: Fine Arts (ART), Graphic Design (GDN), or Photography (PHO). It is permitted to double major in Visual Arts and Art History. In this case, the maximum of 12 semester hours of VAH courses allowed in the Visual Arts major may double count.

Art Education (FAE)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with Teacher Licensure, a B.F.A. (E11A) program, offers students expertise in studio practice, art history, aesthetics, and critical analysis of art. Field experience in the Dayton area allows students to transform theoretical knowledge into classroom practice. Graduates are well prepared for teaching positions in public or private schools, prekindergarten through grade 12, as well as for master's degree programs.

Fine Arts (ART)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Fine Arts is a professional degree program that provides an intensive, in depth exploration of selected fine art media. Students choose an emphasis in ceramics, drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking, or sculpture.

Graphic Design (GDN)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Graphic Design is an intensive professional degree program designed to prepare students for careers in graphic and advertising design, electronic media, and related new technologies.

Photography (PHO)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Photography is a professional degree that provides an intensive, in depth exploration of photographic media.

Art and Design Minors
  • A Minor in Art History consists of 18 semester hours. (For majors in Visual Arts, only six semester hours of the minor may double count.)
  • A Minor in Visual Arts consists of 21 semester hours. (Not open to majors in Art Education, Fine Arts, Graphic Design or Photography.)
  • A Minor in Fine Arts consists of 21 semester hours. (Not open to majors in Visual Arts.)
  • A Minor in Graphic Design consists of 24 semester hours. (Not open to majors in Visual Arts.)
  • A Minor in Photography consists of 21 semester hours. (Not open to majors in Visual Art.)

    Transfer students seeking an Art and Design minor must complete at least nine of the required semester hours in the Department of Art and Design while in residency at the University of Dayton.
     
Art and Design Foundations

Visual arts foundation courses introduce students to fundamental principles, practices, materials, and vocabulary common to all visual arts disciplines. These courses provide a common background of skill development along with an understanding of primary concepts in the visual arts and a basis for critical evaluation. All foundation courses share the objective of preparing students to face the challenges of their specific disciplines.

Foundations Scholarship Review

During their second year, all Art and Design majors are reviewed by the Art and Design faculty. Participation in the Foundations Scholarship Review is mandatory for all Visual Arts majors. Students must receive a satisfactory review rating before graduating with a visual arts degree. Also included in the review are first and third year students who have been awarded Art and Design Scholarships. The review process is a valuable learning experience for the student and it helps the faculty to recommend ways in which students may build upon their assets and overcome their liabilities. Monetary awards applied toward future tuition are available to a limited number of students whose performance in the review is judged by the faculty to be outstanding.

Senior Capstone Courses

These courses, required in all majors, bring together the skills, education, ideas, and goals of senior students. They stress an integrated approach to learning and working and they focus on preparing students for their futures beyond the University. They provide a logical continuity that begins with the Art and Design Foundations courses, the Foundations Scholarship Review, and work within the major.


Faculty

Judith Huacuja, Chairperson
Professors Emeriti: Niles, Wilkinson
Professors: Crum, Jones, Phelps, Whitaker
Associate Professors: Clarke, Holscher Almazan, Huacuja, Kwon, Marcinowski, Matlack-Whitaker, Wilbers
Assistant Professors: Bradshaw, Jennings, Sullivan, Smith, Thomas-Trout
Lecturers: Jones, Kargl, Tsen
 

Bachelor of Arts, Art History (HOA) minimum 124 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Liberal Studies Curriculum
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics) 3
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)11
Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)12

Major Requirements45
VAH 129Foundations in Art History (Satisfies CAP Arts)3
VAH 201Survey of Art I3
VAH 202Survey of Art II3
VAH 203Survey of Art III3
VAH 483PostColonial and Global Art Histories3
VAH 485Art History Seminar (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
VAF 104Foundation Drawing3
VAR 299Second Year Review0
Select one from:3
Foundation 2-D Design
Foundation 3-D Design
Foundation Photography
Select six VAH courses (300/400 level)18
Select one major program elective 13

Breadth
VAR 100Visual Arts Foundation1
Total Hours to total at least124

1

Major program courses may be chosen, in consultation with an art history advisor, from among the following disciplines and courses: ANT 300, CMM 313, ENG 322PHL 320, PSY 375 and REL 374. Alternatives to these courses may be elected with the approval of an art history advisor. Major program electives must be at the 300-400 level (except in the case of Fine Arts courses), and they may not be used to satisfy the liberal studies requirements

Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts (VAR) minimum 124 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Liberal Studies Curriculum
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics) 3
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)11
Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)12
Major Requirements45
VAD 220Design Processes I3
VAF 104Foundation Drawing (Satisfies CAP Arts)3
VAF 112Foundation 2-D Design3
VAF 117Foundation 3-D Design3
VAF 216Design & Color3
VAP 101Foundation Photography3
VAP 201Photography II3
or VAP 240 Digital Processes I
VAR 299Second Year Review0
VAR 495Senior Project Seminar1
VAR 496Senior Project, Presentation and Paper (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
Select one course from: (Satisfies CAP Arts)3
Survey of Art I
Survey of Art II
Survey of Art III
Select one VAH course (300/400 level)3
Select five Visual arts courses 114
Breadth
VAR 100Visual Arts Foundation1
Total Hours to total at least124
1

Nine of the fourteen hours to be selected from at least two of the following: VAD, VAF, VAP, and VAR. Nine of the fourteen hours must be at the 300-400 level.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Education (FAE) minimum 134 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Major Requirements 1, 269
VAE 231Introduction to Art Education 2
VAE 383Foundation of Art Education3
VAE 483Teaching Visual Arts3
VAF 104Foundation Drawing (Satisfies CAP Arts)3
VAF 112Foundation 2-D Design3
VAF 117Foundation 3-D Design3
VAF 204Drawing II3
VAF 216Design & Color3
VAF 226Painting I3
VAF 232Sculpture I3
VAF 240Ceramics I3
or VAF 242 Ceramics II
VAF 253Printmaking I3
or VAF 353 Printmaking II
VAF 304Drawing III3
VAE 498Senior Research and Portfolio (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
VAE 499Senior Presentation1
VAP 101Foundation Photography3
VAR 299Second Year Review0
Select two courses from: 6
Survey of Art I
Survey of Art II
Survey of Art III
Select one course from:3
Nineteenth Century Art I
Nineteenth Century Art II
Modernisms in Art
PostColonial and Global Art Histories (Satisfies CAP Integrative, Advanced Historical Studies)
Select one VAH course3
Select four VAR courses12
Education requirements:27
EDT 110
110L
The Profession of Teaching
and The Profession of Teaching Laboratory
3
EDT 207
207L
Child and Adolescent in Education
and Child and Adolescent in Education Laboratory
3
EDT 305Philosophy and History of American Education (Satisfies CAP Practical Ethical Action, and Advanced Study in Philosophy)3
EDT 340Educating Diverse Student Populations in Inclusive Settings (Satisfies CAP Integrative, and Diversity and Social Justice)3
EDT 340LEducating Diverse Student Populations in Inclusive Settings Laboratory0
EDT 459Critical Reading and Writing in the Content Area3
EDT 477Student Teaching- Art P-1212
Breadth
VAR 100Visual Arts Foundation1
Total Hours to total at least134
1

Students in the Art Education program are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average overall, and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in teacher education and visual arts courses.

2

In order for the University of Dayton to approve the state of Ohio teaching license application, applicants must have on file passing scores on the state of Ohio licensure tests and have successfully passed the Foundation Review.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Arts (ART) minimum 132 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Major Requirements79
VAF 104Foundation Drawing (Satisfies CAP Arts )3
VAF 112Foundation 2-D Design3
VAF 117Foundation 3-D Design3
VAF 203Drawing Through the Process3
VAF 204Drawing II3
VAF 216Design & Color3
VAF 226Painting I3
VAF 232Sculpture I3
VAF 240Ceramics I3
VAF 253Printmaking I3
VAF 326Painting II3
VAF 332Sculpture II3
VAF 242Ceramics II 3
VAF 353Printmaking II3
VAF 498Senior/Professional Seminar- Fine Arts3
VAF 499Senior Thesis (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)1
VAP 101Foundation Photography3
VAR 299Second Year Review0
VAF emphasis12
Select two courses from: 6
Survey of Art I
Survey of Art II
Survey of Art III
VAH 483PostColonial and Global Art Histories3
Select one VAH courses (300/400 level) (May include CAP Components)3
Select Visual arts courses6
Breadth
VAR 100Visual Arts Foundation1
Total Hours to total at least132

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design (GDN) minimum 131 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Major Requirements87
VAD 220Design Processes I3
VAD 240Form & Concept3
VAD 245Typography I3
VAD 320Design Processes II3
VAD 345Typography II3
VAD 360Web Design3
VAD 411Graphic Design I3
VAD 412Graphic Design II3
VAD 415Graphic Design III3
VAD 498Senior/Professional Seminar - Graphic Design3
VAD 499Portfolio and Paper - Graphic Design (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
VAF 104Foundation Drawing (Satisfies CAP Arts )3
VAF 112Foundation 2-D Design3
VAF 117Foundation 3-D Design3
VAF 204Drawing II3
VAF 216Design & Color3
VAH 383History of Graphic Design3
VAP 101Foundation Photography3
VAR 299Second Year Review0
Select two courses from: 6
Survey of Art I
Survey of Art II
Survey of Art III
Select one fine arts course from:3
Painting I
Printmaking I
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Sculpture I
Illustration I
Select one VAH course (300/400 level) (May include CAP Advanced Historical Studies)3
Select one VAP course3
Select Visual Arts courses (May include CAP Components)12
Select two marketing or two communication courses6
Breadth
VAR 100Visual Arts Foundation1
Total Hours to total at least131

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography (PHO) minimum 131 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Major Requirements72
VAF 104Foundation Drawing3
VAF 112Foundation 2-D Design3
VAF 117Foundation 3-D Design3
VAF 204Drawing II3
VAF 216Design & Color3
VAH 382History of Photography I3
VAH 480Modernisms in Art3
VAH 482History of Photography II3
VAP 101Foundation Photography (Satisfies CAP Arts)3
VAP 201Photography II3
VAP 240Digital Processes I3
VAP 302Color Photography I3
VAP 410Advanced Photography3
VAP 498Senior/Professional Seminar- Photography3
VAP 499Senior Seminar II (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)1
VAR 299Second Year Review0
Select two courses from:6
Studio Practice I
Alternative Photography I
Digital Processes II
Select two courses from:6
Survey of Art I
Survey of Art II
Survey of Art III
Select three VAP courses (300/400 level)9
Select Visual Arts courses (May include CAP Components)8
Breadth
VAR 100Visual Arts Foundation1
Total Hours to total at least131

Minor in Art History (HOA)

Art History
Select two courses from:6
Survey of Art I
Survey of Art II
Survey of Art III
Select four VAH courses (300/400 level)12
Total Hours18

Minor in Fine Arts (ART)

Fine Arts
VAF 104Foundation Drawing3
VAF 112Foundation 2-D Design3
VAH 201Survey of Art I3
or VAH 202 Survey of Art II
or VAH 203 Survey of Art III
Select four VAF courses12
Total Hours21

Minor in Graphic Design (GDN)

Graphic Design
VAD 220Design Processes I3
VAD 240Form & Concept3
VAD 245Typography I3
VAD 320Design Processes II3
VAF 112Foundation 2-D Design3
VAF 216Design & Color3
VAH 383History of Graphic Design3
Select one course from:3
Graphic Design for Three Dimensions
Typography II
Web Design
Advertising Design
Graphic Design I
Total Hours24

 Minor in Photography (PHO)

Photography
VAH 382History of Photography I3
VAP 101Foundation Photography3
VAP 201Photography II3
VAP 240Digital Processes I3
Select three VAP courses (300/400 level)9
Total Hours21

Minor in Visual Arts (VAR)

Visual Arts
VAD 220Design Processes I3
VAF 104Foundation Drawing3
VAF 112Foundation 2-D Design3
VAH 201Survey of Art I3
or VAH 202 Survey of Art II
or VAH 203 Survey of Art III
VAP 101Foundation Photography3
Select two VAD, VAF, VAP and/or VAR courses6
Total Hours21

Bachelor of Arts, Art History

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAR 1001ASI 120 (CAP Humanities Commons)8
ASI 110 (CAP Humanities Commons)7VAH 2013
VAH 129 (CAP Arts)3VAF 112, 117, or VAP 1013
VAF 1043CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
or Social Science - intro level
 
or Social Science - intro level
  
 17 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAH 2023VAH 2033
VAH 300/400 level3VAH 300/400 level3
SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3Social Science - 300/400 level3
INSS (CAP Natural Science w/lab)4INSS (CAP Natural Science w/lab)4
Language 1014Language 1414
 17 17
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAH 483 (CAP Integrative, Advanced Historical Studies)3VAH 300/4003
VAH 300/400 level3Major Program elective3
VAR 2990MTH (CAP Mathematics)3
Literature3Social Science - elective3
INSS Natural Science3CAP Practical Ethical Action3
Language 201 or contextual course3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAH 300/400 level3VAH 485 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
VAH 300/400 level3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
CAP Faith Traditions3CAP Religious Studies3
CAP Advanced Philosophy3CAP Inquiry3
 General Elective2
 12 14
Total credit hours: 124

Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAR 1001ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
VAF 104 (CAP Arts)3HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
VAF 1123VAF 1173
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3VAF 2163
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3VAP 1013
CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3VAH 201, 202, or 2033
VAD 2203VAP 201 or 2403
VAR 2990Literature or general elective3
Visual Arts elective3SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3
Literature or general elective3Language 1414
Language 1014 
 16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAH 300/400 level3Visual Arts elective3
Visual Arts elective3MTH (CAP Mathematics)3
Social Science - intro level3Social Science - 300/400 level3
INSS (CAP Natural Science w/lab)4INSS (CAP Natural Science w/lab)4
Language 201 or contextual course3CAP Adv Historical Studies/Integrative3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAR 4951VAR 496 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
Visual Arts elective3Visual Arts elective2
CAP Adv PHL/REL (Practical Ethical Action / Faith Traditions)3CAP Adv PHL/REL (Practical Ethical Action / Faith Traditions)3
Social Science - elective3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
INSS Natural Science3CAP Inquiry3
General elective2 
 15 14
Total credit hours: 124

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Education

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAR 1001EDT 1103
VAF 104 (CAP Arts)3EDT 110L0
VAF 1123VAF 1173
VAP 1013VAF 2163
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3CMM 100 (CAP Communication )3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
 HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
 16 18
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAF 2043VAF 2263
VAH 201, 202, or 2033VAF 2533
VAF 2323EDT 2073
VAE 2312EDT 207L0
VAR 2990VAH 201, 202, or 2033
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3CAP Natural Science3
SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3 
 17 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAF 2403VAF 3043
VAH 470 or 4713VAE 3833
EDT 305 (CAP Practical Ethical Action, Adv.Philosophy)3VAH 470 or 4713
MTH (CAP Mathematics)3EDT 340 (CAP Integrative, Diversity & Social Justice)3
Visual Arts elective6EDT 340L0
 CAP Natural Science w/lab (CAP Inquiry)4
 18 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAE 4833EDT 47712
VAE 498 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3Visual Arts elective3
EDT 4593VAE 4991
VAH 320 or 483 (CAP Advanced Historical Studies)3 
CAP Faith Traditions, Adv PHL/REL3 
Visual Arts electives3 
 18 16
Total credit hours: 134

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Arts

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAR 1001VAF 1173
VAF 104 (CAP Arts)3VAF 2043
VAF 1123VAF 2163
VAP 1013ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAH 201, 202, or 2033VAF 226 or 2323
VAF 2033VAF 2533
VAF 226 or 2323VAF 3263
VAR 2990VAH 201, 202, or 2033
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
CAP Natural Science w/lab4SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3
 16 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAF 332 or 3533VAF 332 or 3533
VAF 4983VAH 300/400 elective3
VAF Emphasis3VAF Emphasis3
VAH 483 (CAP Integrative, Adv. Historical Studies)3Visual Arts elective3
MTH (CAP Mathematics)3CAP Natural Science3
CAP Faith Traditions3 
 18 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAF 499 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)1VAF Emphasis3
VAF Emphasis3Visual Arts elective3
Visual Arts elective3Visual Arts elective3
CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3
CAP Inquiry3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
CAP Practical Ethical Action3General elective3
 16 18
Total credit hours: 132

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAR 1001VAF 1173
VAF 104 (CAP Arts)3VAF 2043
VAF 1123VAF 2163
VAP 1013ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAD 2203VAD 2453
VAD 2403VAF 226, 253, 240, 242, 232, or 3703
VAH 201, 202, or 2033VAH 201, 202, or 2033
VAP 201, 240, 302, or 3303CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
VAR 2990SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3MTH (CAP Mathematics)3
 15 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAD 3203VAD 3603
VAD 3453VAD 4113
VAH 3833VAH 300/4003
Visual Arts Elective3MKT/CMM Elective3
CAP Natural Science w/lab4Natural Science (CAP Natural Science / Inquiry)3
 CAP Advanced Philosophy/Practical Ethical Action3
 16 18
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAD 4123VAD 499 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
VAD 4983VAD 4153
Visual Arts elective3Visual Arts elective3
MKT/CMM elective3Visual Arts elective3
CAP Advanced Religious Studies/Faith Traditions3CAP Advanced Historical Studies/Integrative3
CAP Diversity and Social Justice3 
 18 15
Total credit hours: 131

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAR 1001VAF 1173
VAF 104 (CAP Arts)3VAF 2163
VAF 1123VAP 2013
VAP 1013ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAH 201, 202, or 2033VAP 3023
VAP 2403VAH 3823
Visual Arts elective3VAP 320, 330, or 3403
VAR 2990CAP Natural Science3
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3
CAP Natural Science w/lab4CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
 16 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAH 201, 202, or 2033VAP 4103
VAP 320, 330, or 3403VAH 4823
Visual Arts elective5VAP elective 300/400 level3
MTH (CAP Mathematics)3CAP Faith Traditions3
CAP Integrative3CAP Practical Ethical Action3
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
VAP 4983VAP 499 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)1
VAH 4803VAP elective 300/4003
VAP elective 300/4003Visual Arts elective3
CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3
CAP Inquiry3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
CAP Advanced Historical Studies3General elective3
 18 16
Total credit hours: 131

Visual Arts-Art Education Courses

VAE 101. Early Childhood Art Education. 2 Hours

Acquaints students, especially those seeking Early Childhood Licensure, with the principles and concepts of art and with the various materials and techniques used in artistic expression. Open to all students. Studio fee.

VAE 231. Introduction to Art Education. 2 Hours

An introduction to the pedagogical, philosophical, and psychological aspects of teaching the arts. Topics will include: technology, national and state standards, history, learners with special needs, reading in the arts, and professional associations. Prerequisite(s): EDT 110, EDT 110L. Corequisite(s): Field experience.

VAE 232. Integrating Visual Culture. 3 Hours

Developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and pedagogical approaches to integrating visual culture theory and methodology into classrooms for early childhood, middle childhood and the adolescent learner.

VAE 383. Foundation of Art Education. 3 Hours

Introduction to the philosophy, history, and theory of teaching art to prekindergarten through grade eight students with varied needs and abilities. Art education majors only or permission. Prerequisite(s): EDT 110, EDT 110L, EDT 207, EDT 207L; permission of instructor and department chairperson. Corequisite(s): Field experience.

VAE 483. Teaching Visual Arts. 3 Hours

Study of curriculum, planning, theory, and practice for teaching visual arts to students grades seven through twelve. Art Education majors only. Prerequisite(s): EDT 110, EDT 110L, EDT 207, EDT 207L, EDT 208; VAE 231, VAE 383; permission of instructor and department chairperson. Corequisite(s): EDT 305, EDT 340, EDT 340L, EDT 459.

VAE 483W. Elementary & Secondary School Art. 3 Hours

Workshop to give the student of elementary and secondary education new approaches to teaching studio arts, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.

VAE 490. Special Problems. 1-6 Hours

Course for advanced individual work in art education. Approval based on academic standing and permission of instructor. Repeatable up to fifteen semester hours. .

VAE 498. Senior Research and Portfolio. 3 Hours

Capstone course to be taken in the first semester of the senior year and is a graduation requirement for the B.F.A. in art education majors. Students further their preparation for vocation in the field of art education by examining three areas within the discipline. Students engage in a self-selected directed research inquiry into contemporary theoretical and pedagogical issues facing the field of art education. Students prepare for licensure assessments and develop the artist component of their teaching portfolio. Prerequisite(s): VAE 383. Corequisite(s): VAE 483.

VAE 499. Senior Presentation. 1 Hour

Individual research refinement, public presentation and defense of the work. Students engage in mock-interview and portfolio presentations in preparation for the job market. Course required for all BFA Art Education majors. Prerequistie(s): VAE 498. Co-requisite(s): EDT 477.

Visual Arts-Art History Courses

VAH 101. Introduction to the Visual Arts. 3 Hours

Thematically-based, non-chronological introduction that covers the fundamental and varied roles that the visual arts have played and continue to play in the human experience. Open to all students.

VAH 129. Foundations in Art History. 3 Hours

An introduction to the conceptual and evaluative practices undertaken in the study of art history, with an introduction to contemporary and global art histories. Students engage in a semester-long investigation of the question “What is art?” by researching diverse artistic practices from a variety of cultures and historical eras. Emphasis is placed on critical engagement with art and the development of a comparative approach to understanding the various roles art plays in society. This course is open to all majors, especially honors students, and is a required course for art history majors.

VAH 201. Survey of Art I. 3 Hours

Survey of Western art from pre-history through the late medieval period. Open to all students.

VAH 202. Survey of Art II. 3 Hours

Survey of Western art from the late medieval period through the Baroque period.

VAH 203. Survey of Art III. 3 Hours

Survey of Western art from the mid-eighteenth to twenty-first centuries.

VAH 310. History of Art and Activism. 3 Hours

This interdisciplinary art history course examines socially engaged art practices that create public dialogue and effect social, cultural and political change. Through lectures, readings, discussion, images, film and guest artists, students engage in dialogue about modern and contemporary art focused on topics related to social justice. The course presents art works that address racial, ethnic and cultural identity, geopolitical diversity, structures that create marginalization, and artistic practices that seek to support human rights and social justice. This course specifically addresses social commentary and civic responsibility as important components of contemporary visual arts.

VAH 320. Latin American Art. 3 Hours

Survey of Latin American art history from the 19th century to the present. Prerequisite(s): HST 103.

VAH 330. Arts of Asia. 3 Hours

Survey of Asian art history from circa 1500 BC to the present. Open to all students.

VAH 350. Western Architecture. 3 Hours

Introduction to the history, theory, and practice of Western architecture from pre-history through the contemporary period. Open to all students.

VAH 360. Art History & Feminism. 3 Hours

Introduction to feminist approaches to art history and women artists from the medieval period to the present. Open to all students.

VAH 370. American Art. 3 Hours

Introduction to American art and architecture from the colonial period to the present. Open to all students.

VAH 382. History of Photography I. 3 Hours

History of the cultural, social, and aesthetic roles of photography from the camera obscura to 1945. Emphasis on the changing practice and perception of the medium. Open to all students.

VAH 383. History of Graphic Desing. 3 Hours

Study of the significant developments, movements, and figures in the history of graphic design with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Open to all students.

VAH 450. Italian Renaissance Art. 3 Hours

Introduction to the painting, sculpture, architecture, and material culture of Italy between c. 1300 and c. 1550, with a particular emphasis on the religious, political, and social dimensions of the production, purposes, and reception of art and material culture in the Renaissance.

VAH 460. Baroque Art. 3 Hours

Study of the major painters, sculptors, and architects of the seventeenth century. Prerequisite(s): VAH 202 or permission of instructor and department chairperson.

VAH 470. Nineteenth Century Art I. 3 Hours

Study of the major artists and movements in European art from Neo-Classicism to the beginnings of Realism. Prerequisite(s): VAH 203 or permission of instructor and department chairperson.

VAH 471. Nineteenth Century Art II. 3 Hours

Study of the major artists and movements in European art from Realism through Art Nouveau. Prerequisite(s): VAH 470 or permission of instructor and department chairperson.

VAH 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topc may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

VAH 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

VAH 480. Twentieth Century Art I. 3 Hours

Study of the major movements and artists in the painting, sculpture, architecture, and other media from 1900 to 1945. Open to all students.

VAH 480H. 20th Century Art I. 3 Hours

Study of the major movements and artists in the painting, sculpture, architecture, and other media from 1900 to 1945. Open to all students.

VAH 482. History of Photography II. 3 Hours

The history of photography from 1945 to the present. Examines the medium as a potent force in modern and contemporary culture and as a constantly evolving form of art and tool of communication. Open to all students.

VAH 483. PostColonial and Global Art Histories. 3 Hours

Study of the aesthetic philosophies and visual cultures from different regions of the world 1960 to the present. The course draws together perspectives on global cultures and diverse art histories in order to analyze broad social issues and postmodern cultural movements. Open to all students. Prerequisite(s): HST 103.

VAH 485. Art History Seminar. 3 Hours

Art History Senior Capstone course in which students develop an understanding of the history and methodologies of art history as a discipline. Students complete a senior research paper and give a public presentation of their research that is mentored and reviewed by faculty and peers. Additional emphasis is on the exploration of vocation and career directions arising from the study of art history as an undergraduate major. Specific to this purpose is the development by each student of a professional art historian’s portfolio of writings, including a curriculum vitae, a statement of career goals, and a compilation of professional resources. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

VAH 490. Special Problems. 1-5 Hours

Advanced, independent study with faculty direction in art history. Prerequisite(s): One art history course or permission of instructor and department chairperson.

VAH 490H. Special Problems. 1-5 Hours

dvanced, independent study with faculty direction in art history. Prerequisite(s): One art history course or permission of instructor and department chairperson.

Visual Arts-Fine Arts Courses

VAF 104. Foundation Drawing. 3 Hours

Introduction to the experience of two-dimensional visual form through the act of observational drawing. The focus is on learning fundamental drawing elements and principles and understanding these elements and principles through visible and consistent practice. Fundamental issues pertaining to the creation of images are understood through a process of selection and an arrangement of visual elements to create a drawing. Drawing materials include pencil, charcoal, conté crayon, and pen and ink.

VAF 112. Foundation 2-D Design. 3 Hours

Study of the underlying elements and principles of design as they are used in two-dimensional composition and the creation of illusionistic three-dimensional space. .

VAF 117. Foundation 3-D Design. 3 Hours

Introduction to basic principles and practices of design in three dimensions. Emphasis on current theory and construction techniques using a variety of media and methods.

VAF 203. Drawing Through the Process. 3 Hours

An investigation and examination of the drawing process, of mark making, and experimental practices. An emphasis will be placed on contemporary, conceptual, and creative directions in drawing. Students are exposed to and challenged by a series of studio and research-based problems that test the limitations and hidden opportunities within established drawing habits and conventional practices.

VAF 204. Drawing II. 3 Hours

Emphasis on figure drawing with work from the nude model and the skeleton. Study of proportion, rendering volume, and developing expressive drawing skills in a variety of drawing media. Prerequisite(s): VAF 104.

VAF 216. Design & Color. 3 Hours

The study of color based on historical and contemporary color theories and the use of color in expressing and integrating design concepts. Prerequisite(s): VAF 112 or permission of department chairperson.

VAF 225. Painting for Non-Majors. 3 Hours

Introduction to the history, fundamental principles, materials, tools, and methods of painting, emphasizing the spatial and expressive qualities of color, composition, and pictorial design. Not open to majors or minors in the Department of Visual Arts.

VAF 226. Painting I. 3 Hours

Introduction to the history, fundamental principles, materials, tools, and methods of painting. Prerequisite(s): VAF 104, VAF 112 or by permission.

VAF 228. Watercolor I. 3 Hours

Principles and techniques of transparent watercolor. Emphasis on technical mastery. Prerequisite(s): (VAF 104, VAF 112, VAF 216) or permission of department chairperson.

VAF 230. Anatomy Drawing for Non-Majors. 3 Hours

Drawing course introduces non-art students to drawing the human figure and anatomy. Students will learn observational drawing skills and apply these skills to drawing the human body and anatomy from nude models, the skeleton, and muscle casts and renderings. Students will obtain a background in the art of anatomical drawing and practice.

VAF 232. Sculpture I. 3 Hours

Consideration of forms as a means of developing an understanding of mass, shape, and control of medium. The use of various materials such as wood, plaster, and clay, with emphasis on integrating material with personal expression.

VAF 240. Ceramics I. 3 Hours

Introduction to basic methods of working in clay using coil and slab techniques.

VAF 242. Ceramics II: Wheel Throwing. 3 Hours

Introduction to basic methods of working clay using the wheel.

VAF 253. Printmaking I. 3 Hours

Introduction to the traditional printmaking methods of woodcut and intaglio. Instruction in edition-printing techniques and curating of prints. . Prerequisite(s): (VAF 104, VAF 112) or permission of department chairperson.

VAF 304. Drawing III. 3 Hours

Continuation of work done in VAF 204 with an emphasis on the development of finished figure drawings. Study of anatomy and the rendering of convincing volumes in space. Prerequisite(s): VAF 204.

VAF 325. Figure Painting. 3 Hours

Painting from the model with a variety of media. Traditional and contemporary approaches to the figure. Prerequisite(s): ((VAF 204 or VAF 304), VAF 226) or permission of department chairperson.

VAF 326. Painting II. 3 Hours

Painting with oils or acrylics; continuing study of the principles and techniques of painting, with emphasis on personal expression and experimentation. Prerequisite(s): (VAF 226 or VAF 228) or permission of department chairperson.

VAF 328. Watercolor II. 3 Hours

Continuing investigation of watercolor techniques, both traditional and experimental. Still life, figure, landscape, and abstraction. Prerequisite(s): VAF 228 or permission of department chairperson.

VAF 332. Sculpture II. 3 Hours

Continued exploration of three-dimensional concepts and materials, concentrating on wood, stone, and metal. Prerequisite(s): VAF 232 or permission of department chairperson.

VAF 333. Sculpture III. 3 Hours

Exploration of advanced sculptural skills, concepts, and processes. This course offers advanced investigation of sculpture as it relates to technical proficiency and the evolution of a personal aesthetic vision. Prerequisite(s): VAF 332 or permission of the Chair.

VAF 342. Ceramics III. 3 Hours

Expanded exploration of skills, concepts, and processes introduced in VAF 240 hand building or VAF 242 wheel thrown ceramic forms, with emphasis on building techniques, materials, glazing, and firing processes. Prerequisite(s): (VAF 240 or 242) or permission of instructor.

VAF 353. Printmaking II. 3 Hours

Advanced work in woodcut, monoprint and intaglio, including acrylic process and color etchings. Prerequisite(s): VAF 253.

VAF 370. Illustration I. 3 Hours

Attention to conceptual, visual, and technical development. Exploration of media and techniques employed by the illustrator in creating images for printed communication. Prerequisite(s): VAF 104, VAF 204.

VAF 380. Illustration II. 3 Hours

Interpretation and representation of concepts, products, or stories for magazines, books, newspapers, and advertising. Continued technical development with a variety of materials, media, and techniques. Prerequisite(s): VAF 370.

VAF 404. Advanced Investigations in Drawing. 3 Hours

Advanced studio course - focus on contemporary drawing practices. Further investigation and development of students’ interests and material choices in developing a cohesive body of work. Emphasis on growth in personalized imagery reinforced by continued growth of technical skills and conceptual development. Prerequisite(s): VAF 304 or permission of Chairperson.

VAF 426. Painting III. 3 Hours

Directed advanced studio problems; contemporary issues in painting. Repeatable up to nine semester hours. Studio fee. Prerequisite(s): (VAF 325 or VAF 326) or permission of department chairperson.

VAF 427. Advanced Investigations in Painting. 3 Hours

Advanced studio focuses on contemporary painting practices and allows students to further investigate and develop their own interests and choices of materials as they work toward a cohesive body of work. Emphasis on growth in personalized imagery reinforced by continued growth of technical skills and conceptual development. Prerequisite(s): VAF 426 or by permission.

VAF 433. Advanced Investigations in Sculpture. 3 Hours

Advanced studio focuses on contemporary sculptural practices and allows students to further investigate and develop their own interests and choices of materials as they work toward a cohesive body of work. Emphasis on growth in personalized imagery reinforced by continued growth of technical skills and conceptual development. Prerequisite(s): VAF 432 or by permission.

VAF 442. Advanced Investigations in Ceramics. 3 Hours

Advanced studio course. Focus on contemporary ceramic practices; allows students to further investigate and develop their own interests and choices of materials and develop a cohesive body of work. Emphasis on growth in personalized imagery reinforced by continued growth of technical skills and conceptual development. Prerequisite(s): VAF 342 or permission of Chairperson.

VAF 453. Printmaking III. 3 Hours

Advanced work in printmaking processes with an emphasis on the production of multi-color editions. Prerequisite(s): VAF 353.

VAF 459. Advanced Investigations in Printmaking. 3 Hours

Advanced studio focuses on contemporary printmaking practices and allows students to further investigate and develop their own interests and choices of materials as they work toward a cohesive body of work. Emphasis on growth in personalized imagery reinforced by continued growth of technical skills and conceptual development. Prerequisite(s): VAF 253, VAF 353, VAF 453 or by permission of instructor.

VAF 470. Illustration III. 3 Hours

Focus on developing an individual point of view and illustration style. Prerequisite(s): VAF 380.

VAF 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the departmental chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

VAF 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

VAF 490. Special Problems. 1-5 Hours

Course for advanced individual work in fine arts. Approval based on academic standing and permission of instructor. Repeatable up to fifteen semester hours.

VAF 498. Senior/Professional Seminar- Fine Arts. 3 Hours

Capstone course required of all B.A. and B.F.A. fine arts and art education (E11) majors, to be taken in the first semester of the senior year. Examination of aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and pragmatic issues in preparation for post-graduate experience. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

VAF 499. Senior Thesis. 1 Hour

Capstone course required for all BFA Fine Arts majors. Students examine the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and pragmatic issues involved in and relating to their chosen discipline. Students complete a senior body of work for exhibition, a thesis paper, a public presentation, and a defense of the work. Prerequisite(s): VAF 498 or permission of department chairperson.

Visual Arts-Visual Comm Desgn Courses

VAD 211. Fundamentals of Visual Communication Design. 3 Hours

Course for non-majors in the basics of design for communication. Attention to page layout, typography, image, graphic style, and information delivery.

VAD 220. Design Processes I. 3 Hours

Introduction to the processes of graphic design, specifically computer applications, equipment, and concepts as related to print and electronic based graphic design. Additionally, students engage in a survey of materials, assembly strategies, and various vehicles for the designed message. Prerequisite(s): VAF 112.

VAD 240. Form & Concept. 3 Hours

Exploration of visual form as means to convey content and meaning. Students enlist principles from art and design foundation courses within the context of graphic design. Design methodologies are introduced and explored, while process and hand skills are stressed. Prerequisite(s): VAF 112, VAF 216.

VAD 245. Typography I. 3 Hours

Investigation of the history, tradition, discipline, and function of typography as related to visual and verbal communication. Technical, formal, and semantic aspects are explored. Structure, space, and sequence, critical to the typographic message, are stressed. Prerequisite(s): VAD 220, VAD 240.

VAD 307. Drawing for Graphic Design. 2 Hours

Exploration of materials, procedures, and drawing techniques for design presentations. Prerequisite(s): VAF 104.

VAD 310. Computer Illustration. 3 Hours

Exploration of the use of the computer as tool and medium for the creation and production of image and illustration for print and electronic graphic design. Prerequisite(s): VAD 220, VAD 240.

VAD 318. Graphic Design for Three Dimensions. 3 Hours

Application of graphic design principles to packaging, product, exhibition, and environmental design. Prerequisite(s): VAD 240, VAD 245; VAF 117.

VAD 320. Design Processes II. 3 Hours

Advanced exploration into the use of computer technology as means and medium for the implementation, production, and presentation of graphic design. Print design and production, as well as commercial printing pre-press are emphasized with additional attention given to production for electronic design vehicles. Prerequisite(s): VAD 220, VAD 240, VAD 245.

VAD 345. Typography II. 3 Hours

The advanced study of typographic design. Attention to the aesthetic and informational qualities of type in print and electronic communication. Prerequisite(s): VAD 245.

VAD 351. Motion Design. 3 Hours

Exploration of the generation and application of motion in visual communication. This course builds on graphic design form, methods, technique, and principles to generate dynamic messaging using type, sound, image, and animation. While the computer and appropriate applications are primary tools, hand generated methods for concept and storyboarding are stressed as well. Prerequisite(s): VAD 220, VAD 240, VAD 245, VAD 320.

VAD 355. Interaction Design. 3 Hours

Investigation of the use of interactivity as applied to the digital and analog landscape. Focus on the design of richly interactive interfaces for current and emerging media (computers, mobile, touch etc.). While some emphasis is on the development and implementation of design vehicles, decided attention is paid to concept and visual effectiveness. Prerequisite(s): VAD 220, VAD 240, VAD 245, VAD 320.

VAD 360. Web Design. 3 Hours

Investigation of the processes of web design, including concept, information architecture, navigation, interface, and standard languages and technologies for the delivery of content and information. Organization, aesthetics, and user experience are discussed and explored. Prerequisite(s): VAD 220, VAD 240, VAD 245, VAD 320.

VAD 395. Advertising Design. 3 Hours

Emphasis on print advertising, its creation and presentation. Concept development and attention to advertising layouts that carry motivating images and messages to consumers about products, services, or ideas.

VAD 411. Graphic Design I. 3 Hours

Development of methodologies utilized for the purpose of generating concepts and effective communication within the context of graphic design. Attention is given to pragmatic and semantic relationships between elements such as typography, image, space, and color. Prerequisite(s): VAD 220, VAD 240, VAD 245, VAD 320.

VAD 412. Graphic Design II. 3 Hours

Development of methodologies utilized for the purpose of generating concepts and effective communication within the context of graphic design. Attention is given to pragmatic and semantic relationships between elements such as typography, image, space, and color. Prerequisite(s): VAD 220, VAD 240, VAD 245, VAD 320, VAD 411.

VAD 414. Trademark Design. 3 Hours

Advanced study of marks, logos, and symbols as communication and identification elements. Emphasis on conceiving design marks of identity for small businesses, corporations, institutions, products, and/or services. Prerequisite(s): VAD 411.

VAD 415. Graphic Design III. 3 Hours

The study and design of identification and image systems for products, organizations, institutions, or corporations. Emphasis on continuity in the application of visual communication factors. Prerequisite(s): VAD 412 or permission of department chairperson.

VAD 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consulatation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

VAD 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved VAD 477; approval of University Honors Program.

VAD 480. Graphic Design Internship. 1-3 Hours

Opportunities for practical experience in professional working environments. Repeatable up to nine semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

VAD 490. Special Problems. 1-3 Hours

A course for advanced individual work in design. Approval based on academic standing and permission of instructor. Repeatable up to fifteen semester hours.

VAD 497. Portfolio and Paper - Graphic Design. 1 Hour

1 credit hour Capstone course required for BFA Graphic Design majors that is to be taken in the final semester of the senior year. Students complete an undergraduate portfolio and paper to be presented and reviewed by faculty, peers, and professionals in a public forum. Faculty approval of portfolio and paper is required for graduation. Prerequisite(s): VAD 498 or permission of department chairperson.

VAD 498. Senior/Professional Seminar - Graphic Design. 3 Hours

Capstone course required of all B.F.A. graphic design majors, to be taken in the fall term of the senior year. Examination of aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and pragmatic issues in preparation for post-graduate experience. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or permission of department chairperson.

VAD 499. Portfolio and Paper - Graphic Design. 3 Hours

Capstone course required for all BFA Graphic Design majors that is to be taken in the final semester of the senior year. Students complete an undergraduate portfolio and paper, to be presented and reviewed by faculty, peers, and professionals in a public forum. Faculty approval of portfolio and paper is required for graduation. Prerequisite(s): VAD 498 or permission of department chairperson.

Visual Arts-Photography Courses

VAP 100. Darkroom Photography for Non-Majors. 3 Hours

Emphasis on learning and exploring the visual language of lens-based photographic imagery through a series of technical and creative darkroom assignments. Black and white film and chemical processes will be utilized in the creation of photographs. Students gain an understanding of technical and creative control as well as conceptual practices associated with the medium. This course does not fulfill requirements within the Department of Visual Arts. Studio fee.

VAP 101. Foundation Photography. 3 Hours

An experiential project-based course utilizing black and white film based photography designed to challenge the student technically, critically, conceptually, and in the aesthetic problems unique to the photographic medium. Emphasis is placed on the development of individual expression, critical, creative and technical growth through the photographic medium.

VAP 200. Digital Photography for Non-Majors. 3 Hours

An emphasis on learning and exploring the visual language of lens-based digital photographic imagery through a series of technical and creative digital assignments. Using various types of digital capture devices, some examples are cell phones, consumer grade digital cameras and scanners. Macintosh computers, and Adobe Photoshop software will be utilized in the creation of photographs. Students gain an understanding of technical and creative control as well as conceptual practices associated with the digital photographic medium. Course does not fulfill Visual Arts degree requirements.

VAP 201. Photography II. 3 Hours

Variety of challenging projects develop increased technical competence, greater visual awareness, personal expression, and sustained creative growth. Prerequisite(s): VAP 101 or equivalent.

VAP 240. Digital Processes I. 3 Hours

Introduction to the practice, theory, aesthetics, and ethics of digital photography, including direct capture, scanning, enhancement, compositing, manipulation, and high-quality printing. Prerequisite(s): VAP 101 or permission of department chairperson.

VAP 302. Color Photography I. 3 Hours

Introduction to techniques and aesthetics of color photography. Students utilize color sensitive films, papers, and digital technologies in the exploration of color photography. Prerequisite(s): (VAP 101, VAP 240) or permission of department chairperson.

VAP 320. Studio Practice I. 3 Hours

Extensive use of large format camera, studio grip equipment, tungsten and electronic flash lighting techniques; still-life and portrait photography in a studio environment. Prerequisite(s): VAP 201.

VAP 321. Studio Practice II. 3 Hours

Emphasis on the production of a professional-quality portfolio which will demonstrate advanced knowledge of the studio and image production. Prerequisite(s): VAP 320.

VAP 330. Alternative Photography I. 3 Hours

Introduction to specialized image production utilizing silver and non-silver photographic processes. Emphasis on technical and aesthetic aspects of alternative photographic practice. Prerequisite(s): VAP 101.

VAP 331. Alternative Photography I. 3 Hours

Continuing work with alternative silver and non-silver processes. Emphasis on completion of an artist book or installation which demonstrates advanced technical command and aesthetic understanding of the processes employed. Prerequisite(s): VAP 330.

VAP 340. Digital Processes II. 3 Hours

Expands on the practice and theory of digital photography and computer imaging. Emphasis is placed on the creation of a cohesive portfolio of digital artwork through the exploration of advanced digital methodologies and concepts. The course will also focus on the different modes of dissemination relevant to digital images. Prerequisite(s): VAP 240.

VAP 350. View Camera. 3 Hours

Extensive experience with the view camera, examination of refined techniques, various applications, and concepts of large format photography. Prerequisite(s): VAP 201.

VAP 402. Color Photography II. 3 Hours

Continuation of color printing from negatives; completion of individual projects which will demonstrate an advanced understanding of the techniques and aesthetics peculiar to color photography. Prerequisite(s): VAP 302.

VAP 410. Advanced Photography. 3 Hours

Students with a substantial commitment to photography and with demonstrated technical skills work on individual projects and participate in group critiques and discussions. Prerequisite(s): VAH 382 or VAH 482; VAP 201, VAP 302.

VAP 420. Photojournalism. 3 Hours

Variety of ways of using photography as documentation, narrative, and propaganda. Editing of work, layout, and image-text relationships. Personal photographic essay required. Prerequisite(s): VAP 201.

VAP 430. Professional Photographic Applications. 3 Hours

Problem-solving associated with professional photography; may include commercial, editorial, industrial, architectural, and illustrative photographic work both in the studio and on location. Prerequisite(s): VAP 320 or permission of department chairperson.

VAP 450. Photography Internship. 1-3 Hours

Practical applications of photographic skills. Opportunities for advanced development and practical experience in professional working environments. Repeatable up to six semester hours for B.F.A. students. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

VAP 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the Univeristy Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

VAP 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

VAP 490. Special Problems in Photography. 1-5 Hours

Series of assignments to guide independent study in photography, formulated to meet individual needs of the student. Prerequisite(s): VAP 201; permission of department chairperson.

VAP 498. Senior/Professional Seminar- Photography. 3 Hours

Capstone course required of all B.A. and B.F.A. photography majors, to be taken in the first semester of the senior year. Examination of aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and pragmatic issues in preparation for post-graduate experience. Prerequisite(s): (VAP 410; senior standing) or permission of department chairperson.

VAP 499. Senior Seminar II. 1 Hour

Capstone course required for all BFA Photography majors. Students examine the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and pragmatic issues involved in and relating to photography. Students complete a senior project and paper, and give a public presentation of their research to be reviewed by faculty and peers. Prerequisite(s): VAP 498 or permission of department chairperson.

Visual Arts Courses

VAR 100. Visual Arts Foundation. 1 Hour

Defines and examines the process of beginning a program of education in the visual arts within the larger context of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University. Integrates pragmatic and conceptual issues critical to liberal learning for visual arts students.

VAR 210. Visual Journal. 3 Hours

Students document and interpret their experience of a given site through the creation of unique journals. They create, collect, edit, and juxtapose visual materials in combination with written commentary and reflections.

VAR 220. Visual Resources. 3 Hours

Students study a wide variety of visual elements, including many forms of visual communication as well as architecture, public spaces, and museums, in order to understand ways in which art and design play key roles in defining the unique cultural environment of a given site.

VAR 250. Diversity in Creative & Performing Arts. 3 Hours

This course serves to introduce students to the interdisciplinary fields of visual and performing arts through a critical multicultural and social justice lens that foregrounds the appreciation of diversity and enables the expansion of personal cultural competencies. This Integrative and Diversity and Social Justice CAP course will also engage students in creating performance and/or art in response to diversity and social justice issues.

VAR 299. Second Year Review. 0 Hours

Requires successful completion of Visual Arts Second Year Review. Eligibility for the review is determined by the department and is based upon a student's progress within the major. Visual Arts Scholarship recipients complete this course during their second year in the major. The review is based upon prior Visual Arts coursework completed and in progress at the time of the review. Required for all Visual Arts majors.

VAR 303. Scenic Painting. 3 Hours

Exploration through experiential learning of the tools, techniques and terminology used in the craft of scenic painting. The student will learn fundamental and advanced scenic painting techniques with additional emphasis on faux painting techniques and trompe’l oeil painting. Open to all university students.

VAR 314. Musical & Opera Workshop. 3 Hours

An experiential course where students rehearse and perform in a mainstage musical or opera production. Audition required. Open to all students. Fall only. Co-requisite(s): Additional rehearsals to prepare for production. MUS 390, Musical & Opera Workshop is a co-requisite.

VAR 330. Comparative Visual Culture in Film. 3 Hours

The course examines visual culture codes through a survey of global cinema. Students focus on the analysis and interpretation of visual culture through comparisons of western and non-western societies. Discussion topics may include race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, age, disability and socioeconomic class issues. Students will examine the ways through which topics are depicted in film through visual language. The geographic regions and the main theme of cinema may vary each semester dependent upon the expertise each faculty member brings to class.

VAR 345. Computer Modeling & Animation I. 3 Hours

Introduction to history, theory, and practice of three-dimensional computer modeling and animation for video, computer, and print media. Visualization, Cartesian space, simple polygonal modeling, surface rendering, and animation techniques will be explored.

VAR 350. Art and Social Practice. 3 Hours

Exploration of varying modes of collaborative art production, for both artists and non-art students, towards the end of understanding and organizing for effective social change and/or inquiry within studio and community settings. Students organize, produce and exhibit an inter-disciplinary group project developed utilizing a sociological lens in an off-campus or social media space.

VAR 440. Computer Modeling & Animation II. 3 Hours

Detailed study of spline-based modeling, surface rendering and mapping, editing complex animation sequences, motion control, and other topics. Prerequisite(s): VAR 345.

VAR 445. Computer Modeling & Animation III. 3 Hours

Individual projects in conceptualization and production of animated sequence from storyboard to final presentation. Prerequisite(s): VAR 440.

VAR 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

VAR 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

VAR 490. Special Problems. 1-5 Hours

Advanced, independent study with faculty direction in a visual arts subject or topic that is not covered in existing, discipline-specific courses. Permission.

VAR 495. Senior Project Seminar. 1 Hour

The first in a sequence of two capstone courses. To be taken in the first semester of the senior year. Required for all Bachelor of Arts with a major in Visual Arts degrees. Students select a faculty mentor committee and work with that committee to establish a capstone project topic, goals, outcomes, and timeline associated with the project. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing. VAR majors only or permission of department chairperson.

VAR 496. Senior Project, Presentation and Paper. 3 Hours

VAR496 is a 3 credit hour capstone course to be taken in the second semester of the senior year. Graduation requirement for B.A. visual arts majors. Students reflect upon their selected vocation in the visual arts by reviewing professional practices, standards and activities across several related disciplines. Students complete a senior project and paper, and give a public presentation of their research to be reviewed by faculty and peers. Faculty approval of project and paper is required for graduation. Prerequisite(s): VAR 495 or permission of department chairperson.