About Our Classes

Required Courses

FA 2050 - Drawing I

Exploration and practice of fundamental principles of drawing. Develops skills in representational drawing, perspective, and composition. Develops creative and modern drawing techniques using a wide range of subject matter. Multi-media presentations and discussions illustrate classic principles while encouraging development of individual expression.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

FA 4975 - Portfolio Presentation

A public presentation of an array of art work completed by a student as part of the minor in Art or a Visual and Performing Arts degree program. Guidelines for the portfolio presentation are available from the student's advisor.
Credits: variable to 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 3
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Permission of instructor required

Elective Courses

FA 2150 - Creative Drawing Processes

Students redefine "drawing" and challenge preconceptions of what it means to be "creative" through a range of exercises using materials such as paint, pencils, photos, video, and collage. Practice close observation to see the world in new ways.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Spring

FA 2190 - Art and Nature

Explore "nature" through art using materials ranging from what you find outdoors to digital media. Visits to natural sites provide inspiration and practice with creative fundamentals. Explore expressivity, brainstorming, project development, and collaboration.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year

FA 2300 - Two-Dimensional Design

Introduction to design as a visual art. Explores design principles and creative problem solving using 2D materials. Students also examine design's ability to shape and interpret infromation. Hands-on studio work, lectures, and discussions. Emphasizes creativity, inventiveness, and experimentation.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

FA 2305 - Ceramics I

Introduces handbuilding ceramic techniques, including coil, slab and pinch construction. The goal is to allow students to be individually creative through experimenting with the possibilities in three-dimensional form.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

FA 2315 - Beginning Wheel Throwing

Learning to use the potters wheel as an expressive tool is the goal of this course. In the context of traditional techniques for creating vessel forms students will also be challenged to explore their individual expressive and creative abilities.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall

FA 2320 - Color and Meaning

This course will introduce students to media such as paint and collage. They will explore practical principles of color theory in relation to their personal interests. The course will cover cultural, psychological, and symbolic meaning of color in its diverse array of contexts.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall

FA 2445 - Three-Dimensional Design

Introduction to design that explores visual arts, graphics, architecture, community engagement, and conceptual work in 3D media. Class uses design to address environmental issues creatively. Connections between art, science, and technology are also explored. Emphasizes creativity, inventiveness, experimentation, and collaboration.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Spring

FA 3305 - Creative Ceramics

Addresses ceramic theory, history, and science, and aims to develop the content and quality of students' work in clay. Students will learn new ways of creating forms through use of the wheel, molds, and study of clay and glaze technologies.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer

FA 3330 - Art History - Prehistory to Renaissance

Surveys world art and architecture from the Paleolithic (30,000BC) to the Renaissance (1500AD). Focusing on city building, cave painting, glass, ceramics, frescoes, and metal casting, students will interpret the visual arts as historical evidence and expressions of cultural beliefs.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

FA 3333 - Contemporary Sculpture

Introduction to contemporary sculpture using a range of materials and approaches. Focus on contemporary-style projects and ideas that make up an artist's creative practice. Emphasizes development of student's creative language. Hands-on studio work, lectures, discussions.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

FA 3335 - Traditional Sculpture

Introduction to traditional sculptural practices that have led artists into contemporary sculpture. Focus on the development of studio skills, techniques, and creative process to create scupltural forms from varied cultures. Personal and cultural connections are explored. Hands-on studio work, lectures, discussions.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Spring

FA 3340 - Art History - Renaissance to Today

Surveys Western art from the Renaissance (1500AD) to today. Focusing on painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and photography, we will study art in relation to its national, international, social, cultural, and historical contexts, including the marketplace and patronage.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

FA 4150 - Advanced Drawing Studio

Advanced independent exploration and experimentation in drawing theory and use of various drawing media. Students identify a problem or area of interest and develop an approach to it in close consultation with a faculty member, experimenting with a variety of media and methods.
Credits: variable to 6.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 2050 or FA 2150

FA 4200 - Advanced Watermedia Studio

Advanced work in watermedia painting. Reading and theory as well as advanced applications of personal expression in watermedia may be included. Emphasis on independence in approach to materials, techniques, and concepts.
Credits: variable to 6.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 2200 or FA 3200

FA 4300 - Advanced Sculpture Studio

In depth personal study of a specific sculptural problem or studio exploration. Proposed by the individual student and supervised by the faculty. Requires a written proposal including resources needed, budget for the project, and proposal schedule for weekly work.
Credits: variable to 6.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
Pre-Requisite(s): FA 3333 or FA 3335

FA 4970 - Visual and Performing Arts Final Project

Capstone course extending the student's knowledge and skill in a chosen fine arts discipline through independent research or other focused creative activity. A detailed proposal of the student's final project must be approved in writing by a Visual and Performing Arts faculty advisor before the student enrolls in FA4970.
Credits: variable to 3.0
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore