Visual and Performing Arts

About Our Classes

Our courses are interdisciplinary, and allows you to focus on particular materials such as ceramics, collage, contemplative photography — you can draw, paint, and sculpt. Experiment with media, methods, and materials that put your hands, head, and heart in alignment. Draw upon your imagination and create art inspired by authentic experiences that connect your art and your life.

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

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, Summer

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

FA 2300 - Art + Design Studio

Introduction to art and design as visual art. Explores design principles and creative problem solving using multiple materials. Students also examine design's ability to shape and interpret information. 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
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Senior

FA 2305 - Ceramics I

Introduces hand building ceramic techniques, including coil, slab, pinch and wheel throwing. The goal is to allow students to be individually creative through experimenting with the possibilities in three-dimensional form. Historical, contemporary, functional and sculpture processes will be explored.

  • 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, Summer

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
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025)

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 - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

FA 3333 - Contemporary Sculpture Studio

Introduction to contemporary sculpture using a range of materials and approaches. Emphasizes development of student's creative language. Hands-on studio work, lectures, discussions. Class takes place in Rozsa gallery; includes student exhibit at end of semester.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (FA 2050 or FA 2110 or FA 2150 or FA 2190 or FA 2300 or FA 2305 or FA 2315 or FA 2361) and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

FA 3335 - Traditional Sculpture Studio

Introduction to traditional ways of making sculpture around the world. Students develop studio skills while studying creative traditions from varied cultures. Hands-on studio work, lectures, discussions. Class takes place in Rozsa gallery; includes student exhibit at end of semester.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (FA 2050 or FA 2110 or FA 2150 or FA 2190 or FA 2300 or FA 2305 or FA 2315 or FA 2361) and UN 1015 and (UN 1025)

FA 3340 - Art History - Renaissance to Today

Surveys Western art from the Renaissance (1500AD) to today. Focusing on painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography. We will study art in relation to its national, international, social, cultural, and historical contexts.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

FA 4150 - Advanced Creative Drawing and Painting Studio

Explore varying mixes of contemporary and traditional drawing and painting practices. Develop your own language and direction based upon personal interests. Experiment with varied materials. Prepare to unlock your creativity and expand your definitions of "drawing" and " painting". Course emphases change each semester.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): FA 2050 or FA 2150 or FA 2160 or FA 2320 or FA 3150 or FA 3180

FA 4200 - Advanced Creative Mixed Media Studio

Advanced work in mixed media such as watercolor, collage, drawing, and/or simple tech. Compositional theory as well as advanced applications of personal expression in mixed media may be included. Emphasis on independence in approach to materials, techniques, and concepts.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand

FA 4300 - Advanced Sculpture Studio

An advanced studio course. Students create works of art inside the student gallery/classroom in the Rozsa, and study traditional & contemporary sculpture. Projects, lectures, readings, and discussions. Focus is on development of the student's personal arts language.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
  • Pre-Requisite(s): FA 2110 or FA 2190 or FA 2305 or FA 3305 or FA 3333 or FA 3335 or FA 3360

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