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The Art Program class offerings include both traditional and digital options:

TRADITIONAL COURSES

Foundation Design (taught using traditional media)

ART-1010 Art Appreciation
03 Semester Credits
Introduction to the nature, vocabulary, media, and history of art as well as an examination of art's themes and purposes, visual elements, and principles of design.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.

ART-1080 Visual Design I
03 Semester Credits
Study of the two-dimensional design elements and principles of organization needed to create a foundation in visual communication. Traditional media and computer assisted sections available.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.
OAN Approved: OAH003

ART-1091 Color Theory and Application
03 Semester Credits
Study visual design principles of color theory. Explore spatial, emotional, perceptual and optical properties of color organization. Use color as an effective tool in visual communication of concept. Additional work outside of class required to create a quality portfolio to use for transfer to a four/five year school or to seek employment.
Traditional media and computer assisted sections available.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.

Drawing

ART-1050 Drawing I
03 Semester Credits
Introduces basic drawing methods, media and concepts. Studio experiences emphasize drawing from observation and the development of line, mass, proportion, negative/positive space and shape, composition, light, relative values, and perspective. Historical precedents are discussed, master works analyzed, and relevant practical information is assimilated into the flow of class assignments.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.
OAN Approved: OAH001 

ART-1060 Drawing II
03 Semester Credits
Further development of observational and conceptual drawing skills. Emphasis is on spatial, structural and compositional concepts. Introduces color media and develops additional drawing strategies to meet situations demanding advanced skills. May be repeated for up to nine credits, three of which are applicable to degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1050 Drawing I or departmental approval: comparable skills.

Life Drawing

ART-2000 Life Drawing I
03 Semester Credits
Introduction to drawing the human figure from a live model. Emphasis is on gesture drawing to accurately establish the proportion and pose of the figure. The elements of line and value are used to describe form, structure and space. Anatomy for artists is introduced. Various media are explored.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1050 Drawing I, or departmental approval: comparable skills.

ART-2010 Life Drawing II
03 Semester Credits
Continued exploration of drawing the human figure from a live model. Emphasizes anatomy lessons to portray human structure and to explore the figure's expressive nature. Craftsmanship and proficiency with various media are stressed. Control of gesture and proportion, and the representation of foreshortened forms within a three-dimensional environment will be examined. May be repeated for up to 9 credits; only 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements. Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-2000 Life Drawing I, or departmental approval: comparable skills.

Printmaking

ART-2210 Printmaking I
03 Semester Credits
Introduction to various aspects of printmaking and graphic composition. Techniques include relief printing (wood/linocut, monotype); intaglio (etching, engraving, dry point, mezzotint, aquatint); calligraphy, monoprint and multi-color work.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1050 Drawing I, or departmental approval.

ART-2220 Printmaking II
03 Semester Credits
Continuation of advanced printmaking techniques such as intaglio, relief, lithography, serigraphy, calligraphy and/or monoprints. May be repeated for up to 9 credits, 3 of which are applicable to degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-2210 Printmaking I, or departmental approval: comparable skills.

Portrait Drawing and Painting

ART-2080 Portrait Drawing and Painting
03 Semester Credits
In-depth study of drawing and painting portraits from live models. The focus will be on facial anatomy and relating the model to three-dimensional environment. The psychological aspects of portraiture will also be explored. Various media will be utilized throughout the course. May be repeated up to 9 credits; only 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1050 Drawing I or departmental approval: comparable skills. 

ART-2050 Painting I
03 Semester Credits
Introduction to materials and techniques of opaque painting (oil and acrylic). Emphasis on use of color, composition and other perceptual concerns. Exploration of various styles of painting.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1050 Drawing I or departmental approval: comparable skills.
OAN Approved: OAH007

ART-2060 Painting II
03 Semester Credits
Exploration of more advanced painting problems utilizing various subjects and styles. Emphasis placed on personal expression and independent problem-solving skills. Focus on craftsmanship and a high level of proficiency with opaque painting media. May be repeated for up to 9 credits; only 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-2050 Painting I or departmental approval: comparable skills.

ART-2070 Watercolor
03 Semester Credits
Introduction and exploration of transparent watercolor as painting technique. Investigates various styles of painting. May be repeated for up to 9 credits, but only 3 credits are applicable to degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1050 Drawing I, or departmental approval: comparable skills.

ART-2080 Portrait Drawing and Painting
03 Semester Credits
In-depth study of drawing and painting portraits from live models. The focus will be on facial anatomy and relating the model to three-dimensional environment. The psychological aspects of portraiture will also be explored. Various media will be utilized. May be repeated up to 9 credits; only 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1050 Drawing I or departmental approval: comparable skills.

Sculpture

ART-1100 Sculpture I
03 Semester Credits
Introductory principles of sculpture employing basic forming processes and traditional materials.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.
OAN Approved: OAH007

ART-2180 Sculpture II
03 Semester Credits
Emphasis on independent concept development, meaningful connection to material choices, and contemporary concerns in sculpture, including social and environmental issues.  Projects may vary with classroom facilities and resources at each campus.  To advance skills, it may be repeated for up to 9 credits, 6 of which are applicable to Tri-C degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1100 Sculpture I or departmental approval: comparable skills.

Ceramics
ART-1700 Ceramics I
03 Semester Credits
Fundamentals of basic hand building methods, glazing and decorative techniques by creating forms of increasing complexity. Broad survey of ceramic history.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.

ART-2190 Ceramics II
03 Semester Credits
Focus on wheel throwing skills and advanced hand building techniques in the creation of three-dimensional forms. Formal and functional design.  Introduction to kiln firing and ceramic materials in clay and glaze formulation.  To advance skills, may be repeated for up to 9 credits, 6 of which are applicable to Tri-C degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1700 Ceramics I, or departmental approval: comparable skills.

Calligraphy
ART-1200 Calligraphy

03 Semester Credits Study and execution of letter forms and scripts from various cultural systems of writing. Understanding inherent beauty of scripts as graphic design elements. May be taught using hand or computer skill development.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.

Art History
ART-2020 Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance

03 Semester Credits
A stylistic and historical overview of the visual arts in western culture from inception to the fifteenth century including: Prehistoric, Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Byzantine, Early Medieval Monastic, Carolingian and Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic, Fourteenth-Century Art in Italy, Fifteenth-Century Art in Northern Europe and Spain, and the Early Renaissance in Italy.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I, or concurrent enrollment.

ART-2030 Art History Survey: Late Renaissance to Present
03 Semester Credits
A stylistic and historical overview of the visual arts in western culture from the sixteenth century through today including Italian Renaissance, Mannerism, Sixteenth Century Art in Northern Europe and Spain, Baroque and Rococo, Neoclassicism and Romanticism, Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-First Centuries Art in Europe and the United States.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I.

Art Appreciation
ART-1010 Art Appreciation

03 Semester Credits
Introduction to the nature, vocabulary, media, and history of art as well as an examination of art's themes and purposes, visual elements, and principles of design.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.

Non-Western Art
ART-1040 Survey of Non-Western Art
03 Semester Credits
Provides a stylistic and historical overview of indigenous visual arts in Africa, India, Indian Surround, China, Japan, Oceania, South America, Mesoamerica, and Native North America.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.

Art for Elementary Teachers
ART-1500 Art for Elementary Education
03 Semester Credits
Basic art education theory and practice in visual arts for elementary education majors. Emphasis on integration of visual arts disciplines with other subjects in elementary curriculum.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.
 

DIGITAL COURSES
Foundation Design (taught with computers)

ART-1080 Visual Design I
03 Semester Credits
Study of the two-dimensional design elements and principles of organization needed to create a foundation in visual communication. Traditional media and computer assisted sections available.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.
OAN Approved: OAH003

Graphic Design
ART-1301 Graphic Design I

03 Semester Credits
Introduction to graphic design based on an organizational grid structure. Diverse approaches to solving basic design and communication problems.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.

ART-1311 Graphic Design II
03 Semester Credits
Study and execution of typography and page layout with graphics.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1301 Graphic Design I or departmental approval: comparable skills.

Graphic Imaging
ART-2100 Computer Graphic: Raster Images

03 Semester Credits
Study raster (paint) software tools for graphic design and expressive images. Techniques relating to demands in current market include scanning, processing and compositing of images. Interactive digital portfolio output. May be repeated for up to 9 credits; only 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements. New software options available as course is repeated.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1080 Visual Design I (computer aided), or ART-1091 Color Theory and Application (computer aided), or ART-1301 Graphic Design I or departmental approval: comparable skills.

ART-2110 Computer Graphic: Drawing
03 Semester Credits
Study 2D vector object construction for graphic design images. Develop precision in Bezier curve manipulation, hand drawn images are scanned in, traced or streamlined into vector information. Filters humanize the mathematical hard edges of images. Interactive digital portfolio output. May be repeated for up to 9 credits; only 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements. New software options are available as course is repeated.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1080 Visual Design I (computer aided), or ART-1091 Color Theory and Application (computer aided), or ART-1301 Graphic Design I, or departmental approval: comparable skills.

Animation / Video Editing
ART-2151 Animation for Web and Media
03 Semester Credits
[This course is crosslisted as VCIM-2270. Credit can only be applied to degree requirements once for either course.] Technical and aesthetic fundamentals of 2D animation as they pertain to the Internet. Use of current software to develop interactive, animated graphics and interfaces. Various techniques including tweening, frame by frame, onion skinning, shape and color morphing as well as non-linear structure, interactivity, communication, scripting and troubleshooting. Acquisition or creation and integration of music, sound and video. May be repeated for up to 9 credits; only 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1080 Visual Design I or ART-1091 Color Theory and Application or VC&D-1010 Macintosh Basics or departmental approval: comparable skills.

3D Modeling and Animation
ART-1070 3D Foundations
03 Semester Credits
Study of the elements of three-dimensional visual design and their application in creative expression. Recommended for students taking art related courses and programs that emphasize three-dimensional investigations.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.

ART-2160 Computer Graphic: 3D Modeling and Rendering
03 Semester Credits
Study 3D computer-based modeling and rendering. Understanding planar views using polygon construction of objects with numeric input. Deformation tools/ techniques to soften form. May be repeated up to 12 credits; only 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1050 Drawing I, and ART-1080 Visual Design I, or departmental approval: comparable skills.

ART-2170 Computer Graphic: 3D Animation
03 Semester Credits
Study of 3D computer-based modeling, rendering, and animation. Emphasis on object construction for animation along with texture mapping, eight interactive lights, key frames, motion graph controls, NURBS and inverse kinematics. Video portfolio production output. May be repeated up to 12 credits; only 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements. New software options are available as course is repeated.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 05 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-2160 Computer Graphic: 3D Modeling and Rendering, or departmental approval: comparable skills.

Art Therapy
ART-1600 Introduction to Art Therapy
03 Semester Credits
Introduction to basic concepts of art as therapy, provide an overview of the origins, theories, and foundations of art therapy. Students will be exposed to a variety of art media and major readings in the field utilizing art as a means of communication. Artistic talent is not required for this course.
Note: Certification at the professional level in Art Therapy requires appropriate work experience and a master's degree from an approved graduate program. This course provides the undergraduate student foundational knowledge in Art Therapy and meets AATA (American Art Therapy Association) prerequisite requirements for entering a Master's program in Art Therapy. Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.

ART-1610 Art Therapy II: Methods and Media
03 Semester Credits
Explore theories of art therapy and their affect on the delivery of services. Student groups experience art therapy methods and media. Heighten the student's awareness of personal goals and expectations for entering the art therapy profession, and deepen the student's understanding of the creative process. Connect the student with his/her creative potential through studio experiences.
Note: Certification at the professional level in Art Therapy requires appropriate work experience and a master's degree from an approved graduate program. This course provides the undergraduate student foundational knowledge in Art Therapy and meets AATA (American Art Therapy Association) prerequisite requirements for entering a Master's program in Art Therapy. Lecture 02 hours. Laboratory 02 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1600 Introduction to Art Therapy, and PSY-1010 General Psychology; and PSY-2050 Psychology of Personality, or concurrent enrollment.

ART-2300 Art Therapy III: Approaches and Technique
03 Semester Credits
An examination of various techniques used by therapists. Studio Exposure work is used as a tool to understand and cultivate the discipline of self-awareness. Students must participate in site visits for observation and interviewing of a professional art therapist.
Note: Certification at the professional level in Art Therapy requires appropriate work experience and a master's degree from an approved graduate program. This course provides the undergraduate student foundational knowledge in Art Therapy and meets AATA (American Art Therapy Association) prerequisite requirements for entering a Master's program in Art Therapy.
Lecture 02 hours. Laboratory 02 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-1610 Art Therapy II: Methods and Media, and PSY-1010 General Psychology, and PSY-2050 Psychology of Personality.

ART-2310 Art Therapy Studio: Basic Therapeutic Skills
03 Semester Credits
Provides a directed self-study process and fosters development of professional helping skills through observation, participation and research. Attention given to creating a safe therapeutic environment involving the emotional, physical, spiritual and cultural aspects of clients. Cover theoretical and clinical dimensions of art therapy and interventions. Provides additional experience with various art therapy media.
Lecture 02 hours. Laboratory 02 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ART-2300 Art Therapy III: Approaches and Technique, and PSY-1010 General Psychology, and PSY-2050 Psychology of Personality; and PSY-2080 Abnormal Psychology or concurrent enrollment; or departmental approval.
Note: Certification at the professional level in Art Therapy requires appropriate work experience and a master's degree from an approved graduate program. This course provides the undergraduate student foundational knowledge in Art Therapy and meets AATA (American Art Therapy Association) prerequisite requirements for entering a Master's program in Art Therapy.

Honors Courses
ART-179H Honors Contract in Art
01 Semester Credit
Honors Contract complements and exceeds requirements and objectives for an existing ART 1000-level honors course through the formulation of a contract with a faculty mentor. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, student will formulate a contract, which upon completion will result in distinctive scholarship. In order to complete the contract, student is required to meet on a regularly scheduled basis with instructor offering the contract for mentor-student tutorial sessions. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Must be taken concurrently with a 1000-level course in Art, whose instructor approves the Honors Contract.

ART-279H Sophomore (Second-year) Honors Contract in Art
01 Semester Credit
Sophomore Honors Contract in Art complements and exceeds requirements and expected outcomes for an existing Art 2000-level course (not an honors course) through formulation of a contract with a faculty mentor. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, student will formulate a contract that upon completion will result in distinctive scholarship appropriate to honors 2000-level. In order to complete the contract, student is required to meet on a regularly scheduled basis with instructor offering the contract for mentor-student tutorial sessions. A maximum of six Honors Contracts (six credits) may be taken at the College (includes 179H and 279H).
Lecture 00 hour. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Must be taken concurrently with a 2000-level course (not an honors course) in Art, whose instructor agrees to mentor the student in the sophomore honors contract. Departmental approval required.

Portfolio Development
ART-2790 Portfolio Development
01 Semester Credit
Covers development and presentation of an art portfolio. Define intent and focus of portfolio. Emphasize basic visual language skills and individual creative strengths. Students edit and modify work where required. Add new pieces that meet expected portfolio standards for transfer and job market. The course will include: selection and development of best format for presentation of their work, resume formats and development of a self-promotional piece.
Lecture 00 hour. Laboratory 03 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Sufficient quantity of successfully completed work for portfolio inclusion.

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