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Art History: Students must take a minimum of 42 credit hours to complete the major. FNAR 199, 200, 201, 202, 390 and one studio art course (113, 114, 120 or 124) are required. Six elective art history courses must be chosen from the following six categories: 1) classical and medieval, 2) Renaissance and Baroque, 3) Asian, 4) primitive and Pre-Columbian, 5) American and modern, and 6) diverse subjects. Of these six courses, at least one course must be selected from categories 1 or 2, at least one from categories 3 or 4 and at least one from categories 5 or 6. A senior research paper spanning two semesters (391, 392) is required for graduation. Reading ability in French or German is recommended for students planning to enter graduate programs. Majors should take writing intensive sections of art history courses when available.

Studio Art. Students must take a minimum of 42 credit hours to complete the major. Courses required for the studio art concentration vary according to sub-specialty chosen. All studio majors take FNAR 112, 113, and 190 (these foundation courses should be taken as early as possible). Art history sequence, and a senior seminar, and prepare a senior exhibition.

Visual Communication. Courses totaling a minimum of 45 credit hours include: FNAR 112, 113, 115, 132, 190, 202, 212, 213, 232, 233, 235, 332, 380, 381 and 398. Ancillary courses in computer graphics are recommended.

FNAR Courses Of Instruction

N.B. Studio courses may not be audited

112. Design I.
A fundamental exploration of the formal systems and basic elements of visual organization through two-dimensional design principles and theories using a variety of media. Experience in drawing is helpful.

113. Drawing I.
An introduction to the basic elements of drawing: line, texture, shape, volume, and color. The exposition of these elements by means of different drawing media such as charcoal, pencil, ink, pastel, and various drawing papers. Fundamentals of perspective, proportion, and visual composition are included. (Also offered at Rome Center.)

114. Painting I.
A study of basic painting and color principles applied to the exploration of various painting media including oils, plastic-based paints, and mixed techniques. Experience in drawing is helpful. (Also offered at the Rome Center.)

115. Photography I.
An introduction to the basic equipment, materials, processes and philosophy of black-and-white photography. Students learn control of the camera and printing processes as well as the verbal skills necessary to understand and appreciate the nature of the medium and its function as a means of communication and as a fine art. An adjustable 35mm camera is required.

116. Color Slide Photography.
An introductory, non-darkroom course in 35mm slide photography designed to give a basic technical facility to explore fundamentals of composition, principles of color theory, personal statements expressed through the medium, and to acquaint the student with historical and contemporary examples of color photography as a fine art medium. A 35mm adjustable camera is required.

118. Printmaking I.
An exploration of the production of fine art multiples as they are created utilizing zinc and copper plates. Techniques of etching and engraving, aquatint and color printing as well as innovative processes are taught.

119. Watercolor Techniques.
An introduction to basic watercolor techniques. Basic painting principles intrinsic to the medium will be explored. Experience in drawing is helpful.

120. Ceramics I.
An exploration of various hand-building techniques, decorative techniques, and firing ranges available to the contemporary ceramist.

123. Metalwork and Jewelry I.
The methods and processes of construction using nonferrous metals applied to problems in design and function. Projects are designed to familiarize the student with processes in metalwork and the proper use of hand tools.

124. Sculpture I.
An introduction to the techniques of cutting, carving, molding, welding and fabricating such materials as stone, wood, clay, plaster, plastic and metal. (Also offered at Rome Center.)

126. Metal Sculpture and Welding.
An introduction to the methods, materials, processes and tools of metal sculpture.

129. Printmaking: Monotypes.
This course offers instruction in the production of the single unique print. It is a flexible technique that combines printmaking with drawing and painting methods.

132. Visual Communication I.
This course initiates a professional sequence whereby the student receives an introduction to typography and the use of two dimensional design principles necessary for visual communication.

190. Color Theory.
Prerequisite: fine arts major.

An exploration into the historically accepted theories of color in art, psychology, visual communication and display. The class consists of lectures and projects designed to help students develop their color sense individually.

199. Art and Visual Culture.
Students are introduced to a variety of art forms in their cultural context. The course explores approaches to understanding works of art including methods of production, principles of visual analysis, function, and ideas expressed in art. A wide variety of visual culture is examined, and the course takes particular advantage of Chicagoís artistic resources.

200. Art History: Prehistoric to Renaissance.
General survey exploring the development of art in Western culture from prehistory through the sources of the Renaissance in the 14th century.

201. Art History: Renaissance to Modern.
General survey of western art from the Renaissance to modern art.

202. Modern Art.
A survey of the visual arts in Europe and America from Impressionism to the present day. The course considers evolving ideas about the form and content of art examined within its social and political context.

203. Chicago: The Face of a City.
Chicago represents, in microcosm, the changing trends of American public art; the growing responsiveness of artists to the needs of a broader audience; and the artistís increased sense of social responsibility. The subjects discussed include the history of the Chicago School of Architecture together with developments in public sculpture and mural painting. Participation in class field trips is required.

207. The Artist is a Woman. (WOST 207)
This course is devoted to an examination of women artists in Western culture and the societies in which they lived and worked from the Medieval period to the present. Womenís production as artists, the various styles and subject matter they embraced, and their relation to artistic trends of their eras are explored. Social attitudes about gender in Western culture are considered in order to understand issues surrounding women and art.

212. Design II.
Prerequisite: 112.
Further exploration of applied design approaches, sources and interpretation. Three-dimensional problems are emphasized.

213. Drawing II.
Prerequisite: 113.
A further elaboration of the elements studied in Drawing I with an emphasis on color media, composition, creativity and the development of personal drawing styles. Mixed media projects are encouraged.

214. Painting II.
Prerequisite: 114 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Further concentration in the development and exploration of new materials and concepts relevant to contemporary painting. (Also offered at Rome Center.)

215. Photography II.
Prerequisite: 115.
A continuation of the study of photography with emphasis on advanced techniques of black and white photography, manipulative darkroom processes, greater awareness of photographic traditions, and expression of a personal vision through the medium. An adjustable 35mm camera is required.

216. Color Darkroom Photography.
Prerequisite: 115.
Students learn to expose and develop color negatives and make color prints in a study of the unique qualities of color photography as a fine art medium. An adjustable 35mm camera is required.

218. Printmaking II.
Prerequisite: 118.
Specialized work in intaglio, monotypes, and mixed media. Emphasis is placed on the development and perfecting of technique.

220. Ceramics II: Wheel Throwing.
Prerequisite: 120.
An introduction to the technique of wheel throwing. Emphasis will be on the development of basic throwing skills as well as form and the integration of surface design.

221. Study of Ceramic Materials.
The nature of different clays and their formulation into useful compounds as well as types of glaze materials. This course provides an opportunity to study the cause and effect of clay and glaze formulation in different firing ranges and kiln atmospheres. Toxicology as applied to ceramics materials and familiarization with the firing process are also included.

223. Metalwork and Jewelry II.
Prerequisite: 123.
Advanced work in metalwork and jewelry including problems in the techniques of lost wax casting and enameling.

224. Sculpture and Welding Workshop.
Prerequisite: 124 or 126.
Further development of problems in the studentís choice of media and technique.

232. Visual Communication II.
Prerequisite: 132.
A continued study of the visual and conceptual principles introduced in 132 set in a strong historical context.

233. Computer Graphics I.
An introduction to the strengths of the Macintosh computer as a medium. Students gain a working knowledge of hardware and the three main applications used in the graphic arts industry: Quark Express, PhotoShop, and Illustrator.

235. Drawing and Painting the Human Figure.
Prerequisite: 113 or 114 or permission of the instructor.
Designed to acquaint the student with the rudimentary concepts of visualization, proportion and anatomy which are required in drawing and painting. (May be taken twice for credit.)

305. American Art to 1945.
An examination of American painting, sculpture and architecture from the colonial period to 1945. Emphasis is placed upon the development of American art forms as they evolved independently of European models.

306. Contemporary Art 1945-present.
An examination of developments in American and European painting and sculpture from World War II to the present. Among the issues considered are the expanding definitions of art and the artist.

311. Studio Workshop for Advanced Drawing and Painting.
Prerequisite: 213 or 214 or equivalent.
An advanced studio workshop for those who wish to pursue further concentration in drawing and painting. The continued development of a personal style is emphasized. (May be taken twice for credit.)

316. View Camera and Studio Photography.
Prerequisite: 215 or 216 or permission of instructor.
An advanced course with a professional orientation designed for the serious student of photography. Students learn to use a large format view camera, to develop and print sheet film, and learn basic studio lighting and composition techniques. All equipment is provided.

320. Ceramics III.
Prerequisites: 120, 220.
A more intensive exploration of ceramics as a fine arts medium. Students find the techniques and materials most suited to their needs while enhancing three-dimensional skills, building techniques, and surface design. More advanced hand building and throwing techniques will be covered as will discussing historical and contemporary ceramic art.

321. Ceramics IV.
Prerequisite: 320.
An advanced studio workshop designed to help develop further skills and techniques in the realization of a personal style in pottery or sculpture. A full range of materials and firing techniques will be covered.

332. Visual Communication III.
Prerequisites: 232 and portfolio accepted or permission of instructor.
A study of principles and procedures underlying graphic design. Emphasis on professional production skills and preparation for the internship. The process of print reproduction is introduced. Opportunities to work with real clients provided.

333. Computer Graphics II.
Prerequisite: 233.
Further exploration of the Macintosh computer as a medium. Students explore complex design projects, presentations and beginning animation.

336. Introduction to Greek Art.
(CLST 306) (Also offered at Rome Center.)

337. Introduction to Etruscan and Roman Art.
(CLST 307) (ROST 307) (Also offered at Rome Center.)

338. Medieval Art. (MSTU 380) (ROST 338)
An examination of art and architecture of the Christian world from A.D. 250 to 1453. Examines Early Christian, Byzantine, Carolingian, Romanesque and Gothic periods as well as the influence of Islamic culture.

340. Italian Renaissance Art. (ROST 340)
An examination of Italian painting, sculpture and architecture of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries with special emphasis on the major Italian art centers of Florence, Rome and Venice. (Rome Center students are expected to visit and study certain works of art in their original location.)

342. Art in Rome.

343. Baroque Art. (ROST 343)
An examination of the visual arts during the 17th and 18th centuries with special concentration on the preeminence of Rome. The underlying ideas that affected Baroque art and the variety of themes and interpretations of the style as it disseminated to other parts of Europe are studied through the major developments of the period. (Rome Center students are expected to visit and study certain works of art in their original location.)

351. Pre-Columbian Art of Middle and South America. (ANTH 344) (INTS 385) (LASP 357)
An examination of the art and architecture from the pre-classic period to the Aztecs and the Maya in Mesoamerica and to the Incas in South America.

352. Mexican Art and Archaeology I. (LASP 358)

353. Mexican Art and Archaeology II. (LASP 359)

355. Art of Africa and Oceania. (ANTH 345) (BWS 355) (INTS 355)
An examination of the native art forms of Africa and the Pacific and consideration of their significance as visual expressions of tribal culture prior to the intrusion of foreign influences.

356. Art of China and Japan. (ASIA 356) (INTS 374)
An examination of the major art forms. Painting, sculpture, and architecture are studied in terms of historical development as well as a general appreciation of their cultural significance. Note: Special topics courses also may focus on the art of either Japan or China.

357. Art of Indian Asia. (ASIA 357) (INTS 396) (RCS 357)
An examination of painting, sculpture and architecture of India and Indo-China with some reference to other contributing cultures. Particular emphasis is placed upon Buddhist influences in the region and their impact upon emerging art forms.

365. History of Photography.
An examination of the processes, equipment, scope and themes of photography from its earliest attempts to its contemporary practice. Lectures, demonstrations, and the viewing of original prints in class and at museums all deal with the development of photography as an art.

367. History of Architecture.
An examination of American and European architecture from antiquity to the present.

368. Gallery Internship.
Prerequisite: permission of director.
This course introduces students to the various aspects of museum/gallery administration, scholarship, and the mechanics of organizing and mounting exhibitions. On-campus internships are available at the Department of Fine Arts gallery and at the DíArcy Museum of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art. Some off-campus internships can be arranged.

380. Internship I.
Prerequisite: 332; majors only.
Specially arranged field experience in visual communication under the supervision of a university instructor. The internship may also be taken in-house.

381. Internship II.
Prerequisite: Permission of chairperson.
Supervised field experience.

382. Visual Communications IV.
Prerequisites: 332, senior standing.
This course begins to perfect the practice and tools of visual communication design. Experiments with typography and conceptualization lead to three expansive projects raised to a "portfolio quality" finish. An introduction to portfolio development concepts will be included.

383. Design for the Web
Introduction to the basics of website design. Students will focus on development of content, graphical interface, site architecture and the pragmatics of web communication. Dreamweaver, Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator will be the design programs utilized.

390. Seminar in Art and Ideas.
Prerequisites: 200, 201, or permission of instructor.
This seminar involves the study of the theories and critical discourse of contemporary art. Offered in Fall semester only.

391. Senior Thesis I.
Required of all fine arts majors concentrating in art history. First semester of a two-semester capstone course in which an in-depth scholarly research paper is produced. During the first semester the student develops and researches a topic in consultation with faculty advisors. A thesis statement, annotated bibliography and detailed outline is produced.

392. Senior Thesis II.
Required of all fine arts majors concentrating in art history. Second semester course is devoted to final research and preparation of a scholarly paper based on research originated in first semester of course.

393. Topics in Studio Art.
Special topics in specific areas of study in studio art. Course titles and contents vary from semester to semester. Offerings include Computer Graphics III, Experimental Studio, and Exploring Mixed Media.

394. Topics in Art History.
Special topics in specific areas of study in art history. Offerings include such topics as "picturing women in Renaissance and Baroque art," "courts, art and power," and "nineteenth century Paris and art."

398. Senior Exhibit Preparation.
Prerequisites: Acceptance of portfolio for admission to the program no later than the previous semester; completion of the most advanced studio course in the studentís concentration.
A course designed to give the graduating senior a chance to execute a major project in an area of his/her competence under the guidance of an instructor of the studentís choosing. Students execute a project which is submitted to a jury for approval for inclusion in the Fine Artsí Senior Exhibition. This class also includes several written assignments.

399. Independent Study.
Prerequisite: written permission of instructor and chairperson.
This course provides the advanced student with the opportunity to work independently upon a problem in the media of his/her choice. It is ordinarily taken only after completing the most advanced course in the area of study. The course of study is developed in consultation with the faculty advisor directing the research and is established by a mutually agreed upon contract.

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