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Art

A 100 Introduction to the Visual Arts (3)
An introduction to select themes, processes and concepts in art of the past and the present for the non-art major. Focuses will include cultural diversity within the arts and a basic understanding of the various media used.

 

A 115 Beginning Design: Two-dimensional (3)
Beginning theory and studio practice using the elements and principles of visual design to articulate visual ideas in the two-dimensional arts.

 

A 116 Beginning Design: Three-dimensional (3)
Beginning theory and studio practice using the elements and principles of visual design to articulate visual ideas in three-dimensional arts.

 

A 117 Beginning Design: Color (3)
Theory and studio practice using theoretical concepts in the development and employment of color in the visual arts.

 

A 119 Digital Presentation for Artists (3)
A course for all art majors on preparing electronic portfolios and Web sites. Includes fundamentals of making photographs of artwork, working in Photoshop and preparing a basic Web site. Prerequisite: A115

 

A 130 Beginning Drawing (3)
Introduction to drawing and composition. Practice in the application of medium. Guidance in conveying the illusion of three-dimensions and two-dimensional expression.

 

A 131 Beginning Drawing Systems (3)
Part two in the introduction to drawing and composition. Emphasis on drawing systems such as isometric, linear perspective and orthographic drawing for skill development in depicting three-dimensional space.

 

A 135 Beginning Life Drawing (3)
A studio introduction to the structure and form of the figure. Prerequisite: A130

 

A 199 Special Studies (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

A 204 Art History: Prehistoric through Romanesque (4)
Survey of the meaning and function of art of the ancient world, including that of the Near East, the Aegean, the Roman Empire and Early Christianity.

 

A 205 Art History: Gothic through Rococo (4)
A survey of art and architecture from the Gothic through Rococo period. Particular attention is given to issues of style, patronage, iconography, roles of artists in society and cultural responses to art as it relates to Western cultures.

 

A 206 Art History: Neoclassicism through Contemporary (4)
Examines the interaction between the visual arts of the 18th century to the present and ideas about modernism, abstraction, realism, feminism and multiculturalism.

 

A 220 Introduction to Typography (3)
Studio introduction to typographical forms as design elements. Familiarity with type vocabulary and measurements. Introductory technical processes. Prerequisites: A 115, A 130

 

A 221 Typographical Layout (3)
Exploration of page structures and visual language to convey meaning. May include page layout software instruction. Prerequisites: A 119, A 220

 

A 255 Introduction to Ceramics (3)
Introduction to wheel throwing skills, high-range firing techniques and simple glaze formulation in the continuation of concept and form study. Prerequisites: A 115, A 130

 

A 256 Introduction to Ceramics (3)
Examines sculptural form and critical, creative thinking processes through the introduction of hand building methods, surface treatments and low-range firing techniques. Prerequisites: A 115, A 130

 

A 260 Basic Photography I (3)
Introduction to photography. The course covers the aesthetics of composition and visual communications as well as techniques for shooting photos, digital image control, and making photographic prints. Prerequisite: A 115

 

A 261 Basic Photography II (3)
Continue work started in Introduction to Photography I. Students refine their ability to see and make images. At instructor’s discretion, special techniques may be included. Prerequisites: A 115, A 260

 

A 270 Introduction to Printmaking (3)
Part one of an introductory printmaking course designed to acquaint students with relief, monotypes and collagraphy as visually expressive forms. Prerequisites: A 115, A 130

 

A 271 Introduction to Printmaking (3)
Part two of the introductory printmaking course designed to prepare students for intermediate level studio work in intaglio, screen printing and lithography. Prerequisites: A 115, A 130, A 270

 

A 280 Introduction to Painting (3)
An introduction to the basic formal and technical aspects of painting. Color mixing, paint application, composition and studio practices will be emphasized. A survey of selected painting traditions will build visual vocabulary. Prerequisites: A 115, A 130

 

A 281 Introduction to Painting (3)
Part two of the introductory course in painting. A studio course continuing work with color mixing, paint, application, composition and studio practices to prepare students for intermediate level work in painting. Prerequisites: A 115, A 130, A 280

 

A 290 Introduction to Sculpture (3)
Introductory studio course practicing traditional and modern sculptural techniques in the creation of three-dimensional art forms. Medium emphasis: wood. Prerequisites: A 115, A 130

 

A 291 Introduction to Sculpture (3)
Introductory studio course practicing traditional and modern sculptural techniques in the creation of three-dimensional art forms. Medium emphasis: stone. Prerequisites: A 115, A 130

 

A 304 Art History: Modernism (4)
Modern art from the French Revolution to the end of the 19th century within the context of the political, social and aesthetic upheavals of that period.

 

A 305 Art History: Modernism (4)
Movements in art from the late 19th century to surrealism in historical and critical context. Issues to be examined include art and mysticism, art and science, art as anti-art.

 

A 306 Art History: Modernism (4)
Art and criticism since surrealism. Areas of inquiry include the expanded roles of art market and critic, the dematerialization of the art object, art and technology and postmodernism.

 

A 315 Intermediate Design: Two-Dimensional (3)
Advanced study of design theory with studio practice. Emphasis on two-dimensional exploration. Prerequisites: A 115, A 117, A 130

 

A 316 Intermediate Design: Three-Dimensional (3)
Advanced study of design theory with studio practice. Emphasis on three-dimensional exploration. Prerequisites: A 115, A 116, A 130

 

A 320 Graphic Design (3)
Exploration of visual communication methods and approaches to help students bring together message, meaning, and form. Apply concepts to visual/verbal communications. Prerequisites: A 115, A 116, A 117, A 131, A 135, A 221, A 260

 

A 321 Graphic Design (3)
Explore design in communication. Use voicing, rhythm and pattern with awareness of how to position a visual communication. Continue work with images, symbols and their operations. Prerequisites: A 260, A 320

 

A 322 Graphic Design (3)
Exploration of issues related to typography, image and audience. Learn to document design process and presentation; learn about client interaction. Prerequisite: A 321

 

A 330 Intermediate Drawing (3)
Continued study of technique and composition in graphic expression. Prerequisite: A 130

 

A 335 Intermediate Drawing: Life (3)
Continued study of anatomical structure and form. Life drawing as a means of graphic communication. Prerequisite: A 135

 

A 355 Intermediate Ceramics (3)
Intermediate course in which mold-making skills are developed to explore the inherent potential of the multiple in ceramic sculpture. Prerequisites: A 116, A 117, A 131, A 135, A 255, A 256

 

A 356 Intermediate Ceramics (3)
Intermediate course expanding intellectual objectives and technical applications. Variable processes include photographic transfer, silk-screen, decal and china paint. Prerequisite:
A 355

 

A 357 Intermediate Ceramics (3)
Intermediate course exploring alternative material usage and practices including mixed media, installation and time-based concepts. Prerequisite: A 356

 

A 360 Intermediate Photography I (3)
An intermediate studio course dealing with exploring exposure controls, printing techniques and craftsmanship. Students will be looking at the work of others and exploring alternate ways of “seeing.” Prerequisites: A 261

 

A 361 Intermediate Photography II (3)
An intermediate studio course dealing with expanding printing techniques and looking at other ways of seeing. Prerequisite: A 360

 

A 362 Intermediate Photography III (3)
An intermediate studio course further refining the student’s personal vision of photography, image taking and image making. Prerequisite: A 361

 

A 370 Intermediate Printmaking (3)
An intermediate, upper-division concerted study of one of the following areas: Relief; serigraphy; intaglio; or lithography. Prerequisites: A 116, A 131, A 135, A 270, A 271

 

A 371 Intermediate Printmaking (3)
An intermediate, concerted study of one of the following: relief; serigraphy; intaglio; or lithography. Prerequisite: A 370

 

A 372 Intermediate Printmaking (3)
An intermediate, concerted study of one of the following: relief; serigraphy; intaglio; or lithography. Prerequisite: A 371

 

A 373 Intermediate Printmaking (3)
An intermediate, concerted study of one of the following: relief; serigraphy; intaglio; or lithography. Prerequisite: A 372

 

A 380 Intermediate Painting (3)
A studio course to strengthen skills in painting techniques. Painting with selected palette limitations to develop formal and expressive visual elements. Traditional painting methods and compositional theory will be covered. Prerequisites: 116, A 117, A 131, A 135, A 280, A 281

 

A 381 Intermediate Painting (3)
A studio course to strengthen skills in painting techniques. Introduction to mediums and supports for variety in painting surfaces. Exploration of contemporary issues in painting. Framing and presentation will be covered. Prerequisite: A 380

 

A 382 Intermediate Painting (3)
A studio course to strengthen skills in painting techniques. Extensive enquiry into the relationship between formal application and expression in painting. Exploration of contemporary issues in painting. Framing and presentation will be covered. Prerequisite: A 381

 

A 390 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
Intermediate studio course using traditional and modern techniques in the creation of sculptural art forms. Medium emphasis varies. Prerequisites: A 116, A 117, A 131, A 135, A 290, A 291

 

A 391 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
Intermediate studio course using traditional and modern techniques in the creation of sculptural art forms. Medium emphasis varies. Prerequisite: A 390

 

A 392 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
Intermediate studio course using tradition and modern techniques in the creation of sculptural art forms. Medium emphasis varies. Prerequisite: A 391

 

A 393 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
Intermediate studio course using tradition and mo dern techniques in the creation of sculptural art forms. Prerequisite: A 392

 

A 398 Production: Gallery Exhibition (1-3)
Introduction to matting, framing and hanging artwork. Practical work hours contracted for each student in campus exhibit spaces; number of gallery work hours required dependent upon the amount of credit hours taken in a single term. The purpose of the course is to give students practical experience necessary for success in A498, the capstone art course. May be repeated for elective credit. Minimum one credit required for art majors. Limit of one credit may be applied to the art major or a studio art minor. Prerequisites: A 115 and upper division standing

 

A 399 Special Studies (1-5)
May be repeated once for credit.

 

A 404 Art History: Non-Western Art (4)
An introductory study of visual expression in cultural contexts that are representative of non-Western traditions. Writing intensive and diversity course. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

 

A 405 Art History: Gender in Art (4)
A study of gender as subject, and a study of gender issues for artists in the history of western art from the Renaissance to the present. Aesthetic social discourse as it relates to changing perspectives on the role of gender in art will be examined. Writing intensive and diversity course.

 

A 406 Art History: Special Topics (4)
A course in art history offering the student the possibility to develop an in-depth study in a specialized area of art history. Writing intensive. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

 

A 410 Seminar (1-3)

 

A 411 Workshop (1-3)

 

A 412 Practicum (1-3)
On-the-job experience for art and graphic design students. Formal requests must be submitted to the Art Department faculty no later than four weeks preceding the term of enrollment. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: upper-division standing; graphic design students: A 322

 

A 420 Applied Design (3)
Emphasis on presentation issues and professional concerns. Digital communication and conventional print production processes. Prerequisite: A 322

 

A 421 Applied Design (3)
Exploration of issues related to typography, image and audience. Prerequisite: A 420

 

A 422 Applied Design (3)
Portfolio preparation and presentation in current formats. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: A 421

 

A 430 Advanced Drawing (3)
Advanced study of media and methods of drawing. Individual projects explore formal and conceptual aspects of drawing. Prerequisites: A 131, A 330

 

A 435 Advanced Life Drawing (3)
Advanced study of media and methods of figure drawing. Individual projects explore formal and conceptual aspects of drawing. Prerequisites: A 335

 

A 455 Advanced Ceramics (3)
Focus is on advanced clay formulation, glaze calculation, kiln-building, firing techniques and professional documentation. Prerequisite: A 357

 

A 456 Advanced Ceramics (3)
Advanced course for self-directed investigations using a combination of acquired process skills and thinking systems. Regular critiques and visual evidence of operations from beginning to completion are required. Prerequisite: A 455

 

A 457 Advanced Ceramics (3)
Advanced course focusing on the production of a culminating, self-directed body of work. Documentation and a slide presentation of the work and sources are required. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: A 456

 

A 460 Advanced Photography I (3)
An advanced studio course dealing with continuing to explore exposure controls, printing techniques and craftsmanship. Students will be looking at the work of others and exploring alternate ways of “seeing.” Prerequisite: A 362

 

A 461 Advanced Photography II (3)
An advanced studio course dealing with expanding printing techniques and looking at other ways of seeing. Prerequisite: A 460

 

A 462 Advanced Photography III (3)
An advanced studio course further refining the student’s personal vision of photography, image taking and image making. Prerequisite: A 461

 

A 470 Advanced Printmaking I (3)
Individualized advanced study and studio practice of one of the following areas: intaglio and monotypes; serigraphy; relief; lithography. Prerequisite: A 372

 

A 471 Advanced Printmaking II (3)
Individualized advanced study and studio practice of one of the following areas: intaglio and monotypes; serigraphy; relief; lithography. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: A 470

 

A 472 Advanced Printmaking III (3)
Individualized advanced study and studio practice of one of the following areas: intaglio and monotypes; serigraphy; relief; lithography. Prerequisite: A 471, may be repeated twice for credit.

 

A 480 Advanced Painting (3)
An advanced course with extensive practice in a chosen painting medium. Through critiques and advisement, students will select specific forms of expression which will conclude in a series of related paintings. Readings, critical writing and gallery visits required. Prerequisite: A 382

 

A 481 Advanced Painting (3)
An advanced course with extensive practice in a chosen painting medium. Through critiques and advisement, students will select specific forms of expression which will conclude in a series of related paintings. Readings, critical writing and gallery visits required. Prerequisite: A 480

 

A 482 Advanced Painting (3)
An advanced course with extensive practice in a chosen painting medium. Through critiques and advisement, students will select specific forms of expression which will conclude in a series of related paintings. Readings, critical writing and gallery visits required. Prerequisite: A 481, may be repeated twice for credit.

 

A 485 Art Service Learning (1-3)
A practicum comprised of 30 to 90 hours in an arts or cultural organization. The service learning should take place off-campus. Examples include (but are not limited to) the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust and the Salem Art Association. The student shall participate in the mentor or supervisor’s duties, or complete an assigned task or project. Prerequisite: B.F.A. acceptance. Not to be taken concurrently with A 486.

 

A 486 Art Service Learning (1-3)
A practicum comprised of 30 to 90 hours in an arts or cultural organization. The service learning should take place off-campus. Examples include (but are not limited to ) the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust and the Salem Art Association. The student shall participate in the mentor or supervisor’s duties, or complete an assigned task or project. Prerequisite: A 485

 

A 487 International Studio Art Study (1-3)
Studio art course work related to B.F.A. thesis project discipline area, taken at an accredited institution of higher education outside the United States.

 

A 488 International Studio Art Study (1-3)
Studio art course work related to B.F.A. thesis project discipline area, taken at an accredited institution of higher education outside the United States.

 

A 490 Advanced Sculpture (3)
Advanced study of sculptural forms, concepts and mediums. Medium emphasis varies. Prerequisites: Three 300 level sculpture courses in sequence

 

A 491 Advanced Sculpture (3)
Advanced study of sculptural forms, concepts and mediums. Medium emphasis varies. Prerequisite: A 490

 

A 492 Advanced Sculpture (3)
Advanced study of sculptural forms, concepts and mediums. Medium emphasis varies. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: A 491

 

A 495 B.F.A. Thesis Project (6)
First term of advanced research, concept development and art production in the student’s concentration area: painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking or graphic design. Course requirements are contracted with the B.F.A. thesis adviser. Cannot be taken concurrently with A496, A497. Prerequisites: completion of 400-level sequence in chosen concentration area, A 315, A 316, A 498 and acceptance to the B.F.A. program.

 

A 496 B.F.A. Thesis Project (6)
Second term of advanced research, concept development and art production in the student’s concentration area: painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking or graphic design. Course requirements are contracted with the B.F.A. thesis adviser. Cannot be taken concurrently with A497. Prerequisite: A495

 

A 497 B.F.A. Thesis Project (6)
Third term of advanced research, concept development and art production in the student’s concentration area: painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking or graphic design. Course requirements are contracted with the B.F.A. thesis adviser. Third-term requirements will include a portfolio of work and an exhibition of the thesis project work in a format appropriate to the subject area. Prerequisite: A 496

 

A 498 Professional Concerns (2)
A survey of professional practice in the visual arts. Problems, study and preparation for “going public.” Professional ethics; contracts; gallery exhibitions, art positions; and career preparation. Capstone art experience includes an oral presentation and exhibit of each student’s work. Prerequisites: A 119, A 398, upper-division standing

 

A 499 Special Individual Studies (1-5)
May be repeated once for credit.

 

A 603 Thesis or Field Study (6)
A culminating experience for the degree candidate consisting of a practical application of his/her graduate studies to his/her professional needs. This culmination might result in a field study project related to improving the quality of art education in his school, an experimental study, an historical study or other type of in-depth study which meets the candidate’s specific objectives.

 

A 604 Graduate Art History (3)
Graduate level investigation in selected areas of art history. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 610 Graduate Seminar (3)
Research exploration of specialized topics. Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 611 Graduate Workshop (3)
Studio exploration of specialized or interdisciplinary media topics in a group setting. Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 615 Graduate Design: Two-Dimensional (3)
Advanced study of design theory with studio practice in the two-dimensional art form. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 616 Graduate Design: Three-Dimensional (3)
Advanced study of design theory with studio practice in the three-dimensional art form. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 620 Graduate Graphic Design (3)
Graduate level study and studio work in typography and visual communications. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructors.

 

A 630 Graduate Drawing (3)
Advanced study and studio production of drawing as a visually expressive form. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 635 Graduate Life Drawing (3)
Advanced study and studio production of figurative drawing as a visually expressive form. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 655 Graduate Ceramics (3)
Graduate study in ceramic art. Individual projects in selected ceramic areas. Graduate research and paper related to projects. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 670 Graduate Printmaking (3)
Advanced study and studio production of prints as a personally expressive visual form. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 676 Aesthetic Foundations of Visual Arts (3)
A study and analysis of philosophic aspects of the visual arts.

 

A 677 Contemporary Problems in Visual Art (3)
A course designed to offer critical examination of art in society, creativity, brain research, the computer and other selected areas.

 

A 680 Graduate Painting (3)
Advanced study and studio production of painting as a personally expressive visual form. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 690 Graduate Sculpture (3)
Advanced study of sculpture with studio work in three-dimensional art forms. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: admitted post-baccalaureate standing and consent of the instructor

 

A 699 Special Individual Studies: Graduate (3)
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: admitted post-baccalaureate standing

 

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