The university's printmaking
studio boasts all four printmaking techniques—relief, intaglio, serigraphy, and planographic—thanks to a generous donation of
a Tackach/Garfield lithography press.

Required and Frequently-Taught Courses

100-level fine art/studio art courses

200-level fine art/studio art courses

300-level fine art/studio art courses

graphic arts and design courses


100-Level Fine Arts and Studio Art Courses

FNAR C100 | Art Appreciation  (core)
An introduction to the visual arts through slides and lectures. Topics deal with understanding the meaning of art through several perspectives of formal analysis, artistic mediums, purposes of art, the History of Art, and studio practice.  [3 credits]

FNAR C101 | Fundamentals of Design  (core)
Emphasizes the knowledge and application of basic design principles of two-dimensional images in representational and abstract forms.  [3 credits]

FNAR C111 | Drawing  (core)
An introduction to the fundamentals of drawing from observation with emphasis on linear perspective, tonal modeling, composition, and drawing of the human head. Many sources of subject matter are used. Strong emphasis is placed on the representational tradition of art.  [3 credits] 

FNAR C120 | Lettering & Layout – Foundational  (core)
An introduction to calligraphic lettering with a broad-nib pen; explores a variety of designs and techniques in italic and related cursive styles.  [3 credits]

FNAR C121 | Lettering & Layout – Italic  (core)
An introduction to calligraphic lettering with a broad-nib pen; explores a variety of designs and techniques in italic and related cursive styles.  [3 credits] 


200-Level Fine Arts and Studio Art Courses

FNAR C203 | Ancient and Medieval Art  (core)
Photographic presentations of significant paintings, sculptures and architecture from Prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. An emphasis is placed on recognizing religious concepts and iconography.  [3 credits]

FNAR C204 | Renaissance to Modern Art  (core)
A pictorial survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in Western civilization with emphasis on religious concepts and iconography.  [3 credits] 

FNAR 210 | Figure Drawing
An introduction to drawing the human figure from observation. The course will include a consideration of aesthetics and anatomy from primarily male and female nude models.  [3 credits]

FNAR C240 | Printmaking: Intaglio (Etching)  (core)
A studio course emphasizing the etching medium where images are conceived in zinc and copper plates; images are printed from the plates with an intaglio press. Intaglio is the most textural and sculptural of the printmaking techniques.  [3 credits]

FNAR C241 | Printmaking: Relief (core)
An introduction to the woodcut and relief processes. It renders the most bold and graphic image of the four printmaking techniques. Images are hand printed or printed from a press.  [3 credits]

FNAR C242 | Printmaking: Silk-Screen (Serigraphy) (core)
The most colorful printmaking course involving the stencil method of making an image. Stencils are adhered to screens through multiple approaches; inks are passed through the stencils to paper.  [3 credits] 

FNAR C243 | Printmaking: Lithography (core)
A studio course which embraces the traditional technique of drawing and printing by utilizing limestone blocks. The phenomenon of grease resisting water is the operative principle by which an image is realized and fixed on the stone; it is then printed on a lithographic press.  [3 credits]

FNAR C250 | Oil Painting (core)
An introduction to the use of the oil painting medium on canvas. Primary emphasis is placed on color theory as applied to the still-life genre. The Representational Tradition of Western painting is strongly prominent in the course.  [3 credits] 

FNAR 291 | Topics (core status variable)
The subject matter of this course will vary on the needs and interests of the student body or the instructors who teach the course.  [1-3 credits]

FNAR C292 | Black and White Photography (core)
Stresses the foundations of photographic theory, shooting, and print developing.  [3 credits]

FNAR C293 | Digital Photography (core)
Emphasis on shooting and manipulation of digital camera imagery.  [3 credits]

FNAR C294 | Computer Art (core)
Creation of artwork using the computer as a medium. [3 credits]


300-Level Fine Arts and Studio Art Courses

FNAR 305 | Advanced Painting
This course alternates in structure. One approach deals with an investigation into painting from a Modernist and Post Modern perspective; the other approach embraces the representational tradition, utilizing the human figure as its main subject.  [3 credits] 

FNAR 311 | Advanced Drawing
A thorough investigation into the compositional elements of picture making while utilizing the representational, Modernist, and Post Modern traditions. This course also further develops the foundational skills learned in FNAR 111 Drawing.  [3 credits]

FNAR 381 | Advanced Studio I
The first in a sequence of four advanced courses for the B.F.A. degree which focus on advanced issues in art making related to medium and content. The instructor may also introduce a theme for the course to further influence student work.  [3 credits]

FNAR 382 | Advanced Studio II
The second in a sequence of four advanced courses for the B.F.A. degree which focus on advanced issues in art making related to medium and content. Students develop individual mastery with a chosen medium and subject matter.  [3 credits] 

FNAR 383 | Advanced Studio III
The third in a sequence of four advanced courses for the B.F.A. degree. Students are expected to commit to an idea and a medium in anticipation of their senior exhibition.  [3 credits]

FNAR 384 | Advanced Studio IV: Senior Exhibit
The student will produce and mount artworks for a solo senior exhibition. A solo exhibition is required for graduation with the B.F.A. degree.  [3 credit] 

FNAR 391 | Topics
Focuses on various topics relevent to the needs of the students, recent events, and/or other topics of interest.  [1-3 credits]

FNAR 395 | Independent Study
A course designed to provide students with individual and focused coursework in some area of studio art.  [1-3 credits] 

FNAR 398 | Senior Seminar: Art Criticism
(Admission restricted to art majors)
This is a writing-intensive course which focuses on the methods and traditions of writing art criticism.  Emphasis is on learning effective interpretation and thereby gaining heightened understanding of contemporary and traditional art forms.  [3 credits]

Note: the 300-level Fine Arts elective requirement may be satisfied byany of the above-listed 300-level courses.


Courses in Graphic Arts & Design

GAD 205 | History of Graphic Arts and Design
This survey course explores the history of graphic arts and design. Through study of major designers, their work, specific design movements, and relevant historical events, students will learn the how graphic arts and design have come to meaningfully influence present-day visual culture.  [3 credits]

GAD C230 | Typography (core)
This course introduces typography as a vital element of visual communication. Typographic structure, terminology, expression, and strategy will be explored from the single letterform to an entire page layout. This studio course uses both computer and hands-on skills to address the effective use of typography.  [3 credits]

GAD 260 | Graphic Design I
This course is an intermediate-level studio course which introduces students to effective strategies of visual communication in print media by the relationship of text and image. Visual practice such as appropriate image generation, experimental typography, and communicative layout will be explored by assigned projects and readings.  [3 credits]

GAD 261 | Graphic Design II
This course is an advanced-level studio curse, continuation of Graphic Design I.To create effective visual message by the interaction of text and image, more complex theme and information will be examined. Real world project, writing, and field trip will be assigned additionally to enhance students' visual problem solving proficiency.  [3 credits]

GAD 300 | Computer Animation
This course introduces procedural methods and techniques of computer animation focusing on digital illustration, motion typography, and character animation. With the practice of cutting edge, industry standard software such as Flash and After Effects, students will learn how to plan storyboards, design sequential composition, and produce unique multimedia animation.  [3 credits]