Department of Art

Course Offerings

The Department offers a wide array of courses in Art to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule at the Office of the Registrar website, or contact the Department.


100-Level Art Courses

FNAR 100 | Art Appreciation  (core/QCA course)
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 101 | Fundamentals of Design (core/QCA course)
Emphasizes the knowledge and application of basic design principles of two-dimensional images in representational and abstract forms.  [3 credits]

FNAR 110 | Three-Dimensional Design
A studio art course which explores the design principles when applied to the exploration and ordering of three-dimensional space. Using a variety of physical materials students will construct artworks which challenge their conceptual capacity of considering visual and tactile properties of form. [3 credits]

FNAR 105 | Fundamentals of Design: Computer Applications (core/QCA course)
This course explores fundamental design elements and principles in visual communication by employing a computer and its applications. Students will practice basic skills of Photoshop, Illustrator, and other graphic programs as needed to create simple design projects that use a computer as an artist’s tool. [3 credits]

FNAR 111 | Drawing I  (core/QCA course)
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 120 | Lettering & Layout – Foundational  (core/QCA course)
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 121 | Lettering & Layout – Italic  (core/QCA course)
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 Art Courses

FNAR 203 | Ancient and Medieval Art  (core/QCA course)
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 204 | Renaissance to Modern Art (core/QCA course)
A pictorial survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in Western civilization with emphasis on religious concepts and iconography. [3 credits]

FNAR 205 | Non-Western Art History  (core/QCA course)
Introduction to the history of the visual cultures of Africa, India and Southeast Asia, China and Japan. Emphasizes the arts in context, especially the world religions Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.  [3 credits]

FNAR 206 | Modern and Contemporary Art History (core/QCA course)
Survey of major visual arts movements from 1865 to present. Emphasizes artists' contexts and audience reception. [3 credits]

FNAR 207 | Art of Islam and the Middle East (core/QCA course)
Chronological survey of Islamic and Middle Eastern visual culture from the Ancient period through Contemporary era. Examines major artists, art styles and aesthetic theories within their historical, social, political and aesthetic contexts. [3 credits]

FNAR 208 | Art of China (core/QCA course)
Chronological survey of  the breadth of Chinese art, from Ancient period to Contemporary trends: in painting, architecture, decorative arts, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, performance and installations. Examines major artists, art styles and aesthetic theories within their historical, social, political and aesthetic contexts. [3 credits]

FNAR 209 | History of Latin American Art (core/QCA course)
Chronological survey of Western visual culture from the Rococo period through the transnational Postmodern era. Examines major artists, art styles and aesthetic theories within their historical, social, political and aesthetic contexts. [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 211 | Drawing II (core/QCA course)
This studio art course is a continuation and expansion of Drawing I which utilizes the representational tradition of drawing. Drawing II will give focus to the compositional and design aspects of picture making. Towards the conclusion of the course the nature of abstraction will be investigated. Reference to historical models of drawing is a constant factor of the course. A variety of materials will be included. Prerequisite: FNAR 111. [3 credits]

FNAR 240 | Printmaking: Intaglio (Etching) (core/QCA course)
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 241 | Printmaking: Relief  (core/QCA course)

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 242 | Printmaking: Silk-Screen (Serigraphy)  (core/QCA course)

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 243 | Printmaking: Lithography  (core/QCA course)

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 244 | Intermediate Printmaking
This is a printmaking course which expands on the techniques of any one, or in combination, of the four printmaking courses (i.e. 240, 241, 242 and 243). Investigations into color, advanced techniques, and an exploration of texture are key components of the course. Prerequisite: two printmaking courses.  [3 credits]

FNAR 250 | Oil Painting  (core/QCA course)
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 260 | Intermediate Painting
This studio art course continues on the foundations of the beginning Oil Painting course which seeks to establish the groundwork for painting from life, the mechanics and craft of oil painting, which includes learning to conceptualize working with a pallet of color. Exploration of new genre, including the still life, will be a factor in the course. Prerequisite: FNAR 250.  [3 credits]

FNAR 291 | Topics  (core/QCA status varies)

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 295 | Digital Photography (core/QCA course)
Emphasis on shooting and manipulation of digital camera imagery. [3 credits]

FNAR 294 | Intermediate Photography
A studio art course that further exposes students to the discipline of Studio assignments. Assignments would involve the control of lights, exposures, background selections, still life/product photography, portraiture, and figure studies. A digital SLR camera is required for the assignments. Prerequisite: FNAR 295. [3 credits]

300-Level 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 I). [3 credits]

FNAR 340 | Advanced Printmaking
An advanced 300-level studio art course that utilizes one, or more, of the traditional printmaking mediums. Students are expected to pursue a personal vision while being aware of the influences that contemporary printmaking can offer. Mastery of the printmaking material and techniques will remain a primary concern. Prerequisite: FNAR 244. [3 credits]

FNAR 350 | Senior Portfolio: Thesis Exhibition
This is a capstone course for Senior Art majors. Students are expected to produce a developed vision within their chosen medium of concentration, and then exhibit their artworks in the University Art Gallery. The course will also consider the development of a digital portfolio that can serve the student post-graduation. The critique process by Art faculty is a constant factor in the course. Prerequisite: one of FNAR 305, FNAR 340 or FNAR 394. Department consent required. [3 credits]

FNAR 360 | Senior Seminar: Professional Portfolio
The students will analyze the job markets and prepare analyses of current issues in the performing arts. Analyses of demographics affecting the operations and organization of art programs in the United States will be studied. Students will be required to create a portfolio of personal data to prepare for job searches, prepare for mock interviews and present exhibition of works. Prerequisite: junior standing.  [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 credits]

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

FNAR 394 | Advanced Photography
An advanced, 300-level studio art course which would include developing a thesis with a selected concentration in the photographic discipline. This course could also have as a concentration topics related to photo journalism, documentary photography or event photography. The course begins the process of developing a body of work that leads to a professional portfolio. Prerequisite: FNAR 294. [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 by any 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 230 | Typography  (core/QCA course)

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 course 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 297 | Internship
Practical experience in public relations and design production as it relates to the Graphic Design field.

GAD 300 | New Media and Design
This course introduces students to the essential techniques and procedures of computer animation. Students will learn and create storyboards, sequential compositions, and web animations by using Flash Professional CS5, the industry standard of web animation and interactive application.  [3 credits]

GAD 360 | Graphic Design II
A continuation of Graphic Design I. The student will use painting and photo-editing programs and employ analytical skills for purposes of creation and critical appraisal. Prerequisite: GAD 260. $50 fee. [3 credits]

GAD 393 | Senior Portfolio
The Senior Portfolio focuses on the development of a student's individual portfolio. The preparation of a portfolio is an essential part of transition from a graphic design student to a qualified designer. A strong portfolio can provide the basis for a successful design career.  [3 credits]