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Art

ART 1103 Art Foundations I
An introduction to the practical application and theoretical aspects of creating art on two-dimensional surfaces. (Formerly ART 1003)
ART 1151 Freshman Art Orientation
Eight week course introducing students to the artistic and academic resources available at RSU and their necessary and effective utilization for completing the Bachelor of Fine Art Degree.
ART (HUM) 1113 Art Appreciation
Illustrated lecture course surveying the role and dimension of art with a general examination of art theory, art media, and art history.
ART 1203 Art Foundations II
An introduction to the practical application and theoretical aspects of creating art with three-dimensional media.
ART 1213 Digital Foundations
An introduction to the Macintosh operating system, peripherals, and storage of graphic-based work. Discussion of raster vs. vector graphics and their strengths and weaknesses. A broad overview of some of the software and the parameters it defines for the artist. An introduction to the issues surrounding cross platform graphics. Production of original artworks.
ART 1223 Graphic Design I
This class provides a strong foundation in computer graphics through the use of Adobe Photoshop and traditional design concepts with related assignments. A thorough knowledge of materials and techniques of the computer artist is stressed. Prerequisites: ART 1103. (Formerly GT 1223)
ART 1323 Typography
An in-depth study of typography as it relates to Graphic Design. Including the anatomy of letterforms, visual hierarchy, history of type, production, and type design and its various uses. Prerequisites: ART 1103 and ART 1223.
ART 1413 Drawing I
Introduction to various types and uses of drawings. Black and white media, space and volume relations, development of visual units of design and their integration in the whole organization. Prerequisites: ART 1103 and ART 1203.
ART 1423 Drawing II
Continuation of ART 1413 with emphasis on perspective, composition, and multimedia. Prerequisite: ART 1413 or instructor’s permission.
ART 1833 Black/White Photography I
Students will study camera operation, basic theory, materials and process, film exposure and developing techniques, contact printing and enlarging, filters and printing techniques, and print finishing. This course equips students with technical, intellectual, conceptual, and creative skills of making a photograph. Prerequisites: ART 1103. (Formerly GT 1833)
ART 1913 Printmaking I
A broad perspective and general understanding of the various printmaking processes including theory and some practical work in the following media: silkscreen, woodcuts, linoleum block, intaglio (etching), and an explanation of lithography. Prerequisites: ART 1103 and 1203. (Formerly ART 2013)
ART 2033 Black/White Photography II
This course covers archival processing and print finishing techniques. Students will develop their own personal projects based on consultation with the instructor with the final result being a production of limited edition portfolios. Prerequisite: ART 1833.
ART 2113 Life Drawing I
Constructive figure drawing from the live model. Focus on creative attitudes, with maintenance of balance between perceptual and conceptual drawing activities. Prerequisites: ART 1103, ART 1203, and ART 1413, or instructor’s permission.
ART 2213 Watercolor I
Techniques and purposes of painting with watercolor. Prerequisites: ART 1103, ART 1203, and ART 1413 or instructor's permission.
ART 2383 Advanced Digital Imaging
This is a project-driven course in advanced imaging and handling of digital images. Emphasis will be given to design, color correction, repair, special effects and filters, and advanced image manipulation. A working knowledge of print and web requirements will be obtained. Theory/Lab. Prerequisite: ART 1223 or instructor's permission.
ART 2413 Three-Dimensional Art I
Experience in three-dimensional problems starting with an introduction to clay and its techniques including methods of firing, oxidation, reduction, and raku. Other sculptural processes discussed include mold making, metal casting, and carving. Prerequisites: ART 1103 and ART 1203.
ART 2423 Graphic Design II
An in-depth study of visual communication through the use of a vector graphics software program (Adobe Illustrator) in conjunction with a raster graphics software program (Adobe Photoshop). Assignments are designed to extend a student’s sense of visual awareness, visual literacy, creative thought, and strengthening the student’s portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 1223. (Formerly ART 1273)
ART 2453 Wheel-Throwing I
The nature of clay through the use of the potter’s wheel. Methods of firing include oxidation, reduction, and raku. Also discussed are glazing techniques. Prerequisites: ART 1103 and ART 1203.
ART 2553 Digital 3D Foundations
This course introduces the use of 3D programs such as Maya to create original art, illustrations, images for animation, and interactive CDs. Attention will be given to terminology. Prerequisites: ART 1103 and ART 1213. Recommended: ART 1223, ART 1413, and ART 1423.
ART 2813 Painting I
The study and application of painting. Comparison of history of painting and technique to student work. Visual and special relationships relative to painting. Use of either oil or acrylic paints. Prerequisites: ART 1103, ART 1203, and ART 1413, or instructor’s permission.
ART 2910 Individual Studio/Internship
One to four credit hours. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and instructor’s permission, completion of all courses in any of the following areas: Drawing, Ceramics, Life Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Watercolor, Serigraphy (silkscreen printing), Printmaking, Interior Design, or Art History.
ART 3003 Western Art History to 1400
An in-depth study of the major art movements and works in Western art history to 1400. (Formerly ART 2713)
ART 3013 Western Art History 1400-1850
The study of the movements, groups, and individuals in Western art history. The focus of the class will be directed toward the Renaissance through the precursors of Impressionism.
ART 3023 Nonprofit Fine Arts Management
This course is an overview of the management of nonprofit fine arts organizations as well as people in arts-related professions. Students will gain an awareness of the field of arts management, private and public arts agencies, and the role of the arts in local communities.
ART 3113 Life Drawing II
Student will learn the technical necessity and aesthetic benefits of working from a live model. Emphasis will be on advanced concepts in drawing. Stress on historical and contemporary influences in figure drawing. Prerequisites: ART 1103, ART 1203, ART 1413, and ART 2113 or instructor’s permission.
ART 3123 Graphic Design III
Emphasis is placed on preparing the student to successfully enter the graphic design field with an advanced understanding of design theory and a mastery of the industry’s standard software programs. Graphic design assignments are designed to create a professional quality portfolio. Creative thinking, visual literacy, and graphics theory are stressed in both print and interactive multimedia projects. Prerequisite: ART 2423. (Formerly GT 1333 and ART 2313)
ART 3133 History of Non-Western Arts

A survey and comparison of art from non-Western societies, including art from indigenous or immigrant non-Western populations living in Westernized society. (Formerly ART 2733)
ART 3213 Western Art History 1850-Present
The study of the most influential art and artists of Europe and the Americans during the middle and late modern periods. Aesthetic and historical influences as well as their effects on current art directions will be addressed. (Formerly ART 4023)
ART 3223 Watercolor II
An advanced study, application, and production of water soluble media. Elective for Art students. Prerequisite: ART 2213 or instructor's permission. (Formerly ART 2223)
ART 3233 Printmaking II
An advanced study of the disciplines and techniques of printmaking, with increased emphasis on quality and complexity of concept and design. Prerequisite: ART 1913. (Formerly ART 2353)
ART 3313 Art Theory I
Critical theory by artists as it applies to art works and culture. (Formerly ART 2373)
ART 3413 Applied/Package Design
An in-depth study of design solutions from start to comprehensive mock-ups. Special attention to sign-age, exhibition design, packaging, display, and point of purchase. Explores product identity and design problems associated with design. Prerequisite: ART 3123.
ART 3443 Three-Dimensional Art II
Three-dimensional problems utilizing advanced tools, media, and techniques, building upon the basics learned in 3-D Art 1. This course emphasizes the student's personal design style; planning and construction of well developed and thought out sculptures. Prerequisite: ART 2413. (Formerly ART 2443)
ART 3463 Wheel-Throwing II
A continuation of ART 2453 with emphasis placed on the student's personal approach as well as production skills. Prerequisite: ART 2453. (Formerly ART 2463)
ART 3523 Artistic Authoring and Animation
Introduction to interactive multimedia applications utilizing and animating 2-D and 3-D graphics, text, sound, and digital video. Emphasis will be placed on Macromedia Flash and Action Script programming in a Macintosh environment. Theory/Lab. Prerequisite: ART 2423.
ART 3543 Artistic Web site Design
This course covers principles of website architecture, planning, and production. Emphasis will be placed on aesthetics and navigation of websites. This course utilizes a WYSIWYG software (such as Dreamweaver) in a Macintosh environment. Theory/Lab. Prerequisite: ART 2423.
ART 3553 Digital 3D Studio
This is an advanced course that explores the tools and techniques used to create/animate rigid, inorganic/organic objects. Concepts for animating objects are discussed. Projects will include construction of buildings and texturing structures. Projects will also include the modeling of living beings. Prerequisite: ART 2553.
ART 3613 Painting II
Studio investigations and production of a painted body of work. Students will further develop and strengthen their portfolio of paintings. Some experiments with media mixing will be included in the curriculum. Prerequisite: ART 2813.
ART 3633 Art Marketing
Through investigation of product definition, demographics, market analysis, style identity, self-promotion, and branding, students will gain a practical and aesthetic understanding of the business of art. Professional portfolio development and presentation will be emphasized. Field trips and contacts with art businesses are part of the course curriculum. Prerequisites: ART 1103, ART 1203 and ART 1213. (Formerly ART 2793)
ART 3883 Digital Color Photography
The concepts and techniques in electronic imaging will be explored through the use of color digital equipment and Adobe Photoshop Fine Arts as well as editorial photographic standards will be addressed on the basis for critical analysis including visual awareness, visual literacy, and creative thought of the finished photograph. Prerequisites: ART 1833 and ART 1223 or instructor's permission. (Formerly ART 2883)
ART 3910 Directed Studies
This course will address particular research and applications of theory and/or production in a visual art discipline. Course content to be determined each semester. Subjects will be selected from but not limited to studies in studio, graphic arts, or art history. Open to students in a graduating semester. (1-3 credit hours.) (Formerly ART 2920)
ART 3943 Photographic Applications I
This course addresses the practice and theory of location and studio photography. Emphasis will be on the human subject, images for journalism media, and equipment operations. Prerequisites: ART 2033 and ART 3883.
ART 4223 History of Graphic Design/Multimedia
An in-depth study of the history of graphic design from prehistory to the present as it relates to modern design practices. Includes advertising, history of type, production, posters, package design styles, and trends of the field.
ART 4243 Photographic Applications II
This course explores the practical and theoretical aspects of photography for fine art images, graphic design, and illustration. Emphasis will be on photographic documentation and advertising. Prerequisite: ART 3943.
ART 4313 Art Theory II
Critical theory by philosophers from antiquity to the present as it applies to art works and culture.
ART 4333 The Italian Renaissance (1400-1600)
This course focuses on the overarching ideas of the Italian Renaissance, underscoring the art (painting, architecture, sculpture) and human culture (history, philosophy, literature, music, religion, and geopolitics) of one of the most distinctive periods in Western history. The course will provide a framework for understanding the significance of the Italian Renaissance and its impact in shaping the Western world as well as the global community.
ART 4433 Sequential Art
Student will utilize hand skills to sketch and draw storyboards. These hand-rendered storyboards will be incorporated into computer-generated three-dimensional objects in an artificial three-dimensional space leading to storyboard design, animation scripts, and the production of animation sequences to video. Prerequisite: ART 2553.
ART 4513 Art Internship
This course is designed to allow students external, for credit, learning and experimental opportunities in working visual art-related environments. Upon approval by the art faculty, students will be able to work in structured and regularly assessed art establishments.
ART 4533 Art Studies-At-Large
This course is designed to foster study external to the region. Students will study at internationally recognized art centers. May be repeated once for credit. Instructor’s permission required.
ART 4853 Graphic Design Practicum
This course incorporates all aspects of graphic design to produce various assigned live projects. This course is designed to give students practical real-world experience and live projects to enhance their portfolio. Lab. Prerequisite: ART 3123 or instructor's permission.
ART 4953 Senior Capstone Portfolio
The Capstone Portfolio is an original, specialized project, integrating the student's cumulative academic experiences. Preparation for the Senior Project begins in the junior year with consultation with advisors. Prerequisite: Senior status.