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ARTS 2001 Art Appreciation(and Honors section)
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101

Appreciation of visual arts is developed through an introduction to the aesthetics, criticism, history, and production of visual art in the Western world. Some non-Western art will be included.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

understand the general nature of art;
be able to discuss and make informed judgments about art;
be able to identify different periods and styles of art; and
know what it means to "make art."

ARTS 2002 Drama Appreciation
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101
Survey of drama as a performing art, considering both literary and nonliterary elements. Some non-Western dram a will be included. In addition, attendance at one or more live dramatic performances will be required.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

understand the aesthetics of drama of the Western World and, to a
lesser extent, drama of the non-Western cultures;
be able to analyze plays intended to be performed before a live
audience view and discuss in a limited way drama created for
other media (radio, film, TV);
possess critical and perceptual skills that enhance the enjoyment
of the best live drama;
understand the different genres of drama; and
understand the relationship of drama and the historical, political,
and artistic currents and events.

ARTS 2003 Music Appreciation
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101
Survey of music in the Western world, including historical movements and basic musical notation. The course also covers some non-Western music, as well as contemporary, classical, and popular music.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to distinguish the style elements of each major
musical period (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical,
Romantic, 20th century);
be able to discuss how music influences and reflects Western
culture from the Middle Ages to the present time;
be able to identify major composers and performers and their
contributions to Western music;
be able to identify and aurally recognize the basic elements
of music;
be able to aurally identify style characteristics of Western music; and
be able to aurally and visually identify instruments and various
ensembles.

ARTS 2004 History of Contemporary American Music
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101
Survey of the development of contemporary American music genres from a historical and analytical perspective from the beginnings of American contemporary styles in the late nineteenth century to the present. Additionally, the course examines the social and historical context of various cultures in the American mosaic of people in the present time, especially the two primary cultures: those of European and African ancestries. Includes a music listening component and further develops some of the topics covered in ARTS 2003.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to discuss the development of American music beginning with the blues to present day musical styles;
be able to compare 20th century "classical" music with that of contemporary "popular" music;
be able to discuss how society influenced American music and how American music influenced society;
be able to identify major performers and composers and their contributions to American music;
be able to identify and aurally recognize the basic elements of music;
be able to aurally identify style characteristics of American music; and
be able to aurally and visually identify instruments and various ensembles.

ARTS 2005 University Bands
Prerequisite: Instructor's approval
1-0-1 (may be repeated for credit)
University Bands involves the study, rehearsal, and performance
of concert band literature through the concert band performance
medium with emphasis primarily in the Western European art
music tradition of the past 500 years, with some exposure to music
of other cultures. Students will develop skills in tone production,
intonation, and technique, and become knowledgeable in music
theory, aural skills, and music history.


ARTS 2010 Introduction to Drawing
3-0-3
Regardless of drawing experience, students will develop drawing
skills using pencil, ink, and charcoal to master shading, contour,
gesture, and perspective techniques. Studio Course; open to all
students.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to demonstrate in their own drawing the use of pencil, ink, and charcoal;
be able to demonstrate in their own drawing a mastery of shading, contour, gesture, and perspective techniques;
be able to demonstrate in their own drawing a development of "right-brained" visual skills; and
be able to identify how these "right-brained" visual skills apply to problem-solving in other disciplines


ARTS 2020 History and Principles of Design
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
3-0-3
This course is designed to introduce students to the history of
design practices and the general principles surrounding visual
structure and aesthetics in design practice. It focuses on the
history of layout, color, and form and development in art and
advertising, and specific differences between design practices for
different media, subject matter and audiences. This class is
essential to understanding design principles and how they have
developed with cultural changes and new modes of visual
presentation with new media.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to describe the historical progression of modern and art design practices from drawing, printing, screen and other new media venues in entertainment and advertising;
be able to discuss design principles and historical influences in the interpretation of contemporary and new media design practices; and
be able to analyze past and present movements and practices associated with the emergence of cultural trends in aesthetics and design practices


ARTS 2110 Introduction to Painting
Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing
3-0-3
This course is an introduction to the basic elements and
techniques of painting. Students will learn how to use, manipulate
and transform paint into creative works building upon basic
composition and drawing techniques studied in Drawing. Students
will use different types of paint, such as acrylic and oil, studying
the differences between the mediums and how to apply them to
create artworks.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to use a variety of types of paint and surface mediums to create images;
be able to understand the tactile and chemical qualities of painting materials including paint, surfaces, brushes, and medium mixtures;
be able to apply composition and art/design principles to the student's individual creative abilities, including form, line, contrast, texture, mass, shape, volume, and color; and
be able to understand how color and texture with paint are used to communicate through image making


ARTS 2220 2D and 3D Design
Prerequisite: ARTS 2010
3-0-3
This course is an introduction to the basic elements and
techniques of 2-and3-dimensional design. While investigating,
analyzing, and evaluating historical and cultural
2-and3-dimensional artworks, students will manipulate form and
space to create effective 2-and 3-D projects.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to create 2- and 3-dimential projects that communicate effectively;
be able to critically analyze, synthesize, and evaluate 2- and 3-dimentional artworks from various cultures;
be able to understand the historical development of 2- and 3-dimension design aesthetics and it's contribution to and effect on society; and
be able to use 2- and 3-dimensional products as an effective vehicle for investigation and solution of problems


ARTS 290x Special Topics
1 to 3 hours.
Special topics in the arts - especially music, art, or drama. Offered
by the program at its discretion.


ARTS 2903 Music Theory
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101; ARTS 2003 or Departmental Approval
3-0-3
Music theory is an in-depth study of how music is "put together".
Concepts learned are note reading; rhythmic notation; major and
minor scales; time and key signatures; intervals; triads; triad
inversions; I, IV, V7; cadences; Roman numeral analysis. It is
highly recommended that students have a basic music-reading
background.


ARTS 3000 Visual Thinking
Prerequisites: TCOM 2010 or ARTS 2001
3-0-3
Study of visual thinking as an alternative to and enhancement of
verbal and mathematical thinking. Helps students develop creative
problem-solving skills by (1) analyzing types of conceptual blocks,
and (2) developing techniques that use order and visual coherence
to overcome these blocks. Students may be required to produce
graphic solutions to problems; however, prior drawing experience
is not required

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

know the basic principles of visual perception;
be able to use both "left-brain," or analytic, and "right-brain," or holistic, thinking to solve problems; and
possess and use a grammar for communicating through visual means.

ARTS 3100 History of New Media Arts
Prerequisite: ARTS 3000
3-0-3
The course is a study of the history of new media arts as it pertains
to art and design. students will learn about how early
developments in photography, cinema and computer aided arts
lead to the advanced media arts practices that make up fine and
applied arts today. Students will learn about and use traditional art
mediums and understand how they work in tandem with new
media creativity.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to evaluate contemporary readings and artworks from informed historical and analytical perspectives;
be able to demonstrate an understanding of Media Arts history as it pertains to fine and applied arts;
be able to identify different approaches to media art and identify specific media and techniques used; and
be able to analyze theoretical ideas about art and design movements and how they pertain to developing media art practices

 

ARTS 3170 Digital Photography
Prerequisite: ARTS 2020 or Departmental Approval
3-0-3
This course will explore digital technology for its potential to push photography’s aesthetic and conceptual boundaries. Fundamental photographic theory and its contexts within visual culture will be discussed. This course will explore the basics of digital equipment, encoding a practical introduction to digital photo editing and digital printing. In addition to basics in composition, exposure, aperture, shutter speed, and lighting, students will learn about different file types and how to use them effectively for editing with photography software.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic digital photography techniques
be able to make connections between the history of photography and currently photographic practice within visual culture
be able to demonstrate competency in printing and digital management of images; and
be able to show an understanding of composition and how to create images that are conceptually and aesthetically grounded


ARTS 4100 Media Arts Studio
Prerequisite: TCOM 3430 AND: ARTS 3100 or ENGL 4170
3-0-3
The course concentrates on using new media as a means of
creating artwork. The course is designed to allow students to use
new media as a means of creating alternative ways of
communicating. Students will study contemporary artists and their
unique approaches to communication using new media in a fine
art capacity. They will plan and execute individual art projects
using various new media tools.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to use new media to develop creative ways of communicating ideas;
be able to demonstrate an understanding of specific media arts tools and their application; and
be able to analyze media art works and develop informed analyses of contemporary artwork in this area


ARTS 4600 Directed Study
Prerequisites: Twenty-one hours of courses in the major
3-0-3
Directed Study in media arts provides students with an opportunity
to pursue advanced study in a specialized area of media arts
beyond what is covered by the program's curriculum. Directed
study may also be used by an undergraduate major who needs to
complete an undergraduate requirement in the major that is not
offered before the student's graduation date.


ARTS 4800 Senior Portfolio
Prerequisite: Senior standing, completion of 24 hours of upper
level courses in major.
3-0-3
Course examines portfolios as new media artists and
practitioners. The course includes portfolio and writing theory
along with a collaborative workshop environment. Students
develop a professional portfolio of sample works based on course
projects, internship experiences, and/or work history. In addition,
students write a reflective paper examining their growth and
maturity as media artists and new media practitioners.
Interviewing techniques, resume writing, and the jog search
process are included

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

create both an paper and electronic portfolio;
participate in peer review response sessions;
create career documents such as resumes, cover letters, and a marketing plan for their own entrance into the job market;
reflect upon their work across their degree program.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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