Course Descriptions

Courses numbered 100-199 are open to freshmen; 200-299 to sophomores; 300-399 to juniors; 400-499 to seniors. It is recommended that students elect courses in the years for which they are listed. Freshmen will be admitted to courses above the 200 level only with the consent of the instructor and the student’s advisor. Juniors and seniors taking freshman courses may be expected to do additional work. Any course above 499 is a graduate course.

NOTE:
The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

ARTS 1000
Art & Design Seminar [Course] ()

This seminar/discussion/experiential course introduces students to contemporary concepts, studio and theoretical practice in art, media art and design. Course may be repeated.

ARTS 1010
Introduction to Visual Arts [Course] (2)
(Liberal Arts)
Studio exercises and studies in art history enable the student to increase perception and understanding of the structural beauty manifested in art as well as nature. Slide lectures, field trips to museums and galleries, and various studio experiences are used to increase the student's visual awareness and appreciation of art.

ARTS 1020
Foundations -Drawing [Studio Art Course] (3)

This introduction to drawing as a discipline is designed to increase the student's observation and awareness of form inherent in vision. Various elements of visual form are studied through a variety of subjects and materials.

ARTS 1030
Foundations - 2-D Design [Studio Art Course] (3)

An introduction to basic elements of two-dimensinal work, the course includes work in color, texture, and composition.

ARTS 1040
Foundations - 3-D Design [Studio Art Course] (3)

An introduction to the concepts and materials involved in three-dimensional work, this course emphasizes structural problems and methods of construction. Prerequisites: ARTS 1020 and 1030 or permission of the instructor. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 1050
Foundations: Digital Media Art [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course is a foundational survey of formal properties and concepts in electronic visual art. Coincidental within the art major curriculum with Foundations - Drawing, Foundations - 2D Design, and Foundations - 3D Design, this is an introduction to the process and vocabulary of making and understanding art created primarily with digital tools. This includes a discussion of Time and Interactivity as formal elements, as well as an introduction to dominant software programs in the field. Prerequisites: ARTS 1020 and 1030 or permission of the instructor. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 1910
Art & Culture: Ancient World [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course explores the origins of artworks, artists and architecture from the ancient world to the medieval period through the context of who, what, where, and why works were made. Presentations and discussions will focus on culture as a driving force for visual communication and personal expression. Western and non-western perspectives will be explored. (Offered every other year)

ARTS 2010
Ways of Seeing:Images We Live and Die By [Course] (2 - 3)
(Liberal Arts)
We are immersed in an increasingly visual culture however many of us lack the tools to recognize, analyze and interpret this language, much less speak it. Students are introduced to theories and processes involved in making and interpreting visual imagery while learning how to effectively evaluate visual imagery in conjunction with its substantive role (meaning) in the context of contemporary culture. Learning to assess and unlock the meaning of images is vital knowledge in developing visual fluency. Visual fluency in a digital and global age is as vital as verbal fluency. Our primary task will be to identify and engage with a variety of cultural issues that are dependent on visual imagery. Topics in this curriculum will include aspects of cognitive theory, design theory, and evaluative visual analysis and criticism, from works of art and social media.

ARTS 2250
The Interpretive Figure [Studio Art Course] (3)

Building on self-identification and empirical observation this studio course examines historical and contemporary visualization (interpretation) of the human figure in two and three dimensional media. (for both 2D & 3D concentrations) Prerequisite: Art Majors: Foundations Art (ARTS 1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) or instructor permission. Course fee applies.

ARTS 2300
Observational Painting & Drawing [Studio Art Course] (3)

Building on the foundation of Art 102 (Foundations Drawing) this course explores the practice of representation through form, color structure, and various illusionary compositional strategies. This course focuses on traditional and contemporary investigation into representational image making. Prerequisite: Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 2350
Techniques in Ceramics [Studio Art Course] (3)

This introduction to basic ceramics includes instruction in hand-building, mold-making, and wheel techniques as well as glazing, firing and cold finishes. Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) or instructor permission.Course fee applicable.

ARTS 2580
Artistic Book & Papermaking [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course is designed to investigative the conceptual knowledge and technical vocabulary inherent within creative artistic books, and the related medium of paper making. Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) or instructor permission.Course fee applicable. (Offered alternate years)

ARTS 2610
Introduction to Black and White Photographic Processes [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course is an introduction to the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual considerations of traditional black and white photography Included in the assignments will be an investigation into the expressive possibilities of studio and darkroom processes. Students will additionally view and analyze the work of a diverse cross-section of historic and contemporary artists using black and white photography. Prerequisites: ARTS 1020, 1030, 1040, and 1050 or permission of the instructor. Course fee applicable. (Offered alternate years)

ARTS 2650
Techniques in Printmaking [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course investigates traditional and contemporary techniques and processes of multiple image printing. Relief, intaglio, and lithographic process investigate the structural and expressive potential of the printmaking process. Art Majors: Foundations Art (ARTS 1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 2700
Introduction to Graphic Design [Studio Art Course] (3)

An introduction to elements of design, spacial relationships, typography, and imagery as applied to visual problem-solving. Through project-based assignments, students explore concepts, develop content and produce solutions for exercises and practical application such as logos, brand design, print ads, and promotional design. Industry practices such as file management, digital and print color science, and production methods are covered. (It is highly recommended to take Art 272 Typography either prior to this class, or within the same semester) Prerequisites: Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 2720
Typography [Studio Art Course] (3)

An investigation into historical and formal consideration of type as it relates to graphic design and visual communication. This course explores type anatomy, tracking, kerning, leading and letterform manipulation as applied to graphic design and layout. Additionally, this course explores art forms utilizing type as image, image as type and type as emotion. Prerequisites: Art Majors: Foundations Art (ARTS 1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 2730
Introduction to Digital Imaging [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course is an introduction. This class examines the conceptual and technical skill required in creating compelling digital imagery. These skills include digital camera use, scanning, image ma-nipulation, collage, and electronic painting. Prerequisites: ARTS 1020, 1030, 1040, and 1050 or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 2740
Time Motion & Communication [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course is an introduction to motion graphics design. Typography will be a dominant feature of the graphics in motion as well as graphics design and digital images. Lab exercises are utilized to practice principles of animation: storyboarding is introduced. It is suggested students have some former experience working with typography, digital imaging and layout design. Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 2750
Introduction to Digital Video [Studio Art Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is an introduction to the movie-making process using digital tools. Students will learn the basics of digital workflow, using a dv camera, editing in Final Cut Pro, and final output to DVD. Also covered are basic principles of storytelling, location production, and integration of titles and audio. Also listed as COMM 2750. Prerequisites: ARTS 1020, 1030, 1040, and 1050 or permission of the instructor. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 2810
Web Design I [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course is an introduction to the Web design process. Students participating in this course will develop the basic skills required to create, publish, and maintain web sites from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. The course builds from a basic foundation of HTML and eventually incorporates other programs such as Dreamweaver and Flash. Also listed as CSCI 2810. Prerequisites: ART 1020, 1030, 1040, 1050, 2730, and 2740. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 2910
Arts & Culture:Reforming Art [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course focuses on the interconnection between art and theology, particularly during the birth of the Enlightenment through the Reformation period. Students examine the function of art as visual media correlated to Judeo-Christian theological context of the time. (Offered every other year).

ARTS 3000
Art Topics [Studio Art Course] (3)

This is a special topics course that covers subject matter not otherwise covered in the curriculum. Course fee applicable. (Offered on demand)

ARTS 3190
Art Education Methods [Course] (3)

This course analyzes learning styles and cognitive theory in relationship to educating youth through the arts in grades K-12. Students will discuss a diversity of art materials and methods, relating them to integrated lessons addressing multiple student populations. (20 hours of observation participation experience). Prerequisites: ARTS 1020, 1030, 1040, and 1050, and TEDU 3180. Grade of B- required in ARTS 3190 to advance in the Visual Art Education program.

ARTS 3190
Art Education Methods [OPE] ()

(25 hours school-based field experience.) Students observe and participate in local school classrooms. To be taken concurrently with ARTS 3190 by all Vistua Art Education majors.

ARTS 3250
Experimental Media [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course seeks to expose students to a number of contemporary approaches to 2D and 3D methods of making and philosophical development. The student will develop a comprehensive vocabulary of materials and processes that will challenge the traditional confines of the making practice. At the core of this course is experimentation with a variety of media and process early in the semester, leading to a singular project and body of work at the end. Prerequisites: Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 3300
Non-Representational Expression [Studio Art Course] (3)

An advanced studio in Non-representational image making for both 2D & 3D students.This course explores experimental process with a focus on the formal elements of visual art. Prerequisites: Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) Art 2300 and/or Art 2350 or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 3350
Topics in Ceramics [Studio Art Course] (3)

In this course, students will complete a variety of projects that continue to develop technical and conceptual proficiency in their area of interest, including mold-making, throwing and hand-building, and other experimental techniques. Students may repeat this course up to two times for credit. Prerequisites: Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) and ARTS 2350 or instructor permission.Course fee applicable.

ARTS 3410
Context and Meaning [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course focuses on space and context as a vehicle for understanding meaning in art. Installation will be explored through a multidisciplinary use of 2D and 3D media. Prerequisites: Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) and ARTS 2300 and/or Art 2350 or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 3550
Studio Workshop [Work Experience] (3)

The Studio Workshop is an industry based course at Young Lion Studios in Rochester, New York. The 5-day workshop gives students an opportunity to learn relevant skills, work in film/media production, and gain real world production experience. Students are immersed in studio activities where they participate in the productionof scripted content for film and television entertainment, commercials, and music videos. The workshop facilitates productions while ensuring that students gain practical experience on and off the set. Over the course of the week, students follow a busy production schedule that includes crew orientation, preproduction, production, and intense hands-on training throughout the day. The intensice course schedule, enables students to experience full 10-hour days in a working studio environment. The course activities will be led by an experienced group of educators and working professionals who will keep production rolling, share knowledge, and maintain the highest standards in both production and education.

ARTS 3610
Advanced Black and White Photography [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course is a continuing investigation into the technical and aesthetic considerations of traditional black and white photography. This course is intended for the student interested in developing technical and conceptual skills within traditional black and white processes. Included in the assignments will be an investigation into the expressive possibilities of pinhole cameras, special-effect films, filters, chemicals, and manipulative studio and darkroom processes. Digital imaging will be introduced on a limited basis. Prerequisite: ARTS 2610. Course fee applicable. (Offered on demand)

ARTS 3620
Intermediate Digital Photography [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course is a continuation of the technical and aesthetic considerations discussed in Introduction to Digital Imaging with a focus on digital photography. In this course, a variety of digital processes will be utilized to explore the creative possibilities of photography and photo based digital illustration. Students will explore the digital workflow, including camera operation, digital illustration methods, digital output and printing, and studio/location and strobe lighting. Through readings, discussions, lectures and critiques, students will analyze their own work and that of historic and contemporary image-makers, both digital and analog. Prerequisite: ARTS 2730 or ARTS 2610. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 3650
Experimental Printmaking [Studio Art Course] (3)

Advanced investigation in traditional and contemporary techniques and processes of multiple image printing. Contemporary print making includes a synthesis of traditional and digital processes that reveal the relevant potential of the printmaking process. Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040, 1050) and ARTS 2650 or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 3700
Design for Print & Products [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course offers continued exploration of design as it applies to print applications. Through project-based learning, students create and develop a brand identity for packaging graphics and create design solutions for various 2D and 3D print projects. Students create content, imagery and utilize typography to explore sequential and information design in large-and-small scale forms. Prerequisites: Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) ARTS 2700, and Art 2720 or instructor permission.Course fee applicable.

ARTS 3720
Advanced Motion Graphics [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course builds on the foundations learned in the ARTS 2740 Time, Motion, & Communication and expands on working with a timeline as a formal element in motion design. Emphasis will be on creating more complex works that integrate kinetic typography, animations, video, sound and digital images into short stories in time-based media. It is recommended that students taking this class have completed the 2000 level classes in digital imaging, video, typography. Prerequisites: ARTS 2740 or permission of the instructor. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 3750
Documentary and Field Production [Studio Art Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is based around digital storytelling and the documentary form. Instruction focuses on an overview of the non-fiction storytelling process including: form and style, pre-production, shooting, editing, and nonfiction structure. This course is intended to expand upon the skills and techniques explored in Introduction to Digital Video, and add more advanced production techniques to the student's skill set. Additional techniques such as green screen use and field recording of audio are introduced. Course fee applicable. Also listed as COMM 3750. Prerequisites: ARTS/COMM 2750.

ARTS 3910
Art & Culture: Towards Modernism [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course investigates major artists, artworks, and concepts emerging in the modern era within the context of cultural, historical, political and aesthetic perspectives of the time. (Offered every other year)

ARTS 4210
Contemporary Issues in Art Education Methods [Course/Lab] (3)

This course analyzes current prospective instructional trends in art education. Course objectives focus on helping students execute learning experiences, conceptualized around the national standards of art education. This course presents instructional knowledge and techniques to integrate discursive views on art education while making educated instructional decisions in devising culturally responsive instruction. Also listed as TEDU 4210. Prerequisites: ARTS 1020, 1030, 1040, 1050, and 3190. Grade of B required in ARTS 4210 to advance in the Visual Art Education program.

ARTS 4310
Advanced Projects in Studio [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course offers students an advanced studio experience to explore the possibilities of a variety of media, process, and concepts in contemporary visual art practice. Utilizing a thematic approach, students will create a series of dynamic works exploring both 2D & 3D processes. Prerequisite: Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050) & must have completed two 300 level studio art courses, or with instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 4500
Art Internship [Practicum] (1 - 6)

The internship provides the students an opportunity to gain practical experience in an art-related business or environment in the Rochester area. Prerequisites: B.S. concentration and Division approval.

ARTS 4610
Advanced Processes in Photography [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course offers continued study of traditional or digital photographic techniques and processes. Students are expected to demonstrate technical proficiency in producing a concentrated body of work and preparing it for exhibition/publication. Prerequisites: ARTS 1020, 1030, 1040, 1050, 2610, 2730, and 3620. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 4700
Publication & Information Design [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course offers continued exploration of design as it applies to print and electronic publications. Through project-based learning, students will create a printed publication including style development, copy/content development, photography and/or illustrations, cover design, layout and production. Additional projects include interactive design, information design and may include packaging graphics and group projects as time permits. Prerequisites: Art Majors: Foundations Art (1000, 1020,1030,1040,1050), Art 2700, Art 2720 or instructor permission. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 4750
Narrative in Video [Studio Art Course] (3)

This course explored visual storytelling for short film and digital media platforms. Emphasis will be placed on directing and producing narrative works. Students work collaboratively in an intensive workshop to craft a series of short films or media stories from concept to public delivery. Course includes an overview of film history and theory, as well as protocol for narrative video production, such as directing actors and securing permissions. Prerequisites: ARTS/COMM 2750. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 4820
K-12 Art Ed Student Teaching Seminar [Course] (2)

This course is designed to be taken concurrently with student teaching. Through structured topics, students will debrief and process their student teaching experiences through writing and class discussion. All topics are designed to allow self reflection concerning teaching in an art classroom: curriculum design, integration, classroom management, special education, assessment, community based art education, technology, classroom leadership, school politics and art advocacy. Prerequisites: ARTS 3190, and 4210 with minimum grade of B- in each course. Course fee applicable.

ARTS 4900
Art in Context [Course] (1 - 3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course will offer students an opportunity to spend some time 'on location' studying a particular topic in art history. Students will be expected to participate in some traditional classroom work, but the course will include travel time (from a few days to three weeks) to destinations that relate to the topic of the course. Course topics will change. Students should expect to pay an additional fee to cover travel expenses. (Offered alternate years)

ARTS 4910
Art & Culture:Contemporary Issues [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
A survey of trends and movements in the visual arts during the last seventy-five years. This course emphasizes contemporary thought in art theory, criticism, and multi-cultural issues. Prerequisites: ARTS 1910, 2910, and 3910.

ARTS 4950
Independent Study in Art [Course] (1 - 3)

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

ARTS 4950
Independent Study in Art [Studio Art Course] (3)

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

ARTS 4960
Senior Capstone-Seminar [Course] (2)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides focus in both conceptual thinking and technical application for seniors in anticipation of the Senior Thesis, Portfolio, and Exhibition. Senior Capstone-Seminar concentrates on preparing for the written documentation of student work for the Senior Thesis and initiates production of a body of work culminating in the Exhibition. Prerequisites: ARTS 1020, 1030, 1040, 1050, Passage of Visual Arts sophomore review, and B.A. Focus/B.S. Concentration.

ARTS 4970
Senior Capstone-Exhibit/Thesis [Course] (2)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides focus for seniors in technical application of a body of work in anticipation of the Senior Exhibition and refines the documentation of that work, in the formal Thesis and Portfolio, as begun in Senior Capstone-Seminar. The dynamics of this course will provide for individual studio time, reading and research, group discussion and critique, and one-on-one time with the instructor/mentor. Prerequisites: ARTS 4960, and B.A. Focus/B.S. Concentration.

ARTS 4980
Undergraduate Research Project [Course] (3)

Students have the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member. A written report is required. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, and the Registrar. The course may be repeated.