Course Descriptions

Art
(faculty, see Architecture)
(ARTS)

103. (ARTS 1311) Design I. (2-4). Credit 3.

Two-dimensional design; fundamentals of line, color, form, texture, shape, space and arrangement.

104. Introduction to Graphic Design. (0-2). Credit 1.

Introduction to the concepts and techniques utilized in the layout of graphic presentations; basic digital camera operations, typography, use of color, design principles; integration of type, graphic elements and images. Prerequisite: Major in visualization only.

111. (ARTS 1316) Drawing I. (2-4).
Credit 3.

Variety of media techniques and subjects, exploring perceptual and descriptive possibilities; drawing as a developmental process as well as an end in itself; freehand.

112. (ARTS 1317) Drawing II. (2-4). Credit 3.

Variety of media techniques and subjects, exploring conceptual, impressive and expressive possibilities; drawing as a description of structures within a spatial environment. Prerequisite: ARTS 111.

115. Drawing for Visualization. (2-3). Credit 3.

Investigation of and practice with tools, methods and techniques available for communication of designs; drawing, graphics, rendering and color. Prerequisite: Visualization majors only.

149. (ARTS 1303) Art History Survey I. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of architecture, painting, sculpture and the minor arts from prehistoric times to 14th century.

150. (ARTS 1304) Art History Survey II. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of architecture, painting, sculpture and the minor arts from the 14th century to the end of the 19th century.

203. Graphic Design I. (2-3). Credit 3.

Introduction to graphic design visual principles; composition and their application for printed and digital media. Prerequisites: ARTS 103 and 111.

212. Life Drawing. (1-6). Credit 3.

Life drawing course emphasizing structure and action of the human figure. Prerequisite: ARCH 111 or ARTS 115 or ENDS 115 or approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.

304. Graphic Design II. (2-4). Credit 3.

Continuation of ARTS 203; concepts in advanced graphics as a tool for design solutions for publication and promotion; emphasis on creative thinking over technology. Prerequisites: ARTS 203; junior or senior classification.

305. Painting I. (2-4). Credit 3.

Exploring potentials of painting media with emphasis on color and composition. Prerequisite: ARTS 111, ENDS 115 or any drawing class or approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.

308. Sculpture. (2-4). Credit 3.

Sculptural approaches in a variety of media including additive and subtractive. Prerequisite: ENDS 115 or any drawing class or approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.

310. Digital Photography. (2-3). Credit 3.

Creation, manipulation, and critique of the digital image; composition and aesthetics; digital camera controls; exposure refinement; lighting techniques; digital work-flow; image conversion and control; color management; post-processing techniques; layering and compositing; printing technology and processes. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

311. Black and White Photography. (2-3). Credit 3.

Exploration of vision through the photographic image as a medium of visual expression; basic theory and practice of black and white and/or still photography and/or digital imaging; historic development and aesthetic concern for photographic imagery. Prerequisite: ARTS 115; VIZA 106 or approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.

312. Advanced Photography. (2-3). Credit 3.

Advanced photographic image-making; development, control and presentation of the expressive photographic image; expression and criticism. Prerequisite: ARTS 310 or 311.

329. Texas Art History. (3-0). Credit 3.

The development of visual arts in Texas; an examination of art movements, artists and major works exhibiting a broad range of artistic techniques. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.

330. The Arts of America. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of painting, sculpture, crafts and architecture of prehistoric America to the present; emphasis on art as a record of cultural, economic and social evolution. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.

335. The Art and Architecture of Rome. (3-0). Credit 3.

Rome as a microcosm of western civilization; a survey of western architectural and art history from antiquity through the Baroque; a focus on the Eternal City’s buildings, paintings, mosaics and sculptures exploring criteria, methods, goals and results of major architectural and artistic movements and the people involved. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.

349. The History of Modern Art. (3-0). Credit 3.

Chronological development of late 19th through 20th century art; emphasis on key artists, paintings, sculpture, photography and architecture. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.

350. The Arts and Civilization. (3-0). Credit 3.

Investigation of the image of work of selected periods in terms of criticism, aesthetic rationale, specific masters and social significance by going beyond historical chronology. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.

445. Byzantine Art and Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3.

A critical and historical investigation of Mediterranean art and architecture from the third century to the middle of the fifteenth century; emphasis on the artistic achievements from the late antique Mediterranean and the Byzantine Empire; investigation of architectural decoration, public monuments, cultural diversity and controversies over images. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S

Special problems in the fine and applied visual and plastic arts. May be repeated for up to 12 credit hours. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.

489. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified field of the fine or applied visual and plastic arts. May be repeated for up to 9 credit hours. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and undergraduate program coordinator.