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ART 230 TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN AND COLOR THEORY

An introductory studio course in which students use the basic elements of art and design principles to learn and apply the language of visual organization. The course also includes basic concepts of typography, layout, and color theory. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered spring semester.

ART 240 DRAWING

A studio course providing instruction in basic perceptual skills and drawing techniques in a variety of media. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered spring semester.

ART 260 BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY

A study of photography composition and use of the camera as an artistic and communication tool. An introduction to the use of the still camera, light, meter, film development, darkroom techniques and photographic enlargement. Students also will learn to “read” photos, speak intelligently about their own personal style and ethics regarding visual communications. Techniques learned here can not only be applied as vocational skills, but the student is encouraged to pursue photography as a lifelong method of personal expression. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered spring semester.

ART 298 SPECIAL TOPIC IN ART

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

ART 314 Art History I: ANCIENT THROUGH MEDIEVAL

This course provides a survey of world art and architecture from prehistory through the medieval period. This course interprets the development of world civilizations and fosters understanding of culture in social, religious, economic, political, and philosophical contexts. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ENG 200/ENG 201. Offered fall semester.

ART 315 Art History II: RENAISSANCE THROUGH MODERN

This course provides a survey of world art and architecture of from the 15th through the 20th century, with an emphasis on Western art.  This course interprets artistic traditions and fosters understanding of culture in social, religious, economic, political, and philosophical contexts. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ENG 200/ENG 201. Offered spring semester.

ART 320 PAINTING

A studio course providing basic instruction in painting techniques and pictorial organization. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered as needed.

ART 331 RENAISSANCE ART

An art history course providing an in-depth examination of Renaissance arts and architecture in Italy and Northern Europe. The developing art styles and masterworks will be seen in the context of social, political, and religious change. Includes slide lectures, art videocassette tapes, and field trip(s). Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ENG 110 and GEN 230. Offered as needed.

ART 332 WOMEN ARTISTS

An art history course surveying the contributions of women artists from 1750 to present. Provides a feminist perspective on the discipline of art history and consideration of issues of women’s art-making in a male-dominated context. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ENG 110 and GEN 230. Offered as needed.

ART 333 THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

A historical survey of the development of photography from its 19th century origins to contemporary practice. The course includes slide lectures, videotapes, and field trip(s). Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ENG 110 and GEN 230. Offered as needed.

ART 335 CONTEMPORARY ART

The study of art movements since 1940. Emphasis will be placed on how art expresses personal, social, and cultural experience. Includes slide lectures, discussions, art videos, and field trips. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ENG 110 and GEN 230. Offered as needed.

ART 340 ADVANCED DRAWING

A continuation of ART 240 Drawing. A studio course designed to develop perceptual skills, critical judgment, and the ability to draw using a variety of mediums and subjects. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ART 240. Offered as needed.

ART 360 PHOTOGRAPHY AND PERCEPTION: A WAY OF SEEING

This course offers students the opportunity to learn about digital photography, recognize, interpret and apply concepts of pictorial composition and explore a range of techniques in order to communicate significant ideas and express emotions. This course has an emphasis on visual literacy and critical thinking. This course explores contemporary photographic practices throughout the Western New York area while using problem-based, experiential learning to create a dynamic photographic portfolio. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: GEN 230. Offered as needed.

ART 370 CERAMICS

A studio course providing instruction in basic ceramic techniques and exploration of clay as a medium of artistic expression. Includes hand-building, throwing, glaze application, kiln loading, firing, and unloading. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ART 230. Offered as needed.

ART 398 SPECIAL TOPIC IN ART

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

ART 420 ADVANCED PAINTING

A continuation of ART 320, Painting. A studio course designed to develop perceptual skills, critical judgment, and the ability to paint in oils. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ART 320. Offered as needed.

ART 460 PHOTOGRAPHY: ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES

An advanced look at photography using alternative processing techniques. This course will show students that photography is a broad medium that encompasses a wide variety of techniques beyond that of black and white photography. Students will discuss where their inspiration comes from, initiate a plan for creating images using various lighting, camera, darkroom and digital techniques. Each assignment will profile a different technique including but not limited to: hand coloring, cyanotype, Platinum and Palladium printing, digital imaging, Polaroid emulsion transfers, Polaroid manipulations, pin hole photography and much more. Course work will include lectures, hands-on experience, demonstrations, studio experience, and off-campus field trips. Students will create an alternative process notebook as well as a final portfolio. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ART 260. Offered as needed.

ART 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.