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Fine Arts: Course Descriptions

ART 215 DESIGN III/COLOR (4) 
Studio course following ART 115 and ART 117 that examines the properties of colors and their interaction. Emphasizes problem solving and the experimental use of color. PREREQ: ART 115, ART 117. 

ART 234 DRAWING II/FIGURE (4) 
Drawing from the life model with emphasis on skill building and conceptual awareness as well as anatomical consideration. PREREQ: ART 131. 

ART 261 PHOTOGRAPHY I (3) Introductory studio course in photography with creative expression and innovative possibilities stressed. Includes problems in visual theory; demonstrations and lectures on both the technical and historical growth of the medium. Student must supply suitable 35mm camera. (FA)

ART 262 PHOTOGRAPHY II (3) 
Introduction to 35mm color photography. Color balance, color negative and positive processes. Elements of lighting. Introduction to the photo essay. Students must supply suitable 35mm camera. PREREQ: ART 261. 

ART 263 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (4)
Studio course in digital photography. The digital camera. Digital exposure Digital color. Workflow. Digital output. Location lighting. Students must have the use of a digital single lens reflex camera. PREREQS: ART 115 and ART 120.

ART 281 PAINTING I (4) 
Introductory studio course with emphasis on basic materials and techniques in painting. PREREQ: ART 131. (FA) 

ART 291 SCULPTURE I (4) 
Studio course in basic materials and approaches used in sculpture; a foundation for further three-dimensional work. (FA) 

ART 306 ADVISER REVIEW (1) 
A review, conducted by the student's adviser and another faculty member of the student's choosing, of work produced to date in the student's area of concentration. For BFA students only. To be taken third term junior year. PREREQ: Departmental approval required. Graded P/N. 

ART 331 DRAWING CONCEPTS (4) 
Studio course emphasizing drawing composition as an investigative, conceptualizing and communicative nonverbal language. Independent thinking, problem solving, and creative development encouraged. PREREQ: ART 131 and ART 234. 

ART 334 DRAWING III: FIGURE (4) 
Intermediate study of the human figure utilizing life models, the skeleton, and anatomy texts. Emphasis on gaining greater knowledge of the body's underlying structure and potential for aesthetic expression. PREREQ: Art core curriculum; ART 234. 

ART 341 PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES (3) 
Demonstration of the zone system, photographic chemistry, and archival processes. PREREQ: Art core curriculum; ART 262. 

ART 342 PHOTOGRAPHIC AESTHETICS (3) 
Critique sessions on technical and aesthetic aspects of the medium. PREREQ: ART 341. 

ART 343 THE VIEW CAMERA (3) 
Operation and techniques of using the view camera. PREREQ: Art core curriculum; ART 262. 

ART 346 PHOTO ILLUSTRATION I (3) 
Studio lighting. The 4x5 view camera. Sheet film. Black and white and color illustration. PREREQ: Art core curriculum; ART 262. 

ART 350 PHOTOGRAPHY FOR PUBLICATION (4)
An introduction to reportorial photography. Shooting and editing for content. Special techniques and processes. Basic photographic layout. History, law, and ethics. PREREQ: Art core curriculum, ART 261, ART 262.  

ART 351 INSTALLATION (4) 
Studio/lecture course designed to acquaint the student with the possibilities of using non-traditional means such as site, time, and interaction to communicate ideas. PREREQ: ART 291 and foundation curriculum. 

ART 368 HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (3) 
The development of photographic processes and applications. Influential figures. From the early beginnings to contemporary trends. (Writing Intensive Course)

ART 375 PRINTING: RELIEF (4) 
Studio course in relief printmaking with emphasis on linocut and woodcut; may include other relief processes, i.e. photo polymer plate. Black and white and color. PREREQ: Art core curriculum. 

ART 376 PRINTMAKING: INTAGLIO (4) 
Studio course in intaglio printmaking with emphasis on drypoint, line etching, aquatint, softground and photo process. Black and white and possibly color for final project. PREREQ: Art core curriculum. 

ART 377 PRINTMAKING: LITHOGRAPHY (4) 
Studio course in lithographic printmaking with emphasis on graining the stone, drawing with crayon and tusche, etching and reworking, inking and printing lithographic limestone. Black and white and possibly color for final project. PREREQ: Art core curriculum. 

ART 378 PRINTMAKING: MONOTYPE (4) 
Studio course in monotype printmaking with emphasis on drawing/painting with brushes, oil pastels, watercolors, water-based crayons, inking with a lithographic roller and printing with an etching press. Black and white and color. PREREQ: Art core curriculum. 

ART 379 PRINTMAKING: SCREEN PRINTING (4)
Studio course with emphasis on paper stencil, drawing fluid and photo emulsion processes. Students are exposed to a range of techniques and concepts are encouraged to investigate personal motivations while making multiple color prints. PREREQS: ART 281 and Art  core curriculum.  

ART 381 PAINTING THE FIGURE (4) 
Studio course with emphasis on painting from the live model; understanding the figure in terms of color, form and composition, the figure as symbol, implied narrative and vehicle of expression. PREREQ: Art core curriculum, ART 234, ART 281. 

ART 382 PAINTING II: CONCEPTS (4) 
Painting with emphasis on experimentation and an exploratory investigation of mixed media, new media, collage, and assemblage, utilizing either representation or abstraction. PREREQ: Art core curriculum, ART 281. 

ART 383 PAINTING II: ABSTRACT AND MULTIMEDIA (4) 
Intermediate studio course with emphasis on contemporary directions in painting: abstraction and non-literal approaches. PREREQ: Art core curriculum, ART 281. 

ART 384 PAINTING II: NEW GENRE (4) 
Exploration of current directions in painting using traditional and non-traditional concepts and techniques. PREREQ: ART 281. 3 credits per term, 3 terms. 

ART 391 SCULPTURE II (4) 
Intermediate studio course with emphasis on developing greater skills and technical knowledge in moldmaking, welding, carving, plaster or metal casting. PREREQ: Art core curriculum; ART 291. 

ART 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

ART 406 PROJECTS (1-16)
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

ART 410 INTERNSHIP (1-12) 
A one-quarter residency with an appropriate, approved agency or organization where a student may receive practical experience related to the objectives of the Department of Art. The intern observes and produces; the work is supervised and evaluated, both by the agency and the art faculty. PREREQ: Departmental approval required. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. 

ART 411 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN ART (3) 
Examination of relevant issues and realities facing working artists today through research projects, writing, gallery visits, guest lectures, videos and panel discussions. PREREQ: Art core curriculum plus 12 credits of upper-division studio credits. (Writing Intensive Course) 

ART 415 ART FOR TEACHERS I, II (4) 
A studio course covering basic art materials and techniques. Integrates aesthetics and art criticism, creating art, and the cultural and historical context of works of art for K-12. May be taken in any order. 

ART 416 ART FOR TEACHERS I, II (4) 
A studio course covering basic art materials and techniques. Integrates aesthetics and art criticism, creating art, and the cultural and historical context of works of art for K-12. May be taken in any order. 

ART 431 DRAWING IV (3-5) 
Development of an individual approach to the varied aspects of drawing, emphasis on exploration of traditional and contemporary techniques and styles. PREREQ: 9 credits of ART 331. Course offered 3-5 credits per term; may be repeated a maximum of 15 credits. 

ART 434 DRAWING IV/FIGURE (3-5) 
Development of an individual approach to the varied aspects of figure drawing; emphasis on exploration of traditional and contemporary techniques and styles. PREREQ: 9 credits of ART 334. Course offered 3-5 credits per term; maximum 15 credits. Departmental approval required for 5 credits. 

ART 441 PHOTOGRAPHY III (3-5) 
Using the camera as a tool to sharpen aesthetic and visual perception. PREREQ: ART 341, ART 342, ART 343.

ART 445 PHOTO ILLUSTRATION II (3) 
Advanced projects in studio illustration. PREREQ: ART 346. 

ART 446 DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY (3) 
An intensive shooting course in 35mm photography designed to develop skill in telling stories using pictures. Single picture and multiple picture stories. PREREQ: 12 credits of photography. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

ART 475 PRINTMAKING STUDIO (3-5)
Studio workshop in relief, intaglio, lighograhic, and silkscreen media on an individual project basis. Course offered 3-5 credits per term; maximum 15 credits. PREREQS: 9 credits of 300-level printmaking.

ART 479 PRINTMAKING: ADVANCED SCREEN PRINTING (4)
Studio course in screen printing with an emphasis on photo emulsion processes. Students are encouraged to integrate these processes with other art-making methods in their creative work. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: ART 379

ART 481 PAINTING III (3-5) 
Development of individual interests and directions in painting. PREREQ: 9 credits of 300-level painting. Course offered 3-5 credits per term; maximum 15 credits. 

ART 491 SCULPTURE III (3-5) 
Development of individual interests and directions in sculpture. PREREQ: 9 credits of 300-level sculpture. Course offered 3-5 credits per term; maximum 15 credits. 

ART 495 EXHIBITION DESIGN (1) 
Participatory experience in art gallery exhibition design working in Fairbanks Gallery. Includes specialized study in visual design, lighting, and technical installation. Course offered 1 credit per term, maximum 3 credits.  

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