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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

Music and Fine Arts

VISA A102 Foundations I 6 crs.

This course is an introduction to the basic visual vocabulary consisting of line, shape, value, space, texture, and color through a series of increasingly complex two-dimensional projects. Development of drawing skills is emphasized within this context. Open to all students.

Required of all art majors and minors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A103 Foundations II 6 crs.

This course is an investigation of the basic visual vocabulary in a three-dimensional context using readily available materials and basic processes to develop conceptual ideas. The drawing component of this course continues to develop the student’s abilities in visual observation. Open to all students.

Required of all art majors and minors.

Prerequisite: VISA A102.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A115 Painting for Non-art Students 3 crs.

This course gives students with no art background the opportunity to draw and paint under guidance.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A200 Drawing I 3 crs.

This course focuses on developing the student’s formal drawing vocabulary. Perceptual skills will be taught through exploration of still life, architecture, and landscape. Participation in class critique is required for class work and outside projects. Ten fully realized works on paper are necessary for completion of class work. Course is open to non-art majors.

Required of all art majors and minors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A201 Drawing II 3 crs.

This course will focus on drawing directly from the model to develop an understanding of the structural and expressive elements of drawing. Through continual reference to both historical and contemporary subject matter in class work and outside projects, the student will expand his own awareness of the potential of drawing. Participation in class critique, individual reviews, and presentation of a professional portfolio will be required.

Prerequisite: VISA A200.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A210 Survey of World Art I 3 crs.

This course is designed to introduce students to art and visual culture of all periods. It seeks to emphasize significant patterns of representation and thinking which recur throughout history. Texts which reveal particular approaches to these materials will be examined in parallel with visual examples in order to introduce students to a variety of ways of working with words and images.

Required of all art majors.

VISA A211 Survey of World Art II 3 crs.

This course will continue the process of developing visual and critical literacy outlined above. Whilst visual materials will continue to be drawn from all periods, you should note that the patterns of critical thinking and visual practice addressed in this section will be conceptually challenging.

Required of all art majors.

Prerequisite: VISA A210.

VISA A230 Painting Studio I 3 crs.

Painting I introduces the student to the complexities of oil paint in problems that address the issues of both representation and abstraction. Relevant art historical antecedents are always examined.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A231 Painting Studio II 3 crs.

This course continues the exploration of the possibilities of painting begun in Painting I, with further investigation of technical and conceptual approaches to the medium. Reference to historical and contemporary movements in art is an essential part of course content, as is the awareness of the relatedness of these movements to a larger cultural context. At least one written project is included in the course syllabus.

Prerequisite: VISA A230.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A232 Painting Studio III 3 crs.

This course is an advanced painting studio course with emphasis on both traditional and contemporary approaches and results in a final presentation and research paper.

Prerequisite: VISA A231.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A240 Beginning Printmaking 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of printmaking. The student explores the various techniques such as etching, lithography, and relief printing. Course open to non-art majors.

Required of all art majors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A241 Printmaking (Intaglio) 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of intaglio printing. The student will explore etching, engraving, drypoint, digital/photomechanical processes as well as multi-plate color techniques and the monotype. Note: completion of this course will fulfill the VISA major or minor printmaking requirement.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A242 Printmaking (Serigraphy) 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of serigraphy or screenprinting. The student will explore the various stencil-making techniques including direct lacquer film and digital/photomechanical processes.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A243 Advanced Printmaking 3 crs.

This course is continued development of images in any of the traditional or applied printmaking and/or bookmaking techniques.

Prerequisite: any one of VISA A240, A241, A242, A243, A244, A245, or A246.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A244 Printmaking (Lithography) 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of lithography. The student will explore the traditional method of hand drawn stone lithography, plate lithography, and digital photolithography. Note: completion of this course will fulfill the VISA major or minor printmaking requirement.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A245 Bookbinding/ Book Arts 3 crs.

This course explores case binding, oriental binding, and folio design as a potential format using text, images, or a combination. Emphasis will be placed on creating the book as visual object, not by imposed decoration, but through structure. Open to all students.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A246 Printmaking (Relief) 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to the fine art of relief printmaking. The student will explore the woodcut, linocut, and relief etching techniques. Letterpress printing using hand set type, artist papers, and presentation of works on paper will also be examined. Course open to non-art majors. This course satisfies the VISA printmaking requirement.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A249 Fine Art of Photography 3 crs.

This course is a technical investigation of contemporary fine art approaches to the photography process with exploration of materials, equipment, and printmaking processes necessary for development of black and white photographs. An introduction is made to the techniques of fine black and white photography. Students are shown how to produce a portfolio of fine black and white prints.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A250 Handbuilt Ceramic Form 3 crs.

This course explores design with clay emphasizing traditional and contemporary handbuilding techniques. Students design, glaze, and fire their own work. Class open to non-art majors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A251 Wheel-Thrown Ceramics 3 crs.

This course explores design with clay emphasizing utilitarian pottery. Students design, glaze, and fire their own work. Class open to non-art majors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A252 Advanced Ceramic Form I 3 crs.

This course offers continued exploration of ceramic form and ceramic art history with an introduction to glaze mixing and calculation.

Prerequisite: VISA A250 or VISA A251.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A253 Advanced Ceramic Form II 3 crs.

This course offers continued exploration of ceramic form, glaze research, kiln firing, practice, and theory.

Prerequisite: VISA A250 or A251 or A252.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A271 Graphic Communication Survey 3 crs.

This course will cover the history of graphic design beginning with the first pictorial images in caves to the electronic computer based imaging of today. The course will focus on the reproducibility and intertextuality of word and image with an emphasis on the evolution of design concept, typography, and printing technology.

VISA A275 Graphic Design I 3 crs.

This studio course will focus on the application of the principles of graphic design and its functions in developing the creative use of two-dimensional space. Students will learn the basics of visual literacy. Required of all graphic design majors and minors. Offered in fall only.

Co-requisite for majors in graphic design: VISA A378 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A276 Digital Art–Print 3 crs.

This course will allow art majors with basic preparation to familiarize themselves with the expanding processes and possibilities of computer-based imaging. This course will not only develop important skills in an increasingly digital art world, but also allow even greater opportunities for the studio major to apply these techniques into their individual forms of expression.

Prerequisite: VISA A102 or permission of instructor.

VISA A277 Electronic Multimedia 3 crs.

This course covers fine arts applications in electronic multimedia. Multimedia authoring, 3-D modeling and animation, digital video editing and compositing , sound arts, and the extension of previously acquired skills in electronic image manipulation and composition.

Prerequisite: VISA A276 or permission of instructor.

VISA A300 Modern Art 3 crs.

This course will consider various models for understanding "modernity" and the Avant-Garde. We will examine in detail the histories, contexts, and meanings of European and American Avant-Garde art practices between the French Revolution of 1789 and the International Revolution of May 1968.

Required of all art majors.

VISA A320 Sculpture Studio I 3 crs.

This course examines sculpture both technically and through the formal language of 3-D. Students embrace critical standards which directly relate to the practice of sculpture. The student simultaneously must become familiar with models of knowledge offered by one’s own personal experience. Open to non-art majors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A321 Sculpture Studio II 3 crs.

This course is a continuation of the elements of Sculpture Studio I plus expansion of technical information and further exploration of each individual’s ability to manipulate the language of 3-D.

Prerequisite: VISA A320.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A325 Web Design 3 crs.

This introductory course explores the basic principles of web design. Students will work with words, typography, images, animation, sounds, movement, color, transformation, and structured relationships to create meaningful and compelling communication experiences. It covers technical aspects of web creation as well as design and considerations of information delivery and usability. Classes will be a combination of lecture, demonstration, readings, discussions and hands-on activity. Students will be assigned projects that will help them in grasping fundamental principles in the planning, structuring, building, and maintenance of a website.

All students must be proficient in Adobe Photoshop. Non majors must take a proficiency test in order to take the class.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A326 Motion Graphics 3 crs.

This course will familiarize students with the fundamentals of motion graphics through the use of typography and images. The main emphasis in this class will be on understanding and mastering the creation, design, and execution of narratives. Projects will be largely centered around learning the features and functions of Adobe After Effects software while touching upon basic aspects of film editing (Final Cut Pro) and sound design necessary for producing a motion piece. The goal is to create a successful final project that will be presented publicly in a motion graphics screening.

Students must be proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Non majors must take a proficiency test in order to take the class.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A340 Metal Sculpture I 3 crs.

This course is an exploration of all sculptural processes dealing with metal (welding, braising, casting, steel fabrication, etc.) and other materials combined with metals. Students will formulate questions and follow their possibilities regardless of where they lead.

Prerequisite: VISA A320.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A349 Fine Art of Photography II 3 crs.

This course will cover the use of filters, flash, different lenses, and toning. We will address contemporary issues in photography and learn to produce exhibition quality black and white prints. Topics will range from Stieglitz’s equivalents to David Hockney’s photo collages.

Prerequisite: VISA A249 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A350 Readings in Aesthetics and Art Criticism 3 crs.

This course focuses on close readings of philosophical, critical, and theoretical texts from Plato to Derrida. These texts each offer different ways of seeing and valuing visual (or literary) culture. After careful discussion of the implications of each text, students are invited to practice these theories by deploying these "reading strategies" or frameworks across objects other than those which they were originally written around. It is hoped that by becoming familiar with existing critical tools, students will become more confident in finding language in which to discuss work of the present, including their own. Open to all students.

VISA A374 Digital Art– Motion/Sound 3 crs.

Advanced fine arts applications using digital processes, hardware, and programs. Focus is on studio art uses of 3-D modeling, animation, digital photography, natural media emulation, and introductory concepts of digital video editing and multimedia authoring.

Prerequisite: VISA A276 and A277 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A375 Graphic Design II 3 crs.

This course encourages the development of basic skills of graphic design by applying design principles, theory, and methods including media exploration for creating imagery. Offered in spring only.

Required of all graphic design majors and minors.

Prerequisite: CMMN A260.

Co-requisite for graphic design majors: VISA A379 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A376 Graphic Design III 3 crs.

This is an advanced course in graphic design emphasizing the designing process–research, organization, production, and presentation. Offered in fall only.

Required of all graphic design majors and minors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A377 Graphic Design IV 3 crs.

This is an advanced course in graphic design techniques emphasizing the use of the computer as a tool. The professional practice of graphic design is explored. Offered in spring only.

Required of all graphic design majors and minors.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A378 Typography I 3 crs.

This course examines the letter form in its application to graphic design projects and covers typographic history, nomenclature, kerning, and original typeface design.

Co-requisite for graphic design majors: VISA A275 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A379 Typography II 3 crs.

This course examines text in formal applications in graphic design and covers use of the grid, typographic specifications (alignment, leading, typefitting), text as texture, and composition and layout.

Co-requisite: VISA A375 or permission of instructor.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A420 Renaissance Art 3 crs.

This course covers the arts in France, the Low Countries, and Germany, with emphasis on painting and the graphic arts, from the late 13th century to the middle of the 16th century and a survey of the major architects and their principal achievements in theory and design during the period 1400 — 1600.

VISA A445 Sculpture Studio III 3 crs.

Students form a closer relationship with sculpture materials and processes for shaping, joining, and transforming their sculpture. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking about the creative process through the use of particular materials as each student researches a personal visual vocabulary.

Prerequisites: VISA A321, A350.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A450 Senior Show I 3 crs.

This course must be taken in the sequence of fall semester, spring semester. Students begin to develop a body of work and an artist statement to support the concepts underlying the work. A capstone course in the B.F.A. program, a broad variety of practical and conceptual knowledge is addressed in order to prepare the student for a career as an artist or for further study. Offered in the fall semester. Open to B.F.A. majors only.

Prerequisite: VISA A350.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A451 Senior Show II 3 crs.

This course is a continuation of VISA A450, culminating in an exhibition and written artist statement and portfolio presented at the end of the semester. Offered in the spring only.

Prerequisite: VISA A450.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A457 Arts Career Intern I 3 crs.

This course will offer electing, senior-level VISA majors experiential knowledge in selecting areas of the arts industry. An individual, faculty-supervised, intern program will be designed for each student through which skills will be developed that might afford the student a more qualified approach to post-graduation opportunities. Grade: pass/fail.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A458 Arts Career Intern II 3 crs.

This course will offer electing, senior-level VISA majors the second phase of the program initiated in VISA A457. A joint art project will be executed. A final experience-descriptive paper is required. Grade: pass/fail.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A475 Graphic Design V 3 crs.

Students will work on a design and advertising campaign for a client of their own invention. They will develop a campaign from initial sketches through more comprehensive layout. Students will be expected to design all that is necessary to deliver the particular message to the client. Offered in the fall only.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A476 Graphic Design VI 3 crs.

This course is designed to develop the student’s special talents and provide a comprehensive understanding of procedures in design, illustration, production, print, and TV graphics. The experience will be professional with instruction and design standards a faculty responsibility. Offered in the spring only.

This course has a lab fee associated with it for the purpose of supporting supplies specifically needed for the functioning of this particular course. Please check LORA for the amount of the lab fee.

VISA A499 Independent Study 3 crs.

VISA U230 Medieval Art 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Pre-modern

This course studies the emergence and development of the art styles of age of faith, when foundations of Christian art were laid. From the reign of Constantine to the beginning of the Renaissance, we follow the spread of Christianity and see how arts expressed spirit and values of the time and contributed to the fabric of our culture.

VISA U236 Images of Women in Arts 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Pre-modern

This course will present the role and image of women in visual arts as portrayed by men and women, from antiquity to the present, in the light of sociopolitical, cultural, and moral conditions and values. The work of women artists will be central.

VISA U243 The Art and History of the Book 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Pre-modern

This course is an overview of the history of the book as a cataloging device for information and as a work of art. With an emphasis on binding, illustration, and graphic design, the course will examine the structural and aesthetic elements of the book balanced against the larger background of cultural history.

VISA V238 Romantic Vision 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Modern

This course places emphasis on the aesthetic developed in the Romantic period as a response to demystifying forces in science, culture, religion, and psychology. The vision developed by Wordsworth and others in poetry and art altered the history of aesthetics and continues to affect today’s art.

VISA V240 Modernism in Art and Literature 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Modern

Modernism is a term that has come to include not only the styles of late 19th- and early 20th-century art and literature but also the philosophic and moral issues represented in these art forms. The course will examine major 20th-century works of art and literature and the issues of modern life raised by these works. (Also listed as ENGL V176.)

VISA V241 Art in Contemporary Culture 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Modern

This course aims to offer hands-on experience of the contemporary art scene together with critical skills necessary for the interpretation and engagement with visual culture of the present-including film, television, fashion, advertising, and digital media. Off-campus visits to galleries and other venues will provide opportunities to discuss what we see around us. We will consider how this material is presented and circulated, how it is written about, and how we can relate developments in visual practice to work of the past and to other forms of cultural representation of the present.

VISA V242 Architecture and Society 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Modern

This course will examine the development of modern and contemporary architecture in its cultural context. Theories and practices will be compared. The impact of the built environment on the individual, as well as the impact of the individual upon the built environment, will be considered central to an assessment of the successes and failures of architectural intervention.