Art - Fine Art Studio (2D or 3D) Courses
Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
History of Western Art I (SAR 105)
The history of art in Western culture: Prehistoric to Renaissance. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.
History of Western Art II (SAR 110)
Baroque to the present. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Drawing (SAR 115)
Concepts of seeing as it relates to drawing; introduction to various drawing media. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Figure Drawing (SAR 116)
Life studies; the human form and its exploration. Prerequisite: SAR115. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
2-D Design (SAR 120)
Introduction to the tools, materials, and concepts of two-dimensional image-making; the elements and principles of visual organization with contextual associations; drawing, painting, introductory printmaking, and mixed media. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring and fall semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
3-D Design (SAR 121)
Elements of three-dimensional design; forming, fabrication, and joining of various materials: use of hand and power tools. Prerequisite: SAR120. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Black and White Photography (SAR 135)
Introduction to the camera, film developing, enlargement, and printing; emphasis on developing skills to produce the “classic "print. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
Digital Imaging I (SAR 180)
Study of theory and hands-on application of digital image creation and manipulation. Emphasis on the study of Adobe Photoshop software. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester; fall, spring, and summer ADP sessions. 3-4 credits. Fee.
Graphic Design I (SAR 190)
Overview of the profession of graphic design. Study of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign software, printing, and history. Students apply graphic design theory and principles through the creation of practical projects. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Renaissance Art (SAR 200)
History of the Italian Renaissance Art from the 13th century to the 16th century. Prerequisite: SAR105. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Sophomore Review (SAR 202)
Students complete and present a portfolio of work to be reviewed during the spring semester of the sophomore year by the art faculty. Transfer students complete this review after attending for one semester in the spring of their first full year, unless they are part of a 2 + 2 articulation agreement from their Associate’s Degree Institution. Spring semester. 0 credits. Pass/fail.
Twentieth Century Art I (SAR 205)
Art movements in the Western world from the mid-19th century to the outbreak of World War II. Prerequisite: SAR110. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Twentieth Century Art II (SAR 210)
Art since 1945; art movements from Abstract Expressionism to the present. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR110. 3 credits.
Clay (SAR 225)
Hand-building and wheel forming methods; clay body and glaze formulation; glaze application; firing procedures; kiln design. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
Typography I (SAR 230)
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of typography as a critical skill for design practice. Topics include the history of typography, the impact of technology on letterforms, and the anatomy of type. Skill development in type arrangement, typography for optimal readability, and expressive typography are addressed. Fall semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.
Metalsmithing (SAR 245)
Fabricated, formed, and cast metals; jewelry and handwrought holloware. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Painting (SAR 255)
Basic painting techniques; color theory; visual, conceptual, and contextual skills emphasized. Prerequisite: SAR120. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
Sculpture (SAR 260)
Addition methods using clay, wood, plaster, metals; direct building of form and armature construction; welding, casting, or carving wood or stone. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Printmaking (SAR 265)
Introduction to relief, monotype, and basic intaglio printing processes, as well as multi-colored processes in screen printing using nontoxic techniques. Prerequisites: SAR115 and SAR120. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Digital Imaging II (SAR 281)
This advanced course provides digital image-making concepts and techniques and in-depth exploration of computer-based photo projects. Prerequisite: SAR180. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Special Topics in Studio (SAR 285)
Special topics in varying studio media. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Offered as needed. 3 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.
Typography II (SAR 290)
Analysis and creative use of typography through assigned projects. Instruction and practical experience using computer software. Prerequisites: SAR180 and SAR190. Spring semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.
Intermediate Clay (SAR 325)
This course is a continuation of the work begun in SAR225 and consists of advanced wheel throwing techniques and the introduction of slip casting methods with emphasis on finishing and firing techniques. Students create a cohesive body of work which leads to a conceptually unified portfolio. Prerequisite: SAR225. Fall semester. 4 credits. Fee.
Intermediate Metalsmithing (SAR 345)
This course is a continuation of the work begun in SAR245 and covers lost wax-casting methods, hollow forming, tool making, and advanced jewelry techniques. Students begin constructing a concept-driven cohesive body of work. Prerequisite: SAR245. Fall semester. 4 credits. Fee.
Intermediate Painting (SAR 355)
Intermediate painting builds upon foundational painting and drawing experiences to further develop and strengthen students' conceptual, analytical, and technical painting skills. Emphasis is placed on developing an increasingly personal artistic language and vision that is rooted in research and preparatory studies. Painting practice is augmented with readings, museum visits, group critiques, and slide discussions on contemporary painting. Fall semester. Prerequisite: SAR255. 4 credits. Fee.
Intermediate Sculpture (SAR 360)
This course is an intermediate level three-dimensional experience focusing on broadening a student's knowledge of sculptural techniques and processes. Through experimentation, students develop their own personal subject matter as they progress through the course, evolving into a body of work. Through peer critiques and studio visits, students contribute to the atmosphere where peer contemporaries are pursuing like intellectual investigations, in a range of media and format. Spring semester. Prerequisite: SAR260. 4 credits. Fee.
American Art (SAR 370)
A study of American art from Puritan beginnings to the present, focusing on painting and sculpture. Prerequisite: SAR110 or permission of instructor. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Contemporary Art and Criticism (SAR 371)
This course evaluates contemporary works of art and artists. Students travel to Pittsburgh and New York City to study contemporary art. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR110; SAR205 strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Art Seminar (SAR 375)
Art seminar. Topics vary. Fee may be assessed for some topics. Repeatable for credit. Offered as needed. Variable credit.
Women in Art (SAR 376)
Women artists and women as patrons, promoters, and critics of art are the focus of this course. By analyzing art practice, art theory, and criticism, students understand and integrate the role and contributions of women into the ongoing history of art. Students participate in all aspects of the regional exhibition Women in Art in Harlan Gallery. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Interaction Design (SAR 382)
Study of designing interactive experiences from conception to implementation. Introduces students to issues such as interface design, usability, and design methods within the interaction design process. Prerequisites: SAR180 or SAR281, and SAR390. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Non-Western Art:Special Topics (SAR 385)
Comprehensive survey of the artistic and cultural traditions of widely divergent societies; a comparative and thematic approach to the cultural productions of non-Western cultures. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Independent Study or Research (SAR 410)
Open only to advanced students who qualify and have permission from the instructor and approval of the division chair. Prerequisites: one or two courses in the selected studio art or history area. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit. Fee.
Advanced Clay (SAR 425)
Advanced clay further refines the compositional skills of the student with the inclusion of new conceptual ideas, technical challenges, and research. Through expanded competency in: clay construction methods, surface treatments, glazing techniques, and firing methods, the students focus on originality and personal creative expression in clay. Chemistry in clay bodies and glazing, as well as, kiln loading, firing, structure, maintenance, are addressed. Prerequisite: SAR325. Fall semester. 4 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.
Apprenticeship (SAR 440)
Practical experiences in learning specific skills related to the major area of study under the direction of qualified personnel and with approval of the dean. Assignments arranged and approved by the supervising faculty member. Permission required. Variable credit. Repeatable for credit (maximum 12). Fall, spring, and summer.
Advanced Metalsmithing (SAR 445)
This course is an ongoing exploration if the work in SAR345, and allows the students to refine and explore their personal and conceptual interest in the metals/jewelry field. Students develop a conceptual series of work with an entrepreneurial goal of obtaining sales and exhibitions. Prerequisite: SAR345. Fall semester. 4 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.
Advanced Painting (SAR 455)
Advanced painting students are expected to work towards a consistent and conceptually sound body of work in their chosen medium(s). Because the techniques, methods, and concerns of individual students vary, methods of production may incorporate a multitude of working methodologies. Experimentation with relevant mediums and hybrids are welcome. Fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: SAR355. 4 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.
Advanced Sculpture (SAR 460)
Students in advanced sculpture are expected to develop both conceptual depth and technical sophistication in their creative efforts. This course is an opportunity for the student to go beyond fabrication for its own sake to a determined intellectual development of artistic purpose and statement. Through critical discussion, the student experience a rich milieu of idea generation and development, in turn impacting their own development. Spring semester. Prerequisite: SAR360. 4 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.
Art Seminar (SAR 475)
Studio seminar. Topics vary. Prerequisites: SAR115 and SAR120. Offered as needed. Repeatable for credit. Variable credit. Fee may be assessed for specific studio seminars.
Prof. Practice for Visual Arts (SAR 480)
This course provides practical and theoretical skill development to students who plan careers in the visual arts. Examples include targeting a specific career in the arts; the business of being an artist; documentation and presentation of work and skills; portfolio development; self promotion and resources for artists; and a theoretical examination of the role of the artist in society. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR115. Seniors only. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Arts for Community Change (SAT 210)
This course involves exploration of using the arts and art-making experiences in community-based settings. Focus is on exploring how the arts engage people in meaningful experiences that link personal change and self-expression with the advancement of community and social change. The course includes discussion of different forms of community work including efforts to make art experiences accessible for diverse populations or cultural communities. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Philosophy of Art (SPL 320)
Studies the meaning and nature of art through major texts. Explores the relation between philosophy, the artist, and the social environment. Satisfies the Philosophy requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.