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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.

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.

3 Credits.

Drawing (SAR 115)

Concepts of seeing as it relates to drawing; introduction to various drawing media. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Figure Drawing (SAR 116)

Life studies; the human form and its exploration. Prerequisite: SAR115. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

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 Credits.

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.

3 Credits.

Black and White Photography (SAR 135)

Introduction to the camera, film developing, enlargement, and printing; emphasis on developing skills to produce the “classic "print. Satisifies 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. Satisifies 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. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR110. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Twentieth Century Art I (SAR 205)

Art movements in the Western world from the mid-19th century to the outbreak of World War II. Fall semester. 3 credits.

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.

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.

Painting (SAR 255)

Basic painting techniques; color theory; visual, conceptual, and contextual skills emphasized. Prerequisite: SAR120. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Printmaking (SAR 265)

Introduction to basic intaglio and relief printing processes, as well as multi-colored processes in screen printing using nontoxic techniques. Prerequisites: SAR115 and SAR120. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

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.

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.

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.

Art Seminar (SAR 375)

Art seminar. Topics vary. Fee may be assessed for some topics. Repeatable for credit. Offered as needed. Variable credit.

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.

Graphic Design II (SAR 390)

Study of HTML, Web design,Web editor,Web animation, digital image editing for the Web. Prerequisite: SAR180. Fall semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.

History of Graphic Design (SAR 395)

The course provides graphic design students with an understanding of the places, people, events, and technological innovations that have influenced the development of the profession of graphic design. History of visual communication with emphasis on the development of design in the twentieth century. Prerequisite: SAR290. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

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.

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 division chair. Assignments arranged and approved by the supervising faculty member. Permission required. Variable credit. Repeatable for credit (maximum 12). Fall, spring, and summer.

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.

3 Credits.

Graphic Design III (SAR 490)

Advanced topics in graphic design. Emphasis on branding. Students participate in a service learning project in graphic design. Prerequisite: SAR390. Spring semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.

Communication Theory (SCA 100)

An overview of the theoretical foundations and principles of the communication process. Emphasis on how theory guides decisions in communication problem-solving, the design and development of information resources, and the influence, challenge, and power of the mass media and social media to effect change. Fall semester. 3 credits.

The Art of the Film (SHU 265)

This introductory course in film aesthetics critically examines the primary elements in the motion picture. Students learn how a film builds meaning by analyzing the diverse components that construct a movie such as editing, directing, scoring, acting, and dramatic storytelling. It familiarizes students with film genres, cinema technology, and historical movements relevant to the development of the medium. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

View courses and full requirements for this program in the current course catalog.

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