ART & COMM Courses



112. Drawing Concepts (3) (F, W, S) A studio art class that introduces students to the fundamental skills of visual perception and representation. Through practicing principles of drawing such as structure, value, form, contour and perspective students recreate the illusion of three-dimensional space on paper. (Due to limited availability, only art majors may register online)

122. Design Principles (3) (F, W) This course focuses on the principles and elements of design. Particular emphasis is placed on composition as a foundation for all design. (Due to limited availability, only art majors may register online)

156. Three Dimensional Concepts (3) (F, W, S) An introduction to the fundamental concepts and techniques of three dimensional design. You will be introduced to form, shape, texture, color, balance, line rhythm and other elements of design. (Due to limited availability, only art majors may register online)

196. Global Art History I (3) (F, W) A survey of global art history from prehistory to the middle ages.

199R. Service Leadership Internship in Art (1-3) (Variable) Off-campus service learning. Activities related to the major and employment will be approved. Prior approval is necessary, a program coordinated by a faculty member and an on-site supervisor.

210. Digital Tools (3) (F, W) A course in the study and uses of the computer as a visual arts tool. Training will be given in selected current software directed toward the production of art and graphic design projects. Fee required. (Prerequisite: ART 112, 122 and either ART 156 or 265)

212. Digital Photography (3) (F, W, S) Students develop visual and technical skills of digital photography as a language and medium. Composition, quality of light, exposure, camera operation, and the fundamentals of photographic concepts are emphasized. Artistic interpretation and technique will be examined through the study of image capture, processing, and printing. Note: Students provide their own fully manually controllable camera. A few cameras are available at Media Services for students who do not have their own camera on a first come first serve basis. (Prerequisite: ART 112, 122 and either ART 156 or 265)

218. Basic Video Production (3) (F, W, S) Using common video production tools, students in this course will learn to apply storytelling principles in creating visuals for various instructional and training purposes. (Same as FILM 218)

220. Experience in Visual Arts (3) (F, W, S) An exploration of the media and techniques of the visual arts, including introductory experiences in each of the major two and three-dimensional media. Not open to Art Majors except for those majoring in Art Education.

221R. Figure Drawing (3) (F, W) A studio art class that explores the human form and its inherent gesture, rhythm, balance, proportion, structure and anatomy. Students will combine their visual perception and foundational understanding of drawing concepts to accurately portray the human figure in its key relationships. (Prerequisites: ART 112)

225. Painting Concepts (3) (F, W) Introduction to painting still life and landscape subjects in oil. Students will develop visual communication skills by focusing on composition, value, color, drawing, texture and paint application. Course covers all aspects of oil painting including: process, tools, techniques and mediums. (Prerequisites: ART 112)

265. Beginning Sculpture (3) (F, W, S) To explore the language and various definitions of forms through a myriad of materials utilized in the visual arts. Fee required. (Due to limited availability, only art majors may register online)

270. Typography (3) (F, W) A studio class introducing students to typographic letterforms and practical knowledge of computer typesetting. Students develop expertise with the aesthetic aspects of letterforms, words, and lines of text as they relate to the visual arrangement of a printed page. (Prerequisites: ART 112, 122, 156, 210, 212, and Portfolio Review)

280. Branding (3) (F, W) A studio course that trains students in visual problem solving and conceptual brand development. Class projects reflect a realistic range of assignments that a designer would encounter in a studio environment, agency or corporate design institution. Fee required. (Prerequisites: ART 112, 122, 156, 210, 212, and Portfolio Review)

296. Global Art History II (3) (F, W) A survey of global art history from the Renaissance to the Nineteenth Century.

306. Contemporary Art History (3) (F, W) An introduction to the major art movements of the 20th century, Impressionism to Postmodernism. Philosophical and cultural perspectives that inspired the art forms will be considered.

312. Intermediate Photography (3) (W) Students develop insights and digital imaging skills to expand the creative possibilities of photography as a form of expression in commercial, documentary and fine art applications. The use of appropriate studio and natural light for portraiture and still life is emphasized. Students will learn to convey ideas, refine individual styles and produce a body of work that reflects their photographic interest. Fee required. Note: Students provide their own fully manually controllable camera. A few cameras are available at Media Services for students who do not have their own camera on a first come first serve basis. (Prerequisites: ART 210, 212)

316. History of Graphic Design (3) (S) This course will look into the history of graphic design, how the development of society and technology affected the course of communication and its means. Students will learn major paradigm shifts in visual thinking that impacted beyond the world of graphic design.

318. Intermediate Video Production (3) (F, W, S) Storytelling using created video segments for broadcast and webcast. This course centers on narrowing and delivering topics for clients. (Same as FILM 318) (Prerequisite: ART/FILM 218)

325. Figure Painting (3) (S) An intermediate painting course that focuses on the human head and clothed figure as subjects. Students will advance their understanding of painting concepts and improve their visual awareness of the human form by comparing relationships of value, color, shape, and edge. Oil and watercolor media will be used. (Prerequisites: ART 112, 122, 221R, 225, 265 and Portfolio Review)

328. Creative Video Marketing (3) (F, W) This course is an introduction to understanding how to emotionally connect with a targeted audience through powerful video storytelling (or messaging). Students will learn how to produce video content that will effectively market a product or tell a story. (Same as ENTR 373) (Prerequisite: FILM 102 or ART/FILM 218)

335. Watercolor (3) (S) An introduction to watercolor methods as a painting media. Still life, landscape, seascape, and interpretative painting will be studied. (Prerequisites: Permission of instructor).

336. Art Methods for Elementary Teachers (1) (F, W, S) Materials and procedures for stimulating and guiding students through the various art experiences. Emphasis will be placed on theory of art education, creative projects, effective teaching methods, and art curriculum. (Prerequisite: EDU 212)

337. Art Methods for Secondary Teachers (2) (W) Methods, materials, and special techniques of teaching art in secondary schools. Curriculum planning, classroom management, and directions in art education will be considered.

345. Digital Painting (3) (S) An intermediate painting course using digital media, i.e. a painting tablet and software application. This course develops digital painting skills related to illustration, animation, and concept art. Students will conceptualize and complete images by implementing design processes and principles. Fee required. (Prerequisites: ART 112, 122, 210, 221R, 225, 265 and Portfolio Review)

365. Intermediate Sculpture (3) (W) Problems designed to encourage individual development in sculpture. Fee required. (Prerequisite: ART 265) 

370. Web for Designers (3) (W, S) A studio class introducing students to graphic design for the web environment. Through an investigation of CSS, HTML, and Adobe Dreamweaver each student will understand graphic interface design and information design as it pertains to the user's experience of digital media. Fee required. (Prerequisites: ART 112, 122, 156, 210, 212, 270, 280, IT 240)

375. Printmaking - Screenprinting (3) (S) Studio course in screen printing with emphasis on paper stencil, drawing fluid and photo emulsion processes. Students are exposed to a range of techniques and concepts and are encouraged to investigate personal motivations while making multiple color prints. (Prerequisites: ART 112, 122, 156, 210, 212)

380. Publication Design (3) (F, S) A studio class familiarizing students with graphic design for publication. Through an investigation of multi-page layout, students will create and arrange content to produce professional publications in digital and print formats. Fee required. (Prerequisites: ART 112, 122, 156, 210, 212, 270, 280 and IT 240)

390R. Special Topics in Art (1-3) (Variable)

399R. Internship in Visual Art (1-3) (Variable) Credit for applied experience in art and design. Prior approval must be obtained and coordinated by a faculty member and on-site supervisor.

425. Advanced Painting (3) (F) An advanced painting course that develops individual artistic vision and conceptual thinking. Students will improve the expressive quality of their work by relating technical approaches and procedures to their conceptual ideas. Fee required. (Prerequisites: ART 112, 210, 221R, 225, 325)

442. Readings in Aesthetics (3) (F, W) Problems and methods in aesthetic valuation, appreciation, and criticism. (Same as HUM 442) (Prerequisites: ART 296 for Painting Majors or ART 316 for Graphic Design Majors)

444. Motion Graphics (3) (F, S) A studio course instructing students in the art of design and communication with motion and sound. Design principles, editing, and narrative concepts are employed to create short motion design projects. (Prerequisites: ART 112, 122, 156, 210, 212, 270, 280, 370, 380)

445. Packaging Design (3) (F, W) A studio course focusing on three-dimensional structures for a broad range of products that not only protect package contents but also create an experience for the user. Students examine how messages behave when distributed in three-dimensional space. Conceptual development, prototyping, materials, type, image, layout, design and form are fully explored to create commercial packaging. (Prerequisite: ART 112, 122, 156, 210, 212, 270, 280, 370, 380)

447. Book Arts (3) (S) This course will explore theory, methods, processes and design skills integral to book design and book binding. Design methodology and processes are explored through the development of assignments. They will learn to bind books by hand, refining their tactile skills and craftsmanship. (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor)

465. Advanced Sculpture (3) (S) An advanced sculpture studio course exploring various methods and techniques of modeling in wax and mold-making. Slides of the work will be integrated into senior portfolios. Fee required. (Prerequisite: ART 365) 

470. Artist Portfolio Production (3) (F, W) A studio class in the development and production of an artist's portfolio. Students will develop and produce a comprehensive portfolio that exhibits their artistic expression. Students will deliver and present their work based on current industry standards relevant to their field of study. (Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor)

480. BFA Thesis Research (3) (F, W, S) Students build their portfolios with projects that require research, content generation, and complex visual problem solving. Emphasis is placed on cultivating a personal voice in design, interests and abilities. Work in this class begins to identify areas of interest for the senior project. (Prerequisites: BFA Standing and Permission of Instructor)

481. BFA Thesis Studio (Design) (3) (F, W) This capstone course is centered around the senior self-directed project, an independent project in design studies requiring the development of a body of work in consultation with faculty and peers. (Prerequisite: ART 480)

482. BFA Thesis Studio (Painting) (6) (F, W) This capstone course is centered around the senior self-directed project, an independent project in design studies requiring the development of a body of work in consultation with faculty and peers. (Prerequisite: ART 480)

495R. Independent Study (1-3) (Variable) Additional studio experience, special readings, museum and library research, and creative problems related to research. This course is for DEGREE seeking students ONLY. (Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor)

496R. Student Research (1-3) (Variable) Supervised individual research for students who have been granted a student research associateship.


110. Intercultural Communication (3) (F, W, S) Designed to give students a broad introduction to the field of communication in a global information society. Explores the central role of intercultural communication for individuals and societies.

200. Mass Communication and Society (3) (F, W, S) A survey of the historical and contemporary roles of mass media in society, focusing on media effects on individuals, institutions and culture.

201. Introduction to Strategic Communication (3) (F, S) Overview of strategic communication (e.g. public relations, public affairs, community relations) from a cultural, theoretical, and professional perspective. International perspectives on strategic communication. Introduction to strategic communication campaign and message design basics.

211. Media Writing (3) (F, W) Introduction to basic writing for mass media audiences through newspaper, broadcasting, Internet, and public relations. (Prerequisite: ENGL 101)

280. Gender, Race and Culture (3) (W) Examines the relationship between culture, gender and race. Explores how culturally gendered and racialized systems are communicated in daily life and influence power relationships and views of gender and race in society.

301. The Internet and Society (3) (F) Explores the digital revolution and changes in society. Examines unique qualities of new media and an array of topics including virtual communities and identity, game worlds, and privacy and governance. (Prerequisite: COMM 200 or 201)

313. Cross-Platform Message Design (3) (W) Project oriented, individualized course design provides students a forum to develop expertise in media reporting and production. Based on individual students' interests and future career goals, this course helps advance students' media/journalistic skills in area(s) of their choice including journalism, broadcasting, videography, advertising, media marketing/campaigns, media public relations, etc. (Prerequisite: COMM 201 or 211)

321. Strategic Communication Campaigns (3) (S) Students create a professional-level media campaign for an organization (client) applying skills and concepts of strategic communication. The course culminates in a presentation to a panel of experts. (Prerequisite: COMM 201)

323. Multimedia Production (3) (S) Principles and practice of basic skills in multimedia production. Emphasizes information presentation through various digital platforms or environments. (Prerequisite: COMM 201 or 211)

326. Issues in Global Communication (3) (S) The study of international and mass communication systems in modernity including the complexities and problems of mediated communication between cultures and across various boundaries. (Prerequisite: COMM 200 or 201)

360. Communication Theory and Method (3) (F, W) Introduces genres of communication theory and approaches to communication inquiry. Focuses on the application of theory in empirical studies. (Prerequisite: COMM 200)

399R. Internship in Communication (1-3) (Variable) Students may receive credit for applied experience in Communication. Prior approval must be obtained and a program coordinated by a faculty member and the on-site supervisor. (Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing)

410. Political Communication (3) (S) This course surveys the triangular relationship between politics, the media and the public. Political communication examines the dynamics of that relationship by looking into how the three actors interrelate. (Prerequisite: COMM 200 or 201 or 211)

420. Media and Culture (3) (W) The study of mass communication's role in the creation and maintenance of culture within global, social, political, and economic contexts. (Prerequisite: COMM 200 or 201)

430. Media Law and Ethics (3) (F) This course introduces students to the study of legal and ethical issues in the media. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of these issues and the ability to analyze the important legal and ethical issues involved with the mass media industry. (Prerequisite: COMM 200 or 201 or 211)

490. Senior Seminar (3) (F, W) Students will identify an original research project, produce a formal proposal, review the literature, conduct research, and present preliminary findings in oral and written reports. (Prerequisite: COMM 360)

496R. Student Research (1-3) (Variable) Supervised individual research for students who have been granted a student research associateship.