Visual Art Courses

VISA 100 Art History: Ancient through Medieval 3 credits
This is an historical and aesthetic introduction to the visual arts from ancient times through the medieval period. Representative works of art are studied and consideration is given to aesthetic functions and values. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to understand the historical significance of the visual arts and how they relate to their own experience.

VISA 101 Art History: Renaissance through Post-Modern 3 credits
This is an historical and aesthetic introduction to the visual arts from the Renaissance to the present. Representative works of art are studied and consideration is given to aesthetic functions and values. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to understand the historical significance of the visual arts and how they relate to their own experience.

VISA 201 Drawing I 3 credits
This introductory course is designed to assist students in understanding the basic concepts and techniques of representational drawing. The students work on assigned problems in rendering form and exploring drawing media as a visual thought process. An additional course fee is required.

VISA 202 Art Fundamentals 3 credits
This basic foundation course introduces the components, principles, elements, and materials that comprise two-dimensional visual art. Emphasis is placed on ways of looking at art in an historical context. This course is a studio experience with periodic lecture and field trip study. An additional course fee is required.

VISA 203 Three-Dimensional Design 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of various media used for expression through sculptural forms. Various techniques and materials are explored with emphasis on design potential and implementation. An additional course fee is required.

VISA 211 Painting I 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the language and methods of painting in acrylics using opaque and transparent techniques. Working from still life, landscape, the human figure, and the imagination, students explore composition fundamentals as well as color theory. An additional course fee is required.

VISA 213 Printmaking I 3 credits
This course is an introduction to creating relief and intaglio prints using a variety of techniques including oil and watercolor monotypes. Students are expected to develop a working vocabulary of technical terms and processes. An additional course fee is required.

VISA 221 Clay I 3 credits
This course is a concentrated study of the processes, various techniques, and history of ceramic art. Emphasis is on clay construction methods involving wheel-throwing, handbuilding, firing, and glazing pottery, and on experimentation with ceramic sculpture. An additional course fee is required.

VISA 231 Sculpture I 3 credits
This course investigates the application of creative expression through three-dimensional forms. Emphasis is on the development of skills through processes involving subtractive, additive, casting, and assemblage. An additional course fee is required.

VISA 301 Drawing II 3 credits
This course provides advanced studio experience in drawing with emphasis on experimentation with various drawing media and techniques. An additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: VISA 201.

VISA 311 Painting II 3 credits
This course provides advanced studio experience in painting, using acrylics, oils, or watercolors. An additional course fee is required.

VISA 313 Printmaking II 3 credits
This course is an advanced studio experience in relief, intaglio, or lithographic printmaking techniques. An additional course fee is required. Prerequisites: VISA 213.

VISA 321 Clay II 3 credits
This course is a continued study and application of problems in wheel-throwing and handbuilding clay techniques. An additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: VISA 221.

VISA 331 Sculpture II 3 credits
This course is an advanced study of problems in selected media and subject matter that includes opportunity for stone carving and bronze casting techniques. An additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: VISA 231.

VISA 341 Special Topics: Studio Art 3 credits
This course is a series of studio experiences intended to address an array of congruous techniques and processes in the visual arts relevant to contemporary issues and trends. Course topics include such subjects as digital imaging, mural painting, papermaking, watercolor, fibers, batik, and other media.

VISA 351 Special Topics: Art History 3 credits
This course is a series intended to address issues in the visual arts relevant to contemporary trends or historical significance. Course topics include such subjects as Renaissance, contemporary, American art, and other specialized areas.

VISA 401 Drawing III 3 credits
This course is a capstone experience designed to offer students the opportunity to focus on a specific drawing problem and demonstrate a high level of ability and initiative. An additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: VISA 301.

VISA 411 Painting III 3 credits
This course is a capstone experience designed to offer students the opportunity to focus on specific painting problems and demonstrate a high level of ability and initiative. An additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: VISA 311.

VISA 413 Printmaking III 3 credits
This is a capstone experience designed to offer students the opportunity to focus on specific printmaking problems and demonstrate a high level of initiative and ability. An additional course fee is required.

VISA 421 Clay III 3 credits
This course is a capstone experience designed to offer students the opportunity to focus on specific ceramic problems and demonstrate a high level of ability and initiative. An additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: VISA 321.

VISA 431 Sculpture III 3 credits
This course is a capstone experience designed to offer students the opportunity to focus on specific sculptural problems and demonstrate a high level of ability and initiative. An additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: VISA 331.

VISA 477 Senior Seminar I 1 credit
In this course academic and professional opportunities in the Visual Arts are explored. A concentrated effort is on portfolio and graduate school preparation. Guidance on the senior project is also provided.

VISA 478 Senior Seminar II 1 credit
This course is a review of material covered throughout the visual art curriculum with particular concern for the student’s area of concentration. Preparation for Senior Comprehensive Examination is a major component of the course.

VISA 480 Middle and Secondary School Art Methods 3 credits
This course is a study of theories and goals of art education in the middle and secondary school with emphasis on growth and development through art. Application and integration of various art techniques and media are explored. Prerequisites: EDUC 242; a passing score on PPST-PRAXIS I; admission to the teacher education program.

VISA 487-488 Independent Study 2-4 credits

VISA 490 Senior Project (Art Exhibit) 2 credits