Courses

Our students explore for breadth and then go for depth

We have designed our studio art curriculum to produce highly competent, creative, and independent artists, as well as educated and critically-aware professionals and citizens.

A detailed list of program requirements for the BFA in Studio Art can be found on its Program of Study. The courses there are organized into the following categories:

Foundations

Our three Foundations courses lay the groundwork for studio courses in specific media areas (metals, fibers, sculpture, printmaking, clay, photography, and painting +drawing), as well as interdisciplinary studio courses.

STUDIO ART

All BFA Studio Art majors are required to complete Drawing II and Digital Imaging, as well as Senior Studio. Drawing II and Digital Imaging should be taken in the second or third year. As the capstone course for the BFA in Studio Art, Senior Studio is completed in the final semester. In this course, students create a completely self-directed, independent body of work for public exhibition at the conclusion of the semester.

STUDIO ART ELECTIVES

BFA Studio Art majors complete 24 to 36 semester hours of studio art electives; 39 hours total when combined with Related Areas below. Through these studio courses, students develop the technical and conceptual skills necessary for success in the professional art world. Students are encouraged to enroll in a range of different mediums at the introductory (2000) level prior to selecting one or more studio areas in which to focus. Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in a single media area, including at least one 4000-level course. Students may choose to have more than one area of focus, or may choose to study one medium in greater depth than the required 12 semester hours minimum.

STUDIO SEMINARS

Studio Seminars I, II, and III are designed to support each student’s individual conceptual development alongside the studio courses taken concurrently. Each course is a prerequisite to the course prior to it in sequence. Seminar I should be taken in the first year of school. Seminar II should be taken immediately after portfolio admission into the department, in either the end of the second year or beginning of the third year. Seminar III is the pre-capstone course and should be taken in the second-to-last semester. In this course, students prepare a proposal for the Senior Studio body of work to be completed in the last semester. Prerequisites for Seminar III include: 27 semester hours of studio art electives and Studio Seminar II. Additionally, at least one 4000-level studio is required as either a prerequisite or corequisite.

Senior Capstone

The BFA Studio Art program culminates in a multidisciplinary two-course capstone series that offers students the time and support to create a coherent body of work to launch their professional careers. In this experience, students work with an individualized committee of studio faculty to fully develop their ideas and their professional materials. Each student then creates a body of work that is exhibited during their final semester in either a group or solo exhibition.

RELATED AREAS

The studio art curriculum requires 3 to 15 semester hours of coursework providing points of connection to the outside art world through assistantships, internships, professional practice, exhibitions practicum, and other courses.

ART HISTORY

Students gain a broad knowledge of art history in two survey classes and more specialized knowledge with two art history electives in subjects of their choosing.

Course Descriptions

Foundations

ART 1001 Foundations I

3 hours

Basic introduction to two-dimensional design emphasizing the structural elements of art, the principles of visual organization, and the psychological effects of visual decision making. Color theory, including schematic uses and historical and psychological aspects, will be explored along with the application of color mixing and color integration. There will be an introduction to the critical and analytical approaches to the visual arts.

ART 1002 Foundations II

3 hours

This course is the second half of an introduction to the structural elements of art. It examines the organizational principles of three dimensional design and the study of equipment and materials used in this area of art making. Emphasis is on three-dimensional vocabulary, understanding of sculptural space, the use of hand and power tools, materials manipulation, and processes related to three-dimensional art.

ART 1003 Foundations Drawing

3 hours

An introduction to drawing as a primary means of visual investigation. Major class topics include drawing from observation and visualization (drawing from imagination). Class exercises focus on rendering objects, spaces, and the human figure in basic wet and dry media (graphite, charcoal, and ink). Conceptual and process-centered approaches in contemporary drawing will be introduced.

Art History: Required

ART 2030 Art from Prehistory to 1400

3 hours

GEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Liberal Studies Experience

A global survey of art history focusing on the early visual artistic traditions of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas from the dawn of art to 1400. The course examines visual art and art making in religious, social, cultural, and political contexts.

ART 2130 Art from 1400 to the Present

3 hours

GEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Liberal Studies Experience

A global survey of art history from 1400 to the present examining the later artistic traditions of Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The course focuses on visual art and art making in light of changing social, political, religious, and cultural circumstances.

Art History Electives

ART 2230 History of Graphic Design

3 hours

A historical survey of visual communication, this course highlights key graphic designers and meta-disciplinary creative thinkers who have shaped significant innovations in the field. Examining relevant artistic, cultural, and technological events provides a context for understanding contemporary graphic design practice.

ART 3400 Women Artists

3 hours

This course will provide a historical and contemporary survey of women visual artists.

ART 3600 History of Modern Art

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

A survey of leading movements in modern art from the 1870's to 1945.

Prerequisites: ART 2130 or consent of the instructor and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3610 Asian Art and Architecture

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

This course explores the art and architecture of Asia, beginning roughly in the third century BCE and concluding before the modern era, with a focus on painting, sculpture, and architecture. Special attention will be paid to the religious traditions of the region, particularly Buddhism, which functions as a link in analyzing the unique forms of culture that characterize the different countries of the Asian continent. Students will also learn to write and do research in art history at an advanced level.

Prerequisite: ART 2030 or ART 2130 or permission of the instructor, R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3630 African Art

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

This course explores major themes in the study of the visual arts in Africa. Works of art from the ancient rock paintings of the Sahara, through the ancient artistic traditions of Ife and Benin, to the arts of the colonial and post colonial periods are presented. Diverse forms of art works are studied in their social, religious, and political contexts.

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3650 Art of Late Antiquity

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

A course in the Late Antique art, covering early Christian, Byzantine and early Islamic art. Focus on the social context of ancient art production and reception.

Prerequisites: ART 2030 or consent of the instructor and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3700 Oceanic Art

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

This course examines the visual arts of the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea, including tattooing and other body adornment practices, architecture, sculpture, and textiles. The course explores the ways oceanic arts since the 18th century embody resistance and survival through the continuity of traditional art forms as well as work in more contemporary media and styles.

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3705 Contemporary Art of Africa

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

This course examines themes in the study of the recent visual arts of Africa and the Caribbean during the colonial and post-colonial period. This course explores the ways that artistic production reflects its local background and circumstances as it enters into a dialog with a global art scene. The course will examine art as a sensitive barometer of social, cultural, religious, and political changes in modern Africa and the Caribbean.

Prerequisite: R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3710 Ancient Egyptian Art

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

A course in the history of Egyptian art, from archaic through early Christian periods. Focus is on the social context of ancient art production and reception. The course includes critical reading, writing, and discussion.

Prerequisites: ART 2030 or permission of the instructor and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3730 Native Arts of the Americas

3 hours

This course explores the native arts and architecture of North America, Central America and South America. Diverse forms of artworks are studied in their social, religious, and political contexts. The focus of the course may be in any of the three major cultural regions, from prehistory to the present.

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ART 3750 History of Roman Art

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

A course in the history of Roman art, from archaic through early Christian periods. Focus on the social context of ancient art production and reception.

Prerequisites: ART 2030 or consent of the instructor and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3760 History of American Craft

3 hours

This course will consider the development of American studio craft from a historical perspective and continuing to the present day, considering craft objects as discreet entities and in relation to other creative output.

ART 3770 Islamic Art and Architecture

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

This course is an introduction to Islamic art and architecture beginning in the 7th century and concluding in the present.  The course will explore visual production in regions across the globe where Islam has had a lasting influence, including North Africa, Spain, Iran and Central Asia, and South Asia. The course will encourage students to appreciate the diversity of artistic traditions that can be described as Islamic. Students will also learn to write and perform research in art history at an advanced level.

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor; and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3780 Visualizing the City

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

The course explores the myriad ways in which one can visualize and experience cities, focusing on such topics as architecture, urbanism, art, and visual culture. Adopting a global approach to the study of cities, students will explore the intersections between the visual experience of the city and its political, social, and cultural context. Students will also learn to write and perform research in art history at an advanced level. Students may repeat the course once, barring duplication of content.

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor; and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3790 Contemporary Asian Visual Culture

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

Students will examine and engage with methodologies of visual culture studies, as well as the history and practices of contemporary visual culture in Asia. In analyzing contemporary Asia the course covers visual culture practices from the nineteenth century to the present.  We will study art, photography, architecture, urbanism, museums and festivals, literature, film, and television in order to examine the characteristics of the shared lexicon and imaginary that produce distinctive contemporary viewing practices that we may call "Asian." Students will also learn to write and perform research in art history at an advanced level.

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor; and R C 2001  or its equivalent.

ART 3800 Art Since 1945

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

A survey of leading movements in contemporary art from 1945 to the present.

Prerequisites: ART 2130 or consent of the instructor and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3810 Photography and Culture

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

This course invites students to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between photography and culture. Readings, lectures, presentations and discussions on historical and contemporary photographers will be incorporated into the coursework.

Prerequisites: ART 2130 or permission of the instructor and RC 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 3820 History of Museums and Collecting

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

A seminar in the history of museums and collecting, focusing on the 19th century through today. Major emphasis is placed on critical reading, writing, and discussion.

Prerequisites: ART 2130 or permission of the instructor and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 4030 Seminar in Art Criticism and Theory

3 hours

GEN ED: Capstone Experience

A seminar in the theory and criticism of art in which leading methods of analysis are examined through readings and discussion. Major emphasis is placed upon the student developing a critical sense of art.

Prerequisites: ART 2030 and ART 2130, or consent of the instructor.

Seminar Requirements

ART 1005 Studio Seminar I

3 hours

Studio Seminar I will introduce students to contemporary studio art praxis. This course integrates idea generation and art making. The course will introduce students to the many resources available at ASU as they contribute to and enrich students' experience of art. It is an introduction to the inter-relationship between the history, criticism, theory and practice of the visual arts. It includes an overview of art world institutions and their relevance to understanding the artist's role in the world today. Issues central to professional practice such as preparing artist statements, documenting one's work and researching educational and funding sources will also be addressed.

ART 3015 Studio Seminar II

3 hours

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

This hybrid theory/studio course will explore various strategies and approaches to art making with special focus on conducting research and cultivating writing skills specifically relevant to studio practice. It will provide an integrated introduction to the theory and practice of art making as it relates to the many institutions comprising the art world. This course will also explore various rationales and strategies for promoting and displaying art. Writing about the process of creating, displaying and articulating the meaning of one's own work and the work of others will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: BFA Studio Art Candidacy portfolio review and R C 2001 or its equivalent.

ART 4351 Studio Seminar III

3 hours

Studio Seminar III prepares students for creating a coherent body of work in ART 4852 - Senior Studio (3). These two courses, taken in sequence, provide an opportunity for advanced students to demonstrate an emerging intellectual, visual and technical maturity in respect to their own work. Studio Seminar III includes planning and writing an exhibition proposal; reading relevant art criticism and theory; writing a research paper and documenting the progress of one's work through sketches, models, studio projects, and oral presentations. This course is an opportunity for students to articulate meaningful ideas and integrate them with studio practice.

Prerequisites: ART 3015 and completion of a minimum of 27 semester hours of studio electives.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: at least one of the following courses: ART 4300, ART 4301, ART 4307, ART 4308, ART 4309, ART 4325, ART 4326.

Studio Art Requirements

ART 2103 Drawing II

3 hours

An exploration of contemporary drawing practices, focusing on process, experimentation, content development, and refining observational drawing skills. Class projects address creative problem-solving in composition, visualization, and graphic expression. Emphasis is on the figure as a subject matter and drawing from the live model. Introduction to a broader range of drawing media, including color and collage.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1003, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 2104 Digital Imaging

3 hours

This course introduces the student to technical and aesthetic aspects of digital image manipulation for artists and designers.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1003.

ART 4852 Senior Studio

3 hours

GEN ED: Capstone Experience

Senior Studio is the capstone studio experience for BFA Studio Art majors. This course carries on and brings to resolution the conceptual, technical and studio practices begun in Studio Seminar III. Students will demonstrate an emerging intellectual, visual and technical maturity by producing a body of work for exhibition. Students will also write process statements and deliver a series of oral presentations critically analyzing their works in progress. This course addresses issues relevant to becoming a professional artist. A committee of three faculty members will evaluate each student's work.

Prerequisite: ART 4351.

Studio Art Electives: Clay

ART 2007 Clay I: Handbuilding

3 hours

An introduction to clay as a material and means of expression, with emphasis on the development of content with hand-formed objects. Consideration will be given to ceramic history in relation to contemporary practice. Students will develop critical and reflective thinking skills in relation to their studio production through research, writing, discussions and presentations.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1002, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 2040 Clay I: Mold-Making and Casting

3 hours

An introduction to the materials and methods particular to the creative use of ceramic mold-making and casting. Students will develop critical and reflective thinking skills with regard to their studio production through research, writing, discussions and presentations. Focus will be on employing ceramic processes and firing methods relevant to content.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1002, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 2050 Clay: Methods and Materials

3 hours

This course involves hands-on working experience with ceramic raw materials and the formulation of clay bodies and fired surfaces, with an emphasis on accurate testing and recording methods. Students are expected to assess and apply the results of this materials research to the conceptual development of their work.

Prerequisite or corequisite: any level I clay course (ART 2007, ART 2016 in clay, ART 2040, or ART 2107) or permission of the instructor.

ART 2107 Clay I: Throwing

3 hours

An introduction to clay as a material, using the potter's wheel as a tool to generate form and express ideas. Technical skill and concept development will be emphasized. Students will develop critical and reflective thinking skills with regard to studio practice through research, writing, discussions and presentations.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1002, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 3007 Clay II: Handbuilding

3 hours

An in-depth exploration of processes and firing methods with hand-formed clay. Emphasis is on the development of conceptual skills and an individual approach. Structured and student-generated assignments will integrate technical skill with creative insight.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003, and ART 2007 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2007 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education Majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3040 Clay II: Mold-Making and Casting

3 hours

An in-depth exploration of molds and casting to attain broader technical and conceptual skills in clay and mixed media. Coursework will include installation, site specific and collaborative endeavors. Structured and student-generated assignments will bridge technical awareness and creative insight.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2040 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2040 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3107 Clay II: Throwing

3 hours

An in-depth exploration of wheel-thrown clay to attain broader technical and conceptual skills. Emphasis is on the development of critical thinking and an individual approach to materials and processes through structured and student-generated assignments which will bridge technical awareness and creative insight.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2107 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2107 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 4307 Special Topics in Advanced Clay

3 hours

An advanced self-directed study with in-depth individual research, exploration and production with regard to materials, processes and concepts. Emphasis is on critical thinking. Students are expected to create a body of work that demonstrates their level of knowledge, skills and abilities acquired in studies to date.

Prerequisites: two of the following Clay I courses: ART 2007, ART 2040, ART 2107; and one of the following Clay II courses: ART 3007, ART 3040, ART 3107.

Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

Studio Art Electives: Fibers

ART 2008 Fibers: Materials and Processes

3 hours

A general introduction to a broad range of basic fibers processes and materials, such as dyeing and block printing, papermaking, felt-making, tapestry and wearables. Emphasis is on the development of technical fibers skills with application to individual works of art and design.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1003, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 2602 Fibers: Weaving I

3 hours

An introduction to the weaving loom as an art-making tool, through basic weave structures, hand-manipulated weaves and weavedrafting. Emphasis is on the selection of materials, woven structures, and color theory as related to the development of individual works of art and design.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1003, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 3017 Fibers: Weaving II

3 hours

Further exploration of weaving as a technique for art-making. Emphasis is on the development of critical thinking and technical weaving skills with application to individual works of art and design. Includes integrations with other fibers processes and techniques.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2601 or ART 2602 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2601 or ART 2602 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3208 Fibers: Surface Design

3 hours

An exploration of fabric surface design materials and processes, such as dye applications, screen-printing and repeat patterning. Emphasis is on critical thinking and development of technical skills with application to individual works of art and design.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003, ART 2008 or ART 2601 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2008 or ART 2601 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors. Permission of the instructor.

ART 3308 Fibers: Structure

3 hours

An exploration of various three-dimensional fibers techniques, such as off-loom structural processes, paper forms and found materials. Emphasis is on critical thinking and development of technical skills with application to individual works of art and design.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002 and ART 1003 for Art and Visual Culture majors. Candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 4308 Special Topics in Advanced Fibers Studio

3 hours

A self-directed studio production course in fibers with additional research, presentations, and critiques with fibers faculty and other advanced students. The majority of goals and projects will be proposed by the students with the instructor's approval.

Prerequisites: three of the following fibers courses: ART 2008, ART 2602, ART 3017, ART 3208, ART 3308.

Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

Studio Art Electives: Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design

ART 2009 Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design I: Fabrication and Stone Setting

3 hours

This course will focus on processes for construction with nonferrous metals. Techniques will include basic fabrication, stone setting, forming and the creation of mechanisms.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1002, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 3009 Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design II: Casting

3 hours

This course will introduce centrifugal casting, rubber mold making, advanced stone setting, repousse and chasing. Students will continue to develop and incorporate forming and fabrication skills.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2009 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2009 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education Majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3110 Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design II: Computer Aided Jewelry Design

3 hours

This course will introduce computer aided design and rapid prototyping processes currently used in the field of jewelry design and manufacture. Students will design and create objects using CAD software and rapid prototyping machinery. In addition, students will continue to develop traditional fabrication, stone setting and casting techniques by adapting them to the CADCAM environment.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2009 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2009 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3111 Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design II: Enameling

3 hours

This course will introduce the processes of cloisonné, plique-a-jour and champlevé enameling. In addition, students will continue to develop traditional fabrication techniques, adapting and integrating them into their enameling designs.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2009 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2009 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3109 Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design II: Hollowware

3 hours

This course will introduce the smithing processes of raising, stretching, sinking and shell forming used in the creation of both traditional and nontraditional hollowware forms. In addition, students will continue to develop fabrication, stone setting and casting techniques by adapting and integrating them into more complex and sophisticated forms.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2009 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2009 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 4309 Special Topics in Advanced Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design

3 hours

A self-directed advanced course of study in which the student will develop a contract with the instructor that includes project descriptions, selected readings and deadlines. Critiques will take place in both group and individual settings.

Prerequisites: two of the following courses: ART 3009, ART 3109, ART 3110, ART 3111.

Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

Studio Art Electives: Painting and Drawing

ART 2100 Painting I

3 hours

An introduction to the principles of spatial organization and color interaction. Includes exploration of concept, materials and techniques, light, color, form, and space.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1003, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 3100 Painting II

3 hours

Further exploration of formal issues such as light, color and space. Additional examination of painting techniques, processes and materials. Emphasis is on more challenging, concept-driven assignments.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2100, for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2100 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3200 Painting III

3 hours

An experimental and conceptual approach to painting. Encourages the exploration of conventional and unconventional media and the development of visual sensibility. Includes the study of contemporary issues and the cultivation of individual direction.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003, ART 2103 and ART 3100 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2103, ART 3100, and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3103 Contemporary Issues in Advanced Drawing

3 hours

A further exploration of contemporary drawing practices, with a specific thematic focus. Students will use sketchbook development, material experimentation, and visual research to create an independent body of work. Class themes include the human figure, narrative and sequential art, illustration, process and abstraction, and digital drawing media. All classes will examine the cross-cultural development of drawing in art history, and students will also have the opportunity to explore a variety of contemporary aesthetic approaches.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2103 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2103 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

ART 4300 Special Topics in Advanced Painting and Drawing

3 hours

This is an advanced painting and drawing studio course designed to develop personal vision and critical thinking. Emphasis is on the evolution of formal practice and self-evaluation. Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

Prerequisites: ART 2100, ART 3100, and ART 3200 or ART 3103.

Studio Art Electives: Photography

ART 2026 Photographic Design I

3 hours

An introduction to photography. This course offers a foundation in the basic technical skills and aesthetic knowledge needed to create fine art photography. Historical and contemporary issues, critical thinking, and visual analysis will be emphasized though oral discussion and written documentation.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1003, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

A camera is required per the instructor's directions.

ART 3226 Photographic Design II

3 hours

An intermediate course in fine art photography. The course explores more advanced techniques and processes as well as aesthetic, technical and conceptual problem-solving, critical analysis of image-making and historical and theoretical issues in the field. A camera is required per the instructor's directions.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2026 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2026 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3050 Digital Photographic Design

3 hours

This course will develop basic skills in digital art photography, building on knowledge gained in ART 2026 - Photographic Design I (3). Photographic image-making will be explored utilizing digital cameras and image-software. Issues in photography will also be investigated. Readings, discussions, field trips, lectures, research, written assignments and image presentations will be incorporated into the coursework. A DSLR camera is required per the instructor's directions.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2026 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2026  and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 3227 Special Topics in Photography

3 hours

In this course, students will examine a specialty area in photography through discussion, research, writing, presentations and/or creative studio work. Content may vary.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003 and ART 2026 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2026 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

A camera is required per the instructor's directions.

ART 4326 Advanced Photographic Design

3 hours

An advanced course in fine art photography. This course is designed to allow students to work at an advanced level in photography,to enhance the aesthetic, intellectual and visual evolution of personal work and to hone critical skills and awareness of historical and theoretical issues in the field.

Prerequisite: ART 3226 or permission of the instructor.

Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

A camera is required per the instructor's directions.

Studio Art Electives: Printmaking

ART 2025 Printmaking: Relief

3 hours

A general introduction to printmaking: its history, development, techniques, and processes. Various relief printmaking techniques will be explored such as woodcut, linocut, collagraph, and non-traditional methods. Using additive and reductive processes, students work in black and white and in color, learning the registration and printing of multiple matrices. Traditional, contemporary, and experimental approaches are encouraged.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1003, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 2125 Printmaking: Screenprinting

3 hours

This course introduces photomechanical screenprinting processes and techniques to create original prints. There is an additional emphasis on color theory for printmaking as well as techniques for creating editions and experimental prints.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1003, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 3425 Printmaking Studio

3 hours

This course involves an in-depth exploration of printmaking practices with a specific thematic and/or technical focus. Various techniques in printmaking will be covered and may include or combine: intaglio, lithography, monotype, photo and digital processes. Themes may include topics such as sustainable printmaking, the political print and print-installation. This course will examine the development of printmaking throughout history and across cultures. Students will explore a variety of contemporary aesthetic approaches in printmaking. Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of 12 semester hours.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002 and ART 1003 for Art and Visual Culture majors. Candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 4325 Special Topics in Advanced Printmaking

3 hours

This course continues the investigation of techniques and directions introduced in beginning level printmaking courses. Students are expected to refine technical competency through the development of a cohesive body of work that articulates an inventive and conceptual use of the printed image and a clear personal vision. Emphasis will be given to examining advanced processes and contemporary issues in printmaking.

Prerequisites: ART 2025, ART 2125 and ART 3425.

Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

ART 3410 Book Arts

3 hours

This course investigates the potential of combining text and image using digital and photo-printmaking techniques to create artists' books with content. There is a secondary focus on mastering binding structures.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002 and ART 1003 for Art and Visual Culture majors. Candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

Studio Art Electives: Sculpture

ART 2101 Sculpture I: Modeling and Casting

3 hours

An introduction to sculptural ideas and concepts developed through modeling in clay, wax and plaster molding processes. An introduction to foundry casting includes basic sand casting and plaster investment processes.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1002, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 2201 Sculpture I: Carving and Construction

3 hours

An introduction to sculptural ideas and concepts developed through carving in stone and wood and additive construction in materials such as welded steel. The student is introduced to the use of specialized hand and power tools including pneumatic chisels and die grinders as well as power sanders and grinders required for shaping and finishing stone, wood and steel.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1002, or ART 1020 or ART 1021.

ART 3201 Sculpture II: Contemporary Issues

3 hours

Intermediate focus on traditional and/or experimental sculptural processes, media or techniques. Topics to be considered may include installation art, digital art, performance art or site specific sculpture as well as in-depth study of traditional media. Course content will vary from semester to semester.

Prerequisites: ART 1001, ART 1002, ART 1003, ART 2101 and ART 2201 for Art and Visual Culture majors. ART 2101, ART 2201 and candidacy portfolio review for BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design, or BFA Art Education majors; or permission of the instructor.

ART 4301 Special Topics in Advanced Sculpture

3 hours

An advanced development of sculptural expression. The students will be expected to develop a personal approach to sculptural content and style as well as develop standards of critical judgment in the analysis of their own work. Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

Prerequisite: ART 3201.

Studio Art Electives: Other

ART 1102 Introduction to Graphic Design

3 hours

This is an introductory level course for students entering the field of graphic design. It involves studio inquiry into the nature of visual communication. The course is structured to foster a personal approach to the design process and the ability to discuss design critically. Topics introduced in the course include typography, symbols, contemporary design practice and the relationship between designer, audience and message. Work produced in this course allows for the discovery of the language, creative problem-solving processes and technologies fundamental to graphic design.

Prerequisites: ART 1001 and ART 1003.

ART 2016 Introduction to Studio Art and Design

3 hours

GEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Liberal Studies Experience

An introductory exploration of contemporary studio art practice, with a specific thematic focus. Students will experiment with materials and techniques, complete research on visual/thematic topics, and document their developing ideas. Projects will introduce a variety of two dimensional, three dimensional, and time-based media. Sample themes include topics in culture, technology, history, sociology, and the environment.

Barring duplication of content, a student may repeat the course for a total credit of nine semester hours.

ART 2019 Art for Social Change

3 hours

GEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: "Revolutions: Social and Political")

This course combines an introductory studio course with an examination of the way in which art can contribute to social change. Studio assignments will involve students in the investigation, understanding and application of artistic methods and the principles of design while thematically exploring contemporary social issues. Lectures, class discussions and project critiques are geared to develop students' awareness of how art can address social issues.

ART 2302 Calligraphy

3 hours

An introduction to hand-lettering. Both monoline and edged-pen lettering styles are studied in their historical context, including Roman capitals, minuscules, and Italic styles. The application of color to letter forms will be examined, as well as various methods of page composition, surface decoration and bookbinding.

Prerequisite: ART 1001 or permission of the instructor.

ART 2500 Independent Study

(1-4) hours

Majors in art may broaden and intensify their program through individual research and involvement in a given area of art.

Prerequisite: permission of the departmental chair.

ART 3500 Independent Study

(1-4) hours

Majors in art may broaden and intensify their program through individual research and involvement in a given area of art.

Prerequisite: permission of the departmental chair.

ART Selected Topics

(1-4) hours

Studio Art Electives: Studio and Related Areas

ART 3013 Introduction to New York/Washington Art Scene

1 hours

The ASU-NY Loft and/or the Appalachian House in Washington are bases from which visiting groups of students will experience the art museums and galleries in each city. Trips to these cities, organized by art faculty, allow students to gain one semester hour credit. Individual projects are assigned by the instructor leading each trip.

May be repeated for a total of three hours credit.

ART 3112 Art Exhibitions in Contemporary Culture

3 hours

This seminar surveys current practices of exhibiting art in a variety of contexts and cultural institutions including museums, galleries, online and other exhibition sites. Students conduct research on contemporary exhibition practices and take field trips to explore current exhibitions and museum installations.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

ART 3140 Professional Practice: Studio Art

3 hours

This course will provide students with the opportunity, support and direction to begin their professional lives. It focuses on considering the options available with an undergraduate degree in art, and on acquiring the practical skills and knowledge vital for a professional life in a creative field. Students will learn about the pragmatics of a creative career, and understand what steps to take toward that career. Appropriate for students in all Art Department degree tracks.

Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor.

ART 3500 Independent Study

(1-4) hours

Majors in art may broaden and intensify their program through individual research and involvement in a given area of art.

Prerequisite: permission of the departmental chair.

ART 3520 Instructional Assistance

1 hours

A supervised experience in the instructional process on the university level through direct participation in a classroom situation.

Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

May be repeated for a total credit of three semester hours.

Approved contract required.

ART 3521 Technical Assistant

1 hours

A supervised experience in which students will provide technical laboratory assistance in media-based studios and computer-related facilities.

Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor.

May be repeated for a total credit of three semester hours.

ART 3522 Research Assistant

(1-3) hours

A supervised experience in which the student collaborates on a faculty member's project under the direction of the faculty member. A student may also undertake her/his own research if it is relevant to that of the faculty member.

Prerequisites: declared art major with junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor.

May be repeated for a total credit of six semester hours.

ART 3900 Internship

(1-6) hours

Supervised placement in a setting which provides an opportunity for students to observe and practice various art and design related skills. Supervision and evaluation by the site supervisor and the faculty member.

ART 4012 Exhibitions Practicum

3 hours

This practicum course introduces students to the fundamental principles and practical responsibilities of managing and maintaining art exhibitions. Students gain experience planning, promoting, designing, and installing exhibitions and events in the Catherine J. Smith Gallery.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

ART 4900 Internship: Field Experience

(1-12) hours

GEN ED: Capstone Experience

An on-the-job experience with artists, museums, galleries, and other businesses related to the promotion of professions in the arts and cultural sector.

____ Other with written approval of your advisor

3 hours

Visiting artist in clay class

Our faculty are great, but it’s nice to have visitors

Liz Kohler Brown (BFA Studio Art 2010) returned to ASU as a visiting artist to share her graduate school experience with current students and to offer personal advice on the balance of school, work, and pursuing the dream of becoming an artist.