Toward Together:

COVID-19 Campus Preparedness Plan
×

Art: Studio

“As an artist, one of the most amazing things you can do is share your passion for art with others, and Graceland’s art education program made that possible for me. Every day I wake up knowing I am going to help my students discover their own love of art.” 

Ashley Hahne ‘19 

header pattern
pattern
Learn more about our program...

 Graceland students who major in STUDIO ART encounter a contemporary program designed to prepare students to be socially engaged world-changers, have successful arts-centered careers and pursue lifelong engagement in the visual arts. Graceland provides a place for gifted and motivated students to thrive, encouraging self-sufficiency and meaningful communication and collaboration, while studying in our extraordinary Helene Center for Visual Arts. Students can explore painting, sculpture, printmaking, design and more as they develop their own creative viewpoint rooted in the fundamentals of art and design. 

Graceland’s liberal arts campus environment encourages students to think critically in many areas of thought, so they have room to pursue other interests like the arts and athletics while working toward their degree. 

Offerings
Major, Minor
Field of Study
Visual & Performing Arts
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum
  • BA Degree - Art: Studio Major

    In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Studio Art must complete 45 semester hours as prescribed below:

    Core classes – Students must complete all of the following core classes.

    Students will choose 12 credits – 4 classes from the following electives.

    *Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

    Courses Offered
    • ARTS12102-D Design
      ARTS1210 2-D Design - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the visual arts which explores the elements of art and principles of 2-D design while focusing on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, non-literal visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS12203-D Design
      ARTS1220 3-D Design - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the principles of composition in three-dimensional space. Coordinated sequence of studio projects investigates the problems of spatial organization and focuses on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS1230Drawing
      ARTS1230 Drawing - 3 s.h.

      This introductory course considers drawing as a form of communication and a sustaining practice. Through the use of various drawing materials, observation, memory training, and composition are stressed to give the student a wide experience and solid base in the art, skill and history of drawing. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS1680Computer Graphics for Art & Design
      ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design - 3 s.h.

      A technical course exploring the digital tools used in the graphic design industry. Students are exposed to the function, theory, and use of industry-standard computer hardware, software, and basic digital design principles utilized in the production of graphic design. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    • ARTS1900Topics in Art
      ARTS1900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

      Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee may be required. Goal 2A

    • ARTS2220Advanced Drawing
      ARTS2220 Advanced Drawing - 3 s.h.

      This course reinforces, refines and further develops the skills of direct observation established in Drawing while exploring and analyzing conceptual strategies in dialogue with contemporary art through the use of color, thematic development and experimental approaches that push the boundaries of what we define as drawing. Additional fee required. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2240Art and Social Practice
      ARTS2240 Art and Social Practice - 3 s.h.

      Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to understand and produce social practice art projects with an emphasis on engaging community in social and public spaces. Focus is on being able to use creative acts as a force for social change. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • ARTS2250Painting
      ARTS2250 Painting - 3 s.h.

      A studio experience which presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting and color theory. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210 and ARTS1230. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2300Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval
      ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval - 3 s.h.

      Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS2310Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern
      ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern - 3 s.h.

      Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS2600Professional Practices
      ARTS2600 Professional Practices - 3 s.h.

      This course focuses on career preparation and opportunities for visual artists and designers. Focus is on equipping students with professional tools and business skills including goal setting, professional ethics, contracts, and portfolio basics including cover letters, statements, resumes and documentation of artwork. Exhibitions in galleries, museums, alternative spaces, networking and public relations, arts advocacy, applying for grants and residencies, internships, jobs and graduate school will be covered. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2900Topics in Art
      ARTS2900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

      Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    • ARTS3100Modern to Contemporary Art History
      ARTS3100 Modern to Contemporary Art History - 3 s.h.

      Cultural, social and historical study of the visual arts from the late 19th century to the present. Examines influences of privilege and inequality on the development of major artists, styles and movements from a global perspective. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • ARTS3200The Printed Image
      ARTS3200 The Printed Image - 3 s.h.

      This introductory printmaking/image making studio course is steeped in the tradition of innovation through technology, and the power it has through its use of media, information sharing and protest. Students are introduced to non-toxic relief, intaglio-type, monotype, silkscreen, and multiple image making through contemporary applications of print media. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics
      ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

      Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS3260Experimental Media and Processes
      ARTS3260 Experimental Media and Processes - 3 s.h.

      Exploration of experimental materials, processes and technologies to create hybrid art forms. Emphasis on innovative visual problem-solving through inquiry and research. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3280Sculpture
      ARTS3280 Sculpture - 3 s.h.

      Investigation of traditional and non-traditional 3-D media, processes and techniques which may include modeling, casting, carving, assemblage, construction, and installation. Addresses sculptural concepts of three-dimensional form and content, and safe tool usage. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220.

    • ARTS3840Interdisciplinary Studio
      ARTS3840 Interdisciplinary Studio - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on generating interdisciplinary theories, practices and works within a studio-based format. The course allows for collaborative learning opportunities for students working in different disciplines to approach themes and develop personal bodies of work. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1210 and ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3900Topics in Art
      ARTS3900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

      Study of topics in studio art or commercial design. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Goal 2A

    • ARTS4700Senior Exhibition
      ARTS4700 Senior Exhibition - 3 s.h.

      Senior capstone experience that focuses on the planning and completion of pieces for a public exhibition. The exhibit presentation must be appropriate for the medium and include publicity and a launch. All students will give a professional presentation, assemble a portfolio and personal website, and complete an exit interview. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

    ARTS12102-D Design ARTS12203-D Design ARTS1230Drawing ARTS1680Computer Graphics for Art & Design ARTS1900Topics in Art ARTS2220Advanced Drawing ARTS2240Art and Social Practice ARTS2250Painting ARTS2300Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval ARTS2310Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern ARTS2600Professional Practices ARTS2900Topics in Art ARTS3100Modern to Contemporary Art History ARTS3200The Printed Image ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics ARTS3260Experimental Media and Processes ARTS3280Sculpture ARTS3840Interdisciplinary Studio ARTS3900Topics in Art ARTS4700Senior Exhibition
    Course Descriptions
    ARTS1210 2-D Design - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the visual arts which explores the elements of art and principles of 2-D design while focusing on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, non-literal visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS1220 3-D Design - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the principles of composition in three-dimensional space. Coordinated sequence of studio projects investigates the problems of spatial organization and focuses on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS1230 Drawing - 3 s.h.

    This introductory course considers drawing as a form of communication and a sustaining practice. Through the use of various drawing materials, observation, memory training, and composition are stressed to give the student a wide experience and solid base in the art, skill and history of drawing. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design - 3 s.h.

    A technical course exploring the digital tools used in the graphic design industry. Students are exposed to the function, theory, and use of industry-standard computer hardware, software, and basic digital design principles utilized in the production of graphic design. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    ARTS1900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

    Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee may be required. Goal 2A

    ARTS2220 Advanced Drawing - 3 s.h.

    This course reinforces, refines and further develops the skills of direct observation established in Drawing while exploring and analyzing conceptual strategies in dialogue with contemporary art through the use of color, thematic development and experimental approaches that push the boundaries of what we define as drawing. Additional fee required. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2240 Art and Social Practice - 3 s.h.

    Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to understand and produce social practice art projects with an emphasis on engaging community in social and public spaces. Focus is on being able to use creative acts as a force for social change. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    ARTS2250 Painting - 3 s.h.

    A studio experience which presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting and color theory. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210 and ARTS1230. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval - 3 s.h.

    Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern - 3 s.h.

    Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS2600 Professional Practices - 3 s.h.

    This course focuses on career preparation and opportunities for visual artists and designers. Focus is on equipping students with professional tools and business skills including goal setting, professional ethics, contracts, and portfolio basics including cover letters, statements, resumes and documentation of artwork. Exhibitions in galleries, museums, alternative spaces, networking and public relations, arts advocacy, applying for grants and residencies, internships, jobs and graduate school will be covered. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

    Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    ARTS3100 Modern to Contemporary Art History - 3 s.h.

    Cultural, social and historical study of the visual arts from the late 19th century to the present. Examines influences of privilege and inequality on the development of major artists, styles and movements from a global perspective. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    ARTS3200 The Printed Image - 3 s.h.

    This introductory printmaking/image making studio course is steeped in the tradition of innovation through technology, and the power it has through its use of media, information sharing and protest. Students are introduced to non-toxic relief, intaglio-type, monotype, silkscreen, and multiple image making through contemporary applications of print media. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

    Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS3260 Experimental Media and Processes - 3 s.h.

    Exploration of experimental materials, processes and technologies to create hybrid art forms. Emphasis on innovative visual problem-solving through inquiry and research. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3280 Sculpture - 3 s.h.

    Investigation of traditional and non-traditional 3-D media, processes and techniques which may include modeling, casting, carving, assemblage, construction, and installation. Addresses sculptural concepts of three-dimensional form and content, and safe tool usage. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220.

    ARTS3840 Interdisciplinary Studio - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on generating interdisciplinary theories, practices and works within a studio-based format. The course allows for collaborative learning opportunities for students working in different disciplines to approach themes and develop personal bodies of work. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1210 and ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

    Study of topics in studio art or commercial design. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Goal 2A

    ARTS4700 Senior Exhibition - 3 s.h.

    Senior capstone experience that focuses on the planning and completion of pieces for a public exhibition. The exhibit presentation must be appropriate for the medium and include publicity and a launch. All students will give a professional presentation, assemble a portfolio and personal website, and complete an exit interview. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

  • Art: Studio Minor

    In addition to the essential education requirements, minors in Art: Studio must complete 21 semester hours as prescribed below:

    Courses Offered
    • ARTS12102-D Design
      ARTS1210 2-D Design - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the visual arts which explores the elements of art and principles of 2-D design while focusing on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, non-literal visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS1230Drawing
      ARTS1230 Drawing - 3 s.h.

      This introductory course considers drawing as a form of communication and a sustaining practice. Through the use of various drawing materials, observation, memory training, and composition are stressed to give the student a wide experience and solid base in the art, skill and history of drawing. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS2240Art and Social Practice
      ARTS2240 Art and Social Practice - 3 s.h.

      Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to understand and produce social practice art projects with an emphasis on engaging community in social and public spaces. Focus is on being able to use creative acts as a force for social change. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • ARTS2250Painting
      ARTS2250 Painting - 3 s.h.

      A studio experience which presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting and color theory. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210 and ARTS1230. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2300Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval
      ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval - 3 s.h.

      Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS2310Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern
      ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern - 3 s.h.

      Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS3200The Printed Image
      ARTS3200 The Printed Image - 3 s.h.

      This introductory printmaking/image making studio course is steeped in the tradition of innovation through technology, and the power it has through its use of media, information sharing and protest. Students are introduced to non-toxic relief, intaglio-type, monotype, silkscreen, and multiple image making through contemporary applications of print media. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics
      ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

      Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS3260Experimental Media and Processes
      ARTS3260 Experimental Media and Processes - 3 s.h.

      Exploration of experimental materials, processes and technologies to create hybrid art forms. Emphasis on innovative visual problem-solving through inquiry and research. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3280Sculpture
      ARTS3280 Sculpture - 3 s.h.

      Investigation of traditional and non-traditional 3-D media, processes and techniques which may include modeling, casting, carving, assemblage, construction, and installation. Addresses sculptural concepts of three-dimensional form and content, and safe tool usage. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220.

    ARTS12102-D Design ARTS1230Drawing ARTS2240Art and Social Practice ARTS2250Painting ARTS2300Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval ARTS2310Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern ARTS3200The Printed Image ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics ARTS3260Experimental Media and Processes ARTS3280Sculpture
    Course Descriptions
    ARTS1210 2-D Design - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the visual arts which explores the elements of art and principles of 2-D design while focusing on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, non-literal visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS1230 Drawing - 3 s.h.

    This introductory course considers drawing as a form of communication and a sustaining practice. Through the use of various drawing materials, observation, memory training, and composition are stressed to give the student a wide experience and solid base in the art, skill and history of drawing. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS2240 Art and Social Practice - 3 s.h.

    Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to understand and produce social practice art projects with an emphasis on engaging community in social and public spaces. Focus is on being able to use creative acts as a force for social change. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    ARTS2250 Painting - 3 s.h.

    A studio experience which presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting and color theory. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210 and ARTS1230. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval - 3 s.h.

    Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern - 3 s.h.

    Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS3200 The Printed Image - 3 s.h.

    This introductory printmaking/image making studio course is steeped in the tradition of innovation through technology, and the power it has through its use of media, information sharing and protest. Students are introduced to non-toxic relief, intaglio-type, monotype, silkscreen, and multiple image making through contemporary applications of print media. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

    Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS3260 Experimental Media and Processes - 3 s.h.

    Exploration of experimental materials, processes and technologies to create hybrid art forms. Emphasis on innovative visual problem-solving through inquiry and research. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3280 Sculpture - 3 s.h.

    Investigation of traditional and non-traditional 3-D media, processes and techniques which may include modeling, casting, carving, assemblage, construction, and installation. Addresses sculptural concepts of three-dimensional form and content, and safe tool usage. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220.

  • Teacher Certification in Art
    1. FOR ART MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Students majoring in Art who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with an Art secondary endorsement must complete all requirements for the BA in Studio Art degree, the Secondary Education Program and ARTS4350 Art for the Secondary School as the appropriate methods course.
    2. FOR ART MAJORS WHO WANT A COMBINATION ENDORSEMENT (K-8 AND 5-12): Students majoring in Art who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with an elementary and secondary Art endorsement must complete all requirements for the BA in Studio Art degree, the Combination Program with ARTS3300 Art for the Elementary School and ARTS4350 Art for the Secondary School as the appropriate methods courses.
    3. FOR ART MAJORS WHO WANT AN ELEMENTARY ENDORSEMENT (K-8). Students majoring in Art who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with a K-8 Art endorsement must complete all requirements for the BA in Studio Art degree, the Secondary Education Program (5-12 grade level requirements), substituting ARTS3300 and EDUC4400 for ARTS4350 and EDUC4420, respectively.
    4. FOR NON-ART MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY ART ENDORSEMENT (5-12). Non-art majors desiring a secondary Art endorsement (5-12) in Iowa must complete a major in a secondary teaching field, the Secondary Education Program with ARTS4350 Art for the Secondary School as the appropriate methods course, and the following courses:
    Courses Offered
    • ARTS12102-D Design
      ARTS1210 2-D Design - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the visual arts which explores the elements of art and principles of 2-D design while focusing on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, non-literal visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS12203-D Design
      ARTS1220 3-D Design - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the principles of composition in three-dimensional space. Coordinated sequence of studio projects investigates the problems of spatial organization and focuses on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS1230Drawing
      ARTS1230 Drawing - 3 s.h.

      This introductory course considers drawing as a form of communication and a sustaining practice. Through the use of various drawing materials, observation, memory training, and composition are stressed to give the student a wide experience and solid base in the art, skill and history of drawing. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS2250Painting
      ARTS2250 Painting - 3 s.h.

      A studio experience which presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting and color theory. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210 and ARTS1230. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2300Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval
      ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval - 3 s.h.

      Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS2310Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern
      ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern - 3 s.h.

      Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS2900Topics in Art
      ARTS2900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

      Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    • ARTS3100Modern to Contemporary Art History
      ARTS3100 Modern to Contemporary Art History - 3 s.h.

      Cultural, social and historical study of the visual arts from the late 19th century to the present. Examines influences of privilege and inequality on the development of major artists, styles and movements from a global perspective. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • ARTS3200The Printed Image
      ARTS3200 The Printed Image - 3 s.h.

      This introductory printmaking/image making studio course is steeped in the tradition of innovation through technology, and the power it has through its use of media, information sharing and protest. Students are introduced to non-toxic relief, intaglio-type, monotype, silkscreen, and multiple image making through contemporary applications of print media. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics
      ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

      Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS3260Experimental Media and Processes
      ARTS3260 Experimental Media and Processes - 3 s.h.

      Exploration of experimental materials, processes and technologies to create hybrid art forms. Emphasis on innovative visual problem-solving through inquiry and research. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3280Sculpture
      ARTS3280 Sculpture - 3 s.h.

      Investigation of traditional and non-traditional 3-D media, processes and techniques which may include modeling, casting, carving, assemblage, construction, and installation. Addresses sculptural concepts of three-dimensional form and content, and safe tool usage. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220.

    • ARTS3300Art for the Elementary Schools
      ARTS3300 Art for the Elementary Schools - 3 s.h.

      Development of knowledge and skills to plan, organize, and facilitate meaningful art curricula for elementary art students, with attention to lesson preparation, child artistic development, material discovery and integration with other subjects. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program, junior standing. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS4350Art for the Secondary School
      ARTS4350 Art for the Secondary School - 3 s.h.

      Development of knowledge and skills to plan, organize, and facilitate meaningful art curricula for secondary art students with attention to lesson preparation and material discovery. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    • EDUC4400Elementary Student Teaching (K-6)
      EDUC4400 Elementary Student Teaching (K-6) - 6-14 s.h.

      Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of elementary student teaching in accordance with the policies in the Teacher Education Handbook. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) * If a candidate with more than one teaching major completes 14 semester hours of student teaching for one major (or endorsements that require student teaching), an additional six semester hours of student teaching will meet the student teaching requirement for the asterisked second teaching major.

    ARTS12102-D Design ARTS12203-D Design ARTS1230Drawing ARTS2250Painting ARTS2300Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval ARTS2310Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern ARTS2900Topics in Art ARTS3100Modern to Contemporary Art History ARTS3200The Printed Image ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics ARTS3260Experimental Media and Processes ARTS3280Sculpture ARTS3300Art for the Elementary Schools ARTS4350Art for the Secondary School EDUC4400Elementary Student Teaching (K-6)
    Course Descriptions
    ARTS1210 2-D Design - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the visual arts which explores the elements of art and principles of 2-D design while focusing on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, non-literal visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS1220 3-D Design - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the principles of composition in three-dimensional space. Coordinated sequence of studio projects investigates the problems of spatial organization and focuses on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS1230 Drawing - 3 s.h.

    This introductory course considers drawing as a form of communication and a sustaining practice. Through the use of various drawing materials, observation, memory training, and composition are stressed to give the student a wide experience and solid base in the art, skill and history of drawing. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS2250 Painting - 3 s.h.

    A studio experience which presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting and color theory. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210 and ARTS1230. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval - 3 s.h.

    Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern - 3 s.h.

    Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS2900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

    Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    ARTS3100 Modern to Contemporary Art History - 3 s.h.

    Cultural, social and historical study of the visual arts from the late 19th century to the present. Examines influences of privilege and inequality on the development of major artists, styles and movements from a global perspective. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    ARTS3200 The Printed Image - 3 s.h.

    This introductory printmaking/image making studio course is steeped in the tradition of innovation through technology, and the power it has through its use of media, information sharing and protest. Students are introduced to non-toxic relief, intaglio-type, monotype, silkscreen, and multiple image making through contemporary applications of print media. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

    Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS3260 Experimental Media and Processes - 3 s.h.

    Exploration of experimental materials, processes and technologies to create hybrid art forms. Emphasis on innovative visual problem-solving through inquiry and research. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3280 Sculpture - 3 s.h.

    Investigation of traditional and non-traditional 3-D media, processes and techniques which may include modeling, casting, carving, assemblage, construction, and installation. Addresses sculptural concepts of three-dimensional form and content, and safe tool usage. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220.

    ARTS3300 Art for the Elementary Schools - 3 s.h.

    Development of knowledge and skills to plan, organize, and facilitate meaningful art curricula for elementary art students, with attention to lesson preparation, child artistic development, material discovery and integration with other subjects. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program, junior standing. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS4350 Art for the Secondary School - 3 s.h.

    Development of knowledge and skills to plan, organize, and facilitate meaningful art curricula for secondary art students with attention to lesson preparation and material discovery. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    EDUC4400 Elementary Student Teaching (K-6) - 6-14 s.h.

    Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of elementary student teaching in accordance with the policies in the Teacher Education Handbook. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) * If a candidate with more than one teaching major completes 14 semester hours of student teaching for one major (or endorsements that require student teaching), an additional six semester hours of student teaching will meet the student teaching requirement for the asterisked second teaching major.

  • Course list - Art
    Courses Offered
    • ARTS12102-D Design
      ARTS1210 2-D Design - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the visual arts which explores the elements of art and principles of 2-D design while focusing on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, non-literal visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS12203-D Design
      ARTS1220 3-D Design - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the principles of composition in three-dimensional space. Coordinated sequence of studio projects investigates the problems of spatial organization and focuses on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS1230Drawing
      ARTS1230 Drawing - 3 s.h.

      This introductory course considers drawing as a form of communication and a sustaining practice. Through the use of various drawing materials, observation, memory training, and composition are stressed to give the student a wide experience and solid base in the art, skill and history of drawing. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS1250Creativity, Innovation & Change
      ARTS1250 Creativity, Innovation & Change - 3 s.h.

      In a playground of creative thinking and discovery, students will learn and apply the process of design thinking – ideation, visualization, production and refinement to solve problems. Through hands-on exercises and interactive discussions and experiences, students will develop an understanding of the language of the visual arts, the development and function of art and innovation, and the creative process. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS1680Computer Graphics for Art & Design
      ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design - 3 s.h.

      A technical course exploring the digital tools used in the graphic design industry. Students are exposed to the function, theory, and use of industry-standard computer hardware, software, and basic digital design principles utilized in the production of graphic design. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    • ARTS1710Introduction to Graphic Design
      ARTS1710 Introduction to Graphic Design - 3 s.h.

      Covers basic principles of typography, such as type anatomy, type fonts and families, communication with typography and an introduction to layout and grid structures. Typography as medium and message and conceptual solutions are emphasized. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design. Goal 2A

    • ARTS1900Topics in Art
      ARTS1900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

      Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee may be required. Goal 2A

    • ARTS2220Advanced Drawing
      ARTS2220 Advanced Drawing - 3 s.h.

      This course reinforces, refines and further develops the skills of direct observation established in Drawing while exploring and analyzing conceptual strategies in dialogue with contemporary art through the use of color, thematic development and experimental approaches that push the boundaries of what we define as drawing. Additional fee required. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2240Art and Social Practice
      ARTS2240 Art and Social Practice - 3 s.h.

      Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to understand and produce social practice art projects with an emphasis on engaging community in social and public spaces. Focus is on being able to use creative acts as a force for social change. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • ARTS2250Painting
      ARTS2250 Painting - 3 s.h.

      A studio experience which presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting and color theory. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210 and ARTS1230. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2300Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval
      ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval - 3 s.h.

      Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS2310Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern
      ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern - 3 s.h.

      Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    • ARTS2390History of Graphic Design
      ARTS2390 History of Graphic Design - 3 s.h.

      A study of the major developments, movements and styles, and artists associated with the history of Graphic Design. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2400Ethics, Politics, and Controversy in Art
      ARTS2400 Ethics, Politics, and Controversy in Art - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to ethical concerns and considerations inherent in the arts. The course examines relevant issues involved with funding for the arts, economy of global art markets, censorship, the environment, ownership, and preservation. The course fosters deeper understanding of the ways in which art profoundly affects the individual, the society, and the culture. Goal 3E, ELO5 Arts - Peace, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2600Professional Practices
      ARTS2600 Professional Practices - 3 s.h.

      This course focuses on career preparation and opportunities for visual artists and designers. Focus is on equipping students with professional tools and business skills including goal setting, professional ethics, contracts, and portfolio basics including cover letters, statements, resumes and documentation of artwork. Exhibitions in galleries, museums, alternative spaces, networking and public relations, arts advocacy, applying for grants and residencies, internships, jobs and graduate school will be covered. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS2900Topics in Art
      ARTS2900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

      Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    • ARTS3100Modern to Contemporary Art History
      ARTS3100 Modern to Contemporary Art History - 3 s.h.

      Cultural, social and historical study of the visual arts from the late 19th century to the present. Examines influences of privilege and inequality on the development of major artists, styles and movements from a global perspective. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • ARTS3200The Printed Image
      ARTS3200 The Printed Image - 3 s.h.

      This introductory printmaking/image making studio course is steeped in the tradition of innovation through technology, and the power it has through its use of media, information sharing and protest. Students are introduced to non-toxic relief, intaglio-type, monotype, silkscreen, and multiple image making through contemporary applications of print media. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics
      ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

      Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • ARTS3260Experimental Media and Processes
      ARTS3260 Experimental Media and Processes - 3 s.h.

      Exploration of experimental materials, processes and technologies to create hybrid art forms. Emphasis on innovative visual problem-solving through inquiry and research. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3280Sculpture
      ARTS3280 Sculpture - 3 s.h.

      Investigation of traditional and non-traditional 3-D media, processes and techniques which may include modeling, casting, carving, assemblage, construction, and installation. Addresses sculptural concepts of three-dimensional form and content, and safe tool usage. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220.

    • ARTS3300Art for the Elementary Schools
      ARTS3300 Art for the Elementary Schools - 3 s.h.

      Development of knowledge and skills to plan, organize, and facilitate meaningful art curricula for elementary art students, with attention to lesson preparation, child artistic development, material discovery and integration with other subjects. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program, junior standing. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3620Illustration and Imaging
      ARTS3620 Illustration and Imaging - 3 s.h.

      Exploration into image making and visual story telling with an emphasis in illustration, blending digital and traditional technology. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210, ARTS1680 and ARTS1710.

    • ARTS3630Systems in Design
      ARTS3630 Systems in Design - 3 s.h.

      Study of the integration of type and image through multi-level designs, such as multi page layouts, and identity systems. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1680 and ARTS1710.

    • ARTS3640Interactive Design
      ARTS3640 Interactive Design - 3 s.h.

      Introduction into the principles of interactivity through interface, web, and information design. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1210, ARTS1680 and ARTS1710.

    • ARTS3820Portfolio Development
      ARTS3820 Portfolio Development - 3 s.h.

      An advanced study of multi-level design such as packaging and branding, to create a resume and portfolio focused on a career in visual communications graphic design. Focus on presentation skills and exhibit display appropriate for the medium (matting, layout, mounting, mock-up, etc.). Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS3630. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3840Interdisciplinary Studio
      ARTS3840 Interdisciplinary Studio - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on generating interdisciplinary theories, practices and works within a studio-based format. The course allows for collaborative learning opportunities for students working in different disciplines to approach themes and develop personal bodies of work. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1210 and ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS3900Topics in Art
      ARTS3900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

      Study of topics in studio art or commercial design. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Goal 2A

    • ARTS4100Systems Development Project (also CSIT4100)
      ARTS4100 Systems Development Project (also CSIT4100) - 1-3 s.h.

      (Also CSIT4100) In-depth project in consultation with the sponsoring faculty member. Students will complete a project that requires design, interactivity and creativity. The project will include some technical aspects and complete documentation of the project is required. The project requires a formal presentation at completion. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

    • ARTS4350Art for the Secondary School
      ARTS4350 Art for the Secondary School - 3 s.h.

      Development of knowledge and skills to plan, organize, and facilitate meaningful art curricula for secondary art students with attention to lesson preparation and material discovery. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ARTS4450Graphic Design Internship
      ARTS4450 Graphic Design Internship - 3 s.h.

      Advanced work intended for graphic design experiences in a real world environment. The majority of graphic design internships will occur off-campus in organizations such as advertising agencies, commercial art studios, commercial printing art departments, corporate in-house art departments or any site deemed appropriate by the instructor. Some internships may be available on campus in the CMC. Repeatable once for credit. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: At least two courses from the Graphic Design offerings.

    • ARTS4700Senior Exhibition
      ARTS4700 Senior Exhibition - 3 s.h.

      Senior capstone experience that focuses on the planning and completion of pieces for a public exhibition. The exhibit presentation must be appropriate for the medium and include publicity and a launch. All students will give a professional presentation, assemble a portfolio and personal website, and complete an exit interview. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

    ARTS12102-D Design ARTS12203-D Design ARTS1230Drawing ARTS1250Creativity, Innovation & Change ARTS1680Computer Graphics for Art & Design ARTS1710Introduction to Graphic Design ARTS1900Topics in Art ARTS2220Advanced Drawing ARTS2240Art and Social Practice ARTS2250Painting ARTS2300Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval ARTS2310Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern ARTS2390History of Graphic Design ARTS2400Ethics, Politics, and Controversy in Art ARTS2600Professional Practices ARTS2900Topics in Art ARTS3100Modern to Contemporary Art History ARTS3200The Printed Image ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics ARTS3260Experimental Media and Processes ARTS3280Sculpture ARTS3300Art for the Elementary Schools ARTS3620Illustration and Imaging ARTS3630Systems in Design ARTS3640Interactive Design ARTS3820Portfolio Development ARTS3840Interdisciplinary Studio ARTS3900Topics in Art ARTS4100Systems Development Project (also CSIT4100) ARTS4350Art for the Secondary School ARTS4450Graphic Design Internship ARTS4700Senior Exhibition
    Course Descriptions
    ARTS1210 2-D Design - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the visual arts which explores the elements of art and principles of 2-D design while focusing on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, non-literal visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS1220 3-D Design - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the principles of composition in three-dimensional space. Coordinated sequence of studio projects investigates the problems of spatial organization and focuses on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS1230 Drawing - 3 s.h.

    This introductory course considers drawing as a form of communication and a sustaining practice. Through the use of various drawing materials, observation, memory training, and composition are stressed to give the student a wide experience and solid base in the art, skill and history of drawing. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS1250 Creativity, Innovation & Change - 3 s.h.

    In a playground of creative thinking and discovery, students will learn and apply the process of design thinking – ideation, visualization, production and refinement to solve problems. Through hands-on exercises and interactive discussions and experiences, students will develop an understanding of the language of the visual arts, the development and function of art and innovation, and the creative process. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design - 3 s.h.

    A technical course exploring the digital tools used in the graphic design industry. Students are exposed to the function, theory, and use of industry-standard computer hardware, software, and basic digital design principles utilized in the production of graphic design. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    ARTS1710 Introduction to Graphic Design - 3 s.h.

    Covers basic principles of typography, such as type anatomy, type fonts and families, communication with typography and an introduction to layout and grid structures. Typography as medium and message and conceptual solutions are emphasized. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design. Goal 2A

    ARTS1900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

    Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee may be required. Goal 2A

    ARTS2220 Advanced Drawing - 3 s.h.

    This course reinforces, refines and further develops the skills of direct observation established in Drawing while exploring and analyzing conceptual strategies in dialogue with contemporary art through the use of color, thematic development and experimental approaches that push the boundaries of what we define as drawing. Additional fee required. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2240 Art and Social Practice - 3 s.h.

    Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to understand and produce social practice art projects with an emphasis on engaging community in social and public spaces. Focus is on being able to use creative acts as a force for social change. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    ARTS2250 Painting - 3 s.h.

    A studio experience which presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting and color theory. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210 and ARTS1230. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval - 3 s.h.

    Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern - 3 s.h.

    Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

    ARTS2390 History of Graphic Design - 3 s.h.

    A study of the major developments, movements and styles, and artists associated with the history of Graphic Design. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2400 Ethics, Politics, and Controversy in Art - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to ethical concerns and considerations inherent in the arts. The course examines relevant issues involved with funding for the arts, economy of global art markets, censorship, the environment, ownership, and preservation. The course fosters deeper understanding of the ways in which art profoundly affects the individual, the society, and the culture. Goal 3E, ELO5 Arts - Peace, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2600 Professional Practices - 3 s.h.

    This course focuses on career preparation and opportunities for visual artists and designers. Focus is on equipping students with professional tools and business skills including goal setting, professional ethics, contracts, and portfolio basics including cover letters, statements, resumes and documentation of artwork. Exhibitions in galleries, museums, alternative spaces, networking and public relations, arts advocacy, applying for grants and residencies, internships, jobs and graduate school will be covered. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS2900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

    Special topics in art. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    ARTS3100 Modern to Contemporary Art History - 3 s.h.

    Cultural, social and historical study of the visual arts from the late 19th century to the present. Examines influences of privilege and inequality on the development of major artists, styles and movements from a global perspective. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    ARTS3200 The Printed Image - 3 s.h.

    This introductory printmaking/image making studio course is steeped in the tradition of innovation through technology, and the power it has through its use of media, information sharing and protest. Students are introduced to non-toxic relief, intaglio-type, monotype, silkscreen, and multiple image making through contemporary applications of print media. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

    Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    ARTS3260 Experimental Media and Processes - 3 s.h.

    Exploration of experimental materials, processes and technologies to create hybrid art forms. Emphasis on innovative visual problem-solving through inquiry and research. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3280 Sculpture - 3 s.h.

    Investigation of traditional and non-traditional 3-D media, processes and techniques which may include modeling, casting, carving, assemblage, construction, and installation. Addresses sculptural concepts of three-dimensional form and content, and safe tool usage. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1220.

    ARTS3300 Art for the Elementary Schools - 3 s.h.

    Development of knowledge and skills to plan, organize, and facilitate meaningful art curricula for elementary art students, with attention to lesson preparation, child artistic development, material discovery and integration with other subjects. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program, junior standing. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3620 Illustration and Imaging - 3 s.h.

    Exploration into image making and visual story telling with an emphasis in illustration, blending digital and traditional technology. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ARTS1210, ARTS1680 and ARTS1710.

    ARTS3630 Systems in Design - 3 s.h.

    Study of the integration of type and image through multi-level designs, such as multi page layouts, and identity systems. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1680 and ARTS1710.

    ARTS3640 Interactive Design - 3 s.h.

    Introduction into the principles of interactivity through interface, web, and information design. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1210, ARTS1680 and ARTS1710.

    ARTS3820 Portfolio Development - 3 s.h.

    An advanced study of multi-level design such as packaging and branding, to create a resume and portfolio focused on a career in visual communications graphic design. Focus on presentation skills and exhibit display appropriate for the medium (matting, layout, mounting, mock-up, etc.). Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS3630. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3840 Interdisciplinary Studio - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on generating interdisciplinary theories, practices and works within a studio-based format. The course allows for collaborative learning opportunities for students working in different disciplines to approach themes and develop personal bodies of work. May be repeated for credit. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1210 and ARTS1220. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS3900 Topics in Art - 1-3 s.h.

    Study of topics in studio art or commercial design. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Content and semester hours will vary. Prerequisites may apply. Goal 2A

    ARTS4100 Systems Development Project (also CSIT4100) - 1-3 s.h.

    (Also CSIT4100) In-depth project in consultation with the sponsoring faculty member. Students will complete a project that requires design, interactivity and creativity. The project will include some technical aspects and complete documentation of the project is required. The project requires a formal presentation at completion. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

    ARTS4350 Art for the Secondary School - 3 s.h.

    Development of knowledge and skills to plan, organize, and facilitate meaningful art curricula for secondary art students with attention to lesson preparation and material discovery. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 2A +This course is only offered every other year.

    ARTS4450 Graphic Design Internship - 3 s.h.

    Advanced work intended for graphic design experiences in a real world environment. The majority of graphic design internships will occur off-campus in organizations such as advertising agencies, commercial art studios, commercial printing art departments, corporate in-house art departments or any site deemed appropriate by the instructor. Some internships may be available on campus in the CMC. Repeatable once for credit. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: At least two courses from the Graphic Design offerings.

    ARTS4700 Senior Exhibition - 3 s.h.

    Senior capstone experience that focuses on the planning and completion of pieces for a public exhibition. The exhibit presentation must be appropriate for the medium and include publicity and a launch. All students will give a professional presentation, assemble a portfolio and personal website, and complete an exit interview. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

Exceptional Faculty
header pattern
Career Growth Ahead

A Studio Art degree from Graceland University can help to prepare you for these careers: 

  • Artist 
  • Art director 
  • Commercial artist 
  • Muralist 
  • Multimedia artist/animator 

       …and many other exciting fields. 

Why Graceland

 • Graceland’s small student-to-faculty ratio gives studio art majors personalized instruction. 

• Students work with renowned artists, who guest lecture and provide mentorship. 

• Graceland’s liberal arts education provides a rich foundation for interdisciplinary creative exploration and social engagement. 

• Studies prepare students to be critical thinkers and visual problem solvers. 

header pattern
Tuition & Aid

An education from Graceland is one of the greatest investments you can make but we understand that cost is often a concern. See our direct undergraduate tuition costs, room and board and other student fees and use our tuition calculator to get an estimate of what your cost will be. Find out how what a sample Graceland financial aid award package looks like.

ExpenseAnnual CostSemester Cost
Tuition$31,250$15,625
Room (based on a two-person room)$3,770$1,885
Board$6,040$3,020
Activity Fee $370$185
University Technology Fee$300$150
TOTAL DIRECT COSTS$41,730$20,865
Find out more!