Courses

  • ARTS-1103 Technology for Graphics

    An introduction to the use of computer hardware, software, and peripherals for the production of visual images. Students research and practice computer operations and produce digital visuals using both painting and drawing software applications. This course is normally offered every semester.

  • ARTS-1113 Fundamentals of Drawing

    An introduction to the fundamental approaches to drawing with attention given to the concepts and processes that constitute the language of visual expression. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-1213 Figure Drawing

    A study of the human form with attention given to the concepts and processes that constitute the language of visual expression. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-1413 Elements of Visual Thinking

    A study of the elements of art. Studio work includes two-dimensional experimentation and exercises that nurture creative visual expression, which integrate critical discourse through the development of the language of art and design. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-1623 Introduction to Interior Design

    An overview of the interior design profession and an introduction to basic graphic communication skills, including hand drafting, with experiences in observing professional designers, producing scaled drawings of floor plans, and application of the elements and principles of design. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-1643 Interior Textiles, Materials, and Finishes

    A study of interior textiles (fabrics and upholstery). Fabric content, properties, construction process, dyeing, and printing are examined. Basic building materials (wood, glass, metal, masonry, etc.) as well as wall coverings and hard floor treatments and their properties and uses will be addressed. Students will learn through case studies and examples to measure and figure correct amounts of materials to order. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-1653 Computer Aided Design

    Use of industry software in the creation of two-dimensional representation of built forms and spaces for interiors. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-2013 Survey of Visual Culture

    Survey of Visual Arts is an introductory art appreciation course that will overview the major works of art and cultural ideas from a global perspective. Lectures and presentations will cover a broad range of disciplines including painting, architecture, film , photography, product design, graphic communication and digital design. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-2123 Rendering in Perspective

    A study of rendering materials, methods and techniques and how they relate to a 1-, 2-, 3-point perspective. The course will explore color theory as well as shade and shadow elements as they are used with various mediums such as marker, colored pencil, ink and mixed mediums. Advanced problems in rendering and visual presentation are explored throughout the course. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-2223 Introduction to Communication Design

    An introduction to the advertising, graphic design and new media industry. Studio work includes print media design and graphic design with directed outcomes based upon research, strategy-based conceptualization, and execution. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-2233 Type As Visual Language

    A study of letterforms and fundamental typographic principles. Studio work includes typographic expression and communication with and without image and its relationship to message and purpose. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-2243 Interactive Media Design I

    Introduction to the aesthetic and technical concerns of interactive media production: human-computer interactivity, Website design and development, usability issues, and dynamic narrative. Students design, produce, and deploy interactive projects. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-2323 Digital Design for Print

    Use of digital design tools for the production of single-page and multi-page printed documents: print advertising, marketing, and stylized content delivery. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-2403 Digital Photography

    A study of digital photography in the creation of visual images for all media including print, broadcast and new media with special attention to producing photographs that are enhanced by computer software. The student will need to own, or have access to, a camera with manual override. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-2423 History of Photography and Motion Pictures

    This class entails a chronological study of the photographic arts and motion pictures. The course content examines the technological innovations and famous innovators from photography-s introduction. Lectures analyze photos and motion pictures from various critical-historical perspectives to offer a comprehensive overview of important photographers, fine artists, photojournalists and film makers of the modern age. This course is offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-2443 Construction Materials and Details

    This course is a study of materials used in the design of interior spaces. It includes fire-resistant qualities, acoustical properties and the construction of materials used in finishes and furnishings, as well as qualities important to sustainable design issues. Emphasis on writing specifications for Ff-E for non load bearing construction. Emphasis is also placed on technical, construction drawings to include elevations, section drawings, etc. The course is normally offered in the fall semester of odd numbered years.

  • ARTS-2513 Painting I

    A study of materials, techniques and concepts fundamental to painting. The course encourages students to originate and produce a portfolio of paintings experimenting with various processes and historical ideas. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-2523 Form & Communication

    A study of the elements of art and their supportive elements. Studio work includes three-dimensional experimentation and exercises that relate ideas, objects, material, and space, with form studies that examine organic and constructed elements. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-2623 Residential Interior Design

    A study of residential design with emphasis on kitchen and bath planning. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-2653 Space Planning and Codes

    A study of the application of human factors, space standards and space planning principles to residential and commercial environments. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-2663 Architectural Graphics

    Further development of drafting skills with emphasis on hand lettering, dimensioning, materials delineation of floor plans, drawing elevations, sections and perspectives. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-2743 3D Modeling I

    Creation of virtual objects and environments. Students use the computer to model, texture, light, render, and animate dynamic objects and scenes in digital three-dimensional space. for gaming and animation majors, this course is normally offered in the spring semester. For interior design majors, this course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-2743 3D Modeling I

    Creation of virtual objects and environments. Students use the computer to model, texture, light, render, and animate dynamic objects and scenes in digital three-dimensional space. for gaming and animation majors, this course is normally offered in the spring semester. For interior design majors, this course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-2843 Digital 3D Modeling for Interior Design

    Creation of virtually-real objects and environments. Students use the computer to model, texture, light, render, and animate dynamic objects and scenes in digital three-dimensional space. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3033 Christian Aesthetics in the Visual Arts

    A seminar course addressing a Christian response to contemporary cultural issues in the visual arts.

  • ARTS-3113 Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief

    Designed to introduce you to the tools, history, and basic techniques of printmaking through the use of the etching press. Etching, drypoint, collograph, relief, and monotype techniques will be discussed. Students are encouraged to explore the problems and concerns of their own images technically through multiples and one-of-a-kind prints. A series of critiques, group discussions, research and information gathering assignments, lectures and demonstrations complement studio work. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-3123 Printmaking: Serigraphy

    Designed to introduce you to a survey of screen-printing techniques including hand-cut, painted and photographic stencils and multi-color printing. This course is an introduction examination of water-based serigraphic techniques, concentrating in process and aesthetic development. Monotype and monoprint techniques will also be discussed. A series of critiques, group discussions, research and information gathering assignments, lectures and demonstrations complement studio work. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3163 Animation Principles & Practices

    History, theory, and technique of traditional and contemporary approaches to animation. Includes studies in fundamentals of digital storytelling, physics, animation aesthetics, expression, kinetics, and motion. Projects include work in digital 2D and 3D, stop-motion, rotoscoping, and other animation environments. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-3173 3D Modeling & Animation II

    in this course students will study and practice techniques used in character design, modeling and rigging using 3D computer software. Advanced 3D modeling, shading, rendering, and character-design skills are developed in conjunction with traditional story, animation, lighting, and cinematography methods. Designs for game animation will be compared with designs for film and video. Action and motion sequences will be created and studied. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3213 Painting II

    A further study of the techniques and processes of painting with special attention to the development of the student-s direction and portfolio development. This course is normally offered in the spring semester. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3243 Graphic Design

    A study of integrating message, typography, and image through conceptual innovation. Studio work includes necessary vehicles for information, narrative, promotion, and marketing. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-3253 Print and Social Media Design

    A study of merging written messages with design. Studio work includes media bought print applications with ancillary forms of design communication. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-3263 Advanced Graphic Design

    A further study of blending messages and content with design and application. Studio work is a continuation of necessary vehicles for information, narrative, promotion, and marketing, sometimes in relation to integrated design through several platforms of communication. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3333 History of Design

    A comprehensive chronological survey of the impact and transformation of design upon Western civilization. Ideas and changes are explored through disciplines such as graphic design, industrial design, product design, photography, architecture, furniture and fashion. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3343 Ancient to Modern Art History

    A focus on the pivotal artists, movements and concepts from each era. Art, as it has been shaped by cultural, social, political and economic factors will be examined in a chronological study from pre-history to mid-twentieth century. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of even-numbered years.

  • ARTS-3353 Contemporary Art

    A chronological study of modern art from 1945 to the present. In-depth study will be on the many artists, movements, critical theories, cultural conditions and global issues that have shaped art of the modern and postmodern age. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of odd-numbered years.

  • ARTS-3363 Photography I

    Course will focus on production of portfolio-exhibition quality photographic images. Students will work in a digital format with an emphasis on developing-exploring personal direction in fine art photography. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-3373 Photography II

    Course will offer student further development of their personal fine art photographic projects. Emphasis will be on production of exhibition -portfolio quality digital photographic work. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3383 Motion Imagery

    Introduces students to the principles and elements of motion design through studio practices at beginning and advance levels. The first phase, -type in motion-, emphasizes the relationship between typography principles and animation fundamentals. The second phase is an advanced applied approach to the language and principles of motion-building upon existing knowledge in the first phase: synthesizing the language of motion simultaneously with an emphasis on narrative and narrative structure. in addition to stressing systems, structure, and synthesis of text and image for time-based media, the course also provides knowledge and skills in digital creativity. This course is offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3393 History of Gaming & Animation

    This course provides a historical and critical approach to the evolution of video game design and animation from its beginnings to the present. It beings together cultural, business, and technical perspectives. Students should come away from the course with an understanding of the history of this medium, as well as insights into design, production, marketing, and socio-cultural impacts of interactive entertainment and communication. The course will offer reading, discussion, guest presentations and projects on the developing culture and technology of animation and video game design. Historical contexts include entertainment media, computing technology, applications of gaming technology and business history. This class will be offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-3443 Interactive Media Design II

    Study of interactive design and further exploration into production capabilities of industry standard web authoring software. Topics include: dynamic content, file management, internet typography, development of user interfaces, site maps, external web functionality and trouble-shooting. This course is intended for designers who wish to consolidate and apply their prior knowledge and skills of interactive design. This is a culminating experience and designers are expected to demonstrate sophisticated interactive design decisions and produce final works that demonstrate a high level of expertise and achievement. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3453 Team Game Production I

    This course provides a foundation in the game development process, including planning, pipelines and documentation for game projects, game technology, artificial intelligence, and user interface design, game testing, project and asset management, team dynamics, and usability analysis. Students apply game design and development skills to create a 2-D and 3-D game demo as part of small project teams. This course is offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-3513 Graphic Arts Production

    An introduction to a basic understanding of preparing art for reproduction through textbook material, lectures and an internship. This course is normally offered in the summer.

  • ARTS-3523 Illustration I

    A study of materials, techniques, processes and ideas fundamental to the discipline of illustration, with special attention to creating selected works for editorials, posters, covers and collateral materials. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-3533 Historical Interior Design, I

    A study of decorative arts, furniture and interiors as they have evolved from ancient Egypt up to the Italian Renaissance. Emphasis is given to the ways ancient motifs and decorative designs have been continually repeated and used from the original historic periods to the present. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of even numbered years.

  • ARTS-3543 Historical Interior Design, II

    A study of historical periods, surveying the Italian Renaissance through the 18th Century; acquainting students with terminology, motifs, furniture, architecture and stylistic differences as they relate to the time periods. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of odd numbered years.

  • ARTS-3613 Interior Systems

    A study of interior lighting design, acoustics, fire suppression, plumbing, electric, and Hvac (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems. Projects are assigned to help students learn how to use these systems and develop coordinating contract documents. The course also covers natural energy sources with attention to insulation techniques and the structural types of passive-solar and earth-sheltered. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3623 Commercial Design I

    A study of contract-commercial design and space planning principles. Projects involve public or business spaces, with barrier-free design principles included. Drafting and presentation skills are further reinforced. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-3633 Contemporary Interior Design

    A study of design movements affecting furniture and interiors from 1900 to present, emphasizing the evolution in design concepts and philosophies of eminent architects and designers. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of odd-numbered years.

  • ARTS-3643 Commercial Design II

    A study of non-residential interiors with an emphasis on programming, light safety and building codes, barrier-free design and space and activity planning of the interior environment. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-3773 The Business of Branding Yourself

    A study directed to the challenges of seeking employment in creative industries after graduation, establishing a business, and developing healthy professional and personal finance practices. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-4213 Open Studio

    Advanced painting course emphasizing the production of finished portfolio with preparation of student-s senior exhibition. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-4223 Gaming and Animation Studio

    Students participate in the new media production process for design and development of client driven projects in a team environment. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-4253 Integrated Marketing Design

    A study of integrating various vehicles of communication into a single message. Studio work includes advertising, graphic design and new media design to market a product, service or idea based upon research and strategy-based concepts. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-4333 Commercial Studio Photography

    Students will work in a digital format with an emphasis on producing a professional portfolio of photographic images encompassing fine art and commercial applications. As a final studio course, students will be required to submit work to national photographic competitions and public exhibitions. This course is offered as needed.

  • ARTS-4523 Illustration II

    An advanced illustration studio class that concentrates on producing and refining a body of work to augment the student-s portfolio. Continued focus on traditional vehicles of illustration such as editorials, posters, and collateral materials and exploration of non-traditional approaches to the illustration medium. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-4613 Interior Design Professional Practices and Portfolio

    A history and introduction of interior design career management focusing on professional responsibilities, professional organizations, management of office processes, client relationships, and overview of establishing and organizing a business. This course will culminate with a portfolio presentation to a panel of professionals. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-4633 Senior Interior Design Studio

    Designing interior solutions related to non-residential interiors. This senior-level course will also survey business procedures, contract services and administration and preparation for job market entry as applied to the practice of Interior Design. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • ARTS-4643 Senior Exhibit

    A showing of visual works developed over the course of the student-s college years. This exhibit and reception are the culmination of the student-s collegiate experience. This course is offered as needed.

  • ARTS-4653 Photo + Video Capstone

    Examination of photography - video topics includes: portfolio and resume development, preparations for the workforce and-or graduate studies, and conducting research, and sharing the results with the class. This course is offered as needed.

  • ARTS-4663 Gaming + Animation Capstone

    Examination of gaming - animation topics related to ethical concerns includes: portfolio and resume development, preparations for the workforce and or graduate studies, and conducting results with the class. This course is offered in the spring semester.

  • ARTS-4840 Gaming and Animation Internship

    An internship with a new media department. (1 credit hour for every 50 hours the student works, not to exceed 3 credit hours per semester.) This course is offered as needed.