Jun 28, 2022  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
    
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Course Descriptions


Note: See Catalog Addenda  as that information supersedes the published version of this catalog.

The course descriptions include all courses that are taught for academic credit at the university. They are arranged in alpha-numerical sequence by course subject code. At present, the majority of the 500-600 level courses are offered in the evening hours. Students should be aware that not all courses are offered in the evening or every semester.

Students who are only able to enroll in classes 4 pm or after should consult the appropriate department chairperson for information about the availability of evening sections of courses required in a specific major, concentration and/or minor. Students are urged to consult “Available Course Sections” through the InfoBear link each semester to determine when specific courses are offered.

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Anthropology

  
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    ANTH 420 - Culture, Media and the Visual Imagination

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ANTH 100 or consent of instructor
    This course is grounded in interpretive and semiotic theories and examines the uses of images for cultural documentation, interpretation and analysis. Students will examine the roles of objectivity, ideology and perspective in the production and interpretation of visual images in motion and still photography. Emphasis will be on how visual images represent the cultural, vis-à-vis gender, social class, ethnicity and socio-cultural context. Offered alternate years. May be taken for graduate-level credit. (CMCL; CSOC)

  
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    ANTH 426 - Seminar: New England Ethnic and Regional Communities

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ANTH 100 or consent of instructor
    This course will explore theories of ethnic persistence and change as they pertain to New England’s ethnic and social communities, such as Cape Verdeans, Asians, African-Americans, Italians, Jews and homosexuals. Cultural traditions, social institutions and changing beliefs of New England’s ethnic and regional communities will be examined through critical analyses of relevant cultural materials, including sociological data, folklore, oral traditions, celebrations and the media. Offered every third year. May be taken for graduate-level credit. (CMCL; CSOC; CWRT)

  
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    ANTH 432 - Seminar: Critical Issues in Global Health

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: One anthropology course or consent of instructor
    This course will introduce students to global health issues. Topics to be examined include: global health principles, global health players and policies, major causes of mortality and morbidity and their geographic distribution, socio-cultural and economic context of disease, women’s and children’s health, infectious diseases, emerging health issues within the context of globalization, nutrition, environmental concerns and consequences, and the health of special populations such as minorities, prisoners and victims of disaster and violence. (CGCL; CMCL; CSOC)

  
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    ANTH 485 - Honors Thesis

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth and Departmental Honors students and senior status
    With the consent of the Departmental Honors Committee and the thesis director, this course may be extended into a second semester for three additional credits depending on the scope of the project. The Departmental Honors Committee will determine if the final version of the thesis qualifies the student to graduate with honors. This course may be taken twice for a maximum of six credits.

  
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    ANTH 498 - Practicum in Anthropology

    (3-15 credits)
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; consent of department; formal application required
    Students will undertake supervised anthropology projects using anthropological knowledge and methods to solve human social problems in real world settings. Students may work in organizations related to any of the anthropology subfields, such educational agencies/schools, museums, zoos, social service agencies, legal aid, civic and government organizations, regional and national NGOs, community organizing agencies, women’s centers, research organizations and other agencies. Students will be supervised in the agency and mentored by the instructor. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits.

  
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    ANTH 499 - Directed Study in Anthropology

    (1-3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Consent of the department; formal application required
    This course is open to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated critical and analytical abilities in their studies and who wish to pursue a project independently. This course may be taken for a maximum of six credits.

  
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    ANTH 502 - Research

    (3 or 6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Consent of the department; formal application required
    Original research is undertaken by the graduate student in their field. For details, consult the paragraph titled “Directed or Independent Study” in the “College of Graduate Studies” section of this catalog. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

  
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    ANTH 503 - Directed Study

    (1-3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Consent of the department; formal application required
    Directed study is designed for the graduate student who desires to study selected topics in a specific field. For details, consult the paragraph titled “Directed or Independent Study” in the “College of Graduate Studies” section of this catalog. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

  
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    ANTH 504 - Archaeological Field Excavation

    (3-6 credits)
    This course provides intensive training in the practical skills of field archaeology. Direction in site survey, excavation tactics and strategy, fieldwork supervision, methods of sampling and on-site analysis is given. The course includes an introduction to laboratory work. Topics such as cataloging, recognizing lithic materials, metric measurement and flotation of organic samples will be covered. This course is may be repeated up to nine credits. Offered every summer.

  
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    ANTH 515 - CD-ROM: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms

    (4 credits)
    This course will introduce classroom teachers to theories, ideas, and content that will enable them to be responsive to a multicultural classroom. The aim of this course is to impart knowledge and facilitate pedagogy that is multicultural, critical and responsive to multicultural students and their communities. Students will learn about issues of power and difference both within school settings and the larger society. Students will become sensitive to issues of power, inequality, and cultural difference within the classroom and learn how to implement pedagogies that are culturally responsive.

  
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    ANTH 555 - Anthropology Study Tour (Country to be determined)

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    This course will offer students a firsthand, supervised cross-cultural travel and study experience from an anthropological perspective. Students will participate in lectures, site visits, research and other academic experiences, including pre- and post-travel activities, as appropriate. Students will learn aspects of local society and culture, such as visual and performing arts, religious traditions, political organization, economy, subsistence activities, folklore and family life. This course may be taken twice for credit for travel to different study tour sites.


Arabic

  
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    LAAR 101 - Elementary Arabic I

    (3 credits)
    An introduction to elementary syntactic, semantic, phonetic and paralinguistic structures is offered. Pertinent everyday cultural concepts are discussed. Relevant comparison and contrast with the native language is treated. Functional communication in the second language in a controlled environment is the principal objective of the course. Note: See the “Departmental Foreign Language Policy” in the “Foreign Languages” section of this catalog. (CGCL; CHUM)

  
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    LAAR 102 - Elementary Arabic II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: LAAR 102
    The further study of elementary syntactic, semantic, phonetic and paralinguistic structures is offered. Pertinent everyday cultural concepts are discussed. Relevant comparison and contrast with the native language is treated. Functional communication in the second language in a controlled environment is the principal objective of the course. Note: See the “Departmental Foreign Language Policy” in the “Foreign Languages” section of this catalog. (CGCL; CHUM)

  
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    LAAR 199 - First Year Seminar

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Open to all freshmen with a writing placement score of 3 or above or a SAT score of 500 or above. Students with 24 or more transfer credits will have this requirement waived.
    First Year Seminars (FYS) are writing-intensive, topic courses that introduce students to academic thought, discourse and practices. FYS courses prepare and orient students toward productive and fulfilling college careers by actively engaging them in a specific academic area of interest. Students will improve their writing, reading, research and basic information and technology skills while learning to work both collaboratively and independently. These courses will fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement and may fulfill other requirements for the core curriculum. Each course may fulfill different requirements and topics may change each semester. Only one FYS course may be taken for credit. (CFYS)

  
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    LAAR 205 - Intensive Arabic Language in Jordan

    (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: LAAR 101 or consent of instructor
    This course is taught at a partner institution located in Jordan. It enables students to master more vocabulary, grammar and language structures at the intermediate level. Students enhance their writing skills as well as their reading proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. In addition, this course aims to continue to improve learner’s listening comprehension as well as speaking skills in Modern Standard Arabic. Offered summer session.

  
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    LAAR 298 - Second Year Seminar (Speaking Intensive)

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: _ _ _ _199; Open to all sophomores and juniors who have completed ENGL 101, and the speaking skills requirement. Students with 54 or more transfer credits will have this requirement waived. Cannot be taken if _ _ _ _ 298 or _ _ _ _ 299 are taken for credit.
    Second Year Seminars (SYS) are speaking-intensive, topic courses that build on the academic skills and habits introduced in the First Year Seminar. SYS courses engage students in a specific academic area of interest and provide them with the opportunity to reinforce, share and interpret knowledge. Students will improve their speaking, reading, research and basic information and technology skills while building the connections between scholarship and action that are required for lifelong learning. These courses will fulfill the Second Year Seminar requirement and may fulfill other requirements for the core curriculum. Each course may fulfill different requirements and topics may change each semester. Only one SYS course may be taken for credit. (CSYS)

  
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    LAAR 299 - Second Year Seminar (Writing Intensive)

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: _ _ _ _199; Open to all sophomores and juniors who have completed ENGL 101 and ENGL 102. Students with 54 or more transfer credits will have this requirement waived. Cannot be taken if _ _ _ _ 298 or _ _ _ _ 299 are taken for credit.
    Second Year Seminars (SYS) are writing-intensive, topic courses that build on the academic skills and habits introduced in the First Year Seminar. SYS courses engage students in a specific academic area of interest and provide them with the opportunity to reinforce, share and interpret knowledge. Students will improve their writing, reading, research and basic information and technology skills while building the connections between scholarship and action that are required for lifelong learning. These courses will fulfill the Second Year Seminar requirement and may fulfill other requirements for the core curriculum. Each course may fulfill different requirements and topics may change each semester. Only one SYS course may be taken for credit. (CSYS)


Art History

  
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    ARTH 103 - Survey of Ancient and Medieval Art

    (3 credits)
    This course examines major developments in the visual arts from the prehistoric through the late Middle Ages. The focus is to explore artistic production within its cultural and social context. Museum visits are a course requirement with a possible trip to New York City museums. (Formerly ARTH 201) (CFPA; CGCL)

  
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    ARTH 104 - Survey of Art from the 14th Century to the Present

    (3 credits)
    This course examines major developments in the visual arts within a cultural and stylistic framework. The arts of painting, sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts will be examined within a cultural and stylistic framework. Museum visits are a course requirement with a possible visit to New York City museums. (Formerly ARTH 202) (CFPA; CGCL)

  
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    ARTH 135 - Freshman Honors Colloquium

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth Honors students and to others at the discretion of the instructor
    Freshman Honors Colloquia in art allow exceptionally able students to explore a challenging topic in small classes under close faculty supervision. Colloquia meet once a week for 50 minutes and culminate in a paper or artistic project, which provides the major part of the grade. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Offered fall semester.

  
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    ARTH 136 - Freshman Honors Colloquium

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth Honors students and to others at the discretion of the instructor
    Freshman Honors Colloquia in art allow exceptionally able students to explore a challenging topic in small classes under close faculty supervision. Colloquia meet once a week for 50 minutes and culminate in a paper or artistic project, which provides the major part of the grade. Topics vary from semester to semester. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Offered spring semester.

  
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    ARTH 199 - First Year Seminar

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Open to all freshmen with a writing placement score of 3 or above or a SAT score of 500 or above or who have completed ENGL 101. Students with 24 or more transfer credits will have this requirement waived
    First Year Seminars (FYS) are writing-intensive topic courses that introduce students to academic thought, discourse and practices. FYS courses prepare and orient students toward productive and fulfilling college careers by actively engaging them in a specific academic area of interest. Students will improve their writing, reading, research and basic information and technology skills while learning to work both collaboratively and independently. These courses will fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement and may fulfill other requirements for the core curriculum. Each course may fulfill different requirements and topics may change each semester. Only one FYS course may be taken for credit. (CFYS)

  
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    ARTH 203 - American Art and Architecture

    (3 credits)
    Trends in architecture, painting, sculpture and crafts are surveyed prior to the first colonial settlements in America to the achievements of the present day. Included are vernacular, folk and regional styles. A museum visit is assigned. Offered either semester. (CFPA; CMCL)

  
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    ARTH 205 - Asian Art Survey: India, China and Japan

    (3 credits)
    Major achievements in architecture, sculpture, pictorial arts and crafts of these three important cultures will be studied in their religious, historical and social contexts. Relationships will be made to other Asian and Euro-American art forms. A museum visit and project are assigned. (CFPA; CGCL; CMCL)

  
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    ARTH 206 - History of Architecture

    (3 credits)
    Religious, governmental, commercial and domestic buildings, globally and throughout history, are studied in terms of elements of style, systems, and materials of architectural construction, and the symbolic and expressive qualities of architecture. The careers and achievements of several architects will be examined in depth.  (Formerly ARTH 102) (CFPA; CGCL)

  
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    ARTH 207 - Introduction to African Art

    (3 credits)
    Traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa will be examined in cultural context, including sculpture, masks, painting, pottery, textiles, architecture and human adornment. Topics will cover how art is used to convey the cycle of life, to solve problems and to overcome adversity, with frequent comparisons to other cultures. The focus will be on the objects, with ethnographic material supplied to place the objects in the proper context. A museum or gallery visit is assigned. (CFPA; CGCL; CMCL)

  
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    ARTH 208 - Survey of Islamic Art and Architecture

    (3 credits)
    This course examines Islamic art, architecture and urbanism from its formation in the seventh century to the present in the Mediterranean region, the Near East and India. The first part of the course focuses on the creation and development of Islamic imperial artistic tradition in the seventh century and its regionalization through the 14th century. The second half of the course emphasizes the grand imperial traditions of the Ottomans, the Safavids and the Mughals and the subsequent effects of colonialization and Westernization. A museum visit is assigned. Offered fall semester. (CFPA; CGCL; CMCL; CSPI)

  
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    ARTH 211 - Monuments as Cultural Symbols and Emblems of Power

    (3 credits)
    This course examines monuments that were or are currently politically significant and stand as national cultural symbols. We will study modification of the contextual meaning of specific monuments through their history as they are adapted to new governmental and national dictates. Monuments such as the World Trade Center, the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and war memorials such as the Shaw Memorial on Boston Common, Memorial Hall at Harvard University, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Vietnam War Monument and Saddam Hussein’s Monument in Baghdad will be covered. Offered every other year. (CFPA; CMCL; CSPI)

  
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    ARTH 214 - Global Art History Study Tour

    (3 or 6 credits)
    A broad range of topics in the history of art is studied in museums and architectural sites, and related venues at a culturally rich location abroad or otherwise away from campus. Preparatory class work is conducted on campus prior to travel and assignments are completed upon return. This course may be repeated with different itineraries. Offered January intersession, spring break and summer. (CFPA; CGCL; CMCL; CWRT)

  
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    ARTH 215 - Themes in the Visual Arts

    (3 credits)
    Works of art and/or architecture are examined from the perspective of a common theme, bringing together works by various artists from diverse backgrounds, cultures and historical periods. At the same time, students are introduced to the viewing and analysis of art, the development of personal style and message, and the technical means used to achieve an artist’s aim. This course may be repeated for different topics. Offered once every two years. (CFPA)

  
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    ARTH 217 - African-American Art

    (3 credits)
    This course will focus on African-American art and architecture from 1619 to the present. Various modes of artistic expression will be covered, including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and textiles. In addition, the aesthetic culture as well as the historical, social and political contexts in which these arts were produced will be examined. Offered every two years. (CFPA; CMCL)

  
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    ARTH 218 - History of Photography

    (3 credits)
    This course is a historical survey of photography from its beginnings to the present. Formal aspects of photography as art will be examined as well as the theoretical and societal context. Offered once every two years. (CFPA; CGCL; CMCL; CSPI)

  
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    ARTH 219 - MesoAmerican Art and Architecture

    (3 credits)
    This course will focus on MesoAmerican art and architecture from the Olmec to the Aztec. Various modes of artistic expression will be covered, including frescoes, metals, ceramics, sculpture and architecture. In addition, the cultural aesthetics as well as the historical, social and political contexts in which these arts were produced will be examined. Offered every two years. (CFPA; CGCL)

  
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    ARTH 220 - United States Art Study Tour

    (3 or 6 credits)
    This course offers off-campus programs within culturally rich areas of the United States. Participants will visit museums, galleries, working studios, architectural sites and/or other sites related to the visual arts. Emphasis is given to the first-hand viewing of art, experiencing settings involved in the creation of art and studying the artists, achievements, and styles of a particular region of our country. Preparatory work is conducted on campus prior to travel, and assignments and exams will be completed on the return. This course may be repeated with different itineraries and topics. (CFPA; CMCL)

  
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    ARTH 286 - Sophomore Honors Colloquium

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth Honors students and to others at the discretion of the instructor
    Sophomore Honors Colloquia in Art allow exceptionally able students to explore a challenging topic in small classes under close faculty supervision. Colloquia meet once a week for 50 minutes and culminate in a paper or artistic project, which provides the major part of the grade. Topics vary from semester to semester. Offered fall semester.

  
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    ARTH 287 - Sophomore Honors Colloquium

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth Honors students and to others at the discretion of the instructor
    Sophomore Honors Colloquia in Art allow exceptionally able students to explore a challenging topic in small classes under close faculty supervision. Colloquia meet once a week for 50 minutes and culminate in a paper or artistic project, which provides the major part of the grade. Topics vary from semester to semester. Offered spring semester.

  
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    ARTH 298 - Second Year Seminar (Speaking Intensive)

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: _ _ _ _ 199; Open to all sophomores and juniors who have completed ENGL 101, and the speaking skills requirement. Students with 54 or more transfer credits will have this requirement waived. Cannot be taken if _ _ _ _ 298 or _ _ _ _ 299 are taken for credit.
    Second Year Seminars (SYS) are speaking-intensive topic courses that build on the academic skills and habits introduced in the First Year Seminar. SYS courses engage students in a specific academic area of interest and provide them with the opportunity to reinforce, share and interpret knowledge. Students will improve their speaking, reading, research and basic information and technology skills while building the connections between scholarship and action that are required for lifelong learning. These courses will fulfill the Second Year Seminar requirement and may fulfill other requirements for the core curriculum. Each course may fulfill different requirements and topics may change each semester. Only one SYS course may be taken for credit. (CSYS)

  
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    ARTH 299 - Second Year Seminar (Writing Intensive)

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: _ _ _ _ 199; Open to all sophomores and juniors who have completed ENGL 101 and ENGL 102. Students with 54 or more transfer credits will have this requirement waived. Cannot be taken if _ _ _ _ 298 or _ _ _ _ 299 are taken for credit.
    Second Year Seminars (SYS) are writing-intensive topic courses that build on the academic skills and habits introduced in the First Year Seminar. SYS courses engage students in a specific academic area of interest and provide them with the opportunity to reinforce, share and interpret knowledge. Students will improve their writing, reading, research and basic information and technology skills while building the connections between scholarship and action that are required for lifelong learning. These courses will fulfill the Second Year Seminar requirement and may fulfill other requirements for the core curriculum. Each course may fulfill different requirements and topics may change each semester. Only one SYS course may be taken for credit. (CSYS)

  
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    ARTH 308 - Women in the Visual Arts

    (3 credits)
    This course will address the historical and contemporary perspectives of women artists, their contributions through traditional and nontraditional art forms, and will examine critically the extent to which this talent and art has not been fully recognized nor supported by various cultures and prevailing attitudes. Offered once every two years. (CFPA; CMCL)

  
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    ARTH 309 - Early Modern Art and Architecture

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTH 103 or ARTH 104 or a 200-level art history (ARTH) course
    Major developments in the visual arts are examined from 1850 to 1940. Attention is given to the theoretical foundations for these modern artistic movements as well as their stylistic distinctions. Museum visits are required, including a trip to New York City. Offered each year.

  
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    ARTH 310 - Art and Architecture since 1940

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTH 103 or ARTH 104 or a 200-level art history (ARTH) course
    Major developments in painting, sculpture, architecture and other arts after 1940 are examined, with attention given to how they have reflected the cultural and social ideas and issues of our time. Consideration will be given as well to how the traditional forms and boundaries of the visual arts have been challenged and expanded through new mediums, technologies and approaches to visual communication. Museum and gallery visits are required, including a trip to New York City. Offered each year. (CWRM)

  
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    ARTH 414 - Global Art History Study Tour (Advanced)

    (3 or 6 credits)
    A broad range of topics in the history of art is studied in museums and architectural sites in Europe. Preparatory class work is conducted on campus prior to travel; assignments and exams are completed upon return. This course may be taken twice with different itineraries and course topics. Offered January intersession, spring break and summer. May be taken for graduate-level credit.

  
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    ARTH 480 - Seminar in Art History

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTH 309 and ARTH 310 and completion of 69 credit hours. Restricted to students concentrating in Art History and others with consent of the instructor
    This course provides the student whose concentration or focus is art history with the needed methodological and technological skills for future graduate study in art history or employment in a museum or gallery position.

  
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    ARTH 485 - Honors Thesis in Art

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth and Departmental Honors students; ARTH 338; and consent of the Departmental Honors Committee
    One-hour weekly meetings with the thesis director will culminate in a thesis comprising both art works and a written corollary. With the consent of the Departmental Honors Committee and the thesis director, this course may be extended into a second semester for three additional credits depending upon the scope of the project. Whether the final version of the thesis qualifies the student to graduate with honors will be determined by the Departmental Honors Committee, who will review the results as presented by the student. This course may be taken twice for a maximum of six credits.

  
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    ARTH 492 - Topics in Art History

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    This course addresses specific topics of limited or special interest in art history. Specific topics will be announced prior to registration. This course may be repeated for different topics.

  
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    ARTH 498 - Internship in Art History

    (1-15 credits)
    Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson; formal application required
    This is a nonclassroom experience designed for a limited number of junior and senior art majors to complement their academic preparation. The internship provides work-study experience in areas related to art history such as museums, galleries or art libraries, but is not limited to these options. A faculty member in the department will serve as advisor and evaluator of all work projects. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits.

  
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    ARTH 499 - Directed Study in Art History

    (1-3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Consent of the department; formal application required
    Directed study is open to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated critical and analytical abilities in their studies and who wish to pursue a project independently. This course may be taken twice for a maximum of six credits. Offered either semester.

  
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    ARTH 503 - Directed Study

    (1-3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Consent of the department chairperson; formal application required
    Directed study is designed for the graduate student who desires to study selected topics in a specific field. For details, consult the paragraph titled “Directed or Independent Study” in the “College of Graduate Studies” section of this catalog. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

  
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    ARTH 509 - Early Modern Art and Architecture

    (3 credits)
    Major developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture are examined from 1850 to 1940. Attention is given to the theoretical foundations for these modern artistic movements as well as their stylistic distinctions.

  
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    ARTH 510 - Art and Architecture since 1940

    (3 credits)
    Major developments in painting, sculpture, architecture and other arts after 1940 are examined, with attention given to how they have reflected the cultural and social ideas and issues of our time. Consideration will be given as well to how the traditional forms and boundaries of the visual arts have been challenged and expanded through new mediums, technologies and approaches to visual communication.

  
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    ARTH 511 - Orientalism

    (3 credits)
    This course critically examines Orientalism as both a way the West views the East, and as the East sometimes views itself. The focus will be on the visual arts: painting, photography, architecture and film, as well as literature and music, and how they depict the “Orient” from the 18th  century through the present. Emphasis will also be placed on how the East adopted the same mode of expression as a lens to view the Islamic world. The course emphasizes the Middle East, but the Far East and India are also included in lectures, readings and assignments. Museum trips to Boston and New York are a requirement.

  
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    ARTH 514 - Global Art History Study Tour

    (3-6 credits)
    Topics in the history of art are studied in museums, architectural sites and related venues at a culturally rich location abroad or otherwise away from campus. Preparatory class work is conducted on campus prior to travel, and assignments are completed upon return. This course may be repeated in the case of different itineraries.

  
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    ARTH 515 - Asian Art Survey: India, China and Japan

    (3 credits)
    Major achievements in architecture, sculpture, pictorial arts and crafts of these three important cultures will be studied in their religious, historical and social contexts. Relationships will be made to other Asian and Euro-American art forms. Museum visits will be required and will relate to an assigned research paper and in-class presentation.


Art Studio

  
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    ARTS 104 - Digital Imaging and Four-Dimensional Design

    (3 credits)
    Students develop technical, conceptual and aesthetic experience pertaining to the creation of two-dimensional digital artworks as well as artworks that engage with the fourth dimension of art: space and time. Students gain an introductory knowledge of several art and design software programs. Included topics in the course are scanning, vector drawing, raster painting and time-based digital and analog media. Six hours per week. (Formerly ARTS 265) Additional fee required. (CFPA)

  
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    ARTS 116 - Introduction to Digital Photography

    (3 credits)
    This course will creatively inspire students through the conceptual frameworks of photographic media. The course examines the fundamentals of manual camera technique, visual aesthetics and creative expression with digital photography. Through assignments students develop an ability to utilize photographic technology, editing software and visual aesthetics to make and appraise their own work. Students research a variety of approaches to photography by different artists and develop oral presentation skills. Students must provide a digital camera with manual settings. There will be a gallery/museum visit assignment. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required. (CFPA; CSPI)

  
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    ARTS 125 - Drawing I

    (3 credits)
    This course focuses on methods of direct observational drawing from life using inanimate objects, architecture and the landscape as subjects. It emphasizes realistic rendering of form and space using techniques of perspective and value. It also focuses on developing an understanding of formal design as related to drawing. The study of the figure will not be covered in this course. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required. (CFPA)

  
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    ARTS 130 - Two-Dimensional Design

    (3 credits)
    Fundamental elements and principles of two-dimensional design, including color, shape, line, texture, balance, space and the organization of these elements in a work of art are studied through studio exercises. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required. (CFPA)

  
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    ARTS 135 - Freshman Honors Colloquium

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth Honors students and to others at the discretion of the instructor
    Freshman Honors Colloquia in art allow exceptionally able students to explore a challenging topic in small classes under close faculty supervision. Colloquia meet once a week for 50 minutes and culminate in a paper or artistic project, which provides the major part of the grade. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Offered fall semester.

  
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    ARTS 136 - Freshman Honors Colloquium

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth Honors students and to others at the discretion of the instructor
    Freshman Honors Colloquia in art allow exceptionally able students to explore a challenging topic in small classes under close faculty supervision. Colloquia meet once a week for 50 minutes and culminate in a paper or artistic project, which provides the major part of the grade. Topics vary from semester to semester. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Offered spring semester.

  
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    ARTS 140 - Three-Dimensional Design

    (3 credits)
    In this studio course, students develop awareness of tools, machinery, materials and processes related to art and design in physical space. Students investigate related disciplines within three-dimensional design (namely sculpture, architecture, craft and industrial design) and create studio projects that provide insight for working with form. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required. (CFPA)

  
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    ARTS 199 - First Year Seminar

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Open to all freshmen with a writing placement score of 3 or above or a SAT score of 500 or above or who have completed ENGL 101. Students with 24 or more transfer credits will have this requirement waived
    First Year Seminars (FYS) are writing-intensive topic courses that introduce students to academic thought, discourse and practices. FYS courses prepare and orient students toward productive and fulfilling college careers by actively engaging them in a specific academic area of interest. Students will improve their writing, reading, research and basic information and technology skills while learning to work both collaboratively and independently. These courses will fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement and may fulfill other requirements for the core curriculum. Each course may fulfill different requirements and topics may change each semester. Only one FYS course may be taken for credit. (CFYS)

  
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    ARTS 204 - Video Art

    (3 credits)
    This introductory project-based course concentrates on sculpting time and space as artistic materials, which can be used, interpreted or molded expressively through video, animation and sound media. The course requires field trips to art exhibitions in the area. Six hours per week. Offered every other semester. Additional fee required. (CFPA)

  
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    ARTS 205 - Three-Dimensional Modeling

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 130 or consent of instructor
    The aesthetics, theory, context and methods of three-dimensional imaging will be expressed in creative digital environments. Technique and software will be covered as appropriate to assigned and student-initiated work. This course will consist of studio, lecture and readings. Six hours per week. Offered every third semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 206 - Animation

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104
    This course covers traditional and digital forms of animation: frame by frame drawings, film, photographic stop motion; and vector, motion graphics, animated video, and 3D animation. The course emphasizes narrative animation as a form of artistic expression and the experimental cross over of studio techniques. Two field trips and a Netflix subscription will be required. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 215 - Global Studio Art Study Tour I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    The study tour is offered to students with prior experience in the scheduled country. Students study a wide range of topics in studio art at culturally rich locations abroad. Preparatory class work is conducted on campus prior to travel, studio instruction is conducted while on the tour and assignments are completed upon return. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits with different itineraries. (CFPA; CGCL; CWRT)

  
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    ARTS 216 - Photography I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 130
    This course examines the historical foundations of film and darkroom-based photography and the fundamentals of photographic techniques such as lenses, lighting, filters and exposure. Through regular assignments, students develop an ability to utilize photographic technology and visual aesthetics by making and appraising their own photographs. Students must provide a 35mm or medium format film camera with manual settings. A gallery/museum visit is assigned. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 217 - Digital Photography

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 216; or consent of instructor
    In this course, students learn to make still pictures with a professional digital single lens reflex camera, to color manage the work flow and to make fine prints. Covered in the course is digital raw file processing, creative shooting, editing and image manipulation techniques using image-processing software. Students complete a thematic semester-long project to develop technical, aesthetic and conceptual skills, including flash photography techniques and location lighting methods. Students learn about and complete projects addressing stock photography and location-specific genre of commercial photography. Cameras are provided for this course. Six hours per week. Offered every other semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 219 - Topics in Photography

    (3 credits)
    Topics of current or special interest in photography will be addressed in this course at the beginner or intermediate level. Topics are announced prior to registration. This course may be repeated for different topics. Six hours per week. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 225 - Drawing II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 125 and ARTS 130; or consent of instructor
    This course strengthens the foundation principles gained from Drawing I and places emphasis on the human figure. This course expands upon the understanding of line, shape, value, proportions and composition as related to the human form. This course addresses skills of observation, visual articulation, critical and conceptual thinking. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 230 - Painting I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 125 and ARTS 130
    This course will provide students with an understanding of the technical foundations of the discipline, such as the importance of underpainting, mixing, blending, building form and painting techniques. Through specific exercises and assignments, students will gain a greater understanding of color theory and its importance in imagery development. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 240 - Sculpture I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 140 or consent of instructor
    This course is an introduction to design experimentation with traditional and new problems in a wide range of media. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 255 - Printmaking I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 125 and ARTS 130; or consent of instructor
    This course explores imagery and content through the medium of printmaking. Various techniques are demonstrated. Students experiment with process as a means of developing understanding and skills. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 258 - Bookbinding and Book Arts I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 125 or ARTS 130
    This course is designed to introduce students to bookbinding and to gain competence in bookbinding techniques as a means of articulating ideas. Various techniques will be demonstrated, including case binding, adhesive book board binding and Coptic binding. As technical facility is mastered, students will explore imagery and content to create one-of-a-kind artist’s books. Additional fee required. Offered annually. Formerly ARTS 356.

  
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    ARTS 260 - Graphic Design I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 130 or consent of instructor
    This course introduces the concepts and design principles of typography, page layout, and the relationship between type and image. Students will develop graphic design skills through a series of course projects. Both traditional and digital media will be used. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 267 - Web Art I

    (3 credits)
    This course introduces basic techniques of Web production such as research on prices for Web domain names, Internet service providers, permissions, preparation of text, photo images, video, sound and writing basic XHTML code. Six hours per week. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 270 - Ceramics I

    (3 credits)
    This course is an introduction to materials and techniques including hand-building, decorating and firing. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 273 - Glass I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 130 or consent of instructor
    This course is an introduction to traditional and contemporary flat glass construction using copper foil and lead came. Students will learn how to adapt their own design ideas for use in their glass panels. Assignments will also include sand blasting and warm glass techniques using fusible glass. Museum or gallery visits including a related written assignment are required. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 280 - Jewelry Design and Metal Forms

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 140 or consent of instructor
    This course offers a progressive, hands-on introduction to the basic techniques for the design and fabrication of jewelry and small three-dimensional metal forms using copper, silver, gold and other alloys. Through the development of individual projects, students will learn techniques involving: sawing, piercing, filing, ring design, stone setting, forging and lost wax casting. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee may be required.

  
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    ARTS 286 - Sophomore Honors Colloquium

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth Honors students and to others at the discretion of the instructor
    Sophomore Honors Colloquia in art allow exceptionally able students to explore a challenging topic in small classes under close faculty supervision. Colloquia meet once a week for 50 minutes and culminate in a paper or artistic project, which provides the major part of the grade. Topics vary from semester to semester. Offered fall semester.

  
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    ARTS 287 - Sophomore Honors Colloquium

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisite: Open to Commonwealth Honors students and to others at the discretion of the instructor
    Sophomore Honors Colloquia in art allow exceptionally able students to explore a challenging topic in small classes under close faculty supervision. Colloquia meet once a week for 50 minutes and culminate in a paper or artistic project, which provides the major part of the grade. Topics vary from semester to semester. Offered spring semester.

  
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    ARTS 290 - Fiber Arts I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 130
    Students will learn traditional and contemporary weaving practices. The course will include dressing the loom, basic weaving structures, and the production of beginner’s level woven objects. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 298 - Second Year Seminar (Speaking Intensive)

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: _ _ _ _ 199; Open to all sophomores and juniors who have completed ENGL 101, and the speaking skills requirement. Students with 54 or more transfer credits will have this requirement waived. Cannot be taken if _ _ _ _ 298 or _ _ _ _ 299 are taken for credit.
    Second Year Seminars (SYS) are speaking-intensive topic courses that build on the academic skills and habits introduced in the First Year Seminar. SYS courses engage students in a specific academic area of interest and provide them with the opportunity to reinforce, share and interpret knowledge. Students will improve their speaking, reading, research and basic information and technology skills while building the connections between scholarship and action that are required for lifelong learning. These courses will fulfill the Second Year Seminar requirement and may fulfill other requirements for the core curriculum. Each course may fulfill different requirements and topics may change each semester. Only one SYS course may be taken for credit. (CSYS)

  
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    ARTS 299 - Second Year Seminar (Writing Intensive)

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: _ _ _ _ 199; Open to all sophomores and juniors who have completed ENGL 101 and ENGL 102. Students with 54 or more transfer credits will have this requirement waived. Cannot be taken if _ _ _ _ 298 or _ _ _ _ 299 are taken for credit.
    Second Year Seminars (SYS) are writing-intensive topic courses that build on the academic skills and habits introduced in the First Year Seminar. SYS courses engage students in a specific academic area of interest and provide them with the opportunity to reinforce, share and interpret knowledge. Students will improve their writing, reading, research and basic information and technology skills while building the connections between scholarship and action that are required for lifelong learning. These courses will fulfill the Second Year Seminar requirement and may fulfill other requirements for the core curriculum. Each course may fulfill different requirements and topics may change each semester. Only one SYS course may be taken for credit. (CSYS)

  
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    ARTS 301 - Web Art II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 267; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    This course is an art and design course. Students design client-based complex navigation systems, achieving conceptual, aesthetic and technical troubleshooting skills to create/maintain websites. Web Art II utilizes the Internet as an educational and creative medium; students use discussion forums, debate on technology-related news, work with technical online video tutorials and share their work in progress. Participants are expected to cultivate research, reading and technology learning habits, to continue to learn beyond this class. Six hours per week. Offered once yearly. (Formerly ARTS 367) Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 316 - Photography II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 216 and ARTS 217; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    Students work to develop a fine art portfolio of conceptually thematic and expressive photography. The course emphasizes aesthetics, conceptual development and technical precision in both analog and digital photography. Students are introduced to a wide variety of contemporary fine art photographers. Students learn print matting/mounting, fine darkroom printing with fiber-based paper and archival digital printing. Students utilize lighting techniques for fine art or commercial photography. Students learn to use large format cameras. Students must provide a digital or film camera with manual features. A tripod and cable release are suggested. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 317 - Digital Photography II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 216 and ARTS 217; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    Students will develop a conceptual complexity in their artwork through a combination of projects that simulate various genres of commercial photography and assignments focused on art making through personal expression. Students enrolled in this course will further their knowledge of shooting still pictures with a professional digital single lens reflex camera and learn to use studio lighting techniques for digital photography in commercial and artistic applications. Digital image manipulation will also be covered. The university provides cameras for the duration of the course on a lending basis. Six hours per week. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 319 - Field Experience in Photography

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 216 and ARTS 217 and ARTS 316; or consent of instructor
    In this course, students will become prepared both mentally and practically to begin a career in photography. Students will be introduced to a variety of career options and gain the knowledge needed to operate a freelance photography business. Topics include creating a business plan, market research, self-promotion, portfolio development, legal requirements, tax preparation, professional organizations, equipment, studio development and pricing. Field trips and guest speakers will enhance the learning experience. Students produce a portfolio of commercial photography assignments. The class does not include darkroom instruction although students may use the college darkroom. Students must have access to an adjustable camera, a tripod, a cable release and a gray card. A handheld light meter is recommended. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 321 - Lighting for Photography

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; and either ARTS 216 or ARTS 217; or consent of instructor
    In this course students learn a wide variety of studio and location lighting techniques for both fine art and commercial photography using both digital and analog approaches. Students produce a portfolio of work that encompasses a wide range of subject matter utilizing a variety of lighting methods covered. Assignments emphasize the use of light for personal expression and visual communication. Students must provide a film or digital camera with manual settings, a tripod, and a handheld strobe light meter. Six hours per week. Offered every third semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 325 - Advanced Drawing

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 225; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    Advanced projects will be undertaken in chosen media under direct supervision of a faculty member.  This course, when taken concurrently with ARTS 404, will fulfill the upper-level Writing Designated in the Major (CWRM) requirement. This course may be taken three times. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    This course has changed effective spring 2011.

    ARTS 330 - Painting II: Figure

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 230; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    This course will focus on the compositional context of the figure and portraiture from both a historical and contemporary approach. The human form will be studied using both nude and costumed models, using various techniques. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 332 - Mixed Media

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 230 and one other 200-level ARTS course; and ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    In this course, students develop inventive and experimental approaches to a variety of media.The student will examine how media, idea and composition relate while exploring nontraditional uses of traditional media, as well as the blurring of boundaries between the disciplines when working in assemblage, mixed-media/collage formats. Six hours per week.

  
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    ARTS 337 - Painting III

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 230 and ARTS 330; and ARTH 103 or ARTH 104
    This course provides an in-depth investigation of abstraction, collage and color as they apply in painting. It is an opportunity for students to explore concepts and theory of visual abstraction through pictorial unification. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 340 - Sculpture II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 240; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    Advanced projects will be undertaken in design and media. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 355 - Printmaking II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 225; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    A further development of skills and aesthetic approaches in printmaking beyond introductory level will be covered, using a range of media and techniques. Six hours per week. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 357 - Printmaking III

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 355
    Work will focus on complex color printing techniques in the various media of multi-plate lithography, multi-plate intaglio, multi-block relief, and combination media prints. Discussions will focus on refinement of technique and content development. Six hours per week. Offered either semester. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 358 - Book Arts II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 258 (previously ARTS 356); and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    This course is a continuation of the techniques and ideas explored in ARTS 258 - Bookbinding and Book Arts I . Students will use their mastery of techniques to create complicated binding structures that investigate chosen conceptual themes. Offered annually. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 360 - Business Issues for Visual Artists

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    The business and professional side of art and the pursuit and management of a career in art is covered. A study is made of galleries, museums and commercial art fields dealing with aspects of exhibiting and selling work and the development of relevant business skills. The course includes field trips and guest speakers. Six hours per week. Offered spring semester.

  
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    ARTS 361 - Graphic Design II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 104 and ARTS 125 and ARTS 130 and ARTS 140 and ARTS 260; and either ARTH 103 or ARTH 104; or consent of instructor
    The course is a more advanced study of graphics, typography and layout design. The integration of typography and visual imagery to specific assignments is emphasized. Six hours per week. Offered once each year. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 362 - Graphic Design III

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 361 or consent of instructor
    The course is advanced study in design. It deals with the integration of illustration, design and typography to specific projects the designer could be expected to work in a studio, agency or in-house design situation. Two- and three-dimensional areas are explored. Six hours per week. Offered once each year. Additional fee required.

  
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    ARTS 368 - Synthesis of Graphic Design and Photography

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: ARTS 216 and ARTS 260; or consent of instructor
    The course builds upon both graphic design and photographic knowledge. The student develops an understanding of how graphic forms and photo images create meaning when united. Students are introduced to visual structures specific to the practice of merging graphic design and photography. This course references both historical and current trends in image making. Additional fee required.

 

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