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1000. Art Appreciation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to ART majors. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the visual arts, past and present. The visual language of artists, historical and cultural significance of works of art. Intended primarily for students who are not art majors. CA 1.

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1010. Foundation: Studio Concepts

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to key concepts and practices in art making.

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1020. Foundation: Criticism and Interpretation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to various current critical approaches to the producers, contexts, audiences, and histories of contemporary visual culture.

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1030. Drawing I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credit after ART 1040, 2011, 2110, 2310, 2410, 2510 or 2610.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamental principles of drawing based on observation.

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1040. Drawing II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1030. Cannot be taken for credit after ART 2010, 3350.

Grading Basis: Graded

Observational drawing; emphasis on spatial organization and structure.

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2010. Life Drawing I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1040. Cannot be taken for credit after ART 2210 or 3010.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to figure drawing.

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2011. Introduction to Digital Media

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1010 and 1030. Cannot be taken for credit after ART 3130, 3132, 3420.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to digital media.

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2110. Graphic Design: Process and Thinking

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1010 and ART 1030. Cannot be taken for credit after passing ART 3170.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the methods of design thinking and the process involved in translating that thinking into form. Content, meaning, form, typography, layout, structure, craft and process in graphic design, emphasizing conceptual analysis, visualization, and skillful making through the adept use of analog and digital tools.

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2120. Graphic Design 1: Typography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2110; portfolio review; consent of instructor. Cannot be taken for credit after passing ART 3130, 3131 or 3132.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to typographic terms, technology, and the foundations and fundamentals of typography and visual structure as a medium for expressive, conceptual, and intellectual communication.

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2210. Illustration

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2010 and ART 2310. Not open for credit to students who have passed ART 3210.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to principles of illustration, media, and techniques.

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2220. Animation Fundamentals

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1040.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamental skills required for animation.

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2310. Basic Studio, Painting

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1010 and ART 1030.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the principles and techniques of painting media.

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2410. Basic Studio, Photography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1010 and ART 1030. Cannot be taken for credit after ART 2420, 3410, 3420 or 3440.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to techniques and aesthetics of photography, with emphasis on the camera.

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2420. Intermediate Photography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2410. Cannot be taken for credit after ART 3430, 3450, 3455, 3460, 3465, 3470, 4410.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and techniques of black-and-white photography in fine-art applications, with emphasis on darkroom work.

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2510. Basic Studio, Printmaking

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1010 and 1030. Cannot be taken for credit after ART 3510 or 3520.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to practice and principles of printmaking, including intaglio, relief and lithographic processes.

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2610. Basic Studio, Sculpture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1010 and 1030. Not open for credit to students who have passed ART 3610, 3620, 3630, 3640, 3650, 3655, 3660, 3670.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to principles and techniques of sculpture.

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3110. Graphic Design 2: Visual Systems

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: ART 2120; open only to majors. Open to non-majors with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigate creative and effective visual design systems through the use of visual structure, typography, image, grid, information hierarchy and architecture.

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3120. Graphic Design 3: Relational Design

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2120 and ART 3110; open only to majors, open to non-majors by instructor consent. Cannot be taken for credit after passing ART 4110 or 4130.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of form, content, function, strategy; collaborative and integrative thinking in problem solving; using diverse communication design methodologies.

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3130. Fundamentals of Web Design

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2011 and 2120 or instructor consent. Cannot be taken for credit after passing ART 3131.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to basic HTML web page design using Cascading Style Sheets.

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3132. Graphic Design: Motion Graphics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2011 and 2110 or instructor consent; open only to majors, open to non-majors with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the multi-faceted diversity of motion design - including film and television title sequences, data visualizations, web-based animations, and sound branding with an emphasis on typography in motion. Students develop competency in producing Motion Graphics via ideation and conceptualization, sketching, storyboarding and animatics, using both analog and digital methods, leading to final animations.

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3170. Graphic Design: Survey

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2110; open to sophomores or higher; open only to majors, open to non-majors with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of contemporary graphic design practice as an artistic and professional discipline in visual media. In addition to critical readings, presentations, and discussions, field trips are planned to engage in dialogues with practicing professional designers and studios.

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3210. Topics in Illustration

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ART 2210 and ART 3010; open to juniors or higher. With a change in content ART 3210 may be repeated to a maximum of 9 credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

Continuing problems in illustration. Projects may include book, editorial, reportage, or self-promotion illustration.

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3250. Stop & Go: Explorations in Stop-Motion Animation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2220

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of stop-motion animation techniques.

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3270. Going Pro

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 3210; open only to juniors or higher studio art majors. Others by instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Professional practices in illustration and animation, including market preparedness, portfolio development, branding, business communication and tools, networking, and promotion.

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3310. Intermediate Painting

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: ART 2310.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conceptually-oriented painting projects.

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3330. Advanced Painting

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: ART 3310 or 3360; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Individually determined painting projects.

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3350. Aqua Media I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 1040.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the materials and methods of painting in aqua media.

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3410. Introduction to Video Art

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ART 2410. Open to Art and Art History majors. With a change of topic, may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to techniques and aesthetics of video art.

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3420. Digital Imaging

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2011 and ART 2410; open to juniors or higher Art and Art History majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the use of the computer to digitize and manipulate photographic imagery.

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3440. Color Photography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ART 2410; open to Art and Art History majors only; others by consent of instructor. May be repeated once with a change of content.

Grading Basis: Graded

The processes and aesthetics of color photography.

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3450. Documentary Photography and Video

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2420; open to Art and Art History majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of techniques and aesthetics of documentary photography and video.

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3455. Portrait Photography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2420; open to Art and Art History majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Studio practice in fine art portraiture with discussion of contemporary and historical approaches to the genre.

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3460. Large Format Photography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2420; open to Art and Art History majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the use of the large format camera to create photographs.

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3470. Studio Photography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2420; open to Art and Art History majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Techniques and aesthetics of studio photography.

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3510. Intaglio Printmaking

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2510.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of black-and-white and color intaglio techniques.

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3520. Lithography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2510.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of lithographic techniques.

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3530. Printmaking Workshop

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 18 credits.

Prerequisites: ART 3510 or 3520. With a change in content ART 3530 may be repeated to a maximum of 18 credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

Workshop for students to continue developing ideas in a print medium.

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3605. Ceramic Art: Materials and Methods

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 2610 or instructor consent

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to contemporary ceramic art materials, methods, and studio practices, including clay properties and preparation, ceramic surface treatment investigations, kiln function and firing. Studio assignments focus on enhancement of skill in design and fabrication of ceramic objects. Presentations, discussions and critiques explore ideas and issues in the field of ceramic art.

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3610. Ceramics: Vessel Constructions

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: ART 2610; open only to Art majors, others by instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of principles, techniques, and processes for design and expression in ceramic art, with focus on the vessel form as cultural, historical, and contemporary object and idea. This course extends research, development, and realization of artistic concept in clay and glaze. Projects explore a range of fabrication skills, including hand building and wheelwork, and encourage inventive approaches to material, form, and surface.

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3615. Ceramics: Wheel Work

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ART 2610; open only to Art majors, others by instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of techniques and processes for wheel-based ceramic art and design. Extends student research, development, and realization of concept in clay and glaze. Projects explore a range of wheel-throwing skills, encouraging inventive approaches to material, form, and surface. May be repeated for credit with a change in course content to a maximum of nine credits.

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3625. Ceramics: Surface Engagement

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: ART 2610; open only to Art and Art History majors, others by instructor consent

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and techniques for surface design and graphic expression in ceramic art. Includes a variety of forming techniques, with an emphasis on ceramic surface treatments such as painting, drawing, stenciling, printing, and other image transfer processes using under and over glaze materials.

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3640. Sculpture: Metals

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ART 2610; open only to Art majors, others by instructor consent. With a change in course content ART 3640 may be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of sculptural form, process, and environment, using metal fabrication techniques such as welding, forging, and cold forming.

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3655. Ceramics: Mold Making and Casting

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: ART 2610; open only to Art and Art History majors, others by instructor consent

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of ceramic art mold making and casting principles, techniques, and processes. Covers plaster mold making for clay and slip casting, formal design and conceptual invention with cast forms, ceramic surface treatment, installation and display strategies.

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3670. Sculpture/Ceramics: Digital Tools

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: ART 2610; open to juniors or higher; open only to Art majors, non-majors with instructor consent

Grading Basis: Graded

Investigation of the interaction between traditional processes and digital technology in the conception and making of sculptural objects and installations. Introduces design and fabrication methods such as 3D scanning, CAD (computer aided design) programs, and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) tools that include 3D printing, CNC routing, and laser cutting. Presentations, discussions, and critiques explore the social and cultural significance of digital fabrication, and the presence of digital processes in contemporary art.

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3901. Advanced Studio Art Projects

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cross-media investigation of studio art ideas, processes and materials through both assigned and self-directed projects. Critical assessment occurs in discussion with faculty and peers.

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3991. Studio Internship

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Supervised practical experience in studio and studio related work. Section one: Communication Design Studio Internship. Supervised practical experience in a commercial design studio, agency, or related work. Prerequisite: B average in communication design classes, ART 3120 and consent of instructor. Section two: Photography Studio Internship. Supervised practical experience in a commercial photography studio, agency or in related work. Prerequisite: B average in photography classes, ART 4410 and consent of a photography instructor. Section three: Art Studio Internship. Supervised practical experience in an art studio. Prerequisite: B average in major Junior - Senior course work and consent of instructor from the major. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

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3998. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated with a change in content for a maximum of six credits.

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3999. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher who have a GPA of 3.0, with no outstanding incompletes for any other 3999. Exception only by the approval of the department head.

Grading Basis: Graded

For advanced students to develop a special project in advanced studio art. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

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4110. Graphic Design 4: Communication Dynamics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ART 3120; open only to majors, open to non-majors with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Team taught by professional guest designers, this course explores graphic design as a personal, social, political, and cultural activity and investigates modality of production in visual media.

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4130. Graphic Design: Design Center Studio

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: ART 3120; open only to majors; open only with consent of instructor

Grading Basis: Graded

Professional graphic design studio housed in its own independent design environment providing students with real world practical experience. Design students work on commissioned, client based, collaborative, commercial and cultural projects from concept to delivery across all media platforms.

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4410. Advanced Photography

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ART 2420; open to juniors or higher Art and Art History majors. With a change in content ART 4410 may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced problems in the use of photography as an art medium.

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4901. Senior Project

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Project developed in student's area of concentration, to be exhibited in the Annual Senior Show. A vigorous and consistent thematic body of work which articulates both technical and conceptual concerns required. To fulfill graduation requirement for B.F.A. students, must be passed with grade of C or better.

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