Course Descriptions

Fine Arts Courses

ART 112 - Drawing

3.00 Cr

This is a studio course in basic realistic drawing. Emphasis is on visual thought and awareness through drawing exercises and portraits. Accuracy in representing what is observed is stressed. Students are required to spend at least six hours per week outside of class on assignments.

ART 113 - Digital Photography

3.00 Cr

A basic foundation course covering the entire digital photography workflow including: purchase of a digital camera, taking better photos by making use of design principles, electronically editing images, making digital prints, and strategies for storing and organizing images. Students are required to have their own digital camera.

ART 117 - Intermediate Ceramics

1.00 Cr

This class is an intermediate course for those who have taken ART 116. Continuing study of all aspects of ceramics is the primary focus. Students are required to determine specific projects to pursue. Credit will vary from 1 to 3 by individual contract. Students will be required to spend at least six hours per week outside of class on assignments. This class may be taken more than once for a total of no more than 6 credits.

ART 120 - Art History Ancient-13th Cent

3.00 Cr

The study of art history invites students to discover the diversity in and connections among global forms of artistic expression from history. This semester focuses on global art beginning with the Paleolithic period and extending through the Thirteenth Century. Students gather and exchange knowledge through viewing representative images of art, lectures, reading, discussion, and writing. Students analyze works of visual art in a wide variety of media, developing the vocabulary and conceptual framework that empowers them to explain, interpret, and evaluate art in its context. Students engage with the global art world as active participants as they explore form, content, and styles of art, artists, art making processes, and responses to and interpretations of art. Thus students gain deeper understanding of the universal human quest for meaning as expressed in traditional and changing forms of art through the ages.

ART 121 - Art History 14th Cent-Contemp

3.00 Cr

The study of art history invites students to discover the diversity in and connections among global forms of artistic expression from history. This semester focuses on global art beginning with the Fourteenth-Century and the Early Renaissance in Europe, and extending up to the present day. Students gather and exchange knowledge through viewing representative images of art, lectures, reading, discussion, and writing. Students analyze works of visual art in a wide variety of media, developing the vocabulary and conceptual framework that empowers them to explain, interpret, and evaluate art in its context. Students engage with the global art world as active participants as they explore form, content, and styles of art, artists, art making processes, and responses to and interpretations of art. Thus students gain deeper understanding of the universal human quest for meaning as expressed in traditional and changing forms of art through the ages.

ART 201 - Acrylic Painting

3.00 Cr

This class is an introduction to methods of painting with acrylics. Emphasis will be on composition, color theory, and technique. Demonstrations in various techniques with a variety of subject matter and styles are included. Students are required to spend at least six hours per week outside of class on assignments. Experience in drawing and/or design is highly recommended.

ART 206 - Watercolor Painting

3.00 Cr

This class is an introduction to methods of painting with transparent watercolors. Emphasis will be on composition, color theory, and concept. Demonstrations in a variety of techniques with a variety of subject matter and styles are included. Students are required to spend at least six hours per week outside of class on assignments.

ILC 289I - Photo & Catholic Soc Teaching

4.00 Cr

An Integrative Learning course where students receive CORE credit in both Fine Arts and Theology.

Social Documentary Photographer & Catholic Social Teaching.

Students will learn fundamental camera skills and how to apply them to the field of documentary photography. They will also learn the core themes of Catholic Social Teaching. The course will culminate with each student presenting a portfolio of work employing the techniques of documentary photography and illustrating at least one core theme of Catholic Social Teaching. The course will include a review of the principle photographers in the field (e.g., Henri Cartier-Bresson, W. Eugene Smith, Sebastio Salgado, etc.) and the role of documentary photography in promoting social awareness and change.