Students learn basic skills and techniques for drawing from direct observation using subjects such as still life, landscape and architecture. The depiction of form, light and spatial depth is emphasized along with accurate proportion and scale. Research tools such as thumbnail sketches, quick studies, sketchbooks and digital resources are used to develop ideas. Analysis of drawings, critiques and classroom discussions build vocabulary and enrich the students’ understanding of drawing.
DRAW 101 Drawing II: Composition and Media
This course reinforces and further develops the skills of direct observation established in Drawing I: Form and Space. Research and experimentation are utilized to refine the handling of black-and-white media, expand skills to include the use of color media, and develop drawings that integrate content, concept and composition. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100.
DRAW 115 Graphics for the Building Arts
This studio course introduces students to the technical graphic representation techniques of design utilized within the building arts professions, as well as teaches drawing as a tool for thinking. Lectures and studio projects examine the language of three-dimensional form and deal with a wide range of analysis and representation of form, including mechanical drawing, freehand sketching and various means of rendering. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100.
DRAW 200 Life Drawing I
This studio course addresses the structure and anatomy of the human figure. With this foundation, students render proportion, balance, form and mass of the figure. Drawing skills developed in previous courses are further refined by using a variety of drawing media. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
DRAW 201 Life Drawing II
This course is intended to cultivate appreciation of the figure as a vehicle for expression in drawing and design. While continuing to build from the foundations of Life Drawing I, students work from direct observation to study the complexities and dynamics inherent in the human form. The conceptual and expressive potential of the figure is explored through research to enhance critical and creative thinking abilities. Both traditional and nontraditional materials, methods and surfaces are used to effectively convey visual ideas. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 200.
DRAW 206 Drawing for Storyboarding
Students in this course learn basic skills for drawing preproduction storyboards for a variety of motion-based media. Linear perspective, figure construction, lighting, composition and staging are used to effectively communicate ideas for visual stories. Students develop ideas through thumbnail sketches, lighting studies, sketchbooks and digital resources. Analysis of composition in film, video, and drawings, examined in conjunction with critiques and classroom discussions, builds vocabulary and enriches the students’ understanding of storyboarding. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 200.
DRAW 207 Drawing III: Content and Interpretations
This course explores a broad variety of approaches and genres used in the creation of drawn images. Students investigate how artists apply formal aspects and select media to convey meaning in drawing. Building on the mark making and color usage introduced in Drawing I and II, this course explores both traditional and nontraditional materials, methods and surfaces. Class exercises and research are frequently performed to reflect the process of investigation into a specific visual idea. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 101.
DRAW 209 Medical Illustration
This drawing course emphasizes observation and drawing techniques that enable students to translate complex subject matter and ideas into clear, accurate and aesthetic works of art that also serve the purpose of medical illustration. The course also focuses on problem solving and storytelling skills to communicate medical information. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 101, DRAW 200.
DRAW 210 Portrait Drawing
In this course, students learn to draw the human head and discover the art of portraiture. Students further develop drawing skills, techniques and traditional approaches to portrait drawing. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
DRAW 220 Special Topics in Drawing
The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various problems or themes in the drawing field and affords or offers students opportunities to pursue individual research projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
DRAW 230 Drawing for Design
This course introduces students to methods of drawing that can become bridges to the creation of product designs on the computer. Students become familiar with basic geometric solids and how they can be sectioned and reassembled. Units of study focus on manipulations of the box, cylinder, cone and sphere as well as streamlined form. Students design a series of objects based on the forms studied, adding complexity as their knowledge and experience build. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100.
DRAW 242 Sketchbook
Through classroom exercises and on-site drawing, students develop their ability to quickly draw visual information within a sketchbook format. In addition to building sketching skills, the course broadens students' approach to visual research, ideation and concept development to help capture the uniqueness of their artist's vision. Sketchbook materials are explored. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
DRAW 300 Advanced Drawing and Painting
Drawing and Painting media are used to record, interpret and synthesize the experience of unique locations with concepts based on personal vision. Students have the opportunity to create art on location from historically and visually inspiring sites. Sketchbooks, collections of material and photographs are used to respond to the architecture, landscape and local culture. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101 or DRAW 115.
DRAW 302 Alternative Drawing Methods
In this course, students explore drawing within a contemporary art context. Using various techniques and media, students explore diverse and alternative facets of drawing. Exercises in alternative media and nontraditional approaches form the basis for project assignments. Critiques and discussions focused on media exploration encourage students to think in new ways about making art. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
DRAW 305 Drawing on a Theme
Thematic drawing is based upon a commonly shared experience of artists to produce a body of work that is related by idea and/or materials. This course guides students in developing a theme of personal interest and, subsequently, using the span of the term to execute work based upon that theme. Each student is challenged in the development of the conceptual theme, as well as its execution using a wide variety of materials that fall under the umbrella of drawing. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
DRAW 310 Landscape Drawing
This advanced course considers traditional and contemporary approaches to landscape drawing. The course explores the expressive and conceptual possibilities of urban and natural landscapes for artists and designers. A variety of black-and-white and color media are explored as students’ build their freehand drawing abilities to process, record and interpret natural and built landscapes. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
DRAW 312 Color Drawing
This course concentrates on mastering technical skills as students experiment with various wet and dry color drawing media such as crayons, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, pastel pencils and colored markers. A strong emphasis is placed on the formal aspects of value analysis and the practice of building color gradually. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 101.
DRAW 320 Non-objective Drawing
This course focuses on the development of imagery through a sophisticated use of elements and principles of design, including color and a variety of drawing media. Students research visual concepts and utilize design processes while honing drawing skills and techniques. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
DRAW 325 Advanced Portrait Drawing
This course addresses the combined depiction of the head and hand in portraiture, the use of limited dry and fluid color media, and the exploration of classical and contemporary approaches in portrait drawing. The course reinforces the study of the proportions of the head and hand from direct observation. Emphasis is placed on the self-portrait, the depiction of the half and three quarter pose and the examination of jewelry, drapes, headwear, etc., as critical embellishments in the design and expression of a successful portrait. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 210.
DRAW 330 Large Format Drawing
Students in this course learn to address the challenges and strategies associated with making large-scale drawings. Students explore techniques and methods required for working with large-format drawings. Critiques and presentations prepare students to develop and analyze large-scale work as it pertains to size, scale and concept. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
DRAW 341 Travel Portfolio
To draw a place is to know a place. In this course, students develop studies of urban contexts, structures, architectural and sculptural elements, interiors, period furniture and work from historical drawings. A personal focus within the breadth of the portfolio establishes primary motifs, processes and materials. The portfolio is accompanied by related writings and collected materials. Inventive approaches are encouraged. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101 or DRAW 115.
DRAW 350 Classical Rendering
This course trains students in classical rendering techniques. There is a strong emphasis on fully rendered observational drawing (still life and figure) in the classical tradition. Students further develop technical skill acquired in prerequisite classes and attain fluency in the handling of color as well as black-and-white, wet and dry media through exercises, demonstrations, assignments and critiques. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 200.
DRAW 499 Special Topics in Drawing
The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each course focuses on various issues in drawing and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
DSGN 100 Design I: Elements and Organization
Students develop an understanding of the organizational methods used in two-dimensional work. They utilize the elements and principles of design while working in black-and-white and color media. Problem solving processes and research are integrated into the development, refinement and evaluation of images. The work of professionals in a variety of art and design fields is analyzed to understand the application of two-dimensional design. The importance of presentation and craftsmanship is emphasized.
DSGN 101 Color: Theory and Application
This course continues the skills developed in Design I, and develops an understanding of color properties and relationships through formal exercises, research and creative thinking. Students build a vocabulary for analyzing and identifying color and color phenomena. Concepts of color theorists and color use in a variety of fields are examined to understand the application of color theory. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 100.
DSGN 102 Design II: 3-D Form in Space
Students work with a variety of media and complete sculptural and architectural projects to learn how to manipulate 3-D forms and space. Creative problem solving skills, including research, idea generation, support drawings and maquettes, are used to develop concepts and design plans. The integration of presentation options and craftsmanship with the concept is emphasized. The analysis and critique of three-dimensional work develops vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 100.
DSGN 105 Visual Design Systems
Visual design systems that contribute to expression, aesthetic appeal and visual strength are used in a range of art and design fields such as painting, architecture, product design, textile design, illustration, sequential art, graphic design and film. Students learn how these tools are used and apply the systems to their own work. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 100.
DSGN 115 Creative Thinking Strategies
Creative thinking is essential to being a successful professional. This course prepares students to identify problems as opportunities for change and innovation. Research, experimentation, concept development and analysis are the vital practices that lead to innovation. Students envision and communicate a wide range of new ideas that address specific problems. Students acquire skills and gain confidence in idea generation by working independently and collaboratively. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
DSGN 204 Design III: Time
The shaping and designing of time-based artwork is based on an analysis of a variety of media including video, sound, interactive/chance-driven multimedia and performance. Students build on concepts explored in previous design courses by transposing fundamental design principles into the design and organization of material over time. The conceptual development and critical analysis of time-based media is achieved through exposure to groundbreaking time-based artwork as well as fundamental introductions to appropriate technologies. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110, DSGN 101, and DSGN 102.
DSGN 210 Advanced Practices in Color and Design
This course advances the student’s ability to manipulate color to effectively convey visual ideas. The potential of color as both an expressive tool and a formal design element is investigated through a complex manipulation of hue, value, saturation and temperature. An essential component of this course is the development of the content or meaning of the work. Through individual research and in-progress critiques, students enhance critical and creative thinking skills. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 101.
DSGN 223 Architectural Fundamentals Studio I
This studio introduces the Formal and Typological Orders of architecture with emphasis on the comprehension of delineators of space as abstract entities, and on the theoretical development of design concepts. A sequence of exercises guides the transformation of basic design into elementary architectural design and progress from a single space and its adjacencies to sequences of spaces with specific functions. Exercises also involve the typological analysis of notable works of architecture. Students develop model building and diagramming skills and produce a portfolio of the process and design. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 101, DRAW 115.
DSGN 224 Architectural Fundamentals Studio II
This studio introduces the Dynamic Orders of climate, time, activity, light and space in relationship to building and landscape that influence the building form, envelope and orientation. Reciprocities between landscape and building include approach to and entry into a building, as well as qualities of light and prospect from within the building. Students are introduced to vertical circulation systems and the tectonic nature of floor, wall and roof enclosures. Students continue to develop design through handcrafted drawings and models and produce a portfolio of the process and design. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 223.
DSGN 225 Architectural Fundamentals Studio III
This studio investigates the Perceptual and Experiential Orders and dynamics of choreographed movement through sequences of architectural space, which impact the visual, haptic and auditory senses. In addition the perceptual dynamics of configuration, light, view, frame, image, motility, posture, surface and transparency within architectural space at various scales of investigation are explored. Conceptual Orders also address the significance of meaning, symbol and content in architecture. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 224.
DSGN 299 Special Topics in Design
The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each course focuses on various issues in design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
This accelerated drawing course covers fundamental considerations of drawing as a form of expression. The objective is to enhance students' awareness of and skill with technique, materials, composition and aesthetics.
DRAW 602 Drawing the Environment
This course builds freehand drawing skills to process, record and interpret the natural and built environment. Designed for students with limited exposure to drawing, the content includes an emphasis on sighting, perspective and composition as a means to understand and record the world around them.
DRAW 720 Drawing: Scale and Format
Scale affects meaning and concept in drawing. This course exposes students to a variety of contemporary approaches specific to large-scale drawing. Students formulate strategies associated with making large-scale studio drawing, and then analyze and critique examples of large-scale drawing from a variety of art historical sources, especially contemporary art.
DRAW 780 Special Topics in Drawing
The topic of this course varies from term to term. Each course focuses on various issues in drawing and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
DRAW 708 Graduate Drawing
This independent studio course approaches drawing as a unique fine art medium, as well as a means for building momentum for work in other media. Students explore drawing both as a process through which ideas may be presented and as a finished product with renewed relevance in contemporary art. The course encourages students to establish a working method in drawing unique to their respective studio practice.
PNTG 502 Graduate Painting Methods Studio
This accelerated painting course covers fundamental considerations of painting as a form of expression. The course emphasizes both traditional and contemporary applications of paint primarily through a direct visual process to develop paintings based upon the optical effects of light upon form. Students gain a strong foundation in the practices and materials associated with oil- and water-based media. The development of a conceptual framework is also addressed.
PNTG 503 Graduate Advanced Painting
Allowing graduate students to develop their strengths pertaining to their own aesthetic and choices of materials, this open-studio course also enables them to work toward an advanced cohesive body of work. Students have relevant reading and writing assignments and are required to complete a finished artist's statement.
PNTG 704 Formal Aspects of Painting
This first-year graduate studio course explores painting as a formal visual language. Students create directed new work that examines their own formal choices: color, value, line, shape, surface quality, composition and scale. The course is driven by group critiques, individual critiques and reading and writing assignments.
PNTG 728 Painting Studio I
With coursework structured according to the goals and needs of each student, this studio course is designed to refine students’ personal direction and critical vocabulary. Both individual and group critiques support the projects. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 704.
PNTG 734 Chinese Painting Technique
Utilizing Chinese brush work, students learn traditional and advanced techniques of Chinese painting, and gain an understanding of Chinese concepts and ideas, history and philosophy. The course does not limit its focus to traditional Chinese painting, but emphasizes the discovery of an individual's personal language of art-making that incorporates that tradition with more modern concepts.
PNTG 738 Painting Studio II
Using an individual program designed for each student based on previous coursework, this studio course is designed to further refine students’ personal focus and critical vocabulary. Both individual and group critiques support the projects. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 728.
PNTG 741 Painting: Directed Project
This course provides graduate painting students the opportunity to establish an individual work plan and criteria under the guidance of a faculty member within a standard course format. Students create a feasibility plan that outlines the resources needed to meet objectives of their work plan. A student must have passed the faculty preliminary review in order to be eligible to take this course. The course is recommended for sequencing as an elective in the fourth quarter of the M.F.A. in preparation for the review for candidacy. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 738.
PNTG 749 Painting M.A. Final Project
All M.A. painting students are required to create a personal, cohesive body of work and an extended artist statement. Students have the opportunity to combine historic and contemporary references with focused, self-directed expression, articulating ideas and contextual theories through refined critical self-analysis. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.
PNTG 758 Painting Studio III
This studio course is designed to further refine students’ personal focus and critical vocabulary. An individual program is designed for each student based on previous coursework. Both individual and group critiques support the development of thesis exhibition and the quality of the work. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 738.
PNTG 760 Advanced Color Issues in Painting
In this course, students focus on the development of a personal color language and employ principles of color theory as primary expressive agents.
PNTG 762 Life Painting
This course focuses on the conceptual, perceptual and technical evolution of the human figure in the history of painting. While the course concentrates on advanced issues specific to this genre, attention is also given to the role of technique and theory in the expression of the masters and contemporary practitioners. Students explore complex figure groups, complex environments and sophisticated use of scale. Models are available for the entire quarter.
PNTG 764 Narrative Painting
This course introduces the historically complex role of the painter as narrator, concentrating on the balance of subject matter with aesthetic form. Students explore the unique pictorial requirements of narrative painting, such as depictions of the passage of time. Students also investigate categories of contemporary narrative painting, while simultaneously evaluating painting’s relationship to other current narrative forms.
PNTG 766 Conceptual Art Practice
This course introduces students to various aspects of conceptual art, and explores practical issues relevant to painting within current contemporary art. Technical expansiveness, theoretical development and the role of visualization are explored through projects and class discussion. Prerequisite(s): SFIN 716.
PNTG 768 Painting Studio IV
This studio course is designed to further refine students’ personal focus and critical vocabulary. An individual program is designed for each student based on previous coursework. Both individual and group critiques support the projects. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 758.
PNTG 775 Advanced Painting Studio Analysis
This independent studio course for advanced students involves studio visits, critiques and seminar discussions about each student’s respective work, in preparation for the thesis. Each student finishes the course with a cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work, thesis statement, thesis outline and thesis document rough draft. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 738 and completion of the review for candidacy.
PNTG 779F Graduate Field Internship
Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
PNTG 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
PNTG 780 Special Topics in Painting
This course provides an opportunity for students to focus on particular issues in the field or to study advanced techniques and processes. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. The course may include lectures, discussions, individual projects and critiques, depending on the nature of the topic.
PNTG 790 Painting M.F.A. Thesis
All painting M.F.A. students are required to develop and prepare an original exhibition, accompanied by a written component. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.
SFIN 760 Body as Medium
Exploring body-related art and its historical background, this course immerses students in the medium with a concentration on creation and research. Collaborative projects are essential along with communication utilizing the body and environment. Students are also involved in critical reading and writing assignments regarding technique and concept. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 701.
DSGN 504 Design Methods Studio
This course for graduate students combines the study of 2-D and 3-D design at an accelerated pace. The skills of 2-D and 3-D organization are refined by the use of principles and elements of design. Figurative and abstract compositions are produced. Elements of line, value, color and texture are explored, along with the definition of 3-D space and light.
DSGN 780 Special Topics in Design
The topic of this course varies from term to term. Each course focuses on various issues in design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.