Course Descriptions — Art

ART1000 Art Appreciation 4 semester hours
This course is designed to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts through a study of their theory, history and mechanics. The course includes a survey of the major developments in the visual arts and their respective aesthetic criteria, from Classical Greece to the present.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement ( for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ART1210 Two-Dimensional Design 4 semester hours
Introductory course that examines, manipulates and critically evaluates the visual and conceptual properties of two-dimensional art. Designed to heighten aesthetic appreciation and serve as an introduction for those who wish further study of painting, drawing or graphic design.

ART1310 Three-Dimensional Design 4 semester hours
This introductory course examines, manipulates and critically evaluates the visual and conceptual properties of three-dimensional art. The course is designed to heighten aesthetic appreciation and serve as an introduction for those who wish to further study three-dimensional design or sculpture.

ART1400 Digital Imaging 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to basic processes for creating, manipulating and utilizing digital images. It includes digital camera operation, scanning, image storage and cataloging, image editing, developing digital workflow, image printing and utilizing digital images in presentations, web design and publications. Students must have the use of a digital camera. Lab fee; students will need to purchase some materials (e.g., paper, CDs/DVDs, portfolio).

ART2100 Introduction to Drawing 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the techniques of drawing with emphasis on representation and pictorial composition.

ART2500 Art History: Prehistoric to Medieval 4 semester hours
This course is a survey of visual art from Prehistory to 1400. It is a course designed to develop an understanding of major developments in the visual arts and the relationship of those developments to the cultures that produced them.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement ( for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ART2510 Introduction to Painting 4 semester hours
This course brings together the disciplines of drawing, design, color theory and painting technique to help students learn to manipulate the tools and materials of painting media.
Prerequisites: ART1210 and/or ART2100 recommended.

ART2530 Introduction to Native American Art 4 semester hours
This course is designed to give a broad understanding of the art of the indigenous people of North America from prehistoric petroglyphs to contemporary artists such as Jeaune-Quick-to-See-Smith. An attempt is made to examine these arts in a cultural context, focusing upon the religious, socio-economic and political environments in which they were produced, particularly westward expansion. Art representing many tribes from all culture areas will be the subject of study. Many artifacts from the Aurora University Schingoethe Museum will be the subject of research. Field trips to local museums will be incorporated into the course.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement ( for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ART2600 Art History: Renaissance to Modern 4 semester hours
This course is a survey of visual art from the Renaissance to the present. It is a course designed to develop an understanding of major developments in the visual arts and the relationship of those developments to the cultures that produced them.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement ( for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ART2610 Introduction to Sculpture 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to some of the basic sculptural techniques and media as applied to the visual and conceptual properties of three dimensional art.
Prerequisite: ART1200 recommended.

ART2670 Introduction to Digital Photography 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the aesthetics and practice of photography, the history of photography and its place in contemporary culture. Students learn the mechanics of digital black and white photography, explore the written and visual history of photographic movements and major artists, and create a portfolio of original work and an accompanying paper integrating a personal photographic style and vision with historical and contemporary photographic art. Access to a digital camera with manual exposure adjustments is required (see the instructor for details) and students must purchase some materials, such as digital printing paper and a flash memory drive.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement ( for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ART2700 Art and Philosophy 4 semester hours
This course studies the varied relationships between philosophy and the production and reception of art. Topics covered include aesthetics, the cross-influences between art and philosophy, and questions about the similarities and differences between the two practices.

ART3110 Intermediate Drawing 4 semester hours
This course provides a further study of representation and pictorial composition in conjunction with experimentation with the various drawing media.
Prerequisite: ART2100 or portfolio review.

ART3200 Intermediate Sculpture 4 semester hours
This course provides a further study of sculptural techniques and media as applied to the visual and conceptual properties of three dimensional art.
Prerequisite: ART2610 or portfolio review.

ART/HIS3360 Renaissance, Renovation and Revival 4 semester hours
History is punctuated by periods of rebirth and renewal. The energy characterized by such periods is illustrated in material culture and in particular in the visual arts. This course explores the idea of renaissance in art and history and its visual manifestations. Topics covered include the Carolingian Renovation, the Italian Renaissance, Neoclassicism and the revivals of the 19th century, and the Harlem Renaissance of the 20th century.
Prerequisite: One prior college-level history or art history course.

ART3400 Intermediate Digital Photography 4 semester hours
Building on technical skills and aesthetic sensibilities developed in the introductory course, students continue to explore digital photography through color. This course explores creative use of color theory and digital workflow. Skill sets acquired in ART2670 are expanded with emphasis on personal, creative and thematic projects. Access to a digital camera with manual exposure adjustments is required (see instructor for details) and students must purchase some materials such as digital printing paper and portfolio products.
Prerequisite: ART2670 or equivalent knowledge and skills as determined by the instructor.

ART/REL3450 Icons and Idols: Religion and Art 4 semester hours
What is the difference between an icon and an idol? How does religious imagery function in the unique traditions of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and other world religions? Icons and Idols takes a critical approach to visual representation, treating image-objects across cultures, times and systems of belief to promote a greater understanding of both visual culture and its informing religions. Readings range from Plato and the Old Testament to contemporary criticism. Prior study of art history and/or religion is recommended, but not required.
Prerequisite: One prior college-level art history or religion course.

ART3510 Intermediate Painting 4 semester hours
This course provides a further study of painting media in a wider range of uses and forms of expression.
Prerequisite: ART2510 or portfolio review.

ART3540 Photography and Society 4 semester hours
This course explores the history of photography, both as an art form and as a cultural phenomenon that has reshaped our society. It will trace major aspects of the technical and aesthetic development of photography from the early 19th century to the present day and examines the impact of photography on the development of the “image-based” society, as well as exploring the interaction of photography with the other visual arts.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group B requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

ART4100 Advanced Drawing 4 semester hours
This course offers further intensive experimentation with selected drawing media.
Prerequisite: ART3110 or portfolio review.

ART4200 Advanced Sculpture 4 semester hours
This course offers further intensive experimentation with selected sculpture media.
Prerequisite: ART3200 or portfolio review.

ART4400 Advanced Digital Photography 4 semester hours
This course covers advanced digital photography and imaging with an emphasis on developing and enhancing individual student skills. Students will create portfolios of original work demonstrating mastery of the technical and aesthetic approaches of the course, developing themes and approaches through an extended series of large-format images suitable for exhibition.
Prerequisites: ART2670; ART3400 or equivalent coursework.

ART4510 Advanced Painting 4 semester hours
This course offers further intensive experimentation with selected painting media.
Prerequisite: ART3510 or portfolio review.

ART4990 Senior Seminar/Exhibit for Studio Art Emphasis 4 semester hours
This is a capstone course that allows a student to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and skills expected of an art major at the conclusion of his or her program of study. Written and oral critique will verify the student’s ability to verbalize aesthetic concepts. The student will present a public exhibit of his or her creative work which will include responsibility for all aspects of presentation and advertising. The student will also create a personal website, to be published on the university’s server, which will contain a gallery displaying his or her work plus a biography and artist’s statement.
Prerequisite: Only open to senior art majors.