Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Emphasis Area – Fine Arts Course Descriptions

ART101 Art Appreciation

3 credits – This course is an examination of the value, esthetic pleasures, structure, function, and history of art. The course explores sculpture, painting, film, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and architecture. Field trips to galleries allow students the opportunity to personally experience significant visual art.

Lecture Hours: 48

ART133 Drawing

3 credits – This course is an introduction to basic drawing. Working with still life props: line, form, values, perspective, and composition will be explored using various wet and dry mediums. Concentration will be on accurate visual drawing.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

ART134 Drawing II

3 credits – This course concentrates on intermediate drawing problems: Gesture, contour, proportions, mapping techniques, and values are studied through the use of props and clothed models. Creative interpretation with various media and approaches are stressed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

ART143 Painting

3 credits – This course is an introduction to painting in a variety of media. Color theory, design theory, and media area applied to exercises, studies, and finished paintings. Concentration is on developing skills in handling materials and personal expression through painting.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

ART144 Painting II

3 credits – This course is an advanced painting course using a variety of media with greater emphasis on self-direction. Concentration is on developing advanced skills in handling materials leading to greater abilities and personal expression through painting.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: ART143 Painting or equivalent or permission of the instructor

ART184 Photography

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the basics of photography. The course covers the basic equipment and skills needed to make effective photographic images. Content includes: camera types, lenses, exposure control, films, and other subject areas related to the photographic field.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

ART203 Art History I

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the history of visual art and artists; prehistory through Gothic. All forms of media: painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, ceramics, metal work, glass, and others are considered in the context of time, society, and the human impulse to create.

Lecture Hours: 48

ART204 Art History II

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the history of visual art and artists; Renaissance to the present. All forms of media: painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, ceramics, metal work, glass, photography, film, and others are considered in the context of time, society, and the human impulse to create.

Lecture Hours: 48

MUA120 Applied Piano I

1 credit – Individualized instruction in piano for the beginning, intermediate or advanced student. Requires fourteen 25 minute lessons during the semester. Additional outside practice/preparation is required. May be repeated for credit. No prior musical experience is necessary.

Lecture Hours: 16

Course Fee: $380.00

MUS100 Music Appreciation

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the musical arts through listening to and studying the music of various periods. Some sections of the course may be presented by live musicians. Allied arts, including dance, painting, and literature may be used to demonstrate the relatedness of music to the larger scope of human experience.

Lecture Hours: 48

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Student Services
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Student Services
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