Undergraduate Courses

Subject course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

1301 Art Appreciation (3-0) An introductory course leading to an understanding of the visual arts. (ARTS 1301)

1303 Art History I (3-0) A survey of the art and architecture of the Western World from prehistoric times through the Gothic Period. Qualifies for general education credit.

1304 (ARTS) Art History II (3-0). A survey of the art and architecture of the Western World from the Early Renaissance to the contemporary period. Qualifies for general education credit. 1311 (ARTS) Design I (2-4).  An introduction to the fundamentals of two-dimensional design. (ARTS 1311)

1311 Design I (2-4) An introduction to the fundamentals of two-dimensional design. Students will learn concepts such as balance, harmony, pattern, weight, and so on through a number of studio exercises and projects. (ARTS 1311)

1312 Design II (2-4) Three dimensional design and color theory. May be taken before Design I. (ARTS 1312)

1316 Drawing I (2-4) An introduction to drawing fundamentals with stress upon observations and techniques involving various drawing media. (ARTS 1316)

1317 Drawing II (2-4) Continuation of drawing skills and techniques as begin in Drawing I with emphasis on compositional skills. Prerequisite: ART 1301 or permission from instructor.

2304 Independent Study in Art Independent investigation into an art subject area: i.e. in only one area such as painting, drawing, sculpture, design, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, fibers or art education. May be repeated for different subject areas.

2311 Alternative Methods of Photography (2-4) A survey of nontraditional photographic printing process such as Van Dyke Brown, Cyanotype, Solarization and Texture Screens. Prerequisite: IT 2304.

2313 Design Communication I (2-4) An introduction to the basic processes and techniques of advertising art. Prerequisite: ART 1302 or 1303 or permission of instructor.

2316 Painting I (2-4) Exploring opaque painting media (oil or acrylic) with emphasis on color and composition. (ARTS 2316). Prerequisite: ART 1302 or 1303 or permission of instructor.

2323 Life Drawing I (3-2) Advanced drawing class that involves drawing fundamentals in relationship to the human for with stress on observation and human anatomy. May be taken for up to nine hours of credit. Each semester of work is progressively more advanced than the previous semester. Prerequisites: ART 1302 or the permission of the instructor.

2326 Sculpture (2-4) Exploratory studies in the principles, materials and techniques of sculpture. (ARTS 2326)

2346 Ceramics I (2-4) An introduction to basic ceramic processes, including wheel throwing, handbuilding, glazing and firing. (ARTS 2346)

2347 Ceramics II (2-4) A further exploration of intermediate ceramic processes, including wheel throwing, glazing and kiln firing. Prerequisite: ART 2305 or permission of instructor. (ARTS 2347)

2366 Watercolor (2-4) Exploring transparent painting media (watercolor or tempera) with emphasis on methods and techniques. Prerequisite: ART 1302 or 1303 or permission of instructor.

3301 Advanced Art Studio (2-4) Advanced investigation into an art subject area; i.e., in only one area such as as drawing and painting, design and advertising art, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, weaving and fibers and in exceptional cases, art education. The course may be repeated for credit with varied letter designate for area of specialization. Required for art majors, preferably taken in junior year.

3302 Printmaking (2-4) An introduction to the basic printmaking processes including collagraphic, intaglio, stencil and relief.

3303 Art Theory I and Practice for Children (2-2).  (Elementary and Secondary Art Theory) A survey and analysis of the theories and practices of teaching art to children and adolescents.  Topics include artistic development, art programming content, philosophies, methodologies, objectives and assessment. of advanced methods related to the understanding of aesthetic achievement in the elementary and secondary art programs. This course required for art education majors. Topics include learning environment, artistic development, presentation methodologies, objectives, assessments and other current topics.

3306 Seminar in Art (3-0) A discussion of subjects such as resume and folio development, art careers, art marketing and sales and other areas which are of interest and importance to all art students. Required for art majors, preferably taken in junior year.

3307 Women in Art (3-0) Art history class tracing the overlooked area of women in art.

3308 Contemporary Art History (3-0) A survey of painting, sculpture, architecture and other arts from post-Impressionist to contemporary period.

3309 Crafts (2-2) An introduction to art theories and methods governing the teaching of craft activities in the classroom. Required for art education majors.

3310 Special Topics (3-0) Topics to be selected from history and literature of art, art in the general culture, techniques of teaching art in the public schools or other topics in the field of art. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

3312 Rock Art (1-3) Art history class tracing the indigenous art of American Indians in this area.

3313 European Art and Architecture (3-0) A "hands-on" investigation of the artistic and architectural styles and historically significant works of art in European cultures. The course meets the multicultural requirements.

3314 Latin America Art Survey (3-0) A survey of painting, sculpture, architecture and other arts from pre-Columbian times through the presennt day of Latin America.

3315 Art Theory II (2-2) A survey of advanced methods related to the understanding of aesthetic achievement in the secondary art programs. This course is required for art education majors.

3316 Extruded Ceramics (3-3) An exploration of the use of the ceramic extruder as a ceramic design tool. Students will learn to make and use dies to create ceramic extrusions to be used as design elements in finished works. Prerequisite: Ceramics 1 or permission from instructor.

3317 Handmade Ceramic Tile(3-3) An exploration in the designing, making and decorating of handmade ceramic tile. Students will design and create tile using the slab method as well as the hand pressed method to create a body of original tile that can be used in table tops, counter tops or any other tile application. Prerequisite: Ceramics 1, Design 1, or permission from the instructor.

3318 Pinhole Photography(2-4) An introduction to the pinhole photography experiance through artistic means. Students will design and build a pinhole camera and create a portfolio of finished pinhole photgraphs.

3319 Photography: Specific Topics (2-4) A course dealing with topics in the study of photography such as darkroom, techniques, printing processes, and photographic processes. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: IT 2304

3320  Ancient and Medieval Art (3-0).  A survey of the art and architecture of the Ancient and/or Medieval periods.  This course may focus on a particular subject or topic of an Ancient or Medieval art, including but not limited to Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque or Gothic Art.  May be repeated for credit as the topic varies.

3321  Renaissance Art (3-0).  A survey of the art and architecture of the Renaissance.  This course may focus on a particular subject or topic of Renaissance Art, including, but not limited to, Early Renaissance, Italian Renaissance and Northern Renaissance Art.  May be repeated for credit as the topic varies.

3322  Baroque Art (3-0).  A survey of the art and architecture of the Baroque Period.  This course may focus on a particular subject or topic of Baroque Art, including, but not limited to Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch Baroque Art.  May be repeated for credit as the topic varies.

3323  18th and 19th Century Art (3-0).  A survey of the art and architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries.  This course may focus on a particular subject or topic of art of the 18th and 19th centuries, including but not limited to, the Rococo, Neoclassicism, the Art of the Academy, Romanticism, French Realism and Impressionism.  May be repeated for credit as the topic varies.

3326 Jewelry (1-4) Basic techniques in working with the process for creating jewelry, hollowware and small sculpture.

4301 Art Studio Concentration I (2-4)* Advanced investigation into an art subject area; i.e., in only one area such as drawing and painting, design and advertising art, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, weaving and fibers and, in exceptional cases, art education. This course is often offered in summer terms under visiting artists. The course may be repeated for credit up to three times with letter designate for area of specialization. Prerequisites: ART 3301, must have passed assessment review. *A visiting artist workshop is offered under these numbers during some summer terms.

4302 Advanced Studio Concentration II (2-4). Advanced investigation into a studio art subject area; i.e., drawing and painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and in exceptional cases, art education or design and advertising art. These classes develop formal competence in the technical mastery of materials, comprehensive compositional and formal skills, expressive characteristics in the visualization of ideas and innovative formal considerations. A formal proposal for the development of a senior capstone exhibition is developed in this class before the student enters exhibition. The course may be repeated for credit two times in an area of specialization. Prerequisite: ART 4301 and written proposal.