Courses


VART 101 Drawing I 3.00 credits
The graphic representation of visual reality in a variety of media; emphasis is directed toward an understanding of observation, form, line, value, composition, and space. Fall and Spring.
 
VART 112 Design 3.00 credits
The principles of design and the plastic elements, their integration and inventive use in two-dimensional problems. Fall and Spring.
 
VART 115 Art Appreciation 3.00 credits
An introduction to the visual arts of the Western world. The basic premise of the course stems from a conviction that painting, sculpture, and architecture reflect the times and places that produced them. Fall and Spring.
 
VART 141 Ceramics I 3.00 credits
A basic experience with clay. Emphasis on hand building techniques with an introduction to wheel forming. Secondary emphasis on developing fundamentals of clay and glaze technology. Fall and Spring.
 
VART 190 Art Survey I 3.00 credits
A study of art and architecture from the Prehistoric era to the late Middle Ages. Fall.
 
VART 191 Art Survey II 3.00 credits
A study of art and architecture from the late Middle Ages to modern times. Spring.
 
VART 201 Drawing II 3.00 credits
A continuation of VART 101. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 101 Minimum Grade: D
VART 202 Figure Drawing in Florence 3.00 credits
Focuses on traditional drawing techniques and methods for depicting the physicality of the body and of space. VART 101 recommended as a pre-requisite but not required. Florence campus only.
 
VART 212 Sculpture Materials & Design I 3.00 credits
Explores the principal elements of design through sculpture and drawing projects. Students will develop their structural and perceptual senses, with a special emphasis on 3-D perception. Florence campus only.
 
VART 221 Painting I 3.00 credits
Basic problems in oil techniques, explorations in still life, landscape, and the human figure. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 101 Minimum Grade: D
VART 222 Painting II 3.00 credits
A continuation of VART 221. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 221 Minimum Grade: D
VART 241 Ceramics II 3.00 credits
Qualities of form, function, and style are explored by means of wheel forming. Glaze development and approaches to firing techniques are introduced. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 141 Minimum Grade: D
VART 250 Linograph Printmaking 3.00 credits
An introduction to printmaking using linoleum, which is the modern version of the ancient woodcut "xylograph" technique. In addition to carving and printing, there will be a historical review of several variations of the process. Florence Campus only. Does not satisfy the fine arts core in the College of Arts and Sciences.
 
VART 292 Directed Studio 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Variable credit, directed study for the student with a limited schedule. Studio work by arrangement. Fall and Spring.
 
VART 293 Introduction to Florence 3.00 credits
A survey of Florentine history from its origins to 1400, with special reference to the artistic, social, and literary developments of the 13th and 14th centuries. Florence campus only.
 
VART 294 Florence of the Medici 3.00 credits
A study of the artistic, social, and literary developments in Florence from the time of Savonarola through the Florence of Michelangelo, Cosimo I, Galileo, and the Grand Dukes. Florence campus only.
 
VART 295 Spanish Art-Modern and Contemp 3.00 credits
Granada campus only. Does not satisfy the fine arts core in the College of Arts and Sciences.
 
Equivalent: SPAN 434 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
VART 296 Span Art-Ancient & Medieval 3.00 credits
Granada campus only. Does not satisfy the fine arts core in the College of Arts and Sciences.
 
Equivalent: SPAN 433 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
VART 312 Sculpture Materials &Design II 3.00 credits
Explores the principal elements of design through sculpture and drawing projects. Students will develop their structural and perceptual senses, with a special emphasis on 3-D perception. Florence campus only.
 
Prerequisite: VART 101 Minimum Grade: D or VART 212 Minimum Grade: D
VART 322 Fresco 3.00 credits
Exploration of Fresco techniques. Both buon and fresco secco are introduced. Students have hands-on experience and produce a fresco image during the course. Florence campus only. Does not satisfy the fine arts core in the College of Arts and Sciences.
 
VART 323 Painting III 3.00 credits
Advanced problems in figurative art with emphasis on painting the human figure and landscape. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 222 Minimum Grade: D
VART 324 Painting IV 3.00 credits
A continuation of VART 323. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 323 Minimum Grade: D
VART 341 Intermediate Ceramics Projects 3.00 credits
A directed study of specific throwing and/or hand building techniques. Studio processes of glaze development and firing practices will be introduced. Course can be repeated for credit. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 241 Minimum Grade: D
VART 350 Beginning Printmaking I 3.00 credits
Introduces students to printmaking with an emphasis on intaglio processes.
 
Prerequisite: VART 101 Minimum Grade: D
VART 351 Beginning Printmaking II 3.00 credits
Introduces students to printmaking with an emphasis on relief processes.
 
Prerequisite: VART 101 Minimum Grade: D
VART 352 Intermediate Printmaking 3.00 credits
This course adds new printmaking techniques to the processes learned in beginning printmaking, refines the abilities already learned and expands the student's knowledge about image development through the printmaking process. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 350 Minimum Grade: D or VART 351 Minimum Grade: D
VART 360 Museum Studies 3.00 credits
An exploration of the value and function of museums. History of Italian museums as outstanding examples of European Culture from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. Florence campus only. Does not satisfy the fine arts core in the College of Arts and Sciences. Can be substituted for one Art History requirement for Art majors.
 
VART 381 Adv Studio Art 2.00 credits
Self-motivated students enrolled in Modernism and Contemporary Art can use the London semester to develop their visual thinking skills and a personal visual vocabulary. They will draw inspiration from the wider London art scene, visit galleries and studios, and draw regularly. Does not satisfy the fine arts core in the College of Arts and Sciences. London campus only.
 
VART 385 Figure Drawing I 3.00 credits
Basic problems in developing the human figure and experiments with a variety of drawing media. Florence campus and main campus. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 201 Minimum Grade: D or VART 202 Minimum Grade: D
VART 386 Figure Drawing II 3.00 credits
A continuation of VART 385. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 385 Minimum Grade: D
VART 390 History of Art I 3.00 credits
Florence campus only.
 
VART 391 History of Art II 3.00 credits
Florence campus only.
 
VART 392 Modernism & Contemporary 4.00 credits
This course studies those trends in twentieth century art collectively known as Modernism, examining how each challenged the artistic ideas of earlier centuries. London campus only.
 
Prerequisite: HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D
VART 393 Special Topics Study Abroad 3.00 - 4.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
VART 394 Special Topics in Art History 3.00 credits
Consult instructor for topic as it will vary each semester. Fall and Spring.
 
VART 395 Art in The 19th Century 3.00 credits
A survey of European and American art from c. 1789 to 1914. Special emphasis placed on the relationship between art and political revolution, Orientalism and "Primitivism" in the visual arts, the rise of landscape painting, the invention of photography, and the formation of an avant-garde identity in the nineteenth century. Fall.
 
VART 396 Art in the 20th Century 3.00 credits
A survey of European and American art from the 1890's to 1990's. Course topics include: the relationship between avant-garde culture and political radicalism; "Primitivism" in western art; the machine aesthetic; abstraction and its meanings; the influence and role of photography in modern culture; and the emergence of alternative and experimental visual media in the 1960's and 1970's. Spring.
 
VART 397 Renaissance Art 3.00 credits
A survey of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Italy, 1400-1600. Florence campus only.
 
VART 398 Roman Art & Architecture 3.00 credits
Examines the major trends and developments in art and architecture from the Roman Republic (500 B.C.) to the reign of Constantine the Great (A.D. 306-337). Florence campus only.
 
VART 401 Renaissance Architecture 3.00 credits
Renaissance Architecture, civil engineering, and design from Brunelleschi to Leonardo and Michelangelo and the interdependence of such fields to Florentine humanism and the development of European modernity. Florence campus only.
 
VART 402 The Image of God 3.00 credits
A comparative study in religious art and architecture between the Western world and traditional Far Eastern aesthetics (Chinese and Japanese), focusing on the basic element of spirituality. Florence campus only. This course can fulfill the Fine Arts requirement in the College of Arts and Science core or an upper-division requirement for the major or minor.
 
VART 421 Advanced Painting Projects 3.00 credits
Advanced oil painting problems in still-life, figure and landscape. Can be repeated.
 
Prerequisite: VART 324
VART 441 Adv Ceramics Projects 3.00 credits
Exploration of advanced glazing and firing techniques. Emphasis is on developing individual expression in ceramic form. Course can be repeated. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: VART 341 Minimum Grade: D
VART 442 Ceramic Materials 3.00 credits
A study of glaze theory and empirical formulation methods. Coursework is designed for the advanced student contemplating graduate school or a professional career in the studio. On sufficient demand.
 
Prerequisite: VART 241 Minimum Grade: D
VART 443 Kiln Design and Construction 3.00 credits
An exploration of kiln types, firing methods, and chamber designs. A kiln will be constructed and fired. On sufficient demand.
 
Prerequisite: VART 241 Minimum Grade: D
VART 450 Advanced Printmaking Projects 3.00 credits
This course continues to refine the abilities already learned and expands the student's knowledge about printmaking. The emphasis is on idea development in combination with technical skills to create a body of work through printed means. Individual exploration is encouraged and challenged through critical dialogue in combination with the teacher and fellow students. Course can be repeated.
 
Prerequisite: VART 352 Minimum Grade: D
VART 466 Philosophy of Art 3.00 credits
An analysis of beauty, creativity, and taste according to the theories of Aristotle, Plato, Aquinas, and some contemporary philosophers. Several representative works from all areas of the fine arts are examined in the light of the aesthetic principles of classical philosophy. Does not satisfy the fine arts core.
 
Prerequisite: PHIL 301 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent: PHIL 472 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
VART 485 Adv Drawing Projects 3.00 credits
Course can be repeated for credit.
 
Prerequisite: VART 386 Minimum Grade: D
VART 492 Independent Study 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Specialized study by arrangement with individual studio faculty.
 
VART 498 Research 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Individual research on an art topic approved by and arranged with a faculty member.
 
VART 499 Senior Exhibit 3.00 credits
Required of Art majors. Open to art minors by departmental invitation only. A seminar designed to prepare for vocations in art of advanced study. Seniors exhibit a body of work demonstrating skills.