Introduction to Art History (ART201) - This course is an introduction to the history of art and covers works from the Prehistoric through the Modern Period. Painting, sculpture, architecture and design, as well as contemporary works that cross various disciplines, will be explored within the context of the world and how art defines societies and cultures. Students will learn to describe and analyze various artistic periods, styles, and movements that have influenced contemporary art and culture. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and interpreting works of art using established guidelines and terminology. This is a writing intensive course.
Topics in Art History (ART340) - Students in this course engage in an in-depth study a specific topic, time period or genre of art history. Topics may include the history of photography, Modern art, American art, or others as determined by the instructor, and will rotate each time the course is offered. Emphasis will be placed on exploring different art historical methodologies, as well as understanding the importance and impact of the course theme on the study of art history as a whole. This is a writing intensive course.
Advanced Studio Practice (ART392) - Students will explore different media and develop their studio art skills. Emphasis will be placed on critiques and creative problem-solving, and on developing a working creative process. Students will also develop a long-term project that will result in a final portfolio.
Art, Audience and Community (ART415) - This course is an overview of organizational practices and theory related to audience development in nonprofit arts organizations. Students will examine the different contexts in which we find visual art, including museums, galleries, public art and community-based projects. We will discuss audience participation and the factors determining audience perception, decision-making, and reception of these different art forms. Students will collaborate with the Diane Kidd Gallery during the many phases of an exhibition, including curating, installation, and marketing. The course encourages students to recognize and implement innovative opportunities for reaching target audiences. This course may involve field trips.