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Art (ART)
ART 104 CHORUS
The Chorus meets for one hour per week. Students participating in the chorus will be expected to attend all regularly scheduled chorus meetings as well as perform in concert with the chorus. These meetings will consist primarily of vocal exercises and training as well as extensive preparation and rehearsal of the current assigned repertoire for public performance. The course may be repeated up to a maximum of three credits (1 credit).

ART 109 JAZZ DANCE I
Course emphasis is on warm-ups, isolation of body movement combinations to jazz and contemporary music, and development of the individual’s own movement style. One two-hour laboratory (1 credit).  

ART 111 DANCE AND MOVEMENT: A CROSS-CULTURAL BLEND
Through theory and practice, students will explore a variety of movement styles ranging from ballet, modern dance, jazz, to folk and ethnic dance forms. The origins of the various dance styles will be put into historical and cultural context (1 credit). 

ART 112 LEARNING WHERE TO LOOK
This course is a survey of major artistic and stylistic movements in Western Art from Prehistory to Late Gothic along with the highlights of world art from the same time period. We will be considering the different roles art has played in cultures of the past. The course aims to provide students with a chronological account of the history of art, as well as to help students develop visual literacy and to practice critical thinking and writing about images (3 credits).

ART 113 WAYS OF SEEING
This course will give you an overview of visual art created over a period of roughly five hundred years: 1400-1900. In the early modern period (1400-1800), a wave of socio-cultural change swept across the world leaving discontinuity and imbalance challenging individuals on every continent. Artists, patrons, and viewers of works of art used visual media to grapple with this dynamic historical moment (3 credits).

ART 114 HISTORY OF ART 3: 1920 TO PRESENT (VAEM)**
The history of the modernist art and the avant-garde from early 20th century to the present, focusing on a comparative analysis of styles and movements based on individual works of art, and placing stylistic expressions in the context of those sociopolitical and broad cultural developments. Through the study of such popular movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, recurring themes and topics will be examined in conjunction with issues and events (3 credits).

ART 115 DRAWING I
(C)* (VAEM)**
A beginning class in drawing designed to introduce students to a wide variety of skills and experiences ranging from still life, portraiture, perspective and shading to the dynamic use of the figure (3 credits). 

ART 116 DRAWING II
Continue themes of ART 115 Drawing I. No prerequisites (3 credits).

ART 117 FOUNDATIONS OF DESIGN I (C)* (VAEM)**
A beginning class which explores, in a hands-on and conceptual way, principles involved in two-dimensional design, e.g., color, composition and assemblage. Emphasis is on developing a working knowledge of twentieth century abstraction (3 credits).  

ART 118 FOUNDATIONS OF DESIGN II
(VAEM)**
Continuation of themes explored in ART 117 FOUNDATIONS OF DESIGN, and focuses on the development of the students’ unique design style. No prerequisites (3 credits)

ART 127 DRAWING AND WATERCOLOR
Work is done in traditional and more recent graphic and aqueous media, and may be representational and/or more abstract as to treatments of design and subject matter. It may include explorations in computer applications. Some attention to historical/cultural precedents, including Chinese, Japanese, and 17th-21th century Western approaches. Field trips possible (3 credits).

ART 203 PHOTOGRAPHY: AMBIENT DAYLIGHT
(VAEM)**
Digital photography in varieties of daylight: bright overcast, assisted, etc., and technical artistic issues. Use of cameras and accessories, editing on Mac computers, printing. Thematic projects, photo essays, field trips. Some cameras available, or provide own (3 credits).  

ART 205 PHOTOGRAPHY: ARTIFICIAL LIGHT (VAEM)**
Digital photography in varieties of studio and night lighting: set-up, flash, strobe, available indoors/outdoors. Use of cameras and lenses; editing on Mac computers; printing; photo essays, stories, field trips. Some cameras available, or provide own (3 credits). 

ART 211 FINE ARTS: MUSIC (C)*  
Foundations of musical expression. This course explores themes in the history of music from ancient times to the present. Emphasis is on the relationship between musical styles and historical context – demonstrated through lectures and discussions, keyboard demonstrations, and listening activities (3 credits).

ART 215 FIELD WORK ABROAD
Locales will be visited that are significant for visual arts, dance, and music. Course approaches and contents will be determined by (1) resources at these sites, (2) backgrounds and interests of students and faculty, (3) and time available. Requires travel to foreign locales: either one or multiple sites. May be repeated for credit as a different section of the course, with a different locale(s) and/or changed contents (subject matter).

ART 222 GRAPHIC ARTS
Introduces the art of creating designs, with the goal of mastering all the parts necessary to create a portfolio. This course explores elements of concepts, shapes, colors, lay-outs, and typography. Projects include brochures, newsletters, ads in varied media, and album covers. Work on Mac computers with Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, and Illustrator (3 credits). 

ART 230 THE ART OF ART HISTORY
This course introduces the ways art history has developed as a discipline and highlights methods of art historical analysis. Throughout the semester, discussions focus on several topics related to art history in order to define and deploy a variety of theoretical methodologies pertinent to the analysis of artworks (3 credits).

ART 243 LIFE DRAWING I
Work with the human figure in varied media such as chalk, charcoal, pencil, and watercolor to explore both traditional representation, and issues of design with the figure. Work may include: (1) drawing from nude models; (2) anatomy for artists; (3) portraiture; (4) field trips, including two exhibitions (3 credits).  

ART 250 (THEATRE 371): DANCE FORMS (C)*
Through theory and practice, student will explore a variety of movement styles ranging from ballet, modern dance jazz, to folk and ethic dance forms. The origins of various dance styles will be put into historical and cultural context (3 credits).

ART 251 ROOTS OF ROCK AND ROLL (C)*
The goal of this course is to expand student’s awareness of the history and origins of rock and roll music, especially before 1960. As music is a reflection of our society’s cultural values we will study the social, philosophical, political and religious forces that both helped create this music and desperately warned society of its evil influences. Students will attend lectures, take notes, listen to recordings and watch videos of music performances. They will analyze and be tested on music and concepts presented in class. They will write a biography of an assigned musician (3 credits).

ART 252 ROCK AND ROLL 1960- NOW (C)*
The goal of this course is to expand student’s awareness of the history and origins of rock and roll music, especially after 1960. As music is a reflection of our society’s cultural values we will study the social, philosophical, political and religious forces that both helped create this music and desperately warned society of its evil influences. Students will attend lectures, take notes, listen to recordings and watch videos of music performances. They will analyze and be tested on music and concepts presented in class. They will write a biography of an assigned musician (3 credits).

ART 253 AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE (C)*
This course explores the development of the Broadway musical as an American art form which incorporates theatre, music, dance, and design. In addition to lectures and discussions which emphasize the relationship between musical styles and historic events, there will be performance and design opportunities. The course will include attending a performance of a Broadway show (3 credits).

ART 260 POP DANCE
This course teaches dance vocabulary, patterns and shapes found in current day Hip-Hop and Pop cultures. This course will explore dance elements seen in today’s music videos, films, public places, and television. This course will also touch upon the historic development of a variety of dances that gained popularity in the United States since the beginning of the 20th century. Creativity will be encouraged in this course. This course is ideal for students with 0-5 years of dance experience looking to develop or expand their movement vocabulary and artistic expression (3 credits).

ART 265 CONTEMPORARY MODERN DANCE I
This course teaches vocabulary, patterns and shapes found within modern and post-modern dance as a base for contemporary styles of movement. This course also draws from other dance techniques (i.e., jazz and ballet) and incorporates somatic principles so students can learn how to move freely, efficiently, and organically. Emphasis is given to proper alignment, core integration, body awareness, biomechanics, and performance. This course is ideal for students with 0-5 years of dance experience looking to develop or expand their movement vocabulary and artistic expression (3 credits).

ART 266 CONTEMPORARY MODERN DANCE II
Expands the technical and artistic skills gained in Contemporary Dance I through more complex vocabulary, combinations, style and presentation (1 credit).
Prerequisite: ART 265 or permission of instructor

ART 305 PAINTING I (VAEM)**
A beginning class in painting which covers the basics of materials, paint techniques, color, and composition. Assignments are given which focus on these elements in a problem-solving context, and yet reinforce the student’s individual direction in painting (3 credits).  

ART 306 PAINTING II (VAEM)**
Continuations of themes explored in ART 305 PAINTING I, and focuses on the development of the students’ unique painting styles. No prerequisites (3 credits). 

ART 307 INTRODUCTION TO ART CRITICISM
(VAEM)**
Provides a foundation for further study by equipping students with the skills required to interpret and analyze various media forms, especially painting, computer art, photographic, cinematic, and sonic forms, and also considers the cultural implications that artistic and sonic practices have for contemporary society (3 credits).

ART 311 DESIGNING IN CLAY (VAEM)**
An exploration of possibilities of creating in clay. Studio projects involving hand building techniques, reflecting functional and nonfunctional design issues. The aesthetic relationship between form and function is the overriding principal of the class (3 credits).  

ART 312 3D DESIGN (VAEM)**
A multimedia course utilizing forms, shapes, textures, and composition, in relation to the expression of ideas, in positive/negative space. Emphasis on the student’s inventive use of materials and techniques in response to three dimensional design studio assignments (3 credits). 

ART 313 NINETEENTH CENTURY ART
Important movements in painting and sculpture. Emphasis is on such major art trends as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Expressionism. Gallery and museum visits. Lectures, seminars, workshops (3 credits).

ART 314 MODERN ART
(VAEM)**
Important movements in painting, sculpture, architecture, film and other relevant art forms from the late 19th century to 1950. Gallery and museum visits. Lectures, seminars, workshops (3 credits).

ART 316 CERAMICS II
Builds upon the skills developed in “Introductory Ceramics I.” Learning and practicing the fundamental hand-building skills, as well as wheel throwing, large-scale work, digital imaging, glazing techniques, and experimental firing (3 credits).

ART 317 ADVERTISING DESIGN
This course provides students with hands-on experience in essential skills in business-focused design scenarios. Assignments are in: digital imaging and retouching; creating icons and illustrations; use of color; preparing presentation graphics; font management and typography; designing print and display ads; and creating brand identity. Work on Mac computers with Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, and Illustrator (3 credits).  

ART 340 SHADOWS AND LIGHT: A HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
We are bombarded everyday with photographic images; so many that we often take them for granted. There was, however, a time before photography existed. When and how did it start? Who were the pioneers in the area? These and other related topics will be explored in this course. The course will consist of power point presentations, class discussions and hands on photographic assignments (3 credits).

ART 345 SCULPTURE (VAEM)**
Introduction to concepts and modes of three-dimensional design and to materials and techniques. Projects are developed in both representational and abstract visual language. Materials include clay, plaster and wood (3 credits).  

ART 349 PRINTMAKING

An introduction to forms and techniques of printmaking; and to the procedures of drawing and design, including in-color, in these arts. Forms of printmaking may include woodcut, linoleum cut, work with found objects, building printing surfaces in 3-dimensional relief, and others. Uses of print surfaces – papers and others – and various inks and paints – will be explored. Photography, digital arts, and other image sources may be incorporated (3 credits).  

ART 427 TOPICS IN STUDIO ART
(VAEM)**
A hands-on course designed to explore historical and recent concepts, trends, and techniques of studio art. Painting, photography, digital photography, drawing, design, sculpture, computer-generated art, and performing arts may be approached independently or as multi-media. Also offered as study abroad course (3 credits).  

ART 427 STUDIO DRAWING
This course introduces drawing with an emphasis on developing perceptual skills. Line, value, placement, and perspective with still life and interiors as subjects. A variety of media, Water Color , Charcoal and pencil drawing with exploration of techniques with emphasis on drawing, composition, and color (3 credits). 

ART 428 INDEPENDENT FINE ARTS STUDY
(VAEM)**
Individual study with a member of the department. Open only to students who have secured the approval of the Chair of the Department and the consent of the individual instructor. A student may elect this course only once for credit towards the Minor in Fine Arts (3 credits).

ART 431 ART OF NATIVE CULTURES (VAEM)**
A study of the role of indigenous art in cultures such as Native Americans, Latin Americans, South Americans, Eskimo, African, Caribbean, etc. Lectures, seminars, workshops (3 credits).

ART 435 CURRENT TRENDS (VAEM)**
A course to introduce the student to the current New York art scene. Visits to galleries, studios, museums and performance places. Lectures, seminars, workshops (3 credits).

ART 436 TOPICS IN ART (VAEM)**
Contemporary and historical issues related to cultural expression are explored in the visual and performing arts. The history of the Arts and Architecture, as well as hands-on exploration of the creative process are central themes of this course. Also offered as study abroad course (3 credits).

ART 440 DIGITAL MATTE PAINTING (VAEM)**
Techniques required to create high quality digital illustrations or matte paintings, including the use of elements of photographs, textured 3D geometry, and freehand painting techniques for art, animation, cinema and video games.  Students are encouraged to employ traditional painting tools and concepts and apply them in the digital world (3 credits).

ART 460 INDEPENDENT STUDY (VAEM)**
Individual study with a member of the department. Open only to students who have secured  the approval of the Chair of the Department and the consent of the individual  instructor. Reserved for students who excel in Art and wish to explore a more independent in depth study of a particular area of Art.  A student may elect this course only once for credit towards the Minor in Fine Arts (3 credits).

ART 461 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individual study with a member of the department. Open only to students who have secured the approval of the Chair of the Department and the consent of the individual  instructor. Reserved for students who excel in Art and wish to explore a more independent in depth study of a particular area of Art.  A student may elect this course only once for credit towards the Minor in Fine Arts (3 credits).

ART 475 INTERNSHIP
Student participate in an off-campus training experience closely related to their area of study.  Frequent meetings with their advisor plus a paper are required.  Permission of the chair of the department  and the college internship coordinator is required (3 credits).

ART/COMM 480 SENIOR INTERDISCIPLINARY ART STUDIO (VAEM)**
The senior year capstone pulls together the accumulated knowledge and experiences acquired over three years in the major, and asks students to identify, organize, and combine major ideas, trends, skills, and themes, incorporating them into hybrid, intermedial projects and presentations of original work. Students build upon basic skill sets in materials, techniques, and technologies with the goal of moving beyond those and creating experimental interdisciplinary works of art (3 credits).

ART 485 STUDIO ART SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR
This capstone seminar synthesizes the accumulated knowledge and experiences acquired over three years in the Art major for students in the Studio Art track. Weekly meetings and assignments require students to identify, organize, and combine major ideas, trends, skills, and themes related to their original work (3 credits).

ART 490 ART HISTORY SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR
This capstone seminar synthesizes the accumulated knowledge and experiences acquired over three years in the Art major for students in the Art History track. Weekly meetings and assignments require students to identify, organize, and combine major ideas, trends, skills, and themes related to their original work (3 credits).

(C)* May be taken to meet Core requirements
(VAEM)** May be taken to meet B.A. in Visual Arts and Experimental Media requirements

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