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ART101 Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain I (3)
A course designed for the non-major. Students learn how to draw using variations on the methods devised by Betty Edwards in her book of the same title.

ART102 Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain II (3)
Prerequisite: ART 101. A course for the student who has completed ART 101 and wishes to continue the study of drawing using the same method.

ART116 3-Dimensional Design (3)
A studio course dealing with the study of and experimentation with basic elements and principles of visual design in a sequence of three-dimensional problems. A variety of materials will be used.

ART117 2-Dimensional Design (3)
A fundamental course designed to introduce the student to the art elements, principles of design and their uses and consideration in visual composition.

ART118 Figure Drawing I (3)
Prerequisite: ART 101 or 215. A studio course concentrating on the human figure as a subject matter in drawing. Students will work from a live model using a variety of media and techniques and various compositional ideas. Attendance is absolutely required.

ART119 Figure Drawing II (3)
Prerequisite: ART 118. An exploration of advanced problems dealing with the human figure in drawing by working from a live model.

ART120 Figure Drawing III (3)
Prerequisite: ART 119. A continuation of Figure Drawing II.

ART121 Ceramics I (3)
Experimentation with various hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Students will deal with the exploration of functional and sculptural statements in clay. Experience in glaze application and kiln loading.

ART122 Ceramics II (3)
Prerequisite: ART 122. A continuation of techniques and problems explored in Ceramics I.

ART125 History of Modern Art (3)
A survey class that provides art majors and non-majors an overview of twentieth century artistic movements and styles. Teaching methods include slide lectures, videos, and field trips. Open to non-majors.

ART146 Color Theory (2)
A studio course that examines the fundamentals of color theory with emphasis on pigment mixture, color interaction, and craft skills. Open to non-majors.

ART152 History of Photography (3)
A survey of the history of the photographic processes, ideas about ways we view the world through constructed images, and about photography as a fine art.

ART215 Drawing I (3)
An entry-level studio course in which students will learn about a wide variety of drawing techniques and materials. Self-initiated drawing problems are a part of the work in this course. Open to non-majors.

ART216 Drawing II (3)
Prerequisite: ART 101 or 215. A continuation and elaboration of Drawing I.

ART221 Teaching Art in Elementary School (3)
A course designed primarily for the classroom teacher who may be teaching in a school without an art specialist. This course provides for a variety of experiences such as involvement in all kinds of media, aesthetic exercises, art history through museum visits and experience with art criticism at various levels. Students will have a vital role in designing and implementing their own sequence of art lessons for an after school art program.

ART231 Printmaking (3)
A studio course introducing various techniques in the printmaking process. Types of printmaking could include intaglio, etching, dry point collographs, silkscreen or relief painting.

ART241 Photography I (3)
Photography is a study of basic photographic processes, camera and darkroom experimentation, with picture making as a descriptive and expressive art form. A 35-mm camera is required. Open to non-majors.

ART242 Photography II (3)
Prerequisite: ART 241. A continuation and elaboration of Photography I.

ART248 Design Tools (3)
Introduction to the digital tools of any design work. It includes learning to use software for Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Cross-listed as CIS 248.

ART251 History of Art I (3)
A survey course examining architecture, sculpture, and painting beginning with prehistoric art and continuing through European Medieval art. History majors are encouraged to complete this course. Open to non-majors.

ART252 History of Art II (3)
A survey course examining architecture, sculpture, and painting beginning with Early Renaissance art and continuing to the mid 19th century. Open to non-majors.

ART255 Special Topics (1-3)
Art courses not offered on a regular basis will be listed under this number.

ART256 African American Art and Artists (3)
A survey of visual arts produced by African American artists during the 19th and 20th centuries. The cultural and historical contexts as well as images and works produced about African-Americans will also be examined.

ART257 Art and Culture of the American West (3)
An examination of the ways in which paintings, prints, and photographs of the American West can be used to understand broader cultural ideas about the land and its peoples. It has been designed to introduce students to the history of Western American art from the early 19th century to the present, with special emphasis on theoretical approaches that suggest the ways in which visual imagery can be used as a primary source document to illuminate issues of broader historical concern.

ART260 Art and the Child (3)
A course for students preparing to teach art on the elementary level. Stages of art development in the young child, discussion of current literature in the field, as well as the history of art education will be covered. There may be some studio experiences as they relate to the teaching of art on this level.

ART261 Teaching Art Secondary School (3)
A studio and lecture course for students preparing to teach in secondary school. The student will study the literature of art education and the methods of teaching art in the high school. Students will execute projects used in teaching art at this level. This course should be taken prior to supervised student teaching.

ART265 Graphic Design Foundations (2-3)
This course in an integration and expansion of how to deal with the visual elements in a clear and concise visual communication. Students will be asked to design with, make aesthetic judgments about, and communicate via visual form. The final third of the course will delve into symbol and mark development on a purely elemental foundation.

ART266 Text and Type (3)
Prerequisite: ART 117. A course that concentrates on basic design principles relating specifically to typography. Students will develop an understanding of letter form construction, proportion, and design. The last third of this course will deal with the creative use of typography in logos and marks, extending student research into symbol development.

ART268 History of Design (3)
Prerequisites: ART 125, 251, or 252. A study of design theory, including lectures and discussions. Open to non-majors.

ART269 Production Methods for the Graphic Designer (3)
A course for graphic design students to teach some of the basic tools and equipment used by designers. Part of the course will involve learning how to use computer software needed in page layout and production.

ART272 American Art: Pre-Columbian to the Civil War (3)
A survey of American painting, decorative arts, sculpture, and architecture from pre-Columbian works through the Civil War.

ART273 American Art: The Gilded Age to the Twenty-First Century (3)
A survey of American painting, decorative arts, sculpture, and architecture from the Gilded Age to the twenty-first century.

ART311 Sculpture I (3)
In the sculpture courses, students will experiment with traditional and contemporary approaches to sculpture, including carving, modeling, casting, and construction techniques.

ART312 Sculpture II (3)
Prerequisite: ART 311. A continuation and elaboration of Sculpture I.

ART315 Drawing III (3)
Prerequisite: ART 216. A course examining media and style with an emphasis on developing personal imagery. Projects are assigned with student input, resulting in finished art works.

ART316 Drawing IV (3)
Prerequisite: ART 315. A continuation of Drawing III.

ART321 Painting I (3)
Prerequisite: ART 101 or 215. A fundamental course in painting designed to introduce the student to the basic techniques and processes of oil and/or acrylic painting.

ART322 Painting II (3)
Prerequisite: ART 321. A studio course stressing the exploration of the painting medium as means of personal creative expression with an increased emphasis on composition and structure.

ART325 Portrait Drawing (3)
Prerequisite: ART 215. An advanced drawing class focusing on drawing the human face. Involved are study of the underlying skeletal and muscular structures of the face as well as proportions. A large part of the class involves "putting it all together" in portrait drawings from life, and studies of models from different ages. A variety of media will be used.

ART350 The Cincinnati Wing at the Cincinnati Art Museum (3)
A course about the social and cultural history of Cincinnati as studied using the collection of works in the Cincinnati Wing at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

ART353 Art in the Twentieth Century (3)
Prerequisite: ART 251 or 252. This course is part three of the survey of art history. The course covers art of the twentieth century.

ART356 Realism in Western Art (3)
A course exploring the concept of realism in 19th and 20th century visual art in Europe and America. We will examine the roots and the development of the "real" as applied to painting, sculpture and photography and discuss in what context this word is used today. Aesthetics and criticism background will be helpful.

ART357 A Critical Look at Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins (3)
Seminar style class examining the work of Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, two late nineteenth century American artists.

ART360 Visual Communications (3)
An investigation of graphic design and related technical, analytical, visual and creative thinking skills. Course topics include visual symbols, abstraction, media exploration, graphic reinterpretation, three-dimensional design, visual expression and information design.

ART361 Design Systems (3)
Prerequisite: ART 265 or 266. A course building on skills from ART 117 and ART 266. The use of grid systems will be introduced as a means of organizing and composing type and images. Knowledge of Aldus PageMaker© software is suggested for this class, but is not necessary.

ART366 Computer Graphics: Illustration (3)
An in-depth focus on the illustrative uses of computer technology. Adobe Illustrator© and Photoshop© will be utilized in a creative and imaginative way.

ART367 Computer Graphics Desktop Publishing (3)
A course exploring the computer as a production tool with type and images. PageMaker 6.0© will enable students to develop a broader understanding of current trends in computer technology as well as page layout. Although design aesthetics is discussed, the emphasis is on mastering the software program.

ART400 Independent Study (1-8)
Special art projects subject to departmental approval and under the direction of a departmental faculty member.

ART416 Senior Seminar / Thesis Project (3)
According to the emphasis declared, art majors will, in their senior year, meet in a seminar setting in which they will discuss contemporary issues in the art world, and design and implement a thesis project particular to their chosen area of emphasis.

ART421 Painting III (3)
Prerequisite: ART 322. Students will demonstrate advanced level painting in acrylic and/or oils.

ART422 Painting IV (3)
Prerequisite: ART 421. This course is a continuation of Painting III.

ART423 Advanced Ceramics (3)
Prerequisite: ART 121 or 122. Students in this advanced class will work on more advanced projects either sculptural or utilitarian in nature.

ART455 Special Topics (1-6)
Courses in Art other than those listed will be available under this number. For Art majors only; others can be admitted by permission of the department. Offerings under this course number can include Prismacolor Drawing, Color Media Drawing, Figure Painting and Portrait Drawing, as well as art history electives.

ART461 Portfolio and Professional Preparation (3)
Course Requirement: Graphic Design students only. A course focusing on complex applications of marks, logotypes, symbols, and their application in a corporate identity system. Students will be expected to draw together all information gained in design courses thus far and apply it to more complex and demanding projects. Thesis concept and development will begin in this course.

ART466 Art History Seminar (3)
Course Requirement: Art History majors. A seminar offering an intensive study of a particular topic. Students will work on researching and writing a substantial research paper.

ART495 Internship in Art (3)
Interns work within organizations or other settings gaining experience in a specific area of art.