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ART-101 Drawing I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A study of basic drawing techniques and fundamental concepts and relationships within the pictorial composition. Studio fee assessed.

ART-110 2D Design Concepts, Color and Composition (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An exploratory study of the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design through creative image generation using a variety of media and the study of the theory of color and light as perceived by the human eye. Color properties, systems, mixing, symbolism and psychology are studied through experimentation with materials and visual elements used by the artist and designer. Studio fee assessed.

ART-111 3D Design Concepts and Structure (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to the elements and principles of three-dimensional design. The various degrees of three-dimensional form are explored through reliefs to works that are in-the-round. Both fine and applied art objects are constructed in a variety of materials and construction processes. Students develop their sensitivity and awareness of spatial environments that transfer into many other fields and disciplines. Studio fee assessed.

ART-130 Photography I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Introduces the use of the camera, lighting, and composition; darkroom techniques for developing black and white film, making contact prints and enlargements; print finishing and presentation. Emphasis upon the use of the photographic process as an artistic medium. Students must have a 35mm or 120 film size camera with adjustable focusing, shutter speeds and lens openings. Studio fee assessed.

ART-142 History of Architectural Interiors & Furnishings (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
A study of architectural interiors and furnishings from antiquity to present. Relationship of architecture, art, and furniture styles to interiors. Survey of contemporary furniture designers. Also offered as ID-142.

ART-144 Interior Design I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An exploration of the basic elements and principles of interior design. Includes application of design principles to human environments. Emphasis on design solutions relevant to human needs. Introduction to architectural drawing. Six studio hours per week. Also offered as ID-144. Prerequisites or corequisites: ART-101 or ART-110. Also offered as ID-144.

ART-160 Ceramics I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Basic understanding of construction in clay is accomplished through hand building, throwing on the wheel, and experimental techniques. Glazing and firing are integral elements of the course. May be repeated for credit. Studio fee assessed.

ART-180 Computer Literacy for Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
In this course students will become knowledgeable about how to use the computer as a tool for design solutions. Students will explore basic design principles with typography and image manipulation. Students will work with their own art and images to learn how to efficiently and economically scan, manipulate, digitize, organize, design, and print their own artwork with the computer. Students will learn basics of the editing software Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and web design software. Successful completion of this course demonstrates technology fluency requirements. Studio fee assessed.

ART-192 Concepts in Graphic Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course is designed to provide an introduction to visual principles as the basis of graphic design and typography to convey meaning, strategies for idea generation and development of unique concepts, and the designer's role as visual storyteller. Students will become familiar with a variety of tools and techniques used to produce professional work in the field of graphic design, and they will be introduced to basic skills in industry-standard software applications, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Successful completion of this course demonstrates technology fluency requirements. Studio fee assessed.

ART-201 Drawing II (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
An extension of the concepts and techniques encountered in Drawing I. Color is introduced through various media. May be repeated once for credit to explore additional media, techniques and processes with permission of instructor. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: ART-101.

ART-210 Painting I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to basic oil painting techniques. May be repeated for credit. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: ART-101, ART-110.

ART-221 Survey Western Art: Ancient-Early Renaissance (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
A survey of the history of western architecture, sculpture, and painting from circa 2400 B.C. to 1500 A.D. In addition to examining art within its historical context and exploring human cultural diversity, students will gain fundamental skills of visual analysis, acquiring the vocabulary and concepts needed to discuss works of art orally and in writing.

ART-222 Survey Western Art: High Renaissance-Modern (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A survey of the history of western architecture, sculpture, and painting from circa 1450 to the post-modern present. In addition to examining art within its historical context and exploring human cultural diversity, students will gain fundamental skills of visual analysis, acquiring the vocabulary and concepts needed to discuss works of art orally and in writing.

ART-230 Photography II (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An extension of the concepts and techniques encountered in ART-130, with an emphasis on the pursuit of photography as a fine art form. May be repeated for credit. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: ART-130.

ART-242 Graphic Design and Typography (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course provides students an intensive introduction into the fundamental principles of graphic design and typography with an emphasis on the relationship between form and communication as a means to visual problem-solving. The focus will be on developing the ability to skillfully manipulate communicative tools such as hierarchy, typography, color, composition, scale, and rhythm, to visually communicate a message in a meaningful and powerful way. Visual explorations take place through the creation of theoretical and applied projects which are designed to aid in the development of a working creative process. These assignments will be supplemented by short readings, lectures, critiques and class discussions aimed at fostering critical engagement with the visual work produced in class, as well as providing an introduction to graphic design theory and history. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-110 and ART-192 (or ART-180).

ART-248 Illustration (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
The development of technical rendering skills for the illustrator or designer using various media and materials including ink, colored pencil, and marker. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-110 or ID-243.

ART-251 Printmaking I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to basic concepts and techniques of printmaking. The students will be challenged to think conceptually, as well as demonstrate their knowledge of the elements and principles of design. Studio fee assessed.

ART-270 Fibers (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to techniques of surface design on fabric. Through production of one-of-a-kind textile pieces, students learn fabric processes such as dyeing, painting, stamping, stenciling, screen printing, serti, batik, tie-dye and digital printing on fabric. The course also includes study of contemporary and historical textiles from around the world. May be repeated for credit. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: ART-110.

ART-280 Topics in Art and Architecture (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
Rotating topics focused on the art and architecture or art historical theory and methods from western or non-western cultures. An emphasis is placed on understanding art in context, critical thinking, and building skills of visual literacy as well as oral and written communication. May be repeated for credit.

ART-299 Introduction to Research in Art (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course will provide opportunities for freshmen and sophomores to pursue original research in the field of art. In conjunction with a faculty member, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. The project will require a culminating experience appropriate to the field of artistic study, such as a paper or artistic object or performance and a presentation or exhibition. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required. Prerequisites: ART-101, ART-110, and ART-221 or ART-222.

ART-301 Figure Drawing (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This studio course is an introduction to life drawing for the intermediate drawing student. Working from a model, students will develop an understanding of the structure, proper proportion and anatomy of the human figure. The course will also explore the expressive potential of the human form. Prerequisite: ART-101.

ART-310 Painting II (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An extension of the concepts and techniques encountered in ART-210 with an emphasis on furthering skill and individual expression. May be repeated for credit. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-101, ART-110, ART-210.

ART-315 History of Costume (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
A study of the history of European and American costume in relation to religious, political, technological, and artistic movements from the Egyptian period [2700 B.C.] to the 20th century. Also offered as FMD-315.

ART-323 Topics in Art History (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Designed to provide a variety of specific upper-level art history studies. Topics are chosen from four major periods: ancient, medieval, renaissance, and baroque. Beyond gaining an understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations of the art works from a particular period, students will also become acquainted with many other contextual factors including aspects of religious, social, political, and economic life. May be repeated for credit. May be taken without prerequisite courses with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: ART-221 or ART-222.

ART-324 Topics in Modern Art History (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
A variety of subjects related to art, women, and contemporary aesthetic and societal issues will be addressed. Beyond gaining a better understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations of modern art, this course seeks to help each student become more proficient in analytical and critical skills of thinking and writing. Topics are on rotation and may be repeated for credit. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: ART-221 or ART-222.

ART-330 Photographic Techniques & Processes (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
The emphasis in this course will vary by semester through exploration of different photographic techniques and processes. The student will work to achieve distinctive personal style for portfolio development. [ART-230 is not required to take this course.] May be repeated for credit. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: ART-130.

ART-332 Photography and Social Change (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year
Student learn how to photograph for the web while volunteering at a local county animal shelter. In this course students will gain skills with digital cameras, adobe photoshop, web color management, and blogging, all while analyzing the effects of animal overpopulation within our communities.

ART-342 Digital Imaging I (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
Developing and executing visual concepts for publications such as magazines, booklets, and newsletters will be the emphasis in this course. Aesthetics, terminology, technical considerations, and materials will be covered. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-130 and ART-180 or ART-192.

ART-344 Advanced Graphic Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course hones students' abilities to explore advanced visual communication problems that integrate typographic, photographic, and historical concepts in graphic design with an emphasis on the relationship between form and communication as a means to visual problem-solving. Projects reflect applications with specific audiences, contexts, and production criteria. Visual explorations take place through the creation of theoretical and applied projects. These assignments will be supplemented by short readings, lectures, critiques and class discussions aimed at fostering critical engagement with the visual work produced in class. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-110, ART-192 (or ART-180), and ART-242. May be repeated for credit.

ART-345 Advanced Typography (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
This course encourages students to solve design problems by creating typographic solutions as the primary vehicle for expressive and functional communication. Students strengthen skills in building typographic relationships and detail and creating sophisticated typographic layouts, including dynamic use of the grid. Emphasis is placed on typographic systems and publication design. Visual explorations take place through the creation of theoretical and applied projects. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: ART-242.

ART-351 Printmaking II (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An in depth examination of mixed media processes and how contemporary artists are using them. This may include a variety of processes: engraving, pronto plates, aquatints, dry-point and monotype. May be repeated for credit with permission from the instructor. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-101, ART-110 and ART-251.

ART-360 Interactive Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
This course explores the technical and conceptual aspects of web design and basic animation through a series of problem-solving processes. The course stresses the basics of web graphic and interactive web-based environments that demonstrate an understanding of navigation, design, usability, and functionality within a creative framework. Emphasis will be placed on the research and development of effective graphic interfaces and information architecture. Student will explore ways that animation/interactive design and digital imaging can complement experiences in various disciplines. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: ART-180 or ART-192.

ART-362 Ceramics II (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An extension of the techniques and concepts encountered in ART-160. Emphasis will be placed on gaining depth of experience and a personal approach. May be repeated for credit. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: ART-160.

ART-365 Sculpture (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to sculptural forms and object making. Traditional and contemporary materials and processes will be explored that may include: clay modeling, hot and cold casting, wood or stone carving, hot and cold metal fabrication and assembling, and mixed-media. Relationships between concept, visual organization and materials are studied. This course may be repeated for credit to investigate additional media, techniques and processes to develop a more advanced body of work and personal narrative. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-101, ART-110, ART-111 or ART-160.

ART-396 Junior Seminar (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
All junior level art majors must complete this course prior to taking ART-496 Professional Studio Practices and/or ART-497 Senior Exhibition. Students will review and assess strengths in their work and identify areas for additional studies in upper level studio courses and/or research during their senior year. This seminar course includes ethical reflection which explores contemporary and historical topics relating to professional careers and ethical codes, aesthetic theory and artistic practices, the creative process, and post graduate studies. This course is Writing Intensive (WI). Art History minors are exempt from taking this course. Prerequisites: The student must have enough credit hours to be deemed a Junior and have declared a major in Art.

ART-400 Circus Design Studio at Meredith (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course is a working in-house graphic design studio managed and staffed by advanced graphic design majors and a full-time faculty member to work with campus and community clients. The purpose of Circus Design Studio is to assess needs in the department, college, and local community and to fulfill those needs through the design and implementation of various print and interactive collateral. The Studio's mission is to produce high quality design for events, services, and programs of clients. Studio fee assessed. Pre-requisites: ART-242, ART-344, ART-345, Graphic Design major and Senior Status, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

ART-405 Colton Review (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course provides a real-world design experience that includes collaborating with the English Department to produce a printed document, The Colton Review, A Journal of Art and Literature, for Meredith College. Students work in teams to fulfill the roles of art director(s) and graphic designers. Prerequisites: ART-192 or ART-180, ART-242, and ART-444, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

ART-444 Special Topics in Graphic Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
This course provides students with advanced research in graphic design special topics. The topic of this course may vary from semester to semester. Each course focuses on various issues in the field of graphic design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Projects reflect applications with specific audiences, contexts, and production criteria. Special emphasis is placed on the social/cultural role graphic designers play in their communities and their world. Visual explorations take place through the creation of theoretical and applied projects. These assignments will be supplemented by short readings, lectures, critiques and class discussions aimed at fostering critical engagement with the visual work produced in class. Studio fee assessed. Pre-requisites: ARTt-110, ART-192 (or ART-180), and ART-242. May be repeated for credit.

ART-460 Advanced Interactive Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This advanced course builds on the fundamentals presented in ART-360 Interactive Design. It is designed to explore creative and communicative experiences as they apply to experimental screen-based projects, digital branding, strategy, and design developed for various content, needs, and audiences. Emphasis will be placed on problem-seeking/problem-solving processes using industry-standard interactive applications. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: ART-360. Open to Graphic Design majors; others with permission of instructor.

ART-480 Digital Photography (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This advanced level course provides students with a strong foundation in the latest digital workflow methods from advanced digital capture and image editing to master digital printing. Emphasis is placed on exploring digital photography as a medium for creative expression. A digital SLR camera with at least 5-megapixel resolution, histogram display and manual capability [adjustable shutter speeds and lens openings] is required for this course. A limited number of digital SLR cameras are available for student use on a rotating basis for students without cameras. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-130, ART-180 or ART-192, ART-342 or ART-344.

ART-490 Senior Project in Graphic Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The senior project is a capstone class for Graphic Design majors which integrates the accumulated skills and knowledge obtained and cultivated previously in the curriculum. By developing a unique semester-long project, students have the opportunity to engage present and future professional interests. Student projects are self-initiated, self-defined, and self-directed. The scale of proposed project (scope and reach) and its final articulation (context, content, and form) are to be developed and executed through consultation with the instructor. All Graphic Design majors should register for this course during their senior year. Students graduating in the Spring should take the course in the semester that they graduate. Students who graduate in the Fall should take the course the semester before they graduate. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: Graphic Design major and Senior Status.

ART-491 Professional Practices and Portfolio Development in Graphic Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
In this course students will develop a professional portfolio of work, create a self-identity system, design a business application suite, and explore graphic design business practices. Working individually with the instructor each student reviews representative projects that showcase personal methodology and demonstrates overall conceptual abilities and technical competencies within their work. Professional design practices, such as the development of a resume, cover letter and business contracts, preparing for interviews, presenting and selling yourself, working with clients, and producing a unique self-promotional portfolio piece will also be addressed. All Graphic Design majors should register for this course during their senior year. Students graduating in the spring should take the course in the semester that they graduate. Students who complete their degree in the fall should take the course the semester before they graduate. Studio fee assessed. Pre-requisites: Graphic Design major and Senior Status. Co-requisite: ART-490.

ART-494 Senior Project: Art History Thesis (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Open to junior and senior Art History minors, Medieval & Renaissance Studies minors or others with permission. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will research an in-depth exploration of an art history topic and write a formal research paper. The student will orally present the topic and her conclusions in a public forum.

ART-495 Portfolio Photography (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course provides students with the basic information necessary for making high quality digital photographs of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and presentation of a professional digital portfolio. Topics include use of the digital 35mm SLR camera, the copy stand, lighting, metering with a gray card, exposure, depth-of-field, and preparing digital slide files. Students should complete the course with excellent skills for photographing all types of artwork. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisite: Senior Status.

ART-496 Professional Studio Practices (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
All Studio Art majors should register for this course during their senior year in their last semester. Students will be instructed on the basic business practices of art, understand the legal rights and procedures for the artist, practice presentation and marketing methods, prepare a portfolio of work, be informed about a wide range of art careers and graduate study opportunities, develop strategies for success post-graduate in chosen concentration area, and demonstrate technical mastery by exhibiting work in a juried group exhibition. Prerequisites: ART-396 and Senior Status in their last semester.

ART-497 Senior Exhibition (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course will provide students with practical experience in the installation and exhibition of a juried body of work. They will work collaboratively to execute and delegate the many tasks involved with the implementation of the exhibition. These tasks include work preparation, publication planning, publicity, statement writing, opening food preparations, and all areas of installation- hanging and layout of work, lighting, signage, etc. Students will be responsible for all aspects of the exhibition planning and installation. The governing concept of the exhibition is an acknowledgement and celebration of the student's accomplishments in the Department of Art. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-396 and senior status and ART-496 for Studio Art Majors. Taken during their last semester.

ART-498 Honors Thesis in Art (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Open to seniors or qualified juniors in the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows programs majoring in art. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project at an advanced level of complexity that will culminate in a paper, artistic object or performance, and an exhibition or presentation. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the art department faculty. Prerequisites: ART-101, ART-110 (for studio-based projects only), ART-221 and ART-222.

ART-499 Junior & Senior Research in Art (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Open to junior and senior majors and minors, or others with permission. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project at an advanced level of complexity that will culminate in a paper or artistic object or performance and an exhibition or presentation. The precise nature of the culminating activity is dependent upon the artistic field and inquiry of study as deemed appropriate by the faculty mentor. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: ART-101, ART-110 (for studio-based projects only), ART-221 or ART-222.

ART-734 Teaching and Methods: Foundations of Art Education (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
All Art Education, pre-art therapy, and students working toward licensure in art education are required to complete this course. Students will learn about the history of art education and various educational movements that have impacted the teaching of art in the public schools. Students will investigate various teaching methodologies appropriate for Pre-K- high school students through research, practicum situations, and extensive early field experience. The developmental stages as they impact artistic development in students, the teaching of art to diverse and exceptional students, theories of art instruction, art room practices, and issues and trends. Prerequisites: 15 hours of studio courses.

ART-735 Teaching and Methods: Art PreK - 5 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
The relationship between creative behavior and child growth through the visual arts is developed through research, practicum situations, and extensive early field experience. Methods for teaching exceptional children are also studied. Curriculum development is an integral part of the class. Twelve hours of studio art must be completed prior to registering for this class. Offered in rotation with ART-734, ART-736. Studio fee assessed. Prerequisites: ART-221 or ART-222.

ART-736 Teaching and Methods: Art in Grades 6-12 (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Every Third Semester | Course Offered Alternate Years
A study of teaching methodologies appropriate for middle and high school students through research, practicum situations, and extensive early field experiences. Attention is given to adolescent development and its effect on creative visual development and the need for visual expression. Art health hazards, computer competencies and curriculum development are among topics covered. Twelve hours of studio art must be completed before registering for this course. Studio fee assessed. Offered in rotation with ART-734 and ART-735. Prerequisites: ART-221 or ART-222.

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