Art Courses

ART 109. Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
An introductory course in Computer Graphics. Students will learn to use the computer to create Art and Graphic Design. This course will also provide experiences in creative expression, and the evaluation of visual communication products. *Meets the Arts Experience requirement.

ART 110. Introduction to the Visual Arts 3
An introductory course in the area of visual arts designed to develop the student’s visual awareness and understanding of important concepts in art in both historical and practical terms. *Meets Arts Experience requirement.

ART 111. Fundamental 2-D Design 4
Two dimensional design theory and applications. Organization principles of the elements of 2-D design. This course is a prerequisite for all art majors and minors.

ART 126. Digital Photography 3
In ART 126, Digital Photography, students learn to operate digital cameras; to perform basic editing of digital image files; to articulate and apply principles of design and photographic composition; and to become more creative and visually literate. Students prepare and present a portfolio of their art works that will be exhibited on the college web sites and elsewhere as appropriate. No prerequisites. *Meets the Arts Experience requirement.

ART 201. Drawing I, Visual Thinking 3
An introduction to various drawing concepts, techniques, and media, this course provides students with a foundation for visually “seeing” and translating the world around them. No prerequisites. *Meets the Arts Experience requirement.

ART 202. Painting I, Introduction to Color 3
Acrylic painting techniques. Emphasis on color mixing and composition. No prerequisites. *Meets the Arts Experience requirement.

ART 203. Printmaking I 3
Application of two-dimensional design to a variety of printmaking procedures, including, woodcut, intaglio, and collagraph. The emphasis is on personal growth and expression through various printmaking processes. No prerequisites.

ART 205. Pottery I 3
Three dimensional design and construction in clay. Forming, throwing, and glazing techniques are covered. No prerequisites. *Meets the Arts Experience requirement.

ART 206. Sculpture I 3
Exploration of the sculptural potential of the ceramics medium. No prerequisites. *Meets the Arts Experience requirement.

ART 209. Graphic Design I 3
A pre-professional introduction to materials and processes involved in the production of advertising designs. Practices developing skills in composition and layout, computer based layout, digital typesetting, packaging and portfolio examples. Prerequisites: Art 111, or permission of instructor.

ART 226. Photography I 3
A studio art course in which students learn to operate a 35mm camera; to develop black and white film and enlargements; to apply principles of composition, visual literacy, and aesthetic criteria to photograph; to create meaningful self-assignments; and to discuss the history of photography. *Meets the Arts Experience requirement.

ART 301. Drawing II, Intermediate 3
A course designed to enhance students’ understanding of formal and conceptual drawing concerns and techniques. Visualized images, developing a personal vision through historical and contemporary approaches to the drawing medium will be explored. Prerequisite: ART 111 and ART 201 or permission of instructor.

ART 302. Painting II, Intermediate 3
Development of specialized interests and skills in acrylic painting. Emphasis on development of personal imagery and techniques. Prerequisite: ART 202 or permission of instructor.

ART 303. Printmaking II, Intermediate 3
Emphasis on techniques and trends in contemporary printmaking and combinations of printmaking techniques. Prerequisites: ART 203 or permission of instructor.

ART 305. Pottery II, Intermediate 3
Further development of ceramics techniques in hand building and wheel throwing. Methods, history, aesthetics, and glaze formulations are covered. Pre-requisites: ART 205 or ART 206.

ART 306. Sculpture II 3
An intermediate studio art course in sculpture in which students experience the creative process of making individual projects in a variety of sculptural media. Through the study and application of formal, technical and conceptual considerations, students will discover and develop their own creative abilities. Students will acquire experience in critical and aesthetic assessments of art and knowledge of specific topics related to art history and technical developments. Prerequisite: ART 206.

ART 309. Graphic Design II, Intermediate Digital Design 3
Intermediate projects in graphic design and layout. Digital imaging, digital design, pre-press and production, with the emphasis on computer based design.Pre-requisites: ART 111, ART 209 or permission of instructor.

ART 324. Art Methods for Elementary Schools 4
Design and delivery of instruction in art for growth. Program planning, philosophy, development of creative expression, selection of art experiences, evaluation, materials, equipment, and visual aids. Prerequisites: Junior standing and ED 202 or 203.

ART 326. Photography II 3
Intermediate studio problems and learning experiences emphasizing development of the student’s individual creative style, technical abilities, conceptual knowledge, and aesthetic judgment in photography as a medium for artistic expression and visual communication. Pre-requisite: Art 226 or permission of the instructor.

ART 327. Special Topics in Art 2 or 3
Specific areas of study not covered in the standard department curricula. To be announced by the department.

ART 401. Drawing III, Advanced 3
Advanced studio problems and techniques. Exploration of various space making strategies, contextual issues of the narrative event, symbolism, the figure and abstraction. Prerequisite: ART 301 or permission of instructor.

ART 402. Painting III, Advanced 3
Development of specialized interests and skills in painting. Mixed media techniques and the development of personal imagery and thematic content are emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 202 and 302 or permission of instructor

ART 403. Printmaking III, Advanced 3
Continued development of combined printmaking techniques. Personal imagery and thematic development are emphasized. Prerequisites: Art 303 or permission of instructor.

ART 405. Art History I 3
The first of a three course sequence covering the history of western art and architecture with historical developments in styles, art mediums, content, subjects, materials, and methods covered. Additional topics include aesthetics, art criticism, and the roles of the visual arts in society. Must be taken in sequence.

ART 406. Art History II 3
The second of a three course sequence covering the history of western art and architecture with historical developments in styles, art mediums, content, subjects, materials, and methods covered. Additional topics include aesthetics, art criticism, and the roles of the visual arts in society. Must be taken in sequence, or with permission of instructor.

ART 407. Art History III 3
The third of a three course sequence covering the history of western art and architecture with historical developments in styles, art mediums, content, subjects, materials, and methods covered. Additional topics include aesthetics, art criticism, and the roles of the visual arts in society. Must be taken in sequence.

ART 409. Graphic Design III 3
Advanced topics and projects in graphic design and layout. Digital imaging, design, photo manipulation, and personal design aesthetic are emphasized. Prerequisites; ART 309 or permission of instructor.

ART 410. Type and Typographic Design 3
This course continues the learning process of the Graphic Design major, teaching the importance of Type and Typography as an essential part of visual communication in the production of Graphic Design, Web Design and Layout. Research and analysis of data will be a required element that emphasizes the process necessary for the success of design created by the designer. An articulation process of the supporting research is required. The language of the Web and writing code to develop working web sites is not included in the course.

ART 424. Art Methods for Middle/Secondary Schools 4
The profession, studio projects, curriculum, scheduling, evaluation, exhibits and school-community projects, art room equipment and supplies, and recommended books. Prerequisite: ART 324.

ART 426. Photography III 3
Advanced studio problems and learning experiences emphasizing continued development of the student’s individual creative style, technical abilities, conceptual knowledge, and aesthetic judgment in photography as a medium for artistic expression and visual communication. Pre-requisite: Art 226 or permission of the instructor.

ART 427. Photography IV, Advanced Digital Photography 3
A studio art course in advanced digital photography. The technical focus is on developing pre-professonal level skills in digital camera operation (DSLR), image editing in Adobe Photoshop and related software, preparation of digital images for a variety of uses, including publicaton on the web and printed book formats, and for gallery presentation. ART 427 also emphasizes the student’s creativity and aesthetic vision.

ART 450. Senior Seminar 3
Senior level capstone course required of all Art majors and Teacher Certification majors in art. Development of a thematically cohesive exhibition in the student’s chosen media. Documentation, criticism, and presentation will be covered. Student must enroll in this course during the fall semester of their final year. Students with the Graphic Design concentration complete senior level Student Design Group project with a faculty mentor who serves as consultant and evaluator.

ART 457, 458. Directed Readings 2 or 3
Independent readings directed by members of the department faculty.

ART 460. Independent Projects or Study 2 or 3
An upper level studio project (two semester hours credit) or research study (three semester hours credit) requested and defined by a student for which there is not a substitute course offered in the department. Advanced acceptance must be obtained from a staff member who consents to serve as consultant and evaluator.

ART 461, 462. Internship in Art 2 or 3
A field-learning experience originated by the student or the department and approved by a staff member who serves as consultant and evaluator.

ART 490. Senior Exhibition 3
Art 490 is the senior level capstone course for the studio art major. It is a continuation of the focused period of art production and critical evaluation and assessment begun in Art 450. Additionally student enrolled in this course will examine the professional standards and practices of exhibiting studio artists. Students will continue to work closely with their faculty advisor in thematic development of a body of work that represents the students accumulated learning experience at Mars Hill College. Students will learn the professional procedures of work documentation through film, digital media and writing. Students will also learn the proper procedures of presentation, and all aspects of a successful exhibition.