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ART (ART, ARHI)

Professor: Tran
Associate Professors: Goodman, Rentsch (Chair)
Assistant Professors: McCutcheon, Moreno-Lee, 
Instructors:  Gorg, McKaig

  • Majors: Studio Art, Art History
  • Studio Art Concentrations: 3D Animation, Generalist, Painting, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography,
    Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Courses required for all Studio Art Concentrations: 13 (not including zero or 1 credit courses)
  • Courses required for Art History: 11 (not including zero or 1 credit courses)
  • Non-credit Colloquium: Every semester as a declared major
  • Studio Art Capstone requirement (Generalist): Senior exhibit
  • Studio Art Capstone requirement (3D Animation, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture): ART 446 and Senior exhibit
  • Art History Capstone requirement: ARHI 447
  • Minors: Art History, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture

Studio Art (ART)

Major Requirements

For the degree in Studio Art, students must complete the seven-course foundation program and the requirements for an area of specialization, successfully complete each semester’s colloquium (while a declared major), and successfully complete the senior exhibition.

Foundation Program

          ART 111    Drawing I
          ART 116   Three-Dimensional Design or ART 226 The Figure
          ART 212   Color and Design 

          ART 227   Photography I or ART 337 Photography II (based on placement)
          ART 243   Introduction to Digital Art
          ARHI 222 Introduction to Art History I *
          ARHI 223 Introduction to Art History II* 
          ART  248 Art Colloquium
          Exception to participation in the colloquium may be made by the art faculty.

 

*Studio Art Majors in the Graphic Design track may substitute a 300-level ARHI course for ARHI 222 or 223, or two 300-level ARHI courses for both ARHI 222 and 223.

All Studio Art majors are encouraged to take FVA 200: Digital Film and Video I

Areas of Specialization

  1. 3D Animation
    ART 113  Introduction to Digital 3D Modeling
    ART 213  Introduction to 3D Character Animation
    ART 313  Advanced 3D Character Animation
    ART 344  Time-Based Digital Media
    ART 413  Animation Workshop
    ART 446  Studio Research

  2.  Generalist Art Major
    For students seeking teaching certification in Art.
    ART 119   Ceramics I
    ART 220   Painting
    ART 225   Sculpture I
    ART 228   Printmaking I
    One second-level studio course (such as Painting II, Photography II, Sculpture II)
    One ARHI course numbered 300 or above (students planning to complete the PK-12 art certification program will take ARHI 310 History and Practice of Art Education as their 300-level art history class)

     Students are strongly encouraged to take Art 446 in the fall of their senior year.

     State requirements for certification to teach change regularly. Please check with the Education Department for the most current PA state requirements.

  3.  Graphic Design
    ART 113   Introduction to Digital 3D Modeling
    ART 344   Time-Based Digital Media
    ART 442   Special Projects in Graphic Design
    ART 446   Studio Research
    ART 470   Internship or ART 449 Art Practicum
    FVA 200   Digital Film and Video I

     Students are encouraged to take the following courses: ART 221 Drawing II, ART 340 Digital Photography, and Art 337 Photography II. 

  4. Painting
    ART 220   Painting I
    ART 221   Drawing II
    ART 330   Painting II
    ART 446   Studio Research
    Two ARHI courses numbered 300 or above

  5. Photography
    ART 240   Digital Photography I
    ART 337 Photography II
    ART 340   Digital Photography II
    ART 446   Studio research
    Two ARHI courses numbered 300 or above

  6.  Printmaking
    ART 221   Drawing II
    ART 228   Printmaking I
    ART 338   Printmaking II
    ART 446   Studio Research
    Two ARHI courses numbered 300 or above

  7. Sculpture
    ART 225   Sculpture I
    ART 226   The Figure
    ART 335   Sculpture II
    ART 446   Studio Research
    Two ARHI courses numbered 300 or above 

    Capstone Requirements

     The senior exhibition, which is the capstone achievement for all studio art majors, serves to assess students’ expertise in their chosen specialty. Work produced in specialized courses may be included in the exhibition.

     Students in the Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture concentrations must also complete ART 446.

     Diversity and Writing Courses

    The following course satisfies the Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement: ARHI 320. The following courses satisfy the Global Cultural Diversity Requirement: ARHI 222, 223, 331, 332, 334, 336, 347, and ART 127 (when travel is abroad). The following course satisfies either the Domestic or Global Diversity Requirement: ARHI 339. A list of courses that, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement, can be found on the Registrar’s website and in the GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS section of the catalog.

Diversity and Writing Courses

The following course satisfies the Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement: ARHI 320. The following courses satisfy the Global Cultural Diversity Requirement: ARHI 222, 223, 331, 332, 334, 336, 347, and ART 127 (when travel is abroad). The following course satisfies either the Domestic or Global Diversity Requirement: ARHI 339.  A list of courses that, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement, can be found on the Registrar’s website and in the GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS section of the catalog.

Minor Requirements

There are four studio art minors offered by the Art Department.  Art majors may add any of the minors below provided they are distinct from their major and contain at least two unique courses.  Requirements for each follow:

Graphic Design: ART 111, 212, 240, 243, and 442; and one ARHI course

Painting: ART 111, 212, 220, 221, 330, and one ARHI course

Photography: ART 212, 227, 240, either 337 or 340, and one ARHI course

Sculpture: ART 111, 116, 225, 226, either 119 or 335, and one ARHI course

ART (ART)

111
DRAWING I
An introduction to the fundamentals of the two-dimensional arts, the materials and techniques of drawing, and current concepts and practices.

113
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL 3D MODELING
Introduces students to the concept and practice of digital 3D Modeling. Topics include modeling, texturing, digital-sculpting, lighting, and rendering. Students learn the fundamentals of hard surface and organic modeling.

116
THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
An introduction to the broad range of techniques, materials, and processes of three-dimensional art. Investigation of formal, theoretical, and conceptual issues.  

119
CERAMICS I
Pottery design as it relates to function of vessels and the design parameters imposed by the characteristics of clay. The techniques of ceramics are taught to encourage expression rather than to dispense merely a technical body of information.

127
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Introduction to the techniques and aesthetics of color and digital photography and to basic image correction and archival printing techniques. Students learn imaging techniques with Adobe PhotoShop, work with mega-pixel digital SLR cameras, and print and mat a final portfolio. Emphasis on conceptual and aesthetic aspects of photography. Includes exploration of culture through photography and travel. Mandatory pre-travel class sessions during spring semester will cover basics of Digital photography and PhotoShop. This course does not count toward the art major. Fulfills the Global Cultural Diversity Requirement when travel is abroad. May term only.

212
COLOR AND DESIGN
The creative process, elements, and principles of two-dimensional design and color theory through a variety of handmade and digital processes.

213
INTRODUCTION TO 3D CHARACTER ANIMATION
Focuses on concepts in 3D Animation and Rigging. Students implement principles of animation to character performance and motion. 

220
PAINTING I
Fundamentals of painting through lecture, demonstration and studio experience, and study of historical and current art movements. 

221
DRAWING II
Exploration of a range of materials and concepts, with an emphasis on current approaches to drawing. Prerequisite: ART 111.

225
SCULPTURE I
Exploration of traditional and contemporary approaches to sculpture through a variety of processes, materials, and theory. Emphasis on personal creativity. 

226
THE FIGURE
Study of the structures of the figure, use of the figure as a vehicle for personal expression, and discussion of historical and contemporary theory. Exploration of various materials, including clay and plaster.

227
PHOTOGRAPHY I
Development of technical skills in the use of photographic equipment (cameras, films, darkroom, printmaker) and competence in the areas of composition, form, light, picture quality, etc. 

228
PRINTMAKING I
Introduction to the techniques of silkscreen, intaglio, monotype, and lithography printing. One edition of at least six prints must be completed in each area. 

229
CERAMICS II
Continuation of Ceramics I. Emphasis on use of the wheel and technical aspects such as glaze making and kiln firing. Prerequisite: ART 119.

240
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I
Advanced study of the concepts and aesthetics of color photography, digital photography, and archival fine art digital printing. Emphasis is on shooting with digital SLR cameras and the exploration of the creative use of color and light within the photographic medium. 

243
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ART
Introduction to digital art including design, photography, illustration, and video. Covers the fundamentals of vector and raster imaging, typography, color, image compositing, and integration of traditional and digital media.

248
ART COLLOQUIUM
A non-credit seminar in which faculty, students, and invited professionals discuss and critique specific art and media exhibitions. Required of all Studio Art and Art History majors. Meets 4-6 times each semester. Pass/Fail. Non-credit seminar.

313
ADVANCED 3D CHARACTER ANIMATION
Emphasizes character performance using full bipedal characters. Students learn how to create unique expressive motion with their characters. Prerequisite: ART 213 or consent of instructor.

330
PAINTING II
Experimentation with various media, subject matter and techniques, with reference to historical and current artistic movements. Prerequisite: ART 220.

335
SCULPTURE II
Advanced study of materials, technical processes, and concepts in sculpture, using a variety of materials, including casting, metal, foundry, and mixed-media installation. Discussion of historical and contemporary theory. Prerequisites: ART 225 and either ART 116 or 226.

337
PHOTOGRAPHY II
An extension of the skills developed in Photography I (ART 227) by continued growth in technical expertise including instruction in medium and large format cameras, studio photography, proficiency in black and white fine art printing, and exploration of photo art techniques. Emphasis on conceptual and aesthetic aspects of photography. Prerequisite: ART 227 or permission of instructor.

338
PRINTMAKING II
Continuation of Printmaking I (ART 228). Emphasis on multi-plate and viscosity printing. Prerequisite: ART 228.

340
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II
Studio course emphasizing critical analysis and development of a personal photographic portfolio and long-term projects, utilizing editing, sequencing, storytelling, and design. Studio photography using professional lighting equipment, medium format digital cameras, and large format printing. Emphasis on advanced digital post-production tools. Prerequisite: ART 240 or consent of instructor.

344
TIME-BASED DIGITAL MEDIA
Studio course using industry-standard software to create time-based media for artistic and commercial purposes. Content includes 2D digital animation, principles of animation, motion graphic animation, audio and video. Prerequisite: ART 243 or consent of instructor.

413
ANIMATION WORKSHOP
Focuses on the planning and execution of an animation production while working on a personal semester-long animated project. Topics include animation pre-production, production and post-production. Prerequisite: ART 313 or consent of instructor.  

430
INTERACTIVE MULTI-MEDIA AND WEB DESIGN
Studio course focusing on creation of interactive media and web design for multiple platforms, utilizing industry-standard software. Prerequisite: ART 243 or consent of instructor.

440
PAINTING III
Continued studio experience for advanced students with emphasis on personal direction and with reference to individual artists and art movements. Prerequisite: Art 330.

441
DRAWING III
Advanced drawing techniques and materials, with emphasis on a thesis presentation. Prerequisite: ART 221.

442
SPECIAL PROJECT IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Concentrated research and creation of a series of projects in graphic design involving typography, illustration, photography, and branding, using industry-standard software. Prerequisite: ART 243 or consent of instructor.

446
STUDIO RESEARCH
Artistic research based on student-designed conceptual and formal interest in any studio art discipline. This is the capstone course for art majors in the 3D Animation, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture tracks. Students produce a coherent body of artwork to be entered in the Annual Juried Senior Exhibition. Majors in the Generalist track are not required to take this course, but they are very strongly encouraged to take it to prepare their submissions for the Annual Juried Senior Exhibition. Fall Semester only.

449
ART PRACTICUM
Seminar of 150 hours of professional internship experience in graphic design, web design, photography, museum studies, audio, or video with companies, non-profit organizations, and museums. Students must apply directly to the Art Department to arrange job placement before pre-registration to be eligible for this course. This course may be repeated once for credit when placements are different.

470-479
INTERNSHIP
Internship experience in graphic design or commercial photography with companies and organizations. Students must apply directly to the Art Department to arrange job placement before pre-registration to be eligible for this course.

N80-N89
INDEPENDENT STUDY
This course represents an opportunity to pursue specific interests not usually covered in regular courses.

490-491
INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

ART HISTORY (ARHI)

The Art History major consists of courses in art history, studio art, and related disciplines. Students considering graduate school are encouraged to study a foreign language at the advanced level.

Art History majors are required to take the art colloquium each semester.

Required of all students:

     ARHI 222    Introduction to Art History I
     ARHI 223    Introduction to Art History II
     ARHI 447    Art History Research
     ART  248    Art Colloquium

Choose any four additional 300-level ARHI courses.
Choose any two 100- or 200-level courses carrying the ART prefix.
Two Additional Courses outside the Art Department:

      Students must take at least two additional courses 200-level or above in the areas of Archaeology, Anthropology,          Film Studies, History, Literature, Modern or Ancient Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, or 
      Theater, to be selected with their advisors.

Capstone Requirement

All majors must successfully complete ARHI 447.

Diversity and Writing Courses

The following courses satisfy the Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement: ARHI 320 and 344. The following courses satisfy the Global Cultural Diversity Requirement: ARHI 222, 223, 331, 332, 334, 336, 342, and 347. The following course satisfies either the Domestic or Global Diversity Requirement: ARHI 339. A list of courses that, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement, can be found on the Registrar’s website and in the GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS section of the catalog.

Minor Requirements

A minor in Art History consists of ARHI 222, 223, three ARHI courses numbered 300 or higher, and one studio art course.

For Studio Art majors, except those in the Graphic Design track, a minor in Art History consists of ARHI 222, 223, four ARHI courses numbered 300 or higher, and one studio art course.

222
INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY I
Offers an introductory overview of the diverse history of art and architecture internationally from the paleolithic era to the fourteenth century with an emphasis on the meaning of art in society. We study how art functioned in ancient civilizations, how objects and buildings expressed religious beliefs and customs, how art was created and experienced, how power was invested in images, and how these images affect us today. This course lays the groundwork for more advanced art history courses by introducing the skill of visual analysis and other interpretative tools of art historical research. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.

223

INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY II
Offers a global approach to the introduction of the history of art from the fourteenth century to the present, focusing on the functions and meanings of art in society. Emphasizes global interactions and the interrelationships between art, politics, and culture as we discover how issues expressed in the visual arts might provide insights into our world and how art affects us today. This course lays the groundwork for more advanced art history courses by introducing the skill of visual analysis and other interpretative tools of art historical research. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.

310
HISTORY AND PRACTICE OF ART EDUCATION
Essential topics in teaching art, including philosophy of art, lesson planning, and teaching methods. Observation of art classes in elementary and secondary schools in the greater Williamsport area. Required of art majors in the PK-12 certification program.

320
VISUAL MEDIA IN THE DIGITAL AGE
The historical study of new media, with emphasis on video and interactive art forms, in relationship to the development of television, the World Wide Web, and social networks. Cross-listed as FVA 322. Fulfills Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement. Alternate years.

331
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN ART
The roots of current trends in art, taking into account trans-national and global issues; historical references; news media; and identities of gender, ethnicity and region. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.

332
ANCIENT ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY
An exploration of the ancient cultures of the Near East and Mediterranean as elucidated by modern archaeological research, through examination of their art and architecture. Cross-listed as ARCH 332. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.

334
ART OF THE RENAISSANCE
Examines art produced in Western Europe from 1300–1600 in an expanded global context. Renaissance art is understood through the lens of its connections to Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East during this early period of colonization and global expansion. Students explore the ways artworks reflected shifts in social and political structures and increased internationalism that resulted in the exchange of people, objects, ideas, and materials. Students analyze images through the lens of cultural encounter and conflict in a variety of global contexts. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement. Alternate years.

336
ART OF THE BAROQUE
Explores the Baroque style of art produced during the 17th and 18th centuries in a global perspective, focusing on its manifestations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Key issues discussed include the role of Baroque art in early modern politics, religion, and global trade; the relationship between cartography, collecting, and art during the period; the shifting role of the artist and artisan; and the use of art as a tool of cultural domination. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement. Alternate years.

339
GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN ART
Gender and sexuality are often vital components of artistic practice that drive modes of expression and shape identities. This course examines the presence of these issues in art through case studies from the nineteenth century to the present-day in relation to constructions of gender and sexualities in their particular historical contexts. Students will be given the tools to recognize and challenge encoded assumptions regarding gender and sexuality in visual culture and the ways they often intersect with key issues of race and class. Fulfills either Domestic or Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.

342

ART AND POLITICS IN LATIN AMERICA
Explores some of the most pivotal works of recent Latin American art. Students examine the ways artworks were created in tandem with, and often in direct response to, key moments of revolution, dictatorship, uneven development, and social upheaval in the region from the 1930s to today. Major issues under discussion include the shift from traditional to experimental methods of art making; creativity under conditions of violence; the intersection of art with issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class; colonialism’s historic and contemporary impact on society and representations; borders, diasporas, and im/migration; and the potential for art to create positive change. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement. Alternate years.

344
RACE AND ETHNICITY IN US-AMERICAN ART
Examines contemporary works by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American artists that complicate traditional narratives of US-American history and disrupt the notion of a singular "American" identity. Issues under discussion include art as a tool of visibility and resistance; patriotism, nationalism, xenophobia and their representations; monuments, memorials, and their controversies; histories of racism in US-American visual and popular culture; borders, im/migrations, and diasporas; the remixing of cultural traditions; hybridity, otherness, and issues of personal and collective identities. Fulfills Domestic Cultural Diversity Requirement. Alternate years.

347
HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
A historical survey of photography from its beginning as a commercial and scientific medium,  emphasizing its emergence as a fine art, and including current practices within multimedia contexts. Fulfills Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.  Alternate years.

349
NARRATIVE IN ART
An examination of the sister arts of making images and writing text, involving how visual artists respond to the written word and how writers respond to art.

360
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
A study of selected artists or art historical issues, themes, or periods. May be repeated for credit with consent of department when topics are different.

447
ART HISTORICAL METHODS AND RESEARCH
This capstone focuses on the history and practice of interpreting art objects so that students may better position themselves as art historians. Students investigate a diverse range of theories, methodologies, and ethical debates that have come to shape the discipline of art history today. Students produce their own substantial research project on a topic of their choosing that culminates in an advanced research paper and formal presentation to the Department. Prerequisite: ART 222 or 223 or consent of instructor.