Fine Arts

Courses in Fine Arts

Art Appreciation

FINA-A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art (3 cr)

A survey of major styles and monuments in art and architecture from prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages.
Offered spring semester.

FINA-A 102 Renaissance through Modern Art (3 cr)

A survey of major artists, styles, and movements in European and American art and architecture from the fifteenth century to the present.
Offered fall semesters.

FINA-A 200 Topics in Art History (3 cr)

Variable topics in art history.

FINA-A 342 Twentieth-Century Art (3 cr)

Survey of major artists, styles, and movements in painting and sculpture from 1900 to 2000 in Europe and the United States.
Offered spring semester, odd years.

  • Prerequisites: A102
FINA-H 100 Art Appreciation (3 cr)

A course designed to acquaint the student with outstanding works of art and to provide an approach to appreciation through knowledge of purpose, techniques, form, and content. This course does not count toward the fine arts major.
Offered occasionally

Studio Courses

FINA-F 100 Fundamental Studio Drawing (3 cr)

Introduction and coordination of perceptual and manual drawing skills; seeing, representing, and inventing on an experimental, exploratory level in two dimensions. Includes placement, scale, volume, light, formal articulation, and investigations of graphic tools and media. This course may be repeated once for credit.
Offered fall and spring semesters.

FINA-F 101 Fundamental Studio-3D (3 cr)

Introduction to volume, space, material, and physical force studies providing the basis for exploration of three-dimensional form; includes carving, construction, modeling, and casting, using materials such as wood, plaster, clay, synthetics, etc.
Offered fall semesters.

FINA-F 102 Fundamental Studio-2D (3 cr)

Color, shape, line, and value structures are studied as the basis for exploration of two-dimensional spatial relationships; including investigation of traditional and unconventional tools and media.
Offered ocassionally spring semesters

FINA-N 198 Intro to Photography for Non-Majors (3 cr)

Basic practice of camera operation, image selection, composition and design principals, and presentation procedures.
Offered fall and spring semester.

FINA-S 200 Drawing I (3 cr)

Basic course for the development of visual awareness and coordination of perception and manual drawing skills. Included will be problems in handling placement, scale, space, volume, light, and formal articulation.
Offered fall and spring semesters, as well as occasional summers.

FINA-S 230 Painting I (3 cr)

Preliminary course in painting and exploring the technical and visual aspects of color media. Emphasis is placed on media command, composition, structural problems in painting organization and composition. Wet media: oil and acrylic paint.
Offered fall, spring and occasional summer semesters.

FINA-S 260 Ceramics I (3 cr)

A limited introduction to hand building, throwing, glaze mixing, and glaze application, including a few lectures on basic traditional ceramic techniques.
Offered in fall and spring semesters, as well as occasionally in summer semester.

FINA-S 270 Sculpture I (3 cr)

The study of the relationships of volume and space through modeling, carving, and construction.
Offered in fall and spring semesters, as well as occasionally in summer. Can be taken once for credit.

FINA-S 280 Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design I (3 cr)

Introductory course for exploring metalworking and jewelry design as a serious form of creative expression. Focuses on the
basic techniques of metal forming and joining, embellishment and finishing.

FINA-S 301 Drawing II (3 cr)

Intermediate course in drawing using the human model and other subjects. Emphasis placed on technical command of the media in conjunction with the development of a visual awareness. Addressed are continued problems in the articulation of space, scale, volume, value, and linear sensitivity.
Offered in fall and spring semesters, as well as occasionally in summer. Can be taken once for credit.

  • Prerequisite: S200
FINA-S 331 Painting II (3 cr)

Intermediate course in painting, from the model and other subjects. Emphasis placed on technical command and understanding
of the components of paint manipulation, composition, space, color, volume, value and scale.
Offered in fall and spring semesters, as well as occasionally in summer. Can be taken once for credit.

  • Prerequisite: S230
FINA-S 361 Ceramics II (3 cr)

Continued practice in clay forming and glazing, with the emphasis on wheel throwing, surface decoration, and kiln firing techniques. Lectures and critiques.
Offered in fall and spring semesters, as well as occasionally in summer. Can be taken once for credit.

  • Prerequisite: S260
FINA-S 371 Sculpture II (3 cr)

Continuation of basic studies, using both figurative (modeling from human figure in clay) and abstract means (constructions in metal, wood, and plaster). Concentration on manipulative and technical skills and more complex materials.
Offered occasionally.

FINA-S 381 Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design II (3 cr)

Extensive drawing, designing, and model making for exploring forms and ideas in metal and mixed media, either as jewelry, hollow ware, flatware, boxes, or small-scale sculpture. Focuses on techniques of angle raising, repoussé and chasing, forging of flatware, stone setting, and lost-wax casting. Heavy emphasis upon craftsmanship and creative effort. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
Offered fall and spring semester, occasionally summers.

FINA-S400 Independent Studio Projects (1-3 cr)

Individual studio work, arranged with instructor.
Departmental permission required.

FINA-S 401 Drawing III (3 cr)

Advanced course in drawing. Continuation of S301. Repeatable for 20 credit hours.
Offered in fall and spring semesters, as well as occasionally in summer. Repeatable up to 20 hours.

  • Prerequisite: S301
FINA-S 431 Painting III (3 cr)

Advanced course in painting. Continuation of S331. Repeatable for 20 credit hours.
Offered in fall and spring semesters, as well as occasionally in summer.

  • Prerequisite: S331
FINA-S 461 Ceramics III (3 cr)

Further practice in ceramic techniques. Lectures and critiques. Offered in fall and spring semesters, as well as occasionally in summer. Repeatable up to 20 hours.

  • Prerequisite: 6 Credit hours in ceramics or consent of the instructor
FINA-S 471 Sculpture III (3 cr)

Concentration on construction, carving, welding, and figure molding.
Offered in fall and spring semesters, as well as occasionally. Repeatable up to 15 hours.

  • Prerequisite: S371
FINA-T 255 Art and Design (3 cr)

Introduction to formal elements of two-and three-dimensional design and how these apply to contemporary crafts. Aesthetic judgment and personal creativity emphasized. Required for elementary education majors. T255 does not count toward the fine arts major or the Humanistic/Artistic general education competency area.
Offered fall, spring semesters and occasional summers.

FINA-U 401 Special Topics in Studio Art (1-3 cr)

Special topics in studio art not ordinary offered in other departmental courses. Offered occasionally in the summer. Prerequisite: Any 200 or 300 level studio course.