Art Courses

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Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

AR 101 Drawing I (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Studio art concentration or art second teaching field, minor, or broad field. Students learn drawing terminology, materials, and techniques by interpreting and rendering visual images from reference material. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 102 Drawing II (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 101. Students use various drawing media and further develop drawing skills with greater emphasis on drawing the clothed figure and gesture drawing. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 111 Principles of Drawing (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: Open to all students except studio art concentration or art minor, second teaching field, or broad field. Students learn basic drawing terminology, materials, and techniques by interpreting and rendering visual images from reference material. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 120 Digital Typography (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Concentration, teaching field, minor, broad field, or emphasis in advertising/public relations, art, digital media, graphic design, professional writing, studio art, or web development. Students learn basic principles for using typography in design and layout. Students also learn how to use Adobe InDesign. Meets 3 hours a week.

AR 201 Design Fundamentals I (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Visual arts major; advertising/public relations concentration; minor in advertising, art, graphic design, or web development; or art second teaching field or broad field. Students learn the elements and principles of design and investigate concepts through projects with an emphasis on craftsmanship and control. Meets 4 hours a week.

AR 202 Design Fundamentals II (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 201. Students apply understanding of the elements and principles of design and investigate concepts through projects with an emphasis on craftsmanship and control. Meets 4 hours a week.

AR 203 Basic Painting I (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 102, 201, and studio art concentration or art second teaching field, minor, or broad field. Students learn to paint with oils through demonstrations, assigned projects, and critiques with an emphasis on building observation and paint application skills. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 204 Basic Painting II (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 203. Students learn to paint with various water-based media through demonstrations, research, assigned projects, and critiques. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 213–414 Figure Painting (1 each) Offered Fall. Prereq. for AR 213: AR 204; each level requires the preceding one. Students learn to create oil paintings of the human head using live models. Advanced students will further study by painting half- and full-figure works. Each course meets 2 hours a week.

AR 218 Photography I (3) Offered Fall, Spring. This course is a basic study of the tools and techniques of photography. Students learn to operate a digital interchangeable-lens camera and edit and store photographic images. Students also learn to communicate visual ideas through photography. The student must have a manual mode digital interchangeable-lens camera capable of 8 megapixels and a jump drive with at least 1 GB capacity. Meets 4 hours a week.

AR 220 Digital Graphics (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Concentration, teaching field, minor, broad field, or emphasis in advertising/public relations, art, digital media, graphic design, professional writing, studio art, or web development. Students develop and edit vector-based and raster-based images using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Meets 3 hours a week.

AR 227 History of Art (3) Offered Fall. This course is a survey of visual art history from ancient art through the Middle Ages. Students learn a biblical perspective of art.

AR 228 History of Art (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: AR 227. This course is a survey of visual art history from the early Renaissance to the present. Students analyze art from a biblical perspective.

AR 231–432 Yearbook Practicum (1 each) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Student must be a member of the yearbook staff. Students earn credit for actual work on the Summit and will be given basic guidelines for design, copywriting, and photography composition. Students apply their skills of time management, teamwork, and organization while working irregular hours at night in a professional office setting.

AR 241 Introduction to the Mass Media (3) Offered Fall. Students receive an overview of the mass media industries with an emphasis on the impact that the convergence of these industries is having on the media landscape. The media’s impact on society, media law, and media literacy are emphasized.

AR 250 Introduction to Digital Illustration (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 101 or 111, 201, and visual arts major. Students practice basic rendering techniques and design principles used in digital illustration.

AR 254 3-D Design Fundamentals (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 101 or 111 and AR 201. Students apply the elements and principles of design to the development of three-dimensional works using a variety of materials and methods. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 267 Graphic Design I (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 120, 201, and 220. Students learn to develop and present solutions for basic graphic design problems. Principles of visual communication, layout, and print production are studied. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 268 Graphic Design II (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 267. Students develop solutions to more advanced graphic-design problems with an emphasis on creativity and clear communication through type, image, and layout. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 303 Advanced Drawing (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 102. Students learn skeletal and muscular forms of the human figure as they relate to the artist and draw the clothed figure from reference and observation. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 304 Advanced Painting (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 204 and 303. Students continue to refine painting techniques and composition development by creating several paintings using various media. Meets 4 hours a week.

AR 308 Photography II (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 218. Students further develop their digital photography skills as they photograph a variety of field and studio assignments. An emphasis is placed on the students’ application of professional lighting and exposure techniques as well as a refinement of their image processing and digital management skills.

AR 309 Photography III (2) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 308. Students continue to develop and refine skills gained in AR 308 as they photograph a variety of instructor-directed assignments and develop a portfolio of their work.

AR 310 Calligraphy (1) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: AR 201 and junior or senior visual arts major or art teaching field, advertising/public relations or professional writing concentration, art minor, or graphic design minor or broad field. Students use a variety of tools and stroke techniques to develop competence in basic calligraphic letter forms. Meets 2 hours a week.

AR 321 Illustration I (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 202, 204, and 303. Students learn basic principles of illustration development. Students also learn various digital painting techniques used in illustration. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 322 Illustration II (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 321. Students develop visual storytelling techniques by completing various illustration assignments with an emphasis on concept and compositional development. Meets 6 hours a week.

AR 323 Principles of Digital Multimedia Technology (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: AR 220 and graphic design concentration or digital media minor, broad field, or emphasis. This course teaches students the basics of working with digital audio and video technologies. Students learn how to use industry-standard equipment and Adobe Creative Cloud applications as they acquire media content and edit it into a variety of productions.

AR 324 Digital Multimedia Production (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 323. This course builds on the foundation of AR 323 by advancing students’ media production skills while the students develop realistic multimedia content. Students also begin learning motion graphics and the basics of 3-D space with an emphasis on learning the integration of Adobe Creative Cloud Applications.

AR 325 Publication Design (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: AR 268 and visual arts major. Students learn various aspects of modern print production including document preparation, press operation, binding, and distribution.

AR 326 Publication Practicum (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 268 and 325 and graphic design concentration; or at least “C-” in AR 322 and studio art concentration. Students gain practical experience working in a team to develop a complex publication from concept to published work. Students design and promote the PCC Fountains student publication.

AR 336–337 Studio Art Internship (3 each) Offered Interterm, Post-term, and Summer. Prereq. for AR 336: At least “C-” in AR 204 and 303, and studio art concentration; prereq. for AR 337: AR 336. Students receive practical studio art experience in this internship. A minimum of 120 hours is spent in a professional environment at an approved off-campus site. Students create valuable additions to their portfolios.

AR 346–347 Graphic Design Internship (3 each) Offered Interterm, Post-term, and Summer. Prereq. for AR 346: At least “C-” in AR 268 and graphic design concentration; prereq. for AR 347: AR 346. Students receive practical graphic design experience in this internship. A minimum of 120 hours is spent in a professional environment at an approved off-campus site. Students create valuable additions to their portfolios.

AR 348 History of Illustration and Graphic Design (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: Visual arts major. This course traces the history of commercial art with an emphasis on illustration and graphic design. Students identify and analyze changes in industry practice and how they relate to the present.

AR 364 Media Studio Production (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: AR 323. Students further their understanding of audio and video equipment as they learn how to develop and produce media projects in a variety of studio and other live production situations.

AR 400 Studio Art Portfolio (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 268, 304, 322, and senior studio art concentration. Students develop self-promotional marketing tools and a personal portfolio. Students also learn presentation and interview techniques and basic field-related business practices.

AR 402 Web Design I (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: CS 211. Students learn foundational web design principles by planning, developing, designing, and testing various web-based media. Meets 4 hours a week.

AR 403 Web Design II (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 402. Students learn principles of user-experience and interface design and apply to the development of live websites.

AR 410 Directed Studio (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Graduating senior graphic design concentration in last semester. Students create advanced-level work for their senior portfolios under the direction of an instructor. Emphasis is placed on developing a cohesive body of work with a clear personal direction.

AR 411 Directed Studio (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Graduating senior studio art concentration in last semester. Students create advanced-level work for their senior portfolios under the direction of an instructor. Emphasis is placed on developing a cohesive body of work with a clear personal direction.

AR 420 Advertising Design I (2) Offered Fall. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 268. Students learn to individually and collectively develop a brand identity and a creative advertising campaign through researching, developing, and presenting projects which promotes various products or services. Meets 4 hours a week.

AR 421 Advertising Design II (2) Offered Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in AR 420. Students individually and collectively create a comprehensive advertising campaign through researching, developing, and presenting projects which promote an event. Meets 4 hours a week.

AR 440 Graphic Design Portfolio (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in AR 420 and senior graphic design concentration. Students develop self-promotional marketing tools and a personal portfolio. Students also learn presentation and interview techniques and basic field-related business practices.

AR 498 Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibit (0) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Concurrent enrollment in AR 411.

AR 499 Senior Studio Art Portfolio Exhibit (0) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Concurrent enrollment in AR 411.

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