Required pre-minor courses 12 hours

ART 140 Art History 3
ART 150 Fundamentals of Design in Art 3
ART 160 Design I 3
ART 170 Introduction to Drawing 3

Students formally apply to the minor program upon completion of these courses.

Required art courses 9 hours

Choose three courses:
ART 135 Digital Media I 3
ART 224 Digital Media II 3
ART 236 Robotics and Interactivity 3
ART 255 Digital Photography 3
ART 290 Web Design I 3
ART 342 Advanced Digital Media 3


ART 135 - Digital Media I (3)

This course introduces the elements and principles of digital media in a variety of forms. Basic knowledge and skills using video camera equipment, digital editing applications such as Final Cut Pro and After Effects, script-writing and storyboarding are discussed within a framework of examples from the past and the present.

ART 140 - Art History (3)

This course is designed to assist the student in a visual understanding of the art of the past and present. The Western tradition is analyzed, with emphasis upon art forms such as architecture, painting, and sculpture. The course highlights the major art periods starting with prehistory and ending with the modern era. Students are expected to take this course before taking major level courses in Art.

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: GSR 102 or the equivalent, and GSR 103

ART 150 - Fundamentals of Design in Art (3)

An introduction to the language of art and design (space, line, shape, value, texture and color) and the principle of composition for both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. A series of hands-on projects will reinforce these concepts. Students are expected to take this course before taking major level courses in Art.

ART 160 - Design I (3)

This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer system, digital camera basics, and Adobe software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Digital imaging, illustration, layout, and other digital art techniques will be introduced. This course is intended to prepare students for intermediate classes in graphic design, web design, photography, and digital art.

ART 170 - Introduction to Drawing (3)

A foundation course in drawing. An introduction to principles and procedures of drawing in various media. Lectures and studio work. Students are expected to take this course before taking major level courses in Art.

ART 224 - Digital Media II (3)

In this hands-on course, students will develop a range of advanced techniques in digital and electronic media art and film. Students will improve their editing skills obtained from introductory courses and focus on concept development and production techniques in the creation of digital video projects. This course also allows students to both develop and refine techniques they have used in earlier courses, while experimenting with new emergent technologies relevant to their interests and the field. Digital media and film theory and history are integral to course content.

Prerequisites: ART 135, 140, 150, and 160

ART 236 - Robotics and Interactivity (3)

Robotics and Interactivity provides students with an opportunity to create interactive experiences in the physical world. Building on content learned in Web Design I (including HTML, CSS, and Actionscript) and Web Design II (including HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and Actionscript), Robotics and Interactivity further enhances the range of experience and skills students need to design and implement interactive experiences for various platforms and environments. This hands-on design course guides students through the concept development, fabrication, assembly, and programming of custom open-course robotics, sensor-based input devices, and output components. This course prepares students for the software-based techniques taught in Advanced Digital Media.

Prerequisites: ART 135 or permission of the instructor.

ART 255 - Digital Photography (3)

This course introduces students to digital photography and digital camera operations, covering lighting, composition, exposure, and the fundamentals of traditional photographic concepts. Photographing two- and three-dimensional objects and optimizing photos for a digital workflow are skills developed in this course. The history and technology of photography will be discussed.

Prerequisites: ART 160

ART 290 - Web Design I (3)

This course provides an introduction to designing and creating interactive experiences for the Web using a range of interactive techniques, software, and scripting. The course introduces students to HTML, Dreamweaver, and Flash (with basic ActionScript) and strengthens their speed and proficiency using imaging software. Historic and creative innovations in web design and Net Art will be discussed.

Prerequisites: ART 160

ART 342 - Advanced Digital Media (3)

From the most advanced motion graphics techniques to immersive interactive experiences used in movies, games, multimedia web sites, smartphone apps, and interactive installations, students in this course will invent, design and implement interactive narratives with a range of 2D/3D animation, film, and interactive software. Students will use code to bring digital objects to life in open source platforms. A range of software such as Maya, After Effects, Flash, and Processing Language will be integrated in the development of projects.

Prerequisites: ART 224, 290, and admission into major program; or permission of the department chair