Art Program Course Descriptions
ART105, Introduction to Visual Culture. This
course provides a survey of art and visual culture from around the
world from prehistory to postmodernism. It also presents an
introduction to a variety of methods by which art and visual
culture are customarily understood. It is designed to explore the
relationship between art history and history, and between objects
and key episodes in political, social and intellectual history. In
course projects students use the medium or media of their choice
(traditional or digital). Learn more.
ART107, Line and Value: Drawing + 2d Design.
An introduction to the fundamentals of drawing as a medium of
expression and an introduction to two-dimensional design. Students
learn design principles and an appreciation of the history and
practice of drawing and gain knowledge of the transformation of
traditional drawing techniques into digital media. Learn more.
ART210, Process: Theory + Practice. An
introduction to the intersections of art + design and the processes
and professional practices associated with creation, including
ideation from materials to concepts and from concepts to materials.
Students create a body of work and curate it for display in both a
physical exhibition and electronic portfolio, complete with an
artist's statement, biography, resume and pricelist. In course
projects students use the medium or media of their choice
(traditional or digital). Learn more.
ART303, Contrast: Photography + Digital
Manipulation. An exploration of electronic still
photography as an art form, including studio photography and
conceptual photographic approaches. Digital manipulation using
Photoshop and historical photographic sources are also studied.
ART304, Depiction: Illustration + Printmaking.
An exploration of sequential art, relief printmaking and book
illustration methods and practices. The course encompasses the
study of techniques used in creating sequential art in genres such
as: graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, children's books and
storyboards for animation. Students learn Adobe Illustrator in this
course. Learn more.
ART305, Time and Motion: Animation + Video.
This course explores art forms that have a temporal component,
including animation (flash, claymation and stop-motion), digital
imaging and video. Learn more.
ART306, Interactive: Digital Art + Web Design.
This course is an exploration of art that provokes interaction with
audiences, including web and information design and video game
design. Students use Dreamweaver and GameSalad in this course.
ART308, Structure: Graphic Design + Identity
Branding. This course provides an introduction to
design concepts from an artistic and structural perspective.
Students are introduced to a range of design problems, with an
emphasis on the interplay of image, text and creativity. Students
develop an understanding of typographic design and interactivity
from a graphic design perspective. They also develop client briefs
and gain expertise in both vector and bitmap environments, and are
exposed to 3-printing for graphic designers and Laser cutting.
Students use Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator. Learn more.
ART311, Function: Fashion + Product Design.
This course is an exploration product and packaging design.
Students learn skills in sewing construction, pattern-making,
silk-screen printing, product photography and animation. Students
use Sketchup and Blender. Learn more.
ART312, Design: History and Theory. This course
provides an introduction to the history of Modern and Postmodern
Design. It is expressly designed to explore the relationship
between the design disciplines (graphic design, furniture design,
architecture, textile design, interior design and fashion), as well
as the dialogue between design history and design theory. Design
Thinking, Sustainable Design and Experience design are highlighted
in course projects. In course projects students us the medium or
media of their choice (traditional or digital). Learn
ART314, Museum as Theatre. This course
considers aesthetic and theoretical issues that cross the
boundaries between performance art and museum exhibition spaces.
The course is discussion and activity-based and incorporates
historical study, direct experience, critical analysis and research
at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Students learn
improvisational performance, storytelling, tour design, exhibition
design and teamwork. Learn more.
ART315, Postmodernism in the Arts.
Introduction to postmodernist theory as it applies to studio art,
theater, dance and music. Postmodern forms of art such as
installation, video art, performance art and happenings will be
discussed. In projects students use the medium or media of their
choice (traditional or digital). Learn more.
ART322, Color: Painting + Color Theory.
An introduction to color theory, exploration of painting techniques
and media, and an introduction to mixed media approaches, including
installation. The class will expose the student to a broad range of
ideas and approaches relating to color and the visual arts.
Students use the Pantone Matching System and digital color palettes
from a variety of software programs including Adobe Photoshop and
ART360, Space: Sculpture + 3D Design. The focus
of this course is the creation of 3 dimensional works utilizing
traditional and nontraditional materials. Discussions, lectures and
critiques will explore and emphasize concept, materials, space,
form, site, presentation, craft, and context. Students utilize
Blender. Learn more.
ART380, 381, 382, Special Topics in Art & Visual
Culture. Work in the special seminar will be centered on a
specific aspect of studio art, art history, or visual culture.
Topics have included Revolution and Gender in Art. Learn more.
ART401, 402, 403, Independent Study: Art +
Design. Offers the qualified student the opportunity to
pursue a topic of individual interest; students have developed
special study in everything from web design, art therapy, museum
studies, retail design and marketing, and even study
abroad. Learn more.
ART411 Method: Thesis + Exhibition. In this
course students create a comprehensive body of work and complete a
corresponding research project that places their work into one or
more contexts based on media, style or theme. Students learn to
make both formal and informal presentations about their work,
prepare a career-focused electronic portfolio, artist's statement,
bio and resume, and gain networking and interview experience.
ART451, 452, 453, Internship. On the job
experience or apprenticeship related to the student's interests or
degree objectives. Learn more.