Art - CPS (ART)

ART 1101. Introduction to Art. 3 Hours.

Introduces the language of the visual arts with an emphasis on style, techniques, and content in painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and architecture. Includes slide lectures, discussions, and student visits.

ART 1145. American Cinema. 3 Hours.

Explores the uniquely distinguishing characteristics of American cinema. Covers camera angles, lighting, editing, sound, acting, narrative structure, and construction of point of view. Analyzes such recurring concerns of American cinema as the individual and community, issues of masculinity and violence, urban alienation, uprootedness, and adolescence.

ART 1200. Digital Photography. 3 Hours.

Designed to acquaint the beginner with the use of digital tools to manipulate and create digital imagery. Offers students an opportunity to learn to create a 360-degree panoramic photograph, digital slideshows, photographs for the web, and advanced techniques for negative scanning and advanced RAW file manipulation. Requires weekly assignments, demonstrations, hands-on experience, and a final portfolio. Students must supply their own 4-megapixel or greater camera. Intended as an entry-level course for visual artists and amateur photographers who wish to learn to express themselves using digital imaging.

ART 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

ART 2000. Typography: Communicating Content with Form. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to obtain an understanding of effects produced by fonts and typographic techniques used in contemporary visual design. Uses computer-based graphic design software to present a historical overview of typography and to explore formal qualities of characters and typefaces through applied projects. Seeks to guide students’ understanding of how successful graphic design that includes letters and words depends on clear and appropriate typography to express and communicate information.

ART 2100. Foundation in Visual Communication. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to gain knowledge of the fundamental elements of 2D design in order to explore the concept of pictorial order and to understand the principles of organization and formal elements of 2D design as communication tools.

ART 2200. Fundamentals of Computer Graphics and Desktop Publishing. 3 Hours.

Introduces the terminology, concepts, and applications of computer graphic software, including vector-based, raster-based, page layout, and PDF (Portable Document Format) creation programs. Offers students an opportunity to formulate and implement applications of computer graphics through assignment projects. Explores options available to students when creating files, along with advantages and limitations of graphic software and computers as design and production tools.

ART 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

ART 3100. Visual Foundations: Color. 3 Hours.

Explores the transient nature of color by studying properties of, and relationships between, colors. Uses class work and projects to examine major theories and laws of color, its harmonies, special characteristics, color psychology, symbolism, and orchestration as these concepts apply to communication goals. Also studies the psychology of color and current trends in communication usage. Offers students an opportunity to discover their intuition for color and to develop its application in art and design.

ART 3110. Electronic Publishing and Design. 3 Hours.

Applies digital publishing tools to the solving of communication problems in a selected area of publishing. Focuses on an area of current importance in digital publishing and explores that area through individual projects. Offers students an opportunity to use page layout programs to create documents and to learn the correct procedure to import from various graphic programs, apply design and page layouts, and use typography. Discusses hardware options, output options, and management issues of actual publications.

ART 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

ART 4100. Graphic Communication 1. 3 Hours.

Builds on students’ understanding of elements of design, spatial relationships, typography, and imagery. Guides development of graphic design skills using traditional and digital tools, along with materials and procedures employed in the communication arts industry. Offers students an opportunity to learn to solve problems in graphic design, including typographic and pictorial elements and their integration with verbal content to communicate ideas.

ART 4110. Graphic Communication 2. 3 Hours.

Continues the examination of elements of design, spatial relationships, typography, and imagery. Offers students an opportunity to engage in creative work in graphic design with an emphasis on design concepts for client presentations. Explores effective problem-solving techniques by taking a variety of projects from concept to finished presentation. Introduces students to operating procedures in the art department, design studio, and printing plant.

ART 4120. Advertising Design. 3 Hours.

Studies principles and concepts of layout and design as applied to a variety of advertising and graphic design assignments such as ads, brochures, logos, posters, book jackets, and sales promotion material. Offers students an opportunity to obtain an understanding of marketing fundamentals and issues for different media. Presents creative work in advertising research analysis, layout, and preparation of client presentations. Covers advanced concepts and design principles used in planning visualizations and layouts for advertising and editorial presentations using art, photography, type, color, and illustrations.

ART 4950. Seminar. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an in-depth study of selected topics.

ART 4955. Project. 1-4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. May be repeated without limit.

ART 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

ART 4995. Practicum. 1-4 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for practical experience.

ART 6529. Plein Air Landscape: The Color of Light and Shadow. 4 Hours.

Examines the colors the sun emits and how that light interacts with all parts of the landscape, including shadows. Landscape painters are always challenged by introducing sunlight into their paintings and struggle with the use of value and color relationships to achieve those results. Painting on location is about the simplification of the subject as well as the quick, spontaneous individual interpretation of the landscape. Focusing on small, plein air paintings in both morning and evening and then using these quick sketches as a jumping-off point for the further development of larger paintings is the dominant theme. Discusses how to integrate this effect into the art classroom by making connections with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

ART 6920. Harmonious Color Mixing. 4 Hours.

Focuses on color and value and how these elements interact with each other to make an expressive statement in a painting. Working in the medium of choice—watercolor, acrylics, water mixable oils, and traditional oils—offers participants an opportunity to embark on a journey of making a passionate personal statement in their paintings with a unique approach to color mixing to create beautiful, harmonious paintings. Scenic natural locale serves as inspiration. This approach may be helpful to the participant as an artist and as an art teacher and may be an important tool for teaching art at the K–12 level.

ART 6962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.