Courses

ART-109. First Year Experience:Art, Architecture And Urban Design In Chicago. 3 Hours.

This field-based course explores art in an urban environment, examines the relationships between art and urban culture, and considers the role of art in an urban setting. Students will gain a familiarity with Chicago as a cultural home; they will evaluate the role of public art in Chicago, examine the design and purpose of open spaces, and gain a familiarity with the Chicago school of architecture.

ART-109B. First Year Experience: ChicaGo Create: Graphic Design For Fun & Communication. 3 Hours.

This course examines the lively graphic design community of the city of Chicago. Lectures will focus on introducing graphic design topics to students, as well as learning the skills needed to succeed in college. Students will learn about our community, local arts, local graphic designers and get the opportunity to learn basic design principles. This course includes field trips.

ART-120. Drawing I. 3 Hours.

Basic drawing, stressing individual perceptual growth and the importance of physical and psychological factors in structuring visual experiences; emphasis on design and perception; discussion of systems of perceptual interpretation and structure, concepts of abstraction and problems of evaluation.

ART-130. Two-Dimensional Design. 3 Hours.

Systematic exploration of order in two-dimensional space and study of the interaction of method and technique in organizing form on a two-dimensional surface.

ART-140. Three Dimensional Design. 3 Hours.

Studio experience and lecture exploring fundamental 3-D design theory and concepts through the solution of studio problems utilizing 3-D materials and techniques.

ART-170A. Studio Experiences: Photography. 3 Hours.

Problem solving approach in studio experiences with lecture and discussion. This course does not count towards major or minor requirements in Art.

ART-170B. Studio Experiences: Painting. 3 Hours.

Problem solving approach in studio experiences with lecture and discussion. This course does not count towards major or minor requirements in Art.

ART-170C. Studio Experiences: Sculpture. 3 Hours.

Problem solving approach in studio experiences with lecture and discussion. This course does not count towards major or minor requirements in Art.

ART-170D. Studio Experiences: Metals And Jewelry. 3 Hours.

Problem solving approach in studio experiences with lecture and discussion. This course does not count towards major or minor requirements in Art.

ART-170E. Studio Experiences: Printmaking. 3 Hours.

Problem solving approach in studio experiences with lecture and discussion. This course does not count towards major or minor requirements in Art.

ART-170F. Studio Experiences: Ceramics. 3 Hours.

Problem solving approach in studio experiences with lecture and discussion. This course does not count towards major or minor requirements in Art.

ART-170G. Studio Experiences: Drawing. 3 Hours.

Problem solving approach in studio experiences with lecture and discussion. This course does not count towards major or minor requirements in Art.

ART-170H. Studio Experiences: Graphic Design. 3 Hours.

Problem solving approach in studio experiences with lecture and discussion. This course does not count towards major or minor requirements in Art.

ART-220. Drawing II. 3 Hours.

Interpretive drawing experiences, concentration on individual growth and perceptual acuity, principaly studying the human form through live models, other supportive materials and a variety of media.
Prerequisite: ART-120 minimum grade of C.

ART-230. Painting I. 3 Hours.

This introductory painting course familiarizes students with the painting process. Using oil paint as medium, students will explore themes such as still life, abstraction, symbolism, and the landscape. Students will be exposed to a variety of oil painting techniques and materials.
Prerequisite: ART-120 minimum grade of C.

ART-234. Color. 3 Hours.

Investigation of color phenomena through lecture and studio problems.
Prerequisite: ART-130 minimum grade of C.

ART-240. Sculpture I. 3 Hours.

This introductory sculpture course familiarizes students with traditional and contemporary sculpture concepts, and exposes students to an overview of processes, tools, and materials used in sculpture. Students will also explore modeling, casting, and construction techniques.
Prerequisite: ART-140 minimum grade of C.

ART-250. Printmaking I. 3 Hours.

This introductory printmaking course emphasizes the processes of intaglio and relief. This course will also explore the possibility of the monoprint, as well as introduce basic research methods associated with personal studio practice.
Prerequisite: ART-120 minimum grade of C.

ART-261. Photography I. 3 Hours.

This course will familiarize students with digital photography techniques and computer software to use photography as a creative medium. Students will be introduced to basic aesthetic grammar of photography and a preliminary historical context for visually analyzing and creating photographs.
Prerequisite: ART-130 minimum grade of C.

ART-270. Ceramics I. 3 Hours.

This introductory ceramic course explores building techniques, surface treatment, design and decoration of ceramic objects. Through class projects students will be introduced to a variety of methods of constructing sculptural as well as functional objects. Focus will be placed on technique, craftsmanship and the development of individual artistic direction.
Prerequisite: ART-140 minimum grade of C.

ART-273. Metals And Jewelry I. 3 Hours.

This introductory metals and jewelry course emphasizes a mastery of basic tools, materials and processes used in the creation of jewelry, functional objects and small sculpture. Students will create a range of objects that address basic design problems, functional considerations and conceptual ideas.
Prerequisite: ART-140 minimum grade of C.

ART-280. Art + Tech I. 3 Hours.

Through tutorials, collaborative experimentation and guided studio time this course introduces students to a variety of topics related to the intersection of art and technology. The course will survey techniques to utilize web code as a creative medium, design and digitally fabricate objects, investigate modes of interactivity via physical computing and reshape the frame of moving images. Readings will provide a historical and technical framework for examining the ever-evolving role that technology plays within society. Lectures will encourage students to approach software and electronics as art materials, while hands-on tutorials and collaborative making will encourage skill development.
Prerequisite: ART-130 minimum grade of C.

ART-281. Graphic Design I. 3 Hours.

Introduction to techniques and concepts of graphic design and visual communications. Lectures and studio time will be used to analyze and practice applied creative activity of design, image-making, typography and layout, as well as it's historical and contemporary social aspects.
Prerequisite: ART-130 minimum grade of C.

ART-285. Image. 3 Hours.

Image class offers a guided exploration of techniques and processes used to create images for the purpose of specific communication. The course pays special attention to current trends in graphic design and fine art and includes discussions of various contemporary illustration techniques. Special attention is paid to both visual form, as well as the design process, communication and interpretation of work to challenge the student’s ability to generate innovative images with a regard for both visual form and conceptual content.
Prerequisite: ART-281 minimum grade of C.

ART-289. Graphic Design (Survey). 3 Hours.

This course chronicles the development of visual communication methods from prehistoric times to late 20th century. Emphasis will be placed on the period from the mid 19th century to late 20th century developments in the field of graphic design. The course is structured as a lecture and discussion class. The class will take a contemporary approach to the subject, drawing parallels between the historical movements and the way that things look in design today. Topics will involve a critical approach to the subject matter.

ART-292. Writing Intensive Program:Professional Practices. 1 Hour.

This course introduces art students to general business practices that are prevalent in the fine and applied arts. Topics to be covered are basic portfolio development, exhibition design and installation skills, marketing strategies, exhibition opportunities, professional arts organizations, online portfolio development, critique styles, presentation styles, writing exhibition reviews and the Chicago job market. This course is required for all studio art majors and fulfills the university writing intensive requirement within the major.
Prerequisite: ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.

ART-294. Writing Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Graphic Design 1. 1 Hour.

Professional Practices is three-part series of one-credit courses that are to be taken in sequence. This course will introduce students to general business practices that are prevalent in the graphic design field. Topics to be covered are professional portfolio presentation skills, freelance business skills, marketing strategies, joining professional organizations, online portfolio development, writing job application materials and understanding the Chicago job market. This course is required for all graphic design majors and fulfills the university writing intensive requirement within the major.
Prerequisites: ART-281 minimum grade of C and ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.

ART-301. Contemporary Design. 3 Hours.

This class combines academic study of late 20th century and contemporary Graphic Design practices with an exploration of the professional design world. Graphic Design of the present day is examined in relation to architecture and interiors, and wider theoretical and contextual issues. The interrelationship between the fine and decorative arts is a strong theme throughout the class. Visits to museums, professional events, galleries, design fairs and studios provide opportunities to examine objects and meet practicing designer first hand.
Prerequisite: ART-284 minimum grade of C.

ART-303. Images Of Woman In Art. 3 Hours.

Iconographical study of the images of woman in the visual arts. Exploration into stereotypes, archetypes and prototypes in the context of historical and societal conditions, using primary literary sources and archaeological evidence to support interpretive hypotheses.

ART-314. Typography. 3 Hours.

The second course in the graphic design sequence takes a deeper look at design and use of letter forms. Lectures and assignments focus on examining major type families and their characteristics, creating typographic contrast and hierarchy of information, history of type design and typographic grids. Students build skills for the art of typesetting and typographic layout, conceptual thinking and expressive typography.

ART-315. Letterpress. 3 Hours.

Introduction to letterpress printing techniques including discussion of typographic rules using wood and metal type and image making using contemporary photopolymer plate making techniques.
Prerequisites: ART-281 minimum grade of C and ART-284 minimum grade of C.

ART-317. Sculpture And Architecture Of The United States. 3 Hours.

Sculpture and architecture of the United States from the Colonial period through mid-twentieth century. Social and technical aspects, development of various styles; slide lectures, museum visits.

ART-320. Drawing III. 3 Hours.

This advanced drawing course emphasizes drawing concepts and techniques. Students will utilize a variety of traditional and nontraditional media in developing their own personal artistic vision. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-220 minimum grade of C.

ART-321. Drawing IV. 3 Hours.

This advanced drawing course will continue the exploration of contemporary concepts and drawing techniques emphasizing personal expression. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-320 minimum grade of C.

ART-330. Painting II. 3 Hours.

This course is designed as a continuation of the exploration of the painting process. During this semester, students will be using acrylic paints to investigate themes both contemporary and historical such as abstraction, the figure, narrative painting and mixed media. Students will also learn about the use of mediums, brushes, and painting techniques.
Prerequisite: ART-230 minimum grade of C.

ART-331. Painting III. 3 Hours.

This advanced painting course will emphasize personal development and expression using the medium of choice. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-330 minimum grade of C.

ART-332. Painting IV. 3 Hours.

This advanced painting course will focus on individual personal imagery, concepts, and ideas, with the goal of developing a personal voice. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-331 minimum grade of C.

ART-333. Mural Painting. 3 Hours.

Working with a Chicago neighborhood, students will develop an understanding of the role of public art by collaborating on the planning and execution of a painted mural. This course may be repeated up to two times.
Prerequisite: ART-120 minimum grade of C.

ART-340. Sculpture II. 3 Hours.

This intermediate sculpture course introduces students to the fundamentals of figure modeling and casting methods. Class time is devoted exclusively to modeling, mold making, and various casting techniques.
Prerequisite: ART-240 minimum grade of C.

ART-341. Sculpture III. 3 Hours.

This is an advanced level sculpture studio course, which revolves around wood and metal working techniques in relation to the sculptural object. This course will cover shop safety and also focus on experimentation with hand and power tools as well as finishing processes. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-340 minimum grade of C.

ART-342. Sculpture IV. 3 Hours.

This advanced sculpture course continues to explore advanced sculpture techniques with an emphasis on independent studio practice and research. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of advanced sculpture techniques by creating a body of coherent and creative work. This course may be repeated up to two times.
Prerequisite: ART-340 minimum grade of C.

ART-350. Printmaking II. 3 Hours.

This intermediate printmaking course will emphasize the planographic processes, which include screenprint, lithography and monotype. This course will also explore the possibility of the monoprint as it relates to these processes as well as continue a focus on research as it relates to personal studio practice.
Prerequisite: ART-250 minimum grade of C.

ART-351. Printmaking III. 3 Hours.

This advanced printmaking course introduces students to advanced techniques within traditional printmaking processes as well as experimental and non-traditional approaches. Students will investigate the possibilities of advanced printmaking techniques in relation to personal artistic vision and continue a focus on the development of independent studio practice and research. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-350 minimum grade of C.

ART-352. Printmaking IV. 3 Hours.

This advanced printmaking course continues to explore advanced printmaking techniques with an emphasis on independent studio practice and research. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of advanced printmaking techniques by creating a body of coherent and creative work. This course may be repeated up to two times.
Prerequisite: ART-351 minimum grade of C.

ART-355. Studies In Art & Social Practice. 3 Hours.

In this studio art course, students will be introduced to the concept of socially engaged art and produce studio projects that consider art in its relationship to social change. Students explore creative solutions that promote and affect social engagement, social interaction and community building. Social practice-based artwork includes a wide range of media and concepts in contemporary art practice and in this course, students connect their art practice to political, cultural and ethical conversations with an emphasis on participation, dialogue and action. Consult the Schedule of Classes for studio discipline and/or specific topic to be covered.
Prerequisites: ART-120 minimum grade of C and ART-130 minimum grade of C and ART-140 minimum grade of C and ((ART-170A minimum grade of C or ART-170B minimum grade of C or ART-170C minimum grade of C or ART-170D minimum grade of C or ART-170E minimum grade of C or ART-170F minimum grade of C or ART-170G minimum grade of C).

ART-362. Digital Imaging For Photographers. 3 Hours.

In this course digital photography techniques and printing are introduced and complemented development of a body of work. Assignments incorporate the technical aspects of specific skills while emphasizing their conceptual application. Prereq.: ART-261 or a portfolio of photographic work that demonstrates equivalent proficiency.
Prerequisite: ART-170A minimum grade of C or ART-261 minimum grade of C.

ART-363. Controlled Photographic Lighting For In Studio and On Location. 3 Hours.

This course will cover the tools and techniques used to control photographic lighting. Emphasis is placed on creating solutions to complex lighting situations.
Prerequisite: ART-170A minimum grade of C or ART-261 minimum grade of C.

ART-364. Historic And Alternative Photographic Processes. 3 Hours.

This course will cover a variety of advanced historic photographic processes and alternative ways of making images. Students will create a portfolio demonstrating conceptual maturation, advanced aesthetic skill, and technical competence in photography.
Prerequisite: ART-170A minimum grade of C or ART-261 minimum grade of C.

ART-365. Photography Seminar And Exhibition. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on refinement of aesthetic and technical skills while developing a personal style in a self-directed, long-term photography project. Students also design and produce a photography exhibition. By instructor permission.
Prerequisites: ART-362 minimum grade of C and ART-363 minimum grade of C and ART-364 minimum grade of C.

ART-370. Ceramics II. 3 Hours.

This intermediate ceramic studio course will emphasize materials, techniques, and design within a problem solving environment. Specific aesthetic and technical criteria will be examined and individual development will continue to be emphasized.
Prerequisite: ART-270 minimum grade of C.

ART-371. Ceramics III. 3 Hours.

This advanced ceramics course focuses on continuing the development of strong craftsmanship and knowledge of ceramic processes and techniques including developing personal clay bodies, glazes and firing kilns. Emphasis will be placed on reinforcing the principles of ceramic building techniques while exploring a personal artistic direction. This course can be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-370 minimum grade of C.

ART-372. Ceramics IV. 3 Hours.

This advanced ceramics course emphasizes advanced ceramic processes and thematic investigations for creating relevant and meaningful work using traditional and non-traditional approaches to clay. This class focuses on the development of an independent artist’s practice through open assignments designed to engage students in self-directed research of conceptual themes and advanced technical processes. This course can be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-371 minimum grade of C.

ART-373. Metals And Jewelry II. 3 Hours.

This advanced metals and jewelry course will emphasize intermediate construction processes used in metalsmithing and jewelry. Students will continue to work on issues of design, function and concept.
Prerequisite: ART-273 minimum grade of C.

ART-374. Metals And Jewelry III. 3 Hours.

This advanced metals and jewelry course will emphasize advanced metalsmithing and jewelry techniques and modes of personal expression. Students will demonstrate the ability to arrive at unique design solutions and are expected to begin developing a personal voice. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-373 minimum grade of C.

ART-375. Metals And Jewelry IV. 3 Hours.

This advanced metals and jewelry course emphasizes critical thinking skills, the synthesis of conceptual ideas and the notion of intentionality in finished work. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART-374 minimum grade of C.

ART-381. Studio In Graphic Design. 3 Hours.

Principles involved in the thought process, creation and production of a design project. Lecture and discussion. Suggested readings supplement the class experience.
Prerequisites: ART-281 minimum grade of C and ART-284 minimum grade of C.

ART-384. Internship In Graphic Design. 3 Hours.

On-site experience in a design studio, design department or advertising agency observing and participating in the everyday activities and projects.
Prerequisites: ART-281 minimum grade of C and ART-284 minimum grade of C.

ART-385. Web Design. 3 Hours.

Studio course emphasizing the techniques, processes, and tools required to create interactive web sites using current authoring technologies. Students will be introduced to contemporary authoring and management tools.

ART-386. Multimedia Design. 3 Hours.

This is a multi-disciplinary course that explores the uses of multimedia applications. Students will be exposed to conceptual and practical components of multimedia authoring and develop interactive materials using authoring, image, sound and video editing software.
Prerequisite: ART-130 minimum grade of C.

ART-387. Special Topics In Graphic Design. 3 Hours.

This course offers an opportunity for the advanced study in the field of graphic design, focusing on one particular area within the broad spectrum of design practice. The topics examined in the class will rotate to cover a different area of focus each semester. The course is structured as a lecture and studio class offering an opportunity for in-depth analysis and practice. Some of the topics covered will include editorial design, branding and identity design, interactive design, art direction for advertising etc.
Prerequisite: ART-381 minimum grade of C.

ART-388. Typography II. 3 Hours.

Typography II focuses on advanced study of typographic form, as well as experimental approaches to typographic practice. In addition to advanced typesetting studies of multiple-page documents, students will work on customizing display typefaces, using non-traditional methods to generate unique typographic elements and exploring alternative methods for making meaning through the intersection of language and typography.
Prerequisite: ART-284 minimum grade of C.

ART-389. Print Production. 3 Hours.

This course will provide the information and techniques necessary to prepare graphics and text for
professional printing. Projects will address pre-press procedures such as specifying output requirements, obtaining cost estimates, determining paper selection and performing press checks. Lecture topics cover techniques and terminology necessary for traditional and digital printing. Students will practice creating and preparing digital files for high resolution output and offset printing. The class will visit local companies involved in print production.
Prerequisite: ART-388 minimum grade of C.

ART-3901. Independent Study In Visual Art. 1 Hour.

ART-3902. Independent Study In Visual Art. 2 Hours.

ART-3903. Independent Study In Visual Art. 3 Hours.

ART-3911. Internship In Art. 1 Hour.

On-site experience in commercial or fine art studio observing and participating in everyday activities and projects. Course can be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits of internship.
Prereq.: A 300 level art course in the medium related to the internship.

ART-3912. Internship In Art. 2 Hours.

On-site experience in commercial or fine art studio observing and participating in everyday activities and projects. Course can be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits of internship.
Prereq.: A 300 level art course in the medium related to the internship.

ART-3913. Internship In Art. 3 Hours.

On-site experience in commercial or fine art studio observing and participating in everyday activities and projects. Course can be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits of internship.

Prereq.: A 300 level art course in the medium related to the internship.

ART-391L. Studio Visual Art: Modern Art Of Latin America. 3 Hours.

This course covers the art of Latin America from the period of Independence to the present. The focus will be primarily on the arts of Mexico and South America, although some time will be dedicated to movements in Cuba and Haiti as well. Topics will include: Romanticism in Latin America, Modernismo, Mexican Muralism, Indigenismo, Constructivism, Surrealism, Concrete and Neo-Concrete Art, Gerometric art, Optical and Kinetic art, Conceptual and Political art, and contemporary issues.

ART-392A. Writing Intensive Program:Professional Practices. 1 Hour.

This course continues to introduce art students to general business practices that are prevalent in the fine and applied arts. Topics to be covered are basic portfolio development, exhibition design and installation skills, marketing strategies, exhibition opportunities, professional arts organizations, online portfolio development, critique styles, presentation styles, writing exhibition reviews and the Chicago job market. This course is required for all studio art majors and fulfills the university writing intensive requirement within the major.
Prerequisite: ART-292 minimum grade of C.

ART-392B. Writing Intensive Program:Professional Practices. 1 Hour.

This course continues to introduce art students to general business practices that are prevalent in the fine and applied arts. Topics to be covered are basic portfolio development, exhibition design and installation skills, marketing strategies, exhibition opportunities, professional arts organizations, online portfolio development, critique styles, presentation styles, writing exhibition reviews and the Chicago job market. This course is required for all studio art majors and fulfills the university writing intensive requirement within the major.
Prerequisite: ART-392A minimum grade of C.

ART-394A. Writing Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Graphic Design 2. 1 Hour.

Professional Practices is three-part series of one-credit courses that are to be taken in sequence. This course will introduce students to general business practices that are prevalent in the graphic design field. Topics to be covered are professional portfolio presentation skills, freelance business skills, marketing strategies, joining professional organizations, online portfolio development, writing job application materials and understanding the Chicago job market. This course is required for all graphic design majors and fulfills the university writing intensive requirement within the major.
Prerequisite: ART-294 minimum grade of C.

ART-394B. Writing Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Graphic Design 3. 1 Hour.

Professional Practices is three-part series of one-credit courses that are to be taken in sequence. This course will introduce students to general business practices that are prevalent in the graphic design field. Topics to be covered are professional portfolio presentation skills, freelance business skills, marketing strategies, joining professional organizations, online portfolio development, writing job application materials and understanding the Chicago job market. This course is required for all graphic design majors and fulfills the university writing intensive requirement within the major.
Prerequisite: ART-394A minimum grade of C.

ART-394C. Senior Exhibition In Graphic Design. 2 Hours.

All students pursuing a BFA degree in Graphic Design are required to participate in a senior exhibition, under the guidance of a graphic design faculty mentor. Students are free to select their mentor, however the department recommends that this be someone that the student has worked with in the past. Students are responsible for creating exhibition level projects in cooperation with their faculty mentors in order to receive a passing grade. The final projects should have a specific, well-conceived theme, direction and intent and demonstrate the formal skills learned during the pursuit of a BFA in Graphic Design.
Prerequisite: ART-394B minimum grade of C.

ART-395. Writing Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Studio Art. 3 Hours.

This writing intensive course will introduce students to writing and general business practices that are applicable to a career in the visual arts. The course will cover such topics as: resume building, grant writing, statement writing, application writing for galleries, internships and residencies as well as other methods for sustaining a career in the visual arts. This course is an investigation, discussion and evaluation of what it means to live and work as an artist now and examines research strategies for both professional activities and personal artistic growth. Required for all Art majors with a concentration in Studio Art.
Prerequisite: ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.

ART-396. Senior Seminar And Exhibition. 3 Hours.

Senior Seminar and Exhibition is a required capstone course for all Art majors with a concentration in Studio Art and will guide students to prepare and complete their senior exhibition. This course provides a studio-based experience with intensive critique sessions to facilitate the completion of the student's final body of work and offers the benefit of concentrated faculty input as well as critical dialogue among peers. Students will explore the concepts, theories, influences and experiences that inform and support the self-directed work they present for review up to and in their senior solo exhibition.
Prerequisite: ART-395 minimum grade of C.