- Introduction to Studio
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Aesthetic Experience) This course introduces students to studio art media and the basics of two and three-dimensional design. Art terms and concepts will be explained and essential vocabulary will be utilized. Basic problems of aesthetics and the nature of art will be explored throughout the course. Emphasis is upon learning creative problem solving using visual media. Art history is introduced in the presentation of projects. Studio projects, discussions and criticism of art works are features of the course. Note: Does not count toward an art major or minor. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
- Art History Survey, Prehistoric Through Medieval
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Aesthetic Experience) This course provides a survey of art from the Prehistoric through Medieval periods. Students will study the development of artists and artistic styles by examining key visual works and pertinent social, political, and philosophical ideas and events. Through written responses, discussions, and projects, students will explore the impact of art from this time period, and learn how to articulate thoughts clearly and tactfully.
- Art History Survey, Renaissance Through Early 20th Century
This course provides a survey of art from the Renaissance through early 20th century. Students will study the development of artists and artistic styles by examining key visual works and relevant social, political, and philosophical ideas and events. Through written responses, discussions, and projects, students will explore the impact of art from this time period, and learn how to articulate thoughts clearly and tactfully. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department) (NWCore option under Aesthetic Experience).
- Photography I
(2 credits) Taught as a medium of creative expression or as an art form and as a journalistic tool. Film processing and printing are taught as well as camera techniques, darkroom procedures and presentation of work for exhibitions. A fee is associated with this course.
(4 credits)Drawing will emphasize learning how to perceive the three- dimensional world and render it on paper using the most simple and direct drawing media. Drawing will form the foundation of work in other media. Design fundamentals will be a significant part of the course. A fee is associated with this course.
(4 credits) The art of working with clay and other ceramic materials. Emphasis will be upon learning the fundamentals of three-dimensional design and achieving an understanding of clay as a unique art form. Techniques include hand-building sculptural and functional f orms, and learning the basics of throwing on the wheel and glazing. A fee is associated with this course.
- Graphic Design I
- Design: Theory and Practice
Study of the language of visual art including the elements and principles of design. Emphasis on learning creative problem solving and activities that focus upon the making and criticism of design projects in response to specific problems. The ethics and stewardship of design, and its influence on society and culture are considered.(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- Integrating Art for Elementary Classroom Teachers
Introduces students to the techniques of oil, acrylic and water color painting. Students will learn to understand compositional form and color relationships. Historical examples of painting are examined and different methods of painting are demonstrated. Class critiques are used to learn formal vocabulary and achieve an understanding of subject style and content in painting. Note: A fee is associated with this course. (4 credits)
- Photography II
(2 credits)The fundamentals of photography as an art medium and a journalistic tool are used to develop an individual style or method of composing and printing photographs. This individual aesthetic approach will be seen in all the work presented at the end of the c ourse. Prerequisite: ART164. A fee is associated with this course.
- Methods of Teaching Secondary Art
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) The content, techniques and media for teaching art at the secondary education level. This course requires a 30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking an endorsement in this content area. Notes: Does not count toward an art major or minor. Students must earn a "C" or better in the special methods course in order to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure.
(4 credits) Students will use a variety of three-dimensional materials and methods to explore the question: What makes good design? Stressing practice before theory, students will manipulate and construct designs that reveal and embody the principles underlying good design. Students will focus on the development of strong ideas, creativity, and problem solving skills. Work must demonstrate effective execution and conceptual clarity, and students must be able to articulate their process and concept. A fee is associated with this course.
- Graphic Design II
Graphic Design II is a course for students to gain the understanding of what good design is and how to clearly communicate with it. Students will produce finished examples of graphic design with a specific use in mind such as advertising, public information, business communication, etc. Prerequisite: ART220. (4 Credits)
- Special Topics in Art
A course providing the opportunity to do a concentrated study in the field of art, art history and/or design.Prerequisites will be determined by instructor and department according to the topic of the course.(2 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- Art Since 1940
(4 credits) This course will provide an introduction to the foundational printmaking techniques of: intaglio, lithography, relief, and monotype. Demonstrations and individual assistance will help you gain technical proficiency, while in-class discussions and critiques will help you cultivate unique visual ideas. Reading assignments and responsive essays will allow you to consider questions inherent in printmaking and hone your ability to put visual phenomena into words. Note: A fee is associated with this course.
- Directed Study
An internship to provide the student with opportunities to learn and to apply the knowledge, principles, and abilities gained from the curriculum. Opportunities are available in professional art studios, graphic design studios, galleries, museums and printing houses.(2 credits may apply toward the major)