2D Studio Arts Minor

d5cfda87-acb6-4e52-b4de-b6ba768f85ff | 101575

Overview

The 2D studio arts minor allows students to develop and refine the practices inherent in the production of two-dimensional fine art forms, including drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Students develop conceptual, analytical, and technical skills in these media while learning to connect inspiration and ideation to creative visual expression in two dimensions. Once the two required introductory courses are completed, students may use elective courses to explore diverse two-dimensional media, such as painting, printmaking, and photography, or they may choose to work more intensively within one medium.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students majoring in studio arts who have chosen options in non-toxic printing making and painting.
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).

Curriculum

Course
Required Courses
FDTN-111
Drawing I*
This course is an introduction to the visualization of form, thought and expression through the drawing process. Concepts are introduced by lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, and assigned projects. Designed to provide a broad introductory experience, students will experiment with a wide variety of media, tools, techniques and subjects to develop drawing expertise and problem solving skills related to design and composition. Course work will be assessed through critique, facilitating self-assessment, and the growth of both a visual and verbal vocabulary. The focus of the course is to provide awareness of the full range of ways in which drawing is used as a tool for both self-expression and communication.
Choose one of the following:
  FDTN-112
   Drawing II
This course is an introduction to the visualization of form, thought and expression through the drawing process. Concepts are introduced by lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, and assigned projects. Designed to provide a broad introductory experience, students will experiment with a wide variety of media, tools, techniques and subjects to develop drawing expertise and problem solving skills related to design and composition. Course work will be assessed through critique, facilitating self-assessment, and the growth of both a visual and verbal vocabulary. The focus of the course is to provide awareness of the full range of ways in which drawing is used as a tool for both self-expression and communication.
  FDTN-212
   Drawing II Workshop: Topics
This course is an investigation of the visualization of form, thought and expression through the drawing process. This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about a particular experience in drawing while still covering required foundation elements. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. Concepts are introduced by lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research and assigned projects.. The focus of the course is to provide awareness of the full range of ways in which drawing is used as a tool for both self-expression and communication.
Electives†
  FDTN-212
   Drawing II Workshop: Topics
This course is an investigation of the visualization of form, thought and expression through the drawing process. This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about a particular experience in drawing while still covering required foundation elements. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. Concepts are introduced by lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research and assigned projects.. The focus of the course is to provide awareness of the full range of ways in which drawing is used as a tool for both self-expression and communication.
  PAIT-201
   Introduction to Painting
This course will explore techniques in painting to advance students’ understanding, such as color theory, building compositions and effective use of painting materials. Individual approaches to content range from abstraction through representational art, as students address contemporary visual arts issues. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
  PAIT-233
   Painting for Non-Majors
This course will allow students to experience and explore the properties of oil painting and establish strategies toward solving problems of composition related to successful form content. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
  PAIT-460
   Watercolor
This course will focus on the exploration of watercolor concepts and techniques to enhance skills and personal expression of the individual student.
  PAIT-501
   Painting
This course engages students in contemporary visual art practice through a personal exploration of painting techniques. Individual approaches to painting address issues of representation and abstraction to build a portfolio for further career advancement. Course may be retaken. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
  PAIT-571
   Painting the Figure
This course will explore materials and techniques used in painting the human form. Theory and practice of color and drawing will be used to develop an understanding of how to portray the figure. Traditional and contemporary approaches to figurative painting will be explored. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
  PHAR-150
   Introduction to Film Photography
An introduction to black-and-white still photography – technical, aesthetic, conceptual – for non-photography majors. Through weekly assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of a 35mm camera body/lenses and film processing/printing, while exploring basic principles of lighting, depth of field, principles of design, blur/stop motion, accurate exposure, and tone control. Lectures will address photographic aesthetics, in addition to historical, contemporary and innovative practices. Students will engage in the language of the critique through participation in discussions of photographic shooting assignments. Students are required to provide their own 35mm camera, film and processing, and photo paper. Non-Photo majors only. **Fee: Photo fee required**
  PHAR-160
   Intro to Digital Photography
An introduction to digital photography – technical, aesthetic, conceptual – for non-photography majors. Through weekly assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of a DSLR camera body/lens, while exploring the basic principles of lighting, depth of field, design, blur/stop motion, accurate exposure, and image manipulation. Lectures will address photographic aesthetics, contemporary and historical practices, and professional applications. Students will learn to critique work through participation in discussions of photographic assignments. Students are required to have their own DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera. Non-photo majors only. This course maybe repeated. "Fee – There is a lab fee required for this course**
  PRNT-201
   Introduction to Printmaking
This course is a comprehensive introduction to non-toxic printmaking concepts and techniques. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course will focus on the expansion of problem solving and skill building within the context of printmaking. The course addresses a wide variety of media, tools, techniques both traditional and technological, and theoretical concepts to facilitate skill development and experimentation with process. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum include the exploration of historical and cultural concepts of materiality and the multiple intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
  PRNT-501
   Printmaking
This course is designed to introduce advanced non-toxic printmaking concepts and techniques. The focus will be on non-toxic intaglio printmaking research and how to creatively apply techniques that will result in sophisticated works of art. Course may be repeated. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
  STAR-305
   Figure Drawing
This course will focus on building figure drawing skills in a traditional life drawing class format with emphasis on dynamic line quality, visual perception and contemporary approaches to figure drawing.
  STAR-405
   Fine Art Drawing
This class is devoted to building upon each student’s skills in drawing with attention to use of a variety of mark making materials and surfaces. Drawing uses perceptual and conceptual approaches to creative visual art making. Students engage in issues of representation and abstraction through relationships of marks, lines and other graphic notations. Contemporary drawing can focus on direct observations or imaginative compositions among many other valid approaches.
  STAR-563
   Contemporary Drawing
Students experiment and explore drawing as an expressive end, in and of itself. Individual approaches to content range from abstraction through representational art, as students address contemporary visual art issues through drawing. Participation in classroom exercises along with the development of individual work is expected.

* Students who are NOT enrolled in BFA programs are required to complete Drawing for Non-Majors (ITDI-211) instead of Drawing I (FDTN-111).

† At least two courses must be taken at the 300-level or higher.