Studio Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

Acquire the conceptual and technical skills to succeed as a creative professional in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, printmaking, painting, or sculpture.


67%

Outcome Rate of RIT Graduates


Overview

The studio arts major offers options in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The close alignment of curricular content and scheduling among these eight options fosters a sense of community through shared experiences and facilitated interaction. Through this integration, students acquire the conceptual and technical skills required to succeed as creative professionals.

The curriculum engages students in comprehensive inquiry that expands and supports their subject matter, ideation through sketches and models, articulation of a rationale for the application of media and process, and finally the refinement of work through editing and critique. Students are also exposed to a wide scope of visual arts and study their cultural relevance through visiting artists, trips to museums, and attendance at professional conferences. During the senior year, students exhibit their final body of work in a gallery. Guidance and experiential projects focusing on presentation of work, self-promotion, business practice, and issues of professional engagement within the field help students thrive as creative professionals after graduation.

Upon completion of the program, students may choose to continue their education at the graduate level or begin careers by setting up independent studios and exhibiting their work. They also find employment in the fields of art therapy, art criticism, art restoration, gallery and museum management, set and display design, and marketing and advertising; in auction houses for their knowledge of contemporary and historical art and material culture; or as educators. Faculty members are active artists who exhibit widely and are committed to diverse approaches to art-making. They serve as inspiring role-models for studio arts majors and offer them support and networking opportunities as they emerge as professionals.

Options

Students choose an option in one of the following areas:

Ceramics–The ceramics option provides a dynamic environment where intellectual discourse and craftsmanship thrives. Students focus on intellectual development, technical skill, and practical knowledge. The curriculum supports a range of fundamental topics within ceramics, such as sculpture, pottery, mold-making, glazing, firing, and material science and personal aesthetic development with individual critiques and group discussions. Students selecting this option are equipped with the professional and practical skills necessary to operate a studio business.

Expanded forms–Artists have always challenged the definition of art. These challenges have pushed art into new realms of expression and the public into new ways of seeing. The expanded forms option, like the wider art world, extends beyond the traditional forms of painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Artists have expanded the possibilities for expression. Object making goes hand-in-hand with performance, installation, computer art, and multi-media displays. Students are encouraged to explore the full spectrum of experimental and non-traditional artistic expression.

Furniture design–The furniture design option engages students in the pursuit of their creative interests while providing a comprehensive technical background in contemporary woodworking. The option focuses on technical expertise, freeing students to investigate a full range of creative expression and professional interests. A carefully sequenced curriculum begins with a firm foundation in the use and maintenance of hand tools, proceeding on to more advanced tools and topics in construction and design.

Glass–Through a rigorous and diversified curriculum, the glass option cultivates artists who are as versatile in their making as they are in their thinking. Studio instruction in glassblowing, flame-working, hot and kiln casting, cold-working, kiln-forming, glass imaging processes, and three-dimensional digital technologies help inform each student’s creative potential with glass. An emphasis on research, idea development, material exploration, execution, and presentation equip students with the skills needed to succeed as professionals.

Metals and jewelry design–The metals and jewelry design option focuses on design, aesthetics, as well as material and process mastery. Self-discovery is at the heart of student assignments, projects, and group discussions. This option develops student’s creative potential through a broad introduction to materials and production techniques before moving on to advanced techniques in various metals.

Painting–Students selecting the painting option engage in contemporary visual art practice through a personal exploration of painting techniques. The comprehensive curriculum covers traditional methodologies as well as contemporary visual art practices. Rigorous studio practice and critical discourse encourage the development of a strong personal language that allow for effective individual expression.

Printmaking–The printmaking option focuses on concepts and techniques. Organized to offer a flexible experience, this option targets the development of problem solving and skill building within the context of printmaking. The curriculum addresses a wide variety of media, tools, and both traditional and technological techniques, as well as theoretical concepts to facilitate skill development and experimentation processes.

Sculpture–The sculpture option engages students in the exploration of three-dimensional art-making. Traditional sculptural processes are introduced, such as bronze casting, stone carving, steel fabrication, and mold-making, within a curriculum that focuses on both formal and conceptual development. Working with a broad variety of materials, ideas, and practices, students are prepared to engage in the dialogue of contemporary sculpture. Over the course of the major, students develop the technical, visual, and intellectual skills required to develop a sophisticated body of work.

Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Workshop

The School of Art's annual Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Workshop is a two-week visual arts class designed to prepare the portfolios of rising high school juniors and seniors for admission to college art programs.

Accelerated 4+1 MBA

An accelerated 4+1 MBA option is available to students enrolled in any of RIT’s undergraduate programs. RIT’s Combined Accelerated Pathways can help you prepare for your future faster by enabling you to earn both a bachelor’s and an MBA in as little as five years of study.

Careers and Salary Info

Typical Job Titles

Advertising Director Appraiser
Art Auctioneer Art Buyer
Art Director Art Exhibit Coordinator
Art Teacher Artistic Director
Book/Magazine Illustrator Caricaturist
Courtroom Artist Craft Artist
Creative Director Custom Printer
Designer Exhibit Coordinator
Exhibit Designer Exhibition Curator
Fine Artist Furniture Designer
Gaffer Gallery Director
Gallery Owner/Curator Gallery Preparator
Glass Artist Glass Education
Greeting Card Artist Independent Artist
Jeweler Mural Artist
Museum Curator Painter
Photographer Print Maker
Professional Artist Assistant Public Demonstration Artist
Sculptor Silkscreen Artist
Small Business Owner/Operator Studio Artist
Studio Technician

Salary and Career Information for Studio Arts BFA

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Curriculum for Studio Arts BFA

Studio Arts (ceramics option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARTH-135
General Education – Artistic Perspective: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from prehistory through the Middle Ages, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look, how to describe and analyze what we see, and how to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
ARTH-136
General Education – Global Perspective: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from the European Renaissance through the beginning of the twentieth century, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look and how to describe and analyze what we see, and to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-121
2D Design I
This course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both a visual and a verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions. Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, assigned projects and critiques. 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. Visual comprehension, the ability to organize perceptions and horizontal thinking that crosses other disciplines and theories, are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-131
3D Design I
This course presents a progressive study over two-semesters in terminology, visual principles, exploration, concept generation, process, and techniques of three-dimensional design. Using hands-on problem solving, student will develop an informed understanding of the 3D form and space with an emphasis on the elements and principles of visual design and their function as the building blocks and guidelines for ordering a 3D composition. A heightened awareness of form and space will be developed through lecture, assigned projects, and critiques. Students will also develop a personal awareness of problem seeking and solving, experimentation, and critical analysis. **Note: May be taken as a one-semester offering** (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
General Education – First-Year Writing (WI)
3
 
General Education – Social Perspective
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
Second Year
CCER-206
Ceramic Sculptural Processes
This introductory course is designed to give the student an understanding of a variety of basic processes involved in creating hand-built ceramic objects, sculpture, and pottery vessels. There will be an emphasis on manipulating clay using forming techniques such as pinch, coil, solid, and slab building. Students will learn surface finishing processes such as textures and surface carving and decorating with slips, glaze applications, and gain a perspective on material science. The historical, cultural, and technical concerns of ceramics will be explored. These experiences will broaden the students' perspectives of ceramic art and its relationship to the larger world of art. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CCER-207
Mold Mechanisms
This course will concentrate on the fundamentals of mold making for the production of vessel-oriented objects. The student will focus on the technical experience and challenges of working with plaster, making single piece press molds to multiple piece complex molds. The students will also study clay materials and clay chemistry, to better understand composition in relation to firing and surface development. Supporting information relating to historical, cultural, and scientific concerns will be provided to broaden the students' perspectives of ceramic art, design, and industry, as well as its relationship to the larger world of art. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
CCER-211
Thrown Vessel Forms
This course will introduce the student to beginning wheel forming techniques used in the ideation and creation of utilitarian vessels. There will be a focus on form, function and surface development. Students will engage in a variety finishing processes for surface development as well as slip and glaze application. Students will gain an understanding of a variety of firing techniques, as well as an introduction to material science to better understand the properties clay and glaze composition. The historical, cultural, and technical concerns of ceramics will be explored. These experiences will broaden the students' perspectives of ceramic art and its relationship to the larger world of art. Students will be expected to research areas of interest within ceramic history **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CCER-212
Thrown Sculptural Forms
This course will introduce students to intermediate forming techniques used in the ideation and creation of both utilitarian and sculptural vessels. There will be a focus on form, surface development, and aesthetics. The student will gain experience with firing methodologies. The students will also work with material science to better understand clay and glaze chemistry. The historical, cultural, and technical concerns of ceramics will be explored. These experiences will broaden the students' perspectives of ceramic art and its relationship to the larger world of art. Students will be expected to research areas of interest within ceramic history or the field at large. This course will introduce students to the skills that are necessary for creating a variety of forms through assigned projects. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course** (Pre-requisite: CCER-124 or CCER-211 or equivalent course.CCER-124 or CCER-211 Prereq) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
FDTN-141
4D Design
4D Design introduces students to the basic concepts of art and design in time and space. The course explores elements of moving images such as continuity, still and moving image editing, transitions and syntax, sound and image relations, and principles of movement. Computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment are used to create short-form time-based work relevant to students in all majors and programs required to take this course. The course addresses the both historical conventions of time in art and recent technological advances, which are redefining the fields of Fine Art and Design. In focusing on the relations between students' spacing and timing skills, 4D Design extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAR-202
Crafts CADD Drawing
This is the second of a two-semester class covering basic CADD (computer assisted design and drawing) for both design and presentation. Topics covered will include a broad range of drawing types, three-dimensional modeling and presentation strategies. The course includes lectures, group discussions, independent study, homework, drawing and oral presentations. Each semester long course is structured as an independent unit. Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
 
General Education – Immersion 1 (WI-GE)
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Ethical Perspective
3
Choose one of the following:
3
 
   General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Mathematical Perspective A or B
 
Third Year
CCER-311
Advanced Ceramics Processes
Students will build upon their experience to further advance the technical, aesthetic and conceptual understanding of ceramic form and surface. This intermediate course will work from a set of prompts which will provide parameters for building individual bodies of work in a variety of different forming processes. Students will work from conceptual and contextual prompts to gain insight and build skill with advanced forming processes (hand building, mold making, or wheel forms), surface investigation, idea development, and documentation. **Fee: A course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: Any two of the following: CCER-124, CCER-128, CCER-206, CCER-207, CCER-211, CCER-212 or SCUL-201 or equivalent courses.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
CCER-512
Installation and Digital Ceramics
Students will engage in advanced techniques to explore installation as a format for artwork. Students will further advance their technical, aesthetic and conceptual understanding of sculpture through ceramic processes and installation. This intermediate course will provide a focused studio experience with specific sculptural forming processes, such as large-scale building, the multiple, and digital techniques. By the end of the term, students will have planned and applied their concepts through research, experimentation, and installation. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: (CCER-311 or SCUL-501 or SCUL-511) and (CCER-124 or CCER-206 or CCER-207 or CCER-211 or CCER-212) or equivalent courses.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
STAR-301
Digital Fabrication Applications for the Studio
This course will examine the context and application of digital fabrication in relation to a student’s individual art practices. Course content will cover additive and subtractive manufacturing and the prerequisite programs for each process. Students will explore techniques to produce either tools or final art objects. Historical and contemporary perspectives will be introduced. At the completion of this course, students will apply technical skills and an understanding of how their personal artwork and technology intersect. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account.** (Prerequisite: (FDTN-112 or FDTN-212) and (STAR-202 or INDE-202 or IDDE-212) or equivalent courses.) Lab 2, Studio 2 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAR-311
Ideation and Series
This course will examine appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively. Through personal and group generative idea exercises, journaling and research. Students will explore individual ideas and personal interests a final series of creative works. (Prerequisites: ILLS-213 or ILLS-214 or PRNT-201 or DDDD-208 or GRDE-207 or IDDE-211 or INDE-222 or NMDE-204 or STAR-202 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Immersion 2
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
General Education – Elective
3
 
Open Elective
3
Fourth Year
CCER-501
Ceramics Senior I
The first semester of the senior year is a continuation of the work begun in the junior year. The student’s proposal is to be defined and the work refined with discussion through faculty and group critique. The criteria relating to the evolving concept will be developed with studio involvement. Discussions relating to career choices, graduate and post graduate opportunities, job hunting, portfolio, resume writing, operating a studio, merchandising and business practices will coincide with studio work. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course**. (Prerequisite: CCER-302 or STAR-301 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Fall).
6
CCER-502
Ceramics Senior II
This is the second of a two-semester course in which seniors will produce a project and must be able to offer evidence of qualification as a candidate for the baccalaureate degree to be approved by the faculty. The proposed body of work should develop self-expression and a personal direction in clay. The work should express the goals and ideas as well as the materials and processes that are stated in the proposal. Emphasis is on expression and technical foundation needed to establish the role of the body of work. The goal is to produce a coherent body of work of high standard which must be exhibited at a venue at the end of the school year. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: CCER-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Spring).
3
STAR-411
Business Practices for Artists (WI-PR)
This course is devoted to business issues that artists must address including building and maintaining a portfolio, pricing and marketing strategies and public relations. Financial organization and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work. (Prerequisites: (STAR-311 or CCER-302 or CCER-512 or CWFD-302 or CGLS-302 or CMTJ-302 or equivalent course and completion of First Year Writing (FYW) requirement) or student standing in WOOD-AOS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-502
STAR Capstone
This course provides students with a capstone experience focused on the execution and exhibition of a culminating body of artwork. Students will also learn how to prepare professional presentations about their work through oral, written, and visual within the context of the contemporary art world. Group discussions, source presentations, material experiments, and presentation aspects will all be addressed. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-501 or CGLS-501 or CMTJ-501 or CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
General Education – Immersion 3
3
 
Open Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
120

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

† CAD Studio Electives are any College of Art and Design course with a lab or studio component.

‡ Art History electives are non-studio courses searchable in SIS with the Art History attribute of ARTH.

Studio Arts (expanded forms option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARTH-135
General Education – Artistic Perspective: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from prehistory through the Middle Ages, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look, how to describe and analyze what we see, and how to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
ARTH-136
General Education – Global Perspective: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from the European Renaissance through the beginning of the twentieth century, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look and how to describe and analyze what we see, and to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-121
2D Design I
This course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both a visual and a verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions. Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, assigned projects and critiques. 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. Visual comprehension, the ability to organize perceptions and horizontal thinking that crosses other disciplines and theories, are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-131
3D Design I
This course presents a progressive study over two-semesters in terminology, visual principles, exploration, concept generation, process, and techniques of three-dimensional design. Using hands-on problem solving, student will develop an informed understanding of the 3D form and space with an emphasis on the elements and principles of visual design and their function as the building blocks and guidelines for ordering a 3D composition. A heightened awareness of form and space will be developed through lecture, assigned projects, and critiques. Students will also develop a personal awareness of problem seeking and solving, experimentation, and critical analysis. **Note: May be taken as a one-semester offering** (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-122
   2D Design II
This course is the second semester of a sequential, structured introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, students will build upon the visual and a verbal vocabulary, media, techniques, skill development and processes acquired during the fall semester. This term will also focus on the comprehensive exploration of color theory as well as dealing with conceptualization and more advanced issues related to problem solving. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-222
   2D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 2D compositions within a more open and experimental approach while still covering the core foundational 2D design II concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester, but unique topics may only be taken once. Material and conceptual focus will be determined by the faculty proposing each unique topic. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
General Education – First-Year Writing (WI)
3
 
General Education – Social Perspective
3
Second Year
FDTN-141
4D Design
4D Design introduces students to the basic concepts of art and design in time and space. The course explores elements of moving images such as continuity, still and moving image editing, transitions and syntax, sound and image relations, and principles of movement. Computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment are used to create short-form time-based work relevant to students in all majors and programs required to take this course. The course addresses the both historical conventions of time in art and recent technological advances, which are redefining the fields of Fine Art and Design. In focusing on the relations between students' spacing and timing skills, 4D Design extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
3
PAIT-201
Introduction to Painting
This course will explore techniques in painting to advance students’ understanding of subjects such as color theory, building compositions and the 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 course fee applied via student account. * (Prerequisite: FDTN-111 or DDDD-208 or ITDI-211 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
PRNT-201
Introduction to Printmaking
This course is a comprehensive introduction to 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 course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
SCUL-201
Introduction to Sculpture
This course will examine professional sculptural practices, processes, and materials. Course content will cover additive, subtractive, assemblage, and substitution processes of making sculpture along with historical and contemporary approaches to the field. Students will develop skills in relation to individual concepts and directions. At the completion of this course students will learn how to create and critique sculptures that effectively communicate ideas. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
SCUL-511
Expanded Forms
The course will focus on the diverse new forms of expression that have emerged in contemporary fine art, including installation, performance, video, and digital art among the many other possibilities. Students will research some of these new forms and produce artwork in at least one of these forms. Course may be repeated for credit. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: SCUL-201 or STAR-202 or GRDE-207 or NMDE-204 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Prerequisite: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or IDDE-102 or ITDI-211 or ITDI-236 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Ethical Perspective
3
Choose one of the following:
3
 
   General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Mathematical Perspective A or B
 
Third Year
SCUL-511
Expanded Forms
The course will focus on the diverse new forms of expression that have emerged in contemporary fine art, including installation, performance, video, and digital art among the many other possibilities. Students will research some of these new forms and produce artwork in at least one of these forms. Course may be repeated for credit. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: SCUL-201 or STAR-202 or GRDE-207 or NMDE-204 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
STAR-311
Ideation and Series
This course will examine appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively. Through personal and group generative idea exercises, journaling and research. Students will explore individual ideas and personal interests a final series of creative works. (Prerequisites: ILLS-213 or ILLS-214 or PRNT-201 or DDDD-208 or GRDE-207 or IDDE-211 or INDE-222 or NMDE-204 or STAR-202 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   CGLS-530
   Glass Processes
This course will introduce the beginner to the glass studio and to glass as a creative material. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (This course is available to RIT degree-seeking undergraduate students.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   NMDE-375
   New Media Design Digital Painting
Digital Painting is a project-based course that develops image generation and compositional skills, using raster software in combination with traditional media. This course expands on fundamental art and design principals in the digital arena, as well as building on the use of editing and image generation tools and creative skills. Students will generate and edit a variety of applicable subjects from humans to robots, cityscapes and natural environments, weather effects, montages through the use of data as a medium for visual solutions. Styles covered will vary from speed painting to a more traditional impressionistic style, setting up custom brushes and technical and time saving techniques. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or equivalent course.) Lab 3, Lecture 2 (Fall, Spring).
 
   PHFA-386
   Multimedia Arts Workshop: Topic
Multimedia Arts Workshop will situate multimedia arts within related global, social, historical, and theoretical perspectives. As a special topics shell course, students will use critical thinking and analysis toward the development of skills in multimedia arts. Potential topics include: motion graphics, animation, 360 immersive video, cinematography, documentary art, interactivity, etc. This course may be repeated, topics may not. (This course is available to RIT degree-seeking undergraduate students.) Lab 3, Lecture 2 (Fall, Summer).
 
   PHFA-556
   Moving Image and Contemporary Practices
This course explores the history and evolution of the moving image in visual art. Students will utilize digital and analog imagery to create new work that expands on the disciplines of photography and video. Throughout this course, students will develop a body of diverse work that explores time-based art for production, installation, web-based and social media platforms. Exploring a wide range of video, digital imaging, projection, and photographic artists and methods, students will have an opportunity to integrate the moving image into their individual discipline and portfolio of work. Students will work with photographic processes, digital tools, mobile devices, editing and compositing software, and projection technologies to create and display work. Published writings and work by established artists are also read and discussed. (Prerequisite: PHAR-201 or PHAR-202 or PHAR-203 or PHAR-204 or FDTN-141 or equivalent course.) Lab 3, Lecture 2 (Fall, Spring).
 
   SCUL-501
   Sculpture
This course allows students to explore concepts, materials, processes, and techniques to develop a personal, cohesive three-dimensional body of work. Theories and history of sculpture will be discussed as relevant to individual directions. Course may be repeated. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: SCUL-201 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   SCUL-583
   Welding and Fabrication
This course will introduce develop skills in metal fabrication. Course content will cover several different types of equipment utilized in the welding and cutting processes. Students will learn to learn to effectively use equipment to fabricate mild steel. At the completion of this course students will complete a body of work consisting of finished fabricated steel sculptures. The course will be taught off-campus at Rochester Arc and Flame Center, 115 Fedex Way, Rochester, NY. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
 
   STAR-301
   Digital Fabrication Applications for the Studio
This course will examine the context and application of digital fabrication in relation to a student’s individual art practices. Course content will cover additive and subtractive manufacturing and the prerequisite programs for each process. Students will explore techniques to produce either tools or final art objects. Historical and contemporary perspectives will be introduced. At the completion of this course, students will apply technical skills and an understanding of how their personal artwork and technology intersect. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account.** (Prerequisite: (FDTN-112 or FDTN-212) and (STAR-202 or INDE-202 or IDDE-212) or equivalent courses.) Lab 2, Studio 2 (Fall, Spring).
 
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Immersion 1 (WI-GE)
3
 
CAD Studio Electives†
6
 
General Education – Elective
3
 
Open Elective
3
Fourth Year
SCUL-511
Expanded Forms
The course will focus on the diverse new forms of expression that have emerged in contemporary fine art, including installation, performance, video, and digital art among the many other possibilities. Students will research some of these new forms and produce artwork in at least one of these forms. Course may be repeated for credit. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: SCUL-201 or STAR-202 or GRDE-207 or NMDE-204 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
STAR-411
Business Practices for Artists (WI-PR)
This course is devoted to business issues that artists must address including building and maintaining a portfolio, pricing and marketing strategies and public relations. Financial organization and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work. (Prerequisites: (STAR-311 or CCER-302 or CCER-512 or CWFD-302 or CGLS-302 or CMTJ-302 or equivalent course and completion of First Year Writing (FYW) requirement) or student standing in WOOD-AOS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-502
STAR Capstone
This course provides students with a capstone experience focused on the execution and exhibition of a culminating body of artwork. Students will also learn how to prepare professional presentations about their work through oral, written, and visual within the context of the contemporary art world. Group discussions, source presentations, material experiments, and presentation aspects will all be addressed. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-501 or CGLS-501 or CMTJ-501 or CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   CGLS-530
   Glass Processes
This course will introduce the beginner to the glass studio and to glass as a creative material. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (This course is available to RIT degree-seeking undergraduate students.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   NMDE-375
   New Media Design Digital Painting
Digital Painting is a project-based course that develops image generation and compositional skills, using raster software in combination with traditional media. This course expands on fundamental art and design principals in the digital arena, as well as building on the use of editing and image generation tools and creative skills. Students will generate and edit a variety of applicable subjects from humans to robots, cityscapes and natural environments, weather effects, montages through the use of data as a medium for visual solutions. Styles covered will vary from speed painting to a more traditional impressionistic style, setting up custom brushes and technical and time saving techniques. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or equivalent course.) Lab 3, Lecture 2 (Fall, Spring).
 
   PHFA-386
   Multimedia Arts Workshop: Topic
Multimedia Arts Workshop will situate multimedia arts within related global, social, historical, and theoretical perspectives. As a special topics shell course, students will use critical thinking and analysis toward the development of skills in multimedia arts. Potential topics include: motion graphics, animation, 360 immersive video, cinematography, documentary art, interactivity, etc. This course may be repeated, topics may not. (This course is available to RIT degree-seeking undergraduate students.) Lab 3, Lecture 2 (Fall, Summer).
 
   PHFA-556
   Moving Image and Contemporary Practices
This course explores the history and evolution of the moving image in visual art. Students will utilize digital and analog imagery to create new work that expands on the disciplines of photography and video. Throughout this course, students will develop a body of diverse work that explores time-based art for production, installation, web-based and social media platforms. Exploring a wide range of video, digital imaging, projection, and photographic artists and methods, students will have an opportunity to integrate the moving image into their individual discipline and portfolio of work. Students will work with photographic processes, digital tools, mobile devices, editing and compositing software, and projection technologies to create and display work. Published writings and work by established artists are also read and discussed. (Prerequisite: PHAR-201 or PHAR-202 or PHAR-203 or PHAR-204 or FDTN-141 or equivalent course.) Lab 3, Lecture 2 (Fall, Spring).
 
   SCUL-501
   Sculpture
This course allows students to explore concepts, materials, processes, and techniques to develop a personal, cohesive three-dimensional body of work. Theories and history of sculpture will be discussed as relevant to individual directions. Course may be repeated. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: SCUL-201 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   SCUL-583
   Welding and Fabrication
This course will introduce develop skills in metal fabrication. Course content will cover several different types of equipment utilized in the welding and cutting processes. Students will learn to learn to effectively use equipment to fabricate mild steel. At the completion of this course students will complete a body of work consisting of finished fabricated steel sculptures. The course will be taught off-campus at Rochester Arc and Flame Center, 115 Fedex Way, Rochester, NY. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
 
   STAR-301
   Digital Fabrication Applications for the Studio
This course will examine the context and application of digital fabrication in relation to a student’s individual art practices. Course content will cover additive and subtractive manufacturing and the prerequisite programs for each process. Students will explore techniques to produce either tools or final art objects. Historical and contemporary perspectives will be introduced. At the completion of this course, students will apply technical skills and an understanding of how their personal artwork and technology intersect. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account.** (Prerequisite: (FDTN-112 or FDTN-212) and (STAR-202 or INDE-202 or IDDE-212) or equivalent courses.) Lab 2, Studio 2 (Fall, Spring).
 
 
General Education – Immersion 2, 3
6
 
Open Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
120

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Students take SCUL-511 (Expanded Forms) for 15 credits and choose an additional 6 credits from: SCUL-501 (Sculpture), SCUL-583 (Welding and Fabrication), CGLS-530 (Glass Processes), PHFA-556 (Moving Image and Contemporary Practices), PHFA-386 (Multimedia Arts Workshop: Topic), STAR-301 (Digital Fabrication Applications), and NMDE-375 (New Media Design Digital Painting).

† CAD Studio Electives are any College of Art and Design course with a lab or studio component, per catalog restrictions.

‡ Art History electives are non-studio courses searchable in SIS with the Art History attribute of ARTH.

Studio Arts (furniture design option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARTH-135
General Education – Artistic Perspective: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from prehistory through the Middle Ages, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look, how to describe and analyze what we see, and how to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
ARTH-136
General Education – Global Perspective: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from the European Renaissance through the beginning of the twentieth century, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look and how to describe and analyze what we see, and to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-121
2D Design I
This course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both a visual and a verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions. Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, assigned projects and critiques. 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. Visual comprehension, the ability to organize perceptions and horizontal thinking that crosses other disciplines and theories, are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-131
3D Design I
This course presents a progressive study over two-semesters in terminology, visual principles, exploration, concept generation, process, and techniques of three-dimensional design. Using hands-on problem solving, student will develop an informed understanding of the 3D form and space with an emphasis on the elements and principles of visual design and their function as the building blocks and guidelines for ordering a 3D composition. A heightened awareness of form and space will be developed through lecture, assigned projects, and critiques. Students will also develop a personal awareness of problem seeking and solving, experimentation, and critical analysis. **Note: May be taken as a one-semester offering** (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
General Education – First-Year Writing (WI)
3
 
General Education – Social Perspective
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
Second Year
CWFD-213
Introduction to Woodworking and Furniture Design
This is a course required for majors and open to non-majors at RIT, covering beginning woodworking techniques, and the design process as it relates to the material. Topics include the use of select hand tools, woodworking power tools, the basic properties of wood as a material, and the fundamental processes of wood fabrication. The course includes prescribed projects based on in-class contact hours. In this course students will develop the fundamentals of working with wood. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
FDTN-141
4D Design
4D Design introduces students to the basic concepts of art and design in time and space. The course explores elements of moving images such as continuity, still and moving image editing, transitions and syntax, sound and image relations, and principles of movement. Computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment are used to create short-form time-based work relevant to students in all majors and programs required to take this course. The course addresses the both historical conventions of time in art and recent technological advances, which are redefining the fields of Fine Art and Design. In focusing on the relations between students' spacing and timing skills, 4D Design extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAR-202
Crafts CADD Drawing
This is the second of a two-semester class covering basic CADD (computer assisted design and drawing) for both design and presentation. Topics covered will include a broad range of drawing types, three-dimensional modeling and presentation strategies. The course includes lectures, group discussions, independent study, homework, drawing and oral presentations. Each semester long course is structured as an independent unit. Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
 
General Education – Immersion 1 (WI-GE)
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
CAD Studio Electives†
6
 
General Education – Ethical Perspective
3
Choose one of the following:
3
 
   General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Mathematical Perspective A or B
 
Third Year
CWFD-506
Furniture Design: Table Design and Construction
This course covers intermediate woodworking techniques associated with furniture design and construction. Students will investigate the functional and aesthetic considerations of table design through ideation and conceptual development. Topics include the properties of wood as a material, design development through drawing and model-making, the safe use and care of hand tools such as chisels and saws, portable power tools, and the use of stationary power tools. Students will be introduced to wood joinery best suited for table construction.**Fee: A materials fee is required for this course and an additional course fee will be applied via student account** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course or WOOD-AOS students.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CWFD-507
Furniture Design: Bench Design and Construction
This course covers intermediate woodworking techniques associated with furniture design and construction. With a focus on aesthetics, structure, and functionality, students will design and construct furniture for seating such as stools and benches. Topics covered will include intermediate joinery techniques, lathe turning, hand and power shaping, and the safe use of the multi-router, router table and rotary carving tools. These processes will foster a focus on craftsmanship, technical knowledge and design development. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course or WOOD-AOS students.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
CWFD-511
Furniture Design: Wood Carving
This course will provide students with fundamental techniques necessary to design and fabricate refined hand carved vessels and other wooden objects. Participants in this course will gain an understanding of the inherent properties of wood, identifying assets and limitations of the material as they design and build. Students will develop skills to formalize individual design ideas for presentation, planning and construction. Topics will include lumber selection, the safe and proper use of machinery and portable power tools, the care and use of gouges, spokeshaves, and other sharp-edged hand tools, as well as sanding and wood finishing, and will support the focus on craftsmanship, technical knowledge and design development. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information. ** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course or WOOD-AOS students.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CWFD-512
Furniture Design: Box and Cabinet Design and Construction
This course covers the techniques associated with the design and construction of wooden boxes and cabinets. Students will design and build a number of functional pieces giving careful consideration to the inherent properties of the material. Course topics will include lumber selection and processing, joinery layout and corner joint construction, as well as the safe use of hand and power tools. The class will also introduce lid, drawer, and hinging options, and intermediate hand finishing techniques. At the completion of this course, students will have the technical knowledge and design development to create artwork with the highest level of craftsmanship. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course and an additional course fee will be applied via student account** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course or WOOD-AOS students.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
STAR-311
Ideation and Series
This course will examine appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively. Through personal and group generative idea exercises, journaling and research. Students will explore individual ideas and personal interests a final series of creative works. (Prerequisites: ILLS-213 or ILLS-214 or PRNT-201 or DDDD-208 or GRDE-207 or IDDE-211 or INDE-222 or NMDE-204 or STAR-202 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Immersion 2
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
General Education – Elective
3
 
Open Elective
3
Fourth Year
CWFD-501
Furniture Design Senior I
This is the first of a two-semester sequential class covering advanced techniques and aesthetics of woodworking. Topics covered include the design process, advanced woodworking processes, conceptually driven design and construction, development of a capstone project proposal and CAD/CAM/CNC.**Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: CWFD-302 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Fall).
6
CWFD-502
Furniture Design Senior II
This is the second of a two-semester sequential class covering advanced techniques and aesthetics of woodworking. Topics covered include the design process, advanced woodworking processes, professional presentations, conceptually driven design and construction, and the creation of a capstone body of work. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Spring).
3
STAR-411
Business Practices for Artists (WI-PR)
This course is devoted to business issues that artists must address including building and maintaining a portfolio, pricing and marketing strategies and public relations. Financial organization and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work. (Prerequisites: (STAR-311 or CCER-302 or CCER-512 or CWFD-302 or CGLS-302 or CMTJ-302 or equivalent course and completion of First Year Writing (FYW) requirement) or student standing in WOOD-AOS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-502
STAR Capstone
This course provides students with a capstone experience focused on the execution and exhibition of a culminating body of artwork. Students will also learn how to prepare professional presentations about their work through oral, written, and visual within the context of the contemporary art world. Group discussions, source presentations, material experiments, and presentation aspects will all be addressed. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-501 or CGLS-501 or CMTJ-501 or CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
General Education – Immersion 3
3
 
Open Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
120

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

† CAD Studio Electives are any College of Art and Design course with a lab or studio component.

‡ Art History electives are non-studio courses searchable in SIS with the Art History attribute of ARTH.

Studio Arts (glass option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARTH-135
General Education – Artistic Perspective: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from prehistory through the Middle Ages, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look, how to describe and analyze what we see, and how to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
ARTH-136
General Education – Global Perspective: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from the European Renaissance through the beginning of the twentieth century, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look and how to describe and analyze what we see, and to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-121
2D Design I
This course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both a visual and a verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions. Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, assigned projects and critiques. 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. Visual comprehension, the ability to organize perceptions and horizontal thinking that crosses other disciplines and theories, are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-131
3D Design I
This course presents a progressive study over two-semesters in terminology, visual principles, exploration, concept generation, process, and techniques of three-dimensional design. Using hands-on problem solving, student will develop an informed understanding of the 3D form and space with an emphasis on the elements and principles of visual design and their function as the building blocks and guidelines for ordering a 3D composition. A heightened awareness of form and space will be developed through lecture, assigned projects, and critiques. Students will also develop a personal awareness of problem seeking and solving, experimentation, and critical analysis. **Note: May be taken as a one-semester offering** (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
   ILLS-209
   3D Applications: The Figure
Students will build upon their experience in 3D Design I including materials, and building processes, while constructing the human figure. Sculpted figures will portray accurate human anatomic structure, inference of function, and balance. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
General Education – First-Year Writing (WI)
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
General Education – Social Perspective
3
Second Year
CGLS-206
Molten Glass Practice
This course will introduce students to basic glass working processes in the hot glass studio. Solid and blown techniques are introduced as ways to activate ideas through molten glass. Students will learn introductory processes of finishing and further manipulating annealed glass in the cold shop. Students will build technical understanding and material comprehension in the application of these skills through assigned projects motivated by current themes in contemporary art. **Fee: A course fee applied via student account. ** Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CGLS-211
Mold and Kiln Glass Practice
This course will introduce students to basic mold making and glass working processes in the kiln studio. Fusing, slumping, and casting techniques will be covered as ways to activate ideas through kiln-formed glass. In addition, basic processes of finishing glass in the cold shop will also be introduced. Students will build technical understanding and material comprehension in the application of these skills within self-directed projects motivated by prompted themes found within contemporary art. There is a required out-of-class work time in glass studio at a minimum of 6-9 hours per week. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course and an additional course fee will be applied via student account** Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CGLS-307
Hot Phenomena Glass Practice
This hot glass course will allow students to discover and/or rediscover fundamental solid and blown techniques through a fresh lens of instruction and ideas. The cold shop will be an additional studio where students will learn to use the equipment to further their projects. Contemporary themes surrounding material experimentation, problem-solving and making a mess will be the springboards for prompted assignments. **Fee: A course fee applied via student account. ** Studio 6 (Spring).
3
CGLS-312
Kinetic Glass Practice
This course will introduce students to basic flame working processes. Solid working techniques with borosilicate glass will be covered as ways to activate ideas about making glass move. Basic processes of finishing and further manipulating annealed glass in the cold shop will also be introduced. Students will build technical understanding and material comprehension in the application of these processes. Students will develop projects motivated by themes regarding mechanics, the experimental, and absurdity. ** Fee: A course fee applied via student account** Studio 6 (Spring).
3
FDTN-141
4D Design
4D Design introduces students to the basic concepts of art and design in time and space. The course explores elements of moving images such as continuity, still and moving image editing, transitions and syntax, sound and image relations, and principles of movement. Computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment are used to create short-form time-based work relevant to students in all majors and programs required to take this course. The course addresses the both historical conventions of time in art and recent technological advances, which are redefining the fields of Fine Art and Design. In focusing on the relations between students' spacing and timing skills, 4D Design extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAR-202
Crafts CADD Drawing
This is the second of a two-semester class covering basic CADD (computer assisted design and drawing) for both design and presentation. Topics covered will include a broad range of drawing types, three-dimensional modeling and presentation strategies. The course includes lectures, group discussions, independent study, homework, drawing and oral presentations. Each semester long course is structured as an independent unit. Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Ethical Perspective
3
 
General Education – Immersion 1 (WI-GE)
3
Choose one of the following:
3
 
   General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Mathematical Perspective A or B
 
Third Year
CGLS-301
Glass Junior I
This course, the first of a two-semester sequence will cover intermediate glass working techniques and processes. The course will build upon previous glass working competencies to introduce and investigate issues of contemporary art. Glass will be used as a vehicle to emphasize student growth in the processes of ideation, research, experimentation, and conversation in support of further developing each student’s personal making practice. ** Fee: There is a lab fee for materials required for this course** (Prerequisites: CGLS-206 and CGLS-207 and CGLS-211 and CGLS-212 or equivalent courses.) Studio 12 (Fall).
6
CGLS-302
Glass Junior II
This course is the second of a two-semester sequence will cover intermediate glass working techniques and processes. The course will build upon previous glass working competencies and provide opportunities that introduce and investigate issues of contemporary art.. Glass will be used as a vehicle to emphasize student growth in the processes of ideation, research, experimentation and conversation in support of further developing each student’s personal making practice. ** Fee: There is a lab fee for materials required for this course** (Prerequisites: CGLS-301 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Spring).
6
STAR-311
Ideation and Series
This course will examine appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively. Through personal and group generative idea exercises, journaling and research. Students will explore individual ideas and personal interests a final series of creative works. (Prerequisites: ILLS-213 or ILLS-214 or PRNT-201 or DDDD-208 or GRDE-207 or IDDE-211 or INDE-222 or NMDE-204 or STAR-202 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Immersion 2
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
General Education – Elective
3
 
Open Elective
3
Fourth Year
CGLS-501
Glass Senior I
This course, the first of a two-semester sequence, will aid the student in beginning the development of their capstone. This semester’s creative output is self-directed. Guidance and instruction is in response to the students’ written and verbal proposals for research to conduct over the year. This research culminates in a cohesive body of work the following Spring. Ideas generated from topical readings and group discussion will be used to advance material comprehension and technical understanding in innovative approaches to studio practice. A chosen thematic focus relevant to issues of contemporary art will influence individual student development and the course’s conversation through various assignments and group activities. ** Fee: There is a lab fee for materials required for this course** (Prerequisites: CGLS-302 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Fall).
6
CGLS-502
Glass Senior II
This course, the second of a two-semester sequence, will aid the student in finalizing the development of their capstone, a self-directed project guided is in response to the students’ research and technical needs. The student is guided by their written and verbal proposal for a cohesive body of work and required to present it in a capstone exhibition within the term. Ideas generated from topical readings and group discussion will be used to advance material comprehension and technical understanding in innovative approaches to studio practice. A chosen thematic focus relevant to issues of contemporary art will influence individual student development and the course’s conversation through various assignments and group activities. ** Fee: There is a lab fee for materials required for this course** (Prerequisites: CGLS-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Spring).
3
STAR-411
Business Practices for Artists (WI-PR)
This course is devoted to business issues that artists must address including building and maintaining a portfolio, pricing and marketing strategies and public relations. Financial organization and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work. (Prerequisites: (STAR-311 or CCER-302 or CCER-512 or CWFD-302 or CGLS-302 or CMTJ-302 or equivalent course and completion of First Year Writing (FYW) requirement) or student standing in WOOD-AOS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-502
STAR Capstone
This course provides students with a capstone experience focused on the execution and exhibition of a culminating body of artwork. Students will also learn how to prepare professional presentations about their work through oral, written, and visual within the context of the contemporary art world. Group discussions, source presentations, material experiments, and presentation aspects will all be addressed. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-501 or CGLS-501 or CMTJ-501 or CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
General Education – Immersion 3
3
 
Open Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
120

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

† CAD Studio Electives are any College of Art and Design course with a lab or studio component, per catalog restrictions.

‡ Art History electives are non-studio courses searchable in SIS with the Art History attribute of ARTH.

Studio Arts (metals and jewelry design option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARTH-135
General Education – Artistic Perspective: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from prehistory through the Middle Ages, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look, how to describe and analyze what we see, and how to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
ARTH-136
General Education – Global Perspective: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from the European Renaissance through the beginning of the twentieth century, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look and how to describe and analyze what we see, and to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-121
2D Design I
This course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both a visual and a verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions. Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, assigned projects and critiques. 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. Visual comprehension, the ability to organize perceptions and horizontal thinking that crosses other disciplines and theories, are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-131
3D Design I
This course presents a progressive study over two-semesters in terminology, visual principles, exploration, concept generation, process, and techniques of three-dimensional design. Using hands-on problem solving, student will develop an informed understanding of the 3D form and space with an emphasis on the elements and principles of visual design and their function as the building blocks and guidelines for ordering a 3D composition. A heightened awareness of form and space will be developed through lecture, assigned projects, and critiques. Students will also develop a personal awareness of problem seeking and solving, experimentation, and critical analysis. **Note: May be taken as a one-semester offering** (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
General Education – First-Year Writing (WI)
3
 
General Education – Social Perspective
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
Second Year
CMTJ-206
Methods and Practice
This course will introduce students to basic jewelry hand tools. Students will learn about composition and working properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, which will serve as primary materials. This course will provide in-depth instruction on fundamental design and fabrication techniques. Students will acquire technical understanding and demonstrate the comprehension of materials through assigned projects motivated by current themes in contemporary art and jewelry design. Students will be instructed on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CMTJ-207
Design, Fabrication, and Forming
This course will introduce the student to intermediate silver soldering and gem setting. Students will explore forming techniques used in the fabrication of jewelry and functional objects. Students will acquire technical understanding and demonstrate the comprehension of materials through assigned projects motivated by current themes in contemporary art and jewelry design. Students will be instructed on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
CMTJ-211
Design and Fabrication
Students will engage in fundamental design and fabrication techniques, materials, and processes within the broad historical and social context of jewelry design and metalworking. Working with precious and non-precious metals, students will learn traditional metal and jewelry methods of construction and fabrication. Students will acquire technical understanding and demonstrate the comprehension of materials through assigned projects motivated by current themes in contemporary art and jewelry design. Students will be instructed on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be required to conduct research on an historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
CMTJ-212
Fabrication, Casting, and Mold Making
The course focuses on the fundamentals of jewelry and metal design. Current styles and formal characteristics of jewelry and metal objects will be studied through a series of design problems. Students will learn casting and mold-making techniques for small scale objects and jewelry. Instruction will include vacuum assisted and centrifuge casting, sand casting, wax carving, replica casting, and silicone rubber mold making. Students will acquire technical understanding and demonstrate the comprehension of materials through assigned projects motivated by current themes in contemporary art and jewelry design. Students will be instructed on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or FDTN-122 or FDTN-222 or FDTN-132 or FDTN-232 or FDTN-141 or IDDE-102 or ILLS-206 or ILLS-209 or INDE-102 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
FDTN-141
4D Design
4D Design introduces students to the basic concepts of art and design in time and space. The course explores elements of moving images such as continuity, still and moving image editing, transitions and syntax, sound and image relations, and principles of movement. Computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment are used to create short-form time-based work relevant to students in all majors and programs required to take this course. The course addresses the both historical conventions of time in art and recent technological advances, which are redefining the fields of Fine Art and Design. In focusing on the relations between students' spacing and timing skills, 4D Design extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAR-202
Crafts CADD Drawing
This is the second of a two-semester class covering basic CADD (computer assisted design and drawing) for both design and presentation. Topics covered will include a broad range of drawing types, three-dimensional modeling and presentation strategies. The course includes lectures, group discussions, independent study, homework, drawing and oral presentations. Each semester long course is structured as an independent unit. Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Ethical Perspective
3
 
General Education – Immersion 1 (WI-GE)
3
Choose one of the following:
3
 
   General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Mathematical Perspective A or B
 
Third Year
CMTJ-301
Metals and Jewelry Design Junior I
This course continues instruction in jewelry and hollowware rendering, chasing and repoussé, and tool making, providing in-depth instruction on advanced design and fabrication techniques. Through the use of kumboo 24k gold and bi-metal overlay technique, acid-etching and hydraulic die forming, students are introduced to jewelry and hollowware design and production methods. This course also introduces intermediate gem setting, identification and gemstone anatomy. Students will obtain instruction on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be taught advanced machine skills, hand skills and tools. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information. ** (Prerequisites: CMTJ-206 and CMTJ-207 and CMTJ-211 and CMTJ-212 or equivalent courses.) Studio 12 (Fall).
6
CMTJ-302
Metals and Jewelry Design Junior II
This course continues instruction in intermediate and advanced metal fabrication and introduces students to welding techniques and their application to metals and jewelry design. Students will be introduced to design alternatives for the creation of complex jewelry objects that may incorporate both metal and alternative materials as a means of design development and expression through artwork. Students will reflect appropriate application of material and process with regard to contemporary jewelry trends and historical context. Additionally, students will examine the ways in which materials and techniques influence meaning. Students will obtain instruction on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be taught advanced machine skills, hand skills and tools. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information. ** (Prerequisites: CMTJ-301 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Spring).
6
STAR-311
Ideation and Series
This course will examine appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively. Through personal and group generative idea exercises, journaling and research. Students will explore individual ideas and personal interests a final series of creative works. (Prerequisites: ILLS-213 or ILLS-214 or PRNT-201 or DDDD-208 or GRDE-207 or IDDE-211 or INDE-222 or NMDE-204 or STAR-202 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Immersion 2
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
General Education – Elective
3
 
Open Elective
3
Fourth Year
CMTJ-501
Metals and Jewelry Design Senior I
This is the first of a two-semester sequential class covering advanced techniques and aesthetics of metal and jewelry design. The creative work developed during the semester will inform the student in the development of their senior capstone proposal. Through research and under the guidance of faculty, students will choose a theme for their proposed thesis work. The design and compilation of a professional resume is also completed. This course introduces advanced gem setting, identification and gemstone anatomy. Students will obtain instruction on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be taught advanced machine skills, hand skills and tools. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information. ** (Prerequisites: CMTJ-302 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Fall).
6
CMTJ-502
Metals and Jewelry Design Senior II
This course, the second of a two-semester sequence, will aid the student in finalizing the development of their capstone, a self-directed project created in response to the students’ research and technical needs. The student is guided by their written and verbal proposal to develop a cohesive body of work and required to present it in a capstone exhibition within the term. This course provides the student with individual research in technique and design. A chosen thematic focus relevant to issues of contemporary art and jewelry design will influence individual student development and the course’s conversation through various assignments and group activities. The senior level students are required to assemble a group show of their four year's work, complete a job search and a professional portfolio including resume, photography, and renderings. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information. ** (Prerequisites: CMTJ-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 12 (Spring).
3
STAR-411
Business Practices for Artists (WI-PR)
This course is devoted to business issues that artists must address including building and maintaining a portfolio, pricing and marketing strategies and public relations. Financial organization and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work. (Prerequisites: (STAR-311 or CCER-302 or CCER-512 or CWFD-302 or CGLS-302 or CMTJ-302 or equivalent course and completion of First Year Writing (FYW) requirement) or student standing in WOOD-AOS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-502
STAR Capstone
This course provides students with a capstone experience focused on the execution and exhibition of a culminating body of artwork. Students will also learn how to prepare professional presentations about their work through oral, written, and visual within the context of the contemporary art world. Group discussions, source presentations, material experiments, and presentation aspects will all be addressed. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-501 or CGLS-501 or CMTJ-501 or CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
General Education – Immersion 3
3
 
Open Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
120

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

† CAD Studio Electives are any College of Art and Design course with a lab or studio component, per catalog restrictions.

‡ Art History electives are non-studio courses searchable in SIS with the Art History attribute of ARTH.

Studio Arts (painting option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARTH-135
General Education – Artistic Perspective: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from prehistory through the Middle Ages, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look, how to describe and analyze what we see, and how to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
ARTH-136
General Education – Global Perspective: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from the European Renaissance through the beginning of the twentieth century, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look and how to describe and analyze what we see, and to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-121
2D Design I
This course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both a visual and a verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions. Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, assigned projects and critiques. 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. Visual comprehension, the ability to organize perceptions and horizontal thinking that crosses other disciplines and theories, are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-131
3D Design I
This course presents a progressive study over two-semesters in terminology, visual principles, exploration, concept generation, process, and techniques of three-dimensional design. Using hands-on problem solving, student will develop an informed understanding of the 3D form and space with an emphasis on the elements and principles of visual design and their function as the building blocks and guidelines for ordering a 3D composition. A heightened awareness of form and space will be developed through lecture, assigned projects, and critiques. Students will also develop a personal awareness of problem seeking and solving, experimentation, and critical analysis. **Note: May be taken as a one-semester offering** (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-122
   2D Design II
This course is the second semester of a sequential, structured introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, students will build upon the visual and a verbal vocabulary, media, techniques, skill development and processes acquired during the fall semester. This term will also focus on the comprehensive exploration of color theory as well as dealing with conceptualization and more advanced issues related to problem solving. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-222
   2D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 2D compositions within a more open and experimental approach while still covering the core foundational 2D design II concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester, but unique topics may only be taken once. Material and conceptual focus will be determined by the faculty proposing each unique topic. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
General Education – First-Year Writing (WI)
3
 
General Education – Social Perspective
3
Second Year
FDTN-141
4D Design
4D Design introduces students to the basic concepts of art and design in time and space. The course explores elements of moving images such as continuity, still and moving image editing, transitions and syntax, sound and image relations, and principles of movement. Computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment are used to create short-form time-based work relevant to students in all majors and programs required to take this course. The course addresses the both historical conventions of time in art and recent technological advances, which are redefining the fields of Fine Art and Design. In focusing on the relations between students' spacing and timing skills, 4D Design extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
3
PAIT-201
Introduction to Painting
This course will explore techniques in painting to advance students’ understanding of subjects such as color theory, building compositions and the 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 course fee applied via student account. * (Prerequisite: FDTN-111 or DDDD-208 or ITDI-211 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
PAIT-501
Sculpture
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 repeatable. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course** (Prerequisites: (C or better in PAIT-201 or PAIT-233) and (ITDI-211 or FDTN-111) or equivalent courses.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
PRNT-201
Introduction to Printmaking
This course is a comprehensive introduction to 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 course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
SCUL-201
Introduction to Sculpture
This course will examine professional sculptural practices, processes, and materials. Course content will cover additive, subtractive, assemblage, and substitution processes of making sculpture along with historical and contemporary approaches to the field. Students will develop skills in relation to individual concepts and directions. At the completion of this course students will learn how to create and critique sculptures that effectively communicate ideas. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
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. (Prerequisite: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or IDDE-102 or ITDI-211 or ITDI-236 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Ethical Perspective
3
Choose one of the following:
3
 
   General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Mathematical Perspective A or B
 
Third Year
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 repeatable. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course** (Prerequisites: (C or better in PAIT-201 or PAIT-233) and (ITDI-211 or FDTN-111) or equivalent courses.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
STAR-311
Ideation and Series
This course will examine appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively. Through personal and group generative idea exercises, journaling and research. Students will explore individual ideas and personal interests a final series of creative works. (Prerequisites: ILLS-213 or ILLS-214 or PRNT-201 or DDDD-208 or GRDE-207 or IDDE-211 or INDE-222 or NMDE-204 or STAR-202 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   PAIT-561
   Painting the Natural World
This class will examine the natural world, in our current culture, in combination with technical aspects of oil paint. Course content will cover the transition from direct observation to conceptual work. Students will create a body of artwork referencing assigned readings and personally driven research relating to contemporary themes such as identity, the body, time, memory, place, language, science, spirituality, and how they connect to nature. At the completion of this course, students will be able to use the skills from a technical overview of observational painting to create paintings exploring their developed ideas based on their research. **Fee: A course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: (PAIT-201 or PAIT-233) and (ITDI-211 or FDTN-111) or equivalent courses.) Studio 6 (Fall).
 
   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 materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Immersion 1 (WI-GE)
3
 
CAD Studio Electives†
6
 
General Education – Elective
3
 
Open Elective
3
Fourth Year
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 repeatable. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course** (Prerequisites: (C or better in PAIT-201 or PAIT-233) and (ITDI-211 or FDTN-111) or equivalent courses.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
STAR-411
Business Practices for Artists (WI-PR)
This course is devoted to business issues that artists must address including building and maintaining a portfolio, pricing and marketing strategies and public relations. Financial organization and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work. (Prerequisites: (STAR-311 or CCER-302 or CCER-512 or CWFD-302 or CGLS-302 or CMTJ-302 or equivalent course and completion of First Year Writing (FYW) requirement) or student standing in WOOD-AOS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-502
STAR Capstone
This course provides students with a capstone experience focused on the execution and exhibition of a culminating body of artwork. Students will also learn how to prepare professional presentations about their work through oral, written, and visual within the context of the contemporary art world. Group discussions, source presentations, material experiments, and presentation aspects will all be addressed. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-501 or CGLS-501 or CMTJ-501 or CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   PAIT-561
   Painting the Natural World
This class will examine the natural world, in our current culture, in combination with technical aspects of oil paint. Course content will cover the transition from direct observation to conceptual work. Students will create a body of artwork referencing assigned readings and personally driven research relating to contemporary themes such as identity, the body, time, memory, place, language, science, spirituality, and how they connect to nature. At the completion of this course, students will be able to use the skills from a technical overview of observational painting to create paintings exploring their developed ideas based on their research. **Fee: A course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: (PAIT-201 or PAIT-233) and (ITDI-211 or FDTN-111) or equivalent courses.) Studio 6 (Fall).
 
   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 materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
 
General Education – Immersion 2, 3
6
 
Open Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
120

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Students take PAIT-501 for 15 credits and choose an additional 6 credits from: PAIT-470 (Watercolor), PAIT-561 (Painting the Natural World), or PAIT-571 (Painting the Figure).

† CAD Studio Electives are College of Art and Design with a lab or studio component, per catalog restrictions.

‡ Art History electives are non-studio courses searchable in SIS with the Art History attribute of ARTH.

Studio Arts (printmaking option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARTH-135
General Education – Artistic Perspective: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from prehistory through the Middle Ages, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look, how to describe and analyze what we see, and how to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
ARTH-136
General Education – Global Perspective: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from the European Renaissance through the beginning of the twentieth century, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look and how to describe and analyze what we see, and to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-121
2D Design I
This course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both a visual and a verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions. Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, assigned projects and critiques. 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. Visual comprehension, the ability to organize perceptions and horizontal thinking that crosses other disciplines and theories, are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-131
3D Design I
This course presents a progressive study over two-semesters in terminology, visual principles, exploration, concept generation, process, and techniques of three-dimensional design. Using hands-on problem solving, student will develop an informed understanding of the 3D form and space with an emphasis on the elements and principles of visual design and their function as the building blocks and guidelines for ordering a 3D composition. A heightened awareness of form and space will be developed through lecture, assigned projects, and critiques. Students will also develop a personal awareness of problem seeking and solving, experimentation, and critical analysis. **Note: May be taken as a one-semester offering** (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-122
   2D Design II
This course is the second semester of a sequential, structured introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, students will build upon the visual and a verbal vocabulary, media, techniques, skill development and processes acquired during the fall semester. This term will also focus on the comprehensive exploration of color theory as well as dealing with conceptualization and more advanced issues related to problem solving. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-222
   2D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 2D compositions within a more open and experimental approach while still covering the core foundational 2D design II concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester, but unique topics may only be taken once. Material and conceptual focus will be determined by the faculty proposing each unique topic. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
General Education – First-Year Writing (WI)
3
 
General Education – Social Perspective
3
Second Year
FDTN-141
4D Design
4D Design introduces students to the basic concepts of art and design in time and space. The course explores elements of moving images such as continuity, still and moving image editing, transitions and syntax, sound and image relations, and principles of movement. Computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment are used to create short-form time-based work relevant to students in all majors and programs required to take this course. The course addresses the both historical conventions of time in art and recent technological advances, which are redefining the fields of Fine Art and Design. In focusing on the relations between students' spacing and timing skills, 4D Design extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
3
PAIT-201
Introduction to Painting
This course will explore techniques in painting to advance students’ understanding of subjects such as color theory, building compositions and the 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 course fee applied via student account. * (Prerequisite: FDTN-111 or DDDD-208 or ITDI-211 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
PRNT-201
Introduction to Printmaking
This course is a comprehensive introduction to 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 course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
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** (Prerequisites: PRNT-201 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
SCUL-201
Introduction to Sculpture
This course will examine professional sculptural practices, processes, and materials. Course content will cover additive, subtractive, assemblage, and substitution processes of making sculpture along with historical and contemporary approaches to the field. Students will develop skills in relation to individual concepts and directions. At the completion of this course students will learn how to create and critique sculptures that effectively communicate ideas. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
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. (Prerequisite: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or IDDE-102 or ITDI-211 or ITDI-236 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Ethical Perspective
3
Choose one of the following:
3
 
   General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Mathematical Perspective A or B
 
Third Year
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** (Prerequisites: PRNT-201 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
STAR-311
Ideation and Series
This course will examine appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively. Through personal and group generative idea exercises, journaling and research. Students will explore individual ideas and personal interests a final series of creative works. (Prerequisites: ILLS-213 or ILLS-214 or PRNT-201 or DDDD-208 or GRDE-207 or IDDE-211 or INDE-222 or NMDE-204 or STAR-202 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   STAR-268
   Bookbinding
This course is an introduction to the many different binding options ranging from saddle-stitched pamphlets to hardcover books, as well as the wide range of materials available. Contemporary procedures of finishing on demand publications are part of this course. Students are encouraged to bring with them some personal projects for binding. No prerequisites are required; however, good manual dexterity is desired. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course** (This course is available to RIT degree-seeking undergraduate students.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   STAR-468
   Letterpress Printmaking
This course will introduce the technologies of letterpress printing as applied to the creation of fine art prints. Students will generate several printed works using vintage metal and wood type set by hand, and then combine these traditional skills with innovative 21st century relief printing techniques. Students will learn platen and cylinder press printing and maintenance in order to make small editions of multi-color printed works. Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   STAR-578
   Screenprinting
This course is a comprehensive introduction to silkscreen printing 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 screen-printing. The course addresses a wide variety of media, tools, techniques both traditional and technological and the 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** Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Immersion 1 (WI-GE)
3
 
CAD Studio Electives†
6
 
General Education – Elective
3
 
Open Elective
3
Fourth Year
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** (Prerequisites: PRNT-201 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
STAR-411
Business Practices for Artists (WI-PR)
This course is devoted to business issues that artists must address including building and maintaining a portfolio, pricing and marketing strategies and public relations. Financial organization and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work. (Prerequisites: (STAR-311 or CCER-302 or CCER-512 or CWFD-302 or CGLS-302 or CMTJ-302 or equivalent course and completion of First Year Writing (FYW) requirement) or student standing in WOOD-AOS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-502
STAR Capstone
This course provides students with a capstone experience focused on the execution and exhibition of a culminating body of artwork. Students will also learn how to prepare professional presentations about their work through oral, written, and visual within the context of the contemporary art world. Group discussions, source presentations, material experiments, and presentation aspects will all be addressed. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-501 or CGLS-501 or CMTJ-501 or CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   STAR-268
   Bookbinding
This course is an introduction to the many different binding options ranging from saddle-stitched pamphlets to hardcover books, as well as the wide range of materials available. Contemporary procedures of finishing on demand publications are part of this course. Students are encouraged to bring with them some personal projects for binding. No prerequisites are required; however, good manual dexterity is desired. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course** (This course is available to RIT degree-seeking undergraduate students.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   STAR-468
   Letterpress Printmaking
This course will introduce the technologies of letterpress printing as applied to the creation of fine art prints. Students will generate several printed works using vintage metal and wood type set by hand, and then combine these traditional skills with innovative 21st century relief printing techniques. Students will learn platen and cylinder press printing and maintenance in order to make small editions of multi-color printed works. Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   STAR-578
   Screenprinting
This course is a comprehensive introduction to silkscreen printing 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 screen-printing. The course addresses a wide variety of media, tools, techniques both traditional and technological and the 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** Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
 
General Education – Immersion 2, 3
6
 
Open Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
120

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Students take PRNT-501 for 15 credits and choose an additional 6 credits from: STAR-268 (Bookbinding), STAR-468 (Letterpress Printmaking), or STAR-578 (Screenprinting).

† CAD Studio Electives are College of Art and Design courses with lab or studio component, per catalog restrictions.

‡ Art History electives are non-studio courses searchable in SIS with the Art History attribute of ARTH.

Studio Arts (sculpture option), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARTH-135
General Education – Artistic Perspective: History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from prehistory through the Middle Ages, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look, how to describe and analyze what we see, and how to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
ARTH-136
General Education – Global Perspective: History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from the European Renaissance through the beginning of the twentieth century, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look and how to describe and analyze what we see, and to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-121
2D Design I
This course is a structured, cumulative introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, the course focuses on the development of both a visual and a verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing and understanding two-dimensional compositions. Concepts are introduced through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, assigned projects and critiques. 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. Visual comprehension, the ability to organize perceptions and horizontal thinking that crosses other disciplines and theories, are key foundational components to the development of problem solving skills. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
FDTN-131
3D Design I
This course presents a progressive study over two-semesters in terminology, visual principles, exploration, concept generation, process, and techniques of three-dimensional design. Using hands-on problem solving, student will develop an informed understanding of the 3D form and space with an emphasis on the elements and principles of visual design and their function as the building blocks and guidelines for ordering a 3D composition. A heightened awareness of form and space will be developed through lecture, assigned projects, and critiques. Students will also develop a personal awareness of problem seeking and solving, experimentation, and critical analysis. **Note: May be taken as a one-semester offering** (Undergraduate Art and Design) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   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. (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-122
   2D Design II
This course is the second semester of a sequential, structured introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Organized to create a broad introductory experience, students will build upon the visual and a verbal vocabulary, media, techniques, skill development and processes acquired during the fall semester. This term will also focus on the comprehensive exploration of color theory as well as dealing with conceptualization and more advanced issues related to problem solving. Accumulative aspects of the curriculum included the exploration of historical and cultural themes and concepts intertwined with aspects of personal interpretation and experience. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-222
   2D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 2D compositions within a more open and experimental approach while still covering the core foundational 2D design II concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester, but unique topics may only be taken once. Material and conceptual focus will be determined by the faculty proposing each unique topic. (Prerequisites: FDTN-121 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring, Summer).
 
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor. (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
 
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
General Education – First-Year Writing (WI)
3
 
General Education – Social Perspective
3
Second Year
FDTN-141
4D Design
4D Design introduces students to the basic concepts of art and design in time and space. The course explores elements of moving images such as continuity, still and moving image editing, transitions and syntax, sound and image relations, and principles of movement. Computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment are used to create short-form time-based work relevant to students in all majors and programs required to take this course. The course addresses the both historical conventions of time in art and recent technological advances, which are redefining the fields of Fine Art and Design. In focusing on the relations between students' spacing and timing skills, 4D Design extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media. (Undergraduate Art and Design) Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
3
PAIT-201
Introduction to Painting
This course will explore techniques in painting to advance students’ understanding of subjects such as color theory, building compositions and the 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 course fee applied via student account. * (Prerequisite: FDTN-111 or DDDD-208 or ITDI-211 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
PRNT-201
Introduction to Printmaking
This course is a comprehensive introduction to 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 course fee applied via student account. ** (Prerequisites: FDTN-111 or ITDI-211 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
SCUL-201
Introduction to Sculpture
This course will examine professional sculptural practices, processes, and materials. Course content will cover additive, subtractive, assemblage, and substitution processes of making sculpture along with historical and contemporary approaches to the field. Students will develop skills in relation to individual concepts and directions. At the completion of this course students will learn how to create and critique sculptures that effectively communicate ideas. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
SCUL-501
Sculpture
This course allows students to explore concepts, materials, processes, and techniques to develop a personal, cohesive three-dimensional body of work. Theories and history of sculpture will be discussed as relevant to individual directions. Course may be repeated. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: SCUL-201 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
3
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. (Prerequisite: FDTN-112 or FDTN-212 or IDDE-102 or ITDI-211 or ITDI-236 or SOFA-108 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
 
CAD Studio Elective†
3
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Ethical Perspective
3
Choose one of the following:
3
 
   General Education – Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective
 
 
   General Education – Mathematical Perspective A or B
 
Third Year
SCUL-501
Sculpture
This course allows students to explore concepts, materials, processes, and techniques to develop a personal, cohesive three-dimensional body of work. Theories and history of sculpture will be discussed as relevant to individual directions. Course may be repeated. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: SCUL-201 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
STAR-311
Ideation and Series
This course will examine appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively. Through personal and group generative idea exercises, journaling and research. Students will explore individual ideas and personal interests a final series of creative works. (Prerequisites: ILLS-213 or ILLS-214 or PRNT-201 or DDDD-208 or GRDE-207 or IDDE-211 or INDE-222 or NMDE-204 or STAR-202 or SOFA-205 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   SCUL-543
   Foundry Practices
This course is designed to introduce or develop students’ skills in casting metals with an emphasis on cast iron and the use of a cupola. Advanced pattern-making, mold-making, sprueing, patination, and casting techniques will be introduced. Students will develop their concepts through cast metal sculpture. **A lab fee is required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or SCUL-269 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
 
   SCUL-573
   Figure Sculpture
This course will focus on the creation of three-dimensional figurative work. Course content will cover sculpting directly from live models and creating multiple armatures. Students will use this knowledge to create several oil clay maquettes. At the completion of this course students will produce a finished figurative sculpture translating a chosen maquette into a permanent material. *A lab fee is required for this course* (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
 
   SCUL-583
   Welding and Fabrication
This course will introduce develop skills in metal fabrication. Course content will cover several different types of equipment utilized in the welding and cutting processes. Students will learn to learn to effectively use equipment to fabricate mild steel. At the completion of this course students will complete a body of work consisting of finished fabricated steel sculptures. The course will be taught off-campus at Rochester Arc and Flame Center, 115 Fedex Way, Rochester, NY. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
 
 
Art History Elective‡
3
 
General Education – Immersion 1 (WI-GE)
3
 
CAD Studio Electives†
6
 
General Education – Elective
3
 
Open Elective
3
Fourth Year
SCUL-501
Sculpture
This course allows students to explore concepts, materials, processes, and techniques to develop a personal, cohesive three-dimensional body of work. Theories and history of sculpture will be discussed as relevant to individual directions. Course may be repeated. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (Prerequisites: SCUL-201 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
6
STAR-411
Business Practices for Artists (WI-PR)
This course is devoted to business issues that artists must address including building and maintaining a portfolio, pricing and marketing strategies and public relations. Financial organization and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work. (Prerequisites: (STAR-311 or CCER-302 or CCER-512 or CWFD-302 or CGLS-302 or CMTJ-302 or equivalent course and completion of First Year Writing (FYW) requirement) or student standing in WOOD-AOS.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAR-502
STAR Capstone
This course provides students with a capstone experience focused on the execution and exhibition of a culminating body of artwork. Students will also learn how to prepare professional presentations about their work through oral, written, and visual within the context of the contemporary art world. Group discussions, source presentations, material experiments, and presentation aspects will all be addressed. (Prerequisites: STAR-311 or CCER-501 or CGLS-501 or CMTJ-501 or CWFD-501 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Spring).
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   SCUL-543
   Foundry Practices
This course is designed to introduce or develop students’ skills in casting metals with an emphasis on cast iron and the use of a cupola. Advanced pattern-making, mold-making, sprueing, patination, and casting techniques will be introduced. Students will develop their concepts through cast metal sculpture. **A lab fee is required for this course** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or SCUL-269 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
 
   SCUL-573
   Figure Sculpture
This course will focus on the creation of three-dimensional figurative work. Course content will cover sculpting directly from live models and creating multiple armatures. Students will use this knowledge to create several oil clay maquettes. At the completion of this course students will produce a finished figurative sculpture translating a chosen maquette into a permanent material. *A lab fee is required for this course* (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
 
   SCUL-583
   Welding and Fabrication
This course will introduce develop skills in metal fabrication. Course content will cover several different types of equipment utilized in the welding and cutting processes. Students will learn to learn to effectively use equipment to fabricate mild steel. At the completion of this course students will complete a body of work consisting of finished fabricated steel sculptures. The course will be taught off-campus at Rochester Arc and Flame Center, 115 Fedex Way, Rochester, NY. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information** (Prerequisites: FDTN-131 or equivalent course.) Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
 
 
General Education – Immersion 2, 3
6
 
Open Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
120

Please see General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Students take SCUL-501 for 15 credits and choose an additional 6 credits from: SCUL-543 (Foundry Practices), SCUL-573 (Figure Sculpture), or SCUL-583 (Welding and Fabrication).

† CAD Studio Electives are College of Art and Design courses with lab or studio component, per catalog restrictions.

‡ Art History electives are non-studio courses searchable in SIS with the Art History attribute of ARTH.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • Studio art experience and a portfolio of original artwork are required for all programs in the schools of Art and Design. A portfolio must be submitted. View Portfolio Requirements for more information.

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree
Courses in studio art, art history, and liberal arts. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program. View Portfolio Requirements for more information.

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer
Related programs or studio art experience in desired disciplines. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program. View Portfolio Requirements for more information. Summer courses can lead to third-year status in most programs.

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