Department of Art and Design Courses

ART 100: Visual Communication (3)

*Offered each semester
This course is an introduction to basic visual communication in a variety of media formats, including the still, moving and interactive image. Theoretical, historical and perceptual models of visual communication will be covered. Students will be engaged in the creation, execution, and analysis of visual presentations. This course is not for art majors.

ART 101: Drawing I (3)

*Studio /4/
*Offered each semester
This course is an introduction to the basic elements, techniques and media of drawing. Emphasis is on the role of perception. Group critiques help students assess the effectiveness of their efforts.

ART 102: Design: Two-Dimensional (3)

*Studio /4/
*Offered annually
This course explores the fundamentals of two-dimensional spatial organization and the use of the elements of 2-D design (line, shape, value, color, texture and space) as they relate to fine and applied arts. Experience with a variety of materials, concepts and processes, including computer applications.

ART 103: Introduction to Art (3)

*Offered each semester
This course is a survey course covering the basic principles underlying the arts and their application to selected examples of architecture, sculpture, painting and graphic arts. This course is not for art majors.

ART 105: Painting I (3)

*Studio /4/
*Offered each semester
This course is an introduction to the general techniques and uses of oil painting. Exploration of visual painting problems and ideas. Outside assignments and field trips are included in this course.

ART 111: Introduction to Film Analysis (3)

This course will introduce the field of film studies, including the formal analysis of film, film style, national cinemas and technological developments in the medium. In addition to in-class film screenings, the class takes a field trip to the Chicago International Film Festival. Through screenings, discussion and writing, students develop an enhanced understanding of film art and industry.

ART 112: Photo I: Film (3)

*Offered each semester
This course is an introduction to film photography stresses the understanding of cameras, exposure, lighting and photographic composition. In a series of assigned problems, the student will learn to use the light-sensitive materials of the medium to communicate visually. Students are required to have an adjustable 35mm film camera.

ART 113: Photo I: Digital (3) 

*Offered each semester
This is an introduction to digital photography course; emphasis will be on composition, camera craft, and visual expression. In a series of assigned problems, the students will learn to use their digital cameras to communicate effectively and artistically with images. Students must have a five mega-pixels digital camera and have a working knowledge of computers.

ART 116: Computer Graphics (3)

*Offered each semester
This course is an applied introduction to digital art and design. Students will be introduced to the tools and processes of the graphic artist/designer. Projects in this course will focus on digital illustration and multi-page layout. Students will be introduced to the Macintosh computer, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign.

ART 118: Drawing and Painting from Nature (3)

In this introductory level course, the theme of nature is used to explore basic drawing and painting principles such as line, space, value, color, texture, perspective, balance and repetition. Weather permitting, students will work both outside and in the studios, sketching on-site and from memory. Imagery derived from "Mother Nature" will provide a focus, expanding each participant's awareness of the environment and him/herself. 

ART 119: Digital Imagery (3)

*Studio/4/
*Offered each semester
Digital image manipulation and design is the focus of this course, which includes photo enhancement, altering and manipulating photographs, computer-generated images, animation and design. Instruction in Adobe Photoshop and Painter programs will be used to explore the digital image environment.    

ART 120: Graphic Design I (3)

*Studio /4/
*Prerequisite: ART 116 or consent of instructor
*Offered annually
This course is an introduction to graphic design emphasizing the elements and principles of visual communication as applied to print formats. Consideration of type, image and space are presented in a series of studio projects. Hand-rendered and computer-generated approaches to the design process are included.

ART 121: Western Humanities: Classical and Medieval (3)

This course is an introduction to the classical Greek, the Roman and the Medieval worlds. The course explores these cultural epochs through a close look at the art, music and literature produced in the historic period.

ART 122: Western Humanities: Renaissance to Enlightenment (3)

This course is an introduction to the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Enlightenment periods from the 14th to the late 18th-century. The course explores the major expressive trends in each historic period's art, music and literature.

ART 123: Humanities: Modern and Contemporary (3)

This course is ann introduction to the cultural experience of the Western world from the 19th-century and into the present. The course explores the interaction between the social and political currents of the period and the artist as revealed in the art, music and literature of the time.

ART 124: Art Portfolio Seminar (3)

For this course, through the analysis of gallery visits, critiques, lectures and the creation of a variety of portfolios the students in this class will be introduced to the world of the artist/designer. The goal of this course is to provide a critical and technical foundation for speaking, writing, and cataloging the student's creations for successful completion of the Art & Design degree at Saint Xavier University. This course is highly recommended for all Art and Design majors and not recommended for non-majors.

ART 135: Art Scenes in Chicago (3)

This course explores some highlights of the vast and ever-growing cultural resources of the city of Chicago. In the classroom, we examine the artworks in a historical context, considering the issues of who makes art and why it is made. Field trips to museums and galleries downtown supplement the students' understanding of the Chicago art scene, past and present.

ART 160: Art: Special Topics (3)

This course involves various thematic art topics.

ART 201: Drawing II (3)

*Studio /4/
*Prerequisite: Art 101
*Offered annually
This course is designed to enhance the basic skills developed in Drawing I. Students will experiment with a variety of drawing tools and techniques, encouraging them to develop a conceptual framework for each drawing project. Majors and non-majors alike will benefit from the problem-solving emphasis that allows for personal solutions.

ART 202: Design: Three-Dimensional (3)

*Studio /4/
*Offered annually
This course explores the fundamental organization of 3-D objects and spaces, considering both formal and functional aspects of design, through the planning and creation of scale model objects, theater set designs, toys and seating devices. Experience with a variety of materials, concepts and processes will be explored.

ART 203: Book as Art and Design (3)

*Studio /4/
This course explores traditional and non-traditional book formats with an emphasis on the design of the page, sequentially developed ideas and the relationship of book structure and content. Various hand-binding methods are demonstrated; printing options for text and image span a spectrum from hand-rendering to computer generation.

ART 205: Painting II (3)

*Studio /4/
*Prerequisite: Art 105
*Offered annually
This course is a continuation and expansion of Painting I problems. More opportunity for concentration on individual development. This course involves outside assignments and field trips.

ART 206: Watercolor Painting (3)

*Studio /4/
*Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor
This is a course in exploration of the techniques and methods of watercolor painting.

ART 207: Collage: Alternative Expressions (3)

*Studio /4/
*This course fulfills a requirement in African-American Studies Program and Women and Gender Studies Program
This course is a cross-cultural study of designer/artists of the African Diaspora and the Americas, primarily women, with special attention to their influence on 20th-century modern art movements. Textiles, tribal and populist arts will be the focus of lectures. Hands-on collage project assignments will encourage creative response. 

ART 208: Ceramics: Hand Construction (3)

*Studio /4/
*Offered annually
This course focuses on hand construction techniques emphasizing three-dimensional drawing, construction of sculptural forms, concept realization and creative personal invention. Appropriate surface design treatments, ceramic glazing and firing methods will be presented.

ART 209: Figure Drawing I (3)

*Prerequisite: ART 101
*Offered annually
This course is about exploration based on the figure (all media). Emphasis on form, expressive content and composition.

ART 210: Printmaking: Silkscreen and Lithography (3)

*Studio /4/
*Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor
This is an introduction to stencil and planographic printmaking techniques in the form of silkscreen and stone lithography processes. Emphasis upon the development of the student's technical understanding of each process and the visual and conceptual relationship of image to media.

ART 211: Typography (3)

*Studio /4/
*Prerequisite: ART 116 or consent of instructor
*Offered annually
This course develops an aesthetic, historic and organizational sensitivity to type. Emphasis on formal visual principles (structure, form, weight, texture, size, color and direction) is applied in exercises that require both hand-rendered and computer-generated letterforms.

ART 212: Photo II - Digital/Darkroom (3)

*Prerequisite: ART 112 or Art 113, or consent of instructor
Experimental and thematic photographic work will incorporate all aspects of photography, including digital and darkroom manipulations for this course. Creativity and advanced visual awareness are the main goals of this course, as well as a complete understanding of the craft of photography in silver-based and digital media.

ART 215: Sculpture: Modeling and Casting (3)

*Studio /4/
This course focuses on clay modeling from still life and figures as well as mold making and plaster casting generated from clay models. Emphasis is placed on the development of design and construction skills, concept realization and creative personal invention.

ART 217: History of Film (3)

*This course fulfills a requirement in the Latino/Latin Studies Program
This course is a survey of the history of film. This class examines technical, social and artistic influences on film from its inception to 1960. In-class screenings, lectures and discussions provide opportunities to examine original materials.

ART 220: Graphic Design II (3)

*Studio /4/
*Prerequisite: ART 119 and 120 or consent of instructor
*Offered annually
This course is a series of sequential visual communication projects challenges the student to further refine visual thinking and extend basic graphic design concepts into formal and practical commercial applications. A variety of software programs such as Illustrator and PhotoShop are integrated with hand-rendering projects.

ART 221: Ancient and Medieval Art (3)

This course is an historical survey of art from the prehistoric through Gothic periods. Attention is concentrated on the painting, sculpture and architecture of the west, the arts of non-Western cultures are also introduced. Lectures are supplemented with field trips to The Oriental Institute and The Field Museum.

ART 222: Art of the Renaissance through the Enlightenment (3)

*Offered annually
This course is a survey of European art from the 14th to the 18th-century. Theoretical formulations, particularly contrasts between the stylistic modes of the Renaissance and Baroque are tested by firsthand evaluations of masterpieces in The Art Institute of Chicago.

ART 223: Modern and Contemporary Art (3)

*Offered annually
This course is a survey of art from the Neo-Classicism and Romanticism in the early 19th-century through Post-Modernism and other contemporary developments. Efforts are made to integrate the class lectures with current exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art and the commercial galleries.

ART 224: Contemporary Cinema (3)

This course focuses on in-depth look at special issues and types of films, from international cinema to the films of independent film makers, to the influence of gender on films. The focus changes each time the class is offered. Screenings, lecture and discussion will focus on developments related to the semester's theme.

ART 226: Chicago Architecture and Design (3)

This course focuses on an in-depth look at Chicago's celebrated architecture and the individuals who shaped its legacy. Chronological range is from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to the present, with special focus on the skyscraper boom, with both corporate and residential examples. Site visits/field trips included with some out of class time required.

ART 228: Design History and Inspiration (3)

*Studio /4/
This course will trace the development of modern graphic design and its inter-relatedness to architectural, industrial, interior and craft design, as well as modern painting and sculpture, through a chronological survey of 20th-century styles. Student's will develop their own design sensibilities through experiential design projects.

ART 229: Printmaking: Relief and Intaglio (3)

*Studio /4/
*Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor
This course is an introduction to relief and intaglio print-making techniques in the form of woodcut, linoleum block, etching, aquatint and soft ground processes. Emphasis on the development of the student's technical understanding of each process and the visual and conceptual relationship of image to media.

ART 241: Illustration: Image and Story (3)

This course is an introduction to making illustrations for advertising and publishing, including fashion, medical, cartoon and children's book approaches. Visual problems solved in stages of thumbnail, rough and comprehensive sketches to finished artwork. Various media explored from hand rendering to computer-generated production.

ART 243: Women in Art (3)

This course explores the topic of art by and about women through notions of feminism, colonialism/orientalism, representation, reception and the art historical canon. It will consider media including painting, printmaking, photography, video, film, textile arts, ceramics, architecture, installation art, performance and sculpture and comics. It looks at the way artists address issues of gender and sexuality, identify, history, violence, labor, embodiment, just to name a few. Taking historical context(s) into account, the course will emphasize contemporary iterations of women and representation.

ART 244: Latin American Cinema (3)

*This course fulfills a requirement in the Latino/Latin Studies Program
This course provides an introduction to Latin American cinema. From Cuba to Brazil, from Argentina to the Latino U.S., filmmakers have theorized and made films that express the unique conditions of (Latin) American identity and life. The focus of the course is film of the last fifty years and key film movements in Latin America. These include the Edad de Oro, Mexico's cinematic Golden age of the 40's and 50's; Nuevo Cine Latino Americano and Third cinema of the 60's and 70's, and the 90's-present, globalization and continental film production renaissance. In addition to in-class screenings, students attend a field trip to the Chicago Latin American Film Festival.

ART 245: Latin American Visual Culture (3)

*This course fulfills a requirement in the Latino/Latin Studies Program
This course looks at the visual culture(s) of Latin America. It will explore expressions of Latin American and Latino culture from the ancient Andean region to contemporary Chicago. Along the way, we will look at pre-Columbian indigenous visual culture, the curious hybridity of the colonial era, with its violent contestations between indigenous and European systems of knowledge, and the explosion of the modern in popular and fine arts, including murals and revolutionary posters, fotonovelas, performance art, graffiti and low-rider art.

ART 258: Ceramics: Wheel Throwing (3)

*Studio /4/
*Offered annually
This course is an introduction to the potter's wheel, glaze application and the firing process. Emphasis is placed on the development of design and construction skills with ceramic materials, concept realization and creative personal invention.

ART 260: Art: Special Topics (3)

This course involves various thematic art topics.

ART 300: Independent Study (1-3)

*Prerequisite: Consent of department chair and instructor
*Offered each semester
This course focuses on individual study projects for advanced students in art. Topic to be determined by instructor and student.

ART 305: Senior Seminar I (3)

*Prerequisite: Senior art major; at least two semesters of any SXU studio or design art course. Presentation of a portfolio of creative and dynamic art work that shows student is prepared for independent artistic creation
*Offered every fall
This course is the first part of the seminar aimed at professional awareness and graduate preparation. Guest artists, rotating lectures, group discussions of contemporary trends and field trips are scheduled on an ongoing basis. Students taking the seminar will have their work reviewed by the Art and Design Department faculty in critique formats, culminating in the required presentation of the Senior Exhibition in the SXU Gallery and/or the Visual Arts Center Student Gallery.

ART 306: Senior Seminar II (3)

*Prerequisite: Art 305; Senior art major; at least two semesters of any SXU studio or design art course. Presentation of a portfolio of creative and dynamic art work that shows student is prepared for independent artistic creation
*Offered every spring
This course is the second part of the seminar aimed at professional awareness and graduate preparation. Guest artists, rotating lectures, group discussions of contemporary trends and field trips are scheduled on an ongoing basis. Students taking the seminar will have their work reviewed by the Art and Design Department faculty in critique formats, culminating in the required presentation of the Senior Exhibition in the SXU Gallery and/or the Visual Arts Center Student Gallery.

ART 307: Research Seminar I (3)

*Prerequisite: Senior status
This course is this first part of a two-semester research course taken by art history majors. During the first semester the topic and scope of one's research interests are refined through the process of annotating a relevant bibliography. This process continues into the second semester and culminates in the writing of a substantive paper on the topic, the curating of an exhibition in the SXU Gallery, the Visual Arts Center Student Gallery or the creation of a website.

ART 308: Research Seminar II (3)

*Prerequisite: Senior status
This course is the second part of a two-semester research course taken by art history majors. During the first semester the topic and scope of one's research interests are refined through the process of annotating a relevant bibliography. Once the first course is taken, the student then takes the annotated bibliography and culminates the project into writing of a substantive paper on the topic, the curating of an exhibition in the SXU Gallery, or the Visual Arts Center Student Gallery or the creation of a website.

ART 309: Figure Drawing II (3)

*Studio /4/
*Prerequisite: ART 209
This course involves the continuation and expansion of the content of Figure Drawing I.

ART 315: Web Site Art and Design (3)

*Prerequisite: ART 119or consent of instructor
*Offered annually
This course is an applied introduction to principles governing effective coordination of text with images for the Internet. While relying heavily on authoring tools that do not require knowledge of programming languages, basic user-competence with Macintosh computers is presumed.

ART 317: Photo III : Advanced Photography (3)

*Prerequisite: ART 112 or Art 113, or consent of instructor
This course is the study and practice of color and studio photography. Color theory, advanced portraiture, lighting, view camera use and experimental techniques will be included. Knowledge of digital and film-based systems will be enhanced. The development of a professional portfolio through the practice of critical, creative aesthetics is a major goal of this course.

ART 322: Advertising in Marketing (3)

*Offered annually
This course focuses on a wide variety of techniques used in advertising and commercial art will be presented from conceptualization to audience consumption. Discussion of processes, methods of application, and marketing theory for static and electronic media will explore the role of the advertising agency in the marketing mix: how the agency creative department works in the development and execution of creative advertising solutions.

ART 324: History of Photography (3)

This course involves the history of photography from 1839 to the present; includes explorations of the relationship of other art forms to the development of photography. Discussions and readings examine photography's impact on the cultural, political and social realms of life.

ART 327: Multimedia (3)

*Cross Ref: CMPSC 310
*Prerequisite: ART 116 or ART 119, or consent of instructor
This digital production course offers students a range of experiences, techniques and tools for developing screen-based, time-based art. Projects in this course will allow students to experiment with a variety of digital processes for collecting, capturing and editing material. Output will include DVD and Digital Video projection.

ART 360: Art: Special Topics (3)

This course involves various thematic art topics.

ART 365: Internship (1-6)

*Prerequisite: Consent of department chair
For this course, students will work in a professional design facility or on a faculty-supervised project of sufficient depth and responsibility.

ART 371: Methods of Teaching Art in Middle and Secondary School (3)

*30 clinical hours 
*Cross Ref: EDU 371
*Prerequisite: EDU 370 or concurrently
*Offered fall
term
Classroom and field experiences. This course focuses on theoretical and applied investigation of practical and creative aspects of teaching art. Exploration and discussion of major visual art educational concepts and techniques, including curriculum development. Planning and presentation of visual arts lessons.

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