Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)


Department of ART

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE

Chair: Roald Nasgaard;
Professors: Blakely, Fichter, Love, Nasgaard, Roche;
Associate Professors: Bocz, Burggraf, Hartwell, Hook, Lindbloom, Messersmith, Rubini, Rutkovsky;
Visiting Assistant Professors: Fisher;
Professors Emeriti: Bell, Kirn, Wamsley

The Department of Art offers opportunities for creative development and expression, providing instruction in the skills necessary to artistic creation and guiding students to an understanding of contemporary issues in the visual arts. In conjunction with these pursuits, the department benefits from the University Fine Arts Gallery and Museum for student and faculty exhibitions. Additionally, the department serves as a resource to the rest of the University, providing foundation courses in studio skills and studio methods.

The Department of Art offers work leading to the bachelor of arts (BA), bachelor of science (BS), and bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees in studio art. Graduates may pursue studies leading to the master of fine arts (MFA) degree in studio art. Course selection encompasses history, theory, and practice. Major studies may include design, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, electronic imaging, and video. Depending upon personal development, students may choose to work in a variety of media or to concentrate in an area of interest. Each degree program mandates specific entry requirements, a certain sequence of courses, and graduation requirements. Information on each program beyond that explained in this General Bulletin is available through the academic adviser, Department of Art.

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

The following lists the common prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:

Studio/Fine Art

  1. ART 1201;
  2. ART 1202;
  3. ART 1300;
  4. ART 1301;
  5. ARH 2050;
  6. ARH 2051;
  7. Six to nine (6 9) semester hours of 2000 level introductory media courses (ART prefix).

Studio/Fine Art with a Major in Craft Design

  1. ART 1300;
  2. ART 1201;
  3. PGY 1401;
  4. ARH 2050 or ARH 2051.

Undergraduate Programs

The Core Program

The Department of Art requires that students receive a sound foundation in basic visualization and conceptualization skills and in the fundamentals of studio theory and practice. To this end, students must complete the core program, which consists of a sequence of basic drawing, studio methods, and specific media courses. The twenty-six (26) credits in media courses include beginning classes in painting, photography, printmaking, and craft design/sculpture. Students are encouraged to complete their core-level courses, particularly in drawing and studio methods, by the end of the sophomore year.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree

The bachelor of arts (BA) degree is a fundamental liberal arts program totaling one hundred twenty (120) credits. Requirements are as follows: completion of the core program, twenty-six (26) semester hours; art history, nine (9) semester hours; additional studio, fifteen (15) semester hours; modern language, usually twelve (12) semester hours; additional humanities, nine (9) semester hours; and liberal studies, forty-nine (49) semester hours.

The Bachelor of Science Degree

The bachelor of science (BS) program is similar to the bachelor of arts, but there is a shift in emphasis from humanistic studies to extended technical studies in art, which may include at the option of the student a medium concentration. Major requirements are as follows: the core program, twenty-six (26) semester hours; art history, nine (9) semester hours; additional studio, fifteen (15) semester hours; and extended technical course work, twelve (12) semester hours.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) limited access program is a one hundred twenty (120) credit-hour program with the most intensive work occurring in the final five semesters. It differs from the BA and BS degrees in that it provides the graduate with a more intensive background in professional skills and theoretical knowledge. The BFA degree seeks to develop in graduates an informed personal vision, a high level of competence in artmaking, and the ability to make sound artistic decisions. It is a proficiency-based program, characterized by continuous assessment. Upon completion of the twenty-six (26) credits in the core program, application for the BFA degree is by portfolio review of the faculty; course work includes forty-five (45) semester hours of studio art courses and twelve (12) semester hours of art history. An important aspect of the program is that students are taught to make their own decisions with regard to media selection or concentration. Students enrolled in the BFA program are exempt from the language requirement, but they are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in art and art history courses and to fulfill the additional requirements and responsibilities of this program, culminating in the advancement review and graduation show. The BFA adviser can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.

Requirements for Students Minoring in Art

A minor in art requires eighteen (18) semester hours, which may include ART 1300C Drawing I (for nonmajors), ART 2010C Photography for Non-Art Majors and ART 2003C Survey of Studio Art Practices. A students minor program should be determined through consultation with the appropriate departmental adviser.

Graduate Program

The Master of Fine Arts Degree

The master of fine arts (MFA) in studio art is a two-year residency program with a minimum requirement of sixty (60) semester hours at the graduate level. In addition to University admission requirements, the department requires that all applicants submit a portfolio of slides or original work for review. The program includes a minimum of thirty-two (32) semester hours in studio art, eleven (11) semester hours of electives within or outside the department, a minimum of three courses [nine (9) semester hours] in art history at the graduate level, and a minimum of eight (8) semester hours toward preparation of the graduate exhibition and thesis.

For information regarding the MFA degree, please contact the academic adviser, Department of Art, and refer to the Graduate Bulletin.

Student Safety

Students in each course will be instructed in safe practice with both tools and materials, and will be responsible for following safety regulations.

Definition of Prefixes

ART Art

PGY Photography

Undergraduate Courses

Core Program

Note: the core program is required for all art majors. It includes a sequence of three drawing courses; one studio methods course; one beginning course in painting, photography, printmaking, and either a sculpture or craft design course; a seminar; and a tool safety course [twenty-six (26) semester hours total]. For course descriptions and prerequisites, see Studio Courses below.

ART 1201C. Methods and Concepts I (3).

ART 1300C. Drawing I (3).

ART 2001r. Contemporary Art Seminar (1). (S/U grade only.)

ART 2301C. Drawing II (3).

ART 3006C. Artists Tools and Equipment (1). (S/U grade only.)

ART 3330Cr. Life Drawing (3).

ART 3510C. Painting I (3).

PGY 3401C. Photography I (3).

Note: students must choose one course from the printmaking series. Please see course descriptions and prerequisites under Studio Courses below.

ART 3420C. Fundamentals of Printmaking: Lithography (3).

ART 3430C. Fundamentals of Printmaking: Silkscreen (3).

ART 3440C. Fundamentals of Printmaking: Relief (3).

ART 3470C. Fundamentals of Printmaking: Etching (3).

Note: students must choose one course from craft/design or sculpture. Please see course descriptions and prerequisites under Studio Courses below.

ART 3110C. Beginning Ceramics (3).

ART 3701C. Sculpture I (3).

Correlating Courses

ART 1300C. Drawing I (for Non-Art Majors) (3). (See description under Studio Courses below.)

ART 2003C. Survey of Studio Art Practices (3). Demonstration, discussions, and slide/film presentations explore the way artists work in a broad range of media. Emphasis on visual perception and basic art making.

ART 2010C. Photography for Non-Art Majors (3). An introduction to camera operation and image making, with discussion of contemporary and historical work. Emphasis on 35mm slide projects rather than printing techniques.

ART 3949r. Cooperative Education Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.) Internships in a variety of work situations are available. These internships are selected by the faculty to broaden the students skills and flexibility as artists.

Studio Courses

ART 1201C. Methods and Concepts I (3). A foundation course in basic visual elements, with emphasis on two-dimensional methods and color theory. May be taken simultaneously with ART 1300C.

ART 1300C. Drawing I (3). Creative expression through a variety of drawing media. Emphasis is on black and white techniques and pencil, ink, and soft drawing media.

ART 2301C. Drawing II (3). Prerequisites: ART 1300C, 1201C. This course builds on the technical and conceptual skills learned in drawing I. Artistic expression and communication through drawing in both black and white and color media.

ART 2521C. Survey in African-American Art (3). This course surveys special topics in African-American art and aesthetics. We will explore power dynamics, social protest, artistic accomodation, criticism, perception, content and motivation as historical and contemporary influences on and in African-American art.

ART 3330Cr. Life Drawing (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 2301C. The development of technical skills and self-expression through drawing the nude and clothed figure; course begins with anatomy studies, progresses to conceptualization of human form. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 2001r. Contemporary Art Seminar (1). (S/U grade only.) This is a lecture and discussion course conducted by studio faculty. It provides students with insight into the current work by resident faculty and visiting artists. May be repeated to a maximum of three (3) semester hours.

ART 3006C. Artists Tools and Equipment (1). This course is an introduction to safety practices, tools, materials, and processes used in making art. Completion or exemption of the course is required for admission to other classes and toolroom facilities.

ART 3420C. Fundamentals of Printmaking: Lithography (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 1300C, 3510C. An introduction to the basic lithographic techniques of graining, drawing, etching, and printing.

ART 3430C. Fundamentals of Printmaking: Silkscreen (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 1300C, 3510C. An introduction to the basic techniques of serigraphy.

ART 3440C. Fundamentals of Printmaking: Relief (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 1300C, 3510C. An introduction to relief printing in wood block, linoleum block, and collagraph.

ART 3470C. Fundamentals of Printmaking: Etching (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 1300C, 3510C. An introduction to intaglio printing in black and white through etching with nitric acid on zinc plates. Techniques include line etching, aquatint, cut plate and embossing, and softground.

ART 3110C. Beginning Ceramics (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 1300C; Prerequisite or Corequisite: ART 2202C. Handbuilding processes and fundamental glazing techniques. Emphasis is on the development of a high degree of technical proficiency and a keen sense of form in ceramic mediums.

ART 3130C. Beginning Fiber/Fabric Design (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 1300C. This is an introductory survey of fabric design. Traditional and contemporary applications of fabric are discussed. Nonwoven techniques, resist dyeing, and basic weaving are explored.

ART 3230C. Graphic Design I/Introduction (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 1300C, 2301C. A continuation of the basic concepts introduced in methods and concepts I and II as they apply to graphic design. Iconography, signs and symbols, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional compositions will be used as exploratory design problems. These problems extend the methodology and conceptualizing/problem-solving skills of design.

ART 3232C. Graphic Design II/Typography (3). Prerequisite: ART 3230C. This course introduces students to typography and how type works as pure design creating form, value, direction, etc., as letterforms or marks, as well as on a communication level as a message carrier.

ART 3233C. Graphic Design III/Production (3). Prerequisite: ART 3230C; Prerequisite or Corequisite: ART 3232C. Exploration of the design process through solving specific, existing design problems or fulfilling specific design needs. The process takes students from conceptualizing explorations to concept refinement to final implementation.

ART 3510C. Painting I (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 1300C, 2301C. An introduction to personal expression in painting medium; emphasizes color, composition, and painting techniques through historical examples and technical demonstrations.

ART 3520C. Painting II (3). Prerequisite: ART 3510C. Development of skills/methods of collecting and considering images, along with in-depth study of painting techniques. Discussion of related contemporary and historical examples.

ART 3560C. Watercolor (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 1300C. An introduction to transparent watercolor techniques through lectures and visual aids which demonstrate its possibilities.

ART 3701C. Sculpture I (3). Prerequisites: ART 1201C, 3006C. Introduction to basic sculptural processes of fabrication, carving, modeling, and casting. Emphasis on developing ideas through analytical responses to assignments.

ART 3702C. Sculpture II (3). Prerequisite: ART 3701C. Allows continued experience in more complex three-dimensional techniques; emphasis on individual projects and conceptual approach.

ART 3930r. Special Topics in Art (1-3). (S/U grade only.) Faculty develops topics of importance to students interests and needs. May be repeated to a maximum of three (3) semester hours.

ART 4112Cr. Wheel Throwing (3). This is a first course in which the student learns to throw on the potters wheel. From the basic cylinder, the student learns to form a pitcher, covered jar, and other functional shapes. Some alteration of thrown forms is also covered. Experience with clay and glazing is helpful but not required. This course may be repeated two (2) times, with requirements increasing in difficulty each time.

ART 4800. Criticism Seminar (3). Aspects of contemporary art scene, galleries, and markets. Stress on developing portfolio/resume, critical attitude, and skills necessary for presenting work.

ART 4905r. Directed Individual Study (39). May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 4943r. Internship in Creative Art (19). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: Core program, B average in all related courses. Preference given to seniors. Internships in a variety of work situations. Must be approved by department chair. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 4981r. Honors Work (3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.

PGY 3110C. Color Photography (3). Prerequisites: PGY 3401C and 3410C are recommended. Introduction to skills and understanding necessary to develop and print color materials. Emphasis on self-expression, historical and contemporary examples.

PGY 3401C. Photography I (3). Prerequisite: ART 1201C or 2010C. Photography as a creative means of expression. 35mm technology, fine black and white printmaking.

PGY 3410C. Photography II (3). Prerequisite: PGY 3401C. Photography as a fine art. Students develop a series of portfolios of images based on their personal vision and understanding of the medium.

Media Workshops

Note: the media workshops allow students to pursue intensive technical studies in one specific medium under the appropriate instructor. Workshops are divided into six basic areas, each of which serves as an extension of intermediate courses in corresponding media. Each may be repeated for a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 4920Cr. Media Workshop: Fibers (3). Prerequisite: ART 3130C or instructor permission. Includes three-dimensional and mixed media approaches to the use of soft materials in art making. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 4921Cr. Media Workshop: Painting (3). Prerequisites: ART 3510C, 3520C. Independent studies under painting instructors; emphasis on competence in medium and development of individual solutions to problems. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 4922Cr. Media Workshop: Sculpture (3). Prerequisites: ART 3701C, 3702C. Intensive studies under sculpture instructors; stresses competence in following areas: casting in nonferrous metals, steel fabrication techniques, woodworking, and landscape sculpture planning and production. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 4923Cr. Media Workshop: Printmaking (3). Prerequisites: Appropriate courses in fundamentals of printmaking series; photo-silkscreen and photo-lithography workshops require PGY 3401C. Advanced techniques of silkscreen, relief printing, etching, and lithography, as well as photo-silkscreen, relief printing, and papermaking, depending on appropriate instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 4924Cr. Media Workshop: Photography (3). Prerequisites: PGY 3401C, 3410C. Various areas of photographic study, including nonsilver and advanced silver printing techniques, offset lithography, and conceptual approaches to image making. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 4925Cr. Media Workshop: Word and Image (3). Prerequisites: ART 3230C, 3232C, 3233C. Intensive studies in intermediate graphic design.

ART 4925Cr. Media Workshop: Typography (3). Prerequisites: ART 3230C, 3232C, 3233C. Intensive studies in intermediate graphic design issues dealing with typography.

ART 4925Cr. Media Workshop: Design Production and Image (3). Prerequisites: ART 3230C, 3232C, 3233C. Intensive studies in intermediate graphic design dealing with issues in image and production techniques.

ART 4926Cr. Media Workshop: Electronic Imaging (3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Electronic imaging, video, computer graphics, animation. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ART 4926Cr. Media Workshop: Video/Performance (3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. The course explores video as a new genre in art. Will involve on-camera performance dealing with psychological, political, or cultural issues.

ART 4927Cr. Media Workshop: Metals (3). Prerequisite: ART 3150C. Includes sculptural methods and metal forming in a more expansive and versatile approach. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

Advanced Workshops

Note: the advanced workshops continue the intensive level of study of the media workshops while providing students with more flexibility. Under this workshop system, a student may work with any instructor, regardless of media affiliation, in any area of study. Instructors are designated by section number. Each course may be repeated to a maximum of twenty-seven (27) semester hours.

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop (3). This is a tutorial course available only to BFA and BS students. May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-seven (27) semester hours.

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop: Fibers (3).

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop: Painting (3).

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop: Sculpture (3).

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop: Printmaking (3).

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop: Photography (3).

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop: Graphic Design Problems (3).

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop: Design Production and Image (3).

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop: Electronic Imaging (3).

ART 4928Cr. Advanced Workshop: Ceramics (3).

ART 4929Cr. Advanced Workshop (3). This is a tutorial course available only to BFA and BS students. May be repeated to a maximum twenty-seven (27) semester hours.

ART 4929Cr. Advanced Workshop: Painting (3).

ART 4929Cr. Advanced Workshop: Sculpture (3).

ART 4929Cr. Advanced Workshop: Printmaking (3).

ART 4929Cr. Advanced Workshop: Photography (3).

ART 4929Cr. Advanced Workshop: Graphic Design Problems (3).

ART 4929Cr. Advanced Workshop: Design Production and Image (3).

ART 4929Cr. Advanced Workshop: Electronic Imaging (3).

ART 4929Cr. Advanced Workshop: Ceramics (3).

ART 4930Cr. Advanced Workshop (3). Critical issues in contemporary art. The course will vary each semester and will cover topics of critical significance in 20th-century contemporary art. This is a seminar course open only to BFA students. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-seven (27) semester hours.

ART 4931r. Instruction in Advanced Technical Problems (3-6). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

Art Related Courses

Note: the following University courses are designated art related and are accepted toward the BFA degree with written approval from the director of the BFA program. Other courses may be accepted with written permission from the director of the BFA program and the chair of the department. Course descriptions can be found under the individual departments in which the courses are taught.

ADV 3000. Principles of Advertising (3).

ADV 3001. Creative Strategy (3).

ENG 3110. Film Genres (3).

FIL 3503. The Contemporary Cinema (3).

HUM 3321. Multicultural Dimensions of Film and 20th-Century Culture (3).

MMC 2000. Introduction to Mass Media (3).

PHI 3800. Philosophy of the Arts (3).

RTV 3200. Media Techniques (3).

RTV 3210. Audio Production (3).

RTV 3220. Television Production (3).

Graduate Courses

ART 5810r. Seminar in Studio Problems (4).

ART 5907r. Directed Individual Study (1-4). (S/U grade only.)

ART 5934r. Contemporary Art Seminar (1). (S/U grade only.)

Graduate Workshops

ART 5927Cr. Graduate Workshop (4).

ART 5928Cr. Graduate Workshop (4).

ART 5929Cr. Graduate Workshop (4).

ART 5937r. Graduate Instruction in Advanced Technical Problems (4-8).

ART 5940r. Supervised Teaching (1-3). (S/U grade only.)

ART 5972r. Graduate Show and Thesis (1-8). (S/U grade only.)