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Curriculum

The following plans of study are linked to the Provost Catalog and are for review purposes only. Several factors influence the sequencing of those courses including: transfer credits, AP credits, academic year entering the program and programmatic changes. Students should refer to their individualized DegreeWorks account and consult with their Academic Advisor to ensure they meet all degree requirements in a timely manner.

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  • Available Courses
  • ARTH 101 - Art History: Ancient-Medieval 3 cr.
  • ARTH 102 - Art History: High Ren-Modern 3 cr.
  • ARTH 103 - Art History: Early/Late Modern 3 cr.
  • ARTH 300 - History of Modern Design 3 cr.
  • ARTH 301 - Asian Art and Culture 3 cr.
  • ARTH 302 - Art of India 3 cr.
  • ARTH 303 - Art of China 3 cr.
  • ARTH 320 - Art in the Age of Technology 3 cr.
  • ARTH 330 - Hist Int Space & Furnish 3 cr.
  • ARTH 335 - Hist Costume: Precl-Directoire 3 cr.
  • ARTH 336 - Hist Costume: Directoire WWI 3 cr.
  • ARTH 337 - Hist Costume: Post WWI/Present 3 cr.
  • ARTH 340 - Women in Art 3 cr.
  • ARTH 399 - Independent Study in Art History 3 cr.
  • ARTH 465 - Special Topics in Art History 3 cr.
  • ARTH 477 - Art History Seminar 3 cr.
  • VSST 101 - Design I 4 cr.
  • VSST 102 - Design II 4 cr.
  • VSST 103 - Design III 4 cr.
  • VSST 104 - Accelerated Design I 2 cr.
  • VSST 105 - Accelerated Design II 2 cr.
  • VSST 106 - Accelerated Design III 2 cr.
  • VSST 110 - Introductory Drawing 3 cr.
  • VSST 111 - Figure Drawing I 3 cr.
  • VSST 112 - Figure Drawing II 3 cr.
  • VSST 201 - Multimedia: Performance 4 cr.
  • VSST 202 - Multimedia: Space 4 cr.
  • VSST 203 - Multimedia: Materials 4 cr.
  • VSST 204 - Materials Exploration 4 cr.
  • VSST 211 - Textiles 3 cr.
  • VSST 301 - Painting I 4 cr.
  • VSST 302 - Painting II 4 cr.
  • VSST 303 - Painting III 4 cr.
  • VSST 310 - Sculpture: Metal Fabrication 4 cr.
  • VSST 311 - Sculpture I 4 cr.
  • VSST 312 - Sculpture II 4 cr.
  • VSST 313 - Sculpture III 4 cr.
  • VSST 321 - Screenprint I 4 cr.
  • VSST 322 - Printmaking I 4 cr.
  • VSST 323 - Printmaking II 4 cr.
  • VSST 324 - Advanced Printmaking 4 cr.
  • VSST 325 - Screenprint II 4 cr.
  • VSST 350 - Painting - Special Studies .5 to 12 cr.
  • VSST 399 - Independent Study: Visual Studies .5 to 12 cr.
  • VSST 465 - Special Topics Visual Studies 3 cr.

 

Course Descriptions

ARTH101 - Art History: Ancient-Medieval

Traces the rise of Western civilization from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, through Greek and Roman culture to the late Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the evolution of style and symbolism in art.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH102 - Art History: High Ren-Modern

Surveys painting and sculpture created between the 15th century and the mid-19th century, placing artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo, Rubens, and Rembrandt in the context of the evolution of style and symbolism in Western culture.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH103 - Art History: Early/Late Modern

Examines the history of modern painting and sculpture from 1850 to the present and the phenomenon of Modernism in terms of individual artists, movements, attitudes, and values. Movements to be covered include Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Non-figurative Abstraction, the New York School, and Postmodernism.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH300 - History of Modern Design

Examines the products of applied design during the past 150 years, including examples of furnishings, industrial design, fashion, and graphic design, in relation to demand, technology and production, standards, fine art, social reform, and the dynamics of consumption. This is a writing intensive course.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH301 - Asian Art and Culture

Explores the diverse visual languages and cultures of Asia including the Buddhist and Hindu traditions from India and Southeast Asia, the imperial art of China with its refined taste for ceramics and painting, and the Japanese.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH302 - Art of India

This course explores the diverse artistic traditions of the Indian subcontinent from ancient times to the modern period, focusing on the art of the Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic communities. The survey ends with an examination of the colonial, post-colonial and contemporary art scene.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH303 - Art of China

From the first empires to modern times, this course explores the art of painting ceramics, as well as the sculptural and architectural traditions of China.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH304 - Art of Japan

This course examines the art of Japan from the Shinto traditional forms to the creation of a Buddhist Japanese idiom, from the courtly and military art to the Zen aesthetics and the establishment of a modern urban culture.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH320 - Art in the Age of Technology

An inquiry into the ideas, concerns, and values that constitute the worldview of modern Western science and technology and the impact that this view, as well as specific technologies, have had upon the visual arts.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH330 - Hist Int Space & Furnish

Examines social and architectural influences from preclassical through Classic Revival, including materials, workmanship, resulting forms, and design influence on subsequent periods.

Credits: 3.00

Pre-Requisites: ARTH101 or ARTH102

ARTH335 - Hist Costume: Precl-Directoire

Examines costumes of the ancient world and Western civilization through the Directoire period, including political, economic, and social influence on aesthetic development in dress.

Credits: 3.00

Pre-Requisites: ARTH101 or ARTH102

ARTH336 - Hist Costume: Directoire WWI

Examines political, social, and economic influences on costume. Uses the Drexel Historic Costume collection as primary source material.

Credits: 3.00

Pre-Requisites: ARTH335

ARTH337 - Hist Costume: Post WWI/Present

Examines major trends in mid-to-Iate 20th-century fashionable apparel in their sociocultural, political, and economic contexts. Also examines counter-fashion movements and explores current media and marketing influences.

Credits: 3.00

Pre-Requisites: ARTH103

ARTH340 - Women in Art

A historical survey of the art created by women in Western civilization, with a special focus upon the art created since the women's movement of the 1970s. Images are analyzed in relation to the sociopolitical and psychological context of Western, patriarchal culture.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH399 - Independent Study in Art History

Provides individualized study in art history in a specialized area. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: .50 to 12.00

ARTH465 - Special Topics in Art History

Provides study in art history on a special topic or on an experimental basis. May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 3.00

ARTH477 - Art History Seminar

Provides reading, discussion and research on pertinent topics in art history.

Credits: 3.00

VSST101 - Design I

Focuses on two-dimensional space, black and white, and appropriate tools and materials.

Credits: 4.00

VSST102 - Design II

Expands the visual vocabulary to include color theory. Continues the process of discovery and visual decision-making.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST101

VSST103 - Design III

Covers the perception and ordering of three-dimensional space. Includes new methods and materials in the continuing process.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST102

VSST104 - Accelerated Design I

This is an accelerated course offered as a substitute for VSST 101. The work concentrates on two-dimensional space with a primary focus in black and white. The course is 8 hours per week delivered in three weeks.

Credits: 2.00

VSST105 - Accelerated Design II

This is an accelerated course offered as a substitute for VSST 102. The work concentrates on color, expanding the two-dimensional vocabulary. The course is 8 hours per week delivered in three weeks.

Credits: 2.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST101 or VSST104

VSST106 - Accelerated Design III

This is an accelerated course offered as a substitute for VSST 103. The work concentrates on three-dimensional space with a primary focus on materials and craftsmanship. The course meets 8 hours per week delivered in four weeks.

Credits: 2.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST102 or VSST105

VSST110 - Introductory Drawing

Provides basic understanding of the perceptual problems in drawing, including how three-dimensional objects can be represented on a two-dimensional surface.

Credits: 3.00

VSST111 - Figure Drawing I

Introduces drawing of the human figure, with emphasis on composition and shape-area relationships.

Credits: 3.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST110

VSST112 - Figure Drawing II

Continues VSST 111. Covers developing mass and form in the human figure.

Credits: 3.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST111

VSST201 - Multimedia: Performance

Investigates 4D design (the organization of space over time) using objects, light, sound, movement, gesture, and language in solo and group presentations. Incorporates conceptualization, experimentation, perception and analysis.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST102 or VSST105

VSST202 - Multimedia: Space

Concentrates on environment and spatial concepts. Expands previous concern with the object and personal space to envision space and the action within. Requires students to work individually or in groups to create works at this new scale.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST102 or VSST105

VSST203 - Multimedia: Materials

This course augments the design studio experiences by introducing the influence of material characteristics and fabrication techniques. Students learn how to design projects, reduce them to the specific parts, make the parts and assemble the work in a coordinated sequence. Work is done in the Visual Studies Arts Annex woodshop.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST103 or VSST106

VSST204 - Materials Exploration

This course examines the relationship of materials and design principles as they relate to wearable art forms.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST103 or VSST106

VSST211 - Textiles

Examines the textile manufacturing industry and the fundamental processes involved in producing manmade fabrics. Includes basic textile terminology and production processes and selection and evaluation of fabrics based on aesthetics, performance, and care characteristics.

Credits: 3.00

VSST301 - Painting I

Investigates painting using traditional and contemporary attitudes. Encourages students to find a highly regulated approach within a tradition of figure, still-life, and landscape painting. Oil.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST102 or VSST105

VSST302 - Painting II

Continues VSST 301.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST301

VSST303 - Painting III

Continues VSST 302.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST302

VSST310 - Sculpture: Metal Fabrication1

This specialized course teaches welding and metal fabrication techniques that students use to develop a series of projects. Students also experiment with alternative material combinations and investigate the use of metal in contemporary sculpture.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST102 or ARCH102

VSST311 - Sculpture I

This course focuses on idea development, the creative application of materials and process, and introducing basic wood and metal working tools and techniques. Projects bring these elements together with an emphasis on investigating new media and developing critical dialogue as it pertains to discussing and evaluating artwork.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST103 or VSST106

VSST312 - Sculpture II

Continued VSST311.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST311

VSST313 - Sculpture III

Continues VSST 312.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST312

VSST321 - Screenprint I

Water based and photographic techniques are combined to create painterly and precise imagery in the building of a body of work. Techniques may include stencil-making, digitizing, mono-printing and color exploration. This course introduces the foundations of technical skills, language and theories used by the artist as printmaker.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST102 or VSST105

VSST322 - Printmaking I

Explores various printmaking techniques including but not exclusive of photographic lithography, relief block printing and screen-printing. Drawing processes and mixed media are emphasized. The foundations of technical skills, language and theories used by the artist as printmaker are introduced.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST102 or VSST105

VSST323 - Printmaking II

A continuation of Printmaking I, exploring techniques to a greater depth. Drawing, photographic processes and mixed media are emphasized. The foundations of technical skills, language and theories used by the artist as printmaker are introduced.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST322

VSST324 - Advanced Printmaking

Explores combination-printmaking, portfolio development and building a cohesive body of work. Techniques may include mixed media printmaking, digital and alternative media. Students will document their work and develop an artistic statement. The foundations of technical skills, language and theories.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST321 or VSST322

VSST325 - Screenprint II

A continuation of Screenprinting I, exploring techniques to a greater depth. Techniques may include stencil-making, digitizing, mono-printing and color exploration. This course introduces the foundations of technical skills, language, and theories used by the artist as printmaker.

Credits: 4.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST321

VSST350 - Painting: Special Studies

Includes a broader-based study of painting and allows pursuit of exploratory, more personal statements.

Credits: 0.50 to 12.00

Pre-Requisites: VSST303

VSST399 - Independent Study: Visual Studies

Provides individualized study in visual studies in a specialized area of study. May be repeated for credit. Department permission required.

Credits: 0.50 to 12.00

VSST465 - Special Topics: Visual Studies

Provides study in visual studies on a special topic or on an experimental basis. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

Credits: 3.00