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Study of primary visual design concepts through series of lectures and projects that explore two- and three-dimensional design, and the language of color. Emphasis is on the interaction of these elements in relation to composition and the development of visual literacy. Not open to students who have completed ART 101. Fall and Spring.

Exploration of the concepts, media, and processes of making art. Students engage in a range of individual and collaborative creative projects focused on developing visual literacy, skills-building, and self-expression. Not open to students who have completed IAART 100. Fall.

A comprehensive exploration of the properties of natural and human-made volumes and spaces. Projects involve sculptural objects, and architectural and environmental design. Studio projects are completed outside of class. Fall and Spring.

This course is an investigation of the role of graphic design in the visual environment. Students explore a variety of conceptual and production methodologies to create effective visual communication. Annually.

General survey of the history of art and architecture from the ancient to modern periods. The course will explore the roles of the artist, art patron, and viewer in society, and feature in-depth analysis and contextual interpretation of works from a select number of world cultures, regions, and stylistic traditions. Fall, Spring.

The practice of representational drawing emphasizing linear and form description with drawing media. Develops skills for all students, including Art majors. Not open to students who have completed ART 125. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

The practice of representational drawing emphasizing linear and form description with drawing media. Develops skills for all students, including Art majors. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. For Art majors only. Fall, Spring.

This course introduces the Macintosh computer and its role in the design and production of digital art and graphic design. Emphasis is on efficient digital workflow procedures, networking principles, file management, and font organization. Students will become acquainted with software packages, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Prerequisites: IAART 100, ART 101, IAART 120, or ART 125. Fall, Spring.

Students explore typography as a system of graphic forms that facilitates human communication. This course focuses on the historical context of letterforms and the functional strategies for using typography to convey ideas effectively. Prerequisite: IAART 105. Fall, Spring.

Through projects, demonstrations, and visual media (slides, videos, etc.), students will investigate differing methods of working with clay such as hand-building, wheel-throwing, and surface techniques. Students will research ceramic art in its global socio-historical contexts. For non-Art majors only. Annually.

Design and construction of wheel and hand-built pottery, including the preparation of glazes and the process of firing. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

The history of art and architecture from the early civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Prerequisite: IAART 110. Fall. Even years.

The history of Western art from early Christian catacomb paintings through Gothic cathedral architecture. Prerequisite: IAART 110 or permission of instructor. Spring even years.

The history of art and architecture in Italy from the late Middle Ages through the mid-16th century (1250-1550 CE). Prerequisite: IAART 110 or permission of instructor. Fall. Odd years.

The history of modern art in Europe and North America from the mid-19th century through the postmodern turn and contemporary practices. An emphasis will be placed on formal innovations and artistic responses to changes taking place in the greater socio-historic context. Prerequisite: IAART 110. Fall even years.

A studio investigation of photography and the application of the medium to individual expression. Includes a working knowledge of camera controls, digital manipulation, and inkjet and analog printing. A digital camera with manual controls is required. May be repeated for credit with approval of instructor. Prerequisite: ART 125 or IAART 120 or approval of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Advanced studio work in pencil, ink, charcoal, and chalk from still life and figure models. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: ART 125 or IAART 120. Fall, Spring.

An introductory course in oil painting, with emphasis on color, shape, light, and texture as they affect the art of painting. Basic compositions of a representational nature and creative experimentation are encouraged. A technical understanding of the oil painting medium is also presented. Prerequisites: ART 101 or IAART 100 and ART 125 or IAART 120 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Through projects, demonstrations, and visual media, students will investigate differing historical methods of working with paint such as encaustic, egg tempera, fresco and oil. This course will explore the pigments, binders and supports for these methods and how they have changed due to economic and technological advancements. Annually.

A comprehensive exploration in the fundamentals of sculpture using processes such as carving, casting, modeling, assemblage, and welding. Emphasis is on developing standards in sculptural technique and personal expression. Fall, Spring.

Introduction to graphic design as a problem-solving activity that communicates visually. Creative brainstorming techniques, design principles, time-based media, and semiotic theory are introduced. Group and individual critiques help students identify focus and aptitude for graphic design. Prerequisites: ART 151 and two of following: ART 101 or IAART 100, IAART 110, or ART 125 or IAART 120. Fall, Spring.

A studio investigation of critical theory and visual literacy as it relates to photography and new media in the twenty-first century. Topics include a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, image manipulation, and preparing digital images for print, web, and other digital media. A digital camera is required. Prerequisite: ART 250 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

This course explores the relationships between idea and form in creating effective design and powerful graphic messages. Assignments reinforce concept development, typographic hierarchy, design composition, and production skills. Prerequisites: ART 160 and ART 253. Spring.

This course focuses on the development of imagery for graphic design communication and explores methods for creating effective images that express an idea, convey a message, or tell a story. Students will learn concept development, visual problem soving, and a range of digital and hand-drawn image-making techniques. Prerequisites: ART 125, ART 160 and ART 253. Spring.

Web design blends technical skills, creativity, visual communication and information science. Course emphasizes fundamental web design skills, as well as the design principles that characterize exceptional web sites. Students will plan, design, and launch a complete website with creative interfaces, strong graphic images, functional site organization, and logical navigation. Prerequisite: IAART 105 and ART 160. Fall.

Subjects vary according to current scholarship and events in Art. Emphasis is on topics not usually offered in regular courses of instruction. Prerequisite: IAART 110 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Spring.

Introduction to concepts, theories, and schools of contemporary visual art over the last 50 years through field trips, guest speakers, readings, discussions, and research paper. Introduction to studio processes, practice, and careers available for contemporary artists. Introductory experience documenting work and participation in curatorial methods. Prerequisites: Art major and sophomore status or permission of instructor. Spring.

Explores the language of color and two-dimensional design, and surveys the history of painted murals and other wall ornamentation. Students complete a site-specific mural on campus. For non-Art majors only. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Annually.

The design and construction of both wheel and hand-built pottery problems in conjunction with the history of pottery. May be repeated for credit with approval of instructor. Prerequisite: ART 208 or permission of instructor. Spring.

This seminar examines both the prevalent, often contested, issues of contemporary art practice and the broader category of "the contemporary". Emphasis will be placed on the examination of specific works, theoretical texts, and in-class discussion of concepts and contemporary debates. Prerequisites: IAART 110. Fall odd years.

An in-depth studio investigation of digital photography and contemporary practice. Emphasis will be placed on building a professional portfolio of 15 to 20 prints through the use of darkroom printing, negative scanning, digital manipulation, and inkjet printing. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: ART 224. Fall, Spring.

Special graphic studies involving independent projects and research. Emphasis is on the unique personal attitudes and interests of the student. Prerequisites: ART 125 or IAART 120 and ART 225 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with approval of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Advanced studio work in painting media. Will explore either figure or landscape subjects. Traditional and contemporary approaches are emphasized. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests regarding the subject. May be repeated for credit as subject matter changes. Prerequisites: ART 225 and ART 226 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Through projects, demonstrations, and visual media, students will investigate the color linocut printmaking process. Emphasis will be placed on developing microscopic biological imagery in relation to natural design and color. Color theory will be explored through contemporary print practice and the history of printmaking, including 19th century Japanese prints. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Annually.

A survey of techniques and history of printmaking. Investigation of relief, lithography, and intaglio processes. Covers both black-and-white and color printing processes. Further brainstorming, drawing and design skills, and professional printmaking practice will be emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 225 or ART 253 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

An in-depth investigation on the technical and conceptual aspects of selected printmaking processes. Emphasis will be placed on the development of one or more printmaking mediums: intaglio, lithography, relief, mixed-media, and photo printmaking. May be repeated for credit with approval of instructor. Prerequisite: ART 333. Spring.

A comprehensive investigation of the technical and conceptual aspects of selected processes associated with contemporary sculptural construction. Emphasis is placed on individual creativity and style. May be repeated for credit with approval of instructor. Prerequisite: ART 244. Spring.

Students apply computer skills to produce complex computer-generated designs. Students explore text and image manipulation using Illustrator, Photoshop, etc. Service bureau output methods are discussed and applied. Prerequisite: ART 250. Fall, Spring.

Advanced investigations into meaning of style and its historic examples in typography. Students develop original typographic styles as a foundation for development of individual design identity. Course projects explore logo and typeface development. Prerequisites: ART 258 and ART 350.

Branding-based design class using advanced conceptual development, research and technical knowledge to produce upper-level design projects in print, digital, and/or web media. Students develop a company and brand from concept to market. Classes introduce design agency procedures such as production schedules, packaging, role, and designer responsibilities. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the BFA program in Graphic Design, ART 260, and ART 262. Fall.

Survey of the cultural prevalence and social significance of graphic design throughout history. Students analyze and produce graphic design communication while contextualizing design within a social, economic, political, and cultural landscape. Prerequisite: ART 260. Fall, Spring.

An introduction to the concepts and the practices of motion graphic design. Students integrate typography, images, video, audio, and special effects to create logo animations, film-title sequences and animated information graphics. Emphasis on communicating an idea or telling a story through a sequence of images. Prerequisites: IAART 105 and ART 253. Fall, Spring.

Art history topics vary and could include the exploration of non-Western visual cultures, non-traditional artistic media, or critical themes (postcolonialism, gender, institutional critique, political theory, etc.) as they relate to globalization and the visual arts. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

Advanced study of wheel and hand built pottery problems, including theory and principles of clay bodies, glazes, kiln construction, and firing. Prerequisite: ART 308 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Fall.

Advanced and individualized study in photography. Students must be sufficiently proficient in the understanding of art principles and photography techniques to carry their research project to a successful conclusion with the assistance of the instructor and invited critics. Prerequisite: ART 324. Spring.

Advanced and independent study of painting. Students must be sufficiently advanced in the understanding of art to design, initiate, and carry to a successful conclusion their own research with the assistance of the instructor and invited critics. May be repeated for credit with the permission of instructor. Prerequisite: ART 326 or permission of instructor. Spring.

Advanced and individualized study in a specific printmaking media. Students must be proficient in the concepts and techniques of printmaking to carry their research project to a successful conclusion with the assistance of the instructor and invited critics. May be repeated for credit with the approval of instructor. Prerequisite: ART 334. Spring.

Advanced and independent study of sculptural materials, concepts, and techniques. Students must be sufficiently advanced in the understanding of conceptual development and sculptural techniques and processes to carry their own research projects to a successful conclusion with the assistance of the instructor and invited critics. Prerequisite: ART 344.

This course focuses on creating effective advertising messages. Students develop a market position for a product, company, or service appropriate to the client, the audience, and the message. Students acquire skills in creative direction, building ad campaigns, and developing marketing strategies. Prerequisite: ART 360. Fall.

This course focuses on illustration and its applications in editorial, advertising, and children's book illustrations. Content reinforces and enhances conceptual and critical visualization skills, image-making methods, and production techniques introduced in lower level classes. Students learn about business practices and are encouraged to explore their personal voice with communication goals. Prerequisite: ART 262. Fall.

Explores conceptual and technical processes of designing visual information experiences for mobile devices. The course focuses on responsive web design techniques, interface design, and mobile application concepts. Prerequisite: ART 264. Spring.

Graphic design topics rotate each semester and include the following: Information Design, Experience Design, 3D Animation, Publication Design, Exhibition Design, and Package Design. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: ART 260. Fall, Spring.

Advanced study of motion graphic design reinforcing concepts and techniques of kinetic typography, composition, dramatic timing, storyboarding, sound editing, and developing animated messages. Students explore specific categories of motion graphic design, such as commercial, broadcast, and main title using contemporary software applications. Prerequisite: ART 366. Spring.

Design Center is a working graphic design studio that offers design services to Keene State College and other organizations throughout the Monadnock region. Students in this course work collaboratively in small teams as they design, develop, and produce professional projects from concept to completion for campus and community clients. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 360 and permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Required capstone course in the B.F.A. Graphic Design Option with a focus on producing a professional portfolio of design work. Course readings, discussions, critiques, and studio work prepare students to transition from college to the professional world and/or advanced design studies. Prerequisites: ART 360 and permission of instructor. Spring.

Advanced study and research in a specific studio discipline. Emphasis is placed on individual theoretical development. May be repeated for credit with approval of instructor. Prerequisite: To be determined as topics change or permission of instructor. Fall.

Advanced study in art history and aesthetics. Subjects vary according to contemporary scholarship. Emphasis is placed on theory rather than historical chronology. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: IAART 110, or permission of instructor.

Topics will include the discussion and criticism of contemporary visual art through gallery visits, guest speakers, readings, and research paper. The course will also focus on the planning and execution of the senior exhibition as well as the development of portfolios and slide and digital disc preparation for graduate school and career opportunities. Prerequisites: Art major and senior status. Spring.

Independent advanced studio work in preparation for the B.F.A. Senior Exhibition. Individuals will work directly with their B.F.A. advisors to develop a body of work consistent with their B.F.A. option. May be repeated to a total of 8 credits. Prerequisite: Senior B.F.A. standing. Fall, Spring.

A seminar and experiential learning opportunity to integrate graphic design and studio theory with practice through on-the-job experience. Seminar meetings provide discussion topics and the sharing of workplace experiences. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: ART 350 or ART 333 or permission of departmental advisor.

An opportunity for a qualified student to research and study a selected topic in art history, studio art, or graphic design in consultation with a faculty member. May be repeated to a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: Art major, senior status, and permission of both the instructor and the Art Department chair. Fall, Spring.